We Say Hello and Thank You


Welcome our newest leaders and celebrate the success of outgoing board of directors members                                                                                                                                                                              

Headshots of Courtney Davis Curtis, Keesha Trim, Craig McAllister, Sandy Mitchell, Matt Tuttle, Nakeschi Watkins, Tim Wiseman, Mellany Patrong


Transition for the Organization’s Leadership

Toward the end of URMIA’s Annual Conference, a new board of directors was sworn in to serve the organization for the 2023-2024 year. The transition is a bittersweet time as we say “thank you for a job well done” to those whose time on the governing body has come to an end and “hello and welcome” to volunteers who have stepped up to help lead URMIA over the next year-plus.

A Farewell for Exceptional Volunteer Service

Courtney Davis Curtis, assistant vice president for risk management and resilience planning at the University of Chicago, served on the board of directors since 2016 including as president during the 2021-2022 term. She most recently completed her year as immediate past president for URMIA. Davis Curtis led the charge to elevate URMIA’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives that have resulted in the organizational involvement of individuals and groups that might not have so readily been able to participate.

Keesha Trim, senior director, risk management and insurance at the University of Richmond, completed her three-year term as a director on the board of directors. Among her many accomplishments while on the board, Trim served on the Annual Conference Committee and spearheaded a task force that implemented a new member orientation for newcomers to the organization.

A Welcome to New Organizational Leaders

Craig McAllister, assistant vice president, risk management for the University of Miami, was sworn in as URMIA’s president for the 2023-2024 year during the 2023 Annual Conference. McAllister has been on the board of directors since 2017.

In July, the URMIA membership elected the following to the board:

  • As president-elect, Sandy Mitchell, director, office of insurance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Matt Tuttle, manager, risk and insurance services for the University of Utah, as a director for a three-year term.
  • Nakeschi Watkins, director, risk management and insurance at Cornell University, also as a director for a three-year term.
  • Tim Wiseman, chief risk officer at the University of Wyoming, re-elected to another three-year term as a director.

Mellany Patrong, director – enterprise risk management for Texas Southern University, was appointed to serve a one-year term on the board filling Mitchell’s director vacancy as she moved into the president-elect role.

A Call for Future Leaders

It is no small commitment to serve on the board of directors for any association and we are extremely grateful for those URMIA members who have so generously given their time to lead URMIA in the past and the present. If you are interested in learning more about serving on URMIA’s board of directors, contact URMIA and we will put you in touch with Julie Groves, immediate past president and chair of the Leadership Development Committee.


By URMIA Staff

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