We like to put a face to our names. Here are a few staff you might encounter.
Tim Kanter – President
Tim has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years, including for major insurance carriers in underwriting, customer service and sales. This experience gives him a unique perspective when it comes to finding answers and products that will work best for his clients. Tim also serves as the president-elect of California Agents and Health Insurance Professionals (CAHIP), which is California’s arm of the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals (NABIP) – an organization that works to ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable Healthcare. He is passionate about helping people find the right insurance plans, installing ceiling fans across the globe, or helping support worthwhile causes like Free Wheelchair Mission and Children’s Hunger Fund. When not helping people, Tim enjoys backpacking in national parks, throwing a dart at a map and then traveling there, and committing to too many things. A few years back, Tim achieved his childhood dream of becoming both an insurance agent and a ninja, aka “Insurance Ninja”, when he earned his black belt in To-Shin Do (pronounced ‘toe-sheen-doe”). Tim is a Ventura County native and lives with his beautiful wife Angela, and their two lovely daughters Megan and Emma.
Anna Grubbs – Managing Partner
Anna has been in the insurance industry since 1994 as owner and CEO of Grubbs Insurance Agency in Laguna Hills, California. Anna left her career in the mortgage business to pursue her calling to help others with the complexities of health insurance. She loves what she does, which she describes as “uncovering the need and meeting it at the highest possible level.” Her desire to problem solve was one of the factors in her decision to merge with Get Benefits, affording her even more resources and solutions to offer clients. Plus, she gets to work with all of the amazing people at Get Benefits. Anna has been married to her very active husband, John, for 23 years, supporting him in his passion for Vietnam Veterans and dirt bike racing, something she even occasionally joins him at while “eating his dust.” Their son currently lives in Dallas, Texas… you know, where all Californians seem to go. Anna loves traveling, camping, hiking, and running. She has competed in the LA Marathon, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, and she has climbed to the summit of Mt. Whitney, twice!! Her first full-time job was as the lead singer at the Saloon Show at Knott’s Berry Farm. We’re fairly certain that Anna is the only insurance agent in the country – in the world, even – to go from saloon singer to an insurance agent extraordinaire!
Dana Turner – Managing Partner
Dana has been in the insurance industry for over 35 years and started her agency, Dana J. Turner Insurance Services, Inc. in 1993. In 2021, she decided to merge with Get Benefits to be an even greater resource for her clients. Prior to counselling people through insurance renewals and benefit terminology as an agent, Dana was a licensed psychologist and counselled some famous patients in Beverly Hills! She loves her clients and views them as her extended family. She’s been married to her wonderful husband Cordell for 28 years and has a 23-year-old son, Ethan, and his dog, Bolt, who are not quite ready to move out, despite the occasional prodding… She is also a parent to her 4-legged Pomeranian, Boingo. Though this adorable family member is significantly older than Ethan at 105 years old (15 in human years), Boingo is never encouraged to move out. Originally from Queens, New York, Dana speaks fluent “intimidating New Yorker” and uses that language to help make sure insurance carriers are taking good care of her clients. In her spare time, she loves camping (in a motorhome!), fishing (she once caught and released a 150lb Marlin!) and shooting champagne at people (long story). In addition, she loves music, going to concerts, and raising and releasing Monarch butterflies into the wild!
Peter Nordel – Operations Manager
Peter loves working at Get Benefits because each day he gets to experience something new. He was born in Maryland and raised in Southern California. While SoCal may be known for tans, Peter proudly displays his red hair and his pale legs while playing volleyball; something he not only enjoys, but is actually rather good at. Peter loves to learn, which explains why he always has an answer to all the questions nobody is asking. Ideally, he would like to speak intelligently on any subject, including chemistry for some reason… Peter is an Eagle Scout, and thus has developed a great appreciation for all flavors of popcorn. Oh, and he can also start a fire by simply snapping a stick in half. He loves nature and tries to get out and enjoy it as much as he can. In his free time, besides volleyball, he enjoys cooking (he makes a mean prime rib), working out, and playing video and board games. Really he’s just all over the place. In fact, you can test this; just say “Hey Peter, do you want to…” Before you finish his answer will be yes.
