Renée L. Zipprich

Renée Zipprich, Hagerty’s General Counsel, is a skillful legal professional with more than two decades of experience. Following a robust career in litigation and compliance at two large national law firms, Renée oversees all of Hagerty’s legal, regulatory, compliance, and employment issues. Additionally, she supports the firm’s contract and corporate compliance by drafting and approving policies, procedures, regulations, contracts, and other legal documents. 

Prior to joining Hagerty, Renée supported the litigation practice team at Lathrop Gage as a class-action litigator. Before that, Renée was named partner at a Chicago-based firm, Dykema Gossett, one of the nation’s 150 largest law firms. In this role, her practice focused on commercial litigation matters, with a primary focus on complex consumer class action litigation, intellectual property, and antitrust and trade regulation. For her high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, Renée was named an Illinois Super Lawyer and Rising Star by Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago Magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2011. 

Renée received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Loyola University School of Law. During her time in law school, she externed at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and was the senior articles editor for the Annals of Health Law and Policy Law Review from 2002 to 2003. She also earned the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) award for highest achievement in Antitrust.

Michelle Masoncup

Michelle Masoncup, Director of Contracts and Compliance, is an experienced legal professional. Her principal areas of responsibility at Hagerty Consulting are developing, evaluating, and negotiating a wide range of business agreements for the company. Additionally, she supports the firm’s contract and corporate compliance by advising on requirements for applicable statutes and regulations.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Michelle served as the General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In this role, she oversaw all the Department’s legal affairs, which included advising senior management on the interpretation and compliance with applicable statutes, rules, and regulations impacting the agency; formulated and implemented policies to further Department and State goals and initiatives; and negotiated contracts and agreements on behalf of the agency. During her time at the State, she drafted significant legislation and the associated administrative rules, including the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Support Program (Local CURE) which was passed by the Illinois General Assembly (P.A 101-0637) to provide COVID-19 relief to units of local government.

Michelle also has extensive experience at the local government level, serving in various roles, including the Corporation Counsel for the City of Evanston, Illinois. At the City of Evanston, Michelle negotiated complex contracts, served on teams to negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and advised staff and elected officials on legal matters. Michelle’s breadth of experience and leadership within local and state government provides a helpful perspective to serve Hagerty as it continues to grow nationwide.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors in management from the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business. She then received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Valparaiso School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Mike Sprayberry

Michael (Mike) Sprayberry is a proven leader and emergency manager with a career of public service spanning over 42 years. Prior to joining Hagerty, Mike served the State of North Carolina for more than 15 years in various leadership roles within the state’s Division of Emergency Management; eight of which he served as the Division’s Director while also leading the state’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and serving as the state’s Deputy Homeland Security Advisor.

Mike was appointed as the Director of North Carolina’s Division of Emergency Management (NCDEM) in February 2013 after serving as the Deputy Director and Operations Section Chief since 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Division’s Deputy Director and Logistics Section Chief.

During his tenure as Director, Mike successfully led the State Emergency Response Team’s response and recovery efforts for 19 state declared disasters and 13 federally declared disasters, to include Hurricane Florence, now known as North Carolina’s “Storm of Record.” In just the last four years, Mike led North Carolina’s recovery efforts from major hurricanes, winter storms, earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic. As Director, he also served as vice-chair of the state’s Emergency Response Commission and as a member of the state’s Radiation Protection Commission. Additionally, Mike was President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) from 2017-2018. In this role, Mike advocated for federal policy changes that helped progress the field of emergency management, including supporting the passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 which made pre-disaster mitigation a national priority and bolstered state and local emergency management capabilities.

Moreover, under Mike’s leadership, North Carolina became one of only fifteen states to achieve the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan status, thereby granting the state access to millions of dollars in additional federal funding to build resiliency against future disasters and hazards. During his term, the state also achieved national reaccreditation for the emergency management program and increased the capacities of its Hazardous Materials Response program as well as its internationally renowned Search and Rescue program.

Before joining state government, Mike honorably served in the United States Marine Corps and North Carolina Army National Guard for more than 25 years.

