Meet the Experts
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A team of car insurance experts reviews our content, ensuring that existing and new content is accurate so you can make the best decisions about your car insurance.
We strive to be your most trusted partner in pursuing the right car insurance.
Steve Crowell, Mortgage Loan Originator
Steve Crowell is a New Hampshire based mortgage loan originator with Luminate Home Loans, Inc. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 with a BS in Business and Economics and a BA in History, he went on to get his broker license in 2005. In 2021, he was recognized as a Luminate Home Loans “Circle of Excellence” top agent.
Steve works as a trusted resource for clients who are looking into buying or refinancing a home. He ensures that his clients are educated throughout the loan process and loves applying his knowledge and wealth of experience to unique situations. Not only does he help his customers get the best mortgage products for their needs, but he also provides them with a fun, informative, and effortless experience.
Ty Stewart, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
Ty Stewart is the founder and CEO of SimpleLifeInsure.com. He started researching and studying about life insurance when he got his first policy for his own family. He has been featured as a life insurance expert speaker at agent conventions and in top publications.
As an independent licensed life insurance agent, he has helped clients nationwide to secure affordable coverage while making the process simple. When he bought his first insurance policy, he saw the need to bring more information about the process to others. His mission is to get his clients the lowest rates on insurance to protect their families.
Chris Abrams, Licensed Insurance Agent
Chris is the founder of Abrams Insurance Solutions and Marcan Insurance, which provide personal financial analysis and planning services for families and small businesses across the U.S. His companies represent nearly 100 of the top-rated insurance companies.
Chris has been a licensed insurance agent since 2009 and has active insurance licenses in all 50 U.S. states and D.C. Chris works tirelessly with clients nationwide to help them navigate the insurance and financial world. His mission is to help people and businesses have the protection they need at the lowest possible price.
Jeffrey Manola, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
Jeffrey Manola is an experienced life insurance agent who founded TopQuoteLifeInsurance.com and NoMedicalExamQuotes.com. His mission when creating these sites was to provide online consumers searching for life insurance with the most affordable term life insurance, permanent life insurance, no medical exam life insurance, and burial insurance.
Not only does he strive to provide consumers with the best prices for life insurance coverage, but he also wants those on the market for insurance to be well-informed about the different types of life insurance options that are available. His goal is to provide readers with all the information necessary to make a confident insurance investment.
Joel Ohman, Founder & CFP®
Joel Ohman is the CEO of a private equity backed digital media company. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur who loves creating new things, whether books or businesses. He has also previously served as the founder and resident CFP® of a national insurance agency, Real Time Health Quotes. He has an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Joel has been mentioned as an insurance expert in many different online and print publications including AOL, Business Insider, idrivesafely, Reader’s Digest, Inc.com, Carvana, MarketWatch, Forbes, OppLoans, Yahoo!, TheStreet, and NYPost to name a few.
Tim Bain, Founder & Life Insurance Agent
Tim Bain is a licensed life insurance agent with 23 years of experience helping people protect their families and businesses with term life insurance.
His insurance expertise has been featured in several publications, including Investopedia and eFinancial. He also does digital marking and analysis for KPS/3, a communications and marking firm located in Nevada.
Heidi Mertlich, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
Heidi works with top-rated life insurance carriers to bring her clients the highest quality protection at the most competitive prices. She founded NoPhysicalTermLife.com, specializing in life insurance that doesn’t require a medical exam. Heidi is a regular contributor to several insurance websites, including FinanceBuzz.com, Insurist.com, Finance101.com, and Forbes.
As a parent herself, she understands the need families have to keep their families financially safe, regardless of what life brings. Her goal is to make the process of obtaining life insurance as simple as possible and provide insurance consumers the peace of mind they deserve.
Tracey L. Wells, Licensed Insurance Agent & Agency Owner
Tracey L. Wells is a licensed insurance agent and Farmers insurance agency owner with 23 years of experience. He is proud to be a local Farmers agent serving Grayson, Georgia and surrounding areas. With experience as both an underwriter and agent, he provides his customers with insight that others agents may not have.
His agency offers all lines of insurance including home, life, auto, RV, business, and pet insurance. Tracey specializes in commercial, rideshare, worker’s compensation, and liability insurance. A proud United States Navy veteran, Tracey had the opportunity to protect our Nation’s freedoms while traveling to over 25 countries.
