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Potomac Member Named Adventist Risk Management VP

By Paula Webber

Sharon M. Mabena was recently appointed vice president for Adventist Risk Management, Inc., (ARM). She fills the position vacated by Karnik Doukmetzian who now serves as General Counsel for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “It is a privilege to serve the Lord in any capacity,” says Mabena, “and this role will give me greater opportunities to be of service to Him. I look forward to the challenge of enhancing the way we do business, by streamlining processes and integrating systems throughout the company to enable us to continue to services our clients more efficiently.”

Mabena has worked for ARM since 2003, first as an internal auditor, then chief accountant, and most recently director of Accounting. In her new role she will be responsible for overseeing the departments of Underwriting, Risk Placement, Claims, and Legal. A financial professional with experience in administration and management, Mabena will be able to use her analytical and strategic skills in working with the companies managed by ARM: Gencon Insurance company of Vermont, Gencon International Insurance Company, Ltd., Gencon Insurance Service, Inc., and Gencon Agency, Inc. She will also serve as corporate secretary for these companies.

“Sharon has brought a wealth of experience to the company with her financial background and her ability to improve systems,” says Robert L. Sweezey, president of ARM. “Serving as the accounting director for three years, she worked very closely with the insurance companies and is familiar with the business workings of ARM and its ministry to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We look forward to her joining the team of ARM officers.”

A native of Zambia, Africa, Mabena is a graduate of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., with a degree in Business Administration. She later earned her MBA from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Mabena and her husband, Hymie—an ordained minister—have three children. The family attends the Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church.