Cowell James Forge Insurance Group is a values-driven organization that includes a team of individuals dedicated to serving clients with professional integrity and advanced levels of specialized insurance knowledge.

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Board of Directors

Lanny Cowell

Lanny Cowell

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Lanny Cowell has been in the insurance industry since 1964 and has held management positions for several prominent area companies.

Prior to co-founding CKJ, Lanny served as president of Cowell Insurance Group and their subsidiaries for 27 years.

Deena James, CIC

Deena James, CIC

President
Chief Operating Officer

Prior to co-founding Cowell James Forge, Deena James served for 4 years as president of Krueger & James. She is passionate about providing world-class service and peace of mind to clients and instilling a sense of shared mission and quality to everyone on the CJF team.
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Jason Forge, AIP

Jason Forge, AIP

Executive Vice President
Chief Sales Officer

Licensed in Property and Casualty and Life and Health, Jason is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and an Associate in Insurance Production. He also teaches classes to new agents for the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents.
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Cowell James Forge Team

Barry Alexander

Barry Alexander

Vice President, Client Relations (2010)

Barry Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University, and a law degree from Western State College of Law.
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Janelle Beauchamp

Janelle Beauchamp

Vice President, Logicomp
Senior Auditor, Premium Audit Results (2006)

Janelle Beauchamp earned a degree in accounting from Truman State University and has completed additional courses through the Associate in Premium Auditing program. She lives in Overland Park, KS.
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Rhonda Brown

Rhonda Brown

Vice President, Employee Benefits (2015)

Rhonda Brown launched her insurance career in 1976 while still in high school. She is licensed in life, accident and health.
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Ashlee Cannon

Ashlee Cannon

Bill Review Analyst (2007)

Ashlee Cannon says she is always learning new things in her position and that she values her relationships with clients.

A resident of Lees Summit, Mo., Ashlee’s favorite activity is spending time with her children.

Kristina Cannon

Kristina Cannon

Bill Review Analyst (2007)

Kristina Cannon thinks the best part of her job is being able to train in different departments to acquire new skills.

Kristina lives in Kansas City, Mo., where she can be found working out, walking her dog, Moose, and spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephew.

Lesli Davis

Lesli Davis

Executive Sales Consultant (2015)

Lesli Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Drury University and has 12 years of experience in the insurance industry. She is licensed in property and casualty, personal lines, life and accident, and health.
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Knicki Fijal

Knicki Fijal

Executive Sales Consultant (2012)

Knicki Fijal enjoys getting to meet all kinds of people, learning about their personal story and helping them come up with the best solutions to protect their assets.

A resident of Kansas City, Mo., Knicki is active in her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and enjoys health and fitness activities.

Christian Fuller

Christian Fuller

Vice President, Workers’ Compensation Programs (2006)

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Christian Fuller is licensed in property and casualty and life and health. He is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.
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Ginger Haggard

Ginger Haggard

Vice President, Finance and Human Resources (2010)

Coming from a background in accounting and human resources, Ginger Haggard works with numbers and people and says those parts of her job are what she enjoys the most. She also likes solving problems and “for things to be in balance.”
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Tara Holt

Tara Holt

Director of Human Resources Division (2017)

Tara Holt offers more than 15 years of corporate HR experience and oversees the newly launched Cowell James Forge Insurance Group Human Resources Division.
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Brad James, CIC

Brad James, CIC

Vice President, Marketing
Account Executive, Large Accounts (2006)

Brad James earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and Certified Insurance Counselor.

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James Kornegay

James Kornegay

Senior Account Executive (2002, 2017)

James Kornegay is an experienced underwriter who specializes in commercial property & casualty and flood insurance.

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Terry Miller

Terry Miller

Vice President, Mid-Market Accounts
Training Account Executive, House Accounts (2006)

Terry Miller began her career in the insurance industry 1975 and is now serving as a Certified Insurance Service Representative.
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Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy

Vice President, Premium Audit Results
Business Development, Logicomp (2007)

Laura Murphy is a native of Kansas City, Mo., which she still calls home. She attended the University of Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.
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Carol Park

Carol Park

Executive Assistant (1998)

Carol Park has taught second and third grade since 1967. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and teaching at Northwest Missouri State University.

Carol enjoys working with people and helping where she is needed. A resident of Kansas City, Mo., she loves watching the Kansas City Royals, reading, church activities and taking care of her pet.

Doreen Parrish

Doreen Parrish

Account Administrator (2007)

Doreen Parrish can’t single out the best part of her job because she enjoys it all.

Doreen’s number one personal accomplishment is “being married for 40 years to the same man and raising three great adult children.”
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Scott Pearson, CIC

Scott Pearson, CIC

Vice President, Sales Client Relations (2004)

Scott Pearson earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Emporia State University and has taught insurance for Insurance Career Training, Inc. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor.
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Janet Pittenger

Janet Pittenger

Account Executive, Workers’ Compensation Programs (1989)

Janet Pittenger started in the insurance field in 1969. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University).
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Russ Van Ness

Russ Van Ness

Vice President, Safety and Loss Control (2002)

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Russ Van Ness has worked in the industry since 1993. He is licensed as a Safety Specialist in Missouri and has provided loss control services to hundreds of clients, both private and public, throughout the state.
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Kelsey Wiggins-Nealon

Kelsey Wiggins-Nealon

Account Manager (2014)

Kelsey Wiggins-Nealon has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a development officer for her alma mater, the University of Missouri. These days she still cheers on the Tigers from her home in Kansas City, Mo.
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Damon Wilson

Damon Wilson

Account Manager (2016)

Following a 10-year career as a teacher in North Kansas City, Damon Wilson started his insurance career. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in creative writing and he hopes someday to write a fantasy trilogy.
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