JSA Leadership

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Our Leadership Team

Danielle Wade, CPCU, CIC
Danielle Wade, CPCU, CICPresident & Chief Executive Officer

Danielle joined JSA full-time in 2006 after graduating from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School with a BS Business Administration degree and a minor in Spanish.
Mimi Dobbins
Mimi DobbinsChief Operating Officer

Mimi grew up in Black Mountain and graduated high school in 1976 when she came to ASU, majoring in Business and Psychology. She started in the insurance industry with Wayne Sumner in 1979 with another firm and then became JSA’s first employee in 1981.
Tony Costa, AU, AINS
Tony Costa, AU, AINSChief Underwriting Officer

Tony graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Brian Lambeth, CPCU, ARM, ASLI
Brian Lambeth, CPCU, ARM, ASLIChief Information Officer

Brian grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University,
Keith Shockley
Keith ShockleyController

Keith is a true Mountaineer: an Appalachian State grad with a love of climbing, bouldering, and reaching for greater heights.
Brantley Saunders
Brantley SaundersDirector of Marketing

Brantley comes to JSA with ten years of insurance experience and a penchant for the performing arts. She has a creative passion for building relationships and will put all her energy to work for you. 
Tommy Hefner, CIC
Tommy Hefner, CICVP of Transportation

Tommy grew up in Weaverville, NC and graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Mathematics.
Kristel McNeil
Kristel McNeilP&C Manager

Kristel’s hometown is Boone but you still can’t make her love bluegrass music. She loves any kind of flower and enjoys hobby baking in her free time. She has been with JSA since 1998.
Kelli Hefner,CIC
Kelli Hefner,CICAccounting Operations Manager

Kelli graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications and began her insurance career at Jackson Sumner in 2006.
Brooke Winslow
Brooke WinslowOffice Manager

Brooke is from Chesapeake, Virginia and is a connoisseur of grilled cheese sandwiches.
Terri Preston
Terri PrestonP&C Processing Manager

Terri’s hometown is Ennice, NC. She aspired as a child to be the first female coach in the NFL
Tania Call
Tania CallTransportation Processing Manager

Tania is from Wilkesboro, NC and enjoys Bluegrass music.

We do what is right, not what is easy.

JSA's Leaders are the finest in our industry. We find that we actually have more experience and insurance education than our company underwriters.
Wayne L. Sumner
Wayne L. SumnerChairman of the Board

Wayne L. Sumner is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Jackson Sumner & Associates. He entered the insurance industry in 1975 after graduating from Appalachian State University with a BSBA degree.