1531 W Elm Avenue, PO Box 487 | Mitchell, SD 57301 | EMAIL

Meet Our Staff

Ray Trudeau

Ray joined the office in March of 2011, and specializes in all lines of insurance. He has over 30 years of experience in the insurance business, and the largest Nationwide Ag Elite Certified producer in South Dakota. Ray and his wife Rhonda, live in rural Mitchell and have seven children.

Stacy Clauson

Stacy is the office manager and Ray's assistant. Stacy handles farm, commercial, home and auto business. She grew up on a farm near Parkston, SD. Stacy is a graduate of South Dakota State University, with a degree in Business Economics. She and her husband, Steve, live in the Dimock area with their three children.

Amy Puepke

Amy focuses on Farm, Commercial, Livestock, Personal, and Life Insurance and has completed her Master Farm Certification with Nationwide Agribusiness. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. She is the third generation of Angus breeders at Bussmus Angus & OL Bussmus Farms, which gives her the cutting edge for her work today.

Randa Dean

Randa handles all livestock claims, renewals and processing through our office. Having one individual soley dedicated to our livestock policies, insures all policies get handled with care. Randa grew up near Milltown, SD on the family farm and now resides in Mitchell with her husband and their two children.

Katie Williams

Katie handles Farm, Commercial, Livestock and Personal Insurance and she has completed Master Farm Certification with Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company. Katie grew up on the Heitzman Family farm near Milltown, SD and has since moved back to the farm with her husband Nick and their three children.

Ryan Marler

Ryan joined the office in April 2023. He has over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, and his main area of focus is personal lines. He has his Property and Casualty license and is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. Ryan enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and attending sporting events & concerts.

Christopher Nelson

Chris joined the office in October of 2020. He served in the United States Navy as an Interior Communications Specialist for six years. He then moved on to obtain an Associate’s Degree from Mitchell Tech. Later on, he worked at Custom Genetic Solutions as a handler. Chris grew up on his family farm and continues to be in the cattle industry today. Chris currently lives in Mitchell, SD and is licensed in Life, Health, Property and Casualty, and Crop insurance.

Brea Baumgart

Brea handles commercial Insurance. She was born and raised in Winner, SD and graduated from Chadron States College. Brea lives in Mitchell with her husband, Brian and son, Bodhi.

Shelly Kutilek-Olson

Shelly is an Ag CSR. She also helps with Livestock, Personal Lines & a little bit of everything in between. Shelly was born in Wichita, KS; raised in Sioux Falls, SD & now lives in Mitchell, SD with her Husband, Kameron, their 3 kids & their 5 Australian Shepherds. Shelly has her Property & Casualty license as well as, her Life & Health license.

Kristen Velez

Kristen is the Livestock CSR and helps with Farm processing. Kristen grew up in Nashville, Indiana and has lived in Mt Vernon, SD since 2012. She is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in business. Kristen and her family enjoy camping, fishing, kayaking, and hunting. Kristen is licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance.

Colton “Red” Tobin

Colton joined the office in May of 2021 and focuses on Farm, Commercial, Livestock, Crop and Personal Insurance. He grew up on the family ranch near Plankinton and he enjoys lending a hand in his free time. He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Ag Business from Mitchell Tech.

Alex Behrens

Alex is the voice of the phone and the first you see when you walk in! She was born in England & grew up in various towns in South Dakota. Alex has been in the National Guard for the past 14 years! She currently resides in Mitchell, SD with her 2 daughters, Ella and Zoey.

Eric Audiss

Eric focuses on Farm, Commercial & Personal along with Life & Health. He started selling insurance in 2020 & has been going non-stop ever since. Eric is a practical jokester and you’re guaranteed to laugh anytime he is around. He was born in Gregory, SD; raised in Hamill, SD & now resides in Platte, SD. Eric has his Property & Casualty license as well as, his Life & Health license.

Nikki Bialas

Nikki joined the office in September 2022 & she is a Personal Lines CSR. Nikki is originally from Iowa, but has lived in rural Parkston, SD for 25 years with her husband, Chad. They have 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Nikki has her property & casualty license.

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