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At Mel Foster Insurance, we have a team of professionals you can rely on to have effective answers to your constantly changing needs. We have 42 employees to serve your needs. We have 25 resident agents licensed in both Iowa and Illinois.

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John Loper - Commercial Lines Producer

John has 40 years experience in the insurance industry and started with Mel Foster Insurance in January of 2009.  He specializes in light manufacturing and contracting.

John has been a lifelong resident of Davenport.  John and his wife reside in Davenport and have two grown boys.  John’s nickname is "Trout Bum” because of his enthusiasm for fly fishing.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Jeremy Richard - Commercial Lines Producer

Jeremy has been with Mel Foster Insurance since November of 2005 and is a lifelong resident of Davenport.  He is a licensed Commercial Producer in Iowa and Illinois.  He specializes in insuring contractors and apartment buildings.  His passion for the industry has grown as he takes an active role in outside organizations. He is currently serving on the Quad City Rental Property Association Board and served as Vice-President in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, he spearheaded the first annual QCRPA tradeshow that was held in 2010.  Jeremy has been a landlord since 1999 and currently owns 25 units.  Jeremy was awarded the "Rising Star Award” by Mel Foster Company in 2009 and 2010 for being the top new business producer.

He has been a member of Lindsay Park Yacht Club since 2003.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Johanna Anderson - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Johanna started her insurance career in 1981.  She sold Personal Lines in a small agency in downtown Davenport, and eventually moved into Commercial Lines in 2005. She currently holds several insurance designations including her CISR, CIC, and AU. She is also a member of the National Association of Insurance Woman.

Johanna was born and raised in Durant, Iowa and currently resides in Davenport with her dog Lucy. When she's not working, she runs a part-time jewelry business, enjoys shopping, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Jim Behan - Commercial Lines Producer

Jim has been with Mel Foster Insurance since 1983. He specializes in Transportation Insurance.  He has been a recipient of the Chairman’s Club award for 19 consecutive years.  With his years of insurance experience and knowing the Mel Foster Insurance philosophy, he helps mentor new producers.

He enjoys the outdoors especially camping, hunting, golf, and fishing.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Sarah Bohling - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Sarah as been with Mel Foster Insurance since 2007 and is licensed in Property & Casualty.  She is an Account Manager in the Transportation Department.  She likes that she gets to learn something new almost every day and loves the opportunity to help clients make informed decisions about their insurance needs.

Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446


Joyce Kunde - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Joyce has been with Mel Foster Insurance since 2003.  She works closely with all the Commercial Producers serving as an Account Manager during her tenure.  Prior to coming to Mel Foster, Joyce ran an independent claims service company from home that covered eight states.

Joyce grew up in Le Claire, Iowa and is a life-long resident of the Quad Cities.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446


Marc Engels - President & Commercial Lines Producer  




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Ethel Freiberg - Commercial Lines Account Manager/New Business Marketing

Ethel joined Mel Foster in March 2016 as Mel Foster’s new business Marketing Account Manager.  Previously she worked in the insurance industry in various capacities from handling claims, personal lines, bonds and even a brief stint of selling insurance.  After taking some time off to run a daycare business and raise her children she came back to insurance industry working as a Commercial Lines Account Manager at a local downtown agency.

 Ethel currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa, with her husband, Larry, and their Mini Schnauzer, Jetta.  She is very proud of her two children, Cathryn and Clayton and her two stepsons, Troy and Mark.  In her downtime, she enjoys reading, kayaking, CrossFit and paddle boarding.   She also  finds fulfillment volunteering with Rock Church Kenya Missions to provide opportunities for kids in Kenya to have access to food, clean drinking water, and an education.  2016 will forever mark a special time in her heart as the year she witnessed five Kenyan students enroll in college with help from Rock Church Kenyan Missions and as the year she joined the Mel Foster team.

   Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Jen Kaney - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Jen has been employed by Mel Foster Insurance since 1999.  She started as a personal lines filing clerk and then moved to Commercial Lines Marketing and Customer Service.  She has been an Account Manager since 2002, working exclusively with transportation accounts.  Jen also has experience with accounting and IT.  She has been licensed in Personal Lines and Commercial Lines Property & Casualty Insurance since 2003.

Jen currently resides in Bettendorf with boyfriend Zach, daughter Emersyn and dog Harry.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Gene Krismanits - Commercial Lines Producer

Gene has over 30 years of experience having begun his insurance career in 1980 as an agent for his father-in-law’s agency, Briggs & Associates in Moline, Illinois.  In 1983, he became manager of the agency and in 1985 began a buy-out of the agency.  In 1989, he decided to merge the agency into Mel Foster Insurance to provide greater and broader sales opportunities and expertise in the industry.  Gene specializes in commercial insurance with a strong emphasis on writing policies for contractors.  He is still a generalist, however, and enjoys the challenge of writing a broad spectrum of commercial accounts.

