Our Senior Underwriter of 45 years, Debra Nielsen, has announced her retirement from the Oregon FAIR Plan to be effective December 30, 2023. Debra started her career with OFPA on May 17, 1978! She is an invaluable source of information and has been a key figure in the success we have had as an organization. We wish her well in retirement, and sincerely thank her for her many years of service to both the company as well as the entire state of Oregon.
While we are sad to see Debra leave us, we are equally happy to announce that Kari Barros has been hired to take her place as our new Senior Underwriter. She started with us on Monday, December 18th. Kari comes to us with an extensive background in the insurance industry, having started her career as a licensed agent in the State of Washington. She transitioned to the Company side of the business working with Oregon Mutual Insurance, where she spent 9 years working as a Personal Lines Underwriter. For the past year, she has been working as a Commercial Lines underwriter. With this background she is suitably prepared to take over the reins from Debra and is doing all she can to absorb as much information as possible from Debra before she leaves.
Please join me in wishing Debra well, and in welcoming Kari to the FAIR Plan!