Meet Our Team

 

Jon W. Sostad
Agency Manager

I grew up in Holdrege, NE and attended Hastings College as well as the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where I studied Marketing and Commercial Art. In addition, I also attended Drake University to develop my expertise in insurance. I began my career in the industry in 1987, primarily focusing on personal lines and have since broadened to more commercial accounts. My favorite accounts to work with are contractors and dealerships—I love them!

The most rewarding part of my job is building relationships with my clients—making a lasting impression on them and the community I love. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction than knowing I am helping people protect the things they love most in life. The only thing better has been seeing my children become honest, hardworking, young adults.

When I’m not in the office working with clients, I like to take short trips out of town to spend time with friends and family. Another pleasure of mine is cooking. I like to make delicious food for my friends and family to enjoy—as long as I’m not the one cleaning up! Family has always been something that is very important to me. That’s why I strive to make our clients feel like they are a part of the Insurance Connection family!


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Geylin Mendez-Prado
Agent / Commercial Specialist / Office Manager

I grew up in nearby Lexington, Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. When it comes to insurance, I have been licensed in property and casualty insurance since June 2015. My specialty is commercial insurance!

Since I’m a people person, the best part about working in the industry is getting to know each of our clients on a personal level. I enjoy working with people in person the most—I work with urgency and great detail to provide the best service possible! Besides being an insurance agent, my other full-time job is being a mother and wife for my beautiful family. When I’m not in the office, you can find me cooking a meal in my kitchen, dancing, or both! I also like to ride motorcycles and go camping with my family. I spend my free time volunteering for the Make-A-Wish foundation—I’ve even been a Wish Grantor for the past two years!


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Rey Rodriguez
Agent

I have lived in Kearney, Nebraska all my life. I grew up and went to school here so the people of this community feel like family to me. That’s why I always make sure to get to know each one of our clients personally. I started working in the industry in 2016 and have since gained valuable experience and knowledge about insurance. I learn something new every day!

My favorite part about my job is talking to people and listening to their stories. Trust is something that’s invaluable in the industry, so I make sure each and every client knows that they can put their trust in us. When I’m not helping to protect our customer’s prized possessions, you can find me on the golf course! Besides helping people and making a difference, golf is something I’m very passionate about. I spend my free time coaching my son’s Little League Baseball team.

Alejandra Faudoa
Agent/Customer Service Representative

The best part about my role in the insurance industry is having the unique opportunity to learn something new each and every day. At the end of the day, I love being able to help people save money and make them feel they are cared for.
I personally love to workout, it’s probably what I talk about all the time. Many of my friends know that Fall is my all-time favorite season! So, you can either find me at home watching a football game, at a football game or at a pumpkin patch with my family. A guilty pleasure of mine is most certainly cake! I love my sweets and I also love to read. A non-profit I support is Michael Mosier Defeat Dipg Foundation because of its main focus on DIPG, which is a childhood brain cancer with a 0% survival rate.

Seth Svoboda
Agent

I grew up in Kearney, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Business Management. After graduating, I spent a year working in consumer lending before transitioning to insurance. I have worked in the insurance industry for the last 13 years and was a Manager in Claims Operations prior to joining Insurance Connection. During my time in claims, I obtained several designations, including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriting (CPCU), an Associates in Personal Insurance (API), and an Associates in Claims (AIC).

My time in claims was very rewarding to help people in their time of need and stress. It was also valuable as an agent because I know firsthand how the claim process is supposed to go and I learned the benefit of having the right coverage in place before a loss happens. Unfortunately, I also saw what can happen if someone does not carry the coverages they need to protect themselves. Helping people during tough times is what inspired me to move out of operations and into agency so I can help prevent a tough situation before it happens. I love working with clients to get the right coverage to protect themselves, their business, and their families when a loss happens.

My wife and I are both from Kearney, and we love having our boys grow up in this great community. When not at work, we enjoy spending our time at kids’ activities, playing golf, and supporting the local sports teams.

Gabriela Myers
Agent/Customer Service Representative

I grew up in Lexington, Nebraska, and currently live in Omaha, Nebraska. I graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a degree in business administration and a health science minor. Regarding my job, I have almost five years of experience in the commercial insurance industry.

When not at work, I love to hike, camp, and spend time with family. I love to spend my weekend with my daughter, husband, and dog!

Stacey Chapman
Customer Service Representative

I grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, where I graduated from Hastings High School and then enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program at Central Community College. I have many years of experience in the customer service field, and I have been working in the insurance industry for a little over a year, where I can utilize my skills and be helpful to our clientele. Every day at work is an opportunity I have to contribute to the company’s growth. I value the difference I can make by helping someone through a difficult time.

I’m absolutely in love with Philadelphia Flyer hockey. This is a pastime that I enjoy with my family and friends. I love the sport’s intensity and have a great time watching the games. I really enjoy traveling. I like to go and visit places that I have never been to. My favorite place I have traveled to is Alaska; the outdoors and the nature of it all is breathtaking. I enjoy my weekends being plan free. I like to see where the day takes me; sometimes I may just stay home and watch a great movie or spend time with family and friends. Regarding volunteering and passions, I advocate for the American Thyroid Cancer Association.

Lorena Ortega
Agent/Bookkeeper

I grew up in Lexington, NE most of my life. I did move to Mexico for a couple of years during my 4th and 5th grades.  School there was crazy – the ruler smack was very real. Regarding my experience in the industry, I got my property & casualty license in 2020 and have been working in personal lines ever since. What I most enjoy about my job is learning something new every day and using that knowledge to ensure a pleasant customer experience.

Some fun facts about me: I love the gym and fitness classes – it’s therapy for me. My guilty pleasure is TV – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime – I watch it all, especially while doing chores. I love spending the weekends chilling with my husband and cat, Taco.