Mentor of the year

RISE Mentor of the Year is a prestigious award which recognizes the hard work and time commitment put in by those who mentor our RISE community. Whether part of our program or on their own, mentees nominate their mentors and we have the difficult job to narrow it down to just one recipient.


A mentor is a counselor who helps develop self-awareness, character, skills, goal development and fulfillment. They provide guidance and accountability. Characteristics of a good mentor include: self-awareness, good listener, humility, committed, personal investment in mentee, patience, and persistence. 

2024 Mentor of the Year

Michelle Raue

Senior Vice President, Chief Claim Officer at Preferred Mutual

Past Winners


Awais Farooq

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Transformation at Crawford & Company


Stephen Henning

Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP at Founding Partner


Angela Noble

Vice President Innovation at EMC Insurance Companies


Caryn Siebert

Vice President at Gallagher Bassett

Past Finalists

Adrienne Woodberry

VP, Field Property, Western Zone at PURE Insurance

Heather Schafer

Transportation Claims Specialist at Reserv TPA

Thomas Chernow

Underwriting Specialist at Liberty Mutual

Brittany Graman

Talent Development Manager at Gibson Insurance

Steve Wang

Divisional Manager at Mercury Insurance

George Pavarini

VP - Workers Comp & Liability at Amerisure

Halley Corbett

Executive Vice President of Recruiting at Insure National

Tim Roberts

VP - Workers Comp Claims at Everest Insurance

Tony Chimera

Chief Talent Officer at Westfield Specialty

Tandeka Nomvete

Director, College Recruiting at Questpro Consultants

Chris Greene

SVP, Chief Claims Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Canal Insurance Company

Susan Atkins

Assistant Vice President at Golden Bear Insurance Company

Romina Fischman-Smith

Nationwide Insurance

June Holmes

American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Maureen Myre


Anthony Daniel Thorne

National Flood Insurance Program

Chris Gagnon

Houston International Insurance Group