Our Incredible Team

Chris Golonka

Managing Principal and co-founder

e: cgolonka@euclidpsar.com
p: 630.238.2703
m: 630.981.7622

Chris is the Managing Principal and co-founder of Euclid Public Sector Alternative Risk. He has over thirty years of experience in the insurance industry, the most recent nineteen years exclusively in the public entity and non-profit sectors with Munich Re America’s Specialty Markets, ACE, Genesis as well as leading Euclid Public Sector Underwriter’s primary program. His underwriting training began as a property and package underwriter with the Hartford in Cleveland.

Chris has strong underwriting expertise in alternative risk reinsurance and insurance programs for qualified self-insureds within the public sector, including cities, counties, townships, boroughs, special districts, state government and scholastic risks. He has worked extensively with self-insured single risks, groups, pools, captives, risk retention groups and risk purchasing groups throughout the US, focusing on custom risk insurance and reinsurance solutions.

Chris joined Euclid in 2013 to lead the primary public entity program and build additional programs within the public sector.   In his current role, he will underwrite, market and manage the operations headquartered in Itasca, IL.

Chris obtained his BSBA in Finance from the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and has also earned his CPCU, RPLU, and ARe designations and is a member of PRIMA and AGRIP.

Jim Marquis

Principal and co-founder

e: jmarquis@euclidpsar.com
p: 630.238.2748
m: 773.860.2609

Jim is a Principal and co-founder of Euclid Public Sector Alternative Risk. He has thirty-five years of experience in the insurance industry with a roster of national companies. His underwriting training began as a package and workers compensation underwriter with the former Continental Insurance Company in Chicago.

Focusing his underwriting career over the twenty-five last years with public sector specialists such as Coregis, KEMPES, Munich Re America, Argonaut and Allied Public Risk, Jim negotiated and executed both first dollar and self-insured retention single and group (pool) risk accounts. Along with new business development, Jim’s strengths include a strong knowledge of sophisticated loss-sensitive pricing and exposure rating models, setting self-insured retentions, annual aggregate deductibles, and stop-loss aggregates.

Jim joined Euclid Public Sector Alternative Risk in 2015. In his current position, he is developing national production sources with the goal of building a book of individual self-insured retention accounts and statewide/national pools.

Jim obtained his BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has also earned his CPCU designation.

Tom Barney

Tom Barney


e: tbarney@euclidps.com
p: 630.238.2710

Tom underwrites our property and liability products. He currently lives in Berwyn, IL and holds the AU and AIS insurance designations and is currently working on his AINS designations.

Kathy Garcia

Kathy Garcia


e: kgarcia@euclidps.com
p: 630.238.2737

Kathy underwrites our professional liability products. She currently lives in North Riverside, IL with her husband and three beautiful children and is the 2014 winner of Euclid’s PGC Award.

Diane Steinert

Diane Steinert

Assistant Vice President / Underwriter

e: dsteinert@euclidps.com
p: 630.432.9513

Diane underwrites our primary property, liability and professional liability products.  She lives in Parker, CO

Chris Connacher


e: cconnacher@euclidps.com
p: 630.524.3242

Chris began his career with Liberty Mutual out of Columbus, OH. Over the last eight years, he’s built an extensive knowledge of both primary as well as self-insured business. During that time, Chris has worked with a number of different super regional and national carriers with a heavy focus on public entity and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Chris spent time with both CNA and Selective Insurance.  He has a strong background in the public sector with experience working with risks with populations up to 250,000. Chris has also worked extensively with K-12 schools and junior/community colleges.

Chris obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ohio University in Athens, OH. He holds his CPCU, AIC, and AU-M designations and is currently working on the completion of his RPLU.

Kathy Ayala

Kathy Ayala

Operations Manager

e: kayala@euclidps.com
p: 630.238.2713