Meet Our Staff


Lindy Barnard – Agent/Broker


Lindy Barnard joined Insurance Group of Denver in 2012. She is licensed in Property and Casualty, Life and Health.

Her goal is to find her customers the best policy coverage at the most competitive price while working with her clients in a professional and thoughtful manner.

Lindy is a Denver native as well as a graduate of The University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.  She is married and a mother who enjoys spending time with her family and friends..

Lindy is dedicated to providing amazing customer service and building long lasting customer relationships.


Kathy East – Agent/Broker

A Colorado resident for over 25 years, Kathy is thankful to call the sunshine state home. She hails from the Midwest and has a special appreciation for the beautiful Colorado Rockies. She joined the Insurance Group of Denver in 2015 and provides auto, home, life, umbrella, and commercial insurance.

Kathy’s knowledge of insurance and commitment to her clients is evident as she works to provide the best rates and proper coverage amounts for her customers.
She considers client education to be one of the most important aspects of her work.

Kathy’s loves are her husband, son, and their two Golden Retrievers. Her interests include hiking, gardening, and bird watching.


Dan Mahoney- Agent/Broker


A Denver resident for the last 38 years, Dan loves living and playing in Colorado. With his wife and three children, there are always exciting activities. Their most recent adventure was cutting their Christmas tree in Pine, Colorado.

Dan graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in political science with an emphasis in international relations. He also studied in the Masters of Business Administration in ecommerce program at Regis University.

He has owned and operated several small businesses as well as worked with Fortune 500 companies. In 2002, Dan started his career in insurance and finds his work to be fulfilling and is thankful for the opportunity to serve his clients all these years.

Dan’s approach to insurance is simple: make insurance easy to understand, help his clients find real value for their premium dollar, and always put the best interests of his clients first. Dan takes pride in finding the best options and being a trusted resource for his clients.


Amber Mahoney – Accounts and Payroll Support


A Denver native born and raised, Amber loves calling Colorado home.

Her background is in Corporate Communications and Investor Relations but for the last several years she has been a stay-at-home mom to three children while also handling the accounting and payroll to the business.

This makes life very busy but she is grateful for our wonderful clients and to be a part of the team at the Insurance Group of Denver!


Amy Saber – Client Specialist

Amy loves to help people, so working for Insurance Group of Denver as a Client Specialist is more than just a job.  Since joining the company in 2013, she has truly come to love the laid back atmosphere at the office, her fellow employees’ determination to reach their goals, and being an integral part of a growing company.

Amy is originally from the Bronx, New York, but has called Colorado her home for 13 years.   She loves to spend time with her husband, 4 year old son, and their chocolate lab.

Amy is looking forward to helping you meet your insurance needs.


Van Shapard – Agent/Broker


Van Shapard joined Insurance Group of Denver in 2013. He is a native of Georgia but has called Denver home the past 16 years.

He specializes in auto, homeowners, umbrellas and commercial insurance. Van is dedicated to helping clients by educating them on their proper coverage’s and placing the client in the best market with the most value for their dollar.

He is married to a wonderful wife they have a 7 year old daughter in the second grade plus a puppy Labrador named Brian.

Van is an avid swimmer, enjoys the mountains and hanging out with family and friends.


Rob Sturmshighrez

Rob Sturms – Commercial Agent/Broker

Rob is a third-generation Denver native. He grew up in southeast Denver close to Observatory Park. After graduating from Denver Lutheran High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting/business from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Rob spends most of my free time with my family. He also enjoys sports, movies, and gardening.

Rob was first licensed as an insurance agent in 1994. He wants to combine his skills in finance with his interest in business. Building business relationships and customer service are a top priority for him. In addition to his personal attention to your needs, Insurance Group of Denver offers very competitive markets to select from which ultimately will provide more choice and value of coverage.

Rob would be honored and grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in protecting your commercial exposures, interests and assets. He takes pride in being honest, available, dependable, and competent. Rob will take the time that is needed to discover what insurance coverage is most beneficial to your individual needs. As a prior accountant, he has the ability to work through the complexity and nuisances that face large and small business owners, investors, and professionals. A personal goal of his is to communicate in a clear manner and make complex ideas and language simple to understand. Rob believes that being a broker is advising, educating, and taking the time to truly understand each client’s situation.


Nathan Baiphowong – Social Media Consultant

Nathan was born and raised in Colorado. He joined Insurance Group of Denver in June of 2018. Nathan is a student at Creighton University in Omaha, and is currently pursuing majors in Business Intelligence and Analytics as well as Marketing.

Nathan has become well versed in using social media to communicate and expand his market through buying and selling clothing and footwear online. He is constantly trying to create a better customer experience for both current and new clients through the use of social media.

He enjoys working out, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.