CalNonprofits Insurance Services

Our Staff

Colleen Lazanich


Colleen has over 20 years of experience crafting insurance programs for nonprofits, she is an insurance geek and actually enjoys reading insurance policies and forms. If she isn’t working, you can find her scuba diving in exotic locations or cooking up delicious meals for her family (husband, 4 children, 3 grandbabies, and Abby the incredible McNab).

Cole Kinney

Senior Vice President of Development

Cole has over 25 years of nonprofit insurance experience, most recently he was the Nonprofit Practice leader at G2 Insurance. Prior to G2 Insurance, Cole spent many years honing his nonprofit expertise at InWest Insurance (now TWIW Insurance) and Chapman Insurance. Cole is a dynamic, passionate supporter of nonprofits and helping them protect their mission through risk management and insurance. He was instrumental in developing special insurance programs for various segments of the nonprofit community at his previous employers. In his role with CalNonprofits Insurance Services, Cole will lead the sales team as well as work with carriers to develop new programs for CalNonprofits members and specific nonprofit segments.

Cheryl Thompson

Director of Finance/IT

Cheryl balances number crunching with her study of Odissi Classical Indian Dance. She and her writer/illustrator husband live in Scotts Valley with their teen son, who spends a lot of time at the police station (as a volunteer, phew!)

Sara Mattson

Senior VP of Sales

Sara provides 25 years of experience and problem solving to our customers. She is always willing to go that extra mile to find the best possible health insurance solutions for our clients, even as far as adding 30,000 miles to her odometer every year! Her extensive knowledge of the insurance marketplace, years of experience working with nonprofits, and her familiarity with HR issues makes her a perfect fit for nonprofits.

When Sara isn’t applying her extensive insurance background to helping nonprofits, her other interests include her dog Mac, a K9 Nose Work dog. Mac is one of two Westies who have earned a National Association of Canine Nose Work Elite Title. Mac also has a Rally title, and before retiring, participated in agility.

Debra Chargois-Butler

Vice President of Sales

When Debra’s not working diligently creating Employee Benefits programs for Southern California nonprofits, her passions include spending time with her family, taking trips and seeing all the world has to offer. Right now, she and her husband are having a ball over the weekends with their 8-year old grandson. Nothing makes Debra happier than when she has made someone else smile and made their day better. In the future, she hopes to purchase an RV to travel around our beautiful state.

Suzanne Rieser

Director of Benefits

Suzanne Rieser, Director of Benefits, has led customer service and operations teams for benefits brokers and insurance carriers for over 25 years. She holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation. Her experience in client consulting, product development and insurance carrier relations provides a solid background to lead our customer service team in delivering market- leading benefit programs, education, and personalized service tailored to the specialized needs of California’s nonprofits.

Marvin Colburt

Property Casualty Producer

Marvin’s a voracious reader of current events and enjoys mentoring young men on personal development and character building. “What they see is what they’ll become” is a quote he holds dear and believes it’s very important that we become the example we want in others. He is continuously fascinated by the evolution of technology. His very first job was a telephone operator and remembers when we used payphones to make local calls and “Facebook” meant looking at a photo album. “’Although times change, values never do,’ I welcome the opportunity to support what you value.”

Jerry Gonzalez

Property Casualty Producer

Jerry is an alumni of the University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied Political Science and began his career in insurance. As a Property & Casualty Producer, he works hard to provide grade A service while staying on top of any new trends and technologies in our world today. When out of the office he enjoys traveling, rock climbing, surfing and participating in a host of other adventure sports and activities!

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Katie Covens

Property Casualty Producer

Katie Covens is a Property & Casualty Producer and has been with CalNonprofits Insurance Services since September of 2015. She’s always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals and see them succeed. She is uniquely qualified with a heart for nonprofits and a brain for insurance.

Cyndi Skelton

Property Casualty Service Manager

With over 30 years of commercial lines experience, Cyndi’s technical knowledge of coverage forms, the insurance marketplace, and risk management is an added benefit for our nonprofit clients. In her spare time, she enjoys animals, horseback riding, golf, and cooking. Cyndi has a soft spot for prized family recipes and home-cooked dinners with friends.

“Working with non-profit organizations gives a deeper meaning to my professional life and a renewed sense of purpose knowing that the services we provide allow these organizations to continue to enrich our lives and communities.”

Our Staff – Nonprofits Are the Heart of our Business!