Our People, Your Team.

Our team of highly skilled insurance professionals has been meticulously put together over the last several decades to address the needs of our customers. Brown & Brown believes in recruiting teammates with the highest integrity and work ethic. We invest in our team through the utilization of the award-winning Brown & Brown University as well as industry-leading training and continuing education resources.

Executive Team

Alex Bogaard


President, Brown & Brown of Washington

Alex Bogaard oversees the Seattle, Bellingham, and Lynden offices. He joined the Brown & Brown family of companies in 2010 after merging his agency with Brown & Brown of Seattle. Together with his leadership team, Alex continues to expand the reach and capabilities of Brown & Brown in WA. Alex and his leadership group have integrated several teams brought together through acquisitions, developing the Seattle office into one of the leading brokerage firms in the Northwest.

Alex has a Master in Business Administration from the Universite de Paris-Dauphine. He is a proud husband and father whose leisure activities include photography, endurance sports and adventure travel. He has volunteered through Seattle Rotary, Seattle Executive Association, the BEDC at the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, Outdoors for All and the Boy Scouts. He was an active member and past president of Seattle’s Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a member of NW Next Leaders Council and a 2008 winner of the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 award. Alex has served on the boards of Outdoors for All, Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), Group Health Foundation and Friends of Youth, an organization dedicated to providing a range of services to at risk youth. He currently serves on the boards of Seattle Executive Association and The Holocaust Center for Humanity.

Christina Buchholz


Custom Account Employee Benefits Practice Leader

Christina prides herself on developing a team that would bring best in class employee benefits capabilities to customers. Throughout her almost 30-year career in employee benefits, Christina has served in every facet of the industry, including operations, data analytics and underwriting, and consulting. With this background, she leads the team with experience with an eye toward the horizon of new capabilities in the industry.

Christina and her family are all Seattle natives. She is the product of the Matteo Ricci program through Seattle University, and attended the University of Washington. The heart of the Buchholz family is in volunteerism throughout the Puget Sound and globally. The family especially enjoys serving other families and youth in their communities.

Kelly Chavez

Employee Benefit Operations Practice Leader

Kelly Chavez has been a part of the Seattle community for over 20 years now after growing up on the east coast. A part of the Brown & Brown family since 2010, she specializes in Employee Benefits but dabbles in a bit of everything.

Kelly has a great eye for detail and is a strong champion for our customers and the employees we represent; handling claims questions and issues with discretion and rapid responses. Kelly studied Art History and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, and now spends most of her free time with her 3 young children.

Sharon Deuman


Director of Operations

Sharon has been with Brown & Brown of Washington for the past 15 years, her primary responsibilities encompass the Insurance Operations Quality and Compliance for all departments. Prior to joining Brown & Brown in 2004, she worked for a major national insurance carrier in multiple capacities and departments; including Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Customer Service and Claims; always with the focus on client services and quality.

Sharon strongly believes in the coaching and development of team members and providing optimum service for all our clients.
She enjoys long distance walking and plans on completing the Camino de Santiago in 2022, which is a 500 mile walk, beginning in France and walking across Spain. She enjoys crafts, camping, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Tracy L. Johnson


Team Resources Specialist

Tracy brings 28 years of professional experience to the team, originally with Rogers & Norman, Inc. who was acquired by Brown & Brown in 2010. She is very detail-oriented and a great project manager. An integral part of day-to-day operations, Tracy strives for the highest level of effort and efficiency making sure our team has everything we need.

Tracy is also a past President of the Seattle Executive Association, has sat on the board and volunteered through Seattle Execs, she has volunteered with Northwest Center NWC. She loves to challenge herself and has completed 3 Half Marathons with plans to go for a 4th. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two children who she says still like to hang out with them. She loves the Seahawks, James Patterson novels, and a good glass of chardonnay. Tracy is the one who keeps the team smiling, our fun ambassador is always there to make sure everyone is having a great day.

