Meet Our Team

Strachan

Suzanne Strachan

President

“Confident, Compassionate, Supportive, Dependable, Determined, Loyal, Attentive” …. these are some of the words our employees have used to describe their commander-in-chief.

Suzanne Strachan assumed responsibility for operating Cheney Insurance Agency as our new President on January 15, 2019.  She has been with our company since 2011 and in that relatively short period of time has proven herself to be an extremely capable leader.

Suzanne understands the critical importance of our insurance work, and in bringing value and peace-of-mind to each client we serve.  She has a keen business sense and has a unique ability to guide and motivate her teams.  Suzanne genuinely cares for and supports the health and well-being of our staff as we work hard each day to meet the needs of our customers and the communities in which we live.

She continues to assist Dennis Hilton, CEO in the overseeing and operating of Newcastle Realty and Newcastle Vacation Rentals, which along with Cheney Insurance comprises the Cheney Financial Group.  Among her many responsibilities, Suzanne oversees all employee relations, the technology infrastructure serving all three companies, insurance company partnerships, marketing, and attracting and evaluating potential talent.

What does she do in her down time? She enjoys life in Mid-Coast Maine with her husband and their cat, Nala.

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Ford

Joe Ford

CFO and Vice-President of Operations

In Joe’s own words, he is ‘a dad who happens to be an accountant.’  We know him to be an accounting genius who manages the analysis side of financial performance for the Cheney Financial Group, which includes Cheney Insurance Agency.  In addition, Joe provides behind the scenes support for our agents that allows them to focus on outstanding customer service.

Joe played a leading part in our transition to our newly obtained agency management system and it became clear that his role at Cheney is much larger than Controller.  Therefore, shortly after the transition Joe was promoted to Chief Financial Officer |        Vice-President of Operations.

He demonstrates regularly that he is able to manage multiple tasks as well as to be a team player and an exceptional resource.  Undoubtedly, this is due to the frequent fishing, hiking, kayaking, gardening, plasma cutting, welding, and culinary arts he enjoys with his son Quin.

Joe holds an MBA and is an IRS Enrolled Agent.

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Harris

Holly Harris

Personal Insurance Agent and Team Leader

Holly is known around the office for her ingenuity, efficiency and extensive knowledge in the fundamentals and practical details of a good insurance policy.  She advocates on behalf of our customers with insurance carriers to provide them with information about the uniqueness of living along the Maine coast and the associated insurance risks.  Why?  So, they can produce competitive products and our customers can get individualized insurance coverages.

Holly contributes greatly to the supportive, collaborative, team centered approach we take here at Cheney Insurance.  She regularly surprises us with her culinary skills and livens up our office with her brilliant sense of humor.  Holly is also a member of Cheney's Community Involvement Committee.

What may be lesser known about Holly is that she has her Master’s Degree in Criminology, she is an avid fan of the Rolling Stones, and she is a Notary Public.

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Brinkler

Alexis Brinkler

Personal Insurance Assistant

Alexis works in our personal insurance department.  She is a Maine native having lived in Newcastle her whole life and is well known throughout the community.

Alexis’ extensive customer service experience is a wonderful addition to our team.  She is friendly and outgoing.  Alexis says she loves challenges and stepping out of her comfort zone.  We appreciate her steadying disposition when facing challenges or the unexpected.

She is an avid learner and says she learns something new every day at Cheney.  Alexis shares this enthusiasm and knowledge with our customers when assisting them with their insurance needs.

Along with managing an apartment building for her family, Alexis keeps busy with her 7-year old son.  Together they enjoy adventuring outside, mini golfing, taking year-round trips to Popham beach, swimming, and baseball.

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Hayes

Beth Hayes

Personal Insurance Agent

Beth grew up in Union and currently resides in Friendship with her husband, two rescue dogs and one kitty who runs the household.  She has lived in Florida and Arizona but says she is a New Englander at heart.

Since joining our team at Cheney, we have valued Beth’s positivity and willingness to tackle any task. Beth holds a Maine Property and Casualty License and is a Notary Public.  She appreciates that our clients’ personal assets often represent the results of hard work.  Beth enjoys assisting our clients in finding the right protection to safeguard these possessions.

Beth has a passion for Animal Rescue and enjoys volunteering at the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry in Rockland.  She is the lead vocalist for a rock band called Hard Tellin’.  Beth loves to cook Italian and ride her Harley Davidson throughout our beautiful state.

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Rose

Jasmyn Rose

Business Insurance Agent and Team Leader

Jasmyn has been with Cheney Insurance for four years.  She began her career in our personal insurance department and is now successfully leading the team in the commercial insurance department.

