2021-2022 IPOC Board of Directors 


Gina Thomas Patterson, CISR-ELITE, CPIW, DAE, CLP 

2021-2022 President


Gina Thomas Patterson, CISR Elite, CPIW, DAE, CLP is the Assistant Marine Manager, Special Underwriting & Sales with Roanoke Trade in their Long Beach, CA office.  She is an approved Lloyd’s Coverholder and presently holds underwriting authority for the Munich Re Syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. Roanoke Trade is a subsidiary of Munich Re and an affiliate of the Munich Re Syndicate at Lloyd’s of London.  She oversees the day to day operations in Roanoke’s specialty Transportation Advantage Program division for domestic freight forwarders and property brokers.

Gina is Past President of the South Bay Association of Insurance Professionals (a DBA of the South Bay Chapter of NAIW), a local affiliate of the International Association of Insurance Professionals. She also South Bay’s Education Director with the State of California Department of Insurance, and has served in various capacities including president-elect, vice president, webmistress, education, communications, and awards chair for the association.


In 2009, she was instrumental in developing SBAIP’s Mentors & Protégés program which was adapted for use for the CA Council of IAIP, Region VIII of IAIP as well as at the international level, and was instrumental in developing South Bay’s first-ever website and implementing the association’s electronic storage and communications.


She has served on the public relations team with the California Council of IAIP since 2008 in various capacities, served as instructor at IAIP’s 2011 international annual convention held in Las Vegas, and served on the International Education Task Force in 2012-2016.  She was Region VIII Conference Program Chair in 2015 as well as Education Chair in 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Gina has served on the Board of Directors for Women in International Trade – Los Angeles (WIT-LA) since 2012 first as Membership Chair and is the current Vice President and By-Laws Chair and Parliamentarian. 

Patterson joined Roanoke Trade in 2002 and is a licensed insurance broker with the State of California. She has earned the professional industry designations of Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Elite with The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research; the Certified Professional Insurance Woman (CPIW) as well as the Diversified Advanced Education, the Certified Leadership Professional (CLP) designation and is a Certified Instructor with International Association of Insurance Professionals.

Prior to joining Roanoke Trade, Patterson founded and developed a successful word processing firm, Unlimited Concepts for 18 years. An award-winning ceramist and former member of the Lakewood Artist Guild, she served on LAG’s board of directors for 15 years as newsletter editor, Student Art Show Chairman, Vice President-Crafts Division, and served as President from 2003 through 2007. As Student Art Show Chairman for LAG, she worked closely with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Don Knabe’s Art and Education grant program in securing grant funding for local middle and high school art students seeking to further their art studies at the college level.

An avid photographer, her current work can be viewed on her social media pages.  A blues guitarist and songwriter, Gina has composed over 120 finished pieces of music tucked in her “black book” with her beloved 12-stringed Guild, aptly named Mona.

Carolyn Espinoza

2021 -2022 Treasurer


Carolyn’s career with the Insurance Professionals of Orange County and IAIP (NAIW) began in 1977.  She has been an active member for the past 36 years.  She has held the offices of Director, Vice-President, President-Elect, President and currently the Treasurer. As president (1990-1991) her theme was Dedication to Excellence. 


The past years she has chaired numerous committees.  At the present time, as Treasurer, she manages all RSVP’s for IPOC member dinner meetings and events. She also works closely with other committee chairs.


In 1990-1991 Carolyn was presented with the Insurance Woman of The Year Award. She has attended over twenty Regional Conferences, State Council Meetings and two International Conventions.


Carolyn retired in 2008 after working 42.5 years.


In her years of employment she received a number of awards for her outstanding work and maintaine a perfect attendance record.



Della Stroup

2021-2022  Secretary 

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Freeda B. Koopmans, AU, AAI

2021-2022 Immediate Past President


Freeda joined the Insurance Professionals of Orange County in February 1986 and has been an active member since, having been Committee Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer and President in 1992 as well as intermittent president through June 2019. 


She is the current Immediate Past-President after serving two terms from June 2017 through 2019. During her membership, Freeda is proud to have been honored as Insurance Professional of the Year 1992/93 by the Independent Agents & Brokers of Orange County, as well as by the Insurance Women of Orange County in 1993; in addition Freeda was awarded Mentor and Member of the Year from the California Council of IAIP in 2014, Region VIII Member of the Year 2014-2015, Hall of fame Award in 2016 at the Region VIII conference, Gayle Reskin Angel Award from the California State Council in 2017, Insurance Professional of the Year from Region VII in 2018 and Member of the Year in 2019 from the Insurance Professionals of Orange County.


Freeda’s hobby is reading, traveling to see her family and enjoying life.  She continues to be involved with IPOC on their Board of Directors and as Scholarship Chair. As well as helping with charities such as fund raising for Mary’s Kitchen, Women Helping Women, De je New.


2021-2022 Executive Committee

President: Geraldine Plott, CPCU, FCLA, SCLA, AIC, ARM, AIS, AINS, CIIP, DAE, CLP
President-Elect: Diane Martell, FCLS, CIIP
Vice President:Tammy Wascher, CIC, CIIP, CPIA, CLP, DAE
Secretary: Vickie Harmon, 

Region VII

Region VII Vice President:Christine Chandler Tillett, aPHR, CDP, CLP, CRIS, TRIp, MLIS, CIIP 

CA Council

Council Director: Kari Woods, CLP



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