Meet The Team

Conexus Insurance is a people first organization. We seek out people who share our core values and strive to create real connections with our clients in a way that makes Conexus feel like an extension of their business – a partner, not a vendor.

Managing Partners / Owners

Aaron Hoffman

Managing Partner

Aaron began his career in insurance after graduating from Colorado State University. Before forming Conexus Insurance with his business partners, he developed his insurance expertise as a producer and manager of RSS Insurance Services for 19 years before purchasing the agency in 2015. He is licensed in 16 states in property, casualty, health, life, and surplus lines. He loves learning about people and their businesses and has made it his passion to help our clients make sure they are properly protecting what’s most important to them. Aaron enjoys woodworking, camping, hiking, motorcycles, traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.

Sara Hoffman

Managing Partner

Sara joined the insurance industry after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Marketing. She joined the agency (formerly RSS) in 1997 and focused on the marketing and accounting side of the business. She’s been married to her husband and best friend, Aaron, since 1995 and raised three daughters with him. When not assisting in the management of Conexus, telling its story, and directing the finance team, Sara enjoys spending time with her adult children, date nights with Aaron, cooking, reading, traveling, hiking, camping, and entertaining at her home in Broomfield.

Alex Pedersen

Managing Partner

Alex started his insurance career by getting a life insurance license in the state of Iowa back in 2000. He moved to Colorado in 2002, where he began to focus on Commercial, Property, and Casualty insurance. In 2007, he purchased his agency and formed Day Larsen Pedersen Insurance (DLP Insurance), which transitioned to Conexus Insurance Partners in 2022. He prioritizes building long-term, consultative relationships with his clients while advising them in best protecting their assets. Alex is an avid tennis player and golfer and loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Team

Nikki Aragon

Nikki Aragon

Director of Operations

Nikki Aragon

Director of Operations

Nikki Aragon joined our team in 2022 as our Director of Operations. She comes from a background in financial services and also spent some years working with nonprofits. While Nikki has lived in Colorado for 26 years, she grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and then attended the University of Arizona where she obtained her degree in business. She and her husband Dan have five adult kids together, one dog, two cats and six chickens. Nikki’s hobbies include traveling, camping, hiking, and 4-wheelin’! She’s a proud fan of the Denver Nuggets, Denver Broncos, and the Iowa Hawkeyes. She says that learning is one of her greatest passions, and she especially enjoys learning about history, people and places, the Bible, finances, and technology. She is also devoted to helping the most vulnerable in our world, especially children and animals.

Kaitlin Barth

Kaitlin Barth

Employee Benefits Account Manager

Kaitlin Barth

Employee Benefits Account Manager

Kaitlin joined our team February 2022 and brought with her eight years of experience in the Employee Benefits, HR and Benefits Administration field (along with a very fun and sweet personality).

While Kaitlin just moved to Lakewood with her new husband, Shawn, two stepsons, Mieka and Xandor, and two dogs, Busta and Charlie, she grew up in Highlands Ranch and is a Colorado native. She is a fan of Colorado sports (especially the Denver Broncos), going for bike rides, putting together puzzles, walking, reading, cooking new meals, and playing cards with her family. Kaitlin is passionate about taking care of people and believes in treating others the way you would want to be treated. She follows the belief of striving to leave people better than when you found them and leaving a good impression on others. The most important things to Kaitlin are God, her family, her career, and her friends. She also believes in working hard and playing hard, as life is not promised and it’s important to take advantage of opportunities as they come.

Greg Beehler

Greg Beehler

Insurance Advisor

Greg Beehler

Insurance Advisor

Greg is a true Coloradan having been born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 with a degree in engineering. Greg continues to live in Arvada, loves spending time with his family, and is an active golfer and tennis player. Greg feels strongly about caring for his family and his customers. He says, “My honor and integrity are very important to me. It’s not only my goal to find the best price and coverage for my customers, but to help them understand what they are purchasing and why it’s important.”

Jessica Beuten

Jessica Beuten

Operations Assistant

Jessica Beuten

Operations Assistant

Jessica joined Conexus in July of 2017 and became licensed in Property/Casualty insurance shortly thereafter. She comes from a large family (she’s one of seven kids) and is a Colorado native. She can read and speak sign language, as both of her parents are deaf. Jessica has been married for five years to her husband, Darian, who works in construction. Jessica took classes for a year in Business Administration and enjoys traveling, hiking, baking, knitting, and trying new foods. She loves watching “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” and of course the Broncos games with her dad. Jessica says the most important things to her are her faith, spending time with her husband and family, and being active in her church.

