Governor Scott Walker appointed Ted Nickel of Merrill, Wisconsin, as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance regulates the business of insurance in Wisconsin. The office has a staff of 153 and is responsible for examining industry financial solvency and market conduct, licensing agents, reviewing policy forms for compliance with state legislation, investigating consumer complaints and providing consumer information. In addition to its regulatory duties, the office administers the State Life Insurance Fund, Local Government Property Insurance Fund, and Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Nickel worked for almost 18 years as director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill, Wisconsin. Commissioner Nickel has been actively engaged in insurance industry affairs in Wisconsin. He has served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, including having served as chair. Commissioner Nickel served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund and the Oklahoma Property Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, as well as having served as a member of the Legal and Government Affairs Committee of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Commissioner Nickel also worked in the administration of former Governor Tommy Thompson.
Commissioner Nickel served on the Northcentral Technical College District Board of Trustees for six years. While there, he served as secretary/treasurer and participated on a CEO recruiting committee. He chaired the Merrill Parks and Recreation Committee and was vice chair of the City Plan Commission.
The Commissioner was elected secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in December 2014. He currently serves on the Executive (EX) Committee, Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, Governance Review (EX) Task Force, Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group and the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee. He chairs the Audit Committee and the NAIC/Industry Liaison Committee and is vice chair of the Consumer Participation Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee, Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee, NAIC American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee and serves on several other NAIC task forces and committees. In addition, he chairs the Contingent Deferred Annuity (A) Working Group, Mortgage Guaranty Insurance (E) Working Group, and the Health Care Reform Regulatory Alternatives (B) Working Group.
In August 2014, the Commissioner was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance which serves as an advisory committee to the Federal Insurance Office.
Commissioner Nickel earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Valparaiso University.
Governor Scott Walker appointed Dan Schwartzer as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin on January 4, 2011.
Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer, subject to the general direction of the Commissioner, supervises the regulatory, public information and administrative functions of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. As Deputy, he also exercises and performs the functions of the Commissioner in the Commissioner's absence.
Prior to his appointment, Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer owned his own government relations and association management firm that worked with both corporations and trade associations from a variety of industries. He served as executive director for the Wisconsin Employee Benefit Advisors Association, executive director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, as well as executive director for the Independent Business Association of Wisconsin.
Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer is a licensed insurance intermediary holding property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance licenses. He has over 25 years of experience in insurance, health care financing and business issues and over 12 years of experience in government relations and association management.
Deputy Commissioner Schwartzer earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.
Mr. Wieske was appointed Legislative Liaison/Public Information Officer in October 2011. His duties include supervision of the legislative and public information and communications functions in the agency.
Mr. Wieske brings 18 years of experience in working in the insurance industry, particularly in dealing with health insurance issues. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wieske served as the Executive Director of the Council of Affordable Health Insurance. He joined the Council in 2003 as the Director of State Affairs. The Council is a research and advocacy association of insurance carriers that is active in individual, small group, health savings accounts, and senior markets. In this capacity, J.P. has led the Council's state advocacy efforts and regularly testified before state legislatures across the country. He has also co-authored several publications related to timely health insurance issues. Prior to his work with the Council, Mr. Wieske was the Senior Government Affairs Specialist of a Wisconsin-based insurer.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from Carroll College.
James C. Boll
James C. Boll has been serving as Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of Commissioner of Insurance since his appointment by Governor Walker in July of 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was Senior Corporate Counsel for a local utility. He has 15 years of experience in the utilities industry; he also worked in private practice and in-house with American Family Insurance. Mr. Boll is a Past President of the State Bar of Wisconsin and has served on numerous committees for the State Bar for which he has been a two-time recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service to the Bar. He is a Referee for the Supreme Court of Wisconsin for attorney disciplinary proceedings. He is a Board Member and Fellow with the Wisconsin Law Foundation and serves on the Board of the Attic Angels Foundation. He has served as a mayoral appointee to numerous city committees including the Madison Plan Commission. He has been an adjunct professor in the undergraduate and MBA program at Cardinal Stritch University. Mr. Boll received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his law degree from Marquette University Law School. Mr. Boll attended Madison Memorial High School where he continues to be an active supporter of "Spartan Pride" athletics.
Kate Ludlum was appointed the Insurance Administrator for Funds and Program Management in March 2015. Ms. Ludlum is responsible for the oversight of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund, the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, the State Life Insurance Fund, and all internal administrative duties including budget, accounting, human resources, and information technology for the agency.
Kate has more than 30 years of management, leadership and human resource experience. In 2011, Kate joined the Office of Commissioner of Insurance as OCI's Office Management Specialist, assisting the Insurance Administrator in a variety of capacities. Prior to joining OCI in 2011 she was employed by Verizon Telecommunications in various roles thoughout her career.
Kate has a Bachelor's of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Professional - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) certification.
Cari Lee was appointed as Division Administrator of Regulation and Enforcement in February of 2016. In that role, Cari supervises both the Bureau of Market Regulation and the Bureau of Financial Analysis and Examinations. Prior to her appointment, Cari served as the Bureau Director of Market Regulation in the Division of Regulation and Enforcement. As Bureau Director Cari has overseen the regulatory activities of the bureau including market conduct examinations and analysis, rate and form filings, Wisconsin's Effective Rate Review Program, agent licensing, and consumer complaints.
Prior to joining the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Cari served as the Director of Membership and Marketing for the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW). In this position, she was involved in developing the group's strategic plan as well as annual budget planning, facilitated upgrades in the technical IT infrastructure, and worked on communication issues. She received national recognition for her work on behalf of the organization.
Cari has over 15 years of combined insurance policy and legislative experience working in the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly, in the office of former Wisconsin Governor, Tommy G. Thompson, and with several Wisconsin-based insurance associations.
Cari holds a degree in International Relations and minor in Economics.