R. Austin Wallace, MD
Chairman, President and CEO
WV Mutual Insurance Company

Executive Staff

Overall corporate supervision at the Mutual is handled by a management team consisting of three highly experienced individuals:

R. Austin Wallace, M.D.

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

The Chairman, President, and CEO is R. Austin Wallace, M.D. Dr. Wallace has been an integral contributor to the Mutual, serving on the Board of Directors since its formation as its Vice – Chairman and Chairman of the Claims Committee until becoming Chairman of the Board in 2009. In January, 2012, Dr. Wallace additionally became President and CEO.

He attended college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and he graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1977. Subsequently, Dr. Wallace completed his Otolaryngology residency at West Virginia University Hospital after a UVA affiliated General Surgery internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital (now Carilion Health Systems).

Prior to retiring from active medical practice at the end of 2013, Dr. Wallace had specialized in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in private practice for over 30 years in Charleston West Virginia, having been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council. He is past president of the West Virginia State Medical Association, Physician’s Alliance of WV, and the West Virginia Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Wallace currently serves on the boards of PIAA (formerly Physician Insurers Association of America), which is the medical liability insurance national trade organization, the West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the Executive Committee, and WV CALA (Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.) He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the WV Business and Industry Council (BIC).

Tamara Huffman, CPCU

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

The Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is Tamara Huffman. Ms. Huffman has 40 years of experience in the professional liability arena in West Virginia having served with the McDonough/Caperton insurance agency and its successor, Wells Fargo. She has been the prime officer for the West Virginia malpractice pool and has been one of the principal proponents of the West Virginia Legislative efforts to enact tort reforms and establish the new Mutual. Ms. Huffman holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. She has lived all her adult life in West Virginia. Ms. Huffman has ultimate responsibility for Underwriting, Claims and Risk Management as well as Marketing and general administration.