Released: December 2, 2005
Commissioner Robert Wooley announced today that Clarissa A. Preston has been named
Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Property and Casualty. Scott Kipper is now
Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Health Insurance.
Clarissa A. Preston, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Property and Casualty
Ms. Preston is a New Orleans native and a graduate of McDonogh #35 Senior High School.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University
in 1994. Ms. Preston started her career at the Department of Insurance in 1997 in
the Agent Licensing Division. She also worked in the Office of Management and Finance,
then moved to P&C, where she was most recently Director of Insurance Rating
and Policy Forms, before being chosen by Commissioner Wooley to head the entire
In addition to being a licensed Property & Casualty and Life & Health producer
(licenses temporarily suspended while a Department employee), Ms. Preston is also
a Certified Insurance Counselor, a Commissioned Civil Law Notary Public and a Paralegal.
She is a member of many professional and civic organizations, including the Association
of Insurance Compliance Professionals and the Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society.
She also serves as president of the Kiwanis Club of South Baton Rouge and holds
offices in several other community service organizations. The employees of the Department
of Insurance also named Ms. Preston Employee of the Year in 2002.
Ms. Preston's appointment comes as former P&C Deputy Commissioner Paula Pellerin-Davis
heads to the private sector. Commissioner Wooley credits Ms. Davis for her vital
role in the implementation of such insurance reforms as Flexible Rating, Commercial
Deregulation and the Citizens Corporation.
Scott J. Kipper, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Health Insurance
Until his recent appointment at the Department, Scott Kipper served for more than
four years as Senior Regional Director of State Affairs for America's Health Insurance
Plans, where he was responsible for the management of health insurance-related legislative
and regulatory activities in eight states, including Texas and California.
Mr. Kipper has also worked as Government Relations Manager and Field Product Leader
for long-term care insurer General Electric Capital Assurance Company, in California.
He also served as a Health Analyst for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
(NAIC) in Washington, D.C. While at the NAIC, Mr. Kipper was a primary resource
on federal and state senior health insurance issues, and he assisted state regulators
in implementing changes to senior health insurance laws and regulations.
Mr. Kipper has also served as a legislative liaison for the Wyoming Department of
Insurance and that state's Legislature. He was also a licensed independent Life
and Health producer in Wyoming. Mr. Kipper holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.