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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 at Community Educators

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.

Michaela Perry, AINS

Instructor

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.

Kendra Erkamaa

Instructor

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

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

Instructor

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®

Instructor

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

Kristy Jester

Instructor

Kristy has been in multi-line insurance sales for over 15 years. She as worked alongside her father from a young age until age 30 on her family farm.

Karen Fergen, CLU

Instructor

Karen Fergen graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1986 with a Business Administration degree. She entered the financial service industry in 1987. Karen is recently retired as a Series 6&63 Registered Representative sales associate. In her free time she enjoys assisting non-profit agencies.

Christy Bellinger, MBL, CPCU, AIC-M, API, CLCS, PLCS, AIS, ACS

Instructor

Christy Bellinger is an insurance industry professional with over 15 years of experience in the areas of claims management, policy interpretation and coverage analysis.

Scott Wirtz, CFP®, CLTC

Instructor

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.

Erin Reese, MAOL, BA, AFIS

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.

Paula Taylor

Instructor

Paula Taylor is a 30-year retiree from John Deere Harvester Works. She spent twenty one years of her Deere career at John Deere Insurance Property/Casualty division (acquired by Sentry Insurance). Some of her roles included Process Pro at Harvester, Manager of Public Affairs and Manager Training and Development at John Deere Insurance (Sentry).

James (Jim) Pearson, ACS, CLU, LUTCF

Instructor

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.

Jason Van Zante, CLU, ChFC

Instructor

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

Leon Hiracheta, LUTCF, FSCP

Instructor

Leon works as an Independent Financial Advisor and has approx. 30 years in the business. He is currently teaching and counseling seniors on their Social Security benefits and Medicare courses through Iowa Valley.

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