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Barbara Buddenhagen

Barbara Buddenhagen, President

Barbara Buddenhagen manages the operations and serves as President of Pardee’s Agency. As one of the owners of Pardee’s Agency, Barbara is proud to work with such compassionate and professional associates. As a NY State licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent and Broker, she assists individuals, families and businesses recommending insurance programs specifically tailored to their needs.Barbara attended SUNY Plattsburgh. Current professional affiliations include membership in the PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, NY Hudson Valley Users Group of Applied Systems, Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Kingston Uptown Business Association. Barbara served on the inaugural Agent’s Council for the Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, representing the Hudson Valley region. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys her grandchildren, gardening and her two cocker spaniels.







Scot Hastie

J. Scot Hastie, CIC, Vice President

With 36 years of experience as a licensed Insurance Agent, Scot focuses on building and selling comprehensive insurance protection packages to new business clients, while balancing the critical function of providing excellent service to existing clients. In addition, his responsibilities as a Principal of the Agency keeps him involved in the day-to-day operations of the business. He will do whatever is necessary to serve our clients and provide a stable and enjoyable place for our staff to work.

While active in all areas of insurance, Scot has specialized in serving the needs of the construction industry for many years. Scot is also proficient across the board from personal insurance to the complex needs of larger businesses.

Scot is a member of our two primary professional insurance organizations, IIABNY and PIANY. He holds the CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation. His commitment to the community is reflected in his past service as a Board Member of the Ulster County Big Brothers & Big Sisters Organization and as a board member of the Ulster County Mental Health Association. He currently serves on the board of the Town of Woodstock Board of Assessment Review.

His spare time is devoted to his wife Barbara, daughter Cassandra and the family dog Moki.


Kelly Ilgner

Kelly Ilgner, CPIA, Office Manager 

Kelly joined Pardee’s in 2002 and has well over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Not only does she excel in client service relations, but she places emphasis on providing quality insurance coverage to our clients. She continually integrates enthusiasm and strategy with her staff to effectively manage the agency. Professional Affiliations include PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly enjoys the outdoors and traveling with her family.

Jessica Parisella

Jessica Parisella, Receptionist

Jessica will be the first to greet you at Pardee’s, whether you stop by to see us in person or if you give us a phone call. Jessica is also the “source” for all of your billing questions. Jessica is a graduate of John A. Coleman High School and a lifelong resident of Kingston.

Deanna Tyler

Deanna Tyler, Account Manager Personal Lines

Deanna is a Licensed NYS Property & Casualty Broker with well over 10 years of industry experience. She joined Pardee’s in 2008. She consistently provides excellent customer service. Deanna specializes in reviewing customers’ insurance needs and searching out the best solutions for them, striving for quality coverage. She is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, HV Women in Business, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

Shannon Stewart

Shannon A Stewart, Account Manager Personal Lines

Shannon joined the Pardee’s team in 2011. She earned her NYS licensed Property and Casualty license in 2006. Shannon specializes in assisting our personal lines customers; Shannon is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy Scofield, Account Manager Personal Lines

Nancy Scofield is an experienced licensed NYS Property & Casualty Broker. She is a Mom of three and Grandmother of four, who recently moved back to the Ulster County area to be closer to her family & friends.  She is passionate about being a good customer service representative and giving back to her community.  Did we mention, that she loves to run 5k’s and being with her grandchildren?  If you are in the area, stop into Pardee’s to see if she can save you money and improve your Insurance coverage

Jessica Decker

Jessica Decker, CPIA, Account Manager Commercial Lines

Jessica began her insurance career with Pardee’s Agency in 1992, and earned her NYS Brokers license in Property & Casualty in 1999. She specializes in finding the appropriate pricing and policy coverage for new customers to the agency. Jessica’s main focus is commercial customers, however she is also fluent with personal insurance coverages. She is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. She is active in serving her community – secretary for the High Falls Fire District; past secretary & driver for the Marble town First Aid Unit and the past secretary for the Rondout Valley Little League. When not volunteering she enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren, reading and going to the beach!

