Hometown Insurance Agency - Agents
  • Steve Barnes, CLCS, AFIP, CPIA


    Steve has extensive knowledge of the insurance industry which began in 1995. He began in underwriting, moved to sales and is currently the owner of Hometown Insurance Agency of Columbus. He has obtained his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation in 2005 and is committed to excellence and superior customer service. Steve is married with three children and resides in Columbus, NE. He is a graduate of Columbus High School, University of Nebraska at Kearney and served in the Nebraska National Guard.

  • Daniel R. Headlee, CIC

    Vice President

    Dan started at Zurich Insurance Company developing several specialized insurance programs utilized throughout the country. He is a lifelong Omaha resident, attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Dan is committed to the insurance industry obtaining his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 2000.

  • Kathy Miller


    Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, focusing mainly on personal lines. She started her career at Union Ins Co in Lincoln, NE. She continued in the field on the agency side when she and her husband moved to Columbus in 1983. Besides being a licensed agent, she has been involved in all facets of the agency operation including claims, customer service and administrative duties. She was one of the 3 original owners of Hometown Insurance Agency which was established in 1998. She is originally from Verdigre, NE. She and her husband, Steve, have 3 grown children and 1 granddaughter.

  • Lisa Bender


    Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, specializing in personal lines and family farms. Her and her husband Todd live on their farm near Humphrey, NE and have raised their 2 children there. Lisa takes great pride in providing the best service possible to her clients. She was one of the 3 original owners of Hometown Insurance Agency which was established in 1998. When not working she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family in Montana.

  • Katie M Schroeder

    Commercial Customer Service Rep and Agent

    Katie started her insurance career as a Sr. Commercial Lines Underwriter with Nationwide Insurance. After 13 years at Nationwide, she decided to try a different avenue in the insurance business as a licensed insurance agent. She has a strong commercial background and is dedicated to professional customer service. Katie is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan and is married with two daughters. She loves hanging out with her family and spending time outdoors.

  • Kari Bice

    Personal Lines Customer Service Rep

    Kari is a lifelong resident of Columbus. She joined Hometown Insurance Agency in August 2018. Previously she was part of Walmart management team for 13 years. She is passionate about offering excellent customer service and helping our clients meet all of their insurance needs. She is currently working towards her property and casualty license. Her and her husband have a son that they enjoy spending all their time with. In her free time, she enjoys any and all sports while spending time with family and friends.

  • Shayla Long

    Personal lines agent

    Shayla began her insurance career in 2010 as a customer service representative and got her license in 2012, specializing in personal lines. She takes pride in providing dependable and quality service to all of her clients. Shayla and her husband have 2 boys that keep them busy with sports and activities. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.