Leadership Team

Elizabeth Schenk, AAI, CPIW, Chief Executive Officer

Thirty years ago, almost to the day, I walked into an insurance brokerage in Florida and applied for a “temporary” job as a receptionist.  I immediately fell in love with the business and began my journey.  I spent several years in an independent agency as a producer and agency manager.  Building a $500,000 revenue book was one of the toughest jobs I ever had.

When I moved to Pennsylvania in 1995, my career path moved to the carrier side as an underwriter.  My time as a producer helped me become a better underwriter because I understood just how hard it was to get to the point of submitting an application.  The best part of my job was working with the agents and that led me to the field as a production underwriter with Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group.  Later, I was hired as a territory manager for Liberty Mutual, eventually responsible for marketing and field operations in a 5 state region.

My years in the field exposed me to agency networks across the country. This distribution concept intrigued me and I became Liberty’s relationship manager for several well-known networks, one of which was Keystone Insurers Group.  In 2010, I joined Keystone to lead their geographic expansion.  During my nine years with Keystone, the footprint expanded from 6 states to 13 and the premium volume more than doubled.

I am truly excited to join ANE because the company is blessed with an outstanding staff of insurance professionals who, along with the Board of Directors, are focused on helping ANE members and carrier partners grow organically and profitably.

Kevin Grove, Regional Vice President

Kevin joins ANE as Regional Director to manage relationships with our current membership in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in addition to expanding the company’s footprint in eastern and central Pennsylvania.

Kevin graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Economics. He has spent the last 16 years with Travelers as an underwriter of Financial Institutions. After the merger with St. Paul, he moved over to the Private and Non Profit Executive Liability team where he worked with agents in Southern NJ and Southeastern PA.

In his spare time, Kevin coaches the ice hockey team for Downingtown East High School, winning 4 Flyers Cups, 2 State Titles and placed 3rd at the National Championship in the last 5 years. He also coaches for Team Philadelphia U16, out of IceLine in West Chester, PA.

Brent Hetrick, Regional Director

Brent Hetrick joined ANE in June 2021 as a Regional Director responsible for managing relationships with our current membership, in addition to expanding our organizational footprint.

Prior to joining ANE, Brent worked eight years for AIA, Alera Group as a Senior Broker Account Manager. In this position, he was responsible for consulting brokers in regards to their client’s various insurance plans in conjunction with multiple insurance carriers. Brent has a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Management from the University of Phoenix.

In his spare time, he enjoys attending his children’s various sporting events, working on home projects, and playing golf.

Patrick Williams, Regional Director

Patrick has worked in insurance for over nine years. He began his career at Farmers Insurance working in Customer Service and as a Marketing Specialist. Patrick most recently worked for Plymouth Rock Assurance as a Territory Marketing Manager for New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Patrick graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing.  He has spent the last nine years building relationships with agents and carriers and expanding his knowledge of the insurance industry.

In Patrick’s spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel when possible, golf and volunteer his time to various non-profit organizations.

April Van Brunt, Agency Services Coordinator

April joins the ANE team with seven years in sales support, 10 years of telecommunication management background and various support roles for professional businesses. She left the outside working world to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her two children. While raising her children, she started her own business and volunteered with her local parent organizations of the various schools her children attended.

She is currently volunteering as the Treasurer of Cambridge School’s Upper School P.A.C. Two years ago, April took a pottery class and has since found a love of creating ceramic, customized pottery art.

Lois Jernigan, Executive Service Administrator

Lois Jernigan joins ANE as an Executive Services Administrator and will be responsible for assisting our internal executive team with achieving efficiencies within our organization.

Prior to joining ANE, Lois spent 21 years at TSR Incorporated as a Circuit Provisioner and Assistant Project Manager. In this position, she was responsible for managing the telecommunications quoting and provisioning process for large government contracts. Before TSR, Lois’ prior employment included Holy Spirit Hospital and Hershey Medical Center.

Lois resides in the Harrisburg, PA area with her family. She enjoys traveling, tennis, and considers herself a foodie.