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Meet Our Team

 

Jeremy Olson
Agency Owner

I have been an insurance agent since 1997, and I am a 3rd generation insurance agent. The best part of my job is my clients and just being able to talk to them every day, I have an absolute passion for making sure my clients are properly protected.

I grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington.

Anybody will tell you that I love my job. To me, it doesn’t even feel like work because I enjoy it so much! However, when I am not at work, I am spending time with my family! My wife, three kids and I are avid boaters, and we love to explore the many different boating destinations that Washington has to offer. I love hanging out with my kids and watching them and all of their activities. When we don’t have an event going on, we are probably on the water, with friends, or watching sports!

Kristin Isaacson
Development Coach

I’m in my 3rd year working with The Olson Team as the Team Development Manager, but I previously worked at MetLife Insurance for three years as a Marketing Specialist. I love my team and helping to be a catalyst to increase their potential as Trusted Advisors.

I am originally from Southern California, but I grew up mostly in Bellevue, Washington. I now call Washington State home as I love it here! I love my career both with The Olson Team and being a Certified Dale Carnegie Trainer. Beyond my career, I love Seattle and spending time by the water. I also have a new found interest in travel!

My favorite way to spend my spare time is with friends and family. I have two grown kids, 18 and 21, who are in college. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, and baking in my free time. Do those go together? Ha! A lot of people also don’t know,  but I used to have a pie business when I stayed home with my kids while they were young. I even consider myself to be a master pie baker!

I’m passionate about any cause that helps young children in need and can’t wait to see what we can do for our community.

Cameron Birch
Operations Manager

I have been in the insurance industry for 12 years. I am always excited to help others understand the complicated insurance industry, so we can provide simple solutions to protect clients.

I grew up in Yakima, WA and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

I enjoy cycling of any kind and participate in multiple events every year, including the Seattle to Portland ride and the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life. When I am not at work, you can find me on a bike or spending time camping with my family.

One of my guilty pleasures is BBQ… learning the tricks, and eating it too!

Ballard Location

Linda Nelson
Trusted Advisor

I was fortunate to obtain a position in the insurance industry in my early 20’s. Since then, I have worked in Seattle, California, and Hawaii offices in different capacities. I have been happily working with the Olson Agency for ten years and love my job! Seeing my co-workers and knowing we are helping our customers makes every day exciting.

I grew up in Seattle and love it here. Even though living in California and Hawaii was nice, Seattle is home! I enjoy thinking I can be the next top chef! It looks exciting, and I have fun experimenting with different recipes. Some of my guilty pleasures include shopping, and I have been currently loving Starbucks cappuccinos. I am there at least three afternoons a week!

When I am not at work, you can find me helping my son remodel his new home! The house is gutted right now, so we have ways to go!

I am really passionate about helping children in need. The Children’s Hospital has received my collection of stuffed animals and my donations.

Rebecca Eslinger
Trusted Advisor

I started my insurance career in 2015 and will continue protecting my customers for many years to come. I love helping my customers protect everything that they have worked so hard for and fully be their trusted advisor!

I was born and raised in the Mukilteo area. I ventured down to Portland for a year, but I came back to Washington, my forever home after getting homesick.

I love my little family! I am newly married, stepmother and fur mama to a tiny kitty and Bernese mountain dog. I spend most of my weekends going out to dinner and having game nights with friends, and I love getting my nails done! Religiously every two weeks I’ve got a new color or new design.

Toni Cooligan
Trusted Advisor

I have over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, 15 of which have been happily selling and servicing customers in the Olson Agency. I love helping my customers understand the “why” when it comes to insurance. Everyone knows they have to have it, but helping my customers understand they’re own “why” and how I can help protect it is what makes me love my job!

I grew up in Massachusetts before moving to WA in the 80s. I went to school in Shoreline, and graduated from Shorecrest High School. When I am not at work, you can find me at a yoga studio or walking a trail in Boeing Creek Park. I do hot yoga three times a week and walk at least 5 miles every day.

