Allied Public Risk Leadership

Breadth and Depth of Experience Distinguishes Our Team

Allied Public Risk’s extensive experience with public and quasi-public entities means we’ve underwritten complex exposures time and again. We know that all entities are not created equal and different circumstances require customized answers. Our client commitment is underscored by consistent and stable underwriting, which serves as our catalyst for increased service and value. Allied Public Risk’s unique insurance solutions are built upon responsive service, financial security, and broad coverage. We invite you to meet our team.

11452 El Camino Real, Ste. 250, San Diego, CA 92130

Paul Fuller, CPCU


Allied Public Risk’s extensive   Paul’s experience includes twenty (20) years in the insurance industry with specific emphasis on water-related entities. He launched the Rural Special Districts Insurance Program in 1995, which grew to over 4,000 insureds in 42 states. Paul served as President of SN Potter Insurance Agency Inc and President of Glatfelter Insurance Group’s Specialty Program Division. He most recently was President of Alteris, Inc, a full service MGA owed by Argo Group US. Early industry experience included serving as a financial analyst at Russell Miller and Account Executive at Worldwide Facilities. Paul earned a BBA from University of San Diego and MS Risk Management from Georgia State University. He serves as a national speaker on water-related topics and is a licensed water treatment and distribution operator in California.

1910 S. Stapley Dr., Suite 249, Mesa, AZ 85204

Stephanie Gilmore, RPLU

President / COO

Stephanie has over eighteen (18) years experience in the insurance industry with specific emphasis on public entity and water utility underwriting. Her career includes tenure with Travelers, KEMPES, SN Potter Insurance Agency, Inc. and Alteris Insurance Services, Inc.. She possesses fluency in public officials’ liability, miscellaneous professional liability and water-related exposures. She most recently served as Vice President – Underwriting / Chief Underwriting Officer of Alteris Insurance Services, Inc., with oversight of all underwriting, administrative, operational and compliance practices. Stephanie attended Arizona State University on a Regents Scholarship and has earned her RPLU insurance designation.

Jerel Gilmore

Actuary/Vice President Operations

Jerel Gilmore has over seventeen (17) years of experience in the insurance industry with specific emphasis in actuarial consulting. For the past sixteen (16) years, he served as senior actuarial analyst at Willis Towers Watson. In this capacity, Jerel focused on the mathematics piece of actuarial work as well as assessing client needs via performance improvement metrics. Additional responsibilities included pairing clients with outsourced actuarial resources and maximizing value-added service deliveries from third party vendors. His actuarial clients included several medium-to-large organizations spanning a broad spectrum of industries, including regulated utilities. Jerel attended Arizona State University where he earned a BS in economics and mathematics.

7250 Redwood Blvd #300, Novato, CA 94945

Margaret Zechlin, CPCU

Executive Vice-President / Alternative Practice Head

Based in San Francisco, CA, Margaret has been in the insurance industry since 1980. During that time she has held various Underwriting, Sales and Management positions with both national insurers and reinsurers. For the past five years she has focused exclusively on the Public Entity market segment. In her current capacity, she is focused on developing a geographically diverse book of business with retailers and wholesalers dedicated to the Public Entity sector. Margaret has a B.A. in Political Science from Mississippi State University. She also earned her RPLU, ASLI and ARe designations.

Alie Basch

Senior Vice President

Based in New York, Alie has been in the insurance industry her entire career.  For the past eight years, she has focused exclusively on the public entity segment.  In her current capacity, she is responsible for production underwriting of new and renewal accounts in the East Region of the United States.  Alie has a B.S. in Business Administration from Wagner College and is currently pursuing her CPCU designation.

311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 3390, Chicago, IL 60606

George Pappas, CPCU, ARM-P

Senior Vice President / Distribution

George has over fifteen (15) years experience in the insurance industry. He began his insurance career with commercial claims at Travelers Insurance and later transitioned to sales at Glatfelter Insurance Group. At Glatfelter, George was instrumental in building the water program and later assisted with the growth and distribution of their public entity program. George later joined SN Potter Insurance Agency Inc. as Vice President helping lay the foundation and growth of the WineryPlus program. The program was eventually acquired by Alteris Insurance Services, a division of Argo Group US, where George became Alteris’ National Sales & Marketing Manager of multiple programs before transitioning to Underwriting Director for both the WaterPlus and FirePlus programs. George earned his BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Hobart College and his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Suffolk University. He later earned the CPCU designation and completed the ARM-P designation.

Thom Rickert, CPCU, ARM-P, ARM-E, ARC, ARe

Senior Vice President / MuniPlus Distribution

Thom Rickert has enjoyed a 39-year career in the insurance industry and currently manages Allied Public Risk’s MuniPlus product distribution channels. Thom has extensive underwriting and marketing experience in all property and casualty lines of business, spanning multiple segments and industries. He has been responsible for implementing corporate compliance and efficiency projects, and he has served as a business leader for technology solutions in policy administration, underwriting, channel management, and business development analytics. Thom attended Trinity University and earned a BA in Philosophy and History. He holds designations as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Risk Management-Public Entities (ARM-P), Associate in Risk Management- Enterprise-wide Risk Management (ARM-E), Associate in Insurance Regulation and Compliance (ARC) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe).

Sara DePasquale

Senior Vice President /
Primary Practice Head

Sara DePasquale joins Allied Public risk with fifteen (15) years of experience managing specialty commercial programs both from the carrier and M.G.A. perspectives. The portfolio of business she’s managed is diverse and includes, cat-exposed property, complex liability, challenging auto, and professional liability, alongside more traditional P & C exposures. Sara has a track record of hiring and developing the right people to drive a balance of growth and profitability. She earned a B. A. in Business and Operations Management from Washington State University.