About Us


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Michael J. McCord

Michael combines experience as controller of a US commercial bank, CEO of an MFI in Uganda, Regional Director for microfinance programs in Africa, and since 2000, Founder and President of the MicroInsurance Centre and current Chairman of the Microinsurance Network, to provide a depth of knowledge on developing and managing microinsurance products. His specializations include institutional development for microinsurance, new product development, and assessment and analysis of microinsurance programs. Michael also specializes in trainings; he has provided microinsurance training to over 2,000 people across the globe and is a highly sought speaker at international forums.
Michael has written extensively on microinsurance – including as a multiple contributor to "Protecting the Poor, A Microinsurance Compendium" and as co-author of "Making Insurance Work for Microfinance", as well as "The Landscape of Microinsurance in the World’s 100 Poorest Countries". Michael is the author of numerous microinsurance case studies and other documents to facilitate partnership relationships in microinsurance. He is also the author of several other documents and manuals on subjects as varied as pilot testing, rollout, and the feedback loop for microfinance institutions, MFI accounting and analysis, and the function of laws.


Dawn White
Assistant to the President

Dawn has over 20 years of experience owning and managing her own business, along with a decade of insurance background. She joined the MicroInsurance Centre as the Assistant to the President in December 2012. Dawn is very excited to be a part of this brilliant team and making a real difference in the lives of others.


Katie Biese
Senior Project Manager

Katie has over eight years of international development experience, including two and half years with microfinance initiatives in Moldova and Nepal. She joined the MicroInsurance Centre in 2013 after earning a Master’s in Development Management from American University in Washington, DC. She supports the team with project management, research, and business development, and managed the 2013 Latin America and 2014 Africa landscape studies of microinsurance. She obtained the Associate Life Management Institute (ALMI) designation from LOMA in 2016 and is based out of Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.


Mariah Mateo Sarpong
Project Manager/Knowledge Management Specialist

Mariah has been a member of the MIC team since 2012, during which she has been a key researcher and coordinator for the regional microinsurance landscape studies. Mariah’s international development experience includes projects in St. Kitts and Nevis, Costa Rica, Uganda, and Sierra Leone as well as a Vittana fellowship in the microfinance sector in Ghana. Mariah holds a Master’s in Community Development Policy and Practice from the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Spanish from Lawrence University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is based out of Milwaukee, WI, U.S.



Dinardo Rodríguez 

Dinardo Rodríguez is a native Spanish speaker who was born and raised in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Currently living in New York City, Dinardo attends Lawrence University in Appleton, WI as a Posse Scholar, where he studies International Relations with minors in Latin American Studies and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Dinardo has had experiences in the realm of finance before, holding internship positions for both Deutsche Bank and Pricewaterhouse Coopers prior to his time at the MicroInsurance Centre. Dinardo is excited to take those experiences and learn to apply them to the microfinance space – specifically microinsurance.


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MicroInsurance Centre
1045 N Lynndale Drive Ste 2E
Appleton, WI 54914