I have been a member of the Lake City Western Vigilantes and Side Kicks for about 15 years. You’ve probably seen the Lake City Western Vigilantes before at a parade. Most people remember our famous “leaping vehicle,” the Paddy Wagon, or the crazy antics of our cowboys. What most people aren’t aware of is that our main purpose is to raise money for youth and youth activities. We collect donations from parade attendees and redistribute to all types of local youth organizations that need funds for the advancement of their participants. We also work with other well deserving organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Special Olympics, and the Special People’s Christmas Cruise. Next time you see us at a parade, and we’re looking for donations, dig deep and give generously, it all goes to a good cause! We are a group that genuinely follows our motto, Raising Money For Kids Since 1946!

Eastlake Location

Erica Welti
Trusted Advisor

I have been with Allstate insurance for six years now, in which I have primarily specialized in scheduling life insurance appointments. I love building relationships with people, co-workers and clients alike. Having the ability to make sure that a clients family is taken care of is what motivates me every day.

I grew up in Marysville WA, and I graduated from the University of Washington. Personally, I enjoy family and art. My husband is my best friend, and we’re overjoyed to be the parents of a two-year-old boy. We also have the loving support of our extended family through raising our son, which has been such a blessing! On the weekends, we usually go to farmers markets and community events such as the Husky games! I love creating art in my spare time, which has been an excellent outlet for me. I paint and make jewelry, which brings me so much joy!

I love volunteering at the Edmonds Annie’s Soup Kitchen! It is a great organization that serves a meal to the community each week. I love how they bring the community together, everyone is welcome, and it’s just wonderful!

Chase Johnson
Trusted Advisor

I have been a Licensed Sales Professional for about a year and six months. I am passionate about helping people and protecting families as a member of The Olson Team. What most excites me about my job is the opportunity to talk to people and help them make the best decisions possible to protect themselves and their families.

I grew up in Southern California and went to high school in Orange County. I attended college at Cal State San Marcos. Besides my passion for my career in insurance, I enjoy playing golf and love everything about it. I also enjoy playing the guitar, mostly acoustic.

When I am not at work, you can find me on the tee box of a different golf course every weekend. My favorite way to spend a weekend is a little golf and spending some quality time with my girlfriend.

Sarah Amberson
Trusted Advisor

I’ve been in the insurance industry for about four years now, and I have to say I love what I do! The best part of my job is connecting and building relationships with my customers. It’s my job to ensure my “friends” know how their insurance works and are well-taken care of.

I grew up in Everett WA. I moved away to work at a Ski Resort for a couple of seasons and came back to Washington, as I love the northwest.

When I am not working, you can find me at a winery, the beach or goodwill! I have to be honest… personally, I will never stop talking about vacation, just a little R&R.

Mercer Island Location

Miles Kendrick
Trusted Advisor

I have been with the Olson Agency for four years and pride myself on being a trusted advisor to my customers. I strive to bring a unique and memorable experience when working with clients as I truly care about my customers and everyone I get the chance to work with. I wake up excited every morning knowing that I serve something so much greater than myself and I have the opportunity to protect people and their financial well beings.

I grew up in Monroe, WA where I attended High School and went on to Everett Community College on a Baseball Athletic Scholarship, where I studied Business.

In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors. I love everything from camping, hiking; hunting or even long walks on the beach! On the weekends you can find me at the dog park with my wife and my chocolate lab, Gunner! It’s a great community built around the things we love most, our pets!

My guilty pleasure is watching the show ‘Friends.’ I think of myself as the Chandler Bing of the agency, always joking!

John Kennedy III
Trusted Advisor

I have been in the insurance industry for 3.5 years, 1.5 of which have been as a Licensed Agent and I couldn’t be more passionate about what I do. I get to protect people every day, and it makes me feel so good knowing that I get to be that person who makes a difference when things go wrong. I am motivated by helping my customers fully understand what their insurance does for them and in turn, keep them financially stable well into the future! Being a Trusted Advisor means the world to me, and I’m fortunate to be doing what I do every day!

I grew up in Eugene Oregon, the home of the Ducks! I then went to Oregon State University to study Speech Communications, which eventually led me to my current position.

I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and 18-month-old daughter, Isabella who I can’t stop talking about because she changed my life and is so adorable. During the weekends, I can be found at home spending quality time with my family and watching football. I also enjoy skiing, hiking and campaign and try to do it as much as possible.

