CEFLI Key Contacts

CEFLI maintains a team of committed professionals dedicated to serving the needs of the life insurance industry's compliance and ethics professionals.

Donald J. Walters
President & CEO
240-744-3027 | Email

Don Walters serves as the President & CEO of CEFLI.  Working with the CEFLI Board of Directors and CEFLI's staff, Don reviews and implements appropriate strategies to allow CEFLI to fulfill its mission to serve the needs of the life insurance industry's compliance and ethics professionals.  Don has over 30 years of professional experience in the financial services sector in the securities and life insurance industries and has served previously in various capacities with other life insurance industry trade associations including the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA). 

Don holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) and Master of Music (MM) degrees and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Arizona. Don also holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. 

Don's personal interests include marathon running, college basketball and jazz.

Kelly Ireland
Vice President - Compliance & Ethics
240-744-3023 | Email

Kelly served previously as Senior Counsel at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).  During her tenure with the ACLI, Kelly served as the primary staff person to the ACLI's Market Conduct Committee and was involved in organizing the ACLI's Compliance & Legal Sections meeting.  Kelly also represented the ACLI and its member companies on market conduct-related matters before National Meetings of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).  Kelly is a sought-after speaker at various life insurance industry compliance conferences.

Prior to her affiliation with the ACLI, Kelly served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Foresters in Toronto, Canada.  She also served in a variety of different legal and compliance roles at several Canadian insurance companies.

Kelly received her law degree from York University in Toronto, Canada and her BA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Mallory Bennett
Member Relations, Meetings and Communications Manager
240-744-3024 | Email

Mallory Bennett serves as CEFLI’s Member Relations, Meetings and Communications Manager.  Mallory served previously as the Marketing and Senior Event Coordinator with Meetings in Motion; CEFLI’s meetings management firm.  Mallory’s background also includes professional sales experience.

In her role at CEFLI, Mallory will serve as a primary contact for inquiries from member companies and Affiliate Member organizations and will assist CEFLI’s staff in organizing CEFLI meetings and issuing various communications related to CEFLI activities.  Mallory also will serve as the primary contact for inquiries related to CEFLI’s Annuity Suitability Clearinghouse.

Mallory received her BA in Public Relations with a minor in Business from Auburn University.

Nancy Perez

Executive Assistant and Office Manager
240-744-3026 | Email

Nancy Perez serves as CEFLI's Executive Assistant and Office Manager where she provides staff support for CEFLI management and organizes and monitors day-to-day office activities.  Nancy brings to CEFLI over 30 years of life insurance industry trade association experience.