Dena Brown

Dena Brown

Commercial Account Manager

Dena Brown

Commercial Account Manager

Dena has served our clients and team for over 30 years! She has been married to her husband Charlie for 35 years and they have one daughter, Brittany, who is a Social Studies teacher in Jefferson County. Dena is also a dog lover, with three of her own named Snickers, Bailey, and Harley. As a Colorado Native, Dena loves the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, and enjoys bowling, long walks, and time with her family who live in Westminster. Dena says that Conexus is like her second home and family, and she plans on retiring from our agency.

Brissa Calderon

Brissa Calderon

Commercial Account Manager

Brissa Calderon

Commercial Account Manager

Brissa is a single mom to two beautiful kids, Erick and Naiara. She is passionate about spending time with them; but also enjoys anything outdoors, working out, Hot Yoga, listening to music, meditating, and spending time with friends. Her goal is to help her clients with whatever they need to the best of her ability.

Steven Caravella

Steven Caravella

Personal Account Manager

Steven Caravella

Personal Account Manager

Steven is a Personal Account Manager and has over 18 years of experience in the insurance industry. He’s performed every role in an insurance agency from Janitors Assistant to Agency Owner and brings a wealth of industry knowledge to his clients. Steven grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2020. Steven is an avid Green Bay Packers fan (Go Pack Go) and spends his spare time hiking, camping, biking. He is passionate about his family and taking the time to connect with others.

Kathy Carnahan

Kathy Carnahan

P&C Accounting Manager

Kathy Carnahan

P&C Accounting Manager

Kathy wears many hats for Conexus. Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Blair Business College with a Professional Accounting degree. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Kirk for 46 years. She is passionate about her three children and seven grandchildren, and enjoys gardening, canning, needlework, and the outdoors. Kathy enjoys helping her clients find solutions for their issues whether it’s billing, claims, or needing coverage. She also assists with accounting and human resources for the agency.

Emerald Felix

Emerald Felix

Personal Account Manager

Emerald Felix

Personal Account Manager

Emerald serves our clients and team as a personal lines account manager. She relocated to Colorado from Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1993. She has one daughter, Victoria, and a new grandbaby Kai’lani. They are her pride and joy and keep her very busy when she is not working. In her spare time, she loves to travel, bake, and create balloon arrangements. It is important to her to educate and advise her clients on the best coverage for their personal insurance needs and she believes that it's not a “one size fits all”. She is also passionate about learning! In her words, “there is always room for growth, both personally and professionally”.

Gabriella Glanz

Gabriella Glanz

Commercial CSR

Gabriella Glanz

Commercial CSR

Gabriella joined Conexus in June 2022 as a Commercial Lines CSR and assists the commercial account management team and our clients. She grew up in northern New Mexico and moved to Colorado in 2021 so she could be closer to family. She married her husband Michael in 2020 and they have an Australian Shepherd named Muggsie, who runs their lives. She is currently attending the Community College of Denver and will transfer to CU Boulder next spring. Gabriella enjoys camping, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, playing video games, and reading a good book.

Stephanie Gonzales

Stephanie Gonzales

Insurance Advisor

Stephanie Gonzales

Insurance Advisor

Stephanie is a fourth-generation Coloradan and grew up in the north Denver metro area. She developed a passion for insurance right out of high school and has worked as an insurance advisor ever since. With over 20 years of experience in insurance, she has seen the industry change drastically over the years. She enjoys educating both herself and her clients on industry trends and coverage changes. She loves being able to help individuals, as well as business owners, find an insurance option that fits their specific needs. She is looking forward to educating and assisting members of the Colorado community for many years to come. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Stephanie and her partner Denver have two daughters and four dogs together.

Lynn Griffin

Lynn Griffin

Commercial CSR

Lynn Griffin

Commercial CSR

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Jeremy Hoye

Jeremy Hoye

Employee Benefits Advisor

Jeremy Hoye

Employee Benefits Advisor

Coming Soon

Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes

Insurance Advisor/Partner

Scott Hughes

Insurance Advisor/Partner

Scott grew up in Iowa, but moved to Colorado right after graduating from the University of Iowa in 2004. He worked in banking and advertising while getting his Masters in Business in 2009. He joined the agency that same year and has been in insurance ever since. Scott and his wife Evie have been married since 2015 and they have a 5 year old son and a baby daughter.
Scott is a loyal fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and enjoys following professional golf as well. His hobbies also include snowboarding, golf and traveling. Scott enjoys being involved in the Westminster community and helping business owners protect their growing businesses. He believes this world we live in is smaller than we realize and it's important to treat others with respect as our paths are likely to cross more than once in a lifetime.

