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NAIFA's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

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Mission

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council's (DEI) mission is to be the industry expert on diversity, equity and inclusion by having a diverse membership that serves the population by promoting an environment of multiculturalism, equity and inclusion and provides the tools and resources to work with various people groups. The council seeks to accomplish its purpose and mission via an advisory group of volunteers who provide guidance, advice, and support to diversity initiatives that will in turn create the cultural shifts as outlined in NAIFA’s 2025 Strategic Plan. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is housed in our Talent Development Center.

Christopher Gandy

Chair, Christopher Gandy, LACP

LISLE, IL

CEO & Founder
Midwest Legacy Group, LLC
Loyal Member Since 2003


Evelyn Gellar

Trustee Liason, Evelyn Gellar, LUTCF, CLTC, RICP

WEST ISLIP, NY

Financial Sales & Marketing Leader/ Recruiter
New York Life Insurance Company
Loyal Member Since 1993

Winona S. Havir

Trustee Liason, Winona S. Havir, CPCU, CLF, LUTCF, FSS, LACP, AIC

STILLWATER, MN

Executive Vice President of Business Development
Horace Mann Companies
Loyal Member Since 1997

Omari Aarons

Omari Jahi Aarons

Boston, MA

Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
National African American Insurance Association

Amir Ali

Amir Ali

Washington, D.C.

Co-Founder & CEO
Aurelius Consulting Group, Inc.

Demetrius Bryant

Demetrius Bryant

Byram, MS

Founder & CEO
The Bryant Agency LLC
Loyal Member Since 2011

LarryEstridge

Larry Estridge

MIDDLETOWN, NY

Regional Vice President Group Worksite Benefits
The DBL Center Ltd.
Loyal Member Since 2022

haney

Brian Haney, CLTC, CFS, CIS, CFBS, LACP, LUTCF, CAE

Silver Spring, MD

Founder & CEO
The Haney Company
Loyal Member Since 2013

Booker Joseph - AL

Booker Joseph, CLU, ChFC, FLMI

BIRMINGHAM, AL

Sales Director
Devoted Health
Loyal Member Since 1988

Maribel-Ramirez

Maribel Ramirez

Miami, FL

Executive Director
Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies

Mimie Yoon-Lee

Mimie Yoon-Lee

SAN RAMON, CA

Account Executive,
Hightower Advisors

Loyal Member Since 2010

Suzanne Carawan

Suzanne Carawan

COLUMBUS, OH

Vice President of Marketing & Communications
NAIFA


Ronan Friend

Ronan Friend

DENVER, CO

Lead Content Marketer
NAIFA


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John Wick

Director of Marketing

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