The CSIA Organization

The Association is governed by officers and a Board of Managers who conduct CSIA business between membership meetings. The Board appoints an Executive Committee of five individuals (with the President as an ex-officio member). This committee works through a number of sub-committees, in cooperation with the Association’s Executive Director, to handle day to day issues.

Executive Director CSIA

Philip Millhollon

4115 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Suite 100
Danville, CA 94506

Phone (925) 648-2002
Fax (925) 648-2021


Board of Managers

Nancy Bircher– Board Chair
Senior Workers’ Compensation Claims Administrator
Chevron Corporation
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, Room 1240
San Ramon, CA 94583-2324

Phone (925) 842-8162
Fax (925) 842-8185


Anita Weir – Vice Chair
Manager, Health Services, Corporate Workers’ Compensation
Safeway Stores
4410 Rosewood Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Phone (925) 226-5558
Fax (925) 997-9937


Joe Carresi – Secretary/Treasurer
Manager – Project/Product
Southern California Edison Company
2244 Walnut Grove, 3rd Floor
Rosemead, CA 91770

Phone (626) 302-6709
Fax (626)571-4262

Toni Allen
Director, Industrial Relations
Monterey Mushrooms
260 Westgate Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone (831) 763-5323
Fax (831) 763-0700


Suzanne Kinsey
Manager, California Workers’ Compensation
Nordstrom Risk Management
P.O. Box 25799
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Phone (714) 513-4781
Fax (714) 513-4778


Joel H. Sherman
Director, Safety & Workers’ Compensation
Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 81498
Bakersfield, CA 93380-1498

Office (661) 363-4732
Cell (661) 330-1743


Tyrone Spears
Workers’ Compensation Administrator
City of Los Angeles, Personnel Department
700 E. Temple Street #210

Phone: 213-473-3420
Fax: 213-473-3333


Patricia Starratt-Thorpe
Employee Care Services Manager
Southern California Gas Co.
555 West Fifth Street, GT16CO
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1011

Phone (213) 244-3099
Fax (866) 534-5407


Peggy SugarmanPeggy Sugarman
Director, Workers’ Compensation
City and County of San Francisco
Department of Human Resources
Workers’ Compensation Division
One South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone (415) 701-5848

Fax (415) 701-5837

IMG_3332-2Christopher Thomas
Senior Manager, Workers’ Compensation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
P.O. Box 7779
San Francisco, CA 94120-7779

Phone (415) 973-3232
Fax (415) 973-6433


Joan_Vincenz-bw-webJoan Vincenz
Managing Director – Workers’ Compensation and Managed Care
United Airlines
233 South Wacker Drive, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone (872) 825-1732
Fax (847) 700-5833

Executive Committee

CHAIR – Pat Starratt-Thorpe

Toni Allen

Joe Carresi

Joel Sherman

Anita Weir

Nancy Bircher – Ex Officio

Emeritus Board Members

Bernadine Robinson
Emeritus Workers’ Compensation-Human Resources



Nona Grancell– Executive Director Emeritus



CSIA is one of our favorite conferences as not only are we able to spend time with our current clients, we are able to meet new prospective clients as well.  The members are genuinely open to new ideas we have to share with them about new and existing services we offer.  Additionally, the exhibitors are friendly and supportive of each other in our respective service offerings.

Sharon Douglas

Event Highlights

2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference

CSIA's 2016 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference will again be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The attendance at the 2015 Annual Meeting surpassed all past events with 400 workers' compensation professionals attending. This is a must attend conference for California employers.

CSIA's 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on March 14th and 15th, 2016. Be sure to save the date and join other California employers at the Disneyland Hotel for an event that you can afford to attend.