Robert S. Vermes
CEO & Founder
“We see the remarkable work of the human and social service professionals we serve on an almost daily basis. Their deep commitment to and passion for helping others is truly inspiring. We want to play an active role in supporting and ensuring their success – today and in the future.”
Robert Vermes points to his years as a police officer as providing the inspiration and vision for founding TCA. During that time, he witnessed firsthand the many challenges preventing at-risk children and young adults from living productive, positive lives. Oftentimes, the only hope for troubled kids he encountered came from the community’s human and social service professionals.
When Robert decided to trade in his badge for a briefcase, he knew exactly the type of organizations his insurance firm would support. He launched TCA in 2009 as a group captive created exclusively for human and social service organizations – among the first of its kind in the United States – and continues to lead the organization’s growth and success.
Prior to founding TCA, Robert held various management positions with leading risk management and insurance companies. Robert also proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Robert is the former president of the Bermuda Captive Owners Association (BCOA), as well as the former State Chair for the Massachusetts Chapter for the Council on Litigation Management (CLM). Over the course of his career, he has also been a keynote speaker and panelist at numerous risk management forums, the Massachusetts RIMS Conference, captive associations and human service industry-related events.
Director of Risk Management
“The human service professionals we serve enter this difficult field with huge hearts and a passion to help. They deserve the best training and support we can provide so they, in turn, can assist clients in their recovery and salubrious growth.”
Maureen Carville knows all too well about the challenges facing human service organizations and the professionals who serve them. She spent more than 20 years on the front lines, providing direct support to at-risk individuals and families, training staff and developing systems to ensure compliance and high-quality services.
As TCA’s Director of Risk Management, Maureen brings extensive experience to the team and leads all Risk Management Reviews (RMR) for TCA Member organizations. She focuses on helping Members manage risk costs and provides consultation to minimize claim frequencies and damages.
Maureen also serves as a long-time Peer Reviewer with the Council on Accreditation, joining other professionals who currently hold or have held positions within human service and nonprofit sectors. She and her peers collaborate with agencies to help them navigate issues within the legal and cultural contexts in which they operate.
Tammy Syrigos Irrera
Chief Financial Officer
“One of the most exciting aspects of my job is calculating Members’ equity and potential dividends. It’s tremendously rewarding to be a part of the way TCA works to recapture and return millions of dollars to its Members.”
With more than 25 years of experience in public and private accounting sectors, Tammy Syrigos Irrera brings exceptional financial and business management expertise to the TCA team. Her insurance knowledge, coupled with her keen focus on value creation, make her uniquely suited to lead TCA’s financial operations.
Prior to TCA, Tammy held various positions within public accounting firms, leading auditing, taxation, business systems and business process improvement efforts. Since joining TCA, she has progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, including oversight of all accounting policies and procedures, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and taxation. In addition, Tammy manages relationships with Members, vendors and key business partners.
Tammy is a CPA and holds a BA in Accounting from Simmons College and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from the Bentley University Graduate School of Business.
OUR MISSION: to help human & social service nonprofits thrive and prosper by providing progressive risk management with the primary goal of reducing losses and increasing cash flow.