OUR TEAM

Executive Team

Anthony Nola

President

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 105

D: 916.235.7335

F: 916.939.9961

anthony@MGAlive.com

Anthony has 22 years of agency and corporate experience. He has worked with and led various teams in the areas of management, human resources, finance, operations, sales and marketing. He worked for a national insurance company for a number of years and also owned a retail insurance agency prior to becoming part of CAIS. Anthony joined CAIS full-time in 2008 and is currently the managing member and president of CAIS. Anthony received his Bachelors of Science in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and his MBA in Finance from Sacramento State. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, snow-skiing, and running. Notably, at one time he was even a professional blackjack dealer.

Cheryl Waxe

Director of Underwriting

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 117

D: 916.235.7347

F: 888.833.4159

cheryl@MGAlive.com

Cheryl has been with CAIS since 2008 and brings over 33 years of experience in the commercial insurance arena. After many years on the company side, Cheryl ventured to a large wholesale broker where her knowledge of large risks throughout the Central Valley was invaluable. As part of the CAIS team, she is responsible for managing the underwriting department, expanding our online programs and overseeing internal processes. On her off time, Cheryl her enjoys camping, gardening, canning and cooking. So much so, her love of food led her to cooking  on weekends at a small Mediterranean restaurant in the Sierra Foothills.

Gary Deck

Director of

Sales & Distribution

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 109
D: 916.235.7339
F: 916.939.9961
gary@MGAlive.com

Gary oversees sales and distribution for CAIS. He received his BA in Economics and Business in 1985 from California State University, Chico. Since starting his insurance career in 1988, Gary has held a variety of Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Management positions for various workers’ compensation and all lines carriers. He spends his free time skiing, biking, and traveling to the beach and mountains.

Crystal Brightbill

Director of Operations

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 113
D: 916.235.7343
F: 916.939.9961
crystal@MGAlive.com

Crystal rejoined the CAIS team in 2019 as Director of Operations. She has an extensive background in Project Management and operational organization, as well as system implementation and process improvement, in a variety of industries.  Crystal received her MBA in 2011 and has been a Certified Scrum Master since 2017. In her personal time, she enjoys time with her family and pets, and trains in Aikdo.

Maryjane Fatigati

Director of Finance 

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 111
D: 916.235.7341
F: 916.939.9961
maryjane@MGAlive.com

Maryjane’s corporate experience spans fiscal and operational leadership positions in public accounting, national Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit, and start-ups. Maryjane’s focus is providing solid fiscal and operational guidance that builds on an organization’s strengths and expands its ability to thrive. She received her BA in Accounting from the University of San Diego. She joins CAIS as a recent transplant from Seattle, Washington where she and her husband raised their family. As empty nesters, they decided it was time to move home to California. Maryjane is an avid tennis player, enjoys running, loves the outdoors and is an active community member.

Executive Support

Nerida Milea

Executive Assistant

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 100

D: 916.235.7330

F:916.939.9961

nerida@MGAlive.com

Nerida joined CAIS in 2018 and aims to provide excellent customer service and comprehensive staff support. She brings 8 years of experience in office administration to CAIS. Nerida has functioned in an administrative capacity for top tier medical, legal, and insurance firms in NY and CA. She received a BA in philosophy from Westmont College in Montecito, CA. In her free time, Nerida enjoys Pilates, cooking, and traveling.

Accounting Team

Sharon Widmer

Accounting Manager

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 116
D: 916.235.7346
F: 916.939.9961
sharon@MGAlive.com

Sharon has been with CAIS since 2012. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at San Jose State University. Prior to coming to CAIS she spent 20+ years in accounting, finance, and systems integration. In her spare time, Sharon is a Volunteer Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Anywhere Sharon goes, the puppy goes. This includes movies, restaurants, camping, Disneyland, and to work each day!

Joyce Jelinek

Accounting Clerk

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 110
D: 916.235.7340
F: 916.939.9961
joyce@MGAlive.com

Joyce joined CAIS in early 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University and has many years of accounting experience. Joyce enjoys photography and painting, and volunteers with an animal rescue organization.

Accounting Team

CAIS

T: 888.833.4158
D: 916.939.9960
F: 916.939.9961
invoice@MGAlive.com

Workers’ Compensation Condominium/Homeowners Team

Melanie Bohanna

HOA Workers' Compensation Program Underwriting Manager

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 107
D: 916.235.7337
F: 916.939.9961
melanie@MGAlive.com

Melanie has been with CAIS since 2009. She has over 17 years of insurance experience in both the retail and wholesale capacity. Melanie was instrumental in developing and growing our HOA Workers' Compensation program nationwide. After spending a few years in the small business department, Melanie is back in the HOA Workers’ Compensation department to lead the team. Melanie enjoys the challenge of finding a solution for hard to place business for our agents and their customers. Melanie also enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, baking and listening to live music.

Irene Webb

New & Renewal Business Underwriter
HOA Workers' Compensation

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 120
D: 916.235.7350
F: 916.939.9961
irene@MGAlive.com

Irene joined CAIS in 2013. She has over 30 years of experience working in the insurance industry. She has worked for large national insurance carriers as well as small to medium sized insurance agencies. She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Palomar College. Irene is an avid walker, loves reading biographies and taking care of her two cats.