Jimmy McMillan, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
Jimmy McMillan is an entrepreneur and the founder of HeartLifeInsurance.com, an independent life insurance brokerage. His company specializes in life insurance for people with heart problems. He knows personally how difficult it is to secure health and life insurance after a heart attack.
Jimmy is a licensed insurance agent from coast to coast who has been featured on ValientCEO and the podcast Modern Life Insurance Selling Podcast. He has successfully approved cases with difficult heart issues and has been a life insurance advocate for many years.
Scott W. Johnson, Licensed Insurance Agent
Scott W Johnson is an independent insurance agent in California. Principal Broker and founder of Marindependent Insurance Services, Scott brings over 25 years of experience to his clients. His Five President’s Council awards prove he uses all he learned at Avocet, Sprint Nextel, and Farmers Insurance to the benefit of his clients.
Scott quickly grasped the unique insurance requirements of his clients along the mountains, coast, and flood plains of California. He enjoys working with start-ups and conducting small business risk analysis. He sells all lines of coverage including property, life, health, casualty, earthquake, and flood insurance.
Laura Walker, Former Licensed Agent
Laura Walker graduated college with a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She married her husband and began working in the family insurance business in 2005. She became a licensed agent and wrote P&C business focusing on personal lines insurance for 10 years. Laura serviced existing business and wrote new business.
She now uses her insurance background to help educate drivers about insurance coverage and state laws as well as provide expert advice to ensure content accuracy.
Schimri Yoyo, Licensed Agent & Financial Advisor
Schimri Yoyo is a financial advisor with active life and health insurance licenses in seven states and over 20 years of experience. During his career, he has held roles at Foresters Financial, Strayer University, Minnesota Life, Securian Financial Services, Delaware Valley Advisors, Bridgemark Wealth Management, and Fidelity.
Schimri is an educator eager to assist individuals and families in achieving their own financial success stories. He has been featured in several publications, including Sophisticated Investor, RocketHQ, DivorceMag, Exercise.com, and Insurance.com.
Daniel Walker, Licensed Insurance Agent
Dan Walker graduated with a BS in Administrative Management in 2005 and has been working in his family’s insurance agency, FCI Agency, for 15 years (BBB A+). He is licensed as an agent to write property and casualty insurance, including home, life, auto, umbrella, and dwelling fire insurance. He’s also been featured on sites like Reviews.com and Safeco.
He reviews content, ensuring that existing and new content is accurate so you can make the best decisions about your car insurance, which guarantees the information you receive is accurate, evidence based, current, and trustworthy
Michael Vereecke, Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist
Michael Vereecke is the president of Customers First Insurance Group. He has been a licensed insurance agent for over 13 years. He also carries a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) Designation, providing him the expertise to spot holes in businesses’ coverage.
Since 2009, he has worked with many insurance providers, giving him unique insight into the insurance market, differences in coverage forms, and the best training available. Michael is a member of the Macomb Family Services Board, the Anchor Bay Chamber, and MIPIA (Michigan Association of Professional Insurance Agents).
Michelle Robbins, Licensed Insurance Agent
Michelle Robbins has been a licensed insurance agent for over 13 years. Her career began in the real estate industry, supporting local realtors with title Insurance. After several years, Michelle shifted to real estate home warranty insurance, where she managed a territory of over 100 miles of real estate professionals. Later, Agent Robbins obtained more licensing and experience serving families and individuals to secure their estates with life insurance protection.
Most notably, throughout her career, she has assisted many individuals in difficult times of need as a family service counselor with several funeral homes, mortuaries, and memorial parks in California. This experience resulted in a natural progression into health and disability insurances. Today, Agent Robbins licensing extends across many states from the west to east coast. She is licensed in life, health, disability and property & casualty insurances.
Eric Stauffer, Licensed Insurance Agent
Eric Stauffer is an insurance agent and banker-turned-consumer advocate. His priority is educating individuals and families about the different types of insurance coverage. He is passionate about helping consumers find the best coverage for their budgets and personal needs.
Eric is the CEO of C Street Media, a full-service marketing firm and the co-founder of ProperCents.com, a financial education platform focused on helping individuals and families learn proper money management. Eric holds accidental, health, life, casualty, and property insurance licenses in the state of California.
Zach Fagiano, Licensed Insurance Broker
Zach Fagiano has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years, specializing in property and casualty and risk management consulting. He started out specializing in small businesses and moved up to large commercial real estate risks. During that time, he acquired property & casualty, life & health, and surplus lines brokers licenses. He’s now the Senior Vice President overseeing global risk management consulting.
