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VACORP is taking the threat from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. In our efforts to protect employees and members, while providing the support and efficiency you expect, we are updating the information found at the link below, which will take you to websites with trusted information to answer questions on related workers’ compensation claims, impacts of ongoing closures across the state, and responses to changes in staff availability during this unprecedented time. As the situation in Virginia and around the country evolves, please visit this site and the link below to find the very latest information available for VACORP members.
Lee Brannon – Senior Schools Specialist
Lee is a veteran leader in public education administration who joined our team in 2015 as our School Specialist. He joined our team after completing 34 years in Virginia public schools. He has been a teacher, principal, finance director, and superintendent. Lee received his doctorate and master’s degrees in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. He served on numerous boards, including the Governor’s Task Force on School Safety and as chairperson of Region 7 Superintendents and the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. He resides in Southwest Virginia with his wife Belinda, and they have two grown children.
Kathleen Guzi – Public Entity Specialist
Kathleen joined our team in 2016 as our Public Entity Specialist after nearly 30 years of VA local government experience. She has served in several local government leadership roles, including Finance Director, Assistant County Administrator, Deputy Administrator and County Administrator in Bedford and Botetourt Counties. Kathleen served as president of the Virginia Local Government Manager’s Association, an ICMA member, in addition to several statewide committees and task forces. Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Mary Washington College and has completed graduate-level coursework in Public Administration at George Mason University.
Michael Thornton – Schools Specialist
Michael is a veteran leader in public education who joined our team in 2020 after completing 34 years in Virginia school divisions, most recently serving as COO of Norfolk City Schools and Superintendent of Surry County Public Schools. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech. He resides in Eastern Virginia.
Stephanie Brown – Members Services Manager
Stephanie joined our team in 2013. She brings 20 years of commercial insurance experience and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), and Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designations. Stephanie was previously employed at Scott Insurance as an Account Manager and at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services as Marketing Director. She has also held positions as underwriter and claims adjuster at One Beacon and Atlantic Mutual Companies.
Carrie Gilbert – Member Services Specialist
Carrie joined our team in 2013. She serves as a Member Service Representative and works closely with many of our larger entities. Carrie received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Emory & Henry College in 2012. She is originally from Buchanan County, VA and now resides in Roanoke, VA with her husband, Josh, and her Boston Terriers, Bella and Bam Bam.
Sara Reed-Williams – Member Services Representative
Sara is a Member Services Rep with VACORP. She has been in the insurance industry for nearly 20 years, previously with Farmers Insurance. Sara acquired her Property & Casualty and Life Insurance Agent licenses in 2006. She has a wide array of experience in the insurance industry, specializing in customer service. Aside from her career, Sara enjoys time in the kitchen and time with family and friends.