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Mark Thayer


Studied at Indiana University

When Mark isn’t at work, he enjoys vegetable gardening and cooking. He also likes watching Notre Dame Football games. The most important thing in Mark’s life is spending time with his wife, Jean.

Mark has been working at MJAI for over 34 years and began his career as an IT Programmer. He enjoys the relationships that he’s formed with his co-workers and plans on staying with the company until he retires.

Steve Johnson


Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University

Upon earning his degree at Indiana State University, Steve took a management position with Delco Remy in Anderson, Indiana. It was there, in 1974 that he heard the calling and came to work for his parents. Steve is the Chief Executive Officer for Marvin Johnson & Associates, heavily involved in both the day-to-day operations and the long term planning. In addition, he is a salesman, having closed the sale on many of the agency’s biggest accounts. Steve belongs to the American Trucking Associations, the Interstate Truckload Carrier Conference, and the state trucking associations in Illinois, Indiana, (serving on the Board of Directors), Kentucky and Ohio. He has been on advisory boards for many of the insurance companies the agency represents. Retiring with the rank of Captain in the Indiana National Guard, Steve and his wife live in Columbus. They have two children.

Steve moved to Columbus to work for his father’s insurance business. When he isn’t in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, taking trips on their Harley, or playing golf. He is a big supporter of the Indianapolis Colts and loves going to their games with his family, friends, and clients. The most important thing in Steve’s life is his family. He hopes to ride his Harley to Alaska someday, as it is the only state he hasn’t ridden in yet!

Steve has worked at MJAI/JWI for 46 years. He decided to work for his father’s insurance company at a young age because he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. He remembers hearing accounts of customer’s explaining how his father helped their businesses succeed, and he wanted to help others in the same way. His favorite part about working at MJAI/JWI are the customers and the friendships that he has developed with them. His goal is to make sure that the next generation of Johnson’s are prepared to carry forward with their careers at the company.

Teresa Thompson


Licensed Agent / AAI Designation

Teresa was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana and has enjoyed building a life centered around her family and friends. When she isn’t at work, she’s most likely boating with her friends, having a cookout, watching a Colts game, or listening to her favorite artist John Mellencamp. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons. She aims to live life to the fullest and may be hard on herself, but can also laugh at herself and think positively.

Teresa was introduced to insurance through a co-op program at her high school and has been with the company for 35 years. She appreciates the stability of JWI that has consistently remained throughout the years and enjoys the opportunity to always learn new things in the ever-changing world of insurance.

Tasha Gill


Property & Casualty License

Though Tasha does not live in Columbus, Indiana, she calls it her “work home” and believes that the hour-long commute to work is worthwhile thanks to the vast diversity and culture that Columbus offers. Tasha’s favorite pastime includes driving her Jeep Wrangler and cruising on country roads in Ripley County to watch the sunset (with the top and doors off, of course!). She also enjoys going camping with her family at Lake Monroe and Versailles State Park whenever possible. Tasha is a big Hoosiers fan and loves supporting all of the Indiana University sports teams. She also loves all kinds of music, from indie to country music and everything in between, as she believes that music is healing to the soul. Tasha values good conversation with friends and family, remembering to enjoy the present, and appreciating the little things in life.

Tasha began her career at JWI in 2015, motivated by her desire to work in an environment that would challenge her to positively impact and service the insurance needs of others. She greatly values the relationships that she’s built with her colleagues and especially with her clients. She makes it a goal to always put her best foot forward and pursue happiness and good health.

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Susan Dixon


Associates Degree in Accounting from Ivy Tech

Susan loves spending her free time working in her garden and spending time with her family. Her two daughters, their spouses, and 6 grandchildren are the most important part of her life. She aims to travel more in the future and enjoy life at all times.

Susan learned about JWI through her friend that worked at MJAI and has been with the company for 11 years. Her goal is to provide the best customer service possible to her insureds.

Sharon Meek


Licensed Property & Casualty Agent

Sharon enjoys spending her free time playing with her dogs, watching her favorite shows on Netflix and trying new recipes. Sharon aims to being active, staying healthy, and to plan her retirement in the future.

When Sharon was in high school, her guidance counselor advised her to apply to a local insurance company that was hiring, and she has been working in insurance ever since. She has worked with JWI for over 4 years and appreciates how hardworking and talented the agents she works with are. She aims to continue helping the JWI team accomplish their goals and to keep up with the ever-evolving changes in the insurance industry.

Michelle Warren


Michelle has spent her life in Columbus, IN and is a longtime supporter of the Indianapolis Colts. Her family is her greatest joy and she looks forward to making more memories with them. Michelle was born on Valentine’s Day and her granddaughter was born just days before her birthday, so her February’s are filled with celebrating and family time! In her free time, Michelle loves watching the wildlife that come to her yard and spending time with her grandchildren and family on the lake or beach.

Michelle started her career in insurance upon a recommendation from a friend and has pursued this path at JWI for 22 years! Her favorite thing about working at JWI is the co-workers that she has developed close relationships with and now considers her “work family”. She hopes to have many more years at JWI, working to keep customers happy with great customer service.

Chelsea Hayes


Property & Casualty Certification

Chelsea moved to Columbus as a child when her father accepted a job offer with Cummins. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors, likely swimming, kayaking, hiking, and walking her dog. Chelsea loves the ocean and everything about it! She collects ocean themed home decorations and would throw a luau-styled party in her backyard every weekend if she could. She also loves vacationing in Indian Shores where she used to like with her family. Chelsea values going on new adventures and creating lifelong memories with her husband and two children. She hopes to retire early and move to the beach.

Chelsea chose to start her career at JWI because she wanted to challenge herself and expand her knowledge in insurance while also having the opportunity to help her community with their insurance needs. She has been with the company for over 4 years and loves the caring, family-like work environment that she has experienced with JWI. She aims to continue learning more about the insurance industry as well as continue buildings strong relationships with her clients and customers.

Melinda Bedel


Associates Degree in Business Management and Certificate in Accounting from Ivy Tech Community College, CISR Certified

When Melinda isn’t at work, she is likely spending time with her husband, son, and granddaughter. She considers God and her family to be the most important parts of her life and cherishes spending time with them. She loves vacationing in Florida or Virginia and also enjoys going on hikes, reading a good book, fishing, and practicing wildlife photography. Fun fact: Melinda has a Black Belt in Taekwondo!

Melinda has worked at JWI for 10 years and has come to greatly value the relationships that she has developed with her co-workers who she considers to be friends and family. Her goal is to come to work every day and do the best that she can to benefit her customers.