HIG-Education: Created for the Unique Risks Facing Our Schools

Your Risk is Exceptionally Complex

Schools face some of the most unique and complex risk dynamics of any institution. The pressure to manage these complex risk dynamics continues to build almost daily. You need an insurance partner who knows the challenges you face, which threaten your physical security and financial stability.


We’ve Been Trusted to Protect for Over 50 Years

Individually, our agencies have been trusted to protect Kentucky schools for more than half a century. We’ve worked tirelessly to foster trust with our school clients by always being there. Just as is the case with all of our sister agencies, HIG-Education is still proudly owned and domiciled here in Kentucky with all the local support you’ve grown accustomed to over the years.

With Us, You Have Extraordinary Comfort

At HIG-Education, schools are all we do, it’s what we know, and it’s who we protect. We understand what you’re facing, we know what keeps you up at night, and we’ve been through almost anything you may face. We’ve carefully assembled talent from the strengths of our agencies across the Commonwealth to create a uniquely experienced, smart, and resourceful team devoted to you, our schools.

The Warmth of Our Personal Touch

No matter how far we’ve advanced, we still feel like your hometown agent and always will. Without regard to size or distance, we provide each client with the same expertise, dedication, and passion. You have our total attention and you will always know just how important you are to us. With HIG-Education, you are significant and you are cared for.


Strength and Intelligence in our Numbers

Having the privilege to work with more than 75 school systems gives us unparalleled access to loss and performance data. This knowledge allows us to communicate trends specific to our state and to share large-loss events across the Commonwealth. Our state-of-the-art, customized risk and loss-analysis tools give you better information to make decisions and minimize your total cost of risk.

Our Coverages

With HIG-Education, you have access to every carrier writing insurance for school systems in the Commonwealth. This access gives you greater choice, flexibility, and complete customization in your risk management programs. These coverages can include:

Property & Casualty

Property, Inland Marine, Crime

Educators Legal Liability

General Liability

Cyber Liability

Law Enforcement Liability

Active Assailant

Fleet/Automobile Liability

Workers’ Compensation

Umbrella or Excess Liability

Section 125-Employee Benefits

Dental & Vision



Long-Term Care

Spending Accounts

Hospital Indemnity



Critical Illness

Our Services

We have built our capabilities to respond to your unique needs and created value-added services as our commitment to you. Because you deserve to feel cared for, valued, and protected.

Property & Casualty

  • Loss Analysis by Department, School & Injury Type
  • Regulations & Survey Reporting
  • Bus Driver Training
  • Custodial/Maintenance Training
  • Food Service Training
  • Principal/Dept Head/Supervisor Update Meetings
  • Return to Work/Alternative Duty
  • Drug-Free Workplace Certification
  • Facilitation of Safety Committees
  • Online Training
  • Active Assailant & Bleeding Control Training
  • On-site Safety Audits and Walkthroughs
  • Technical Assistance with OSHA

Section 125-Employee Benefits

  • Dedicated Account Management
  • Compliance
  • Complete Benefits Admin System
  • Employee Communication/Video
  • Benefits Counseling (Group Meetings/One-on-One Meetings)
  • Data Integration w/MUNIS
  • Direct Publications
  • Webinars

Critical Illness

Our Team

We’ve carefully assembled talent from the strengths of our agencies across the Commonwealth to create a uniquely experienced, smart, and resourceful team devoted to you, our schools.

Sue Porter

As the leader of our Public Entity Specialty Group, Sue’s team places insurance for 55 County governments, 27 Kentucky Cities and more than 500 governmental subdivisions. Sue’s expertise includes working with large entities who are interested in self insuring all or portions of their insurance risk. Sue works with our clients in the placement of excess insurance as well as managing all aspects of self insurance and/or high deductible/retention, risk management, third party administration and all filings and mandates of self insured employers with the State of KY.

Joe Stewart President of Curneal Hignite

Joe Stewart

Joe began his insurance career in 1994.  Joe has worked closely with Board of Educations since 1998.  He clearly understands the importance of insurance coverage designed specifically for all Board of Educations throughout KY and TN.  He understands the value of teamwork in accomplishing one’s personal and business goals.  His teamwork mentality is very crucial in getting to know his clients well and discovering how he can assist them in protecting their assets through a well-structured insurance program.  Many schools, businesses and families rely on Joe’s expertise to deliver the proper coverage at the most competitive price available. Joe and his wife Vicky have been married 39 years.  They have six grandchildren.  Joe enjoys traveling with family, spending time with his grandchildren, attending athletic events and volunteering at church.

