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  • Shelly Samolinski

    Agency Principal/ Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Shelly Samolinski, CIC has been in the insurance industry since 1982 when she began her career at an agency in Texas writing insurance for construction, oil and gas businesses.  She has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1993 which places her in the top 1% of insurance agents in the country.  She began Dakota Street Insurance, LLC in 2001 and in 2009 purchased a second insurance agency, Princeton Insurance Group, LLC.  Shelly takes a very “hands on” approach to the operation of the agency, making certain the best possible services and insurance programs are set up for each and every client.

  • Eugene Mercier

    Agency Principal/ Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Eugene Mercier has been working in insurance for over 50 years. Over his time in the industry he has developed a specialty with commercial insurance. With that he has developed a strong passion for meeting new people and helping clients solve their problems. When he is not busy in the office, Eugene enjoys golfing, travel, working in his garden and reading. 

  • Kayla Samolinski

    Marketing Specialist/ Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Kayla Samolinski earned a Bachelors Degree from Illinois State University with a major in Insurance and a minor in Organizational Leadership. Kayla started with Dakota Street Insurance in June of 2011. As the Marketing Director, Kayla is responsible for developing relationship with our insurance carriers, requesting and reviewing quotes, and finding new insurance carriers. She completed Cincinnati Insurance's “New Producer Training” and has earned her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Designation. Kayla is currently working towards earning her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation. She serves as an Ambassador in the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and is part of the Peru Rotary.

  • Cherish Kellett

    Agent - Personal Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Cherish Kellett earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.  She has over 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. Cherish specializes in personal insurance including home, auto and umbrella coverage.  She designs cost-effective insurance programs that match the right coverage with the most competitive premiums.  She is currently working towards earning her Certified Insurance Service Representative Designation and is licensed in property, casualty, health and life insurance.   Cherish serves on the board of a local youth athletic organization and is active in the Dimmick School PTO and the local March of Dimes.   

  • Jeff Krzyaniak

    Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Mobile: 815-878-8288
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Jeff Krzyaniak is a 1996 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Business Management. Jeff joined Dakota Street Insurance in 2006. Since joining Dakota Street Insurance, Jeff has participated in mutliple industry training events. In 2013, Jeff completed his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation from the National Alliance. Jeff’s focus ranges from the Construction Industry to the Transportation Industry. No matter the simplicity or complexity of the risk, Jeff is able to provide insurance solutions. Jeff is the President of the local Rotary Club as well as active in Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce and several local youth athletic organizations.

  • Tony Fiorentini

    Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Mobile: 815-228-6030
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Tony Fiorentini earned a Bachelors Degree with majors in both Finance and Insurance from Illinois State University. He has served in various positions throughout the Insurance Industry including Customer Service, Underwriting, and Claims. Since joining Dakota Street Insurance in 2010, he has completed the National Alliance’s “New Producer Training” and is very close to earning the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Tony draws on his prior construction experience to best serve businesses in the areas of Construction, Mining, and Transportation. Tony is an active member in the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Spring Valley Partners for Progress.

  • Bob Hueneburg

    Agent - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Mobile: 815-228-8190
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Bob Hueneburg has dedicated over 30 years to the insurance industry. He has developed a strong focus on business and towing insurance. Bob has a wife and they share 4 wonderful children. When he is not working in the office he enjoys hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

  • Mitch Newell

    Agent- Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Mitch Newell has been working at Dakota Street Insurance for over a year and a half now. Before coming to Dakota Street, Mitch had internships with Northwestern Mutual and Cincinnati Insurance Company. He has strong aspirations to specialize in auto insurance. When Mitch is not in the office he enjoys going to the sand dunes and traveling. Mitch would like everyone to know he is currently working on earning a degree from Illinois State University in Managerial Economics. 

  • Mark Pyszka

    Agent - Life & Health
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Mobile: 815-228-7309
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Mark Pyszka’s role at Dakota Street Insurance is Manager of Employee Benefits.  An employee since 2011, Mark has become an expert in navigating the Affordable Care Act and providing economical, compliant employee benefits packages for groups of all sizes.  Mark is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Statistics.  Prior to his career as a Life/Health Insurance Agent, Mark worked for over ten years as an actuary.  This experience has honed the analytical skills necessary to be an effective consultant in Life Insurance for both businesses and individuals and Health Insurance for employers and individuals.  Mark is currently an active member of Peru Rotary and a board member for Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties and Peru Little League Softball.

  • Kristie Mattiazza

    Customer Service Representative - Life & Health
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Kristie Mattiazza has been dedicated to insurance for over 17 years now. She has developed a strong specialty for employee benefits. This includes group and individual health, life insurance, dental, vision, STD and LTD insurance. With her wide skill set she has come to enjoy helping people the most. Kristie is married and they share two daughters who have given them three grandchildren. When she is not in the office, Kristie enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and cooking.

    Kristie would like everyone to know, “I try very hard to do the best for my clients.  If I do not know the answer, I am more than happy to find out the information so I can most helpful.”

  • Tina Kasperski

    Commercial lines producer
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Tina M. Kasperski began her career in the insurance industry in 1984 performing various roles in personal and commercial lines with the agency system. In 1993 she joined a direct insurance company as a commercial lines producer. Her responsibilities included marketing property/casualty, group health, life and estate planning to business owners throughout central Illinois. In 1998 Tina was promoted to District Marketing Manager, a role she held for over 10 years. During that time her achievement included 5 Marketing Chairman Council Awards, 9 Management Chairman Council Awards, and Senior Marketing Management Council Diamond Ring Award. Dakota Street Insurance welcomed Tine as a commercial lines producer in 2015 where she continues to provide exceptional value and service to our area business owners with all their insurance needs. 

  • Nancy Roach

    Customer Service Representative - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Nancy Roach is nearing her 40th year in the Insurance Industry. She has served in various positions throughout her career including Branch Claims Secretary, Regional Claims Coordinator, and the last twenty-eight years as a Commercial Account Executive. She currently holds a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Nancy is an active member of the Bureau County Agricultural Board and has served many years as their President.

  • Kathy Costerisan

    Customer Service Representative - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Kathy attended Northern IL University, majoring in Graphic Art Technology. Prior to joining Dakta Street, she served in various customer service and management positions with her prior employers. 
    Kathy started at Dakota Street Insurance in September of 2005.  She received her Property and Casualty License in 2006 and her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Designation in 2008. Kathy currently handles commercial accounts but also has experience in personal lines, flood, and surety bonding. Kathy has been a board member for the Bureau County Fair for 20 years and is the Superintendent of the Photography and Draft Horse Departments. She is the Bureau County Tourism Coordinator and a member of the Photography Unlimited Camera Club. 
  • Rachel Lightle

    Customer Service Representative - Commercial Lines
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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    Rachel earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Illinois State University in 2002. She is licensed in Fire & Casualty Insurance. She first started with Dakota Street Insurance in April of 2003 and took a leave of absence in 2005 to take care of her 4 children, ages 16 yrs to 6yrs old. She has been married for 18 years.  Rachel returned to Dakota Street Insurance in March of 2011.  She earned her Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Designation in October of 2013 and is currently working on her CISR Elite Designation. Rachel currently serves on the park board in her hometown of Oglesby IL. Over the past few years, she was also active on the Oglesby Softball Board and the Support Our School Organization for Oglesby Elementary School.

  • Maureen Spelich

    Accountant/Controller
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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  • Koko

    Office Dog
    Office: 815-663-9905
    Fax: 815-663-1906
    120 East Dakota Street
    Spring Valley IL 61362
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