May 26, 2017
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Halcyon Underwriters

2301 Lucien Way
Suite 360
Maitland, FL 32751

Middle Market Unit

Paul Lyons
Production Underwriter/EVP

Phone: 407-660-5907

Eva Cruzada
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5908

Larissa Shakespeare
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5913

Kathy Lee
Sr. Production Underwriter/Vice President

Phone: 407-660-5909

Devin Osborne
Assistant Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2196
Devin entered the insurance industry in 2012 working in commercial lines and joined Kathy’s team in 2016 to handle their renewals. He is a native of central Florida and 2011 graduate of Florida Southern College. (Go Mocs!) His favorite job aspect at Halcyon Underwriters is coming up with creative solutions for accounts to help find the best option for our insureds. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and pets.

Cindy Smith
Assistant Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2194
Cindy joined Halcyon Underwriters and the insurance industry in October of 2011 and is currently working as a Commercial Assistant Underwriter. She has been licensed as a 2-20 General Lines agent since July of 2014. A Pennsylvania Native, Cindy moved to Florida at the age of 9. She is an Avid reader, and a desire to always keep learning. She is currently working towards her CIC designation.  When not in the office she enjoys serving at church, spending time with her three daughters Madelaine, Emily, and Rebecca, and cooking. 

Heleina Correa
Assistant Underwriter (A-HDR)

Phone: 321-527-2185
Heleina has been in the insurance industry full time since 1997, where she began working in a small insurance agency as the receptionist.  Within a year of working there, she was promoted to Commercial CSR.  Since then, she has had several insurance jobs in both commercial lines and personal lines with a 220 General Lines insurance license.  Heleina has been  with Halcyon Underwriters for 9 years as a Commercial Underwriter Assistant.   Heleina and her husband Sammy, have one child - Ezekiel.  On her time away from work, she enjoys singing, scrapbooking, shopping, serving at church and spending time with her family.   

Monica Aparicio
Assistant Underwriter (HI-Z)

Phone: 321-527-2181

Augusta Godinho
Sr. Production Underwriter / Vice President

Phone: 407-660-5905
Augusta has lived in Florida for over 30 years and during this time, 28+ years has been in the Commercial Insurance Industry including Surety and Financial Products.   During this time she has acquired and maintained a 220 and 218 License, along with several insurance designations.  Her extensive experience includes specializing as an Account Manager, Marketing Manager and Production Underwriter; she has built a great reputation in the industry and her focus is to continue to be responsive, very proactive in writing new business, and eager to continue to grow excellent and strong relationships with our agency and carrier partners.   She has always been committed to returning ALL voicemails and emails on a daily basis and understands the impact that creativity, and responsiveness has on writing new business.   Her goal and passion is to help our partner agencies profitably grow their books, and to make Halcyon their broker of choice.    Her career with Halcyon for 10 years has a proven track record in New Business Production, Retention, Underwriting, Risk Analysis & successful negotiating Skills.    She does give a lot of credit to a great team built over the years, which are focused and eager to help our agents, and are her best support group.   She is a firm believer that success is the result of being empowered by great leadership and teamwork.  

Natalie Staruch
Assistant Underwriter (NB/Rating)

Phone: 407-660-1857

Yedila Pereda
Assistant Underwriter (#'s-E)

Phone: 321-527-2191
Yedila Pereda began her insurance career in 1995 working for a retail agent in Orlando, FL. She then joined Halcyon Underwriters in November of 2011 which she now calls home. She is currently on Augusta’s team servicing a large number of accounts, she enjoys what she does and looks forward to many years with us. Aside from work, she likes to spend time with her family and her teenage daughter.   

Tina Blackburn
Assistant Underwriter (F-N)

Phone: 321-527-2187
Tina’s career started in the Surety bond department of an Insurance Company, then learned the Property & Casualty side of the business.  She has been in the Insurance Industry for a number of years, working for an Insurance Company, a large global broker and small Independent Insurance Agencies.  She earned her CPCU Designation in 1998.  She is currently enjoying her Assistant Underwriting position at Halcyon and hopes to be a part of the Halcyon family for a many years to come.  

Joy Eckert
Assistant Underwriter (O-Z)

Phone: 407-660-5914
Joy recently joined Halcyon Underwriters Inc as an Assistant Underwriter. She has 20 experience in Commercial Property Casualty business including a number of years in WC audit. She has the CPCU and APA designations as well as her Bachelor’s Degree at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a native Floridian.  

