Dennis Jay is executive director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. He has served as chief executive officer since the Coalition's founding in 1993.
He oversees the Coalition's three main areas: government affairs, public outreach and research.
Dennis coordinated drafting of a comprehensive model insurance fraud law, which 21 states have passed wholly or partly. In 1996, Dennis initiated breakthrough research on why Americans do and don't tolerate insurance fraud, which was conducted again in 2007.
He is a frequent speaker on insurance fraud, and has testified before several state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.
In 2000 he initiated the chartering of the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud to educate consumers in the state about fraud. He now serves on the alliance's board.
He serves on several national and state boards and advisory committees dealing with insurance fraud issues. In 2010, he helped initiate an anti-fraud public/private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Justice, private health plans, state regulators and anti-fraud organizations. He currently serves as co- chair of the executive board of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFFP).
Dennis has authored more than 100 articles and reports on insurance fraud, and currently writes Insurance FraudBlog, a popular Internet weblog on issues and analysis of current fraud topics.
He’s a frequent public speaker on fraud issues in the U.S, and internationally. He has served as a consultant to governments, insurers and insurance organizations in Europe, South America, China, India, Singapore. Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
In 2003, Fraud International magazine named him “Fraud Fighter of the Year” for his efforts in leading anti-fraud initiatives during the first ten years of the Coalition’s existence. The website Insurance-Portal.com named Dennis one of the 100 most powerful people in the insurance industry in the U.S.
He formerly served as vice president of communications for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. He holds a BA in business administration.
Director of Government Affairs
Howard Goldblatt has been Director of Government Affairs for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud since its inception in 1993.
His career in government and public policy started in New York and includes 10 years of service on Capitol Hill serving on legislative staffs of several members of Congress. Prior to joining the Coalition, he worked as a government affairs specialist for New York-based law ﬁrm of Sullivan & Cromwell in its Washington, D.C. ofﬁce and as government affairs director for the National Health Council.
Howard has been a frequent speaker on all aspects of the legislative process and on insurance fraud issues. In his capacity for the Coalition, Howard has testiﬁed before numerous legislative committees concerning insurance fraud issues. Howard also has published articles on insurance fraud issues in trade journals and general circulation newspapers. Howard has made presentations at international insurance fraud conferences in Budapest, Hungary (2001), Washington, DC (2002) and Amman, Jordan (2006). Howard also advises the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) on insurance fraud issues.
Howard is a member of the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud & Auto Theft Advisory Board, the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Advisory Board and the New Mexico Insurance Fraud Taskforce. Howard also is a consumer member of the NAIC- Consumer Liaison Committee that advises the NAIC on insurance consumer issues.
Howard holds a B.A. in political science from SUNY, New Paltz where he is a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an M.A. in politics and government from New York University.
Associate Director of Government Affairs
Director of Communications
James Quiggle is the Coalition's director of communications and fomenter of buzz.A 20-year veteran of public relations and journalism, Jim joined the Coalition staff in March 2000. He's stirring public outrage and stoking consumer support with outreach campaigns that tell the tale of fraud, wag the tail of reform, and unite society to combat this crime.
He oversees the Coalition's outreach strategy, positioning the Coalition as one of America's most-trusted authorities on insurance fraud.
Jim's award-winning career has ranged from smoke-filled newsrooms to mahogany-paneled boardrooms.
He has headed public relations for two major national trade associations - the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Most recently he was a public relations consultant and business journalist, specializing in high-tech, banking, trucking, youth services and other industries.
Jim also was an editor and reporter for a small-town daily newspaper, manager of communications for a Washington think tank covering the media's reporting of business, and lead writer for a public relations firm promoting prominent national sports events.
He has been published in news outlets such as The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun Times, Reno Gazette Journal, Virginia Business and others. Jim also has won several public relations awards.
Jim received a BA (cum laude) in psychology from Dickinson College.
Manager of Operations
Kendra Smith is the Coalition's manager of operations. She joined the Coalition staff in 2007 as an exective assistant. She oversees the Coalition's day-to-day operations, provide administrative support to staff, manage the website and database, and coordinate all board meetings and activites.
Her 18-year career in office management and managing schedules of some of DC's most influential execs makes her one of the best in her field.
Kendra served as an assistant to the President & CEO, SVP of External Affairs, SVP of Marketing & Communications and Chief of Staff at the DC Chamber of Commerce. She coordinated all board meetings, maintained the President & CEO's schedule and travel arraignments, served as liaison to the Mayor of DC and city council member assistants.
Her position at Suited for Change expanded far beyond clerical duties. She maintained relationships with over 100 job-training programs for low-income women in the DC-area, assisted with public relations and fundraising projects, trained volunteers, interns, and clients on appropriate interview attire and job readiness skills. She also led several job readiness workshops for low-income women.
Kendra served as Placement Coordinator for Sanz School's job placement department. There, she organized career fairs and seminars, assisted students with gaining employment after completing courses and provided various reports for the school's accrediting company, President, and Corporate Director of Planning.
In 2008, she received a BA in business administration and AA in Criminal Justice from American InterContinental University Online.