Our Team

jessica Jessica M. Ortega, CIC, Commercial Lines Manager, License #0D76779
310-221-0917 Extension 221 – email: [email protected]

Jessica began her career with NHC in 2001 as a worker’s compensation customer service assistant. She quickly obtained her Fire & Casualty Broker license in 2002. She loves that her career allows her to constantly learn new things and in the field of insurance she has many opportunities to do so since the laws and insurance company guidelines are ever changing.In 2005, Jessica was promoted to Commercial Lines Manager and has since been securing insurance coverages for our new and existing commercial clients. She attained her professional insurance designation in 2011 from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC). She enjoys passing on the knowledge she has learned to NHC’s clients. She knows they appreciate being well informed and feels that this knowledge coupled with personal service is what keeps the relationship strong and long-term.Jessica, as part of NHC, is a member of the San Pedro, Palos Verdes, and Lomita Chamber of Commerce. Jessica loves spending time with her loving husband and watching her beautiful son grow each day!
BHP0012editededited Julia Burdick, CIC, Personal Lines Manager, License #0B97339
310-221-0917 Extension 227 – email: [email protected]

Julia started out at NHC in the fall of 1995 as a receptionist. Julia’s dedication and extra effort allowed her to work her way from receptionist/office assistant up to Personal Lines Customer Service Rep. to her present position of Personal Lines Manager.Since earning her insurance license, Julia has since received her CISR designation in 1999 and received her CIC designation in 2007. Always wanting to know more, Julia will continue her insurance education adding to her considerable knowledge. Julia Is also part of a local BNI Networking Chapter where she serves as the Chapters Personal Insurance guru.Julia truly enjoys alleviating her client’s insurance headaches, reducing their stress and making them rest easier when coverage’s are a concern. Julia says, “When somebody says “Thank You”, I know they mean it and it makes me smile. I couldn’t imagine doing any other job.”
An avid sports fan, Julia has been a huge supporter of the Denver Broncos since 1988. She also enjoys Nascar and yes, even golf “You gotta love Phil Mickelson!” Julia has 2 kids, her son Michael now 17 and her daughter Megan, 23 who is currently serving in the US Army, HOOAH!
work 3 Leana Schwartz, Commercial Producer, License #0G03136
310-221-0917 Extension 234 – email: [email protected]

Leana Schwartz began her career in the insurance industry with NHC Insurance in 2004. She worked full-time as the assistant to the Owner, Nancy Halgren-Collinge, and she also assisted the Personal Lines Department on a part-time basis. Intrigued by the complexities of Commercial Insurance, she made the switch to the Commercial Lines Department and has never looked back. Leana worked for NHC Insurance in the Commercial Lines Department until 2010, when she moved to Colorado to be with the love of her life, Jon. After a brief, one-year layover in Arizona, Leana and Jon returned back home to Southern California. Currently, they reside in Redondo Beach – not too far from where they both lived as kids and grew up together. They also recently got married on 09/13/14!! In March of 2013, Leana returned to the NHC Insurance team to work as a Producer for the Commercial Lines Department. She loves being back in Southern California, and she is thrilled to be working again with all of her friends at NHC Insurance. While living in Colorado and Arizona, Leana was the head of the Commercial Lines Department for two different insurances agencies. She gained a tremendous amount of experience in this field, and she is eager to utilize and build upon that experience and knowledge as she continues her career with NHC Insurance. Currently, she is pursuing her CIC Designation and continuing her education in Commercial Insurance. Leana embraces any challenge and she is a highly motivated problem solver. She is enthusiastic about helping customers with any questions they may have, and working to find best possible solutions for every unique situation.
Patty Updatededitededited Patty Alvarez, Personal Lines Agent, License #0E53633
310-221-0917 Extension 224 – email: [email protected]

Patty came to NHC on Valentine’s Day 2002. How sweet!!! She got her Insurance License in 2004, at which time she moved into the Personal Lines Dept.
She assists the team in Personal Lines with all types of changes, quotes and is also the claims specialist. She is bilingual, which helps many Spanish speaking clients understand their coverages. Patty’s work is appreciated by so many that all of our clients speak very highly of her.
She has been married since 1997 to her prince charming! She loves to cook and entertain her family and friends. What ever free time she has, she loves to take advantage and take relaxing vacations! What girl doesn’t! J
naeeditededitededitededited Renee Ruan, Personal Lines Account Manager, License #0C38294
310-221-0917 Extension 225 – email: [email protected]

Renee started out at NHC as a part time file clerk in early 1998. Quickly proving herself valuable, Renee was asked to go full time as Receptionist/Office Assistant two months later. She received her Agent’s license four months later and began sales and service in the Personal Lines department. Renee received her CISR designation in 2000 and has since worked her way up to Account Manager of Personal Lines.Renee enjoys taking care of NHC’s existing clients as well as selling new business. She loves to explain to clients how important it is to be properly insured. She also finds that customers are very appreciative of the time and care NHC takes in providing these services. She is a SUPER saleswoman and writes the most new business at NHC every month! She wants to be an Executive Vice President of NHC someday! Wow!!Renee spends her free time with her kids, family and friends at The Dunes with the quads or on the Lake.
Sarina Sarina Lowrey, Accounting
310-221-0917 Extension 223 – email: [email protected]

Sarina joined NHC in 2013 and has since put the agency on an efficiency track.
sunshine Sunshine Justiniano, Commercial Agent, License #0E53447
310-221-0917 Extension 222 – email: [email protected]

Sunshine Justiniano began working for NHC back in 2003 as the front desk receptionist. One year later she obtained her Fire & Casualty Broker license and has been working in the commercial Department ever since. She is truly the back bone of the commercial Department always willing to help out her clients in any way needed and if you have ever worked with her you know she is always willing to go that extra mile. Always hungry to learn more, Sunshine will continue her insurance education classes. Sunshine is a life long resident of San Pedro she has been happily married to her husband Rick for 12 years and together they have 3 beautiful children who they dedicate all there free time to. If they are not on a softball or baseball field they are enjoying there time just being together.

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