Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers

 TALHI is an association of life and health insurers whose products provide Texans the ability to manage life’s financial risks with confidence and predictability. Products offered by TALHI members include life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental and vision coverage, and other supplemental benefits.
TALHI serves as the voice of its members and the industry, advocating for economic, legislative, and regulatory policies that support a robust and accessible insurance market capable of offering Texans an array insurance and financial products that will provide them protection and security for their future.
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2022-2023 Board Officers

Joan Cleveland, SWBC Life

Keith Jones, National Life Group
TALHI Vice Chair

David Rose, MetLife
TALHI Secretary

Michael Hickey, Aflac
TALHI Treasurer

Mark Williams, National Farm Life
TALHI Immediate Past Chair

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Jason Broussard
American National Insurance Company
Eric Dupont
Kari King
Ted Kennedy
Dwayne McGraw
Fred Makonnen
Barry Koonce
American Fidelity
Pati McCandless
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas
Suzanne Loomis
Gil Valdes
New York Life
Brent Thompson
Skip Braziel

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Jennifer Ahrens Cawley

Jennifer Cawley, JD, has worked in and around the Texas Capitol for over 20 years. For the last 13 years, Jennifer has raised the association’s profile with legislators and regulators, making TALHI one of the most respected state insurance trades in Texas. Prior to joining TALHI, Ms. Cawley served as Deputy Commissioner for the Life, Health and Licensing Program at the Texas Department of Insurance, served as an advisor to Governor Rick Perry, and served two state Senators. Ms. Cawley graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University and received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

(512) 651-3573
[email protected]

Sharon Mineo

Sharon Mineo
Director of Operations

Sharon Mineo, MS, has worked in the PR and non-profit association world for 16 years, working on Texas water issues before joining TALHI in 2013. She is both a Longhorn and an Aggie, having earned her bachelor's at UT-Austin and her master's at Texas A&M.

(512) 651-3576
[email protected]

Jay A. Thompson
General Counsel

Jay Thompson is a partner with the firm of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP. He practices primarily in insurance regulatory and legislative areas, as well as litigation matters which affect both the life/health and property/casualty insurance companies. Thompson earned his BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University and his JD from UT at Austin. In addition to representing other insurance associations, he has served as General Counsel for TALHI since its inception in 1997. Prior to that, he was General Counsel for one of its predecessors, the TLIA, for a number of years. Thompson also served with distinction in the US Air Force Reserves as a Judge Advocate from 1972 to 1999.

Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1500
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 708-8200
Fax: (512) 708-8777
[email protected]

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