Ellie Jacobs

Ellie Jacobs

Commercial Account Manager

Ellie Jacobs

Commercial Account Manager

Ellie is a Native to Colorado, but currently lives in Iowa with her wife and their 4 dogs. She likes to hike, bike, and explore, and is a beekeeper in her free time! Ellie went to the University of BYU Hawaii, where she earned a bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Oil Painting. While striving to become the next Monet, she was employed as an administrative assistant for an insurance company. The owner required that all employees were licensed and 11 years later here she is still in the insurance industry. Ellie began her career in Non-Profit Insurance, but she has worked with all sorts of clients from Manufacturers, Property Management Companies, Restaurants, Garages, and Retailers, to Contractors and many more. Ellie enjoys learning as much as possible and currently holds her C.I.C. and A.C.S.R. designations and is in the process of obtaining her third. Throughout her career she has learned that knowledge comes in many forms, but all of them present a new opportunity.

Erin Keefe-Gallic

Erin Keefe-Gallic

Office Administrator/Marketing Assistant

Erin Keefe-Gallic

Office Administrator/Marketing Assistant

Erin joined the Conexus team in September of 2022! She lives in Westminster with her husband, Stephen, and their three children, Miles, Emmett, and Lincoln. Erin’s household also includes an English Coonhound named Clover and a cat named Frisky. Erin was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and then attended Northern Arizona University, earning degrees in Political Science and Journalism, with an emphasis in Economics and International Affairs. She’s called Colorado home for 13 years and likes to consider herself “native-ish.”

Erin enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, writing, painting (oil pastels and mixed mediums are her favorite now), snowboarding, theatre, and music. She’s a huge Denver Broncos fan (she says her blood bleeds orange and blue) and also a fan of University of Wyoming and Nebraska college football. Fun facts about Erin? She’s seen well over 25 Broadway productions, she performed at Carnegie Hall when she was 16, and her grandparents established the first flower shop in Casper, Wyoming.

Rena Kennedy

Rena Kennedy

Benefits Accounting & Payroll Manager

Rena Kennedy

Benefits Accounting & Payroll Manager

RSS welcomed Rena and her wealth of health insurance industry knowledge to our agency in June of 2016. Rena has worked in the health benefits industry for over 18 years and is licensed not only health and life, but also in property and casualty insurance as well. She is a Colorado native, grew up in Denver and has a 16-year old daughter named Shelby. Rena loves the outdoors and staying active. She enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, biking, working out, swimming and boating. She loves spending her time with family and also enjoys watching sports. She says she is passionate about everything she sets her mind to and loves to try and experience new things, and always gives it her all.

Tim Koeneman

Tim Koeneman

Commercial Account Manager

Tim Koeneman

Commercial Account Manager

Tim joined the Conexus team in 2016, and currently works as a Commercial Account Manager. He is engaged to his best friend and partner in crime Tracie and has a Beta fish named George. Tim enjoys traveling where he creates new memories, eats local cuisine, and enjoys the local sights. He loves to golf, fly fish, and cook in his spare time.

Paula Lamp

Paula Lamp

Commercial Account Manager

Paula Lamp

Commercial Account Manager

Paula joined the Conexus team in 2012. She has nine years of experience within the insurance industry and is currently a Commercial Account Manager. She grew up in Winner, South Dakota, with her sister, mother, and grandparents, but then moved to Colorado in 2012. Paula enjoys camping, ladder golf, badminton, movies, board and card games, sports, and music. She is passionate about her family and wants to make sure she does good by her clients which include being detail-oriented and consistent, and helping her clients to the best of her ability.

Ernesto Marquez

Ernesto Marquez

Insurance Advisor

Ernesto Marquez

Insurance Advisor

Ernesto has worked in the insurance industry for 17+ years and works with our commercial clients as an insurance advisor Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, he lives in Denver with his family of four that includes his wife Jaya, his children Ciana and Cruz, and their family pup named Rocky. He is passionate about his family and friends, but for the last 15 years, he has also enjoyed coaching baseball at Denver North High. In 2012, he was nominated for and won the Colorado Rockies Adult Leadership Award for his work in the local Hispanic community.

