2019 Officers & Directors

Please welcome our 2019 Officers and Directors.


Wallace Eason


Contact: wallace.eason.c8wu@statefarm.com

Wallace began his State Farm career in 1992. His 25 years in fire underwriting includes Personal lines, Commercial lines, and leadership experience. He has a BS in Business Adm/Management from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA. He earned his IIA in 1994. In 2007 he received his CPCU. He also obtained his Property and Casualty license the same year. He served as a director for 3 years, worked with New Designees and championed others for CPCU engagement. In 2017 he became the Vice President and served as New Designee Chair. He also took on the role as Volunteer Chair/Coordinator, recruiting chapter officers, directors, committee chairs and committee volunteers.


Precious Norman-Walton


Contact: Precious@dniadvisors.com

Precious is the Chief Operating Officer for Diamond National Insurance Advisors, a Commercial Agency in Las Colinas/Irving, Texas. She works with a team of Commercial Insurance Advisors who specialize in servicing the Small Business and Transportation Industry. Prior to her role with Diamond National Insurance Advisors, she served as Vice President of Account Management for Insureon, a Commercial Broker headquartered in Chicago, IL. She teaches Continuing Education classes for her firm, and mentors a group of agents interested in Professional Development and Industry Designations.

Vice-President and All Industry Day Committee Chair

Tony LaRocca


Contact: rlarocca@fcci-group.com

Tony is an claim specialist for FCCI Insurance Group in Richardson, Texas. During his claims career he has handled commercial auto, general liability, and property claims of all kinds and complexity. He has handled claims for commercial insureds and customers of all sizes across the country.  The Southwest Regional Office of FCCI Insurance opened in 2012.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas State University - San Marcos in 2006.  


Nicole Soto-Garcia


Contact: nicole.soto-garcia.shap@statefarm.com

Nicole is a California native, yet Texas has won her heart.  She is a personal lines underwriting supervisor for State Farm Insurance, and is proud that her company supports her insurance education journey.  She earned her CPCU designation in 2016 and celebrated at the conferment in Hawaii with her husband and son.  She looks forward to serving the Dallas CPCU Chapter in 2018 as the Board Secretary.


Karen Pieroni


Karen began her insurance career in 1994 with Great American Insurance selling home & auto until 1998.  She joined Liberty Mutual in 1998 holding several positions in Personal Insurance: Sales Rep, Life Trainer, Sales Manager, Lean Coach, and Sr. Compliance Analyst. She has a BS in Marketing from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  She earned her LUTCF in 2004 and CPCU this year.  She recently completed all requirements for her API designation. Karen has lived in Chicago, Lincoln, NE, Syracuse, NY and has been in Dallas since 1987. She recently served as Recording Secretary for the CPCU Dallas Chapter and is now serving as Treasurer.

Director; Membership Committee Chair

Tia Tolbert


Contact: tia.tolbert.nv5p@statefarm.com

Tia began her State Farm career in 2006. She has worked in a variety of claims areas with the majority in Human Resources and Auto Claims. Currently, as a Property Claim Trainer, she is a licensed Claim Adjuster and trains all levels of employees/leadership at State Farm.  Tia received her CPCU in 2016, roughly 1 year after passing her first exam. She received her AS in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo Valley in Michigan, where she is from. She received the highly regarded Enterprise Trainer Certification in August 2016 at State Farm.


ShaRhonda Caviness


Contact: CGWCDallas@gmail.com

ShaRhonda started her insurance career at State Farm in 2013 with the attitude that "some heroes wear capes, others adjust claims".  She is currently an Auto Bodily Injury Claims Adjuster but has held multiple roles as an inside and field deployable adjuster for property claims. She has her AIC, AINS and CPCU designations.  She received her BA in Business Administration, BS in Management and MA in Management and Leadership at Webster University.  She is currently working on her MA in Cybersecurity with intentions to meet the growing need in the insurance industry.  


Director; New Designees Committee - Co-Chair

Kerrick Porter


Contact: kerrick.porter@rlicorp.com

Kerrick is a Vice President and Manager of RLI’s Executive Products Group – Central Zone.  He has profit/loss responsibility for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the entire Midwestern region of the United States. He began his employment with RLI in 2007 as a Senior Underwriter prior to starting his insurance career in 2003 with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies serving in a number of roles. He earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a MBA from Texas Tech University along with completing the Rice University Executive Education Accelerated Development Program.

Director; Mentoring Committee Chair

Peter M. Morford



Peter began his insurance career in 1992 with State Farm Insurance.  During this time, he has had several positions across the country in Claims, Underwriting, Billing, Systems, and various Call Centers. He is currently a Manager for call center technology support.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Western Kentucky University in 1992 and his MBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2013.  

Director; New Designee Co-Chair

Shelly Thomas


Shelly graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelors in Finance in 2013. During her college career she interned within RLI’s Claims and Treasury departments. After graduation, she started her career with State Farm.  In 2015, she returned to RLI to work with the Executive Products Team and underwrites Cyber Liability. She is currently pursuing her MBA with a Business Analytics concentration at TWU.

