On August 17, 2015, the State Office of Risk Management welcomed two new staff to the Risk Management Department. Aaron Parker returns to the agency as the new Senior Insurance Manager, and Allyson Santos joins as a new Insurance Manager. Mr. Parker and Ms. Santos help complete the Insurance Services Unit, reporting to Michelle Tooley, Director of Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer, along with Insurance Manager, Jacqueline Baynard, who has been with the Office since 2014.
“Ms. Tooley and Ms. Baynard have significantly developed the level of expertise and performance in the Insurance Services Unit,” said Stephen Vollbrecht, Executive Director. “With the addition of these two new highly talented professionals, the unit is now poised to take the next step in its continued development into a world-class insurance program, expanding customer service and enterprise-level risk transfer capabilities for the State of Texas.”
Mr. Parker previously held a position as a Risk Manager with the Office, and returns after serving as the Director of Risk Management and Insurance at Concordia University. As the Senior Insurance Manager for the agency, Mr. Parker will oversee all operations of the Insurance Services Unit. Ms. Santos joins the Office for the first time, after serving as an Account Manager in multiple insurance-related agencies in Texas and Missouri in the last ten years. As an Insurance Manager, she will help state agencies insure against exposures across multiple lines of business overseen by the Office.
“I am extremely fortunate to rejoin the Office at this particular point in the agency’s history,” said Mr. Parker. “I look forward to the opportunity to add value to the agencies and universities the Office serves through education, strategic thinking, and the delivery of effective and efficient solutions for treating risk.” Ms. Santos added, “I am very excited to be a part of the Office’ s continued growth, and I look forward to helping state agencies find the best insurance program to fit their needs.”
Mr. Parker received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hanover College and holds an Associate in Risk Management from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. Ms. Santos received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Texas Woman’s University and has been licensed in Property and Casualty insurance since 1999.