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, a member of the State Policy Advocacy Committee for the Ohio Alliance of Boys and Girls Club, and serves as an adjunct professor of law at Capital University Law School where he teaches “Insurance Law Corporate Governance.” Farley is the Vice Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Law Committee.
Farley resides in Worthington with his wife, Erin, and his son Liam and daughter Nora.
Amanda Peltier – VP, Education and Workforce Development
Amanda Peltier 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. Peltier’s 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, Peltier 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. Peltier received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication from Miami University.
Chris Zimmer, CAE – Director, Operations
Chris Zimmer, CAE, serves as Director of Operations. In this role, Zimmer is responsible for developing strategy and execution across all business segments. Named to the post in July 2019, Chris brings with her more than 15 years of association management experience and leadership.
Zimmer is a graduate of The Ohio State University and earned her designation as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2012.
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 strategic communication and a minor in professional writing from The Ohio State University.
Fox is a member of Women in Digital Columbus chapter and The Ohio State University Young Alumni Academy.
Terry Donelon – Director, Strategic Public Affairs
Terry Donelon serves as director, strategic public affairs. He was named to the position in April 2019.
Prior to joining OII, Donelon served as deputy chief of staff to Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith.
Donelon also served the Ohio House Republican Caucus from 2011-2016, during which time he worked as a legislative aide to the House Finance Chairman and as a senior campaign staffer during several election cycles.
He has also served as public affairs director for Steiner Public Relations. In that role, he provided strategic communications services to the firm’s clients while also assisting in the management of several successful statewide ballot issue campaigns.
Donelon is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
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.
Hannah Gorski – Graphic Designer and Project Specialist
Hannah Gorski serves as graphic designer and project specialist. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 2017 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Previously she has worked as the graphic designer for ArtStreet Café, a student-run business on Dayton’s campus, and has also done freelance projects for several other groups, organizations, and events at the university. She has done a wide variety of work in both print and digital media.