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Professional Service Team

Irene Shpolyansky
Senior Director, Claims and Litigation
Karen Bodmer, MBA, CPCU, RPLU

Director of Underwriting


Phil Cary, ARM, CLCS

Business Development Manager


Barbara Cherry, RN, BSN, CCLA
Senior Claims Consultant
Mary Danner, RN, MS, CPHRM

Senior Risk & Patient Safety Consultant

Vicky Rollins, RN, MHA, CPHRM, CPPS 
Senior Risk & Patient Safety Consultant
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Irene Shpolyansky joined the Premier Insurance Management Services team in 2019 as Senior Director of Claims and Litigation for the American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX). She is responsible for evaluating, monitoring, negotiating and resolving hospital-focused liabilities from notification to completion. Irene has over 18 years of healthcare professional liability insurance experience.  Prior to joining AEIX and the Premier Insurance team, Irene served as Director of Claims for the University of California Professional Liability program at Sedgwick.  Irene’s claims experience ranges from personally handling complex medical malpractice claims to hiring, training and managing a team of claims professionals. As Director, Irene created strong, trusting relationships with the Risk Managers at the various University of California Medical Centers, the executive team at the University, as well as her Sedgwick team which allowed her to develop, rebuild and retain the University of California account at Sedgwick.   Irene’s unique experience of working in a program that contained numerous member hospitals with different needs and her team oriented approach to claims handling will be beneficial to the AEIX membership.

Irene has a Bachelor’s of Art degree in English from the University of California at Sedgwick and is currently working on obtaining her California Adjuster’s license.

Karen Bodmer, MBA, CPCU, RPLU is a Director Underwriting for Premier Insurance Management Services, Inc. (PIMS) and the American  Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX).  Karen has 33 years of property and casualty insurance experience and specializing in healthcare professional liability for the past 23 years.  She joined AEIX in 1995 and operates as the policy manager for the entire AEIX book of business.  Karen maintains a broad range of duties and functions for the underwriting team overall.  Prior to joining AEIX, Karen worked for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

Karen holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) From San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Additionally, Karen holds both the CPCU and the RPLU insurance designations.

Phillip Cary, ARM, CLCS joined the Premier Insurance Management Services team in 2019 as a Senior Account Executive.   He is responsible for marketing strategy, retention, and new business of Premier’s Exclusive Insurance Purchasing and Partnership Programs for the American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) membership throughout Western United States.  Phillip has nine (9) years of healthcare professional liability insurance experience and eight (8) years of experience in the mortgage lending industry.  Prior to joining the AEIX and Premier Insurance team, Phillip served as Senior National Account Manager with The Doctors Company, where he managed a sales team, a book of medical professional liability (MPL) business as well as the wholesale distribution operations of non-MPL lines.  Phillip has created unique and long lasting insurance programs with healthcare partners through his strategic holistic approach to client management.  He establishes strong successful relationships with his brokers, while thoughtfully negotiating robust terms and conditions for the members and brings a high degree of teamwork to the AEIX membership.

Phillip  received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Humboldt State University.  He holds an Associates of Risk Management (ARM) designation as well as a Commercial Liability Coverage Specialist (CLCS) from the Hartford and he maintains an agent license in both Property and Casualty as well as Life and Health.

Barbara Cherry joined the Premier Claims Management Team in January 2020. Barbara comes to us from Atlantic Health System, Morristown NJ, where she was a  Claims Manager for a  Captive Insurance Program, handling all aspects of Professional Liability, General Liability and Employment matters. Barbara is also a registered Professional Nurse with extensive clinical background in maternal child, orthopedics, medical and surgical nursing.   With well over 34 years claims experience in the commercial and Third Party Administrator arena, Barbara participated as a key member of a Clinical Claims Review Committee, consisting of an all multidisciplinary group, analyzing trends, sharing information aimed at improving patient outcomes and  reducing legal costs through early claims resolution.

Barbara has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the designation of Claims Casualty Law Associate.

Mary Danner is a Senior Risk Management Consultant at Premier Insurance Management Services, Inc. (PIMS) and American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX). She has more than thirty-five years of experience in the healthcare industry working in clinical practice, healthcare administration, education, and consulting. Ms. Danner has provided risk management consulting for over 20 years on a nation-wide basis. Her clients have included single location and multi-hospital systems, university hospitals, community hospitals, large medical groups, free-standing ambulatory facilities, surgical centers, and long-term care facilities. She has also developed and presented numerous physician and staff education programs.

Ms. Danner’s clinical areas of expertise are in emergency/trauma and critical care. Ms. Danner received her nursing degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and her Masters of Health Law and Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She is a Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager (CPHRM), a Certified Professional Patient Safety (CPPS), and is a member of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.

Vicky Rollins, RN, MHA, CPHRM, CPPS joined Premier Insurance Management Services (PIMS) and the American Excess Insurance Exchange (AEIX) team in 2020 as a Senior Risk & Patient Safety Consultant. Vicky’s expertise is in outpatient ambulatory services, physician office practices and hospitals. Prior to joining AEIX, Vicky was the Senior Director, Patient Safety Programs for The Doctors Company for 10 years where she provided loss prevention and patient safety services and education to custom policy holders, large medical groups and facilities. Vicky has a nursing background in med/surg, intensive care and cardiology, and has served in a nursing management role.

Vicky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences (BSHS) and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree (MHA) from Columbia Commonwealth University. Vicky holds national certifications in both healthcare risk management and patient safety.