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Meet Our Team

Brenda States


I’ve been with the agency for over 18 years and have worn many hats in the company. My tenure and experience has allowed me to not only understand the ins-and-outs of insurance, but also to service hundreds of families regarding their protection needs. I can help you protect the things that are important – your family, home, car, boat and more.

As your agent, I can help you understand how the choices you make – such as the car you drive – affect your insurance rate. I’m committed to helping you get the appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with us.

Sonja Jablonsky


I have been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, working in numerous states. I have a passion for helping my clients understand insurance and protect themselves and their family. Over the last 20 years, I have seen some devastating losses, and I am committed to making sure clients are covered properly so they can continue to live the life they have worked so hard to create.

I grew up in Southern Georgia and later moved to North Carolina. In 2010 Ohio became my home. I love it here! I am crazy passionate about home décor and remodeling. The weekends are for food, family, friends, football and camp fires!

Finally, I enjoy reading and writing poetry, and I have the heart for helping survivors of domestic violence regain their lives.

Darlene Markiewicz


I have been in the insurance industry for 20 years. I enjoy talking to people and helping any way I can to take care of their insurance needs.

I grew up in Broadview Hts, OH. I enjoy my Grandchildren and spending as much time with them as I can. I also enjoy camping with my family and working on my latest quilting projects. During the weekends I like gardening and reading a good book.

Bill States


I have been working in the insurance industry for five years.
After working in sales for most of my career, I am now moving over to customer service.

I don’t believe that we just sell a product…I think of us as people who manage everyday risk and our job is to take a look at everything you own and recommend the most effective way to protect it.

I grew up right here in Brunswick OH and graduated from Brunswick High School.

I am a huge football fan at all levels from High School to College to the NFL.
I enjoy spending the weekends with family and friends, especially sporting events and concerts.

Almost every weekend you can find me and my son in a movie theater. We are big fans of the movies!

P.S – I was a former musician and played in rock bands in my late teens and early 20’s.

Kayleigh Samassekou


I’m relatively new to the insurance industry. I started out in insurance, about a year ago, as a Customer Service Representative. Since then, I have transitioned to Brenda States Insurance Agency, as a Customer Service and Retention Specialist. I am enjoying the experience overall and can’t wait to see my career blossom!

What excites me most is, I can build relationships with others! I still have a lot to learn in this industry, but with the skills and knowledge I have acquired over the years in Retail Banking and Customer Service – I feel well equipped to contribute my skills to the agency!

I grew up in a small town called Madison. I graduated from my hometown high school in 2006 and then attended Lakeland Community College for my Associates Degree in Human Resource Management.

I really enjoy music! There’s nothing like a great tune to get you in the grove!If I am not working, you can find me with my children outdoors. Summer time is our favorite! We enjoy going to trail walks, the beach, parks, etc. A guilty pleasure of mine is Adidas shoes! I can’t get enough of them! If I see a pair I like, I must have them. 🙂

I am passionate about many non-profit organizations. The one I contribute to most is the No Kids Go Hungry Organization. Being a mother myself, I have grown a soft spot for organizations that help children in need!

Iris Kessler


I started in the insurance industry 34 years ago. In 2000, I became a Personal Financial Representative. The best part about putting a retirement, college or life insurance plan together is when you get to see it work.

I like to travel and go walking or biking to see the local sites and restaurants. I also enjoy a relaxing day watching a baseball game and volunteering with our local Meals on Wheels chapter.