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Kerry Ryan

Professional Experience:
Kerry has worked in the insurance industry since 1976, joining Lonergan & Thomas in 1978. A Bennington native, Kerry is Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Vermont (IIAV) and has earned his Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation (AAI). He is a member of the Bennington Lions Club having served as President and currently as Treasurer. He was also the Spirit of Sharing Treasurer for many years.

Education:
Mt. Anthony Union High School
University of Vermont
Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI)

Personal & Outside Interests:
Kerry and his wife have two grown children and two grandsons. His younger daughter, Leah is working in the agency. Activities include hunting, fishing, playing golf, snowmobiling and camping.

Glenn Comar

Professional Experience:
Glenn started his insurance career in 1975 with the Harte Agency where he obtained both his insurance brokers license as well as a real estate brokers license. In 1981 the Harte Agency was purchased by Lonergan and Thomas. He is a past member of the Bennington Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Better Bennington Corporation and United Counseling Service.

Education:
Mt. Anthony Union High School
North Adams State College

Outside Interests:
When time permits Glenn enjoys the outdoors; hunting, fishing, horseback riding and beekeeping as well as working on his antique pickup.

Gary Thomas

Professional Experience:
Gary joined Lonergan & Thomas in 1990 and is the 3rd generation Thomas to work in the agency. Prior to joining the agency he worked as a real estate paralegal for Witten, Saltonstall & Woolmington, PC. A native of Bennington Gary has served as President of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bennington Downtown Improvement District, President of the Bennington Region Preservation Trust and currently serves as President of the Bennington Park Lawn Cemetery. Gary is also actively involved in the Bennington area youth soccer program having coached for 10 years.

Education:
Mt. Anthony Union High School
University of Vermont

Personal & Outside Interests:
Gary and his wife, Amy Barber-Thomas, have six children. He enjoys playing golf, home improvement projects and spending time with his family.

Diane Gibbons

Professional Experience:
Diane started at Lonergan & Thomas in 1987. Prior to joining the agency, she worked as Executive Secretary for Oak Industries. Diane works in personal lines customer service with extensive interaction with clients.

Education:

Bennington Catholic High School
St. Joseph Business College 

Accredited Customer Service Rep



Outside Interests:
Diane and her husband Chester have four children. Diane enjoys gardening, local school sports events, remodeling her home and spending time with her many grandchildren.

Amanda Meerwarth

Professional Experience:
Amanda has been with Lonergan & Thomas since September of 2013. She is new to the insurance business but has many years experience in the customer service field, most recently with a local propane company.

Education:
Hoosick Falls Central School Hoosick Falls, NY
SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY

Outside Interests:
Amanda and her husband Jeremy have two small children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga and playing outside with the kids.

Leah Ryan

Professional Experience:
Leah joined Lonergan & Thomas in March of 2011, shortly after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University. She is the second generation in her family to work for the agency, following her father Kerry Ryan. She focuses primarily on commercial lines insurance but has experience in personal lines as well. Prior to working for the agency she worked for Citizens Bank through college and briefly afterward.

Education:
Mt. Anthony Union High School
Southern New Hampshire University

Outside Interests:
Camping, hiking, snow shoeing, reading, cooking

Sharon Green-Gras

Professional Experience:
Sharon joined Lonergan & Thomas in 2005 as their receptionist.  She moved to Bennington from New York State 10 years ago. Prior to working for Lonergan & Thomas she worked for a local car dealership and a credit union in Saratoga NY.  She is an active member of the Bennington Lions Club.

Education:
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School, Schenectady NY

Personal & Outside Interests:
Sharon has 2 children and she and her husband enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren. They recently moved to Shaftsbury and are enjoying the peace and quiet, and the beautiful sunsets from their front porch. They also enjoy traveling to Maine when they can.

Daryl Spirka

Professional Experience:
Daryl joined the agency in 2006 as the agency accountant.  As a Certified Public Account, she also operates a tax and accounting business, providing individual and small business tax and accounting advice.  Daryl is also a licensed life insurance agent.

Education:
Wilmington High School
University of Vermont

Personal & Outside Interests:
Daryl resides in Wilmington with her husband Bill and daughter, Devon.  She enjoys gardening, hiking and watching collegiate basketball.