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 Members.   

Whew! We got through winter and we welcome spring.  It is close to the end of my first term as your Council Director, and there are a lot of things still left to do.  Boy oh boy how time flies.   I am still reaching out to the local associations for visits.  Still on the agenda are the Insurance Professionals of Monterey Bay, South Bay Association of Insurance Professionals, Insurance Professionals of Santa Barbara and San Francisco Insurance Professionals before June.  A very busy calendar but we’ll see how well I do. 

The Council Cabinet would like to extend congratulations to Kim Cameron, CPIW, CLP and her team for a successful Region VII conference.  We also send kudos and warm greetings to the Insurance Professionals of Sacramento who gave us a great conference and a wonderful experience. 

Congrats to our CA MAL’s Robin Fawkes, CCLA, CIIP and Mary Moore Campagna, CPCU, AAM, AAI, AAIF, AIS, ARP, ATM, CPIW for putting on a wonderfully written skit after the awards ceremony.  It was a great cast and we never laughed so much.  Well done Robin, Mary and cast members.    If you missed the Region VII conference, please put 2020 on your calendar that will be hosted by the MAL’s and Friends.  It will be held in Vancouver, Washington.

California was well represented in the award category at Regional VII Conference.   Kudos to the following associations: Insurance Professionals of Orange County for winning E. C. Smith Jr. Memorial Award for Community Action and being named Association of the Year, San Diego Association of Insurance Professionals for winning the Roy Pasini Memorial Award for Public Relations and the Insurance Associates of Fresno for winning the Jeffrey Nordhaus Memorial Award for Education.  The individuals award winners:  Marcella Beasley, MA, CISR, CRIS, CIIP from Insurance Associates of Fresno, she was named Rookie of the Year, Christina Hernandez, CIC, AAI from the San Diego Association of Insurance Professionals was named Young/New Professional of the Year, Alison Holmes, AINS, AIS, CISR, CPIW, DAE, CLP from Insurance Associates of Fresno,  for being named Hall of Fame and yours truly from Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles, Inc. received Risk Management Professional of the Year, Client Service Professional of the Year and Region VII Member of the Year.  On a personal note, it was truly a humble moment for me.   Thanks to the committee and judges.   Rooting for those International Awards nominees.  Let’s go Cali!

Don’t forget to check out the Ca Council website.  There are a lot of updates and information.   A BIG thank you to Regina Lemanowicz for holding down the fort and keeping the website flowing.   Get your flyers or events to Regina and she will post them. 

Congrats to those associations with new members.  Growth and retention are the key to development of this association.   

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