Get to know us! Our staff has more than 100 years of combined experience working in the insurance industry, and in legislative and regulatory affairs.
Dean Fadel – President
Dean Fadel serves as president. He was named to the position in 2016, and was formerly vice president of government relations beginning in 1988. He has led the development and successful implementation of legislative, regulatory and public relations strategies affecting state public policy matters, negotiated numerous pieces of legislation and amendments, developed and oversaw the organization’s political action committee, organized and implemented statewide grassroots initiatives, and more. Prior to joining OII, Fadel held legislative and public affairs positions at the Ohio Dental Association and Ohio Department of Insurance.
Fadel received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University. Active in both state and county developmental disabilities boards, he currently serves as president of the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities board of trustees and probate court appointee for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He is also the former president of Franklin County Board.
Fadel resides in Blacklick with his wife, Jacquie, and daughter, Rachel.
Michael Farley – VP, Government Affairs and General Counsel
Michael Farley serves as vice president of government affairs and general counsel. Appointed in 2016, Farley leads the association’s legislative and regulatory affairs initiatives. He represents the industry before the executive, legislative, and judicial branches on public policy and regulatory matters, manages and coordinates activities of the association’s legislative committee, surety committee, and legal subcommittee, coordinates the amicus practice, and serves as in-house legal counsel.
Prior to joining OII, Farley was judicial and legislative affairs counsel at the Supreme Court of Ohio. He also served as assistant director for legislative affairs at the Ohio Department of Insurance and held legislative/public affairs positions with the American Red Cross-Ohio, Office of Governor Bob Taft, and for former State Representative David R. Evans, among others.
Farley holds two law degrees from Capital University Law School; an LLM in business law and a Juris Doctor. He also received a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. Farley is admitted to practice law in Ohio and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the board of trustees for Ohio Center for Law Related Education. Farley also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Capital University Law School where he co-teaches “Insurance Law.”
Farley resides in Worthington with his wife, Erin, and his son Liam and daughter Nora.
Amanda Sklavenitis – VP, Education and Workforce Development
Amanda Sklavenitis serves as vice president of education and workforce development. She was named to this position in 2017, and formerly held roles as the director of education and director of legislative information. Sklavenitis’ work includes partnering with educators to strengthen public understanding of and confidence in Ohio’s property and casualty insurance industry and assisting in creating a talent pool of potential employees. Her work has led to OII being named the first U.S. recipient of the Fundación MAPFRE International Insurance Award for www.insurancecareers.org.
Prior to joining OII, Sklavenitis was administrative aide to former Senator Jeff Jacobson. She is a board member for Kent State University Insurance Studies Advisory Board, Ohio Dominican University Insurance & Risk Management Board of Advisors, Franklin University Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Board, and serves on the board of trustees for the Ohio Business Week Foundation. Sklavenitis received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication from Miami University.
Kari Fox – Director, Communications
Kari Fox serves as director of communications. She was named to the position in 2017 and is responsible for the association’s communications and marketing efforts. Prior to joining OII, Fox was marketing manager for membership and automotive for AAA Ohio Auto Club. She also has held the position of senior manager of marketing and communications at Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Fox holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in professional writing from The Ohio State University.
Amanda Sigmon – Director, Business Development
Amanda Sigmon serves as director of business development and project management. She was named to the position in July 2017. Sigmon is responsible for developing strategy and execution across all business segments.
Sigmon brings with her more than 10 years of experience managing community programs for a variety of noprofits including: World Vision International, The American Red Cross, and The Ohio National Guard. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bluffton University and a master’s degree from Fordham University with a focus in nonprofit administration.
Kathy Strawn – Director, Advocacy Promotion
Kathy Strawn was appointed director of advocacy promotion in July 2017. She focuses on developing advocacy materials and writing on topics of critical importance to OII membership in the areas of legislative and regulatory issues and activities. Strawn deploys strategic materials in support of the OII legislative and regulatory affairs agenda. Most recently, Strawn served as the OII’s director of member services for 25 years and previously served as the OII’s director of communications from 1978 to 1992. Her depth and variety of experiences serving the OII membership guide Strawn in her current role.
Strawn has been a leader with the Professional Insurance Communicators of America (PICA) and won numerous awards for her newsletter writing. She also served on PICA’s executive board and was president of the organization in 1992. Along the way, she also was awarded Gold Quill awards from the Columbus Ohio chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Strawn graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and attended The Ohio State University as a graduate student in journalism. She holds the Insurance Institute of America’s (now known as The Institutes) General Insurance Certificate and is a member of IABC, Meeting Planners International and the Ohio Society of Association Executives.
Amanda Schroeder – Business Project Coordinator
Amanda Schroeder serves as business project coordinator. She was named to the position in 2018. Schroeder assists on projects with the Director of Business Development, Director of Communications, VP of Legal and Government Affairs and VP of Education and Workforce Development.
She has previously worked in administrative and coordination positions at Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland and the Hilton Columbus at Easton. She holds a bachelors degree in interpersonal communication with minors in organizational communication, public communication and management from Kent State University.
Deborah Lawlor – Administrative Assistant
Deborah Lawlor serves as administrative assistant and has been employed with OII for 30 years. She was named to her current position in 1990, formerly serving as secretary upon her hire in 1988. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She resides with her husband, Jim, in Hilliard and has two sons.