Shane Canter – Sales Manager
As a child growing up, Shane did not always know what he wanted to do, but he was sure he wanted to work with people due to his outgoing personality. Seeing that his grandfather and mom both were in the insurance industry, it was fate that he would follow a similar path. Shane began his insurance career right here at Get Benefits back in 2010 as a telemarketer. After 3 years on the phones, he ran away to expand his insurance knowledge and develop an appreciation for driving in traffic on the 405 freeway. When the former worked but not the latter, Shane returned to Get Benefits and since has become a master of all things insurance; and shooting Nerf guns. When he is not putting in long, long hours at the office, he can be found playing slow pitch softball, building his repertoire of bathroom humor, hiking or mountain biking with friends and family, eliminating most any opportunity for free-time by adding something new to his calendar, and relaxing with his wife Jenn, son Easton, daughter Sienna, and dog Duke. Shane loves being creative which is clear at his home where he is always building, improving, or fixing what he breaks.
Debbie Dreese – Account Manager
Debbie has been with Get Benefits longer than any other employee and is pleased to provide excellent customer service to our clients. Her joy comes from knowing that most of her four “adult” children have finally flown the coop. Her best friend is her dog Romeo, which is evident in the way the two of them hatched a plan to somehow convince Tim, not a dog lover, to allow Romeo to be the office mascot. In fact, all 10 pounds of Romeo is likely the first Get Benefits team member you’ll encounter if you stop by our office. Debbie is a second-generation Californian, and it shows in her interests – camping, helping animals, reading, sewing and wearing t-shirts with animals on them. She loves helping others and unlike most humans, she also loves driving to LAX. And if that wasn’t enough, she pet-sits everything from large dogs to small snakes. She is the official animal lover at Get Benefits.
Kelli Ramirez – Account Manager
Kelli has been in the insurance world for over 20 years. Her interest began in her first insurance job working at a general agency where she learned many of the ins and outs of insurance. She enjoys this because it gives her an opportunity to help people understand this confusing and ever-changing industry, all while not even putting on her phone headset! She loves animals and loves hanging out and playing with her pitbull that she adopted from the Camarillo Animal Shelter. #whosavedwho Kelli has been vegan for over 10 years, but makes up for this by buying chips and salsa for the office. She likes to hang out with friends for Taco Tuesday, eating tacos Tuesday through Monday, going to the movies, crafting, hiking, bike riding, roller skating, eating tacos on Wednesdays through Tuesday, researching about nutrition and the benefits of eating healthy, and eating tacos. Mostly though, Kelli just loves to relax and eat tacos.
Kamryn Morilla – Account Manager
Kamryn has been in the insurance industry for 12 years, where she discovered her passion for Medicare. She loves helping clients and caregivers with complicated questions about Medicare, Social Security, and anything else that they need help with. When she isn’t discussing all things Medicare, she can be found working on one of many craft projects. Her favorite colors are pink and glitter, and she is obsessed with horror movies and true crime, two things with not a hint of pink or glitter. Kamryn and her husband, Mike, have been married for 14 years. Their son Travys – who they call their “miracle baby” – just became a teenager (good luck). They have many pets, including 3 cats: Phoenix, Julius Sneezer, and Bob Ross, or Bobby. They also have a 14-year-old red-eared slider named Spazz, and a 5-year-old ball python named Chyll. While Medicare takes up a lot of her time, Kamryn uses her free time by spending it with family, crafting with all things glitter, bedazzling her nails with glitter, throwing fun themed glitter parties, and waiting anxiously for Halloween. When she’s not staying at home, she likes to watch comedy shows, visiting theme parks, or going to swap meets.
