Biographies

Stephen L. Porcelli
President
Steve helped start Berkley DP in April 2013. As President of Berkley DP he leads a talented group of insurance professionals in building the company. Steve's insurance career spans twenty-five years; with a specialization in the Professional Liability product lines. He started as an underwriter and grew into management positions with a number of large, well-known specialty carriers. He's been an entrepreneur in the industry; starting and growing several Professional Liability businesses for his employers. Steve graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. Degree in Economics and Industrial Relations and from Northeastern University with an MBA in Finance. Steve is based in Albany, N.Y.
Lawrence G. Moonan
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Larry helped launch Berkley DP in April of 2013 and will oversee the company's underwriting, marketing, distribution, product development and risk management initiatives. He has worked in the professional liability insurance field for over 23 years, and in 2002 founded and was Division President of a national insurance program management firm writing professional liability for design firms. Prior to 2002 Larry was Senior Vice President and Chief Insurance Officer for one of the leading writers of professional liability for design firms, where he headed the underwriting and claims divisions of a $220 million dollar company. Larry began his career in the insurance industry in 1990, working as an insurance company Underwriter before being promoted to Sr. Underwriter, then Director of Sales for a $46 million dollar agents and brokers E&O program. Larry graduated with a B.S. Degree in Management Science and Marketing from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Larry is based in Carmel, California.
Laila Santana
Executive Vice President & Chief Claims Officer
Laila has been a claims professional dedicated to the design industry for more than fourteen years. Prior to joining Berkley DP, she was the Director of Design & Construction Professional Claims for a leading insurance carrier for design professionals and design-build contractors. Laila created, grew and led that claims department for that carrier. Prior to that, she was VP, Executive Claims Counsel & Regional Claims Manager for a leading A&E insurance carrier. Before entering the insurance industry, Laila practiced law with Booth, Mitchell & Strange, LLP in Orange, CA. She is graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and Pepperdine University/Seaver College with a B.A. Degree in Communications and Business. She is a licensed attorney and a member of ACEC's Risk Management Committee, ACEC's Legal Counsel Forum, IRMI and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). She is based in Irvine, CA.
Robert J. Connor, JD, CIC
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
In his 18 years in the professional liability insurance industry, Bob has served in a number of roles including underwriter, regional vice president, retail broker, wholesale broker and business development manager. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Bob practiced law. His varied experience provides Bob with a unique perspective that will assist him in his primary roles of distribution management, communication, brand promotion and new product development. Bob graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. Degree (with honors) in Economics Management and from St. John's University School of Law with a J.D. Bob is based in Oklahoma City, OK
Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA
Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Management Officer
Andy joined Berkley DP in July 2013 after a 35 year career as a licensed architect and firm principal with a diverse background of practice, project, financial, operations and risk management experience particularly in the large A/E firm environment. He has held corporate leadership positions as CFO, Contracting Officer and Director of Education at OWP/P and most recently served as Director of Practice Management for Cannon Design. He has advanced the development and publishing of industry standard contracts through leadership of and engagement with AIA Documents Committee and the Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) Legal Committee. Andy directs Berkley DP's value-added initiatives in providing leading-edge risk management resources, tools and training with a focus on key practice, business, project management and project delivery issues affecting architects, engineers and other design professionals. Andy attained a B.S. degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and business management certification from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. Andy is based in Chicago, IL
Anthony Andersen
Senior Vice President, Professional Liability Claims Manager
Anthony has managed and handled A&E claims for more than 25 years. He brings a wealth of A&E claims and construction-related experience as well as knowledge regarding best practices and risk management for A&E firms. In his role as Professional Liability Claims Manager, Anthony will be providing managerial oversight to our claims staff.
Walter J. Adams
Vice President & Senior Claims Examiner
Walter has more than 16 years' experience handling claims and is licensed to practice law in New York. Prior to joining Berkley DP, Walter was Senior Claims Counsel, handling A&E and Contractor's Professional Liability Claims for a leading insurance carrier. He also practiced law at a NY law firm handling professional liability, general liability and environmental coverage matters, as well as, construction coverage litigation. He has a B.A. degree from the State University of Oswego New York and a J.D. degree from Fordham Law.
Gina Armbruster
Vice President & Senior Claims Examiner
Gina has more than 10 years of experience handling claims and is also an Illinois licensed attorney. Prior to joining Berkley DP, she was Senior Claims Analyst and Consultant, handling A&E and Contractor's Professional Liability Claims for a leading insurance carrier. She also practiced law at a Chicago law firm handling insurance defense matters. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Diane Mika
Vice President & Director of Risk Management Education
Diane has more than 18 years of experience in professional liability insurance for architects and engineers, focused on understanding the causes of claims - and translating that knowledge into meaningful education programs that help A/Es avoid or mitigate loss. With her skills and expertise in project management, writing, editing, course design and the development of intricate learning management systems, she will help Berkley DP elevate its risk management education offerings. Diane earned her B.S. degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and is also a certified instructional designer with an emphasis in eLearning. Diane is based in Carmel, CA.