David Livingston

David began his career working for one of the largest insurance carriers in Kentucky as a company representative to independent agencies. He is a licensed agent with nearly 20 years experience in the insurance industry. Coming to Roeding Insurance in 2009, David has focused his professional skills in the placement of insurance for Kentucky Schools, Cities, Utility Districts, Athletic Conferences and Political Subdivisions. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown College and is a Certified School Risk Manager. He is married to a school teacher and they have three daughters. David enjoys spending his personal time watching his three daughters play softball and working locally for his constituents.




David Brooks

David has over 20 years of experience in Public Entity Risk Management, Insurance, and Loss Prevention. During his career, he has supported risk management programs in more than 500 school systems, city/county governments, and utilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. David has been a featured presenter at numerous national, regional, and state conferences.  He strongly believes that proactive safety is a major key to a client’s success and effectiveness in managing risk. By partnering with him, David’s clients have seen significant improvements in their risk management programs.  David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University in 1998. He and his wife Jenny reside in Lexington with their three children Bella, MiMi, and Wilson.

Larry Mitchum

Since 1987 Larry has worked to provide Property, Liability, and Workers Compensation insurance to Public Entities. These prospects include Boards of Education, County Governments, City Governments, and Special Districts (Health Departments, Water Districts, etc.). When coverage is placed for a client, that is when he believes the work truly begins. Through 30+ years in this field Larry have seen that competitive bidding may get initial savings, but persistent and effective Loss Prevention Services and reducing insured’s claims is what will keep their future premiums down.  Larry has been married to his wife Elaine for 30 years.  He enjoys spending time with my family and volunteering at church.

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Jody Bryant

Jody co-founded Insurance Specialists in 1992 along with Bryne Wiseman which is now a part of the Houchens Benefits organization.  Upon graduation from The University of Kentucky, Jody has spent his entire career in the employee benefits area specializing in the large group insurance market.  Jody puts an emphasis on long-term relationship building with his clients and works on their behalf to control their overall employee benefits cost, while delivering superior customer service.  Jody has served on the Houchens Insurance Group Board since 2006, he is a past board member of the local boards of Wrote, Inc and The Boys and Girls Club. Jody enjoys spending much of his spare time coaching youth sports.

Maryellen Sweetman

Maryellen joined Houchens Insurance Group in July 2008 as our Wellness/Implementation Manager.  She is a Certified Human Resources Professional with 20+ years’ experience as a Human Resources Generalist for an International Fortune 500 Company. Maryellen is a Certified Corporate Wellness Coach and has experience creating and implementing successful wellness programs. She is also a licensed Health Insurance Agent, Human Resources Consultant and a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.  In her current role as Compliance Officer for Houchens Insurance Group, she is responsible for ensuring legal compliance with all federal and state labor laws, with special emphasis on ERISA, The Affordable Care Act, FMLA and the ADA to name a few.  Maryellen works with all of our agencies to assist their Human Resources staff in ensuring their legal compliance as it relates to benefits.

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Paula Hendrick

Paula has been a member of Houchens Insurance Group since 2001.  Prior to working with our schools, Paula handled individual medical and life insurance as well as Medicare Supplements.  Since the changes with health care reform, Paula positions herself closely with all of our school clients as an Account Coordinator.  Her duties include, coordinating open enrollments, helping our clients HR/payroll team set up carrier billings, help set enrollment processes, new hire enrollments, new technology, and billing audits.  She works closely with your dedicated Account Manager throughout the year for any service needs.  Additionally, she trains all of our benefits counselors prior to our enrollments to ensure anyone meeting with our clients has full product knowledge to provide the best service possible.  Once our open enrollments are completed, she continues to be available to answer any questions.  Prior to working for Houchens Insurance Group, she spent 2 years at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield working for an independent agent.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Western Kentucky University and is a licensed Health and Life Insurance Agent.

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