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



Well, as July hit it starts my last term as your Council Director.  The first term was a blur and didn’t accomplish everything we wanted to do but coming out the gate strong for the 2nd term.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all the new Presidents and their teams.  Thanking you for stepping in to this role.  I know each of you have great things budgeted for your term as President.  Growth and retention are what your Council Cabinet will focus on, as it is future of IAIP.  I hope your Local will focus on this as well.  Please reach out to Jenny Schaeffler, Membership Chair and her team for any programs or membership drives you would like them to attend.  The loss of Insurance Professionals of San Joaquin’s Charter was a hit last term.  My goal is to try and reactivate or create a new Charter. 

To the Members At Large (MALs), your numbers continue to grow, and growth and retention is something collectively you can do.  If you see a former member and no association link, refer them to becoming an MAL.

Please remember to register for the Leadership Summit on July 20th.  There are still seats available.   It is a great interactive session that is available to all members and potential members.

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 Manzano, Public Relations Chair and Regina Lemanowicz, Public Relations liaison.  Hoping to see a lot of competition this year.   IPLA and Council are finalizing the education classes and the registration packet will be coming out shortly. 

Don’t forget to renew your IAIP renewal before July 31st to avoid lapse.  

Here’s to a great term with exciting changes.

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:

Hi Everyone!    It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year, and an exciting year it has been.  Last year’s Council meeting in Fresno was awesome, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Council meeting in Glendale, which will be hosted by the Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles.  I know they have been working very hard to provide you with the best in education, knowledge, fellowship, and of course, FUN!    But wait, first we have the Ca Council Leadership Summit – Are you L.I.N.K.E.D.?  This informative event is being held in Santa Ana on July 20th.  While I am unable to attend the event this year, I certainly hope many others will be there.  The National Convention in Reno was great, and I was pleased to see so many members from California in attendance.   Special congratulations to our Council Director, Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP for winning International Risk Management Professional of the Year, as well as the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) scholarship.  We are all lucky to have such a truly amazing woman as our Council Director.   Wishing you all love, peace and happiness.  See you all in October!

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.

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

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

March 12-14, 2020 - Region VII Regional Conference - Vancouver , WA

June 11-13, 2020 -International Convention- Louisville, KY