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Meet the Staff

Elizabeth Guimaraes

Photo: Liz Guimaraes Mrs. Guimaraes, MBA, ARM, LHRM is the Director of Risk Management, Nova Southeastern University, reporting to the Vice President for Finance & CFO. 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 President of the Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Broward County Chapter.

Mrs. Guimaraes is the past chair of the 40th Annual RIMS Educational Conference (2015), in Naples, Florida. An avid runner she has participated in a number of marathons including Disney and Marine Corps. She is currently training for the 2016 New York City marathon.


Charmaine Beckford

Photo: Charmaine Beckford As the Workers' Compensation Risk Management Specialist of the Office of Risk Management, Dr. Beckford is responsible for working with faculty, staff, and student employees to help them keep pace with Fla. Statue 440, safety on campus, and the university's return to work program. She has designed and implemented the university's ergonomic self-monitoring tool based on OSHA's recommendations for a safe working environment, and neutral body positioning; and Employee and Employer manuals to direct safety reporting and behavior. Her most recent brain-child to improve safety is the Campus Impact initiative to create opportunities to engage and reward faculty, staff, and student employees for their role in making the campus safe. The Campus Impact program introduces to the NSU communities key departments (Honorees) that are instrumental in keeping faculty, staff, and student employees safe within the NSU communities. In addition, the program recognizes individual faculty, staff, and student employees who identify and report potential safety hazards to the Office of Risk Management. Specializing in ergonomics, Dr. Beckford's applied research, "Applying the Transtheoretical Model of Change to Ergonomic Intervention,” presented at The Qualitative Report's 7th Annual Conference (TQR2016) focused on determining behavior readiness as an influencer on safety, particularly to identify a more effective method of preventing workplace injuries. Dr. Beckford is a Life-time honorary member of the advisory board Junior World Learning & Education Centre, was named Woman of the Year 2011/2012 by the National Association of Professional Women, and enjoys membership with the Florida Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Broward County Chapter, Nova's Safety Committee, and other organizations.


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.

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