Brian Polino
Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2198
Brian Polino, CPCU has been a Production Underwriter in the Middle Market Unit of Halcyon Underwriters since 2012.  Brian is a specialist in placing a wide variety of risks for Middle Market Companies; most notably for the Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail Trade, and Technology Industries.  Professionally, Brian earned his CPCU Designation in 2013 and serves as a Board Member for the Central Florida CPCU Chapter.   

John Davis
Assistant Production Underwriter

Phone: 407-215-4792
John joined Halcyon Underwriters in 2015 after working in claims for a major insurance company since 2002.  John graduated in 2008 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA, where he majored in Risk Management and Insurance.    Originally from East Tennessee, John moved to Orlando FL in 2009.   

Deserray Vazquez
Assistant Underwriter (L-Z)

Phone: 407-660-5900
Deserray joined Halcyon June of 2016. She is a recent University of Central Florida graduate and has been in the insurance industry since 2011 with experience in property and casualty, surety, erisa, and Inland Marine. 

Therese Manson
Assistant Underwriter (A-K)

Phone: 407-215-4646
Originally from Northern Virginia, Therese is new to the Orlando/Maitland area and Halcyon Underwriters. She has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years having worked for a major carrier and couple of different insurance agencies. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spending time with her family. 

Robert Latoza
Production Underwriter

Phone: 407-215-4780
Robert has been in the insurance industry full time since 2011 working as a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner for a major insurance intermediary before joining Halcyon Underwriters in 2013.  Robert grew up in St. Petersburg and received his Bachelors and Masters of Business degrees from Stetson University in Deland, FL where he met his wife of 7 years.  He has obtained his CPCU, CIC and various other insurance industry designations always continuing to increase his knowledge of the business.  Robert is an active member of the CPCU Society Central Florida Chapter and enjoys spending his free time at the local theme parks and traveling the world.

Zach Beppel
Assistant Underwriter (A-K)

Phone: 407-660-5915
Zach is new to the insurance industry receiving his 2-20 license in April of 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in History and Legal Studies. After working in a law firm, he became interested in the insurance field and pursued education and a career which led him to Halcyon. Zach is an avid reader and writer who loves the outdoors. Favorite quote: “Everyone I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn from them.” 

Stewart Edwards
Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2197
Stewart is a Production Underwriter on the Commercial Middle Market Team.  He works with all of his retail agents and carrier underwriters to find the best coverage solutions for their current and potential future clients.  He earned a B.S. in Bus. Admin. in Risk and Insurance and also a B.S. in Statistics from Appalachian State University.  He worked as an underwriter on the carrier side for three years and joined Halcyon in 2014.  Stewart and his wife Emily recently had their first child, Tripp.  They enjoy volunteering in the community and at their church, as well as traveling whenever and wherever they can with their family.  Stewart is also an avid runner.  You can find him on the roads or trails any day of the week and possibly in the next local race.

Susie Lopez
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5912

Small Business Unit

Deirdre Sanford
Small Business Manager/VP

Phone: 407-660-5901

Jill Shahinian
Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2184
Jillian has been in the insurance industry for just over 10 years.  She is a native Floridian and a graduate of Florida State University.  Jill started at Halcyon in 2007 and has worked her way up from an assistant to a production underwriter.  She is blessed with two awesome dogs-Milly & Cookie, a great family and a wonderful other half-Jim.  

Elizabeth Woods
Underwriting Assistant (P-Z)

Phone: 407-660-5917

Jennifer Eick
Assistant Production Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2193

Sara Yocom
Assistant Underwriter (#'s, A-F)

Phone: 321-527-2183

Trixi Menge
Assistant Underwriter (G-O)

Phone: 407-660-9468
Trixi May joined the Small Business Department in August of 2016 as an Assistant Underwriter, after visiting as an intern for Brown & Brown of Daytona in 2015. She received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Stetson University in May of 2016. She is dedicated to offering the best customer service and solutions for her accounts. Trixi May is a Plant City, Florida native and frequently visits her family’s small farm. If she’s not at the office or the farm, she’s somewhere continuing her ten year long-distance running career. Trixi May is extremely grateful to be working at Halcyon, a place she admired as an intern. She loves her Small Business family!     

