TMB E104: Special Edition for SSCIP

Learn more about what an insurance pool is and what are the advantages for social services organizations. For both ‘for profit and nonprofit’ organizations. An in depth expose with Jim Gill, Barbara McClure and Ragan Edwards.

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Learn more about what an insurance pool is and what are the advantages for social services organizations. For both ‘for profit and nonprofit’ organizations. An in depth expose with Jim Gill, Barbara McClure and Ragan Edwards.

About – Jim Gill

VP of Claims, SSCIP–the Social Service Contractors Indemnity Pool 

Jim Gill was raised in west Phoenix where he moved with his family from Chicago in 1964. He graduated from Maryvale High, Glendale Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University while also studying mass communications.  

He joined Southwest Risk in 2002, and began overseeing SSCIP’s property and liability claims team and began his insurance career  

back in 1985 at Aetna Property & Casualty and later worked in various claim handling, supervisory and management positions for Travelers Property & Casualty, Reliance Insurance Company and Cambridge Integrated Services.  

Jim served on the Board of Directors of ASIA–the Arizona Self Insurers Association and is a two-time past president and current board member of the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Claims Association.  

Now he currently oversees property, liability and workers’ compensation claim operations for SSCIP. 

SSCIP has been the wonderful sponsor of SANFP heard on the Tucson Business Channel ~ and all of the major podcast platforms throughout the country and we appreciate that very much Jim – your responsible for helping a lot of people here in Tucson through SANFP and Barbara through your sponsorship so thank you sincerely! 

SSCIP–the Social Service Contractors Indemnity Pool 

Company Phone: (602) 996-8810 



About ~ Ragan Edwards 

Insurance Advisor 

I grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

After meeting my husband and having 3 kids, we relocated to Tucson, where my husband grew up.  

I have a background long ago in pharmaceuticals, where I spent most of my career prior to having children. While taking time to raise children, I cofounded a nonprofit called Kids of Steele and volunteered with many other nonprofits.  
I decided to take the career path into commercial insurance with a focus in Human Services and Nonprofits, and I now lead the Southern Arizona area for The Mahoney Group. My true passion lies with serving nonprofits and helping them with their insurance and risk management, ultimately making them safer organizations.   

The Mahoney Group is a commercial insurance brokerage that is over 100 years old and is the largest independent agency in the state. We have locations in 8 states across the Western Region, and insure in all 50 states.  
We have several areas of focus, ranging from Tribal, Real Estate, construction, manufacturing, education, and Human Services. We are employee owned, which means we answer to our clients, not to shareholders. 

COMPANY PHONE (310) 480-6901     





About – Barbara McClure

Barbara McClure wakes up each morning passionate about going to work at a place that improves lives and inspires futures every day! She has been the Executive Director of a Tucson social service nonprofit called IMPACT of Southern Arizona, for ten years. What is it that keeps you passionate about your role Barbara?

Barbara has been a visionary and planner with decades of experience as a small business owner and in nonprofit leadership; her innovative ideas and strategic thinking, along with a talent for bringing the community together, has helped grow IMPACT five-fold in a very short time. Her talents and interests are diverse but all center around helping people, improving the community, bolstering education, building capacity and sustainability, being vocal about the rights and conditions of others, experiencing art, nurturing all inhabitants of your garden, and enjoying life to the fullest.

And now Barbara is about to experience another exciting chapter in her life with hosting a brand-new Radio Show Podcast here on the Tucson Business RadioX Network starting in November.

IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a 20 – year old social service nonprofit stabilizing families and seniors, and moving people out of poverty. IMPACT’s programs are designed to stretch household budgets so earned income can be spent on necessities such as improved housing conditions, fuel to get to work, utilizes, and needed medical attention and prescriptions.  Its clients are your neighbors! People come to IMPACT because it is a welcoming place where they are always treated with dignity and respect, and where they find resources, referrals, coaching, and help to attain the skills that can move them forward into self-sufficiency.

Barbara grew up in Pasadena CA, moved to Long Beach for college, got married and started our family then moved to Seattle area ten years later. Took our youngest son on an 11-month motorhome trip to get to Tucson – Homeschooled for 10th grade.

We vacationed at a rustic cabin when I was growing up, where we had no phone or television; and spent all our time outside fishing, hiking, horseback riding, listening to old radio shows, playing pool, reading comic books from the local small grocer, and using our imaginations all day long. I always admired the superheroes who defended people and cities like Gotham and Metropolis, so when our three boys were born, we named them after familiar character: Colin (Bryce for an overlay of Bruce Wayne, Kent, and Parker. Our first grandchild was born last year, and as in the family tradition, named Logan, after the Wolverine. I used to always tell them they were my superheroes – and they still are today!

Barbara loves working with numbers and has always loved math and the organization of things, so accounting seemed perfect, but I soon realized that I if I became a CPA I would have to spend many months inside doing tax returns, and that did not appeal to me as a long–term career! I have a great imagination and enjoy creating things, so thought I should find a better path that might nurture that side of my personality. I was working in the shipping industry in SoCal at the time and fell in love with import and export, so shifted my majors to Marketing and International Business. Those were wonderful fits, and I imagined graduating and moving to the largest port on the planet, in Germany; then, I met my future husband and things took a different turn.

A little bit about how Barbara got into Nonprofit work:

All along with my husband and I were always involved in nonprofits and community volunteer opportunities, and often said it was too bad we could not make a living doing those things we loved so much. Leadership roles in PTO, Boy Scouts, Historical Societies, Junior League, Elks, Rotary and more. Then when we moved to Tucson I looked for a local opportunity to impact my community. A Board position was about to open at IMPACT, and my local bank branch manager, Peggy Smoot, suggested I would be very passionate about getting involved in the mission work there. I worked in the Food Bank.

There are thousands of nonprofits in Tucson. What makes IMPACT Unique is that they bring the community together to stabilize families and move people out of poverty. Our true success lies in partnering with a large number of businesses, agencies, social clubs and other nonprofits. We invest $2.5 million in the community each year, and we do it all with a lean staff of amazing professionals supported by more than 170 volunteer shifts each week! We have put great systems in place to run efficiently, effectively and with a commitment to sustainability and integrity, protecting the community’s investment in our work, striving for perfect audits, being innovative, building capacity and most importantly – treating everyone with dignity and respect. We are an award-winning nonprofit with numerous nods to incredible customer service. Our clients are your neighbors… We improve lives and inspire futures of people living in Southern AZ.

So, IMPACT is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and you have been at the helm half that time. Share with me the things IMPACT has accomplished over the years, and the things you have planned for this celebratory year.