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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 Legal and Government Affairs
Michael Farley serves as vice president of legal and government affairs. Appointed in 2016, Farley acts as leadership of 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.
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 a law degree from Capital University Law School. He also received a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. Farley is a member of the board of trustees for Ohio Center for Law Related Education.
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 assists 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 as a board of trustees member for Ohio Business Week Foundation. Sklavenitis received a Bachelors 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.
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