Nathan Houdek reappointed as Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) announced appointments to the agency’s executive board and senior management team.

Governor Tony Evers has reappointed Nathan Houdek as insurance commissioner. Commissioner Houdek has been Commissioner since January 2022 and was previously Deputy Commissioner for three years under former Commissioner Mark Afable.

Nathan Houdek, Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner

“I look forward to continuing to serve in Governor Evers’ administration and continuing to be committed to fulfilling our agency’s mission as we begin a new four-year term,” said Commissioner Houdek. “We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated leadership team at OCI and I appreciate their dedication and the dedication of all OCI employees to protecting consumers and ensuring our insurance market remains strong and competitive.”

Rachel Cissne Carabell will continue in her role as Deputy Commissioner, leading day-to-day operations and overseeing OCI’s regulatory, public information, legal, legislative relationships and administrative responsibilities. Deputy Commissioner Cissne Carabell is an experienced health insurance and employee benefits expert who has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

Sarah Smith will continue to serve as Director of Public Affairs for the agency. Smith previously served as communications director to former State Senator Patty Schachtner and chief of staff to former State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski.

Lauren U. Van Buren has been appointed Chief Legal Counsel to replace Richard Wicka, who is leaving the firm to pursue private sector opportunities. Van Buren has been an attorney at OCI for over five years, pursuing administrative cases focused on financial advisor fraud, securities fraud and life insurance eligibility. She was active at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, focusing on the use of big data and artificial intelligence.

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Amy Malm and Rebecca Rebholz will continue to serve as Administrators for the Financial Regulation Division and the Market Regulation and Enforcement Division, respectively. Kristina Thole serves as Director of the Office of Administrative Services and oversees the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund and the State Life Insurance Fund. Jesse Patchak serves as Director of the Office of Operational Management and oversees budget, finance, procurement and information services for the agency.


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