Special Investigations Unit (SIU) advisory board members

The Washington State Legislation that created the Special Investigations Unit also mandated that the insurance commissioner appoint a 10-member volunteer board to advise him on the fraud program (www.leg.wa.gov).

The board includes representatives from the insurance industry, consumers, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (www.nicb.org), the county prosecutor's office and law enforcement.

Insurance industry

Keith Friedrich -Travelers Insurance

Mr. Friedrich is a regional manager for Travelers Insurance Company's Investigative Services. In 1982, he started out his career in the U.S. Army and then served 16 years as a detective sergeant for the Vermont State Police. In 1993, he earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.

Craig Williamson - Farmers New World Life Insurance

Mr. Williamson manages the Special Investigation Unit for Farmers New World Life Insurance Company, Zurich American Life Insurance Company and Universal Underwriters Life Insurance Company. In 2012 he was appointed head of the Fraud Expert Network for Zurich Global Life. He has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from Pacific Lutheran University. In 2004, he earned his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Since 2009, he has been designated in the Association of Life and Health Claims (ALHC).

Molly Matthys - Safeco Insurance                                                                                 

Ms. Matthys is the Special Investigations Unit regional manager for Liberty Mutual. Ms. Matthys has been a member of Puget Sound Special Investigators for 10 years and has served as their secretary. Ms. Matthys also has her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Bill Baldwin - Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers             

Mr. Baldwin is the president of Baldwin Resource Group in Bellevue, Washington. He has a B.A. in Business from the University of Nevada.

Patrick M. Guiton - Cambia Health Solutions                     

Mr. Guiton is the manager of the External Audit and Investigations (EAID) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at Regence for the Oregon and Washington. He has law-enforcement experience and earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice Administration from East Stroudsburg State University.


Kent Davis - Law Firm Technology Specialists                               

Mr. Davis founded Law Firm Technology Specialists, a consultancy devoted to technology, with specific application to the legal profession. He attended Bradley University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and West Los Angeles School of Law.                                           

Steve Geertz - AARP

Mr. Geertz has been in the accounting field for over 20 years and currently provides contract accounting and consulting services, operating under the name BG & Company LLC (“BG”), which he formed in 2010.  Mr. Geertz is a volunteer with the AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center. He has a B.A. from Seattle University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)

Dana MacDonald - NICB                                   

Mr. MacDonald is the director of operations for the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) (www.nicb.org) for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Mr. MacDonald entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in June 1972, and retired from the FBI in June 2002.

In 1971, Mr. MacDonald graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in commerce. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

County prosecutor's office

Joe Wheeler - Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office                   

Mr. Wheeler is the senior deputy for the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Wheeler has a B.A. in Psychology from Washington State University and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound.

Law enforcement

Sheriff Gary Simpson - Kitsap County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Simpson is a 30-year veteran of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Since 1984 he has served in a variety of increasingly responsible leadership positions to include: patrol deputy, patrol corporal, shift sergeant and chief civil deputy, and has worked as a K-9 handler and in the marine services unit (boat patrol). He is a part of several community service organizations and serves on the board of directors for the YWCA and Habitat for Humanity.

He is also a recipient of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Medal of Valor for heroism. He is a graduate of the 206th Executive Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA.

Updated 02/25/2015

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