Kay Arnold, Owner
I moved to the state of Washington with my husband, Bert, son, Klaus, and daughter, Michelle, in 1982. Bert was in the Navy and a two year tour turned into retirement for him and an insurance career for me.
My outside interests include gardening, reading, and entertaining my 10 grandchildren. I support the American Cancer Society, the YWCA live shelter, and, of course, the grandkids.
Chris Johnson, Personal Insurance Agent ~ Silverdale
I'm a transplanted New Yorker and have lived in Washington for the past 18 years. I've been in the insurance business for 13 years and have been a licensed agent for 10. The best part of my job are the people I meet and helping them get the coverage they need at the right price. Being part of the Silverdale Team of Olympic Northwest Insurance gives me the opportunity to do just that.
My husband, Michael, and I have been happily married for the past 39 years. Together we have two children: our daughter, Cody, and son, Seth. In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with my family (especially my grandson, Aidan), and adding to my ever-growing collection of pigs.
Kristen L. Peterson, Commercial Insurance Agent ~ Silverdale
Imagine my surprise when, at the age of 22, I found myself in the same industry as my mom... ewww! Starting out as a receptionist in an Insurance Wholesaler office, my boss saw my potential and promoted me to his Underwriting Assistant. Since 2003 I have worked specifically with Commercial (or "Business") Insurance and was excited to bring this specialty to Olympic Northwest Insurance!
Jay and I married on 07/07/2013 and are excited to live Happily Ever After! My two adorable Manx cats, Typhoon and Tsunami, provide endless entertainment. When I can squeeze out the time, I enjoy horseback riding, scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. During the summer, Jay and I love to ride our motorcycles and spend time outdoors.
Kaitlyn Grose, Commercial Insurance Assistant ~ Silverdale
It all began with a customer service job here at Olympic Northwest in 2012, and I am now working as Kristen's assistant in the Commercial Department! We make a great team and always manage to do something goofy, and it is fun to see which one of us will trip over our words next. Over the summer I got my agents license so I am able to help in many more ways than before. I love working here, it's a healthy and positive environment and I get to display my turtle and rock collections!
When I am not at work, I am shopping, painting, or watching a move or show. More often than not, I'm watching The Office (Steve Carell is my favorite actor), and I highly recommend it to anybody looking for a good laugh. My favorite thing to paint is landscapes, and any of my friends could confirm that I just melt for a good sunset.
Mike Eacrett, Personal Insurance Agent ~ Port Orchard
I joined the insurance industry in 1991 when I worked for Met Life in Silverdale. In 1996 I went to work for General Insurance, which I then purchased in 2002. Kay Arnold and I met in 2003 and decided to merge my Port Orchard office with Olympic Northwest Insurance. I enjoy people, especially our customers and our team here at Olympic Northwest Insurance.
When I am not here, I am home enjoying time with my wife, Kathy. We live on Stretch Island in a home that has been in my family for over 100 years. Our time is spent fixing the place up, taking care of our yard and our vacation rental which is right next door, and being with family and friends when we can.
Kathy and I were High School sweethearts and grew up in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. We went our separate ways, but found each other again in 2009. Our goal is to make up for lost time! We both love the water, whether by boat, floating, or sitting down and taking in the view. We also like road trips, both in our car and on the motorcycle. Helping others is also something we enjoy.
We share four children between us, a lot of extended family, and some wonderful friends.
Kimberly Leenstra, Customer Service ~ Port Orchard
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life. I am new to the insurance industry, but have worked in customer service for almost 10 years! I love working with people and getting to know everyone that comes in the door. Our customers are a hoot! I already love it here and plan on getting my license to become an agent in the near future.
I am the proud mother of a beautiful and energetic three year old boy. His name is Dallas and he is my world! When I'm not working, most of my time is spent with him, playing Legos and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dallas likes his mommy working here, too, because she always comes home with a smile on her face!