2022-2023 ELP Class

Elizabeth Mauch, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Inc.

Elizabeth Mauch is the Regional Office Manager for American Farm Bureau Insurance Services Inc.  Elizabeth is responsible for managing one of the two regional Crop Insurance Underwriting departments for American Farm Bureau Insurance Services Inc. She holds degrees in both Business Administration and Health Service Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead and has been in the Crop Insurance industry for over 18 years. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, playing tennis and is active in advocating for individuals with Autism.

Kaia Peterson, American Agricultural Insurance Company (AmericanAg)

Kaia Peterson is the Crop Analyst for American Agricultural Insurance Company (AmericanAg™). She is responsible for evaluating the crop insurance products and policies written by AmericanAg™ and profitably growing the book of business. Kaia has a B.A. in Mathematics from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and has 9 years of experience in the crop insurance industry. She resides in Moorhead with her husband Matt and enjoys playing softball, gardening, crafting, and spending time with family.

Christa Luebke, AgriSompo North America

Christa Luebke is the Regional Vice President for the Great Lakes Region at AgriSompo North America. She attended college at the University of Wisconsin River Falls in hopes of landing a career in agriculture. In January of 2001, Christa achieved this goal and has spent much of her crop insurance career in underwriting/operations. She is also a member of her village board, and the treasurer for her local snowmobile club. When she is not attending one of her children’s extracurriculars, she enjoys spending time with her friends and riding her side by side through the woods.

Ryan Johnston, AgriSompo North America

Ryan Johnston currently serves as one of three, Regional Claims Managers for the Southwest Region of AgriSompo North America.  Upon completion of high school, he attended and graduated with an Associate Degree in Animal Science, with a minor in Ag Economics from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family at various sporting events his kids participate in and spending time at the lake fishing.

Kyle Simpsen, COUNTRY Financial

Kyle currently serves as the Crop Operations Manager at COUNTRY Financial where he oversees Crop Underwriting, Claims, Training and Compliance. Kyle is an Augustana College graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He enjoys volunteering and has recently participated with the McLean County Ag Education Committee, Illinois FFA Officers, Professional Ag Student Organization, along with various activities at his local church and kids’ sporting events. Kyle, his wife Telisa, and their two children reside in Bloomington, IL.

Matthew Miller, COUNTRY Financial

Matt joined the COUNTRY Financial team in 2011 and serves as the Commercial Agribusiness Operations Supervisor. Matt oversees the day-to-day operations of crop underwriting, compliance, and training. Prior to his current role as Communications Ag Operations Supervisor, Matt served in various roles in both crop underwriting and crop claims. He graduated from Benedictine University in Springfield in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Matt and his wife, Shayla, reside in Bloomington, IL. In his spare time, Matt enjoys woodworking, traveling to different national parks, and helping on their family farm.

Jessica Carter, Crop Risk Services

Jessica Carter is the Underwriting Manager at Crop Risk Services. In her current role, Jessica leads twelve underwriters that cover territories from North Dakota to Texas and oversee over 25,000 MPCI policies and over 12,000 private product policies. Jessica graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture in 2011, and has almost ten years’ experience in the crop insurance industry. Jessica resides in Le Roy, IL with her husband and two daughters where they spend any extra time that they have enjoying the great outdoors.

Sara Wall, Crop Risk Services

Sara Wall is an Underwriting manager for Crop Risk Services. As a team lead she supports the development of the CRS Underwriting team to follow RMA policy and provide exceptional customer service to agents and insureds. Sara is a 2008 graduate of Western Illinois University where she majored in Agriculture with an emphasis in Ag Business. Outside of the office, Sara owns and operates a Purebred Hereford show cattle operation.

Travis Krinkie, Crop Risk Services

Travis Krinkie is a regional claims manager at Crop Risk Services in Decatur, IL. Travis oversees crop insurance claims in the states of Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, as well as managing the personnel that reside in those states. He has accumulated 11 years of experience in the crop insurance industry and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Geography from Minnesota State University. During his time outside of work, Travis enjoys participating in outdoor activities.

Landon Shafer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa

Landon Shafer is the District Sales Manager for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance of Iowa in Nebraska. As a company representative he calls on numerous crop insurance agencies to assist them in providing the best coverage and servicing for area policy holders. Landon is a graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Agronomy. Along with 15 years in the crop insurance industry, he has spent his life attached to the family farm. Landon, along with his wife Kendra, have two girls Harper and Makenna. Landon’s family make time to enjoy boating at the lake and working out and playing some sports themselves.

Molly Eastman, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa

Molly serves as the Assistant Vice President of Accounting at Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa. In this role, she is responsible for the financial reporting, investment accounting, and all related regulatory filings. In addition, she also leads FMH’s enterprise risk management program and manages all audit relationships. Molly is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Accounting. She currently resides in Waukee, Iowa with her husband and three active boys. In her free time, she enjoys coaching youth soccer, rooting for the Hawkeyes and cheering on her boys in whatever sport is in season.

Blaine Hanf, Hudson Crop Insurance

Blaine Hanf is a Livestock Specialist for Hudson Crop Insurance. The main scope of his work is with arbitrations. Blaine attended Neosho County Community College (NCCC) and played baseball. After NCCC, Blaine went on to play baseball at Northwest Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business in May of 2021. He started with Hudson Crop Insurance in April of 2020. Blaine has a 7-month-old daughter and is planning to getting married in the 2022. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, or anything that involves the outdoors.

Adam Livers, Hudson Crop Insurance

Adam Livers is the Area Claim Supervisor for Hudson Crop Insurance. He oversees claims for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Eastern Iowa. He has been in the crop insurance industry for 11 years. Adam likes reading, spending time outdoors, and is always on the lookout for a great plate of biscuits and gravy.

Laura Stodola, Rural Community Insurance Services

Laura Stodola is the Data Quality & Learning Manager for Rural Community Insurance Services. Laura attended Doane University in Crete, NE where she played volleyball and graduated with a degree in Athletic Administration and a minor in Business. She began her crop insurance career with the Fireman’s Fund Agribusiness back in 2001 and has been at RCIS since 2003. Laura lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and son. In her free time, she volunteers as her church’s social media coordinator and coaches middle school girls’ volleyball.

Meg Yandell, Rural Community Insurance Services

Meg Yandell is a Claims Handling Manager for Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) in southern Illinois, where she resides. In her current role she manages adjuster workload, answers questions regarding policy and procedure, and collaborates with the sales team to service existing business while working to gain new customers. Meg graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness Economics before starting her career with RCIS. Her hobbies include showing Hereford hogs, Montadale and Hampshire sheep, volunteering as her church treasurer, and farming with her husband and 3 children.

Serena Navarro, Rural Community Insurance Services

Serena Navarro is a Regional Insurance Processing Manager with RCIS. In this role she oversees the crop underwriting team functions for the states of AK, ID, OR, UT and WA. Serena graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a Bachelors in Business
Administration and has spent the last eleven years with RCIS crop department starting off in an entry level position as a file clerk to her current role as an underwriting manager. In her free team Serena enjoys traveling with her husband and dog, exploring new places in California and revisiting old favorites.

John Kuhling, Watts & Associates

John Kuhling is an econometrician and data scientist with Watts and Associates. His role is to provide actuarial expertise to the pricing of crop insurance products along with leading the development of tools to help producers optimize crop insurance policy selection and the creation of models to improve the fund designation process. John Kuhling has worked with Watts and Associates for over twenty years after receiving a Masters degree in Applied Economics from Montana State University. In his free time, John can be found in the mountains around Bozeman, Montana skiing, biking, and backpacking.