Staff

Kevin Mead
kmead@vcia.com | Ext. 101

Kevin Mead is the President of the VCIA, a member-based association whose mission is to educate, communicate, and advocate on behalf of the Vermont-domiciled captive insurance industry. Kevin began his tenure as President of VCIA in February 2022. 

Kevin brings a wealth of association management and financial tact to VCIA, having engineered a merger of three global independent accounting associations and forming PrimeGlobal, which represented 2,000 partners and 14,000 employees in 90+ countries. Kevin then facilitated rapid membership and revenue growth, increasing the net income 25% from 2 billion to 2.5 billion USD for PrimeGlobal. After PrimeGlobal, he was the Vice President of Resource Development for Spokane County United Way, a chapter of the biggest charity in the world, and most recently was the Executive Director of a rare disease foundation.

Holding two master’s degrees related to association management and finance, Kevin is the perfect candidate to lead VCIA, build out the captive industry’s flagship conference, increase VCIA membership and membership value, while evolving the organization amid the current pandemic and economic challenges. Reach out and please introduce yourself to Kevin!

 

Diane Leach
leach@vcia.com | Ext. 102

Diane Leach joined the Vermont Captive Insurance Association in 1987 and is the Director of Education and Program Planning. She started her captive insurance career in 1984, working for American Risk Management, Corp. in the accounting and administration areas. Her involvement with the Association began during its early stages and has continued through its current maturity. She is a past Board member of the Vermont Society of Association Executives and a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

 

jv photoJanice Valgoi
janice@vcia.com | Ext. 103

Janice Valgoi joined VCIA in January 2012 as VCIA’s Director of Membership and Development. Prior to this position, Janice was a Project Manager with Delaney Meeting & Event Management in Vermont. Janice was in the hotel business for over 20 years in Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, before being transferred to Vermont to work at the Radisson Hotel Burlington in 1990. Janice was the Director of Sales for 16 years responsible for conventions and marketing and assisted the hotel with the transition from a Radisson Hotel to the Wyndham Hotel in 2003.

She was an adjunct professor at Champlain College for Destination Management. Janice served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Convention Bureau and the YMCA Camp Committee. She is a past President of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the past Chair of the Vermont Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Marketing Committee. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

 

Peggy Companion
pcompanion@vcia.com | Ext. 104

Peggy Companion joined the VCIA in February 2006 and is our Director of Finance. In this capacity, she is responsible for all the financial proceedings of the association. She is also the staff liaison for the Finance Committee.

Peggy is a graduate of Champlain College where she graduated summa cum laude and has received several awards recognizing her outstanding achievements as a non-traditional student. She was an accounting tutor at Champlain College as well, a role reserved for top students.

While earning her accounting degree at Champlain, Peggy worked as a paralegal for attorney Sarah Gentry Tischler, P.C.

Peggy lived for many years in Florida where she worked for Merrill Lynch. She moved to Vermont in 1998, and became the co-owner of Jerihill Hardware Store in Jericho.

                                                                        
    Francis McGill
         fmcgill@vcia.com | Ext. 105

Francis McGill joined Team VCIA as its Director of Communications in January 2022. He has nearly ten years of experience in completing successful marketing campaigns and communication strategies for higher education clients and LED light bulb clients, as well as Vermont's only lifecare senior community, Wake Robin. Having graduated with an honors bachelor degree in English and Philosophy, Francis grounds his work in critical thinking, using persuasive storytelling and audience understanding as key ways to drive engagement. He is excited to learn about all things captive, and to bring his creative approach to the staff and the association.


Dave Rapuano

rapuano@vcia.com | Ext. 106

Dave Rapuano joined VCIA in May 2016 as VCIA’s Communications Assistant. He designs both print and web collateral for the Association communications, marketing, and educational materials. In addition he assists in organizing and conducting VCIA’s webinars throughout the year. Dave is also our technical lead in several areas including webinars, annual conference education delivery and other media.

Prior to working at VCIA, Dave was a temporary Communications Specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.

Dave graduated Champlain College in 2014 with a BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Media. 

 

Morgan McCuin

Morgan joined the VCIA team in the spring of 2021 as our Intern Extraordinaire. She assisted with the Annual Conference and plans to return for spring / summer of 2022 to serve as the summer intern again. Morgan currently is attending University of Vermont and is studying Pre-Law.

Intern Ext. 107