Todd Kaloper


Sales Leader, Property & Casualty Broker

Todd has been a part of the team since 2012, he began his career in real estate founding his own brokerage in 2006. The recession of 2007 forced him to reinvent himself, he found the culture at Brown & Brown to be a perfect fit. His areas of expertise are Property and Casualty, with an emphasis for property risk and development. Todd takes great pride in providing the best possible customer experience and leading his team to do the same.

Todd is a graduate of Washington State University, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, golfing, boating, hiking, or just going out for a nice dinner and glass of wine.

Elizabeth Lutz

Personal Lines Leader

Elizabeth is a product of Concordia University, who specializes in providing a personal approach to risk management techniques and tailored insurance solutions for Seattle’s most elite families.

Elizabeth and her husband love to play volleyball, though she will admit he's a little bit better. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and one adorable labradoodle. You can find them on the lake, or on a family bike ride.

Nicole Skvarca


Sr. Finance and Operations Lead

Nicole joined the team in September of 2008 and continues to strive for new efficiencies and new ways to streamline the accounting process. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. Business Administration-Accounting Degree. She is constantly working to become a better business partner, hire and train the highest quality accounting teammates, and participate in divisional projects.

Nicole is an avid dog lover, her, and her husband have two adorable dogs themselves. In her free time, she likes to go camping, catch up on her reading, and travel to new and interesting places.

Van Gelder

Tribal Team Leader

Melanie is a 36-year insurance professional with 22 specifically in Tribal Insurance Design. She is a leader in the field of Tribal insurance and works tirelessly to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing environments. Melanie's experience isn't limited to just Tribal, it also includes Property & Casualty Insurance, Workers Compensation, Contract Review, and Bonds. She brings a vast array with her to every client.

Giving back is very important to Melanie as well, for the past 15 years she has enjoyed volunteering at the Auburn Parks and Rec. When she's not volunteering she spends her days cheering for the Seahawks and spending time with her family on Orcas Island.

Richard Wilson Jr.

Digital Marketing Leader

Rich came aboard in 2020 after beginning his career working in the sports world, he has worked in Major League Baseball and Nascar before choosing to join the Brown & Brown family. He oversees all things digital including website, social media, and creative content production.

Originally from Michigan, he attended Eastern Michigan University where he received his bachelors in Electronic Media.
Rich is a proud Detroit sports fan, rooting for the Lions, Tigers, Redwings, and the Pistons. He spends his days with his wife and new baby girl, cooking, going to the movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Team Leads

Ethan Olesen


Tribal Team Lead

Ethan chose Brown & Brown back in 2016, he was interviewing at insurance brokers in Seattle and fell in love with the culture and teammates in the Tribal Department. He works hard to provide great service in several areas, some of which are Property & Casualty Insurance, Workers Compensation, Claims Analysis, Tribal Insurance Design, Cyber Liability, Risk Management.

He’s well rounded in insurance and applies that knowledge across his dealings as a tribal leader. An alum of Washington State University and a big fan of Cougar sports. Ethan loves life in the Pacific Northwest, he also enjoys hiking, disc golf, and cheering for the Seahawks.

Teri Murphy

Select Accounts Team Lead

Teri Murphy is a longtime insurance professional who has worked in many different roles within the industry. She has concentrated on commercial insurance for 23 years, specializing in professional liability coverage primarily for lawyers, accountants, and architects/engineers.

During her 30 years in the industry, she has been fortunate to work clients in many different industries. She has handled all aspects of placement and service for her clients including, setting up a new insurance program, servicing renewal programs, and claims/risk management assistance. Teri enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, attending local music events, cooking, and reading.

Tracey Shearer


Commercial Lines Team Lead

Tracey has been a part of the team for over 15 years. Originally from New York Tracey has called the Northwest home for years now. She received a bachelor's degree in Humanities from the University of Washington with a minor in Communications. One of Tracey's major passions in life is to write. In fact, she chased her dream and is now a published author.

Tracey believes that relationship-building and caring are what sets B&B apart from other brokers. We’re a true partner with our insureds.