Zach is a subject matter expert and has spent much of his career focused on catastrophic modeling, captive management, and strategic risk management for large public and private investment companies, hedge funds, and risk management for a publicly traded large retailer. When not working in risk and insurance, Zach can be found restoring classic cars and running in endurance races.
Dani Best, Licensed Insurance Producer
Dani Best has been a licensed insurance producer for nearly 10 years. Dani began her insurance career in a sales role with State Farm in 2014. During her time in sales, she graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from Capella University and is currently earning her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since 2014, Dani has held and maintains licenses in Life, Disability, Property, and Casualty.
Dani has worked for two State Farm agencies and was the top life insurance producer in both offices. Dani has extensive experience with life, home and auto insurance, disability policies, and how individual insurance coverages work. She is also trained in financial services provided by State Farm, such as cash back rewards and credit cards, checking and savings accounts, and home and auto loans. She applies her drive to help others to her approach with insurance, using her expertise to make difficult topics and situations less complex and stressful.
William Lemmon, Principal Broker
William Lemmon has been a licensed insurance agent for over 12 years. He is the principal broker and owner of Broadway Insurance Services in Los Angeles, CA. He works one-on-one with clients to create personalized plans that minimize risk and maximize savings. Being one of the foremost authorities on Airbnb and home-sharing property insurance, Lemmon offers his clients first-hand guidance on how to avoid insurance pitfalls.
His agency has provided coverage for thousands of property owners throughout CA, OH, NC, and FL. Specializing in hotels, lodging, vacation rentals, home-sharing, and short-term rental properties, Broadway Insurance Services has been a top-rated provider on Yelp, Google, and BBB for over five years. Find Lemmon and his agency featured on Shoutout LA, Axos Bank, and Yahoo.
Brandon Frady, Licensed Insurance Agent
Brandon Frady has been a licensed insurance agent and insurance office manager since 2018. He has experience in ventures from retail to finance, working positions from cashier to management, but it wasn’t until Brandon started working in the insurance industry that he truly felt at home in his career. In his day-to-day interactions, he aims to live out his business philosophy in how he treats his customers.
Auto and property insurance are often legally required products, so no one is excited to purchase them. This is why Brandon’s approach to selling insurance is fully customer-centric. His goal is to provide the highest quality insurance customers can confidently purchase and then leave to work its magic protecting their investments. Brandon avoids cold calling and pressuring customers to purchase. Instead, he relies on referrals, insurance education, and exceptional customer service.
Brad Larson, Licensed Insurance Agent
Brad Larson has been in the insurance industry for over 16 years. He specializes in helping clients navigate the claims process, with a particular emphasis on coverage analysis. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Political Science. He also holds an Associate in Claims (AIC) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations, as well as a Utah Property and Casualty license.
Brad started out as a claims adjuster for a national carrier and has since switched to the agency side of the insurance business. He is an experienced Director of Operations skilled in negotiation, employment practices, liability, and fraud detection. Brad is licensed in all P&C lines.
Travis Thompson, Licensed Insurance Agent
Travis Thompson has been a licensed insurance agent for nearly five years. After obtaining his life and health insurance licenses, he began working for Symmetry Financial Group as a State Licensed Field Underwriter. In this position, he learned the coverage options and limits surrounding mortgage protection. He advised clients on the coverage needed to protect them in the event of a death, critical illness, or disability.
In 2021, Travis began working as an independent broker. Since going independent, Travis has extended his licensing across several states along the East Coast to the Midwest. Travis also has access to over 10 top-rated life insurance carriers in the U.S. that can offer clients the best coverage possible. He currently specializes in mortgage protection, life insurance, critical illness, and disability coverage.
Justin Wright, Licensed Insurance Agent
Justin Wright has been a licensed insurance broker for over 9 years. After graduating from Southeastern Seminary with a Masters in Philosophy, Justin started his career as a professor, teaching Philosophy and Ethics. Later, Justin obtained both his Property & Casualty license and his Life and Health license and began working for State Farm and Allstate.
In 2020, Justin began working as an independent broker. Since going independent, Justin has extended his licensing across several states along the East Coast to Midwest. He currently specializes in life insurance, annuities, and health insurance, including Long Term Care insurance. He still maintains his Property & Casualty license as well.
Kristen Gryglik, Licensed Insurance Agent
Kristen is a licensed insurance agent working in the greater Boston area. She has over 20 years of experience counseling individuals and businesses on which insurance policies best fit their needs and budgets. She knows everyone has their own unique needs and circumstances, and she is passionate about counseling others on which policy is right for them.
Licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Florida, Kristen has over 15 years of experience working in the insurance industry. She currently works for Liberty Mutual as a Resident Sales Representative providing auto, home, and life insurance policies and counseling in personal finance and retirement planning.
Jeffrey Johnson, Insurance Lawyer
Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina.
He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University and worked in film, education, and publishing. His professional writing has appeared on sites such as Legal Advice, The Manifest, and Vice. He is the author of a novel and several scripts that were adapted into short films.
Jeff Root, Licensed Life Insurance Agent
Jeff is a well-known speaker and expert in life insurance and financial planning. He has spoken at top insurance conferences around the U.S., including the InsuranceNewsNet Super Conference, the 8% Nation Insurance Wealth Conference, and the Digital Life Insurance Agent Mastermind. He has been featured and quoted in Nerdwallet, Bloomberg, Forbes, U.S. News & Money, USA Today, and other leading finance websites.
Licensed in all 50 states and D.C., Jeff is a life insurance agent who has helped over 3,000 people secure life insurance policies to protect their legacy. Jeff is the author of The Digital Life Insurance Agent and a host of the podcast Modern Life Insurance Selling Podcast, where he trains other life insurance agents. Jeff has qualified for MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) every year since 2009, putting him in the top 1% of financial professionals in the nation.
Michael Leotta, Insurance Operations Specialist
Michael earned a degree in Business Management degree with an insurance focus, which led to a successful 25-year career in insurance claims operations and support. He possesses a high-level of business acumen across multiple areas of the insurance industry. Over the course of his career, he served in multiple roles supporting claims operations including: Claims Specialist, Claims Trainer, Claim Automation & Procedures Specialist, and Process Analyst.
His primary areas of expertise are in complex insurance claim handling with a litigation focus, claims training, jurisdictional guidelines, process improvement, and data analytics. Michael has developed a keen understanding of the insurance industry, and well-rounded general business proficiency.
Kalyn Johnson, Insurance Claims Support & Sr. Adjuster
Kalyn grew up in an insurance family with a grandfather, aunt, and uncle leading successful careers as insurance agents. She soon found she has similar interests and followed in their footsteps. After spending about ten years working in the insurance industry as both an appraiser dispatcher and a senior property claims adjuster, she decided to combine her years of insurance experience with another passion, writing.
As an insurance writer and researcher, she specializes in real estate, healthcare, finance, and all lines of insurance. When Kalyn isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children.
Benjamin Carr, Former State Farm Insurance Agent
Benjamin Carr worked as a licensed insurance agent at State Farm and Tennant Special Risk. He sold various lines of coverage and informed his clients about their life, health, property/casualty insurance needs.
Assessing risks and helping people find the best coverage to suit their needs is a passion of his. He appreciates that insurance was designed to protect people, particularly during times of crisis. All insurance consumers should be informed and should understand how individual policies can protect them, their families, their possessions, and their homes. That mission serves him in his work to this day.
Laura Berry, Former Licensed Insurance Producer
Laura Berry has experience as a licensed producer selling life, health, and property insurance coverage for both Allstate and State Farm. She has dedicated many hours to helping her clients understand the insurance marketplace so they could find the best car, home, and life insurance products for their circumstances.
While she currently helps businesses take advantage of the federal R&D tax credit, she still takes time to provide guidance on insurance. It is her belief that current insurance shoppers should have access to accurate information so they can find the appropriate insurance product for their needs.
Melissa Morris, Professor of Nutrition & Kinesiology
Melissa Morris has a BS and MS in exercise science and a doctorate in educational leadership. She is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist and an ISSN certified sports nutritionist. She teaches nutrition and applied kinesiology at the University of Tampa.
She has been featured on Yahoo, HuffPost, Eat This, Bulletproof, Vitacost, LIVESTRONG, Toast Fried, The Trusty Spotter, Best Company, Healthline, Popsugar, She Knows, Thrive Global, and Badass Body Project.
D. Gilson, PhD, Professor & Published Author
D. Gilson is a writer and author of essays, poetry, and scholarship that explore the relationship between popular culture, literature, sexuality, and memoir. His latest book is Jesus Freak, with Will Stockton, part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series. His other books include I Will Say This Exactly One Time and Crush. His first chapbook, Catch & Release, won the 2012 Robin Becker Prize from Seven Kitchens. His second chapbook, Brit Lit, a series of poems on Saint Britney Spears, is available from Sibling Rivalry Press. D. is the editor of Lunch and lives in the Missouri Ozarks.
