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Heartland Chapter

(Includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Chapter Guidelines and Operating Rules   ·   Chapter Officers & Regional Director   ·   Committee Chairs
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Meeting Minutes & History   ·   Awards/Recognition

Welcome to the Heartland Chapter Webpage

This area is your resource for information about past, current and future meetings, events and news. Please visit often as the information will be updated frequently.

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Members: Email and additional contact information for individuals listed below is available in the Online Membership Directory.


Chapter Officers & Regional Director

Danette Kobolt

Danette Kobolt
Nationwide Insurance Company
1100 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (505) 508-2047

Lori Straight

Vice President
Sammons Annuity Group
4350 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 267-2769


Sandy Olson

Sandy Olson, CPCU, AINS, ACP, AIS, MCM
385 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 310-3011

Maryana Grodnova-Ware

Maryana Grodnova-Ware ALMI, AFSI, AIRC
Nebraska Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 82089
Lincoln, NE 68501
Phone: (402) 471-4802


Kari Hamrick

Regional Director
Kari Hamrick
CUNA Mutual Group
2000 Heritage Way
Waverly, IA 50677
Phone: (319) 483-3007

Maureen James

Past President
Maureen James
Summit Compliance Group, LLC
2038 Ford Parkway
Suite 300
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (612) 308-6161



Committee Chairs

Committees are a great way to get involved in our chapter and network with your colleagues. If you are interested in joining a committee, or just learning more about committee work, please contact the chair.

Education Committee, Chair

Sarah Shives

AmericanEnterprise Group Inc.
601 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515.245.2083


E-Day Committee, Chair

Maureen James

Maureen James
Summit Compliance Group, LLC
2038 Ford Parkway
Suite 300
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Phone: 612.308.6161


Membership Committee, Chair

Shawna Pope

Shawna Pope
FBL Financial Group, Inc.
5400 University Avenue
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-5997
Phone: 515.226.6219


Nominating Committee, Chair

Stacie Baker
Symetra Life Insurance Company
77 108h Ave NE
Suite 1200
Bellevue WA 98004
Phone: 515.471.8160


Website Committee, Chair

Christina Handy

Chris Handy Stecker, FLMI, AIRC, ACS, CCP, CE2
Americo Financial Life and Annuity Insurance Company
300 West 11th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816.391.2719


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