Executive Team



Barry Goldstein

Mr. Goldstein joined the Kingstone Insurance Company Board of Directors in 2005 and was elected as its Chairman in January 2006. In 2008 he was elected to serve as our Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Goldstein serves as Chairman of Kingstone Companies, Inc., parent of Kingstone Insurance Company. Mr. Goldstein received his B.A. and M.B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Goldstein serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Meryl Golden

Ms. Golden joined Kingstone in September of 2019 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. In October of 2021, Ms. Golden was elected President.  

Ms. Golden brings over 25 years of insurance experience to Kingstone and will drive strategic priorities and accountability initiatives.  She was head of business development at Arity’s Insurance Solutions, and served in Northeast  Regional General Management positions at Liberty Mutual and Progressive Insurance.  Ms. Golden was also General Manager at Earnix, North America and Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater Associates.  

Ms. Golden received her MBA from University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).


Chief Actuary

Sarah Chen

Ms. Chen joined Kingstone in November of 2020 as the company’s Chief Actuary. Ms. Chen is responsible for the reserving, pricing, financial planning, reporting and analysis, and reinsurance management functions of the company.

Ms. Chen brings more than a decade of experience in personal lines pricing, reserving and other actuarial responsibilities. Most recently, she was a Senior Pricing Manager at Homesite, a subsidiary of American Family, where she was responsible for ratemaking for their ~$2 billion homeowners, renters, and condo book. Previously she was an Actuarial Manager at Plymouth Rock, a northeast regional insurer focused on auto and home. Ms. Chen also worked at XL Insurance, the Hartford and Travelers in various actuarial roles.

Ms. Chen is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a CFA charterholder. She has a M.S., Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a B.S., Mathematics from Tsinghua University in Beijing.


 Secretary and General Counsel

Thomas G. Seccia, Jr.

Thom joined Kingstone Insurance Company in 2008 and serves as its Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Corporate Secretary, General Counsel, and General Manager.  He also serves as a Director for Kingstone Insurance Company, Chairman of its Nominating Committee, and as a Director for the Underwriters Rating Board.  Furthermore, he serves as Assistant Secretary for Kingstone Companies, Inc. and is a member of the New York Insurance Association Legal Committee.

His prior employment includes 14 years with a New York-based property casualty insurance company, serving the company’s various regulatory, reinsurance, and risk management needs.  In addition, he spent four years litigating with insurance defense firms in New York City and on Long Island. 

Thom was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Nassau County.  He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and received a BA from the University of Richmond in 1989.  He earned a JD from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2004.  He holds CPCU, AIC, AU, ARM, ARe, AIS, ARC, AIM, AIT, API, AAI, AMIM, and ACP insurance designations.  He was admitted to the NYS Bar and the USDC for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY in 2004 and is a NYS Notary Public. 

SVP, Chief Claims Officer

Bill O'Brien

William O’Brien has over 25 years of P&C experience working for large national, regional and specialty insurance companies serving in multiple leadership and technical claim adjusting roles. He also spent 6 years working for Ernst & Young in their Insurance Advisory and Risk Management practice which provided advisory services to insurance carriers, reinsurers, and large self-insureds domestically and internationally. He brings strong leadership in claims management with experience in claims transformation and process improvement to enhance customer experience and improve claim outcomes. In addition to Mr. O’Brien’s leadership and management skills, he has a strong background in severity and expense management which includes litigation, vendor management and technical claims management. He looks forward to building out Kingstone’s claim capabilities to improve efficiency, enhance the customer experience and position them for future profitable growth.

Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer

Rich Swartz

Mr. Swartz was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer of Kingstone Insurance Company and Kingstone Companies, and Treasurer of Kingstone Insurance Company in April 2020. Mr. Swartz joined Kingstone in 2017 as Corporate Controller and successfully streamlined existing processes as well as implemented new efficient processes. Prior to Kingstone, Mr. Swartz worked in public accounting at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause. Mr. Swartz earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Seton Hall and earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business.

Chief Information Officer

Sri Seshadri

Mr. Seshadri joined Kingstone in February of 2020 as the company’s Chief Information Officer. Mr. Seshadri has over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry and close to 9 years in the P&C Insurance space. Mr. Seshadri has been a CIO in the Insurance Industry for the last 4 years. Prior to this, he spent a number of years in Data & Analytics, Digital and Project Management. Mr. Seshadri brings a fine blend of Technology, Insurance and Leadership skills. Mr. Seshadri completed his Masters in Business Administration from New York University – Stern School of Business and his Bachelor's in Engineering from Bharathiar University, India. 

Vice President,

Business Transformation and Experience

Shannon Matty-Provvisiero

Ms. Provvisiero joined Kingstone in 2009 and currently serves as Director and Vice President, Business Transformation, and Experience.  She previously served as VP, Marketing and Agency Relations, where she led the New York Marketing team and was responsible for growth, profitability, distribution, and producer relationships. Ms. Provvisiero was responsible for developing the Customer Service department at KICO, and successfully built a strong team focusing on increasing the customer experience through technology and improved products and relationships. Before being promoted to Vice President in 2016, Ms. Provvisiero served KICO as it's New York State Marketing and Customer Relations, Manager. She has taken the lead on many key company projects during her tenure with Kingstone.

Ms. Provvisiero has over 14 years of insurance industry experience holding various positions involving underwriting, claims, and sales on both the carrier and agency side. Ms. Provvisiero holds a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Old Westbury and maintains her P & C Broker and Agent license in multiple states throughout the northeast.


Vice President, Operations
Robert Jacobson

Mr. Jacobson joined Kingstone in February 2020 as the company’s Vice President of Operations. In his role as Vice President, Operations Mr. Jacobson will drive innovation and enhanced performance to the Underwriting, Customer Service, Billing and the Filing Services teams within Kingstone. He brings over 30 years of Insurance Industry experience to Kingstone. Previously, he was the Chief Underwriting Officer for AAA/The Auto Club Group and AVP, Zone Underwriting Manager for Safeco/Liberty Mutual. Mr. Jacobson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Habitational Resources/Hotel & Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He holds insurance designations in Certified Insurance Counselor, Charter Insurance Operations Professional, Customer Experience and Analytics Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Vice President, Senior Product Manager

Eva Paxhia

Ms. Paxhia joined Kingstone in January of 2020 as Vice President, Senior Product Manager. In this new role, she is responsible for managing all products in all states. Ms. Paxhia’s focus is on the profitable growth of existing products in New York and developing new products. Ms. Paxhia brings over 30 years of insurance experience in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was a Product Director at State Auto Insurance Company. She also held multiple leadership roles with Nationwide Insurance Company. Ms. Paxhia is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University.