Diego Anderson, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Diego Anderson is a Real Estate Agent based in the Bay Area of California. Having received his Real Estate License at the age of 18, he wasted no time learning the ins and outs of the industry. With a focus on residential dual agency, he has a passion for supporting and educating families on their home buying and selling decisions. He is no stranger to new builds and new developments.
He also runs a successful Visual Design business. This helps him implement popular, modern aesthetics into his listings. Utilizing both of these talents has allowed him to not only beautify his own design materials but also provide templates and training for his peers. His graphic design work and insurance and real estate advice have been featured on many sites.
Angie Watts, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Angie Watts is a licensed real estate agent with Florida Executive Realty. Specializing in residential properties since 2015, Angie is a real estate writer who published a book educating homeowners on how to make the most money when they sell their homes. Her goal is to educate and empower both home buyers and sellers so they can have a stress-free shopping and/or selling process.
She has studied and written on topics including market conditions, mortgage trends, first-time home purchases, and buying new construction. In addition to real estate, Angie has a strong background in both insurance and finance. She studied Business Marketing at Waukesha County Technical College and draws upon 20 years of sales and marketing experience in all facets of her professional career.
Ashley Dannelly, University Professor and Personal Trainer
Ashley Dannelly has a Master of Arts in English and teaches English at Columbia International University and other higher education institutions. She is also a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise and trains clients in both individual and group settings.
Ashley’s background in English and fitness has allowed her the opportunity to write and create content for many different publications, such as Shout! Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine, The Greenville News, NewSpring Church Media, and more.
If she isn’t teaching English or training clients, you can find Ashley writing, lifting weights, or playing with her kids.
Laura D. Adams, Insurance & Finance Analyst
Laura Adams is one of the nation’s leading finance, insurance, and small business authorities. As an award-winning author, spokesperson, and host of the top-rated Money Girl podcast since 2008, millions of readers and listeners benefit from her practical advice. Her mission is to empower consumers to live healthy and rich lives by planning for the future and making smart money decisions. She received an MBA from the University of Florida and lives in Vero Beach, Florida.
As a professional accountant and financial analyst for several companies, Laura is a trusted source on various finance topics for TV, radio, online articles, and print publications. She’s been featured on major news outlets, including Next Advisor, FOX Busisness, AP News, Yahoo, Apartment Therapy, Go Banking Rates.
Melanie Musson, Published Insurance Expert
Melanie Musson is the fourth generation in her family to work in the insurance industry. She grew up with insurance talk as part of her everyday conversation and has studied to gain an in-depth knowledge of state-specific insurance laws and dynamics as well as a broad understanding of how insurance fits into every person’s life, from budgets to coverage levels.
Through her years working in the insurance and finance industries, she has gained invaluable first-hand experience. She specializes in autonomous technology, real estate, home security, consumer analyses, investing, cryptocurrency, digital security, and vehicle safety.
Her expertise has been featured by The Penny Hoarder, in an e-book by Best Companies, by Forbes, Yahoo!, The New Yorker, Oprah, Fox Business, U.S. News, and Dollarsprout.
Laura Kuhl, Managing Content Editor
Laura Kuhl holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her career began in healthcare and wellness, creating lifestyle content for doctors, dentists, and other healthcare and holistic professionals.
In 2018, she started writing for the cannabis industry. She curated news articles and insider interviews with investors and small business owners, leading to conversations with key players in the legal and insurance industries.
For the past five years, Laura has worked with insurance industry professionals across multiple markets, including business, auto, and life insurance, to create content that is accessible to everyone. She believes insurance does not need to be complicated and continues to create content that is straightforward, unpretentious, and jargon-free.
Maria Hanson, Insurance and Finance Expert
Maria Hanson grew up with a unique passion and understanding of both the automotive and insurance industries. With one grandfather in auto mechanics and another working in insurance, you could say automotive insurance is in her blood. Her love of research and finance serves her well in studying insurance trends and liability.
Maria has expanded her scope of expertise to home, health, and life insurance. She consults on home maintenance, property improvement, and health care. In her spare time, she travels, camps, gardens, and volunteers in her community.
Karen Condor, Insurance and Finance Writer
Karen Condor is an insurance and finance writer who has degrees in both journalism and communications. She began her career as a reporter covering local and state affairs. Her extensive experience includes management positions in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and online marketing content.