Angela Mattei

Angela Mattei

Employee Benefits Advisor

Angela Mattei

Employee Benefits Advisor

Angela joined our insurance team in June of 2015. She has been working in the health insurance industry for over 24 years and holds a health and life insurance license. She loves meeting new people and prides herself on the relationships she builds with her clients. Angela lives in Thornton with her husband and best friend René. She has one beautiful daughter named Jennaé and a four-legged child named Preston. Angela is a huge Broncos fan and loves spending time with her family, being crafty and creative with her daughter, decorating and spending lots of time outdoors in our beautiful state. She says her goal is to continue to grow and prosper as a businesswoman and educate her clients in every way possible in this ever-changing world of healthcare reform, but to also enjoy and cherish each moment in life with her family.

Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald

Individual Benefits & Medicare Advisor

Michelle McDonald

Individual Benefits & Medicare Advisor

Michelle has been a licensed insurance agent for over 25 years specializing in Medicare, Individual and Group Health & Benefits plans. She received her license in Health & Life in 2000 and later Commercial, Property & Casualty in 2017. Michelle grew up in Westminster near Standley Lake. Loving that area with the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, nearby lakes, and open spaces, she stayed nearby to her childhood home where she raised her son Gavin alongside husband Rex.

When not assisting and advising clients about the ever-changing health insurance system, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys cooking/baking and spending time outside walking the family Labrador Retriever “Pearl.” As a Colorado Native, Michelle loves going to games and cheering on all the great sports teams Colorado has! When asked what’s most important to her she says, “God, family and friends.” She really cares about people and wants to make a difference in their lives.

Karina Mendoza-Garcia

Karina Mendoza-Garcia

Commercial Account Manager

Karina Mendoza-Garcia

Commercial Account Manager

Karina has lived in Colorado for the last 22 years with her husband Renato and their four kids Allyson, Isabella, Alexis, and Evelyn. She is a licensed Commercial Account Manager and loves getting to know her customers! She is passionate about helping others and in her spare time Karina enjoys nature, camping, and hiking.

Allison Morrison

Allison Morrison

Commercial CSR

Allison Morrison

Commercial CSR

Allison is a Colorado Native with a small close-knit family. She is close to her parents and little brother, and loves being an aunt. She is married to her best friend Ryan, and they are pet-parents to a very adorable Calico named Ember. In her spare time Allison loves to read, listen to podcasts, sing, play video games, travel, and find new coffee shops to try.

Sara Nash

Sara Nash

Commercial CSR

Sara Nash

Commercial CSR

Sara has been with Conexus since 2007 and she loves her job! She has lived in Iowa and Ohio but now lives in Colorado Springs. Sara has a daughter who lives nearby and a grandson who lives with her. Her two dogs Delilah and Ziva are also part of the family. She loves to read, go for walks, and grow plants and flowers. Sara is passionate about the equality of all people and the compassionate treatment of animals.

Adrian Neacsu

Adrian Neacsu

Commercial Insurance Broker / Partner

Adrian Neacsu

Commercial Insurance Broker / Partner

Adrian Neacsu has focused on commercial insurance for the last 15 years. Outside of work, Adrian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoying local cuisines.

Evie O'Brien

Evie O'Brien

Personal Account Manager

Evie O'Brien

Personal Account Manager

Evie joined our agency in 2022 and has over four years of experience in the insurance industry. Born and raised in Colorado, she comes from a large family of eight and has a twin sister. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, bowling, tubing, windsurfing, camping, fishing, and loves finding a good book to read.

Logan Pratt

Logan Pratt

Personal Account Manager

Logan Pratt

Personal Account Manager

Logan Pratt joined our team in May 2022 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Logan grew up in small-town Missouri and moved to Colorado with her fiance in 2021. Logan has a six-year-old daughter named Brynnin, and her fiance Aaron has an 11-year-old son named Mason. They share an apartment together in Thornton and she says together they are one blended and happy family! Logan enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting her hometown in Missouri, and taking drives in the mountains to explore our beautiful state! She says her family is number one, she loves being a mom and believes in living your life to the fullest and never settling.

