Wright Risk Management Team
All of the following can be reached at 1 800-476-9747 (1 800 IS NYSIR)
  John Peppard
Ph: ext. 3920 or 516-750-3920

Peppard is Senior Vice President and Manager of Wright’s NYSIR program. Formerly, he served as a Regional Manager of Marketing and Subscriber Support for NYSIR member school districts in Rockland, Putnam, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties. He joined WRM in 2003 as a litigation examiner for NYSIR, and previously had been employed with State Farm Insurance for five years as a liability claim specialist. Peppard graduated with a degree in business from Molloy College and holds a New York State Broker’s license, as well as designations in claims law. He also is pursuing his CPCU designation.

Paul Weinstein, AU
Ph: ext. 1466 or 516-750-9466

As a Vice President and Director of NYSIR Marketing and Subscriber Support, Weinstein is currently responsible for the oversight of NYSIR’s marketing team statewide. A specialist in school district and BOCES insurance coverage, he previously served as NYSIR’s underwriting manager upon joining WRM in 1991. He has cultivated and maintained long-term relationships with NYSIR subscribers, contributed directly to NYSIR’s exceptional annual renewal retention rate, the expansion of new coverage’s and services for NYSIR members, and to NYSIR’s steady increase in new business growth. Weinstein holds a New York State property & casualty insurance broker’s license and is certified as an Associate in Underwriting NY the Insurance Institute of America. His 30+ years of insurance experience have included underwriting and senior training positions with AIG, AFIA and CIGNA. He’s a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Ronald Falcone, CPCU
Ph: ext. 1477 or 516-750-9477

Falcone is Senior Vice President of Claims for WRM and claims manager for NYSIR. He received his B.S. in business administration from SUNY Oswego and has earned the CPCU designation. Falcone has more than 25 years of insurance experience, specializing in the management of property and casualty claims for both commercial and personal lines of business. He has had extensive experience with major insurers such as Royal Insurance, American International and Continental Insurance Company, and is responsible for reserve posture, file direction and ultimate closing strategy.

Lisa Weber, Esq.
Ph: ext. 1473 or 516-750-9478

Weber is Managing Claims Counsel in the company’s Professional Liability Department. She is an attorney and currently manages professional liability/errors and omissions claims and coverage issues for NYSIR. In that capacity, she supervises litigation brought against schools throughout New York State in the areas of employment discrimination and civil rights concerns. She also serves as a member of WRM’s Claims Committee, which oversees claims and coverage issues, and participates in risk management initiatives. Prior to joining WRM, Weber worked in insurance litigation defense in various practice areas. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Frederick S. Black
Ph: ext. 1461 or 516-750-9461

Black is the Vice President of Underwriting. Mr. Black has been in the insurance profession for over 25 years. His experience includes management positions at a large regional managing general agent, where he had underwriting authority for multiple regional and national insurance carriers. Fred also has worked on the brokerage side of the industry as a Senior Account Manager at a firm that specialized in risk assessment and insurance placement for global media corporations. While at the Wright Risk Management, he has been a Senior Underwriter for both the Municipal and the School Reciprocals. He has been the NYSIR Underwriting Manager for over 10 years. His responsibilities include preparing rate and forms filings, assisting in reinsurance placement, developing new school specific coverage forms, and serving on the NYSIR Board of Governors Operations Committee.

Gregory Hawk, CCLA, CSRM
Ph: 716-989-8911

Hawk is a Regional Manager for Marketing and Subscriber Support based in the Buffalo/Rochester region and is responsible for the coordination and administration of services to all NYSIR clients in western New York. During a 25-year career with St. Paul Fire and Marine, State Farm and Chubb, Hawk developed a broad range of insurance expertise in carrier, agency, sales and territorial management. He holds a New York State broker’s license, a Certified School of Risk Managers designation, a Casualty Claims Law Associate certification, and is a New York State Certified Continuing Insurance Education instructor.

J. Brett Carruthers, CSP, RSSP
Ph: 716-282-4890

Carruthers is NYSIR’s Director of Risk Management. He has 32 years of diverse, professional safety, security and risk management experience, the last 18 years of which have been spent with NYSIR. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and has served ASSE as an officer at the local, regional and national levels. Carruthers graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Safety Sciences and a minor in human resources management.

Russell Phillips, CPCU
Ph: 518-867-6788

Phillips is Regional Manager in the Capital District, responsible for the coordination and administration of services to NYSIR clients in Eastern New York. He has a BA from Bates College and holds numerous insurance designations including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Claims, and Senior Claims Law Associate. Phillips has decades of experience in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry. He holds a New York State Broker’s license and looks forward to assisting both present and future NYSIR members in their understanding of comprehensive and cost effective insurance coverage.

Janet Ward
Ph: ext. 1396 or 516-750-9396

Ward is NYSIR’s Long Island Regional Manager for Subscriber Support and Marketing. She is responsible for the coordination and administration of services to all NYSIR subscribers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Ward has been associated with Wright Risk Management since 1994 and, as NYSIR’s Client Services Manager for 14 years, led the Wright Public Entity client service team in support of school districts, BOCES’ and municipalities throughout New York State. She holds a B.A. degree from Adelphi University.
David Barreras
Ph: 845-720-2682

Barreras is NYSIR’s Regional Representative for Member Support and Marketing for the Lower Hudson region. He is pleased to serve and support school districts and BOCES’ in Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties. He holds a New York State property and casualty insurance broker’s license and has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. His experience spans commercial property, general liability, E&O, employment practices liability, auto and excess liability lines and program business.

Andrew Graham, ARM
Ph: ext. 1953 or 516-750-3953

Graham is the Managing Director, Risk Management Services for WRM and has oversight responsibility for the NYSIR risk management team. He also participates as a member of the Operations Committee, has risk transfer response responsibilities, provides safety consulting on specific issues and works directly with several lower Westchester subscribers. He received his BS from Cornell University and has earned the ARM designation. Graham came to WRM in 2010 with over 20 years of experience in Safety/Risk Management with positions of increasing responsibility at Liberty Mutual and Aon Risk Services along with a stint at a smaller niche broker.

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