They say it takes teamwork to make the dream work, and that couldn't be more true for General Insurance Services. Meet the people that make it all happen each and every day.
Stephanie has worked in the insurance industry since 2004, joining GIS in July of 2005. Stephanie received her CIC (Certified Insurance Counselors) designation in 2009 and is currently working on her CPRM (Certified Personal Risk Manager). She was born and raised in Crown Point, graduating from Crown Point High School and moving to Porter County after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. Stephanie continues to reside in Valparaiso with her husband, Seth, and their three children. Stephanie also serves on the Valparaiso Chamber Board and Ambassador Committee.
Joe has worked in the insurance industry since 2000, joining General Insurance Services in 2002. Joe has received his CIC (Certified Insurance Counselors) and his CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designations. He was born and raised in La Porte, graduating La Porte High School and earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. Joe and his wife, Kerry, now live in the South Bend area with their two sons, Brady and Mason. He is an active member of the La Porte Kiwanis Club, and in his free time, he enjoys being outside hiking, camping, hunting and spending time with his family.
Barb has been a licensed agent with General Insurance Services for 20 years. She specializes in home, auto, umbrella, boats and motorcycle coverage. She graduated from La Porte High School, and later attended Purdue North Central. Barb presently resides in Chesterton, and works in our Michigan City location.
Carl graduated from Valparaiso University in 1981 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and began his insurance career as an agent serving the citizens of greater La Porte in 1983. Carl earned the Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 1998. Carl and his wife live in La Porte where he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, travel, music, outdoor activities, and is an avid sports fan. He volunteers as a “Lunch Buddy” for the Youth Service Bureau’s grade school mentoring program and is a Junior Achievement advisory board member and classroom volunteer.
A graduate of Butler University in 2010, Scott moved to Northwest Indiana when his wife had the opportunity to return to the family farm in Westville. In his free time Scott loves sports, cats, board games, and exploring the world with his wife.
Michelle joined GIS in April of 2018 specializing in personal insurance in our Valparaiso office. Michelle grew up in Valparaiso and graduated from VHS. She later graduated from Don Roberts Beauty School, and began a 17 year career in the beauty industry. She currently resides in Morgan Township with her high school sweetheart husband, Jordan, and two fun loving boys. In her free time Michelle enjoys volunteering at Valparaiso Nazarene Church, watching baseball, running and spending quality time with friends and family.
Katelyn joined General Insurance Services in 2016. Prior to joining GIS, she graduated from Purdue University North Central with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science and a minor in English. Katelyn is a member of the Michigan City Rotary Club, and enjoys maintaining a vegetable garden with her husband and spending time outside with her dogs. She presently resides in Trail Creek, and works in our Michigan City location.
Anthony began his insurance career in 2011 joining the team at GIS in January 2019. He specializes in auto, home, umbrella, boats, motorcycles and RV’s. Anthony grew up in La Porte, graduating from La Porte High School in 2005. He currently resides in La Porte with his wife Morgan and sons, Graham and Landon. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family, golf, football, racing, baseball, and volunteering with the Boy and Girls Club of Michigan City.
In July of 2019, Amy joined the General Insurance Services team. She graduated from Purdue University Northwest in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication. Prior to coming to GIS, Amy worked as a marketing manager for 7 years in the gift industy. Amy was born and raised in Michigan City, and currently resides there with her husband, Drew and their dog, Betty. Amy has a heart for serving and giving back to the community. In her free time, she enjoys time at the beach with her husband, exercising, photography, and cooking.
Charlie was raised in Michigan City. He attended Ball State University and graduated with a BS degree in Insurance and Risk Management. Charlie began his career in 1997 at an independent insurance agency in Central Indiana as a commercial property and casualty agent. He joined General Insurance Services in 2005 as a commercial property and casualty insurance agent. Charlie and his wife Beth have four daughters. He currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce and United Way Boards and is involved in several community outreach programs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Kathy has been a lifelong resident of La Porte County. She graduated from Westville High School, and later Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. More recently, she earned her MBA from Purdue University in 2011. She achieved her CSA (Certified Senior Advisor) designation in 2004, her LUTCF (Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow) in 2008 and her CPCU (Chartered Property Casulty Underwriter) designation in 2016. Active in the community, Kathy is involved in several organizations including the La Porte Chamber of Commerce, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, and the La Porte Rotary Club.