Matt Munowitch – Customer Service Representative
Matt was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and while he moved from there long ago, the thrill of 100 degree plus temperatures and losing pennies by the dollars, still calls him back for regular visits. He grew up working on fishing boats, and was going to pursue that as his career, until he entered the banking industry, which in its own right is a little bit fishy. He worked in banking for 5 years, until his brother asked him to work on a fishing boat with him. At this point, you may be asking yourself… which came first, the bank or the fish? In this case, it was neither, because he met his wife and left the fish-banking or fishbaking industry. He has always enjoyed helping people, both through charity and through his work, so he decided to work in customer service so that he could help as many people as possible. He has a 7-year-old son, who always keeps him on his toes. One of his goals in life is to own every free polo shirt ever made – as long as it has a random logo on it. He loves being a part of the Get Benefits team.
Susie Ellis – Customer Service Representative
Susie grew up in the Conejo Valley and when we tell you she is very good at blowing up bugs, making people cry, and creating thunderstorms, while images of Disney villains may come to mind, let us assure you that Susie only excels at this because of her experience as a visual effects animator. Some time back, she left that world to work with humans and now enjoys the opportunity to share her fun, kind, and eager spirit by helping others in the animated world of insurance. Susie is outgoing, witty, creatively sarcastic, and often a total extrovert. She makes friends everywhere she goes, including the grocery store! Her little, though crazy-tall-for-his-age, son is very close to her. They have 3 adorable dogs — Courage the Cowardly Dog (afraid of houseflies), Pippi Dogstocking (the strongest 7 pound dog in the world), and Gracie (aka Gracecar – she’s super-fast). Susie’s favorite people in the world are her son and her five siblings and their significant others. She’s very close to all of them. They’re her favorite people in the world. She LOVES family get-togethers! She also loves to sing along to a wide variety of music. If karaoke was a sport, she would be its star. She loves to “improve” lyrics to songs and singing random lines when they fit into a conversation. In her spare time, she also writes young adult novels, currently about time travel with ghosts. Spooky!
Martin Cisneros – Agent
Martin was born and raised in Southern California, and while he had dreams as a young child to be a vaquero, he has settled for owning a horse named Pepe that he doesn’t ride. As a young man, he moved to Oxnard for the sand, surf, and smell of manure, and lives with his family there to this day. He has two daughters, Ashley and Lexie. He is a proud dad and was super excited to share that Lexie got an internship at a church in Oregon – though it’s unclear if he’s excited that she got the internship or excited because she moved out. He also lives with his two dogs, Sophie and Phoebe and based on the amount of times he drives up north to see his parents, he kind of lives with them too. Martin loves going to the gym, taking his dogs for walks, exhaling loudly, watching the Dodgers, Kings, UFC and Packers play, and helping customers with their insurance needs.
Sherri Gershon – Agent
Sherri started her insurance career as a claims adjuster where she learned the importance of empowering her clients by providing them with great information, so they can make educated decisions. She was raised in New York and though she would have to scale back the “intimidating New Yorker” that another Get Benefits team member is known for, at age 25, she followed her heart and moved to California. From the sea to the mountains, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else and feels blessed to have raised her son Garrett (22) and daughter Tori (19) in such a beautiful place. She knows firsthand that life can throw you curveballs and truly believes that life is not about what happens to you, but about how you react to what happens to you. With that, she wants to use her skills, experience, and what she’s learned on her journey to help others. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her two dogs for walks, cooking, spending time with friends, listening to audio books, sneaking away up the coast for some wine tasting, rejuvenation and refuge, and being obsessed with personal development. Her personal development plan includes taking her two dogs for walks while listening to audio books, cooking, spending time with friends, and sneaking away for wine tasting.
