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The Commissioners - 2014
Joseph M. Hennelly, Jr., Susan Strickler, David M. Parker, Michael G. Sanders

Biographies of the Commissioners

DAVID M. PARKER - Chairman

David M. Parker has helped manage the risk of public entities in Arizona for almost 25 years, working to develop the practice of public risk management. He now works as a public entity practice leader, helping public entities across the nation establish and maintain best practices in their risk management programs. He previously served as risk manager for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Pima County, and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Chairman Parker was elected to the Board of Directors of the Public Risk Management Association in 2009 after serving the Arizona Chapter for many years. He continues to serve as a volunteer with the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the YMCA, and with youth theater.


Susan Strickler has an extensive background in workers' compensation and risk management. She has worked in both private industry and for government entities in areas such as operations, employer benefits, group health, and workers' compensation. Ms. Strickler is actively involved in the insurance community and has held several positions with professional organizations, most recently as Vice President of the Arizona Self-Insurers Association.


Michael G. Sanders' background spans four decades in Business, Government Service, Public/Civic Service, and Aviation. For an abbreviated biography, click here.


Joseph M. Hennelly, Jr. is a co-founding member of a Phoenix law firm that focuses on insurance regulatory, employee benefits and insurance receivership matters. Mr. Hennelly's legal practice covers a broad spectrum of insurance and insurance regulatory matters, including the representation of various entities in the workers' compensation arena. His practice also involves insurance insolvency and receivership matters (including several which involved insurers with significant workers' compensation business), wherein he represents the Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) in her capacity as receiver of insurance companies.

Mr. Hennelly's prior public service includes his tenure as the Deputy Director of the ADOI. As Deputy Director, Mr. Hennelly was responsible for overall regulatory and administrative functions at the ADOI, which included the ADOI's regulation of workers' compensation insurance companies and related matters. Additionally, Mr. Hennelly has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and as an Assistant Arizona Attorney General.