Gene is married to Sue, and they live in Moline, Illinois.  They have three children and families. Sarah (Austin), Greyden and Brianna live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David (Britta), Will and Sophia live in Madison, Wisconsin and Mark is living in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Early in Gene's career he served as President of both the Independent Insurance Agents of Moline-East Moline and the Independent Insurance Agents of Rock Island County.  Gene has also been extremely active in community and church affairs.  Gene is a past president of the Moline Jaycees, and he also served as an Illinois State Jaycee Regional Director.  He is also a past president of the Moline Blue Marlins Swim Team, and has assisted as a stroke coach for the team.  In 1982, Gene was one of the founders of The Alliance for the Mentally Ill of RI and Mercer Counties, which now is Transitions, Inc.  He served as president of the organization for seven years and is still a member of the Board.  Gene also coached & managed baseball for over nine years for the Moline Blackhawks and the Moline Little League.

Gene and Sue are members of First Covenant Church in Moline, where he serves as Choir Director, a position he has enjoyed for over 30 years.  He has also served as Church Chairman two different terms. Currently Gene still swims competitively and is the coach of the Western Illinois Masters Program for Swimming (WIMPS). He loves doing things with his family and continues to have a passion for participating in a wide variety of sports.

Email | Phone: 569-359-5446

Kelli Rodney - Commercial Lines Account Manager

 Employed by Mel Foster Ins. since 2014

Graduated from Liberty University  in May 2015 with MBA in Project Management.

 Licensed in Personal Lines and Commercial Lines  Property & Casualty Insurance since June 2015

Currently reside in Moline, Il with two sons - Brayden and Talan 

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Amy Rollinger - Commercial Lines Account Manager

 Amy has been with Mel Foster Insurance as a Commercial Lines Account Manager since November of 2013. She is licensed in Property and Casualty. Amy graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minoring in Sociology and Human Relations. She comes to Mel Foster from having previously worked for The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics throughout college.

 She enjoys cheering on the Hawkeyes, spending time with family and traveling when she can.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Andy Schoonover - Commercial Lines Producer

Andy joined Mel Foster Insurance in July 2010.  Andy comes to Mel Foster Insurance from Northwest Wisconsin where he grew up working on the family dairy farm.  He is a licensed Commercial Lines Producer in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  He specializes in Transportation Insurance.  During his tenure with Mel Foster Insurance he has attended many educational seminars including Great West Casualty’s Truck Producer School.

He graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in December of 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree. While he was at Minnesota State he excelled in academics as well as being a four-year letter winner, All Conference and All American on MSU’s football team.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Randy Schwanz - Commercial Lines Producer

Randy has been with Mel Foster Insurance since February of 1989 and is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities.  He is a licensed Commercial Lines Producer in Iowa and Illinois.  Randy specializes in contractors, machine shops, restaurants, and transportation.  He has earned the Chairman’s Club award each year since 1998.

He is currently living in Aledo, Illinois on a small farm, and enjoys hunting, taking care of horses and cattle, raising and bailing hay.  Randy has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1990, serving in various capacities from member to president on the school board as well as vice president and elder on the church board.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Mike Smith - Commercial Lines Producer

Mike Smith has been with Mel Foster Insurance since 1988.  He is a Commercial Lines Producer specializing in Transportation.

Mike is a 1987 graduate of Cornell College with a degree in Finance/Economics.  Mike is married with three children and lives in DeWitt, Iowa.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446


Kent Unwin - Commercial Lines Producer

Kent has been with Mel Foster Insurance since November of 2001 and is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities.  He is a licensed Commercial Lines Producer in Iowa and Illinois.  He specializes in insuring contractors.  Kent reached the Honor Club threshold in 2010.

He is a graduate of St. Ambrose University with a degree in Business Management. He is a charter member of North Scott Optimists and serves on the Financial Committee Board.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Lance Van Deest - Commercial Lines Producer

Lance has been with Mel Foster Insurance since June 2004.  He is a licensed Commercial Lines Producer in Iowa and Illinois.  He has 25 plus years of experience writing commercial business insurance.

Lance is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the Quad City Morning Optimists.  He is married with two children and has lived in the Quad Cities since 1987.

Email | Phone: 563-359-5446

Jim Wagner - Commercial Lines Producer

Jim is a graduate of St. Ambrose University.  He started with Mel Foster Insurance in 1997 and has 25 years of Commercial Insurance experience. His area of expertise is in Construction Insurance and Bonding.



Email | Phone: 563-359-5446