Meet The Team
Simply stated, we believe that empowered employees best serve our clients.
SENIOR Client Associate
Melody Barnes serves as a Senior Client Associate at Core Assurance Partners. Melody is responsible for enhancing client relationships and interacting with clients to resolve day-to-day needs and perform account analysis.
Melody has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years, starting her career in the personal insurance sector at a local independent agency. She honed her skills and transitioned to commercial insurance in 2012. Melody is committed to fully understanding the businesses she serves and to building lasting professional relationships.
Melody earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from George Mason University.
Melody is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, VA. In addition to spending valued time with her family and friends, Melody enjoys living an active lifestyle and serving the community in various philanthropic efforts.
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Diandra “D” Carpenter serves as Director of Business Development & Marketing for Core Assurance Partners. In her role, she primarily facilitates the marketing of new business, oversight of insurance carrier relationships, and analysis of book performance to meet the agency’s growth goals.
D has more than 19 years of experience in the insurance industry working in client servicing, production, and marketing. Prior to joining Core Assurance, she was the Marketing Leader and Executive Client Advisor for a national insurance brokerage providing consultative review and program placement. D is often called upon to review, strategize and resolve challenging and complicated Insurance programs for new and existing clients. Her goal is to foster and deliver an exceptional experience for Core Assurance clients, partners, and colleagues.
D has earned many designations, including her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. As a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Instructor in Agency Management, she maintains a role as faculty with The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.
D is a resident of Portsmouth, Virginia, where she resides with her husband and fur babies. She spends her free time active in her local church and enjoying new culinary experiences with her family and friends.
Danica Crapse serves as a Client Associate for Core Assurance Partners. In this role, she is responsible for enhancing client relationships, interacting with clients to resolve day-to-day needs, and performing account analysis while providing a differentiated service experience.
Danica has been in the insurance industry for 15 years. She began her insurance career in Northern Virginia, learning the complexities of commercial insurance. Before moving back to the Hampton Roads area, Danica gained experience in international coverages for NGOs and non-profits in the DC Metro area. While the majority of her career has focused on client experience, in her last position, Danica served in a leadership role for a local agency’s commercial service department.
Danica graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She maintains a Virginia Property and Casualty license and has earned the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) professional designation. Danica is also currently working towards completing her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Danica is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and currently resides in Chesapeake with her husband and two dogs. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys crafting, hiking local trails, volunteering, and escaping to the mountains whenever possible.
Hara Gisholt serves as the Director of Maritime & Legal Affairs of Core Assurance CR Marine. Hara oversees and manages complex marine accounts and maintains a thorough understanding of clients’ strategic priorities and risk management needs. She is also responsible for identifying new opportunities for the firm, fostering strategic relationships, and overseeing internal legal matters relating to the marine practice of the company.
Prior to joining Core Assurance CR Marine, Hara served as a Vice President at one of the world’s largest ship registries for twelve years where she led the global legal team and created collaborative relationships with worldwide private and public owners as well as ship financiers. Hara has authored several articles published in publications such as Marine Risk International and Offshore Investment and has presented at various industry conferences.
Hara earned her law degree (J.D.) from Hofstra University School of Law and has been a member of the New York State Bar since 2005. She was later admitted to the U.K. Roll of Solicitors in 2010. She is a New York and Connecticut-licensed P&C broker. Hara is the co-President of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) NY/NJ Chapter and serves on the board of directors of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR).
Director of Marketing & Communications
Technical Client Associate
Director of Client Experience
Christie Nichols serves as Director of Client Experience at Core Assurance Partners. Christie is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the Commercial Lines Service Team, designing, marketing, and implementing insurance programs for our clients, and coordinating the Core Service & Production teams, the client, and the insurance company. Christie provides consultative coverage review and analysis to deliver a differentiated client experience.
Christie has been in the insurance industry for more than 25 years. She began her career as a part-time filing assistant at a local independent agency and navigated her way through various aspects of the business, focusing on commercial insurance and agency leadership. Christie is committed to providing unparalleled client service and creative risk management solutions.
Christie earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University. While attending ODU, her Capstone Project research on Women’s Development gained notable attention from her peers and was nominated for publication. She serves as a Certified Public Notary and is certified by FEMA to serve citizens in the event of a crisis.
Christie is a Virginia Beach, Virginia native but now resides in Austin, Texas. She is an advocate of regular exercise and supports the local initiatives of arts, music, and locally grown and produced food.
Sa Kina Pitt serves as a Claims Associate for Core Assurance Partners. In this role, she is responsible for aiding the navigation of the claims process between our clients and our carrier partners while providing a differentiated service experience.
Sa Kina has been in the insurance industry for seven years. Prior to joining Core Assurance, she served as an adjuster for a national insurer. While in this role, she handled complex liability, personal injury protection, and medical payment claims.
Sa Kina graduated from Norfolk State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Political Science. She maintains a Virginia Property and Casualty insurance license and adjuster licenses in multiple states.
Sa Kina is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and four children. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys crafting and DIY projects.
Client Associate Associate
Director of Finance
SENIOR CLIENT ASSOCIATE
PRIVATE CLIENT PRACTICE
Judy Thow serves as Senior Client Associate at Core Assurance Partners. She is responsible for the development and care of client relationships within our Private Client Practice.
Judy has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years. She began her career with Creech Insurance as the receptionist, and through years of various positions in the agency, she made her way to managing the personal insurance department. Judy enjoys building strong professional relationships with her clients and is committed to providing her clients with excellent client service.
Judy has earned the Accredited Customer Service Representative (ACSR) designation and maintains a Virginia Property and Casualty License.
Judy is originally from Lynchburg, VA, and has been a resident of Virginia Beach for more than 35 years. In addition to spending time with her husband, children, and friends, she enjoys spending her free time kayaking and walking, she also enjoys living near the beach.