Christina Kall

Christina Kall, CPIA, Account Manager Commercial Lines

Christina, a licensed insurance broker, began her professional insurance career in 1996 with Pardees. Over the years she has become an industry specialist in commercial line servicing. She is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

Christina enjoys the outdoors, especially boating season with her life partner Ray and son Jimmy.

Maria Meyer

Maria R Meyer, CPIA, Account Manager Commerical Lines

Maria started in the insurance industry in 2001 as a Personal Lines customer service representative, utilizing her previous banking experience. She became interested in the insurance industry and worked hard to acquire her NYS Brokers Property & Casualty, and Life, Accident and Health licenses in 2004. She joined Pardee’s in 2005, writing and servicing all lines of business. Maria’s specialty is working with new and existing Commerical Lines customers. She is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Sasso

Karen Sasso, Claims Specialist

Karen has worked in the Insurance industry for 26 years, joining the Pardee’s Agency in 2000 as a Commercial Lines Account Manager. She is a NYS licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Broker and prides herself on providing excellent customer service. Karen also specializes in assisting our customers to navigate the process of an insurance claim. She is a member of PIANY, IIABNY and Trusted Choice, and the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. In her free time Karen enjoys vacationing and spending time outdoors.

Michael Higley

Michael A Higley, Account Manager Financial Services, CIC, LUTCF

Mike is a 30+ year NYS licensed life and health insurance agent and a property and casualty broker focusing on financial services; offering and servicing life, disability insurance, annuities, and notably small group health insurance and employee benefits. Mike has worked with the Pardee’s Agency since 1993, providing commercial property and liability insurance packages to garages, restaurants, and hospitality risks, and helping small business owners find value for their insurance premium dollars. Mike holds the Certified Insurance Counselor designation, is NYS Partnership certified for qualified long term care insurance, offers Medicare supplement health plans and non-partnership long-term care plans.

Mike is a SUNY Cobleskill BBA summa cum laude graduate with emphasis in financial planning. He is securities registered through S.A. Stone Wealth Management, Inc. helping select clients grow their resources.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys golf, is an avid hiker and member of several mountaineering clubs, and is supportive of a number of charitable organizations in both time and resources.

Diane DeCicco

Diane DeCicco

Forever remembered; Forever missed

Diane A DeCicco passed away at her home, with her family by her side on January 23, 2019. After many years of fighting the great fight, she is now at rest. Diane leaves us with so many memories personally and professionally! She became a part of the Pardee’s Agency family in 2000. She taught many of us great customer service skills, as well as how to have fun in our (sometimes) complicated insurance world. While Diane may no longer be physically present, her legacy will continue to be with us. Her authenticity will forever be remembered, as well as her resiliency, joy and wit.

Ryan Hastie

Ryan Hastie, CLCS, PLCS, CPIA, Account Exective

Ryan, a lifelong Ulster County resident, now lives in the Hunter/Windham area with his wife, son, and black lab, Moe. As an Account Executive for both commercial and personal accounts, he is focused on making connections with new clients and he prides himself on the relationships he has built with his current clients. Ryan is Scot’s nephew and he has enjoyed Scot’s mentorship since joining Pardee’s Agency in 2013. As a teen, Ryan was a proud member of the Onteora Central School athletics program. He is currently serving on the Greene County Chamber Board and is also an active participant in the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and the Local BNI Chapter.

Diane DeCicco

Brittany Hanzl, Account Manager

Brittany, a lifelong Ulster County resident, graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2015. She is passionate about providing excellent customer service and utilizing her previous banking experience. Brittany became interested in the insurance industry, and recently obtained her NYS Brokers Property & Casualty License . She is excited to learn about the industry to be able to assist and educate our clients. Brittany is looking forward to working with both Personal & Commercial clients. She enjoys crafting, is a volunteer fire fighter and enjoys giving back to her community.