Our Staff

Anthony V. Nola
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 105
D: 916.235.7335
F: 916.939.9961
Anthony has 22 years of agency and corporate experience. He has worked with and led various teams in the areas of management, human resources, finance, operations, sales and marketing. He worked for a national insurance company for a number of years and also owned a retail insurance agency prior to becoming part of CAIS. Anthony joined CAIS full-time in 2008 and is currently the managing member and president of CAIS. Anthony received his Bachelors of Science in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and his MBA in Finance from Sacramento State. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, snow-skiing, and running. Notably, at one time he was even a professional blackjack dealer.
Cheryl Waxe
Vice President Underwriting
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 117
D: 916.235.7347
F: 916.939.9961
Cheryl has been with CAIS since 2008. She brings 33 years of experience in the commercial insurance arena. She began her career on the company side as a Business Sales Associate for a national insurance carrier. After many years on the company side, she ventured out to the agency side of the business with a large wholesale broker where her knowledge of large risks throughout the Central Valley became key. It was this experience that lent itself to her interest in Captive Programs where she once again returned to the carrier side of the business to become a Captive Underwriter. In 2008, Cheryl joined CAIS and she is currently responsible for managing the underwriting staff, expanding the online programs and overseeing the internal processes and procedures. Outside of work Cheryl likes to spend time with her family, she enjoys camping, gardening, canning and cooking. So much so, her love of food led her to cooking on weekends at a small Mediterranean restaurant in the Sierra Foothills.
Maryjane Fatigati
Vice President Finance and Operations
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 111
D: 916.235.7341
F: 916.939.9961
Maryjane’s corporate experience spans fiscal and operational leadership positions in public accounting, national Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit, and start-ups. Maryjane’s focus is providing solid fiscal and operational guidance that builds on an organization’s strengths and expands its ability to thrive. She received her BA in Accounting from the University of San Diego. She joins CAIS as a recent transplant from Seattle, Washington where she and her husband raised their family. As empty nesters, they decided it was time to move home to California. Maryjane is an avid tennis player, enjoys running, loves the outdoors and is an active community member.
Gary Deck
Vice President Sales and Distribution
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 109
D: 916.235.7339
F: 916.939.9961
Gary oversees sales and distribution for CAIS. He received his BA in Economics and Business in 1985 from California State University, Chico. Since starting his insurance career in 1988, Gary has held a variety of Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Management positions for various workers’ compensation and all lines carriers. He spends his free time skiing, biking, and traveling to the beach and mountains.
Melanie Bohanna
HOA Workers' Compensation Program Underwriting Manager
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 107
D: 916.235.7337
F: 916.939.9961
Melanie has been with CAIS since 2009. She has over 17 years of insurance experience in both the retail and wholesale capacity. Melanie was instrumental in developing and growing our HOA Workers' Compensation program nationwide. After spending a few years in the small business department, Melanie is back in the HOA Workers’ Compensation department to lead the team. Melanie enjoys the challenge of finding a solution for hard to place business for our agents and their customers. Melanie also enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, baking and listening to live music.
Irene Webb
New & Renewal Business Underwriter
HOA Workers' Compensation
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 120
D: 916.235.7350
F: 916.939.9961
Irene joined CAIS in 2013. She has over 30 years of experience working in the insurance industry. She has worked for large national insurance carriers as well as small to medium sized insurance agencies. She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Palomar College. Irene is an avid walker, loves reading biographies and taking care of her two cats.
Dina McPherson
New & Renewal Underwriter
Small Business / Construction Department
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 124
D: 916.235.7354
F: 916.939.9961
Dina joined the CAIS team in early 2013. She brings with her 23 years of commercial Insurance experience. She has worked primarily on the retail agency side and this has given her a clear understanding of the importance of each and every customer regardless of the size of their business and/or premium. She thrives on finding solutions to best serve their individual needs. At CAIS she is developing partnerships with our agents to provide the best possible insurance products and pricing available in today’s marketplace. Dina enjoys spending time with her kids and her black lab, Sadie. She is also an artichoke connoisseur and eats one every day!
Haley Apple
Underwriting Assistant
Small Business
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 118
D: 916.235.7348
F: 916.939.9961
Haley joined CAIS in early 2015 after receiving her Associate’s Degree in Business from Folsom Lake College. She worked as an underwriting assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department for her first year and a half, and is now the Underwriting Assistant for the Small Business Department. Away from the office Haley likes to spend time with her family and friends, and hang out with her two cats!
Donna Preston
New & Renewal Underwriter (Agencies I-Z)
HOA & Condo Department - Package, Crime, D & O, Umbrella and EQ
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 108
D: 916.235.7338
F: 916.939.9961
Donna has been with CAIS since 2013. Donna is a long time insurance professional and she brings a diverse background of the insurance industry. She has spent many years on both the carrier and agency side of the business. Donna currently handles the placement of Difference in Conditions policies, Residential Condominiums and Planned Unit Developments for our agency partners. Donna enjoys relaxing to music in her spare time.
