Special Advisors

Dr. Jules Benson

Dr. Jules Benson BVSc MRCVS

Chair, Veterinary Relations Committee
and Veterinary Advisory Team Lead, Regulatory Committee

Dr. Jules Benson is an experienced executive in the animal health field. Before coming to Nationwide’s pet health insurance unit, he was on the start-up team of a pet health company, and then assisted other veterinary and medical companies as an executive specializing in healthcare marketing and strategy. A licensed veterinarian, Dr. Benson is a graduate of the University of Liverpool’s school of veterinary medicine. He has been active in conservation efforts in Africa, and he worked in clinical practice before moving into the pet health industry as a leader. As AVP Veterinary Relations at Nationwide, Jules speaks with insight and experience on animal health industry trends, start-ups, innovation and strategic planning and, of course, on veterinary medicine.

Tim Graff

Tim Graff

Chair, Research & Benchmarking Committee

Tim Graff has been involved with Trupanion in various capacities since its formation. Tim has also served NAPHIA as the Board Member for Trupanion for 9 years, chairing the association’s Research and Benchmarking Committee. Working with NAPHIA’s consulting actuaries, Tim has helped to develop and evolve the industry’s premier benchmarking initiatives. Tim brings to these roles more than 40 years of experience, having seen all aspects of the insurance industry as an underwriter, reinsurer and broker. Originally from the UK, he operated businesses in the Middle East and Far East for 8 years before ultimately relocating to the US.

Dennis Rushovich

Co-Chair, Regulatory Committee

Dennis is a founding member of NAPHIA, having served as both the Board President, and Treasurer before his retirement from at Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group™ in December of 2019. Now as a consultant to C&F, Dennis continues to lead NAPHIA’s Regulatory Committee initiatives.

Dennis’ expertise encompasses strategic planning, forecasting, business development, re-engineering, and more. With the mantra of “never give up” and a belief in sweating the details, Dennis has always employed a caring and enthusiastic approach to leadership.

Dennis holds a B.Com degree in business administration and accounting, and a B.ACC degree in Maccounting and computer science from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dennis and his wife Jenny have two daughters and two rescue dogs, Charlie and Alice.

Lynne Hennesey

Lynne Hennessey

Regulatory and Fraud-Prevention Committees

Lynne is the Director of Regulatory Compliance for the Pet Division of Nationwide Insurance, having been with the company for 15 years. She has over 30 years in the insurance industry having held various senior management roles including Vice President of Claims and Operations for WNC Insurance Services and Assurant Group. Lynne graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Liberal Arts and holds the designations of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional, Market Conduct Management and Associate In Claims.