Jasmyn considers herself a young professional.  We agree.  She is bright, insightful, and a great listener. Jasmyn is dedicated to helping others and values the trust established between her and the business clients we serve.  Her knowledge of the industry and ability to motivate makes her a great team leader.

She is a Super User of our agency management system, a designation given out to people who are trained to instruct others on how to navigate through the system.  She continues to help our team to reach optimization using this system so that we can provide integrated and efficient customer service to our clients.

Jasmyn attributes her skills of working cooperatively and listening to other’s opinions to her involvement in sports.  She lives a healthy, active lifestyle and inspires others around her to do the same.

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Wenslow

Alecia Wenslow

Business Insurance Assistant

Alecia is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and has been living in Maine since 2013.  She says that relocating to Maine was easy as this area is very similar to where she moved from, in fact she comments on how many people she runs into that are from Pennsylvania.

She has a degree in Psychology and has extensive experience in health and human services.  In addition, Alecia is a Licensed Life Agent.  Alecia now provides this service at Cheney and works in our Business Insurance Department.

Alecia continually seeks opportunities to develop new skills and broaden her knowledge base.  She is an active member of Toastmasters which helps individuals improve communication and leadership skills.  Alecia’s attention to personal and professional development is a benefit to our clients and positively impacts the services we provide.

Alecia enjoys reading, learning new languages, guitar, art journaling and crocheting.

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Shields

Erika Shields

Business Insurance Assistant

“Think of yourself as the customer” is the principle that has guided Erika through her many years working in the banking industry and has helped her develop skillful listening to identify each person’s unique needs.  Erika helps business clients identify their risks and develop personalized plans that provide the best coverage for them.  Her attention to detail and organizational skills are a great asset to our team.

Erika lives in Warren with her husband and rescue dog.  She has two daughters and twin granddaughters.  Her family enjoys their frequent Sunday ‘Fundays’ together.  Erika and her husband motorcycle throughout New England on their Harley Davidson.  They also share a ‘bucket list’ which includes Skydiving.  Only a few more jumps to complete before they are certified to fly solo.

Every customer is in good hands when working with Erika.

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Parsons

Chelsea Parsons

Director of First Impressions

Chelsea is a mother of three incredible children and believes family is the most important part of her life.  Chelsea understands the value of hard work and takes pride in doing her very best with a smile.

Chelsea has lived in Maine most of her life, her family moved here from California when she was a toddler.  She loves the way our small-town community looks out for one another.

She has extensive customer service experience having worked in the banking and food service industries.  Chelsea has an amazing ability to establish a friendly rapport with all our customers.  She is efficient in her management of our reception area and helps support our personal and commercial insurance departments.

Chelsea’s favorite activity is family movie night. There is always hot cocoa and popcorn, and lots of snuggling on the couch.  We hear it is super fun.

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Furman

Debbie Furman

Support Department Team Leader

Debbie has worked at Cheney Insurance since 1993 when she was hired as the receptionist.  She has received the Cheney Award for Special Appreciation for Exceptional Team Building Efforts and has recently received our 25 years Dedicated & Loyal Service Award.

Debbie was born in Connecticut and summered in Maine (where she met her future husband) until moving here in 1978.  Her and her husband live in Waldoboro where they raised their two awesome sons.  Debbie enjoys spending time in Pemaquid and camping on Damariscotta Lake.

Not only does Debbie have extensive knowledge of Cheney Insurance Agency, but the Insurance Industry itself.  She has a fondness for automobiles, especially the classics, and is a treasure trove of interesting insurance scenarios.  Debbie does all the processing work for Personal Lines and handles the internet interfacing with our Insurance Providers.

Debbie was recently promoted to Support Department Team Leader as this department has grown.  She manages the day to day operations and is the go-to person when training new staff.

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Mayo

Stephanie Mayo

Insurance Support Specialist

Stephanie was born and raised on Cape Cod, MA.  She started vacationing in Maine after college and fell in love with the mid-coast area.  She and her husband have lived in Waldoboro for the past 19 years where they raise their two sons.

Stephanie was hired on at Cheney Insurance to a newly created part-time position in our support department.  She assists our accounting team, orders office supplies, takes overflow calls, fills in at the reception desk when needed, contributes to our blog … you get the picture.

Stephanie has consistently shown a willingness to take on any task asked of her.  She will often see something that needs to be done and do it.  Though she only works part-time, her presence is now an ever-present part of our team.

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Hilton

Dennis Hilton

CEO

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