Kingstone Board of Directors

Barry Goldstein - Chairman

Mr. Goldstein joined the Kingstone Insurance Company Board of Directors in 2005 and since January 2006 has served as its Chairman and the Chairman of its Executive Committee. Since 2001 he has served as Chairman of Kingstone Companies, Inc., the parent of Kingstone Insurance Company. Mr. Goldstein received his B.A. and M.B.A. from 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).

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.

Shannon Matty-Provvisiero

Shannon joined Kingstone in 2009 and currently serves as a Director for the company and as Vice President, Operations. In this role she is responsible for the performance of the Underwriting, Customer Service, Billing and the Filing Service teams within Kingstone.

She previously served as VP, Business Transformation and Experience. In this role she was responsible for new product system design, programming and implementation, with a large focus on user experience. She has also served as VP of 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 15 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.

John David Reiersen

John Reiersen began his insurance career with the NYSID ending his 25 years there as Chief Examiner in the P&C Bureau.  At the Department, John was instrumental in getting many statutes and regulations enacted including the automobile no-fault program, the photo inspection law, the IIES program and many other cost containment measures.  Mr. Reiersen also pioneered in the market conduct examination process and was responsible for drafting the fair claim practices regulation.  Mr. Reiersen was also responsible for the enactment of many rules in the NYAIP including the Producer Certification Program and increasing the public member representation on the governing committee.  He was responsible for the development of the LAD, CLAD, PAP, and SRDP.  During the liability insurance crisis of 1985-1986, Mr. Reiersen was responsible for establishing a number of market assistance programs and in getting cancellation/nonrenewal and flex-rating legislation enacted into law. 

In 1989, Mr. Reiersen joined the Robert Plan Corp. in a senior executive position and from 1990-2000 served as President of the Eagle Group.  Mr. Reiersen served as Chairman of the NYAIP Governing Committee, MVAIC and NYIA.  He currently serves on the Legislatures Industry Advisory Committee on Coastal Insurance, and continues to serve on many other industry boards and committees.  Mr. Reiersen was elected President of Commercial Mutual Insurance Company in 1999 and in 2001 was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  On July 1, 2009 the company converted to a stock property and casualty company and became Kingstone Insurance Company. 


John Reiersen holds the CPCU, CFE and CIE designations.  He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds a BS in Accounting.  John and his wife Jeanie have two children and five grandchildren. 

Thomas Seccia

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. 

Jennifer Gravelle 

Ms. Gravelle joined Kingstone in January 2023 as the company’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Gravelle is responsible for managing Kingstone’s finance and accounting operations.

Ms. Gravelle brings 20+ years of leadership experience in the P&C insurance industry and expertise in coastal-focused property insurance. She most recently served as CFO of Slide Insurance, and previously served as CFO of both Allied Trust Insurance Company and Olympus Insurance Company, and as Controller at HomeWise Insurance Group.

Ms. Gravelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Champlain College.

David Fernandez

David Fernandez joined Kingstone in November 2023 as Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer. Mr. Fernandez is responsible for all aspects of claims including accuracy, customer service, and efficiency.

Mr. Fernandez brings over 25 years of insurance experience leading claims strategy and execution to Kingstone. Most recently, he was Vice President of Claims for Point32Health. Previously, he held senior claims positions at Progressive and Liberty Mutual where he led organizations of over 1,000 claims professionals and spearheaded numerous transformation initiatives. Mr. Fernandez also served as Vice President of Claims Digital Transformation at Unum.

Mr. Fernandez earned his B.A. from Colby College and MBA from Babson College.