Agents

Hometown Insurance Agency - Agents
  • Steve Barnes, CLCS, AFIP

    President

    Steve has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry which began in 1995. He began in underwriting, moved to sales and is currently the owner of Hometown Insurance Agency of Columbus. He has obtained his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation in 2005 and is committed to excellence and superior customer service. Steve is married with three children and resides in Columbus, NE. He is a graduate of Columbus High School, University of Nebraska at Kearney and served in the Nebraska National Guard.

  • Daniel R. Headlee, CIC

    Vice President

    Dan started at Zurich Insurance Company developing several specialized insurance programs utilized throughout the country. He is a lifelong Omaha resident, attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Dan is committed to the insurance industry obtaining his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2000.

  • Kathy Brooks

    Assistance Vice President

    Kathy has over 17 years of commercial insurance experience. She started in underwriting and has since transitioned into sales and marketing. Her focus areas are the pet industry along with women owned businesses and everything in between. Her professionalism, expertise, integrity, forward thinking and background helps businesses feel secure in choosing Kathy as their insurance advisor.
    She graduated from Creighton University and loves her Blue Jays! Kathy has three children and a golden retriever who all love music and the water!

  • Kathy Miller

    Agent

    Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, focusing mainly on personal lines. She started her career at Union Ins Co in Lincoln, NE. She continued in the field on the agency side when she and her husband moved to Columbus in 1983. Besides being a licensed agent, she has been involved in all facets of the agency operation including claims, customer service and administrative duties. She was one of the 3 original owners of Hometown Insurance Agency which was established in 1998. She is originally from Verdigre, NE. She and her husband, Steve, have 3 grown children and 1 granddaughter.

  • Lisa Bender

    Agent

    Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, specializing in personal lines and family farms. Her and her husband Todd live on their farm near Humphrey, NE and have raised their 2 children there. Lisa takes great pride in providing the best service possible to her clients. She was one of the 3 original owners of Hometown Insurance Agency which was established in 1998. When not working she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family in Montana.

  • Katie M Schroeder

    Commercial Customer Service Rep and Agent

    Katie started her insurance career as a Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter with Nationwide Insurance. After 13 years at Nationwide, she decided to try a different avenue in the insurance business as a licensed insurance agent. She has a strong commercial background and is dedicated to professional customer service. Katie is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan and is married with two daughters. She loves hanging out with her family and spending time outdoors.

  • Tonia Houdesheldt

    Personal Lines Customer Service Rep

    Tonia is a lifetime resident of Columbus. She joined Hometown Insurance Agency in August 2015. Previously she was a Planning Coordinator with Vishay for 11 years. She is passionate about offering excellent customer service and helping our clients meet all of their insurance needs. She is currently working towards her property and casualty license. She has 2 boys and one grandchild. In her free time she enjoys dirt track racing, playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends.

  • Sara Kralik

    Personal lines agent

    Sara began her insurance carrier in 2008. She started as a customer service representative and is now a licensed agent primarily focusing on personal lines. Sara joined Hometown Insurance Agency in March 2015. Sara and her husband John reside in Columbus, NE.