Council Director's Message

Greetings Members of California. 

I am excited to begin this journey as your Council Director (CD).  The next two years will be action-packed with anticipated growth and development throughout the state.  As your CD, it is important that members are invited to be involved, presented with educational and networking opportunities as well as having an extended leadership ladder should they want to move up in this organization.  The Public Relations and Membership Chairs have formed strong teams that will bring experience, knowledge, excitement and new ideas to California Council of IAIP.   Please check the “YOUR TEAM” page on this website. 

One of the first programs that we are inviting members to be involved in is the Ca Members Leadership Summit being held on July 28th.  This is the first project your Council Cabinet will be working on as a team.  It is for all members and if you are new to IAIP, I encourage you to attend.  You can find more information in the Calendar section of this website.  The Insurance Associates of Fresno (IAOF) is also working hard to prepare for the CA Council Meeting that will be held October 12th and 13th at the Hotel Piccadilly in FresYes.  More information regarding this will be coming from IAOF shortly.

Communication is the key to a successful team and the organization, so as your Council Cabinet we plan on communicating with members as frequently as we can to keep you apprised of upcoming events and or programs.   For Associations, kindly forward your current President, membership and program chair’s contact information to Dawn Manzano, CISR the Public Relations Chair@ and Jenny Schaeffler, the Membership Chair  They will keep the Presidents and MAL’s of upcoming events.   If you haven’t updated your personal profile on the IAIP website, please do as this is the way the Council Cabinet will be communicating with you. 

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer for a Chair or committee at the Council Meeting, please contact Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW (NC Assistant) and Brooke Lesniak (SoCal Assistant) Helen Jang, CLP is still in the background assisting where and when I need it.   You can also contact any member of the Council Cabinet. 

Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride but well worth the thrill!   

Remember, together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present, and future of IAIP. 

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP

Ca Council Director


Hello Everyone.

Can you believe we are already half way through 2019? So much to do and so little time to do it. Ugh. It is a challenge, but we are plowing through regardless.

As Council Director, I had the privilege to travel to Santa Barbara for their annual Insurance Professionals Industry Night. What a fantastic event. They had 180 registrants at the event and the venue was just wonderful. The event was held at the Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum, beautiful, just beautiful. Kudos to the Insurance Professionals of Santa Barbara (IPSB) for having such a great insurance event. I was accompanied by my local association members, Mitula Patel, CLP, Kari Woods and Lily Gastelum, AU, CPIW from the Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles, Inc. we had a front row seats reserved for us, such a nice touch by IPSB. I was introduced by Pat Park to say a few words. I stated, with 180 insurance folks in the room, we could use the support at the Ca Council Meeting in Glendale, Ca. We received three (3) connections that night. That is networking at its finest! I also visited the San Diego Association of Insurance Professionals for their Installation and Award ceremony. Regina Lemanowicz was the MC and did a fantastic job. Wishing Betsy, a phenomenal year with continued growth and retention. If you have your new incoming team, please remember to send emails to Dawn and Regina so the website can be updated by July 1. For the outgoing Presidents, thank you for your service to your association and IAIP. I will be the installing officer for Brooke Lesniak as she takes the helm from Freeda Koopmans as incoming President for Insurance Professionals of Orange County. Annette Ing-Firmeza took on the role again as President for San Francisco Insurance Professionals. Thanks Annette!

Please remember to register for the Leadership Summit on July 20th. There are still seats available. We will be addressing L.I.N.K.E.D. You don’t want to miss it. We have some talented presenters that will be addressing each letter in L.I.N.K.E.D.

IPLA is working hard for the upcoming Ca Council Meeting that will be on October 4th & 5th. The 4th will be planned for education, committee meetings and of course the Pirates, Wenches, Maidens & Gents Welcome Party. The 5th will be CWC and Business. Get your CWC applications into Dawn and Regina. Hoping to see a lot of competition this year.

As always, congratulations to those associations with new members. Growth and retention are the key to development of this association. To the new Presidents, wishing you all the best during your term and please know that your Council team are here for you.

For most, don’t forget your IAIP renewal will be coming up. If you are employer paid, it’s that time to get the invoice submitted so that you don’t have a delay in your renewal processing. If you do not have employer support, the don’t forget to renew.

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP     

Ca Council Director

Together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present and future of IAIP! 

Assistant Messages:

Welcome to the California Council of IAIP’s website.  I’m looking forward to an exciting time as the Northern California assistant to your new California Council Director, the fabulous Christine Chandler Tillett (even if she is a Broncos fan).  We are all very excited for this year’s California Council meeting, which will be hosted by the Insurance Associates of Fresno on October 12, 2018.   Christine and the host committee are planning a wonderful event, so we hope to see you all there.   But first, don’t forget about the Leadership Summit being held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Santa Ana on July 28th.    There will be amazing presenters giving us the “Back to Basics”, which I’m sure we can all use.    I look forward to seeing all of you at the various events throughout the coming year.

In fellowship,

Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW - Northern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Welcome and I am glad you stopped by the California Councils website.  I am very excited about serving as the Southern California Assistant to your new California Council Director. For the upcoming year we will be having exciting events where we will be continue to build a great foundation and focusing on growth for your future in IAIP and your professional career. See you at the Members Leadership Summit at the end of July in Orange County!

In the fellowship, 

Brooke Lesniak - Southern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Important Dates Coming up....   For additional details and other events, check our calendar.

June 6-8, 2019 -International Convention- Reno, NV

July 20, 2019 - Leadership Summit - Orange County, CA

October 4-5, 2019 - CA Council Meeting - Glendale, CA