I love helping the community and have previously volunteered at Camp Korey in Carnation at the old Carnation Farm for terminally ill children.

Pioneer Location

Peter Sageser
Trusted Advisor

I started my experience in the insurance industry as an analyst back in 1985 and joined the agency in 1997. I enjoy getting to know my clients and help them with every facet of insurance to make sure they are properly covered. I’m fortunate in that I’m the go-to guy for many in our book. I know that I provide a friendly, knowledgeable, consistently reliable voice that they’ve learned to appreciate.

I was a military brat, so I grew up in a few places, including University Place, Washington DC, Germany and Hampton Beach. I enjoy hanging out with my lovely wife and my friends. My most significant hobbies are discovering cool new restaurants, watching sports and traveling the world. Recently my wife has introduced me to eBay, and I’ve been using it to focus on growing my personal business.

I have had wonderful experiences in the past through volunteering at organizations such as the West Seattle Food Bank and West Side Baby.

Charlie Martinez
Commercial Advisor

I have been in this industry for 14 years now. I enjoy helping people protect their families and their property. It is exciting to have great conversations with our clients and prospects about insurance and how to better protect your family and your possessions, it’s not about the pricing but how I help you protect what’s most important to you.

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. I was fortunate enough to have great teachers that were interested in shaping us for the changes we would face once we graduated from school, which I am very grateful for.

At the end of the business day, it’s great to go home, play some music on my guitar and unwind from the day. I am lucky to have a spouse that understands me, and I talk about my wife much of the time.

On the weekends, I enjoy being outdoors in my yard and gardens. If it’s too wet to be in the yard, then I’m off to the bookstore; I can spend hours in there. I also personally love grilling foods, I grill meats over low heat to heat the meat evenly. Most people don’t know that I will grill all year long on my covered deck.

I have previously been involved in the community. I enjoyed working with the USO with various projects that they do. I also like working with the Habitat for Humanity organization.

Kori Valentine
Trusted Advisor

I have just recently joined the insurance industry and love my job! What I enjoy most about it is the ability to help people, educate them on proper coverage and make sure they are properly protected.

I grew up in Montana, where I went to school for Interior Design. While in college, I started my sales career and decided that’s what I wanted to pursue!

I enjoy spending time with the people I love including my children, family, and friends. I am very spontaneous and adventurous, whether that be a last minute road trip to the ocean, exploring the city by doing an urban hike, going to concerts or camping. Making jewelry is also one of my hobbies; I can make bracelets and necklaces but would love to try different things!

I am passionate about helping the community and several causes including domestic violence prevention, single mother charities, and protection for women and children in unsafe environments.

Chanda Dressel
Licensed Insurance Advisor

I work with my clients to help them better understand their property and casualty insurance needs. My number one goal is to make sure that everyone I talk to understands how their insurance works and that they have the right protection and I really enjoy taking care of people and helping them out. I get to do that very thing on a daily basis.

I grew up in Colorado and have lived all over the world. I really enjoy traveling and seeing new things and if I have a dream day off it would be spent relaxing on a beach somewhere.

My guilty pleasure is coffee! It doesn’t matter if it is 100 degrees outside, I still want a cup of hot coffee.

I am passionate about living organ donation! In fact in December of 2017, I had the honor of donating my kidney to a friend.

Renton Location

Brandy Dohrman
Trusted Advisor

I started working in the insurance industry back in 2012. After my husband got a job in the Seattle area, we moved to Renton in 2016 when I joined the Olson team, and I get to say that I love my job! I enjoy working for The Olson Team because I’m not only helping people protect what’s important to them, but I also get to make friends and build relationships!

I was born and raised in a small town, Ellensburg in Washington where I got my first job as a barista making coffee for a local espresso stand while I attended CWU. When I am not at work, I always want to be outdoors! Whether it is hiking, camping, or scouting for animals, I love to be in the woods or at home doing something crafty.

I love dad jokes, no matter how bad they are!