Lisa Rayburn

Lisa Rayburn

Employee Benefits Account Manager

Lisa Rayburn

Employee Benefits Account Manager
Lisa joined our team May of 2022 as an Employee Benefits Account Manager. Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the Employee Benefits space! She is a Colorado native, growing up in Lakewood, but calls Arvada home now with her husband Nick. She loves spending time with her family, especially with her granddaughter Adley. Lisa enjoys camping, tennis, wandering antique stores, flea markets and estate sales, and is a fan of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avs. She says she’s passionate about her work and creating great experiences for people which in turn creates great relationships. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Ernie Schaefer

Ernie Schaefer

Insurance Advisor

Ernie Schaefer

Insurance Advisor

Ernie has been in the insurance industry since 1972, and owned RSS Insurance Services from 1995-2015 before transferring ownership of the business to his daughter and son-in-law so he could spend more time doing what he loves most- traveling with his wife of 53 years, Terry. Ernie has lived in Colorado since 1985, and has a degree in business from Black Hills State University. He loves restoring antique furniture when not traveling, advising some legacy clients, spending time with his five grandchildren, and spoiling his cat Thomas.

Cort Siegele

Cort Siegele

Employee Benefits Specialist

Cort Siegele

Employee Benefits Specialist

Cort Siegele joined the Conexus team in July 2022 as a Benefits Specialist, assisting in our Employee Benefits department. Cort grew up in Lakewood, received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and now lives in Denver. He is the youngest of four brothers (Chase, Chance, and Connor). Cort has a dog named Winston, is a Marvel movie fan, enjoys Fantasy Football, and loves playing golf and watching the Kansas City Chiefs (we won’t hold that against him 😉). He likes spending time with family and friends and being true to himself is very important.

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Personal CSR

Elizabeth Stark

Personal CSR

Elizabeth joined our team in 2021. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas and studied at Kansas State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Elizabeth moved to Colorado in 2017 with her partner, Kenneth. They married in 2019 and have three pets together, Ava, Samson, and Misty. She enjoys spending her time working on crochet projects, watching Star Trek, and playing PC games online with friends. She also enjoys hiking and camping trips during the summer months.” While Elizabeth cheers mostly for Kansas based sports teams, she does support the Colorado Rockies as her MLB team. Elizabeth believes it is important that she’s continuously improving herself for the betterment of her family, community, and society as a whole. She believes it’s important to be the example of change we want to see.

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens

Commercial Account Manager

Brian Stevens

Commercial Account Manager

Brian joined our team in May of 2022 as a Commercial Account Manager. While he grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, he’s been a Colorado resident for 16 years, and now lives in Arvada with his wife, Mary, his two sons and daughter, and his dog Indiana Jones (a rat terrier mix).

Brian has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona. Brian says he loves challenges and was a middle school teacher for 14 years before starting his insurance career and has also been a volleyball and basketball coach for 20 years.

He loves all things outdoors, and is a marathoner, ultramarathoner, a recovering fly-fishing guide, and a gardener. Training for long races has made him an audiobook listener, and he loves to read a variety of literature. He’s a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers, Colorado pro teams (especially the Rapids), and the Green Bay Packers.

Lastly, Brian says that integrity, kindness, and a sense of accomplishment from hard work are very important to him.

Irving Valdez

Irving Valdez

Commercial Account Manager

Irving Valdez

Commercial Account Manager

Irving Valdez joined the Conexus Small Commercial team in June of 2022. He grew up in Texas and moved to Colorado in 2016. While the majority of Irving's immediate family still resides in Texas, they originally hale from Chihuahua, Mexico, specifically Colonia Villanueva.

Irving has nine years of insurance experience and earned an associate's degree in Drafting and Design. He's a hobby fisherman/angler and spends much of his time serving at and with his church in different outreaches and ministries. He's dedicated to always doing the right thing and says he's passionate about relationships and serving people in any way he can.

Kristen Wenger

Kristen Wenger

Commercial Account Manager

Kristen Wenger

Commercial Account Manager

Kristen joined the Conexus team in February of 2020 as a Commercial Account Manager. She is focused on assisting our advisors in quoting new business accounts and obtaining the best possible customized insurance programs for our incoming business clients. Kristen grew up in the bay area of California where she went to school at St. Mary’s in Moraga, California. She and her husband Tristen lived in the metro Denver for eight years before moving to Nederland. She is passionate about animals and loves her two dogs Teddy and Annie. In her spare time she loves exploring the great state of Colorado, camping, paddle board, and bicycling. When asked what was important to her Kristen said, “work ethic and personal integrity.”

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