Vast Blue Culture

Our Team


Whether it’s business, personal or benefits solutions, the VAST team is ready to assist you with your needs.  We will work together to decide what matters most – developing a customized plan to protect you, your employees, and your business.

Leadership


Scott White
Scott White
Scott White
CEO | CRO | Advisor | CIC

Scott White

As the CEO, I love to drive culture. As the CRO, I love to create vertical growth. When I'm not at VAST, I love to travel with my beautiful wife, cook & golf with my buddies.

Chris VanAbel
Chris VanAbel
Chris VanAbel
CFO | COO | CIC

Chris VanAbel

If you happen to catch me spending time in the sun at camp with my grandkids, you will have seen me at my best. At VAST, as CFO/COO I am able to spend the remainder of my time with my other 49 “kids”!

Personal


Heather Mosher
Heather Mosher
Heather Mosher
Advisor | AHIC, CISR

Heather Mosher

I like to get my hands dirty – whether that’s cleaning up after my son, volunteering for a Kiwanis event or crafting my next DIY project.   At VAST, I spend my time as an Advisor on the Personal Insurance Team helping my clients to manage all types of risk.

Tanner Wagner
Tanner Wagner
Tanner Wagner
Advisor | AINS, API

Tanner Wagner

If I’m not hanging out with my kids or working in the yard, I’m probably out for a run with my dog. Here at VAST, I work to provide solutions to individuals’ and families’ personal insurance needs.

Jessica Dauphinais
Advisor

Jessica Dauphinais

I was born in the U.P., but grew up in Lansing, so I know both sides of the bridge. I enjoy spending time with my family, kayaking, and riding the motorcycle with my husband. As a personal insurance advisor at VAST, I always enjoy meeting and working with our clients.

Shawn Hodgins
Account Manager

Shawn Hodgins

Since moving to the area from Saginaw, I have learned to embrace the U.P. summers by camping, fly fishing, and running the beautiful trails. When I am not in the woods, you can find me at VAST working to find solutions for your personal insurance needs.

Andrew Flannery
Account Manager

Andrew Flannery

I’m a proud, born and raised Yooper and NMU Alumnus. Outside of the office you’ll find me hiking, doing house projects, or on the golf course. Here at VAST, I work in the Personal Insurance Division helping to guide and protect our wonderful clients.

Jennifer Carlson
Claims Specialist

Jennifer Carlson

I spend my time at VAST helping our clients when they have a claim, and making sure they are well taken care of in their time of need. In my free time, you will find me out on the trails mountain biking and running.

Mariah LaPointe-Dunham
Account Manager

Mariah LaPointe-Dunham

I am a Wisconsin native with an acquired Yooper accent. You can find me in my spare time on the sidelines coaching basketball, getting a workout in or simply hiking with my two pups. I am honored to serve and build relationships as your personal insurance account manager at VAST.

Matt Wuokko
Account Administrator

Matt Wuokko

A Marquette native and NMU alumnus, I love the outdoors. Outside the office you'll probably catch me with a golf club or fishing pole in hand. At VAST I work with the Personal Insurance team.

Kim Godfrey
Kim Godfrey
Kim Godfrey
Account Manager

Kim Godfrey

During the summer I love spending time at the lake at my family's resort.  At VAST I'm here to assist you with your life and health insurance so you can have peace of mind and enjoy the things you love!

Cassie VanAbel
Cassie VanAbel
Cassie VanAbel
Account Manager | CIC, CISR

Cassie VanAbel

As a Yooper native, I enjoy all things summer -- beach, bonfires, camps and sunshine! As a VAST personal insurance account manager, I enjoy maintaining client relationships and providing top notch service to our customers. 

Scott Reddinger
Scott Reddinger
Scott Reddinger
Account Manager | CISR

Scott Reddinger

My name is Scott but my friends call me Shooter. In the office you can find me managing personal insurance accounts and our social media presence. On the home front you can find me rooting on the Tigers, Packers, or Spartans.

Kathy Akerley
Kathy Akerley
Kathy Akerley
Account Manager | CISR

Kathy Akerley

Spending time with family, gardening and an occasional casino run are the joys of my life. Professionally, I have great pride in my job and try my best to protect what you have worked so hard to accumulate in your personal life.

