Our Team

Executive Team


Rene Swan joined United Valley in 2011 and became President in 2016. Rene has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Prior to joining United Valley, she spent time on the retail agency side and the carrier side.

Rene has served on the Fresno-Clovis Walk to End Alzheimer's Planning Committee, the Central Valley Steering Committee for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and served as co-chair of their Central Valley Grants Committee from 2012-2017.

Rene and her husband, Mark have two adult sons. One is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and one is teaching English as a second language in Jiaozuo, China. In her spare time, she enjoys sailing, reading and spending time outdoors.



John Perkins joined United Valley in 2015 and became Vice President in 2018. Prior to United Valley, John worked in claims at Farmers Insurance Group and was a Senior Agency Portfolio Manager at Foremost Insurance.

John graduated from California State University, Chico. He has over 26 years of property and casaulty experience and earned his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

John and his wife, Jennifer have two sons. One is a graduate from Arizona State, who is entering the workforce utilizing his Data Analytics Business degree and one attends Hood College, where he plays baseball, while studying for a Business Administration degree. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being active outside and watching movies.



Michael O’Dell joined United Valley in 2000. Prior to United Valley, he was a systems analyst and consultant to very large organizations.

Michael is responsible for managing internal systems and compiling and analyzing member and carrier production data for profit sharing and other purposes.


Management Team


Monika joined United Valley in 2018. She has over 30 years of relationship management experience with carriers and Third Party Administrators. Monika is the relationship manager for Northern and Central California member agencies, our personal lines carriers and our Preferred Vendors.

Monika is a graduate of Charter Oak State College and holds certifications in Leadership Management and Group Insurance. She is married and has two daughters. She recently welcomed her second grandchild to the family. Monika is an active volunteer in the community, donating her time to causes that support children and families dealing with grief and loss.



Elizabeth joined United Valley in 2002. Prior to joining United Valley, she was an Agency Services Coordinator at OneBeacon Insurance. She soon became an Underwriting Technician and then Underwriting Specialist.

Elizabeth is an active member of her church and lives in Madera with her husband and their children.



Mike joined United Valley in 2018. He has over 19 years of property and casualty experience as an account executive, business developer, territory manager and sales executive. Mike assists members with account reviews, marketing support for large or complex risks, coverage analysis and other projects.

Mike has two children and lives in the Sacramento area. He enjoys many hobbies including, hiking, cycling and running. Mike currently completes over 400 miles a month in these fitness categories and has a goal to hit 500 this summer.



Heather Beamer joined United Valley in 2018. She has over 12 years of experience as a marketing professional and graphic designer. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Heather is responsible for protecting the United Valley brand, development and execution of marketing strategies, including all communications, social media, events, public relations and advertising.

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