Jerry Weaver – Agent
Jerry is from Modesto, California, where he played football as a lineman for 10 years, and played “try not to die” in the 150 degrees outside temperature that Modesto is known for. In high school, he worked with his hands a lot, including auto shop, wood working, and – his favorite – welding. Jerry participated in Future Farmers of America, where he answered trivia questions and fixed engines. Because of his passion for farming, Get Benefits recently instituted a new company policy that no overalls are allowed on Casual Fridays. He moved to Southern California in 2009 and has stayed in the Ventura County area ever since. He and his wife Jana enjoy cooking together, hiking together, fishing together, camping together, off-roading together, being outside together, and being inside together; basically, they enjoy spending time… you guessed it… together. They have two cats named Sassy and Mortie, and a 5-foot-long corn snake named Herbie. Jerry decided to work in insurance because he loves helping people and making sure that they get the best care possible.
Pam Valera – Administrative Specialist
Pam was born in Manila, Philippines and earned a degree in Administrative Management with Computer Applications and an MBA from Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Pam has a wealth of experience in banking and as an analyst, so she decided her next logical step was insurance. Growing up Pam wanted to learn Taekwondo and how to play the drums. True to her adaptable nature, rather than a jumping spin kick, she mastered the art of spinning in the form of a pirouette when she studied ballet, and rather than banging the drums, she learned to gently tap the keys of a piano. While Pam likes to enjoy a peaceful life, instead she manages a bit of chaos with raising two teenage sons. She loves to travel and has been able to enjoy many places. Her dream is to visit Austria so she can personally see where many scenes of her all-time favorite movie, “The Sound of Music” was filmed. Work-life balance is important and while she has been particularly busy at times, she is sure to set aside time for her passion, which is dancing. Pam lives by the saying “Live and Let Live” and therefore chooses to respect the beliefs and lives of those around her, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.
Joy Anastacio – Administrative Specialist
True to her name, Joy loves to spread joy and laughter in the office. She is a mixed race of Spanish, French, Chinese, and Filipino, making her a true melting pot. She loves to cook gourmet dishes, and she is an excellent painter. She also enjoys hiking, stargazing, picking up interesting looking pebbles that look like leaves and leaves that look like pebbles, and rescuing animals that need help. In fact, she even rescues insects that need help, whereas most of her coworkers need rescuing from insects. While she claims she can live without WiFi, Joy loves to stream movies and TV shows. She has two sweet boys and a furry child, which is her Syrian hamster. During the pandemic, she produced 15 podcast episodes, in order to help others be motivated and happier, and her podcast made it into the top 250 Apple Podcasts in the Philippines and Spain! Working on that podcast opened a door for Joy to be a speaker for a fundraising project that provided online learning materials to students. She believes her love of life and people is the reason she found Get Benefits and works here now.
Vercy Mae Omnos – Administrative Specialist
Vercy has worked as a customer service representative for almost 3 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering but decided to pursue other areas because she loves interacting with others. Vercy is always ready for a challenge, and as such, you may just find your way across the table from her in a rip-roaring chess match, or being captivated by her as she easily wins a speech contest; which clearly means that “she more better communicator than some more better communicators.” She has always wanted to do a Ted Talk, and she also would like to start her own podcast so that she can use her passion for communication skills. Recently, she began to work in insurance, which took her out of her comfort zone. She loves working for Get Benefits because she has many new learning experiences, and she has enjoyed the transition to working with the rest of the team. Vercy loves to grow personally and professionally and is ready for whatever is thrown at her.
Alice Price – Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Alice was born across the Atlantic Ocean in the United Kingdom but moved to Southern California when she was just 5 years old. When she was 7, she found one of her biggest life passions, Theatre! She spent most of her youth on stage alongside her mother and grandfather in an annual production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza as well countless other local community theatre productions. When she wasn’t on stage, she was often found running around a playground with her friends playing make-believe. As a young adult, Alice found a natural skill with administrative assistance, and run-on sentences, and began to pursue and hone those skills, and is happy to be using those skills at Get Benefits, where using those skills several times in a single sentence, is always an appreciated skill! When not hard at work, Alice can be found at home playing video games, cooking homemade pasta or Crème Brulé, listening to jazz music, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends like any other good nerd. She would describe herself as passionate, charismatic, and always down to hang out with friends.