Insurance Institute of Michigan
December 15, 2018

Meet the IIM Staff

IIM is fortunate to have a progressive staff with many years of experience.

Charlie McLean, Executive Director

Prior to joining IIM on October 11, 2004, Kuhnmuench was Director of Legislative Affairs for the Auto Dealers of Michigan.  In this capacity, he represented both the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association.
As Executive Director, Kuhnmuench will oversee the Association’s governmental affairs and communications functions.  He represents 40 property/casualty insurance company members that write more than $8 billion in annual premiums in Michigan.
Born and raised in Lansing, Kuhnmuench received a Bachelor of Art’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Western Michigan University.  Kuhnmuench and his wife, Terri, have three daughters: Ashley, Morgan, and Christina.

Samuel Osborne, General Counsel

Samuel Van Koevering is General Counsel of the Insurance Institute of Michigan.  In this capacity, he is responsible for monitoring and analyzing the approximately 300 bills that are introduced every session in the Michigan Legislature which affect IIM’s members. Samuel was previously General Counsel for the Michigan Insurance Federation.
Prior to joining the Association, Samuel served as Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Michigan League of Community Banks.  He also worked with the Michigan House of Representatives and with the Grand Rapids law firm of Boyden, Waddell, Timmons and Dilley.  He has several years’ experience lobbying in Washington, DC. Samuel is a graduate of Hope College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Alex and Don.

Jake Potter, Communications Director

Jake Potter is Communications Director for the Association.  In this capacity, she is responsible for development of member and consumer publications, media news releases, and oversees the website.
Prior to the merger, she was Communications Director for the Insurance Information Association of Michigan for 16 years.  She attended Ferris State University and has an Associate’s Degree in Journalism.  She started her career as a weekly newspaper editor in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Jake has two children, Brayden and Blayne.

Laura Harvey, Membership Director

Laura Harvey is Membership Director for the Insurance Institute of Michigan.  She is responsible for recruitment and communications with members.  She also plans and oversees all Association meetings. In addition, she is responsible for all bookkeeping functions and PAC reporting for the Association.  She spent 22 years employed by the Insurance Information Association of Michigan as Administrative Director prior to the merger.  A graduate of Lansing Business University, Laura worked in social services for over 15 years prior to joining the Association.  She has two grown children, Suzy and John, and six grandchildren.

Katherine Winter, Insurance Information Consultant

As the Insurance Information Consultant, Katherine oversees operation of the Insurance Information Hotline. Katherine helps the nearly 300 consumers who dial up the Hotline each month, responding to consumer inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance.

Katherine has been working in the insurance industry since 1988.  She was previously a commercial and personal lines Customer Service Representative in an independent agency, as well as for several direct writers.

Katherine relocated from the Novi area.  She now resides in Williamston, just southeast of Lansing.

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