Cory Hantcyz
Corey Hanycz
Cory Hantcyz
Account Manager | CISR

Corey Hanycz

As U.P. native you will find me doing all things outdoors, but my passion is tending 3rd base at Hurley Field and shanking golf balls on the course. During my 8-5 work week I am working diligently as your dedicated personal insurance account manager.

Cole Horton
Cole Horton
Cole Horton
Account Manager | CISR

Cole Horton

As an Upper Michigan native, you’re likely to find me outside snapping some photos.  At VAST, you will find me wearing lots of hats, everything from Personal Insurance to managing the social media buzz.

Business


Pam Stewart
Pam Hillier
Pam Stewart
Advisor | CIC, CRM, PWCA

Pam Hillier

You will most often find me doing something that challenges mind and body - whether it is going faster on my snowmobile or taking on a black diamond trail - I find life to be more worthwhile when I challenge myself.  At VAST, I am an adviser to larger organizations and help to keep them in front of any new and emerging risk that could impede their progress toward achieving world-class status.

Tom Cousineau
Tom Cousineau
Tom Cousineau
Advisor | CIC, LIC, PWCA

Tom Cousineau

Growing up in the Western U.P., I enjoyed hunting, fishing, basketball, & going to camp. I now get to share these passions with my wife & 2 boys.  At VAST, I am a Risk Advisor for businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula & Northern Wisconsin.

Kelly Reed
Kelly Reed
Kelly Reed
Advisor | LIC, PWCA

Kelly Reed

As a former quarterback and current father of three, I have been involved in competition & leadership roles .  At VAST, I provide thought leadership and innovative business strategies that provide our clients a competitive advantage.

Scott Koski
Advisor | CAWC, CISR, MBA, PWCAM

Scott Koski

As a Marquette product, you’re likely to find me enjoying my winters on a rink and my summers on a golf course. At VAST, I handle risk management and insurance for U.P business owners helping them protect the things they love.

Jay Hillier
Jay Hillier
Jay Hillier
Advisor | CIC, PWCA

Jay Hillier

I am all about outdoor activities that end in “ing”; Fishing, Golfing, Hunting, Snowmobiling.  At VAST, I have the best job in the world. I get to see how things are created by incredible businesses and provide solutions to protect every aspect of their dream.

Chris Grigas
Account Manager

Chris Grigas

As a non-native Yooper [originally from Chicago], I am proud to call Marquette my home! Outside of work, you will find me spending time with my wife and son; doing everything outside, from hiking and walking, to barbequing in my driveway. At VAST, you will find me working in the Business Solutions Division building excellent relationships with our clients.

Casey Holsworth
Account Manager | CISR, PWCAM

Casey Holsworth

I am a small town girl who enjoys stepping away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy camping in God's country. Family is the center of my world, so spending as much time as I can with my husband, our two little girls and our families is how I enjoy my time outside of the office. Inside of the office, you will find me in the Commercial Division assisting the team with our client's day to day needs.

Sheryl Polkinghorne
Sheryl Polkinghorne
Sheryl Polkinghorne
Account Manager | CIC, CISR, PWCAM

Sheryl Polkinghorne

I spend as much time outside as possible: working in my yard and hiking in the woods.  At VAST I work with large commercial accounts, and surety bonds of all sizes.

Katrina Mattila
Katrina Mattila
Katrina Mattila
Account Manager | CAWC, CISR, PWCAM

Katrina Mattila

I am a marquette native who enjoys running and playing outside with my two boys. VAST allows me to have the best of both worlds! I work part time on our commercial insurance team helping customers find solutions to fit their unique needs.

Kerry Hongisto
Account Manager | CAWC, CISR, PWCAM

Kerry Hongisto

I love to spend time outdoors skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing – although you might want to watch out for my drive if you see me on the course!  I also enjoy a great cup of coffee so you will often find me running in and out of the local shops for an Americano.  At VAST, you’ll find me on the Commercial Insurance team helping our small business clients manage their risk.

