Alexandria, Va. -- The membership of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) installed Katharine M. Peeling, CPCU, ARM as its new president during its annual conference last month in Las Vegas. The 2,000-member group also elected as president-elect, William Kostner, MBA, ARM-P, Risk Manager, City of Lincoln, Nebraska, and as Directors, Bill Mason, ARM-P, Risk Manager, City of Sunrise, Florida and Laura Peterson, MPA, JD, Risk Manager and General Counsel , State of Nebraska according to PRIMA's Interim Executive Director Marshall Davies. Ms. Peeling was elected to the national board in 2001 representing Region IV, which included the Eastern states from Maryland, north to Maine and West to Ohio.
“We are encouraged and excited about the membership’s selection of PRIMA’s next leaders,” said Mr. Davies. “In particular, Ms. Peeling’s experience and leadership in risk management will undoubtedly assure our members the continued benefit of having the highest level of education and training in the industry.”
Ms. Peeling has served as the Risk Management Specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) the fifth largest Maryland school district for the last ten years. AACPS has approximately 76,000 students, 8,000 employees and 120 locations. Ms. Peeling is responsible for the administration of the risk management program that includes the self-insurance of workers’ compensation, vehicle liability and general liability including the employment and professional liability coverage along with property coverage on over 120 locations.
She is credited with automating the accident reporting system to allow for on-line accident reporting from all schools.
Prior to AACPS, Ms. Peeling served as Deputy Director of the Local Government Insurance Trust in Maryland, a pool insuring most of the smaller local governmental entities in the State and as the Risk Manager for Carroll County Commissioners in Westminster, Maryland, after handling insurance claims for many years in both the public and private sector.
She has been active in the Maryland Chapter of PRIMA since 1989 and currently serves as treasurer.
Ms. Peeling attended Towson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She holds the designations of Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.
Ms. Peeling and her husband Mark, a Graphic Designer and President of Codorus Graphics, are the proud parents of three children, Katie, a recent graduate of Southwestern High School in Hanover, Pa., Erin, a student at Emory H Markle Intermediate school also in Hanover, and Sean, a student at Manheim Elementary School in Glenville, Pa.