Accounting, Marketing & Management

Jennifer Agrait
Accounting/Operations Manager

Phone: 407-660-5904

Danielle Bulla
Accounting & Finance Associate

Phone: 407-660-1348

Kathleen Zimmer
Accounting & Finance Associate

Phone: 321-527-2189

Luis Arce
Accounting & Finance Associate

Phone: 407-215-4790

Luis recently joined the Halcyon team after moving to Orlando from Queens, New York. He began his career in insurance in 2015 with Morstan General Agency, a Division of Hull & Co. Luis enjoys building relationships with agents and the everyday challenge of problem solving. While at Halcyon, Luis plans on using his experience in Accounting to grow in Underwriting. Outside of work, Luis enjoys making music and spending time with family. Favorite quote: “Don’t let anyone trick you out of your position”. 


Alicia Ardieta
Receptionist & Finance Admin

Phone: 407-660-1881

Jason Mata
Business Development Specialist

Phone: 321-527-2180
Jason has been in the insurance industry since 1994 where he began his career in claims at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of TN.  Past experience includes working at CNA Insurance Company in a multitude of positions and ultimately moving to Halcyon Underwriters since 2007 where he started as an assistant underwriter, production underwriter and is currently the Business Development Specialist for the office.  Jason grew up in Chattanooga, TN and relocated to Orlando in 1998 where he started working at Walt Disney World in Entertainment and still holds a seasonal position there.  Jason’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Investigations and Associates in Crime Scene Technology thus his passion for Forensics.  Jason enjoys spending his free time with his husband visiting the local theme parks and traveling as much as possible.

Builders Risk

Jama Herrera
Production Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5906
Jama has been in the insurance industry since 1979.  She has been with Halcyon Underwriters since before the inception (1984). She is a production underwriter with a 220 license, specializing in Inland Marine and Builders risk accounts.   She is a native of Orlando, FL.  She is  very blessed with one daughter and one granddaughter.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her fun loving family.  

Personal Lines Unit

Sarah Cadle
Personal Lines Team Leader

Phone: 321-527-2192
Sarah joined Halcyon in May of 2009 after completing her Bachelors in Risk Management and Insurance.  She went on to complete her Masters in Risk Management and Insurance as well as completing her CIC designation.  She believes that you should always treat others the way you want to be treated.  Sarah and her husband, Rob, are the proud parents two sons,  Watson and Sutton.  Sarah LOVES Personal lines! 

Amara Goldstein
Sr. Personal Lines Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5903
Amara has been with Halcyon since 2004, gaining experience in each department before landing in her forever home of personal lines. Working in each facet of our brokerage has given Amara a unique view on working with our agency partners and insureds. Amara wants to live in a world of creative markets, well placed rounded accounts and sand between her toes. 

Laura DuCharme
Personal Lines Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2195
Born and raised in Northwest Florida, Laura began her insurance career in 2000 on the agency side of the industry.  Laura worked at independent and captive agencies from 2000-2013.  In 2013 she joined Halcyon Underwriters.  

Ellie Rivera
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2182

Lisa DiMillo
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2188

Jenny Piccard
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-215-4796

Lauren Kovacsik
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5919
Lauren has been with Halcyon Underwriters for 8 years.  She started her career in accounting and has just recently moved to the personal lines department.  She was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to Orlando, Florida in 1993.  She enjoys learning with understanding so she can solve any problem!

Leslie Flory
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 321-527-2190

Leslie was born & raised in south Florida and relocated to the Orlando Metropolitan area in 1995 as a Cosmetologist.

She began her insurance career in 2009 and recently began her new position in our Personal Lines department as an Assistant Underwriter within Halcyon.  Leslie states that she feels that Halcyon Underwriters is her “rest of forever home”.

In regards to all aspects of life Leslie feels that people must experience challenges regularly in order to grow or they are not learning and merely stagnating in life.

Leslie enjoys her daughter, music and roller skating during her free time.


Geanice Caliz
Assistant Underwriter

Phone: 407-660-5918

Geanice began her carrier in the insurance industry in early 2015 as an intern in California with Hull & Company Inc. while studying Criminal Justice. As an intern, she was intrigued with the ability to service the clients on high hazard and complex accounts. A year later she was hired on permanently as a Brokers Assistant in the commercial lines division, where most of her career began.

Geanice recently relocated to Orlando, Florida and joined the Halcyon team in the Personal Lines Department, as an assistant underwriter. She says she is excited to be in the Personal Lines Department and looks forward to the challenges, growth, and building new client relationships. When not working, and in her spare time she hopes to visit her family back home in California as much as possible!