Jaime Sheldon
Account Administrator | CISR

Jaime Sheldon

Born and raised in beautiful Marquette, I am blessed with two amazing children. We enjoy boating and spending our time at camp. When I’m not chasing them around, you might see me sneak into the office a few days a week to assist our commercial insurance team.

Cortney Ranta
Cortney Ranta
Cortney Ranta
Account Marketing | CIC, CISR, PWCAM

Cortney Ranta

I have two full-time jobs:  one at home as a wife and mom to two beautiful daughters and the other at VAST helping our commercial team prepare, develop & present customized plans for business owners.

James Gwinn
Account Manager

James Gwinn

As a U.P native, I spend the majority of my time outside at my camp on Lake Superior hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, and 4 wheeling in the summer to snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter. At VAST, I am part of the commercial team with the focus of always creating an excellent client experience and building relationships with clients.

Cameron Leedle
Account Manager

Cameron Leedle

As a lifelong Yooper, I love everything about Marquette - yes, even our infamous winters! Outside of the office, you can find me in the gym or recording music in my home studio. Here at VAST, I offer an exceptional experience for our clients in the Professional Solutions Division.

Alison Neumann
Account Manager

Alison Neumann

A downstate native, I was born in the middle of a snowstorm and have always gravitated toward snow and the outdoors, especially downhill skiing – so I love all things Marquette, both winters and summers – skiing, hiking, backpacking, and biking. At VAST I work as an account manager on the commercial team with our large corporate accounts.

Jennifer Carlson
Claims Specialist

Jennifer Carlson

I spend my time at VAST helping our clients when they have a claim, and making sure they are well taken care of in their time of need. In my free time, you will find me out on the trails mountain biking and running.

Karen Stabile
Account Manager | CAWC, CISR

Karen Stabile

I love the Green Bay Packers, dachshunds, cooking, baking (especially cookies), quilting, yard work, and exploring on my four-wheeler. At VAST, I am a commercial lines account manager working with large and small accounts. Knowing that I am helping our clients protect their business by having an insurance program in place specifically designed for them is the most rewarding part of my job.

Jane Wanberg
Account Manager

Jane Wanberg

I’m a homegrown Yooper who loves family time and the outdoors. At VAST, I’m a commercial lines account manager who loves to guide and help protect our business partners.

Sarah Boyce
Account Administrator

Sarah Boyce

As a native of Lansing, I feel incredibly lucky to now call the U.P. my home. I enjoy a good hike, playing in the snow, getting to see live music, decorating and crafting, and cuddles with my pooch. You can find me in the office managing the commercial accounts where I learn something new every day!

Amber Rude
Account Manager | PWCAM

Amber Rude

I wasn’t born in the U.P. but I got here as fast as I could! I enjoy all things Yooper and being outside, whether it’s Summer or Winter. Inside, here at VAST, I work hard to deliver prompt, friendly customer service to the Corporate division of the Commercial Lines.

Benefits


Heather Mosher
Heather Mosher
Heather Mosher
Advisor | AHIC, CISR

Heather Mosher

I like to get my hands dirty – whether that’s cleaning up after my son, volunteering for a Kiwanis event or crafting my next DIY project.   At VAST, I spend my time as an Advisor on the Personal Insurance Team helping my clients to manage all types of risk.

Pam Stewart
Pam Hillier
Pam Stewart
Advisor | CIC, CRM, PWCA

Pam Hillier

You will most often find me doing something that challenges mind and body - whether it is going faster on my snowmobile or taking on a black diamond trail - I find life to be more worthwhile when I challenge myself.  At VAST, I am an adviser to larger organizations and help to keep them in front of any new and emerging risk that could impede their progress toward achieving world-class status.

Jay Hillier
Jay Hillier
Jay Hillier
Advisor | CIC, PWCA

Jay Hillier

I am all about outdoor activities that end in “ing”; Fishing, Golfing, Hunting, Snowmobiling.  At VAST, I have the best job in the world. I get to see how things are created by incredible businesses and provide solutions to protect every aspect of their dream.

