John Sullivan


John Sullivan is Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of Avaya Inc., a leading technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience including 8 years at JDS Uniphase Corporation and 9 years at PG&E Corporation....Read more

David Baria

David Baria is the elected Minority Leader of the Mississippi House of Representatives and practicing attorney from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He is a partner in Baria-Jones with offices in Bay St. Louis and Jackson, Mississippi. David has practiced law as a consumer advocate for over 20 years and is a past President of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member...Read more

Nicholas Casagrande

Nicholas Casagrande

Nicholas Casagrande is the CEO of NC Financial Group and brings over 20 years of financial planning experience to our Board.  NC Financial Group offers a wide variety of financial solutions including investment and retirement strategies, real estate services, insurance and annuity products, estate conservation, tax preparation and small business tax analysis. Casagrande is also...Read more

Evangeline Fisher Grossman

Ms. Grossman specializes in Insurance Bad Faith litigation, Residential Property Losses, Commercial Property Losses and Financial Elder Abuse. 
Ms. Grossman is a previous board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and remains active in the organization.  She is a current board member of...Read more

Brian Kabateck

Brian Kabateck, the founder and managing partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP in Los Angeles, is a plaintiffs-only attorney who has helped consumers recover more than $1 billion in settlement awards for injury and wrongdoing. He...Read more

Laura Levine


Laura Levine is a Home Loan Officer and brings over 20 years of home lending experience.  Ms. Levine specializes in purchase loans, especially short sales and REO properties, first-time homebuyer loan programs, down payment assistance and employer assisted homeownership, as well as VA and FHA loans.

Ms. Levine previously worked for a non-profit that...Read more

William "Chip" Merlin

William "Chip" Merlin has served as a plaintiff's attorney with a focus on Commercial and Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith Insurance litigation since 1983. Chip is a noted national authority on Insurance Bad Faith, lecturing to national trade groups and publishing a number of papers and articles on the subject for organizations such as The American Association...Read more

Sue Piper

A survivor of the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm and long time emergency preparedness advocate, Susan Piper has close to 45 years of experience in public relations, marketing communications, and community organizing. She is a graduate...Read more

Jennifer Rosdail

Jennifer Rosdail has more than 14 years experience selling homes and investments; she currently serves as a realtor with Keller Williams in San Francisco.  Ms. Rosdail has a diverse professional background and has even spent time fundraising for her children's elementary school.

Ms. Rosdail has a Bachelor of Science in U.S. History from the City College of San Francisco and a...Read more

Pamela Schmitz

Pamela Schmitz serves as a Financial Advisor at Brio Financial Group in San Francisco. Ms. Schmitz specializes in providing comprehensive financial advice for clients working towards or in retirement, preparing for the unexpected and leaving a legacy.

Ms. Schmitz...Read more

Doug Wertheimer

Doug Wertheimer serves as a Partner of IC. Prior to joining IC he was a successful entrepreneur with several well-known ventures in media and entertainment, consumer products and financial services.

From 1999-2002, Mr. Wertheimer was a founding executive with Size Technologies, a pioneering electronic payments company acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006. From 1995-1999...Read more

Alice Wolfson


Alice Wolfson, a nationally known policyholders' attorney, is a founder of the National Women's Health Network and has served on their board for six years. Additionally, she was a founder of the Committee to Defend Reproductive Rights...Read more

Amy Bach

Executive Director

Amy Bach has been a professional advocate for insurance consumers (policyholders), since 1984 and an attorney since 1989. She currently serves as the organization's Executive Director and spokesperson; shaping and overseeing the Roadmap to Recovery™, Roadmap to Preparedness, and Advocacy and Action programs. She is a nationally recognized expert on insurance claim and legal matters;...Read more

Stanley Feldman

Stanley G. Feldman

(Ex Officio)

Stanley G. Feldman served as a justice for twenty-one years, including a five year term as Chief Justice. During his long tenure, the Arizona Supreme Court became one of the nation's most respected state supreme courts, due in...Read more

Larry Ginsburg

Larry P. Ginsburg

(Ex Officio)

Larry Ginsburg is a certified financial planner with offices in the Montclair Village District of Oakland. He has served as the Chairman of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of the East Bay and Chairman of the FPA Northern...Read more

William Hedden

(Ex Officio)

William Hedden is President and CEO of Consolidated Adjusting, Inc, a public insurance adjusting firm. In 1991, he became a licensed Public Insurance Adjuster with the California Department of Insurance. He is also a licensed real estate broker and a licensed B-1 general contractor in the State of California. He earned a law degree from Hastings College of Law and was admitted to the...Read more

Jim Jones

(Ex Officio)

Jim Jones is a Managing Director with Scale Venture Partners in Foster City, CA. Jim joined Scale Venture Partners in 2000 and currently sits on the Board of Directors of 5 private high technology companies, and previously served on the board of Monolithic Power Systems (...Read more

E. Gerard Mannion

(Ex Officio)

Gerry Mannion is an attorney in private practice in San Francisco, California. His firm Mannion & Lowe is dedicated to representing insurance policyholders who have been wronged by the insurance company regarding their coverage. The majority of his practice involves "bad faith" on the part of the insurance company, usually in refusing to pay benefits on a valid claim. He represents...Read more

Shirley Roberson

Shirley Roberson

(Ex Officio)

Shirley Roberson has been indispensable to United Policyholders since 1997 in various paid and volunteer capacities. Shirley brings a wealth of skills and dedication to the Board. She was a cofounder of A Central Place, an incubator for fledgling nonprofits in downtown...Read more

Deborah Senn

Deborah Senn

(Ex Officio)

Deborah Senn has been a lawyer and consumer advocate for 28 years. Ms. Senn has provided legal representation for a broad range of clients including consumers, community groups, women's groups, labor unions and small businesses....Read more

Bill Shernoff

William Shernoff

(Ex Officio)

Mr. Shernoff returns to United Policyholders board, having served on UP's first Board of Directors. He was a founding partner of the law firm Shernoff, Bidart & Darras. He has devoted his career to fighting insurance company...Read more