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Our Team


Andy Simmons


Andrew Simmons has been working in insurance in one way or another for most of his life. His passion for the industry came from his father, Roger Simmons, who held his insurance license for over 50 years. Starting with working with his parents at their insurance agency as a teenager he has worked in a range of industries from restaurants, to factories, to mortgage banking. In 2002 Andrew finally decided to start his own insurance agency.

He is married to Dawn and has 5 grown children all within the Hudsonville area, truly making Shield Insurance a family and community forward agency.



Dawn Simmons


Dawn Simmons, wife to Andy and mother to their five children, helped Andy start Shield Insurance back in 2002. As the company has grown she has taken a step back and now works part time in the office. The rest of her time is devoted to all the errands and upkeep of our home & business. Though she and Andy are now official “empty nesters” she enjoys her role as wife, mother, and grandmother.



TJ Simmons


TJ Simmons is the Vice -President of Shield Insurance. In addition, TJ is a landlord residing in North East Grand Rapids with his fiancé Brianna and their pets: Scooby Doo (1.5yo dog) and two crazy cats Nina and Mango.

He is the youngest member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, sits on the Social Committee of the Grand Rapids Youth Professionals (GRYP), and is also a very active member of the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce.

His favorite part of working in the insurance industry is working with business owners. He states that his ultimate goal is to, “educate business owners about their insurance and make sure they have the right coverage, while also creating long lasting relationships between our family business, and theirs.”



Tammy Kaptein

Tammy Kaptein has been with Shield Insurance since 2008. She is a licensed agent as well asa dedicated customer service representative. her favorite thing about her job is helping people meet their insurance needs & understand their insurance policies. She has lived in the Hudsonville area her whole life & love the close community.

Alongside her husband she has 4 very active, amazing kids. Away from work her time is eaten up quickly attending many football, soccer, volleyball & basketball games. When there is extra time she enjoys scrapbooking, shopping, spending time as a family camping & attending school & church functions.


Valina Greer

Valina Greer is the newest member of the Shield Insurance Agency team. She previously spent five years working claims for Farmers Insurance. After exploring other career options, she found that she truly missed helping others so her first thought was to return to insurance. When she’s not busy working you can find me spending lots of time with her huge family, fondly calling themselves the modern day Brady Bunch.


Melissa Hunt

Melissa Hunt has been with the Shield Insurance Agency family since July 2017. She is a licensed insurance agent, account manager and a satisfied client for over 6 years now. She grew up in Jenison is now raising her 3 children alongside her husband of 13 years in Hudsonville. In her free time she enjoys going to amusement parks, beaches, and campgrounds.

Dan DuPree

Dan DuPree is a personal lines insurance agent working with Shield Insurance Agency. Even though he hasn’t been in then insurance industry long, he has studied and learned from more seasoned agents at the firm. He has helped countless families find affordable insurance that meets their needs. He became an insurance agent because he wanted to make a living while helping people out. Insurance allows him to not only help people, but also provide for his family. When he's not on his computer or phone, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and enjoying nature, or dusting off the golf clubs for a round of golf. He is happily married, with three beautiful children. His oldest is his son Kayden, then there’s Ava, and last but not least, Madeline. We look forward for you getting to know Dan!



Joe Peiffer

Joe Peiffer was hired in 2015 in the sales department and recently opened our 2nd branch in Wyoming, MI which focuses on home, auto, and small business insurance. He is married with 4 children and is an active member of St. Pius X Church in Grandville. During his free time he loves cheering on the Tigers as well as preparing for the zombie apocalypse.