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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.

Kelly Maki

Kelly A Maki

Owner/Insurance Advisor

With more than a decade of customer service experience and years of expertise in the insurance industry, Kelly has been serving clients and providing customers with exceptional service for all their insurance needs.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s College and her Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University.

Kelly started her insurance career with Chicago Motor Club, AAA, selling P&C and life insurance. After years of excellent service and success she left to expand her knowledge and experience with Sentry Mutual Insurance Company of Stevens Point, WI.

In 2012, she began to see that in order to best serve the varied needs and interests of clients; she needed to offer products and services from all of the top Insurance and Financial Services companies available. Rather than being tied solely to one company’s limited product line, Maki Insurance Group was created to be able to provide these products and services to the local community.


Judy Kuzemka

Claims Manager/Commercial Risk Assistant

With nearly 4 decades of Customer Service Experience as an Agent and now a Claims Manager, Judy has been servicing clients and providing customers with exceptional service for all their insurance needs. She is knowledgeable in both personal and business insurance.

She has worked in both Indiana and Illinois, always with Independent Agencies. She took a 5-year break in working with insurance when she became a live-in caregiver for her mom when she developed Alzheimer’s, but continued to keep abreast with insurance.

Judy is a proud mom of a 19-year-old son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a grand dog.


Rebekah McCollam

Customer Service Agent/Office Manager

Bekah has over two decades of customer service, including many years in the medical field.

Bekah is an important part of Maki Insurance Group as she dedicates each day to the logistics of the agency to insure each of our customers feel valued and their customer service expectations are met. 

In Bekah’s free time, she loves to bake, both as a hobby for family and friends as well as a part time side business. Bekah is a loving and proud mother of three children, two boys and one sweet little girl. Her oldest son will be joining the Army in the fall and her youngest son will be married in the fall. Bekah is excited for the upcoming marriage and looking forward to the many wonderful things to come for her and her children.


Samantha Newbeck

Customer Service Representative

Samantha has nearly two decades of customer service experience. She prides herself on providing customers excellent service and making sure all of our insurance needs are met.

Within Samantha’s customer service experience, she has worked many roles including restaurant service, licensed pharmacy technician, and call center manager for AAA. After 4 years working with AAA, Samantha knew she wanted to expand her knowledge, specifically when it came to insurance.

In 2019, she relocated back to her hometown of Portage, Indiana after living in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 6 years and started her career at Maki Insurance Group as a Customer Service Representative. She has a 3-year-old daughter that keep her very busy and enjoys traveling back to Michigan when she can to visit with friends and family. 

Annette Gronek

Customer Service Agent

Annette has served 20 years working in the insurance industry.  She has worked as a sales and service producer in Indiana and Illinois for independent agents as well as State Farm.

Annette delivers high quality customer service in auto, home, health and life insurance. As the newest member of the Maki Insurance Group team, she looks forward to using her knowledge to provide excellent customer service and ensure the customer’s needs are met.

Annette has lived in Northwest Indiana her entire life where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and the family dog, Sophie.