Elizabeth Guimaraes

Photo: Liz Guimaraes Mrs. Guimaraes, MBA, ARM is the Director of Risk Management, Nova Southeastern University, reporting to the Vice President of Finance. She oversees all areas of the university's insurance programs, including monitoring compliance with risk management/insurance policies and procedures, Red Flags Identity Theft Prevention Program, and Workers' Compensation benefits. A valuable member of the management team since April 2006, under her leadership new innovations are realized in managing risk, for example training and development programs, which includes an ergonomic self monitoring tool, geared at educating and inspiring all employees about their role in preventing and safeguarding against repetitive motion injuries/accidents. Other responsibilities include attending the FICURMA board meetings in her capacity, Affirmative Action Representative, Chair Nova Safety Committee, and vice president of the Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Broward County Chapter. In addition, she is the past chair of the 34th Annual RIMS Educational Conference (2009), in Naples, Florida.


Charmaine Beckford

Photo: Charmaine Beckford A past Nova Southeastern University (Nova), Human Resources employee, 2003 until 2008, Charmaine Beckford, MBA joined the Risk Management team October 2008, as the Workers' Compensation Risk Management Specialist, a position that reports to the Director Risk Management. Ms. Beckford is a Board Member - Board of Directors for Junior World Learning & Education Centre, Kingston, Ja. W.I. and a licensed agent for the state of Florida, holds a life/health and Annuities license. She is also active in her community and enjoys membership with: the Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Broward County Chapter, Nova's Safety Committee, Cambridge Who's Who Membership, Affirmative Action Representative for Nova, and a Nova Alumni. She was named Woman of the Year 2011/2012 by the National Association of Professional Women. She is proud of her accomplishment in spearheading an ergonomic self monitoring tool project that is based on OSHA's recommendations for a safe working environment, and neutral body positioning. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree with a double major in Human Service Administration, and Organizational Leadership.


Alexandra Epstein

Photo: Alexandra Epstein Alexandra G. Epstein joined Nova Southeastern University, July 2007, as the Risk Management Specialist. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Liberal Studies. She received a Master of Science in Leadership degree at NSU’s Huizenga Business School. A proven wealth of knowledge on managing claims given her past responsibility as a risk analyst in a large rental corporation, she manages Nova's liability issues true to form. As indicative of her fortitude, she is one of four students chosen by her professor to submit work for a study on, Ageism and the Baby Boomers: Issues, Challenge and the TEAM Approach, published in Contemporary Issues in Education Research (2010), Vol. 3(1), a milestone that brings her pride. Her affiliations include Nova's Safety Committee, and the Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Broward County Chapter. She has also served as Chapter Secretary for RIMS, Broward Chapter.


Jessie L. Gilley

Photo: Jessie L. Gilley Mr. Gilley joined Nova Southeastern University’s Risk Management Office in May 2011, as the Risk Management Specialist for the Health Professions Division reporting to the Director of Risk Management. He graduated from the University of Florida where he received his Bachelors of Science in Public Relations. He is a State of Florida Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager (LHRM) and holds a State of Florida All Lines Adjuster 620 license. Jessie brings a wealth of experience to the team boasting 17 years of claims handling experience. The last seven years were spent in an academic healthcare environment at Jackson Health System working in conjunction with the University of Miami as a Risk Manager focusing on quality and patient safety while investigating and resolving clinical incidents. Over the years Jessie has specialized in medical malpractice, general liability and products liability claim litigation. The Team is pleased to have Jessie on board.