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Dave Kirby- Partner  

After 15 years in the USAF flying fighter aircraft, Major David Kirby traded in the cockpit for a desk job at McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in July 1994. He and his wife Ann have 5 daughters and two young grandkids. Although he’s not dropping laser guided bombs any longer, he still flies around the country in a private airplane, visiting clients and helping with their insurance. When he’s not up in the sky or in the office, he can be found on the golf course or working on rental properties in his free time.



Mike McCashland- Partner 

Mike began his insurance career in 2002 with McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency after owning several Runza Restaurant franchises. Mike and his wife reside in Omaha where they raised three children. In their free time they enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.



Austin Williams, AAI- Partner

Austin has been an insurance agent since graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004.  It was only a few years later that he achieved the Accredited Advisor in Insurance, AAI, designation.  Austin enjoys helping clients manage their insurance policies as well as finding solutions to their insurance related issues.   Austin is a native of Lincoln, and married to Amy whom together have three children.  Austin enjoys being active outdoors hunting and golfing in his spare time and also serves on various boards here in Lincoln.



Gary T Schneider- Account Executive 

Gary is a native of O’Neill, NE. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School he went on to play football for the University of Nebraska and received a degree in finance. Gary has been in the insurance business since 1990. He joined McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in 2007.



Eddie Brown- Account Executive 

Eddie Brown joined McCashland Kirby & Associates in November of 2015 with 14 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries. Prior to joining our firm he worked on the agency sales side of the insurance business as an agency owner. Eddie earned his LUTCF and FSS in 2011.

In 2000 Eddie received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He has spent the majority of his life in Lincoln, NE where he currently resides raising his family. Eddie is a product of the Lincoln community and is passionate on giving back as he has served on numerous Boards and Directors and currently serves on the Board for Centerpointe, and active with the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

“Spare time” is a foreign language of which he is not fluent. Eddie enjoys a full plate and keeps himself extremely involved outside of his insurance career. He also loves music, is very competitive and welcomes an invite to play board games, cards, pool, or his personal favorite ping pong. CHALLENGE HIM IF YOU’RE FEELING FROGGY!



Elissa Biggerstaff- Office Manager 

Elissa joined McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in April 1999 after working with Allied Insurance for 2 years. In addition to managing the office, Elissa works with our large commercial clients and produces her own book of business. In her free, time Elissa enjoys spending time with her 2 children and playing volleyball.



Marcus French, CISR- Commercial Lines Marketing 

Marcus graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2006. He joined McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in May 2013 after 5 years in a prior agency. He is the commercial marketing representative for the office. He earned his Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation in 2010.  In Marucs’ free time he enjoys watching sports, golfing, and spending time with friends.



Scott Belden, CPCU, CIC- Commercial Lines Account Manager 

Scott began his insurance career in 1983 as a personal lines agent in Topeka, KS. He became a personal lines underwriter in 1990. He joined McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in 2012 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. Scott received his Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1999 and his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2007.



Kathy Hurlbut, CIC – Commercial Lines Account Manager

Kathy joined the McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in July of 2017, bringing 32 years of commercial and personal lines insurance experience. She began her career at Farmers Mutual working in the Farm and Town underwriting departments. She moved to the agency side of the business in 1995 as a personal lines agent. In 2008, Kathy began working as a commercial lines account manager. Kathy is a past president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Iowa/Nebraska 2009-2010 and earned her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2011. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, camping, fishing and watching sports.



Rebekah Pitts, AINS API – Personal Lines Account Manager

After growing up in the small town of Bayard Nebraska, Rebekah moved to Lincoln where she graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School (Go Knights!).  She then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Family Science and minors in English, Communications, and Sociology.  She held several positions in the human services field before transitioning into insurance.  After 6 years as a property underwriter, she joined McCashland Kirby Insurance in September of 2015. Rebekah spends most of her spare time with her daughter Kennah.  If time allows, she also enjoys working out, going to the movies, and baking.  



Kelly Yant – Personal Lines Account Manager

Kelly joined McCashland Kirby Insurance in January of 2018. She begin her insurance journey in October 2015 and is licensed in Property, Casualty, Life and Health. She brings years of customer service to our team and enjoys building relationships and protecting each customer’s needs. Kelly is originally from Hastings, NE. She is married and has two children. In her free time loves spending time with family and friends, volunteering and traveling.



Jaci Manning-Claim Service Representative

Jaci started in the insurance business right after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in Communications Studies/Minor in English as an Underwriter for Farmers Mutual in 2002. She worked in the homeowner’s department for 6 years and then transferred to the auto department where she became a Senior Underwriter. She worked in that department for nearly 7 years. In April of 2015 she worked as a CSR for a local insurance agency and in July of 2015 she became a licensed independent agent. She began her duties with McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency as their Claims Representative in July 2016.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family; acting in a local community theater group; and helping her local sorority chapter of Alpha Delta Pi as their Chapter Advisor.



Deb Thomas- Personal Lines Customer Service Representative

Deb is a Lincoln native. She joined McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in March 2001. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their 5 children.



Toni Hinkley – Accounting

Toni started with McCashland Kirby in October 2017, with prior insurance experience. Her husband and 2 children are natives of Lincoln. In her free time she likes traveling and spending time with their family dog.



Brenda Groskurth- Account Executive

Brenda began her insurance career at McCashland Kirby Insurance Agency in September 2008 and is a native of Lincoln. She enjoys providing prompt, friendly assistance to clients. Brenda and her husband have 2 sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.