Ron was born and raised in La Porte,and has been with GIS for more than 30 years.. Ron primarily handles commercial lines and farm accounts which are located throughout multiple states. He has been actively involved in the community as past member of several organizations; La Porte Kiwanis, La Porte Building Trades, La Porte Jaycees, La Porte Babe Ruth as well as past President of the La Porte Family Y.M.C.A. and current President of the Youth Service Bureau. Ron and his wife, Sheryl have 3 children; Kyle, Katelin, and Kassidy. In Ron’s spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and most outdoor activities as well as spending time with his family.
Mark was born and raised in Michigan City. He graduated in 1981 from Indiana University with a BS in Business Management. Mark started his insurance career in 1981 with Liberty Mutual. He then held an Underwriting Management position with Hanover Insurance Company before joining General Insurance Services in 1991. He is a past President of the Porter County Building Trades Association which sponsors construction of single family homes by local high school Students. Mark and his wife Julie reside in Chesterton, Indiana where they raised their 2 daughters. He enjoys golf, hiking, sporting events and spending time with his family.
Don has been in the insurance industry since 1988. Don started his insurance career with Aetna as a prime agent. All 31 years have been spent as an independent agent. Don is licensed in Life & Health; however, his focus is on Property & Casualty risks with special emphasis on contracting, environmental, & technology businesses. Don has a BS in business management from Purdue University. Don & his wife Jane reside in Valparaiso. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family traveling as well as crafting homemade wine & meads.
David was raised in Michigan City. He attended Purdue Northwest and Indiana University Bloomington. He joined General Insurance Services in April 2012. Prior to insurance, he spent 15 years in the business community managing and running restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for Bob Evans Farms. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City and the Michigan City Rotary club. In his free time, he enjoys, exercising, reading, the beach, time with his children and riding his motorcycle. He has also attained a 4th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and his Black Belt in Hapkido.
Alison was born and raised in Chesterton. She attended Indiana University earning her Bachelor’s degree. Prior to joining GIS in 2016 Alison spent nearly 10 years in banking helping clients with banking, investments, business and loans. She has been a member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary club and a Duneland Chamber Ambassador since 2016 and a volunteer with Porter County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) since 2015. In Alison’s spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, beach days and musical performances.
Kyle was born and raised in La Porte. He attended Manchester University, where he received a B.A. in Accounting in 2013. Upon Joining GIS in 2013 he is the second generation of the Rosenbaum family to be involved in the agency.
Elizabeth is an enthusiastic professional with extensive experience in brand management and building customer relationships. She is native to La Porte and has worked for the nonprofit community, manufacturing industry and boating industry throughout her career. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business at Purdue University Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys outdoor sports and recreational activities.
Matt was raised in Fort Wayne, IN and attended Purdue University West Lafayette where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Sales & Marketing with minors in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and Communications. He has past experience in the Electrical Wholesale and Wine & Spirits industries before moving to NWI and joining GIS. Matt is a resident of Michigan City and enjoys being involved in the service of the community. He is a firefighter on the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a board member for the Lakefront Career Network. Matt is recently married and enjoys spending time with his wife, golfing, and being outdoors.
Nicole was raised in Crown Point, IN graduating from Crown Point High School and earning a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Northwest’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. She now resides in Hobart with her husband, Adam, and their pets, Finn and Louie. Prior to joining GIS, Nicole has gained a background in hospitality, banking, as well as in the non-profit sector as a Community Development Manager. She is a member of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce, Hobart Kiwanis, Full Circle Young Professionals, Purdue Northwest Alumni Association, and Secretary of the Merrillville Rotary Club. In her free time Nicole enjoys the beach, day trips to Michigan with her husband and volunteering.
