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Our Agents

We may be biased, but we think we have the most talented, experienced, professional insurance agents in the field. It's our commitment to you. Meet the Unland staff below and discover how they can work for you. 


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Patrick J. Taphorn, CIC, CSRM

After completing his education and basketball career at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Pat joined The Unland Companies in 1989 as our Controller. In 1994 Pat moved to Sales. Pat serves his community well—past president of the Pekin Chamber of Commerce, assistant varsity basketball coach and member of the 40 Leaders Under 40 group. Pat is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and the first Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) in Illinois.


Bill Shock - Unland Companies

Bill Shock, CBC
Executive Vice President

In 1989, Bill merged his family agency with The Unland Companies. In his position of Executive Vice President of our benefits department, Bill and his staff are responsible for the sales of group and individual products, payroll related products, and all pension/estate products. Bill serves on several not-for-profit and professional association boards.



Betsy Yarcho, RHU, LUTCF, CBC
Vice President, Benefits

A cum laude graduate from Eastern Illinois University in 1982, Betsy has more than 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry as a producer, manager and customer service representative. She recently joined the Unland team and specializes in Employee Benefits. Betsy has designations as a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) and a Chartered Benefit Consultant (CBC). In addition, she has completed Consumer Directed Health Care Certification. Betsy has an extensive background in public service and is active in the community.


Nate Rugaard - Unland Companies

Nate Rugaard
Vice President

Nate joined The Unland Companies in 2013.  His past professional career includes serving as the Executive Director of Camp of Champions USA and as the Athletic Director at Peoria Christian School.  Nate received his bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and his master’s degree from IUPUI in 2010.  Nate is a lifelong resident of Morton, where he and his wife, Joy, and their 4 children still reside.  His community involvement includes various church programs and youth sports. He also currently serves on the Morton Basketball Association board.  Nate’s sales and servicing activities will focus on Commercial and Personal Property & Casualty Insurance and Group Benefits.


Joe Shehorn - Unland Companies

Joe Shehorn

Joe joined the Unland Companies in 2007. He has over 15 years of previous business experience. Joe is very involved in the community as well as serving on the board for the Pekin Kiwanis.  Joe’s sales and servicing activities focus on Commercial and Personal Property & Casualty Insurance.


Mike Eddy - Unland Companies

Michael Eddy

Michael recently became the agent at our Citizens Insurance in Macomb. A graduate of Commonwealth Baptist College, Mike brings several years of marketing experience and was an agent at Shelter Insurance before joining Unland Companies. As an agent with Shelter, Mike was given the Rising Star Award for his work in life insurance. Mike and his wife Erin have five boys, and their family is very involved at Victory Baptist Church in Macomb; Mike serves as Director of Ministries and Erin directs a Sunday school class for young people. Mike is also involved in the Chamber of Commerce and serves as an ambassador, and he is the current Chairman of the ambassador committee. Mike enjoys sports, and he is a volunteer basketball coach for the local YMCA. Mike specializes in commercial and personal lines insurance.


Nicole Tatlock

Noele Tatlock
Agent – Personal Lines and Small Business

A lifelong Pekin resident, Noele Tatlock loves helping people understand their insurance. She joined Unland in 2019 and looks forward to becoming a great asset to the team. Noele owned her own agency from 2013 through the fall of 2019. She is a member of Pekin Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving as ambassador. In addition, she recently joined the Pekin Police Foundation board. Noele will be focusing on personal lines and small business insurance.


Janelle Hensley - Unland Companies

Janelle Hensley, CISR

Janelle joined Winter Insurance in March of 1978 as an East Peoria Community High School co-op student. That was the start of her lifelong commitment to the agency as she began her career ascent to obtain her insurance license in 1982 and her CISR designation in 2003. She concentrates today on a dual role as Assistant Office Manager and Personal Lines Manager. Janelle is a lifelong resident of East Peoria and enjoys being a member of East Peoria Kiwanis, where she serves on their Board and as Speaker Chair, and also is an East Peoria Chamber of Commerce volunteer.


Sarah Vancil

Sara Vancil, CISR
Agent/Account Manager

After being with us from 2014 to 2018, Sara rejoined Unland at the end of 2019 in our Macomb office. Along with attending Coe College, she also received her CISR designation in 2017. She currently lives in Monmouth with her husband, Justin and daughter, Cora, and loves to spend time outdoors with them and her dog. In her free time, you can find her boating in the Ozarks and volunteering for Relay For Life of Warren-Henderson Counties where she serves as the Event Lead. Sara will be focusing on Farm and Crop insurance at Unland, as well as Personal Lines and Small Commercial Lines.



Dakota Bennington

Whether he is playing basketball, kicking back poolside with family and friends, or watching movie marathons, Dakota is always calm, cool, and collected. A central Illinois native, Dakota grew up around the game of basketball. From high flying dunks and championship rings to volunteering at camps and coaching youth teams, he knows a thing or two about being understanding and attentive. After learning the ins and outs of the insurance industry during his time as an intern here at Unland, he joins our team full-time as an agent and brings with him the same skills that helped him excel on and off the court.


Chad Arseneau - Unland Companies

Chad Arseneau
Financial Advisor

Chad, a graduate of Illinois State University, joined The Unland Companies in 2004 and brings 13 years of total experience in the financial markets and investment consulting.  Chad lives in Pekin with his wife and three Children.  He is active in his church, First United Methodist Church of Pekin, and has served on the Pekin Lions Club and Kiwanis Club.


Laura Maas - Unland Companies

Laura Maas
HR Solutions Manager

Laura joined The Unland Companies in April 2012. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and her background includes 18 years in human resource administration in the nonprofit and banking industry. She currently serves on the Workforce Network Board and the Youth Council of the Workforce Network Board. She is responsible for managing the Human Resource Services program for Unland clients and area businesses and organizations.


Allie Fisher

Allie Blunier

Allie joined the Unland Companies in 2019 and is responsible for overseeing all financial and accounting activities including budget management, financial analysis, forecasting, accounting payable, accounts receivable and financial reporting.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2011 and her Master of Science in Accounting in 2012 from Illinois State University.  Allie is a Licensed Certified Public Account with 7 years prior experience in public accounting.


Bonnie Eeten - Unland Companies

Bonnie Eeten

Bonnie brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Unland Companies when she joined us in 2009. Her experience as a business owner, insurance broker and third-party administrator can be put to work for you.



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