Who We Are

Community Educators is a Proud Provider of Quality Insurance
Continuing Education With Over 25,000 Happy Customers
Community Educators develops and delivers quality continuing education courses that aim to meet the life-long professional development needs insurance and financial professionals. Our insurance continuing education courses are taught by highly qualified instructors who strive to make your day enjoyable and worth your time and money.

Our Mission

Provide continuing education for insurance professionals focusing on: topics that meet professional development needs, instruct best and emerging practices and collaborate with fellow insurance producers.

Our Values

Expert instructors that work in the insurance and/or financial services field; continuing education; collaborating with service professionals, needs-driven training topics and quality programs; customer satisfaction.

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Our Fantastic Team

This is our fantastic group of professionals, dedicated to you and your personal development needs.
Brandi Brecht, Executive Director at Community Educators

Brandi Brecht

Owner, Executive Director

Brandi has a Human Resource Management B.S. degree from the Upper Iowa University. She has worked in human resources and project management since graduation and has served on many boards and committees that involve community revitalization and enhancement.

The insurance industry continues to be a target for money laundering efforts. This requires ongoing training, knowledge, and due diligence in order to put up our best defense.

John Baumhover

Owner, Instructor

John Baumhover has 32+ years in the Financial Services industry.  Currently operating as an independent financial representative focusing on income retirement planning and insurance protection. John has Insurance licenses in multiple states: Life, Accident and Health.  Securities licensed : Series 6, 63 and 7.

Erin Reese, MAOL, BA, AFIS

Owner, Instructor

Erin Reese is an insurance industry professional with 12 years of experience in insurance sales, large client management, curriculum creation, training, and public speaking.

Chris L. Weston, CFP®, ChFC

Owner, Instructor

Chris L Weston is a 28-year veteran of the financial services industry.  Starting with a major insurance company Chris has served in various roles within the financial services industry.  Serving as a Financial Advisor for more than 10 years as well as serving as an OSJ for 2 financial institutions.

He was certified by the CFP Board of Standards in February of 2007 and in addition, has held his FINRA Series 7,24,53,65, and his ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation from The American College.

He lives in Central Iowa.

Instructor Patrick Hatting

Patrick Hatting, MBA, ChFC, CLU, CASL, LUTCF


Patrick entered the insurance industry in 1987.
He has a life, accident & health, series 6, 7, 8, 63 & 65 licenses and the CLU, ChFC, CASL, & LUTCF designations.

Mike Fergen, CLU, CPCU


Mike Fergen has experience in Property/Casualty and Financial Services as Financial Advisor & Registered Representative.

Michaela Perry, AINS


Michaela Perry has over 20 years in the insurance industry and currently works as a property and casualty underwriter for a small mutual insurance company in Council Bluffs Iowa.

Craig Adamson


Craig Adamson is a financial advisor whose passion is helping his clients experience their own version of True Wealth.  Craig provides active stewardship by creating customized financial plans that match his clients’ values with their money.

Scott Wirtz, CFP®, CLTC


Scott is a partner with Financial Designs in Cedar Falls, IA where he helps clients develop a flight plan for their unique life journey. Scott has a BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and has worked in long-term care planning for 25 years.

Alan Tenney, Licensed HECM Specialist


Alan an 18 year HECM Specialist with 5 years as a HECM/Credit Counseling with Consumer Credit Counseling accreditation. He has also been involved with NAIFA (National Association of Financial Advisors) since 2011.

He resides in Northeast Iowa.

John (Jack) Fries, MBA, ChFC, RICP


Jack has 20+ years in the accounting and financial fields with another 20+ years in financial personal financial planning. He specializes in farm legacy planning and develops and mentors new advisors.

Jack and his wife live in Central Iowa and have two grown sons.

Rick Cordaro, DIA, DIF, LUTCF


Rick is a Disability Income Regional Vice President with Principal Financial Group and he oversees distribution of the company’s individual disability income product portfolio in the Midwest. He has earned is DIA (Disability Income Associate), DIF (Disability Income Fellow) and LUTCF (Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow).

He resides in the Des Moines, IA area.

Timothy Fitzgerald


Timothy has been in the financial services industry since 1999. Previously, he has worked in Advanced Markets and Sales Support in Life Insurance and Annuities. In 2016, Timothy began building his own financial advisory business as well as a tax practice in West Des Moines, IA. His insurance licenses include, Life and Health, Property Casualty.

Timothy lives in the Des Moines Metro area.

Brian Thompson


Brian is the founder of Peritia Advisors, a scratch agency specializing in Medicare and seniors who need assistance with associated products. He has been a 4-year sales leader as a captive agent with a large national carrier and is licensed in Life, Accident and Health, and Property and Casualty.

Brian lives in Eastern Iowa.

Doug Evans


Doug was an insurance agency manager and later in his career, president of a large commercial agency. He built and sold a “from scratch” independent insurance agency where he received numerous carrier awards for production. Doug holds Life, Accident and Health, Property and Casualty, and Crop Insurance.

Doug and his wife live in Central Iowa.

What our clients say

``There are so many reasons to love Community Educators. The instructors are knowledgeable, they care for their students and welcome questions, what’s better than that?``- Karen M.
“Community Educators gave me a step-by-step approach to understanding my insurance business. My client base has nearly doubled in the last year.”- Joe T.
``The staff at Community Educators is so easy to work with! I needed to change a class to a different date and the office took care of it within 5 minutes of talking to me. Wow, just wow!``- Tina W.

Have any questions? We’d love to hear from you!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we will answer all your questions as soon as possible