Meet Our Staff

As our client, you will have a team of highly qualified professionals working for you to provide you with the best coverage for you, your family, or your business.  Building a long-lasting relationship with our clients is our number one priority.

Williamston Office

Danyell Short

Danyell Short

Senior Account Manager/Office Manager - Commercial Lines

Danyell Short has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. Licensed in Property & Casualty, she specializes in commercial insurance. Danyell has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration with Certification in Management. She has also earned both her CISR and CIC insurance designations. Away from the office, she enjoys attending church and spending time with family.

Karen Strevel

Karen Strevel

Account Manager - Commercial Lines

Karen Strevel joined the agency in 2011 and began working in commercial lines with a CISR designation in 2015. She is a native of PA but has lived in NC for 25 years. She loves spending time with her 2 daughters, sons-in-law and 8 grandchildren.

Keisha Peele

Keisha Peele

Account Manager - Personal Lines, Life & Health

Keisha Peele, a California native by way of Virginia, has called North Carolina her home for 15 years. After obtaining an associate in Business Administration, Keisha began her career in insurance in 2013. She has since earned her CISR designation and currently working toward other insurance related designations. Licensed in Property & Casualty, Life and Health, she works closely with individuals to ensure their needs are met. Away from the office she enjoys spending quality time with her Fiancé and three children.

Dara Swearingen

Dara Swearingen

Account Manager - Personal Lines

Dara Swearingen joined the agency in 2008. She obtained her property and casualty license in 2016. Dara is a North Carolina native and attended Pitt Community College and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two sons, one who loves baseball and the other who attends NC State University.

Casey Pickle

Casey Pickle

Account Manager - Personal Lines

Casey Pickle is a Hamilton Native who joined our team in 2016 as an Account Manager. She became licensed in Property & Casualty and is currently working towards obtaining her CISR designation. She works closely with her clients to assure their insurance needs are met. Away from the office Casey enjoys the beach, traveling and spending time with her fiancé and daughter.

New Bern Office

Tammy McCann

Account Manager - Personal Lines

Tammy joined our agency in February 2019 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tammy graduated from Albright College with a B.S. in Business Administration, and now calls Eastern NC her home. Licensed in Property and Casualty, she brings over 19 years of insurance experience, including the designation of Associate in General Insurance (AINS). Tammy works closely with individuals assuring their insurance needs are met by providing friendly, customer focused service. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, pets and exploring beautiful ENC.

Keri Mack

Keri Mack

Account Manager - Commercial Lines

Keri Mack joined our team in 2018 and brings over 15 years of insurance industry experience. A Massachusetts native, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Business and Economics. She has been a resident of North Carolina for 10 years, 7 of which she served as an active duty Marine. Away from the office, Keri loves the beach, horseback riding, shooting at the range, hunting, running and her 3 dogs.

Marc Jessup

Marc Jessup

Principal/Owner

Marc Jessup is a North Carolina native who graduated from Mississippi State University in 1987. Marc began his insurance career in New Bern later that year. He since earned his RHU (Registered Health Underwriter) designation and continues to work towards other professional designations. With knowledge and expertise in a broad range of employee benefit services, Marc assists businesses throughout Eastern North Carolina with their group medical, dental, disability, and life programs. As a compliment to employee benefits he is able to advise businesses with all aspects of their property and casualty insurance needs. He is active in the community, serves on various boards including the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as participating on the Advisory Council for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. When not working with clients, Marc enjoys duck hunting, golf, the beach, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Stedman Stewart

Stedman Stewart

Sales Executive

Stedman joined The Jessup Group in 2014 after a 15 year career as an account representative in the construction industry. Stedman is licensed in all personal and commercial lines but specializes in Commercial Property, General Liability, and Workers’ Compensation coverage. When not assisting clients, he enjoys fishing, bow hunting, golf, and spending time at the beach with his wife and children.

Washington Office

Paige Allen Harris

Paige Allen Harris

Principal

Paige is a former community college instructor, and has been in the insurance industry for 14 years. She has multiple industry awards to her credit.

Reading H. Allen, III

Principal

Read has been in the insurance industry since 1994. He has been named to the Million Dollar Round Table multiple times and has been the top qualifying BCBSNC agency multiple years.

Michael G. Lee

Principal

Michael has 20 years of experience in sales in a family car dealership. Michael has won multiple Top Salesman awards, and has been an independent agent for 3 years.

Priscilla McCall Smith

Priscilla McCall Smith

Senior Account Manager

Priscilla joined Flatlands Insurance Group in 2015. Her previous experience is in sales and management and currently she heads up our Property and Casualty Division in the Washington office.

Carmen Folk

Carmen Folk

Account Manager

Carmen is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Health & Fitness. She joined the agency in 2016.

Lindsay Harris

Account Manager

Lindsay is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Mass Media Studies and Technology. She joined the agency and obtained her P&C license in 2018.