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Bob Ryan is the President of Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers, Inc. A licensed Insurance Agent since 1980, he has been working as a full time insurance professional since 1985 when he joined his father at Robert J. Ryan, Inc, where he served as president until 2007. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Certified Insurance Counselor Designation. Bob is active in community affairs and entrepreneurial endeavors and is currently a board member at Benedictine Health Foundation serving as President, Slipit Industries, Inc., and a partner in Amsterdam Columbia Realty Inc. Bob had previously served as Vice President at Ulster Savings Bank and Chairman of the Board at Ulster County Development Corp., as well as President of the Kingston Boys & Girls Club. Bob was also one of the co-founders of the Shamrock Run and served as one of the co-organizers for 25 years from 1989 till 2013, raising thousands each year for local charities.
Operations Manager Jeanne Beck joined our team in 2009 and brings over 25 years of experience with her to Ryan & Ryan, having worked in virtually all aspects of the insurance industry. She is a NY Licensed Property and Casualty Broker, and past President of Applied Client Network's Hudson Valley Chapter. Jeanne was honored by the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) as the agency staff person of the year in 1996.
Amelia Caster brings 25 years of experience in client care and customer relations Ryan & Ryan team as our receptionist from working in the financial, hospitality, and human service industries. She has been very involved in community outreach through volunteer work with her church, including CROP Walk for Hunger, Midnight Run, and eldercare. She enjoys giving back to our community every day as a Ryan & Ryan team member!
Kathleen DiBella brings over 35 years of insurance experience to Ryan and Ryan Insurance and is a New York State Licensed Property & Casualty broker. Her focus is new business for personal and commercial Insurance and servicing our existing customers. She worked for Robert J Ryan Inc for over 20 years and now joins Ryan and Ryan Insurance. She is also a member of the Hudson Valley Business Alliance group and serves as secretary of the group.
Ann Dippel began her insurance career in 1974 as a Customer Service Rep with the Morris Agency in New Paltz, NY , which was owned by Frank Reis and Bob Ryan's father. From 1976 to 1985 Ann left the world of insurance to manage the office of her family owned business.
By 1996, the insurance "bug" was reawakened and Ann joined the Reis Turck Agency where she worked until they were purchased by Ryan and Ryan Insurance Brokers in January 2011.
During the past eleven years Ann has also taught Insurance Continuing Education classes.
Theresa Scull of Port Ewen is the newest member of our Team in 2017. She previously worked for Bob Ryan for many years at his prior Agency and brings with her over 20 years of experience. Theresa handles all types of personal and commercial insurance as we as new business sales. Her career has always involved customer service with positive client relations. She currently holds a NYS Property & Casualty Brokers License.
Kerri Letersky of Kingston has recently been promoted at Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers to an Account Manager position. Kerri previously worked as a receptionist at Ryan & Ryan for two and a half years. She learned about the business and became licensed in 2015. She then spent time transitioning from reception to become an account manager.
Kerri is actively involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Our accountant, Marc Reuben, has more than 50 years of experience in the accounting field, over 27 years with local CPA firms. He is another original Ryan & Ryan team member, joining on a part-time basis in 2009 after a one year retirement. Marc has enjoyed working for Bob Ryan for over 17 years, and is associated with Bob’s affiliate company, Slipit Industries, Inc. Marc is also President and Treasurer of the Tillson Estates Community Association, Inc., a non-profit, community owned water system providing water for Tillson Estates in Tillson, NY.
Jeffrey W. Smith, CIC LUTCF is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and has worked in Agricultural Insurance since 1995. Well versed in many areas of personal and business insurance, Jeff has continued to specialize in Agricultural Insurance since joining Ryan & Ryan as an Account Executive in 2010. His high level of technical agribusiness expertise and his unique combination of insurance and agricultural knowledge makes him a valuable resource for any farm or ranch in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley. Jeff is an active community volunteer with the New Paltz Rotary Club, and currently serves as their Treasurer.
Kim Whelan has been a New York State Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Broker since 2005 and a New York State Licensed Life and Health Broker since 2006. She currently holds her Certified Insurance Services Representative (CISR) designation and is working towards her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Kim does new business sales and service of all types of commercial and personal insurance, but specializes in the restaurant and hospitality fields.
Yvonne Wynkoop is a licensed Life, Accident & Health Broker with Ryan & Ryan. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Marist College she worked with some of New York's leading health insurers including CDPHP, EmblemHealth, and WellCare. Yvonne joined Ryan & Ryan in 2009. She uses her solid understanding of the health industry to create strategic plans and funding methodologies for a diverse client base. Her passion to earn business has put her on the speed dial of many of the area's top employers. Yvonne is a member of the The National Association of Health Underwriters and Mid-Hudson Human Resources Association. She is an active volunteer with several theatre and arts organizations, and a certified literacy tutor.