Penny Esau
New & Renewal Underwriter (Agencies A-H)
HOA & Condo Department - Package, Crime, D & O, Umbrella and EQ
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 106
D: 916.235.7336
F: 916.939.9961
Penny joined CAIS in 2013. She has over 30 years of insurance experience in the commercial arena. Penny began her career on the retail agency side, and she has also worked on the carrier side as an underwriter. Penny’s vast experience lends itself well to the fast paced environment in the placement of Difference in Conditions policies, Large Condominium risks and Planned Unit Developments. Penny enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, hiking, camping and laughing!
Sharon Widmer
Accounting and Facilities Manager
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 116
D: 916.235.7346
F: 916.939.9961
Sharon has been with CAIS since 2012. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at San Jose State University. Prior to coming to CAIS she spent 20+ years in accounting, finance, and systems integration. In her spare time, Sharon is a Volunteer Puppy Raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Anywhere Sharon goes, the puppy goes. This includes movies, restaurants, camping, Disneyland, and to work each day!
Joyce Jelinek
Accounting Clerk
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 110
D: 916.235.7340
F: 916.939.9961
Joyce joined CAIS in early 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University and has many years of accounting experience. Joyce enjoys photography and painting, and volunteers with an animal rescue organization.
Kerri Neidlinger
Customer Service Representative
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 100
D: 916.235.7330
F: 916.939.9961
Kerri brings 32 years of experience in executive administration, and tradeshow and event coordination. At CAIS she is responsible for managing our social networking, marketing, and event coordination. Kerri received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at CSU, Sacramento. In Kerri’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, watching the San Francisco Giants and doing laundry!
Stefan Sorgea
Underwriting Assistant
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 121
D: 916.235.7351
F: 916.939.9961
Stefan originally joined CAIS in 2013. After attending Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, he returned to CAIS in March of 2017. Stefan is currently working as an Underwriting Assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department. Outside of work, Stefan enjoys songwriting, playing music, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Gracie Acheson
Underwriting Specialist, HOA Workers’ Compensation
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 119
D: 916.235.7349
F: 916.939.9961
Gracie has over 25 years of experience in Workers’ Compensation insurance. She began her insurance career in the Group Underwriting Division of a large insurance company and was promoted into leadership position. Gracie then moved to an insurance wholesaler where she was an Assistant Underwriter, and her desire to continue learning in the industry led her to a Workers’ Compensation Claims Services Assistant position for a large local insurance broker. Ultimately, she returned to her roots as a Sr. Underwriting Assistant for a national Workers’ Compensation carrier, until bringing her wealth of knowledge to our team at CAIS. Gracie likes to spend her free time with family, she loves to cook and enjoys travelling.
Melanie Pearson
Marketing Manager
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 112
D: 916.235.7342
F: 916.939.9961
Melanie joined CAIS in 2017. She is an accomplished business professional with over 20 years of marketing, sales, and design experience. Her career began in print and digital design. Melanie is well versed in strategic planning, new product launches, advertising, and event planning. Melanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from UC Santa Barbara, and attended Art Center College of Design. Melanie has traveled frequently, visiting Asia, Europe, South America and more. She enjoys water sports, hiking, and biking with her husband.
Arleen Forbes
New Agency Sign-Ups
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 114
D: 916.235.7344
F: 916.939.9961
Arleen has been with CAIS since 2009. Arleen brings18 years of sales experience with a major Credit Card company. Arleen’s current responsibilities include signing up new agencies, tracking their agency licenses and making sure they maintain current insurance coverage. She is also responsible for uploading and downloading documents related to our largest in house program. Arleen has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Chapman University. She lived in the Azores for two and a half years and that is where her daughter was born.
Jeannette Riley
New & Renewal Business Underwriter
HOA & Condo Department
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 115
D: 916.235.7345
F: 916.939.9961
Jeannette has 30+ years in the commercial insurance industry. Over the course of her insurance career, she has worked for retail agencies, companies, and wholesale agencies. Jeannette has extensive experience in commercial lines underwriting and management, including Property & Casualty, Auto, Excess, Workers Compensation, and Excess/Surplus lines. Jeannette likes to spend her free time with family and friends. She enjoys the outdoors and loves to travel to water destinations.
Jeff Skelton
Workers’ Compensation
Underwriting Assistant
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 126
D: 916.235.7356
F: 916.939.9961
Jeff joined the CAIS team in early 2018. He is currently working as an Underwriting Assistant in the Workers’ Compensation Department. Jeff is also in the process of earning his Associate Degree in Business. Outside of the office and school, he loves to spend time outdoors with family and friends, play sports, and work on his car.
Alana Szymanski
Workers’ Comp Underwriter
T: 888.833.4158 Ext. 125
D: 916.235.7355
F: 916.939.9961
Alana joined the CAIS team in 2018. She has over 22 years of commercial insurance experience working primarily on the retail agency side. This work history has given Alana an exceptional understanding of how agencies operate, and what they expect from their commercial insurance providers. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU Sacramento. In her spare time, Alana enjoys spending time with her daughter, her two cats, and participating in her community theater group!
Accounting Team
T: 888.833.4158
D: 916.939.9960
F: 916.939.9961