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.
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.
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.
Our Leadership Team
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.
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,
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.
Tony CostaDirector of Business Development
Tony graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Kelli Hefner,CICVP of Transportation Operations
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.
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.
Joi NeikeDirector of Marketing
Joi is originally from Big Stone Gap, Virginia and holds a BS in Business Marketing from University of Virginia. She and her husband moved to Boone full time in 2019 and they enjoy hiking with their Labradoodle named Molli.
Grace PearceAccounting Manager
Grace is from Boone, North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Accounting. She began with Jackson Sumner in 2016. She lives in Boone with her son and enjoys going to the beach.
Laura EdmondsHR / Office Manager
Laura is originally from a farm in Galax, Virginia. She is a Hokie that holds a BS in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech. She is also a Google Analytics Certified Analyst which is one of the nerdier reasons why we like her.