Eileen Thorning
Retention Specialist

I began my insurance career in 2014 as a Customer Service Associate, and I am now licensed for P & C and Life. I love to advise people on what proper protection is, and what works best for their specific needs. I love when a customer has an “aha” moment after I’ve explained how their insurance works, and they thank me for taking care of them.

I grew up in Seattle in Queen Anne/Magnolia area and went to college at WSU and SPU. Go Cougs!

On the weekends, I enjoy taking my dog for walks in the woods, by the river, or occasionally the ocean. I love everything about dogs!

I have a passion for bringing joy to others through little surprises by painting kindness rocks and hiding them on trails or parks for people to find!

Kathleen Knight
Trusted Advisor

I have six years of experience and counting with The Olson Team! It’s very rewarding to help everyone I talk to understand how their insurance works and be the trusted advisor they can count on.

I grew up in the desert lands of Las Vegas, NV and recently moved to the beautiful state of Washington! I love playing softball and being outdoors to admire and soak up all of Washington’s beauty! When I’m not working, you can find me making travel plans to the beach or finding a great new recipe to do some old-fashion home baking!

I love star gazing, finding out when the next meteor shower is, and anything to do with our solar system! My hidden talent is I can teach almost anyone how to draw a teenage mutant ninja turtle in under 2 minutes!

I love to give back to the community and am passionate about a local charity called Birthday Dreams. They provide birthday parties for homeless children all around the Seattle area. It brings me great joy to volunteer my time and bake cakes for them at least once a month.

Seattle Location

McKayla Evans
Trusted Advisor

I’ve been working in the insurance industry since I was 16 years old, as my first job at my grandfather’s agency. Since then, I’ve become a licensed agent and have had the opportunity to follow my passion in protecting families for over eight years. Knowing at the end of the day that I did right by every client I encountered and did my best is the best feeling in the world and keeps my job feeling fresh and exciting.

I grew up living six months in Boston, MA and six months in Orlando, FL each year for most of my upbringing. The constant moving around and being exposed to different cultures and communities ended up being a gift and has shaped the way I experience other people and embrace people’s differences.

In my free time, I enjoy raising and taking care of animals and have had dogs, cats, ducks, horses, pigs, goats, chickens…you name it! I am usually going on hikes in the PNW with my dog Simon, in matching red rain jackets!

I love to volunteer in the community; I am involved with an Al-Anon program that personally helped me and others who have a loved one struggling with alcoholism.

Katie Church-Dzyk
Trusted Advisor

I have nine years of experience in customer service and sales working for the Olson Agency. What I enjoy the most about my career is that I can help protect families. I enjoy taking time to get to know my customers and their needs so I can custom fit their policy to them.

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and then moved to Washington when I was about 12 years old. I have an AA degree from the Art Institute of Photography and Business Management. I continue and love to do photography. My favorite type of photography is wildlife, nature, landscapes, and travel; however, I have also been commissioned to do band, graduation, wedding, baptisms, newborn and other types of photography.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and my two small dogs. We love to travel, camp, bike, and swim. I enjoy traveling the world and experience other cultures and ways of life, and I also get to do wildlife and travel photography.

I am passionate about helping veterans, animals, and our policy force.

Steven Harris
Trusted Advisor

I started my career in the insurance industry in April 2004. I will be celebrating my 12th year anniversary with The Olson Team this year! I enjoy helping people, period. Knowing that I have made a lasting impact on one of our clients, or solved a problem and made their day a little better or easier are all feelings you get to take home and enjoy at the end of the day.

I grew up in the city of Chicago, attended college in rural New York state, and lived in Cambridge MA for a year, before moving to Seattle. I studied philosophy, history, and sociology, and after graduating went on to work as a research assistant for a professor at Harvard University (thus the year of living in Cambridge).

When I am not at work, you can find me at a fantastic Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood in Seattle, and cooking delicious food with all fresh ingredients. It is a perfect Sunday activity to get prepared for the week. I am very interested in good design; I must have purchased a dozen phone cases before I found one that was just right. I probably have gone through a half a dozen wallets as well.

I love to give back to the community and was part of a group of four city residents that spent about seven years working with the city to build a new park in our neighborhood. Our project was one of eight selected out of hundreds that were submitted to the city of Seattle, and we were awarded over $300,000 to build the park.