Laura Sewall, CIC, CISR
Laura has worked at the agency level in the insurance industry for approximately 30 years. She is currently employed by Eastern Insurance as an Account Manager in the Personal Lines Dept. where she has been for the past 13 years. She handles a Specialty Firearms Insurance Program within Eastern and backs up the personal lines Dept. as needed. She has been awarded 2 Above and Beyond Awards by Eastern insurance, in 2012 and 2018, for her assistance in the development of the Firearms Program, as well as her involvement in several community service events. Prior to Eastern Insurance, she worked for Hollis Insurance, Mass Bay Insurance, Flaherty Insurance, and State Fund. She earned the CISR Designation in 1995 and the CIC Designation in 2002. Along with holding an insurance license and the two designations, she is currently a Notary Public.
Since joining MAIW in 2008, she has held numerous positions, such as Government Affairs, Safety, Membership, Assistant Director, and Director of the Plymouth Chapter. She was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2009, and Member of the Year in 2013 and 2017. She has held the position of Vice President and Bylaws Chair on the State Board of MAIW for the last two years, 2017-18, and 2018-19. She is looking forward to her new position on the board.
Laura finds it very rewarding to be a member of MAIW, most of all for the education, networking, and friendships that she has made throughout the organization. Laura has two children, grew up in Plymouth, MA, and currently resides in Halifax, MA.
Colleen has made a 36-year career in the insurance industry, working both on the carrier and agency sides. She is an owner of Safe Harbor Insurance Agency in Brewster, MA. Colleen has been a member of MAIW for many years and has held each Chapter Office and most Committee Chairs at least once! Since 2019, she has become active at the state level, serving on the Education and Publication committees. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a BSBA when she was 43 years old and holds a special space for all adult learners. Colleen lives with her family in Harwich Port, where you’re likely to find her on the beach, on the golf course, or in a really good restaurant. Colleen is also President of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and is an enthusiastic volunteer for WE CAN, an organization dedicated to empowering women in transition across Cape Cod.
Julie Osborne, CISR
I have been in the insurance industry for 11 years, starting at Eastern Insurance as a processor and quickly moving my way up to being a licensed Property & Casualty customer service rep. I have worked in Personal Lines during my whole career and love the interactions I have had with my clients as well as my co-workers. I have gotten both my CISR and AILP designations. I am just about to get my Life Insurance license and then onto my CIC! I dabbled in the MAIW back in my Eastern days, going to a few meetings with a friend, but really started going to meetings with the Plymouth Chapter in March of 2020, right before COVID shut down the entire world. I was working from home, like everyone else, and looking for something more to do, so offered to take on the Membership Chair of the chapter. That quickly led to my being the Education Chair as well as being on the Membership Chair on the state level. This coming 2022-2023 I will be the Assistant Director of the Plymouth Chapter, a position I cannot wait to tackle along with the Vice President of the State Chapter, as well as being on multiple boards. In my personal life, I am a mother of 4 boys, one girl, and one cat, and became a Grammie of twin girls in November. I love to craft, read, and bake, and cannot wait to be able to share that with the girls.
Andrea Stringer, CPIA
Andrea has been working in the insurance industry for the past twenty years. She is currently an Account Executive at the Allan Walker Insurance Agency in the Personal Lines Department.
She joined MAIW in 2018 and immediately became a Cape Cod Board member. She served as Public Relations Chair from 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. She then served as Assistant Director from 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Andrea is excited to serve the Cape Cod Chapter as Director for the 2022-2023 term as well as Secretary on the State Board. She also looks forward to contributing to the Big Event Committee this year.
Andrea resides in Bourne with her husband and animals.
Phyllis J. Riordan, CISR, CPIA
Phyllis has been working in the insurance industry since 1994, working at the agency level with experience in both Personal and Commercial Lines. She has found her love of Commercial lines and has concentrated on new business & renewal marketing for the past 15 years.
Since joining MAIW in 2011, Phyllis has been the Director of the Middlesex Chapter from 2015-2018. And then Co-Director of the Essex/Middlesex Chapter from 2018-2019. Before moving to Massachusetts, Phyllis was a member of the NAIW in Sarasota, Florida.
At the association level, Phyllis has served as Marketing Chair from 2017-2019 and is being installed as the Secretary for the 2019-2020 term. Phyllis is enjoying the New England life and has embraced the seasons she has learned to love up here since moving to Massachusetts from Sarasota in 2008.
Immediate Past President
Jocelyn Dewey, ACSR, AAI, CPCU
Jocelyn has been working in the insurance industry for the past 15 years. She is currently Chief Underwriting Officer at DeCotis Specialty Insurance, an excess and surplus lines wholesaler and managing general agent based in Providence, RI. Prior to joining DeCotis, Jocelyn held personal lines underwriting positions for both national and regional insurance carriers.
Jocelyn is a graduate of Green Mountain College (VT) and is a licensed property and casualty producer holding her ACSR, AAI, and CPCU designations. In 2015, she completed the NAPSLO advanced School in St. Louis, MO.
Jocelyn has been a member of MAIW since 2013. She has served at the chapter level as Bristol Chapter membership chair (2013-2016), Bristol Chapter Director (2014-2016), and Bristol Chapter Education Chair (2017-2018). At the state level, she has served as Government Affairs Chair (2015-2016) and Social Media Chair (2018-Present). She currently resides in East Providence, RI, with her three Chihuahuas, Bella Mia, Dolly Anne, and Ginger Belle.