Senior Management

Last Updated: February 20, 2017

Picture of Commissioner Theodore K. Nickel.

Ted Nickel

Governor Scott Walker appointed Ted Nickel as Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) regulates the business of insurance in Wisconsin. OCI 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, OCI administers the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, Local Government Property Insurance Fund, and State Life Insurance Fund. As Commissioner, he serves as the final adjudicator of all OCI administrative actions, vice co-chairs the Governor's Financial Literacy Council, and serves on the Wisconsin Retirement Board.

In December 2016, Commissioner Nickel was elected as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). As President, he serves on the Executive (EX) Committee, Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group, and the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee. He is a member of the NAIC American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee and serves on several other NAIC task forces and committees. In addition, he chairs the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance (E) Working Group.

Commissioner Nickel is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). He is a member of the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Chairs the Site Selection Committee.

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 has been actively engaged in insurance industry affairs in Wisconsin. 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. 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 earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Valparaiso University.


J.P. Wieske

Commissioner Nickel appointed J.P. Wieske as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin in June 2016. Deputy Commissioner Wieske, 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 this appointment, Mr. Wieske served as the OCI Legislative Liaison/Public Information Officer (PIO) for 5 years.

Mr. Wieske brings more than 20 years of experience working in the insurance industry. He is the Chair of the NAIC's Regulatory Framework Task Force and has served as Chair of the NAIC's Network Adequacy Subgroup. As PIO, Mr. Wieske directed OCI's communication strategy including responding to press inquiries, supervising OCI's Web site, and editing OCI publications. As Legislative Liaison, he shepherded OCI's legislative agenda through the legislative process including bills relating to insurance company solvency requirements and bills impacting all lines of insurance.

Prior to his appointment as Legislative Liaison/PIO, Mr. Wieske served as the Executive Director of the Council of Affordable Health Insurance. In that capacity, he authored and co-authored numerous publications related to timely health insurance issues and testified on insurance issues in state legislatures across the country. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Political Science from Carroll College.


Elizabeth Hizmi

Elizabeth Hizmi was appointed as Legislative Liaison/Public Information Officer (PIO) in September 2016. Her duties include supervision of the legislative and public information and communications functions in the agency.

Prior to her appointment as Legislative Liaison/PIO, Ms. Hizmi served as the Division Administrator for Policy Development at the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). The Division of Policy Development is responsible for providing administrative support and policy guidance to professional regulatory boards and consultation about continuing education requirements and examination requirements for regulated professions in Wisconsin. The Division is also home to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), a tool to improve patient care and safety and to reduce the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

Ms. Hizmi also previously served as the Director of Gubernatorial Appointments in the Office of Governor Scott Walker. In this capacity, she was responsible for facilitating gubernatorial appointments to over 200 boards, councils, commissions and task forces.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Charlotte Klenke

Charlotte Klenke was appointed as Chief Legal Counsel in February 2017. She is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Commissioner's Unit and overseeing OCI's Legal Unit.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Klenke was the Associate General Counsel for Schneider National, Inc., in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During her long-term tenure at Schneider, Ms. Klenke was directly involved in, and responsible for, the successful handling of a wide array of business legal issues involving clients throughout all levels of the organization.

As an attorney in Green Bay, she practiced with the law firms of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., and Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, where she concentrated in the areas of corporate, bankruptcy, commercial and business transactional matters.

Prior to practicing law in Green Bay, Ms. Klenke was a certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., in Houston, Texas, where she specialized in the audit and review of financial statements for compliance with SEC regulations. Ms. Klenke also served as a Business Law instructor for a course preparing candidates for the certified public accounting exam.

Ms. Klenke received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center where she received the American Jurisprudence Award for Real Estate. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration undergraduate degree, with honors, from Loyola University of New Orleans and was recognized as the Outstanding Freshman by the Loyola School of Business.


Kate Ludlum

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 throughout 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

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.