Kim attended Purdue University Northwest earning a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and studied Human Resource Management. Prior to joining GIS, Kim spent 18 years as a Community Banker and Trust Officer and 3 years in the public sector managing the Business Retention & Expansion program for the City of La Porte and City of Michigan City. Kim enjoys volunteering and serving the community. She is a past board member for La Porte Co Meals on Wheels, Youth Service Bureau, IU Health La Porte Hospital Foundation and the current chairperson for the Tour De La Porte event. She lives in New Buffalo with her family and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Coburn graduated from La Porte High School and Purdue University North West with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership and Supervision minoring in Psychology. He joined the team at GIS in 2016 as the Commercial Marketing Manager and transitioned to the Commercial Account Manager role in early 2019. Providing our clients with consistent excellence in coverage & service are his objectives every day. Coburn finds enjoyment outdoors, reading good books, and being a part of the team at First Pentecostal Church in La Porte. He was also a Chicago Cub’s fan before it was cool.
Lena was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She and her family have recently moved to Wheatfield, Indiana. She has worked in the insurance industry since 1999, and has worked in Commercial Lines since 2011. Lena is currently taking her classes to become a volunteer with Porter County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). In Lena's spare time, she loves preparing new dishes with her fiance Robert, and playing with her three toddler daughters, Ava. Ana, and Gracelynn.
Dan grew up in Rolling Prairie, IN. He enjoys traveling with his family, participating in different sports and being involved in music at his church in Sawyer, MI. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dan also has a strong background in operational excellence, health care and lean transformation. He is Gold Certified in Lean Process through Simpler North America and he is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through Purdue Health Advisors / Purdue University. He and his wife, Becca, have four children and live in Three Oaks, MI.
Mary is a lifelong resident of Michigan City. She graduated from Elston High School before going on to receive an Associate's degree in Business from Vincennes University. Prior to joining GIS in 2005, Mary was employed as a Human Resources Administrator at Weil-McLain. Mary has been a Eucharistic Minister at St. Stanislaus for many years. She is involved in volunteer work with the church for various fund-raising adventures. Mary enjoys traveling, reading, and attending the many fine live theatre productions that can be found throughout our region with family and friends.
Elizabeth attended Tri-State University in Angola and received a BS in Marketing. Prior to starting her career with GIS, she worked in health and wellness for 10 years specializing in healthy lifestyle change and chronic disease prevention. Elizabeth resides in La Porte County with her husband Jeff and their children. In 2018, she joined the Board of Directors for Healthy Communities of La Porte County to help support programs that improve quality of life for residents within La Porte County.
Craig was born and raised in La Porte. He attended DePauw University where he received his degree in Economics and graduated as a Management Fellow. Upon graduation, Craig spent a couple of years in Boston working for a small consulting firm. He then moved to Chicago and started a company with a friend from college which they subsequently sold allowing him to move back to Indiana with his wife, Heather, with whom he has three daughters. In addition to his undergraduate degree, Craig also received his Juris Doctor degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He presently serves on the La Porte Hospital Board, and in his free time, he enjoys reading, triathlons, golfing and spending time with his family.
Eric was raised in Noblesville, Indiana. He attended Ball State University in Muncie and received a B.S. in Exercise Science. After working in the fitness industry, Eric moved to Northwest Indiana and worked in the staffing industry for a couple of years before he made his way to GIS. He currently lives in Chesterton with his wife, Sidney, and their daughter. Eric is presently a Board Member of the Valparaiso Family YMCA. In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family.
Candace was born and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration, she spent 5 years working in the healthcare industry where she gained a multitude of experience serving populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. She has been a member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotarian Club for many years and also serves on the Hobart Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Candace still resides in Chesterton with her wife, Gabrielle, and their four children. In her free time, she enjoys visits to the beach, kayaking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.