Insurance has flooded my ears since I was a kid sitting around the dinner table, but it wasn’t until after my father was scheduled for open-heart surgery that I decided to induct myself into the career. Now that I am here, I love it. There have been a lot of trials for me as far as increasing my knowledge in the business, but all of it has made me into a better person and helped me grow. Over the years in Warsaw, I have gained new perspectives, and I look at insurance as a way to protect people’s assets. Insurance has never been about collecting premiums for me; it is just about putting people back together when they reach a low point in life. Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, crossfit, and spending time with my wife and children. The Warsaw community has been a wonderful place to raise a family, and it is inspirational to see how close-knit everyone is. Because there are so many great opportunities and charitable people here, my goal is to help them to the best of my ability and confirm that they are covered for any problems that may arise; I want to be there for them, like they would be there for me.
I will never forget the day my husband told me he didn’t want me to move to Chicago. We had dated throughout college at Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and studied criminal justice. Even though my major was in Bachelor of Arts, in the “real world,” learning to balance life became the “real” challenge. Throughout college, I experienced medical hardships and struggled to figure out how to pay for my monthly premium, and navigate the healthcare system with health insurance. Because of the personal experiences, and how it molded me, Jerry and Joe thought a career in educating consumers about how to navigate the healthcare system would be an awesome fit, and it is! Fast forward to today, working with employees of all sizes has been a passion of mine. Educating community members on minimizing their out of pocket healthcare expenses, while maximizing their health insurance benefits, and helping consumers feel empowered are my passions. Outside of work, my passion and life is my husband and three kids. Yes, Joe and I work together, but don’t worry, we never get sick of one another. In all seriousness, working at Clevenger together has done nothing but help our family life grow, because of the flexibility and family atmosphere. Raising kids that are exactly one year apart is crazy at times, but it’s the crazy Joe and I need and want. There is nothing better than all of of us sitting by a bonfire and roasting marshmallows, while looking for satellites and shooting stars.
I was born in South Bend, but that doesn’t make me a fan of Notre Dame football. I was raised in Plymouth, but that didn’t mean I would be a Rockie/Pilgrim for the rest of my life. I graduated from a “liberal arts” college, but that doesn’t make me a liberal. Insurance has been my professional focus for the past forty years, although my college “major” was biology. Community service has been my passion for the past forty years because I love the Warsaw/Winona Lake/Kosciusko County. Family, golf, church, current events, bike rides, lawn work and spectator sports occupy my free time. I’m a big fan of Indiana University athletics, the Chicago Cubs/Bears, Indianapolis Colts and watching high school and professional golf. If you stop me on the street, it is highly probable that I’ll show you photos or videos of my six grandkids, two pups, five “grand dogs,” or my three kids and their spouses. A good joke, a cold beer, Kentucky bourbon or a random story may follow the “photo show” because I like all of them (in moderation). I’ve been married to the same woman for thirty-six years. Most people know her as a high school Spanish teacher, but I know her as my best friend and partner in a wonderful life.
I am a country girl at heart but without the farm. I was born and raised in southern Indiana, in the area of Madison, down on the Ohio River. I spent my junior year of high school as an exchange student studying in Guatemala City. I fell in love with the Guatemalan people, the Spanish language and the culture and after living there several years of my life, I returned to Indiana to continue my studies and graduate from Indiana University.
I am a retired Spanish teacher of 29 years, so working at the Insurance office is an all new experience for me. I love it because it is low stress and there is no work to take home. My job is to scan documents and enter the information in the computer.
I am the proud mother of three children, Joe is my middle child, and I am Jerry’s wife. My children are married with wonderful spouses and I have six “perfect” grandchildren. I also am the mother to two young dogs and the grandmother to several grand dogs. I enjoy doodling and coloring, reading, playing with the dogs, traveling to Guatemala and meditating.
Even though I am shy around unfamiliar situations and new people, I love to smile, to tease and joke, and to give warm hugs. Like Sonia, I too speak Spanish and I enjoy every moment immersed in the language. Soy gringa pero me encanta hablar español.
Even though I was born and raised in a small Ohio town – my family managed to be fanatics of all things MSU. As the oldest, I set the standard high and was the first to claim myself a “Hoosier.” My life in Kosciusko County started when I enrolled in Grace College. I started to embrace that my path in life was guided by the Man above, instead of what made sense. I met my husband, which you guessed it… is an OSU fan, which made family gatherings very interesting! Once we graduated from college, my husband started a career in insurance and I worked at a local boutique. The boutique was a great way to start adulting, but I knew I wanted more. Something more impactful. Something more meaningful and something more long term. Somehow, the “more,” was a career in insurance. And no, my husband and I don’t work together, but we do talk a lot about insurance! The place in my career right now is in employee benefits and educating clients how to navigate the healthcare system. While it is challenging, and ever changing, I’ve learned the challenges truly end up being the reward. There is never a day that is the same. And that’s what I love. The ability to personalize the health insurance relationship so clients can get the most out of their benefit!