About Us

We offer specialized insurance programs for Michigan citizens and business owners. Your professional coverage needs are very unique, and we realize how much you care about what you do.

We have been serving the special insurance policy needs of many clients for many years and encourage you to call 231-652-1636, complete the Contact Form, or click on an agent’s photo to send them an email directly.

Our Team:

Newaygo-DanJohnson1Dan Johnson

Agency Owner, Principal
Dan graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Business Administration. He joined the agency as a partner in 2006 and completed the final purchase of the agency in 2013. Dan obtained his Life & Health Insurance License as well as Property & Casualty Insurance License.


Newaygo-MichelleFreeland1Michelle Freeland, CISR

Sr. Account Manager, Personal Lines

Michelle joined NIA in late 2011. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School and has obtained her license with the State of Michigan for Property & Casualty Insurance. Recently, Michelle earned her CISR designation from the state of Michigan. Michelle is married and lives with her husband on a beef farm south of Newaygo.


Newaygo-TeresaSteenhagen1Teresa Steenhagen, CISR

Sr. Account Manager, Farm/Commercial

Teresa came to Newaygo Insurance Agency in early 2010. She has over 20 years of insurance experience and not only has an insurance license through the state of Michigan but has also earned the CISR designation.


Newaygo-MarcyJohnson1Marcy Johnson

Office Manager, Bookkeeper

Marcy graduated from Cornerstone University with a BA in Business Administration. She has been a part of NIA since 2009 and is licensed with the State of Michigan for Property and Casualty Insurance.


Newaygo-KristaEscalante1Krista Escalante

Account Manager, Farm/Commercial

Krista graduated from Newaygo High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Phoenix. She spent 6 years in the banking industry where she honed in her customer service skills before joining NIA in January of 2015. Krista resides in Newaygo with her husband and their three children.


Newaygo-ValerieCumingsValerie Cumings

Insurance Office Assistant

Valerie joined our team in the Fall of 2015. She brings experience from many years in the banking sector. She graduated from Holton High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley University. Valerie enjoys spending time with her daughter and is very active in her church.


Newaygo-LaurieOtterenLaurie Otteren

Account Manager, Life/Health/Medicare

Laurie joined the agency in the Spring of 2016 with extensive experience in the Life and Health arena. She is licensed with the State of Michigan and will oversee the Life, Health and Medicare portion of the agency’s business. Laurie lives in Newaygo with her husband and children.


Newaygo-RyanSeyferthRyan Seyferth

Account Manager, Farm/Commercial

Ryan has spent the majority of his career in contracting and excavating. He is our most recent addition to the team in November of 2017 and will be an Outside Account Manager in our Farm/Commercial Department. Ryan and his wife and two daughters live outside of Fremont where they are very active in the Fall on their Pumpkin Farm.


Kylee Zdunic-Rasch

Crop Insurance Agent

Kylee graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management and then earned her MBA from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. Kylee and her husband have a 4 year old daughter and operate an orchard in Sparta.


Peg VanOeffelen, CIC

Account Manager, Farm/Commercial

Peg joined NIA in the Fall of 2018. After graduating from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Peg has spent nearly 40 years in the commercial insurance arena. She has worked on both the Insurance Company and Insurance Agency side of the business. Peg is a licensed agent who has also earned the “CIC” (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation. She resides in Sparta where she enjoys spending time with her family.