From the Executive's Desk
I am super excited to have been asked by the PIA Board of Directors to take over the Association Executive position. I forgot to do the 1st day of new job picture, but just know there was a smile on my face, with a touch of sadness, to say goodbye to our Kevin Kowar. Kevin is still going to hang out with us at several events, our annual golf outing and I think he won’t be able to help himself but come to visit us at the convention.
Those of you that I have met through classes, you know I am always ready for a WOOHOO! So, let’s get that over with! I am looking forward to working with John Potthast our PIA of VA & DC President in helping him and the Board of Directors realize their goals for the Association.
Entering a new position in a company you have worked with for over 10 years is interesting. I have had the opportunity to see a lot and be involved in some great events and committees. When considering this move, I did some self-reflection and what I have come up with is: we need more engagement. This is something I am extremely passionate about. Our PIA staff and I are here for you and we want to engage with you, one of the ways we will do this is by highlighting a member agency every month. We want to know your story, we want to know your why… Why did you join PIA? Have you wanted to serve on a committee and just aren’t sure where to start? Are you afraid volunteering will take too much time away from your work hours? As you can see, we have a lot of questions for you and a survey doesn’t get down to the core of who our members are.
We have some new team members here at PIA, we will introduce all of you to them. I do want to brag on them that both Ami and Charletta have hit the ground running. You might have met Ami at the VA Convention and Charletta joined, and we took her down to the NC Convention. They are great additions to Lisa, who handles our E&O Insurance Services for Virginia and North Carolina, and Carol, who handles member services for our Virginia members.
Please call me if there is anything I can help you with, I will be reaching out to our members throughout the next few months into the beginning of the year.
Sheryl Chasse, CPIA
PIAVADC Association Executive
Meet Charletta Jones: Director of Education
Charletta Jones is an accomplished educational leader with a strong track record of fostering academic excellence and character development. Armed with a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Norfolk State University, Charletta brings a solid educational foundation to her roles. Her expertise spans strategic planning, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, fiscal budget management, and effective communication.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Charletta played a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery of quality education while managing operational challenges. As Head of School at a private Christian institution in Waldorf, Maryland, her visionary leadership and organizational restructuring efforts resulted in prestigious accreditations and enhanced public relations through alignment with school board recommendations.
As the Director of Education in the private school sector for six years, Charletta oversaw learning material development, supported teachers, and established robust parent communication while implementing assessment policies for student growth. Her tenure as an Elementary Principal reflected her commitment to aligning instructional programs with the school's mission and creating an inclusive environment.
Beginning her career as an Elementary Teacher, Charletta excelled in engaging students and fostering nurturing classroom environments. She is a dedicated educator with a knack for adapting to evolving challenges, shaping the future of learning.
Charletta, a Virginia native, resides in southern Maryland with her two sons, Jeremiah and Jaylen.
2023 Convention Awards:
Agent of the Year – Saray Uribe, CharSan Insurance & Consulting, LLC
Company of the Year – Penn National Insurance Co. (Edwina Hedrick accepted)
Company Representative of the Year – Laura Jazab – AccidentFund Insurance Co.
Broker of the Year – Jackson Sumner & Associates (Reggie LaFuria accepted)
Congratulations to all of our winners and THANK YOU to all our attendees, looking forward to seeing you all next year!
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