Executive Officers

Leading the way

Executive officers safeguard the quality of our operations and carry out the company’s strategic plan. By innovating better ways to serve businesses and workers, they keep us at the forefront of our industry.

Kellie Mixon

Kellie Mixon

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kellie Mixon is President and CEO of New Mexico Mutual. Mixon has 28 years of experience in public and private accounting, including 25 years in the property and casualty insurance field. She served as New Mexico Mutual’s Vice President and Chief Financial Offer prior to her recent promotion. Mixon holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University. She is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico and serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central New Mexico. Mixon was recognized in 2019 as a Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First. She previously served as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF). This committee provides AASCIF members with educational resources and materials on finance and investment.

Gina Hickman

Gina Hickman

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Gina Hickman oversees New Mexico Mutual’s financial operations and strategy, as well as its risk management, investment and treasury functions. She’s also responsible for all of the company’s compliance, reporting and banking activities. Gina has more than 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, including 20 years of service in CFO and executive leadership roles. Before joining New Mexico Mutual, she served for 12 years as deputy director of finance and administration for the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.  Hickman, a CPA, earned her Bachelor of Accountancy degree at New Mexico State University. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Dan Girlamo

Dan Girlamo

Vice President of Claims

Dan oversees New Mexico Mutual’s claims, provider relations, and risk & safety management functions. He also provides senior-level management services for Integrion Group, New Mexico Mutual’s wholly owned TPA subsidiary.  Dan worked his way up from claims adjuster to his current position over the course of 25 years with New Mexico Mutual. Girlamo holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Connecticut State.

Kristen Carey

Kristen Carey

Vice President of Underwriting

Kristen oversees New Mexico Mutual’s underwriting, business analytics and premium audit functions. She joined the company as manager of business analytics and was promoted twice, first to director of business analytics and then to director of underwriting and business analytics a position she has held since 2017. Before joining New Mexico Mutual, Carey was the financial decision support manager at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. She also served as a systems analyst with St. Vincent Hospital (now Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center). Carey holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Washington State University.

Jeremiah Ritchie

Jeremiah Ritchie

Vice President & General Counsel

Jeremiah serves as legal counsel to the Board of Directors and as a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team. Ritchie is responsible for managing the company’s corporate governance department and coordinating outside counsel.  In addition, he will oversee and direct corporate compliance, internal audit, legislative and regulatory relations, and fraud investigations. Ritchie holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico.

Cindy Mohler

Cindy Mohler

Vice President of Human Resources and Administration

Cindy Mohler oversees New Mexico Mutual’s human resources and adminstration departments. She joined the company in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in human resources and administration. Mohler is certified as a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI®) and as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®). She is also on the board of directors of the Society for Human Resource Management’s New Mexico State Council (SHRM New Mexico). She previously served on the board of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.