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Atchison, Kansas

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Jeff Schuele - Risk Management Specialist

Jeff is a life long resident of Atchison County, Kansas.  Jeff grew up on a farm south of Atchison which is still in operation.  He has an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Business Management from Friends University of Wichita, KS.  Most recently, he held a Farm Marketer position with Cargill Inc. based in Atchison, Kansas.  In addition, Jeff has worked for Quaker Oats Company and Ag Processing Cooperative. Jeff's many years of experience helping producers market crops and manage risk allow him to assist farmers in making better crop insurance and marketing choices.  Jeff joined Diversified Services in June 2008 and is a licensed Crop Insurance Agent in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.  

Susie harden - Sales Support Team Leader

Susie is originally from Minnesota and currently resides in Kansas with her husband, Jason and her daughter, Carlie. She graduated in 2004 from Riverland Community College in Austin, MN with a degree in Computer Networking. Moving to Kansas in 2007, Susie began her career in the insurance business. Susie has licenses in Property & Casualty, Crop, and Life & Health. She has been with Diversified Services since 2010 as a part of the West Region processing team primarily assisting those in the state of Kansas. Susie’s husband is a full time farmer working on the family farm. This gives her firsthand knowledge on how things are handled in the Crop Insurance business and how the right risk management program can positively affect her customers.

Mert Taliaferro - Sales Support Specialist

Mert has lived in Atchison County all her life. She resides on a farm outside of Effingham with her husband, Keith. In her more than 30 years of customer service experience, she has worked at a local bank; with the Atchison County Extension Office; and the School District as Transportation Secretary/ Secretary to the Superintendent. Mert’s husband is a full time rancher/farmer – raising Registered Angus Cattle. They have two children and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include embroidery, helping her husband with the cattle, following the grandchildren’s cattle shows and their athletic events, and spending time with family.