Catherine Santiago
Vice President & Lead Underwriter
Cathy's 30+ years of experience in the architects & engineers segment includes the lead underwriting position at a national insurance program management firm writing professional liability for design firms. Prior to that, she worked at one of the leading writers of professional liability for design firms in various senior positions. Cathy's primary focus centered on architects & engineers large account underwriting, with extensive involvement in underwriter training, actuarial interface, procedural / systems development and reinsurance support. Cathy is based in Carmel, CA.
Monica Young
Vice President & Program Director - BDP Express
Monica brings 25 years of underwriting knowledge specializing in architects & engineers professional liability with one of the leading underwriters of professional liability insurance for design firms. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a project manager with responsibility for production of policy forms and endorsements, underwriting manuals, producer training seminars and application updates. Monica has also been instrumental in creating insurance products and services to meet the needs of policyholders. Monica is based in Carmel, CA.
Michael Cecere
Assistant Vice President, Senior Claims Examiner
Mike has more than 20 years' experience handling professional liability claims. He has worked for a leading insurance carrier as a senior claims examiner and as a professional liability claims manager. His responsibilities included both A&E and Construction Professional claims.
Deborah A. Ferris
Assistant Vice President, Senior Underwriter
Debbie joined Berkley DP in October 2015. Debbie has been underwriting Architects and Engineers Professional Liability since beginning her insurance career in 2002. During her 10+ year career, Debbie took an interest in gaining a deeper understanding, knowledge and appreciation for the claims process through a mentorship with a seasoned claims manager which lead to her involvement with claims mediation and resolution. Debbie is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, in Annville PA. Debbie is based in Atlanta GA.
Janet A. Hafner
Assistant Vice President, Senior Underwriter
Janet joined Berkley DP in April, 2014. She has 36 years experience in the insurance industry. The first 7 years of her career were spent working at a life/health insurance company. Then, Janet spent 13 years with a leading A&E professional liability insurance carrier supervising the policy issuance department, working with the regulatory department and also assisting with meeting planning and special projects. She then spent 8 years underwriting homeowners insurance. Just prior to joining Berkley DP, Janet spent 8 years as an Architects & Engineers professional liability underwriter for a leading program manager working with retail brokers all over the US. Janet is based in Carmel, CA.
Colleen Kennedy, CPCU, RPLU, AU
Assistant Vice President, Senior Underwriter
Colleen is a 10-year veteran in the A&E Professional Liability niche and has worked for two leading A&E insurance companies. She also spent four years underwriting A&E PL on behalf of another Berkley company. Colleen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds the CPCU, RPLU and AU designations. She is located in Philadelphia, PA.
John McKinney
Assistant Vice President, Senior Claims Examiner
John is an attorney who practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance defense prior to moving to the insurance company side of the business. For the past 10 years, he has handled professional liability claims for design and construction professionals for two leading insurance carriers. John is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law.
Elizabeth Molina
Assistant Vice President, Senior Claims Examiner
Liz has handled A&E claims for more than 23 years for leading insurance carriers. She brings a wealth of A&E claims experience as well as knowledge regarding best practices and risk management for A&E firms.
Cynthia Russell
Assistant Vice President, Senior Claims Examiner
Cindy has more than 25 years of experience with professional liability claims. For more than 20 years, she has handled A&E professional liability for two leading carriers.
Barbara A. Block
Senior Underwriter
Barbara brings 25 years of experience in the professional liability insurance industry. She spent the first 9 years of her career as an underwriting processing coordinator with a leading design professional liability insurance carrier. She then moved to broker side of the business where she was an Account Executive at a leading retail broker for design professionals in the southwest United States. Most recently, Barbara spent the past 10 years as an Architect & Engineers professional liability underwriter for a leading program manager working with retail brokers throughout the country. Barbara is based in Carmel, CA.
Wayne Brockington, RPLU, AU
Senior Underwriter
Wayne began his insurance career as a claims specialist at a top insurance carrier before moving into an underwriting role in 2006. He spent the last seven years with a leading A&E insurance company. Wayne is a graduate of Widener University and holds both RPLU and AU designations. He is located in Washington, D.C.
Christopher J. Regan
Underwriter
Chris joined Berkley DP as an accountant in January 2015. Early in 2017 he became part of the Berkley DP underwriting group and is currently working towards an RPLU designation. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2013 with a B.S. Degree in Professional Accounting. Chris is based in Atlanta, GA.
Jeanette Vaccarezza
Risk Management Project Coordinator
Janie White
Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator