Our Team

Our strongest asset is our incredibly devoted team. With over 65 years of experience, we have developed a reputation for consistently providing an exceptional experience for our clients. We are confident that with our understanding of the insurance space, we can help you better prepare for the unexpected.

"No matter what question or problem may arise, our representatives at Saleme are immediately responsive. If they need time to review something they do so in record time. They are a pleasure to work with."

- Ralph, client since 2016

At Saleme Insurance, we have the client—and only the client—in mind.

At our firm, we have the client—and only the client—in mind.

One-size-fits-all just doesn't apply to insurance, which is why every client gets our undivided attention. We take a proactive approach when helping you develop a strategy to address all of your insurance needs. Our only goal is to keep you and your loved ones protected with the policies you need.

Over the years, we have found that a team approach is an effective method of achieving this goal as you navigate the complex world of insurance. Each member of our team is an expert in the insurance industry, with training and education beyond the norm. We invite you to discover and experience the benefits of a diverse team with differing educational interests, experiences, and strategies.

What is an independent insurance agent?

When you decide to buy a car, you wouldn’t purchase the first one you see. What if one day the automobile industry decided to make only one type of car, one make, and one model. You wouldn’t have a choice!

The same situation holds true for insurance. You need insurance to drive a car, to purchase a house, to protect your family’s financial future, and to run a small business. But if there was only one insurance company that offered only one type of insurance, car insurance, home insurance, or business owner policy — you wouldn’t have a choice. The only solution would be going to that one company.

With an independent insurance agent, you have choices. Independent agents are not tied to any one insurance company. One of the advantages of using an independent agent is that he or she works to satisfy your needs. You are using an expert for an important financial decision.

An independent agent has several companies that he or she can approach to get you the best coverage at the best price. And, your independent agent will know the companies with the most efficient claims departments to recover your losses as quickly as possible.

When you buy insurance, whether it’s for your home, your car or your business, you want an advocate who will properly assess the risks you face and give you an objective analysis of the marketplace. It’s up to you to make the final choice.

Our Core Values

Our core values are deeply engrained in our culture. They are the values our founder, Jim Saleme, believed in and used to build his business. Many years later, they still help us provide you with the best customer experience. Each decision we make is influenced by these values and determines how we do business, the Saleme way. 

  1. Integrity: We want the best for you, even if it’s not the best for us.
  2. Compassion: We’re an ear for the happy and sad, the angry and glad; whatever your situation you’ll always find a friendly face and an open heart.
  3. Commitment: We’re there for you in a way no one else can be, protecting the items you care about most.
  4. Family: Our family is more than our own, extending to our employees, clients, and community.
  5. Expertise: Challenging ourselves to continuous education is essential for our team to provide the quality experience you deserve.

Altoona Office

Jennifer D’Andrea

Jennifer D’Andrea

Secretary / Treasurer

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Tammy Hallman

Tammy Hallman

Personal Lines CSA

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Barb Showalter

Barb Showalter

Commercial Lines CSA

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Raymond Murgas

Raymond T.  Murgas

Commercial Sales Agent

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Jennifer Lonsinger

Jennifer Lonsinger

Personal Lines CSA

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Nicki Wilkes

Nicki Wilkes

Personal Lines CSA

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown

Commercial Sales Agent

(814) 946-5471 ext. 313

(814) 946-9298

Ashley McVay

Ashley McVay

Personal Lines Agent

(814) 946-5471 ext. 314

(814) 946-9298

Kara Snyder

Kara Snyder

Personal Lines CSA

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Stephen Nemenz

Stephen Nemenz

Commercial Sales Agent

(814) 946-5471

(814) 946-9298

Michele McGinnis

Michele McGinnis

Commercial Lines CSA

State College Office

Liz Albert

Liz Albert

Office Manager/Life Insurance Sales Specialist

(814) 238-8895

(814) 238-8872

Cindy Irwin

Cindy Irwin

Customer Service Agent

(814) 238-8895

(814) 238-8872

Get to know us

Your insurance needs are personal, and it's important that you know who you're working with when you choose an insurance company. If you'd like to get to know us better, here are some pages to get you started. Plus, you can always call us; we'd like to get to know you too!

Our Brand

Our Brand

No matter what you're going through, you can trust that Saleme Insurance will be there for you. Crazy Happens. It's gonna be okay.

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Our Story

Our Story

Our history is vibrant and dynamic. Since our founding in 1954, we have continued to serve the communities we love, never forgetting where we started. Read more about our history. 

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Our Companies

Our Companies

As an independent insurance agency, we represent a variety of carriers from Erie to Progressive to help you find affordable, customized coverage.

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