The first woman chair of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) took the gavel on Wednesday at the conclusion of the annual business meeting of members at the organization’s 115thannual convention.

Sandra Parillo, president and CEO of the Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in Providence, R.I., brings to the post years of experience not just within the organization but in the industry. Serving with Providence Mutual for thirty years, she has also given her time to numerous committees and other groups within NAMIC, including a stint on its governance committee and its PAC’s board of trustees, as well as serving on the Property Casualty Conference’s board of directors.

According to NAMIC, other new board members taking their seats at the meeting were Darwin Copeman, CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., Neenah, Wisc.; Carlos Rodrigues, president and CEO of North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Steven Sliver, president and CEO of Mutual Benefit Group, Huntingdon, Pa.; and Paul Stueven, manager and mtreasurer of Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. in Fairmont, Minn.