Tom Snow
Advisor | AHIC

Tom Snow

A native of Calumet, MI.  I spend my free time with my family, and really enjoy fitness, food and fishing.  At VAST, I am an Advisor in our Employee Benefit and Life Insurance teams working with employers to develop plans to manage the ever changing needs of their workforce.  

Brittney Schaeffer
Brittney Schaeffer
Brittney Schaeffer
Account Manager

Brittney Schaeffer

I’m just a simple stay at home body. I enjoy cooking, cleaning, and watching some classic 80s movies. At VAST, my role is an Account Manager for the Benefits division helping groups manage their Health and life insurance.

Colleen Posey
Account Manager

Colleen Posey

A Chicago girl at heart, Marquette has become my new home. Outside of work you will find me doing what I love most; spending time with my new husband, working on our new home, running and biking on Marquette’s beautiful trails, spending time on my yoga mat, and rooting for my favorite Chicago sport team (GO HAWKS!). At VAST you will find me in the Benefits division providing clients with friendly customer service and assistance with managing their Health and Life Insurance.

Molly Strohm
Account Manager

Molly Strohm

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son and our family and friends, reading, and being outside. At VAST, I am an account manager in the benefits division.

Administration


Kelly Schultz
Accounting Administrator

Kelly Schultz

I am happiest when spending time with my family. I love to watch my son play hockey and my daughter play softball & basketball. Staying active, eating well, and living a healthy lifestyle are very important to me. At VAST, you will find me crunching numbers and making sure things are checked and balanced.

Rachel Johnson
Corporate Counsel | JD

Rachel Johnson

Out of the office you will see me spending time with friends as well as trying to keep up with my husband, son and daughter. At VAST, I work part-time to assist our team with their legal needs in order to better serve our insureds. I'm also an active member of the Michigan Bar Association.

Christie White
Christie White
Christie White
Business Development Coordinator | CISR

Christie White

Outside of the office you will find me enjoying Lake Superior, scrambling to finish the latest crossword puzzle, or cheering for my alma mater, the Michigan State Spartans. As the business development coordinator, I work with our CEO and sales team to develop new processes and solutions for our clients, manage outside marketing, and maintain our website (thanks for visiting!).

Jenny Duval
Jennifer Duvall
Jenny Duval
Director of First Impressions | API, CISR

Jennifer Duvall

I love to spend time with my husband and two boys, playing board games, bike riding or our favorite – Camping!   At VAST I am the director of first impressions and it’s my job to get people connected to the right person who can provide them the best solution.  

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson
Information Systems

Cindy Johnson

My life outside of VAST  revolves around the comfort of my animals! I have 7 horses, 2 dogs & 2 cats. I do anything I can to be sure they are happy! (Oh and my husband too). At VAST , I get to play with computers and find solutions to make our employees as efficient as possible thru the use of Technology.

Jess Dale
Jessica Dale
Jess Dale
Training + Professional Development Coordinator | CAWC, CIC, CISR, PWCAM

Jessica Dale

Although I grew up downstate, I have had the privilege of calling the Upper Peninsula my home since 2006. Outside of the office, I spend as much time as possible with my husband and our busy, beautiful girls. In addition to that, I enjoy anything and everything outdoors, baking, sewing, and reading. Here at VAST, I help with the training and education, and enjoy supporting the team in whatever way possible to help meet and exceed our client’s needs.

Beth Swanson
Beth Swanson
Beth Swanson
Human Resources | PHR, SHRM-CP

Beth Swanson

Depending on the season, you will find me in the bleachers at a football stadium, baseball field or gymnasium watching my nephews compete in sporting events.  At VAST, I assist with the hiring and on-boarding of new employees as well as overseeing our company’s benefit plans.

Nicole Bruce
Account Administrator

Nicole Bruce

Like many Yoopers, I enjoy the simple things in life like camping, catching sunsets, and relaxing in my hammock. In my spare time you can find me outdoors exploring or spending time with family, friends & our puppy. At VAST, I am an account administrator. I also assist the Director of First Impressions to ensure our clients are connected to our team as quickly as possible.

We are excited to announce that VAST and City Insurance Agency have joined together to provide you with the best service around!

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