Mike holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His achievements in emergency management and beyond have been well documented and include being the recipient of two departmental Secretary’s Gold Circle Awards, the North Carolina Emergency Management Association Colonel William A. Thompson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Emergency Management, the North Carolina Housing Coalition Public Official of the Year, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Friend of the Counties, the NEMA Presidential Citation, as well as the NEMA Lacey E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award. He is also a proud member of the North Carolina National Guard Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Mike and his wife, Laura, have been married for over 30 years, reside in Raleigh, NC, and have two daughters, Alison and Megan.

Sheila Tria

Sheila is a certified Professional Human Resources (HR) leader with more than fifteen years of success delivering organizational value through the development and implementation of innovative, pragmatic, and performance-driven solutions in both nonprofit and for-profit settings. At Hagerty, she is responsible for defining and implementing HR strategies, systems, and initiatives to support our workforce.

Sheila has notable experience in strategic HR planning; performance management; staffing; federal and state law compliance; employment contract negotiations; employee benefits, compensation, and payroll; employee training and development; and management coaching.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Sheila previously served as the Director of Human Resources with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Northern Virginia – the second largest in the State of Virginia based on patients served. A member of FQHC’s executive team, she was responsible for driving the growth and daily activities of the organization’s HR team while setting enterprise-wide recruitment, employment, development, and retainment strategies. Additionally, she was responsible for leading the FQHC’s HR initiative designed to establish an employee-oriented, high-performing organizational culture focused on empowerment, quality, goal attainment, and growth.

Sheila received her bachelor’s degree in Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from American Intercontinental University.

Lee Mayfield

Lee Mayfield is a proven emergency management leader with over 13 years of experience in disaster planning, response, and recovery – specializing in state and local coordination, training and exercise, mass care, evacuation prioritization, and crisis response.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Lee served as the Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management for Lee County, FL where he oversaw and supported the county’s response to and recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017. This event included the largest evacuation in the area’s history as well as the largest single-county sheltering operation within the State of Florida. Following Hurricane Irma, he coordinated a multi-jurisdictional effort, applying for and securing approximately $40 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding.

While at Lee County, he also led his team through varying hazards including a significant cyber incident; numerous severe flooding and tropical weather events; and the COVID-19 response and recovery. Additionally, Lee has experience with several hurricane response deployments under mutual aid to neighboring jurisdictions.

Prior to his local government service, Lee worked for the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) in a variety of positions including as a State Regional Coordinator focused as a liaison between counties. In this role, events he responded to include the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Haiti Repatriation of United States (US) citizens post-earthquake, numerous severe weather incidents, and National Special Security Events (NSSEs).

Lee holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Administration and Policy degree from Florida State University. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently resides in Tampa.

Walter Flores

Walter Flores leads talent acquisition at Hagerty Consulting. An experienced professional, he has more than 13 years of experience managing recruiting processes at various consulting firms. Uniquely, Walter has a distinct background with areas of focus and expertise including disaster recovery, defense intelligence, and information technology.

In his current role, Walter seeks to identify the right full-time professionals and consultants to support the needs of our projects and clients. He believes that by finding the best candidate for a position, our firm can offer more customizable and diverse solutions for our clients. Additionally, having worked as a managing senior-level recruiter for seven years, he knows the hiring process is more than a formality; instead, he believes it serves as an opportunity to create new relationships with potential team members and project partners. By setting the tone with his inviting sincerity, Walter easily connects with major clients and prospective associates.

A native to Chicago of Guatemalan descent, Walter is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources from DePaul University.

Keith Novak

Keith Novak, currently the Director of Information Technology (IT) for Hagerty, is an experienced IT professional who has dedicated his career to helping businesses realize their vision through the application of innovative, modern technology solutions.

Over time, Keith has performed nearly every technology role for organizations of all shapes and sizes – from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He has a unique blend of multi-industry exposure including technology consulting, custom software development, and corporate IT leadership. Given his vast experience, he brings an entrepreneurial, innovative, practical, and strategic approach to technically complex situations.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Keith served as the IT Director for United Health Group Optum where he spearheaded all IT operations and technology for the company’s $1 billion Infusion Services Division encompassing 45 sites, more than 950 field nurses, and over 2,000 internal users nationwide. In this role, he focused the organization’s IT strategy on stability, system consolidation, product development, and agile transformation that resulted in saving the division almost $8 million. Beforehand, Keith spent over 20 years building his own IT consulting firm where he saved clients millions of dollars by helping them employ diverse mobile, cloud, and large enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is a graduate from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Systems and lives in the Chicagoland area.

