Meet the Team

joe mikanJoe Mikan
President
jmikan@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:1975

Background Includes:
Bachelors Degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and advanced Insurance studies at the University of Iowa.

Favorite Saying:
“The harder you work, the luckier you get!”

Favorite Movie:
Arnold Palmer Documentary

Outside of Work:
Golf and the “Great Outdoors” occupy my free time. My wife and I enjoy traveling across our great country in our motor home. I serve on our local conservation foundation and I am a life member of Pheasants Forever. During the fall of the year you will find me in the corn fields of Iowa.

tracy schlingerTracy Schlinger
Licensed Agent
tschlinger@geeins.com
Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:1997Background Includes:
Tracy excels in custom tailoring a policy to fit the needs of her clients, and building long lasting relationships with her clients. Her goal is to be your agent for life and generations to come.Favorite Saying:
“Pray about everything, worry about nothing”Favorite Movie:
The NotebookOutside of Work:
Tracy enjoys watching her two beautiful daughters play volleyball, basketball and softball. She also enjoys reading and working out in her spare time.

kathy brandauKathy Brandau
Licensed Agent
kbrandau@geeins.com
Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:1999Background Includes:
Licensed Insurance Agent for Auto, Home, Life and Health. She understands that her customers are the most important and that they are looking for value with top rated companies that can offer great coverage and customer service. Her knowledge and experience will provide each of her customer’s with individualized reviews and will discuss what works best for their family.Favorite Saying:
“Just Do It” and “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”Favorite Movie:
Yes Man, Bruce AlmightyOutside of Work:
Loves to spend time with her husband and all of her family; she has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. Together with her family, they run Brandau’s Farmstand , since 1983, in the neighboring communities.
janice burtonJanice Burton
Client Service Representative – Personal Lines/Agent
jburton@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:1999

Background Includes:
10 years in various departments at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Favorite Saying:
“Less is Best”

Favorite Songs:
Shout

Outside of Work:
Born and raised in Chicago currently residing at Big Run Golf Club in Lockport, Illinois. I enjoy spending time with my son, daughter and relatives when time permits.

brian mikanBrian Mikan
Licensed Agent
bmikan@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2001

Background Includes:
Graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. In 2002 completed the Hartford Commercial School of Insurance at Hartford’s headquarters in Hartford, CT. 4th Generation in this family owned agency, with a focus on Commercial Lines insurance.

Favorite Saying:
“There is no time like the present”

Favorite Movie:
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Outside of Work:
Enjoy golfing, the outdoors and spending time with my family which includes my two young daughters.

Julie WasowiczJulie Wasowicz
Licensed Agent
tahoesgirl@comcast.net

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance: 2013

Background Includes:
Julie has structured her insurance sales over the past 17 years around excellent customer service. The same customer service continues to bring new clients to the agency while retaining existing customers with her “always willing to help” attitude.

Favorite Saying:
“We all have to pay for insurance as it is a necessary evil…why pay more if you don’t have to”

Favorite Movie:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Outside of Work:
Julie takes pride in her beautiful family consisting of her husband and 3 wonderful children. She enjoys volunteering with benefits, school functions and helping those less fortunate. She also enjoys golf and singing when time permits.

kelly rizzieKelly Rizzie
Licensed Agent/Accounting
krizzie@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2002

Background Includes:
25 years in the Insurance business including customer service, negotiating coverage for clients, agency accounting and bookkeeping.

Favorite Saying:
“Get busy living or get busy dying”

Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption

Outside of Work:
Spend time with my family and friends, watch sporting events, play Bunco with friends.

GeeIns - Elizabeth BadaliElizabeth Badali
Licensed Agent
ebadali@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2004

Background Includes:
Elizabeth has been in the insurance industry since 2004 and has been teaching in the Orland Park area since 2008.

Favorite Saying:
“Everything happens for a reason”

Favorite Movie:
Shrek and Eat, Pray, Love

Outside of Work:
Read a good book, spend time with family and friends, or just spending time outdoors.

lisa tasconeLisa Tascone
Licensed Agent
ltascone@geeins.com
Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2011Background Includes:
I have established an immense understanding of insurance since 1983.  My goal has always been to make my client’s lives as easy as possible when it comes to finding effective coverage at the best price.  You can’t feel safe unless you’re under the care of someone who generally cares about you.  Insurance can be confusing.  National Health Care won’t be going away.  It is my job to understand the laws and help you navigate different plans.  I handle all types of insurance, including both personal and commercial.Favorite Saying:
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gottenFavorite Movie:
SecretariatOutside of Work:
Trail ride my horse, Margie and enjoy the outdoors

julie besseJulie Besse
Client Service Representative – Commercial Lines
jbesse@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2012

Background Includes:
Over 25 years experience as an account executive in Sales and Marketing for a Chicago based agency.

Favorite Saying:
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch Words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

Favorite Movie:
Gone with the Wind

Outside of Work:
Love to entertain and travel. Hobbies include interior design and home improvement.

connie trevarthanConnie Trevarthan
Client Service Representative – Personal Lines
ctrevarthan@geeins.com

Joined Gee Schussler Insurance:2012

Background Includes:
20 years of voice telecommunications on the service side for a major insurance company in Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Saying:
“I did the best job with the knowledge I had at that given time”

Favorite Movie:
The Shawshank Redemption

Outside of Work:
Born and raised in the Frankfort area my husband and I enjoy spending time with our two boys watching all their sports and activities or just spending time with friends and family by the pool in our backyard.