Registration Chair

Kate Guy



Kate is an Underwriter for State Farm, specializing in Market Area Support. She began her career with State Farm in 2010 and has experience in a variety of areas including underwriting, customer service, and billing. She received her AINS designation in 2012 and her CPCU designation in 2015.Underwriter for State Farm, specializing in Market Area Support. She began her career with State Farm in 2010 and has experience in a variety of areas including underwriting, customer service, and billing. She received her AINS designation in 2012 and her CPCU designation in 2015.

Registration Co-Chair

Jennifer Sierra


Jennifer is a Supervisor at State Farm Insurance.  She originally began her insurance career in 1994 with State Farm and has held a variety of roles which include auto claim adjuster and auto personal lines underwriter.  Jennifer paused her insurance career to step into the education field as a classroom teacher for 5 years and returned to State Farm in 2013.  Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree  in Business Management from LeTourneau University and a master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She completed her CPCU designation in late 2015.

Social Media Committee - Chair

Martinique Castal



Martinique began his career with State Farm in 1993, as a Summer Intern in Fayetteville, AR, while attending college at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. His career has included Property and Injury field claims, Auto Centralized Claims (ACC), Service First, Centralized Total Loss Unit and Claim Automation and Procedures.  He was promoted to a Claim Service Support Supervisor in 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He joined Centralized Catastrophe Services in 2012 as a Team Manager in Irving, Texas.  He is currently a Forecast & Scheduling Manager in Richardson, Texas.   

Community Good Works Committee - Chair

Kristin Pearce


Kristin majored in finance at the University of Texas at Dallas and has attained the CPCU designation in 2011. She has been with America First and Liberty Mutual since 2007.  Kristin married Adam in 2010. They have a son, Nathan, 3, and two daughters — Heidi, 4, and Hannah, 10 months.  She has an eclectic taste in music and routinely listens to metal, country music, and pop.  One of her favorite activities is going to concerts with friends and family.  Kristin is looking forward to growing the Good Works Committee and providing members with diverse donation and volunteer opportunities in the future

Community Good Works Committee Assistant Chair

Add Matthew Maxwell


Upon spending much of his childhood living in multiple places, including multiple European countries, Matthew answered the call that 9/11 placed on his heart to serve in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician on nuclear-powered submarines. In 2016, Mathew was recruited by Tokio Marine and has since worked as a Sr. Claims Adjuster in Plano. Mathew has earned his CPCU, AMIM, and AIC designations and is a licensed adjuster in many state jurisdictions. A single, full-time father to three children, Mathew is eager to foster a love and passion for serving others in their young hearts. 

All Industry Day Commitee Co-Chair

Fredricka Myles


Fredericka Myles, CPCU is a current All Industry Day committee volunteer and will co-chair this event in Jan. 2020.  She began her career with State Farm Insurance in 2006 as a Catastrophe Claim representative in Jacksonville FL. She has held various positions throughout her State Farm career and is currently a Supervisor in the CCC Support Center in Richardson TX. Fredricka graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and later obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. She completed her CPCU designation in 2016.  Fredricka was a recipient of the Chapter’s October 2018 Volunteer Recognition Award.

All Industry Day Committee Co-Chair

Jonelle Willliams


Jonelle Williams is employed with State Farm as an Underwriting Support Services Supervisor, where she leads a team of Underwriting Service Assistants in the Personal Lines Contact Center.  Jonelle graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in French.  Her diverse professional career includes teaching for City Colleges of Chicago, Real Estate Agent, and Director of Supplemental Education Programs.  After relocating to Dallas, Jonelle began her career with State Farm in 2013.  She began as an Auto Underwriting and joined the leadership team in 2018. Jonelle is a recipient of the Chapter’s September 2019 Volunteer Recognition Award.

Social Committee - Chair

Allie Dean


Allie is a licensed Claim Trainer with State Farm Insurance, providing training to employees and their leadership across multiple claim segments. She earned her CPCU designation in 2016 and is currently pursuing her CLU designation. She attended Illinois State University where she received her BS degree with a double major in Finance and Insurance.  As a trainer, she has traveled to offices all across the country which has helped her pursuit of visiting all the MLB ballparks.  Allie recently relocated from California where she was the Social Committee Chair for the Golden Empire chapter.

Communication Committee - Chair

Amanda Norris


Amanda began her career at State Farm in 1992. Currently, she is a Risk and Compliance Analyst. She has a diverse background including positions in Agency and Claims support, Personal Lines Underwriting, and Enterprise Compliance departments. Amanda has 18 years of leadership experience. In 2001, Amanda completed her CPCU designation.   Amanda serves as Chapter Registrant Outreach.

Education Committee Chair

Nickquolette Barrett


Contact: irock@irockresumes.com

Nickquolette has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. She is currently a Claim Team Manager in the PIP/MPC department with former experience as a Corporate Instructor. In addition to her full-time career in insurance, Nickquolette is also the owner and founder of iRock Development Solutions, LLC dba iRock Rèsumès. She has earned four certifications in the career development space – Certified Professional Rèsumè Writer (CPRW), Certified Career Transition Coach (CCTC), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), and the National Certified Online Professional Expert (NCOPE).