About US

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

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.

Sonya Ackerson, CSA®


Sonya Ackerson, President/CEO of Advocate 4 the Aging, LLC, specializes in reaching out to seniors and their adult children to bring them peace of mind through the difficult situations they are trying to navigate.

Kendra Erkamaa


Kendra Erkamaa is the principal financial advisor for Triangle Financial Services, Inc. in Des Moines, IA.

Tracy Freese, MA, CTEP®


Tracy Freese has been a licensed, multi-line insurance agent in Iowa since 2008.

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.

Jacqueline Jaeger, BA, CFP®


Ms. Jaeger holds licenses for life, accident and health and variable contracts in Iowa.  She is also NASD registered for investments (Series 7).

Sarah Kane, MBA


Sarah Kane works in the Quad Cities, Iowa.
She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2001 with an undergraduate degree.

James Morrow, BA, MA, LUTCF, CLU


More about James to come.

Sandra Nelson


Sandy Nelson has been in the financial industry for 29 years; first as an independent financial planner and then spent 11 years as an investment executive with two large corporate banks.  Much of this time was spent assisting customers define financial goals and customizing financial strategies.

James (Jim) Pearson, ACS, CLU, LUTCF


Jim Pearson is a retired Director of Development and Sales Training at Woodmen Life’s Home Office in Omaha, NE and still maintains a part time retired representative contract.

Jodi L. Riedl


Jodi has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry specializing in disability and life insurance.

Jason Van Zante, CLU, ChFC


Jason currently works on the Advanced Markets team at Global Atlantic Financial Group.

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