She has utilized her researching, writing, and communications talents in the areas of human resources, finance, technology, and travel. Recently she has delved into the worlds of real estate and insurance by assisting with her family’s real estate company.
Her work has appeared in Atlantic Ride, Carex, CEO Blog Nation, CreditCards.com, Dangerous Roads, Gauge Magazine, The Mortgage Reports, Realtor.com, Realty Biz News, Small Biz Club, US Finance Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Vintage Value Investing.
Laura Gunn, Insurance and Finance Expert
Laura Gunn is a former teacher who uses her passion for writing and learning to help others make the best decisions regarding finance and insurance. After stepping away from the classroom, Laura used her skills to write across many different industries including insurance, finance, real estate, home improvement, and healthcare.
Her experience in various industries has helped develop both her writing skills and scope of knowledge. She is able to tackle some of these intricacies and relay important information to others who need to make real-life everyday decisions. Her expertise has been featured in many publications including News Hunt 360, HOLR Magazine, DiscoveryBit, and IH Services Inc.
Dorothea Hudson, Insurance and Finance Writer
Dorothea Hudson has been professionally writing in many spheres since 2013. She has written on entertainment, insurance, finance, travel, technology, AI, renewable energy, crypto, fundraising, and real estate for many websites. Her work has been published for British retailer Marks and Spencer, Kroger Magazine, the Vision Group, and more.
Her passions include writing, music, running, travel, technology, coding, and crypto. She enjoys educating her readers on insurance and providing practical financial advice. Dorothea graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in English. She also was a student abroad at Cambridge University, studying English and creative writing.
Her expertise has been quoted in many award-winning publications including Forbes, GoBankingRates, Real Homes and Yahoo News.
Imani Francies, Insurance and Finance Writer
Imani Francies is a finance and insurance writer who has strong media and communication skills with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She began her writing career freelancing with various blogs and internships while working full-time as an early childhood educator. She has significant experience in both print and online media as a writer, editor, and author.
She works efficiently with teams and autonomously across a number of industries. She has utilized her communications, writing, and research skills to expand her expertise in the areas of finance, taxes, education, mental health, healthcare, technology, insurance, real estate, and travel.
Her work has appeared in Business.com, Carex, CEO Blog Nation, CreditCards.com, Deal Taker, Finder, Forbes, Good Men Project, Money, Thrive Global, Yahoo!, and Your Tango.
Tonya Sisler, Content Team Lead
Tonya Sisler has been a technical insurance writer for over five years. She uses her extensive insurance and finance knowledge to write informative articles that answer readers’ top questions. Her mission is to provide readers with timely, accurate information that allows them to determine their insurance needs and choose the best coverage.
Tonya currently leads a team of 10 insurance copywriters and works closely with them on industry research and content creation. Tonya has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Journalism and has worked for over 15 years in management roles.
Peyton Leonard, Published Author & Insurance Expert
Peyton Leonard is an insurance and finance writer living in Colorado Springs, CO. She is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s in English at Thomas Edison State University.
Peyton is the author of “Lyme & Not the Fruit.” She also has experience writing for the business magazine, Productivity Intelligence Institute.
Chris Tepedino, Insurance Feature Writer
Chris Tepedino is a feature writer that has written extensively about home, life, and car insurance for numerous websites. He has a college degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and has experience reporting, researching investigative pieces, and crafting detailed, data-driven features.
His works have been featured on CB Blog Nation, Flow Words, Healing Law, WIBW Kansas, and Cinncinati.com. He has been a contributor to The Penny Hoarder, UpJourney, and Translate by Humans.
Natasha McLachlan, Content Writer
Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.
Kristine Lee, Licensed Insurance Agent
Kristine Lee is a licensed insurance agent and one of The Zebra’s in-house content strategists. With a background in copywriting, she covers the ins and outs of the home and car insurance industries.
She has been a contributor to numerous publications focused on the nuances of insurance, including on The Points Guy.
Merriya Valleri, Expert Insurance Writer
Merriya Valleri is a skilled insurance writer with over a decade of professional writing experience. Merriya has a strong desire to make understanding insurance an easy task while providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information. Merriya has written articles focusing on health, life, and auto insurance.
She enjoys working in the insurance field, and is constantly learning in order to keep up with the current, ever-chaning market. Merriya has a Bachelor’s Degree in Writing, using her skills to promote educational experiences for her readers.