Florida's McCarty Announces Staff Changes

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced the following staff changes at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office).
Al Willis has been appointed acting Deputy Commissioner for Property & Casualty. Willis was the Director of Life & Health Financial Oversight and has been with the Office since 1987.  He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from The Florida State University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1981. Willis will be replacing acting Deputy Commissioner Robin Westcott who was tapped by CFO Jeff Atwater to be Executive Director of the newly formed Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force. 
Steve Szypula has been appointed acting Director of Property & Casualty Financial Oversight. Szypula was the Chief Analyst in the Property & Casualty Financial Oversight unit, and has been with the Office since 1989.  He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Syracuse University, is a Certified Financial Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Manager (CPM), and was the first in the nation to achieve the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) designation – Senior Professional in Insurance Regulation (SPIR).
Toma Wilkerson has been appointed acting Director of Life & Health Financial Oversight. Wilkerson was the Financial Administrator in the Life & Health Financial Oversight unit. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in business, and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM). Wilkerson has primarily worked at the Office since 1996, although she did work for a brief period at the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA).
Belinda Miller will continue in her role as the acting General Counsel. She assumed this role in February following the retirement of Steve Parton. Miller had been the Deputy Commissioner for Property & Casualty, and has more than 20 years of experience in insurance regulation and receiverships.  Miller received her bachelor's of international studies from Emory University, and has a Juris Doctor from The Florida State University.
All staff changes will take effect immediately.

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