Department of Insurance
Office of Consumer Advocacy Team Receives APIR Designation
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June 30, 2009
Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon has announced that
Deputy Commissioner Clarissa A. Preston, John A. Lamke and Sherice D. Forte’ have
completed the requirements for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
(NAIC) Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation (APIR) designation.
The APIR program provides insurance regulators with an NAIC-sponsored professional
designation recognizing their expertise in insurance regulation. The designation
program communicates to Congress and others that insurance regulators have
achieved a high standard of insurance knowledge and are utilizing best
practices in a variety of areas including consumer protection.
“Achieving the APIR designation means that Clarissa, John and Sherice
have completed the qualifying education courses designed to improve the high
quality of service they provide to the Department’s Office of Consumer
Advocacy,” Commissioner Donelon said.
Clarissa A. Preston has served as Deputy Commissioner of
the Office of Consumer Advocacy since the position was created by the Louisiana
Legislature in 2007.
She began her career at the Department of Insurance in 1997 and was named
Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Property and Casualty in 2005 before
heading Consumer Advocacy. Preston is a certified insurance counselor and
past recipient of the Society’s certificate of achievement for her
commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service in the insurance profession.
She is a New Orleans native and 1994 graduate of Louisiana State University,
where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Preston holds
a property & casualty and a life, health & accident insurance license
(licenses temporarily inactive due to her employment with the Department
John A. Lamke began his career with the Department of Insurance in 2001
and has been an Insurance Compliance Examiner Specialist II in the Office
of Consumer Advocacy since February 2008. He was recently elected state co-chairman
of the Louisiana Chapter of Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society. Lamke
is also a retired insurance agent and currently serves as president of the
Acadiana Development Foundation. He is a native of St. Landry Parish.
Sherice D. Forte’ has been an Insurance Compliance Examiner Specialist
II in the Office of Consumer Advocacy since February 2008. Forte’ previously
oversaw the Customer Service Department of a private insurer, where she was
named Top Life Producer and Top Sales Producer in 2006. Forte’ is a
native of St. Maurice and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal
Justice in 2000 and a Masters degree of Education in 2002, both from Northwestern
State University in Natchitoches. She holds a property & casualty and
a life, health & accident insurance license (licenses temporarily inactive
due to her employment with the Department of Insurance).