Jessi Nalepa

Jessi Nalepa is Hagerty Consulting’s Communications Director responsible for driving the company’s external communications strategy and brand through effective media engagement, digital communication, as well as public relations and advocacy campaigns.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Jessi spent nearly a decade in federal service. Most recently, she served as Director of External Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role, she managed the daily operations of the agency’s public affairs, strategic communications, congressional and intergovernmental affairs, as well as the campaign. During her tenure at FEMA, Jessi also served as the Director of Congressional Affairs where she was the agency’s principal liaison with the U.S. Congress and ensured that the agency’s priorities were reflected throughout the legislative and oversight process.

A proven crisis communications expert, Jessi effectively coordinated and led the FEMA’s external communications and engagements for over 234 Presidentially declared disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic as well as some of the Nation’s most devastating hurricanes and wildfires.

Before her service in the executive branch, Jessi spent nearly seven years on Capitol Hill. She culminated her Capitol Hill career by serving as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10), then Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

A loyal George Mason University Patriot, Jessi is a two-time graduate holding a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics with a minor in political communication, and master’s degree in public policy with a focus in national security.

Jeff Bokser

Jeff Bokser is Hagerty Consulting’s Senior Healthcare Executive with strategic expertise in all aspects of healthcare operations, finance, crisis management and recovery. Jeff currently leads Hagerty Consulting’s Healthcare and University practice focused on COVID-19 response and financial recovery and is working with public health departments, hospitals, healthcare systems and universities across the country.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience as a senior leader at NewYork-Presbyterian and Yale New Haven Health. He advanced performance and increased revenue in clinical and nonclinical settings and led innovation in daily operations and care delivery processes. He is nationally recognized in the healthcare sector for his transformational leadership in the areas of emergency and crisis management, security and safety, pandemic and surge planning, and business continuity. Jeff was the system-level executive responsible for emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management, business continuity, crisis management, safety, security, and regulatory compliance for the entire continuum of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital & Healthcare System enterprise. He served as Incident Commander, guiding 40,000+ employees through numerous internal and external emergency response and recovery operations including Hurricane Sandy, Ebola, H1N1 and 9/11.

At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Jeff pioneered innovations including the launch of a fleet of Mobile Stroke Ambulances, telehealth initiatives, patient and employee safety programs. Jeff developed the top rated enterprise security program in the country distinguished by Security 500 Magazine.

Certified in Lean Six Sigma, Jeff has managed multimillion-dollar budgets and led operational process improvement initiatives and teams resulting in enhanced revenue, patient experience and organizational culture.

Jeff is active on several boards including the Cornell University Sloan Program in Healthcare Administration Executive Board and Cornell University Johnson School Institute for Healthy Futures Advisory Board.

Jeff holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. He is a sought-after presenter at conferences and events, a published author, and has done several media interviews. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Stan Gimont

Stan Gimont is a Senior Advisor for Community Recovery with Hagerty. Stan joined Hagerty after 32 years of service with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With Hagerty, Stan provides strategic advisory support focused on HUD Programs, housing issues, and long-term community recovery.

From August 2016 through July 2019, Stan served as HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs.  In this role he provided management direction and oversight for all aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, including long-term disaster recovery (CDBG-DR), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the National Housing Trust Fund, as well as HUD’s environmental review responsibilities. From 2017 through 2019, his leadership helped to secure $40 billion in CDBG-DR funding in response to major disasters, such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  Throughout this period, Stan was actively engaged in the federal government’s inter-agency efforts to use these funds to promote long-term recovery from these events.

As Director of HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance from 2008-2016, Stan managed approximately $60 billion in federal funding to assist the nation’s communities in addressing housing, development, and disaster recovery needs. Among Stan’s notable achievements as Director is the implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in response to the 2008-2010 housing crisis, oversight of CDBG-DR funding for New Jersey and New York in response to Hurricane Sandy, and management of HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition in 2014-2015. Stan worked in a highly effective manner with internal HUD partners as well as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congressional staff to ensure transparency and collaboration in support of programmatic goals.

Selected in 2008 as a career member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service, Stan received a Presidential Rank Award in 2015 in recognition of his accomplishments managing HUD’s community development programs and achieving nationwide results.  Stan earned his BA and MPA degrees from George Washington University and also holds a Master’s degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University.