Jeff Skelton

Workers’ Compensation
Underwriting Assistant

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 126
D: 916.235.7356
F: 916.939.9961
jeff@MGAlive.com

Jeff joined the CAIS team in early 2018. He is currently working as an Underwriting Assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department. Jeff is also in the process of earning his Associate Degree in Business. Outside of the office and school, he loves to spend time outdoors with family and friends, play sports, and work on his car.

Gracie Acheson

Underwriting Specialist, HOA Workers’ Compensation

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 119
D: 916.235.7349
F: 916.939.9961
gracie@MGAlive.com

Gracie has over 25 years of experience in Workers’ Compensation insurance. She began her insurance career in the Group Underwriting Division of a large insurance company and was promoted into leadership position. Gracie then moved to an insurance wholesaler where she was an Assistant Underwriter, and her desire to continue learning in the industry led her to a Workers’ Compensation Claims Services Assistant position for a large local insurance broker. Ultimately, she returned to her roots as a Sr. Underwriting Assistant for a national Workers’ Compensation carrier, until bringing her wealth of knowledge to our team at CAIS. Gracie likes to spend her free time with family, she loves to cook and enjoys travelling.

Alana Szymanski

Workers’ Comp Underwriter

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 125
D: 916.235.7355
F: 916.939.9961
alana@MGAlive.com

Alana joined the CAIS team in 2018. She has over 22 years of commercial insurance experience working primarily on the retail agency side. This work history has given Alana an exceptional understanding of how agencies operate, and what they expect from their commercial insurance providers. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU Sacramento. In her spare time, Alana enjoys spending time with her daughter, her two cats, and participating in her community theater group!

Chandler Flannagan

Underwriting Assistant

T: 888.833.4158 Ext.121
D: 916.235.7351

F: 916.939.9961

chandler@MGAlive.com

Chandler joined CAIS in 2018 and is currently working as an Underwriting Assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department. She attended college in Southern California with a major in photography. Outside of CAIS, Chandler is engaged in photography, attending concerts, reading, and playing with her dachshund Gretchen.

Condominium/Homeowners (all lines EXCEPT Workers’ Compensation) Team

Penny Esau

New & Renewal Underwriter (Agencies A-H) HOA & Condo Department-Package, Crime, D&O, Umbrella & EQ

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 106
D: 916.235.7336
F: 916.939.9961
penny@MGAlive.com

Penny joined CAIS in 2013. She has over 30 years of insurance experience in the commercial arena. Penny began her career on the retail agency side, and she has also worked on the carrier side as an underwriter. Penny’s vast experience lends itself well to the fast paced environment in the placement of Difference in Conditions policies, Large Condominium risks and Planned Unit Developments. Penny enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, hiking, camping and laughing!

Jeannette Riley

New & Renewal Underwriter (Agencies I-Z) HOA & Condo Department-Package, Crime, D&O, Umbrella & EQ

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 115
D: 916.235.7345
F: 916.939.9961
jeannette@MGAlive.com

Jeannette has 30+ years in the commercial insurance industry. Over the course of her insurance career, she has worked for retail agencies, companies, and wholesale agencies. Jeannette has extensive experience in commercial lines underwriting and management, including Property & Casualty, Auto, Excess, Workers Compensation, and Excess/Surplus lines. Jeannette likes to spend her free time with family and friends. She enjoys the outdoors and loves to travel to water destinations.

Small Business Team

Dina McPherson

New & Renewal Underwriter Small Business / Construction Department

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 124
D: 916.235.7354
F: 916.939.9961
dina@MGAlive.com

Dina joined the CAIS team in early 2013. She brings with her 23 years of commercial Insurance experience. She has worked primarily on the retail agency side and this has given her a clear understanding of the importance of each and every customer regardless of the size of their business and/or premium. She thrives on finding solutions to best serve their individual needs. At CAIS she is developing partnerships with our agents to provide the best possible insurance products and pricing available in today’s marketplace. Dina enjoys spending time with her kids and her black lab, Sadie. She is also an artichoke connoisseur and eats one every day!

Haley Apple

Underwriting Assistant
Small Business

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 118
D: 916.235.7348
F: 916.939.9961
haley@MGAlive.com

Haley joined CAIS in early 2015 after receiving her Associate’s Degree in Business from Folsom Lake College. She worked as an underwriting assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department for her first year and a half, and is now the Underwriting Assistant for the Small Business Department. Away from the office Haley likes to spend time with her family and friends, and hang out with her two cats!

Marketing Team

Melanie Pearson

Marketing Manager

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 112
D: 916.235.7342
F: 916.939.9961
melaniep@MGAlive.com

Melanie joined CAIS in 2017. She is an accomplished business professional with over 20 years of marketing, sales, and design experience. Her career began in print and digital design. Melanie is well versed in strategic planning, new product launches, advertising, and event planning. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from UC Santa Barbara, and attended Art Center College of Design. Melanie has traveled frequently, visiting Asia, Europe, South America and more. She enjoys water sports, hiking, and biking with her husband.

Kerri Neidlinger

Marketing Assistant

T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 122
D: 916.235.7352
F: 916.939.9961
kerri@MGAlive.com

Kerri brings 32 years of experience in executive administration, and tradeshow and event coordination. At CAIS she is responsible for managing our social networking, marketing, and event coordination. Kerri received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at CSU, Sacramento. In Kerri’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, watching the San Francisco Giants and doing laundry!

Marketing 

Team

T: 888.750.2804
D: 916.235.7352
F: 916.939.9961
marketing@MGAlive.com

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