Meet Our Team

Jim Graham, CLCS
Agency President

Email: grahamj6@nationwide.com

I have had a long and successful career in the insurance industry. In fact, I’ve been an agency owner/ President for over 18 years now. I was born and raised in Hempfield Township here in Westmoreland County. Afterward, I attended Slippery Rock University where I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. I have always been passionate about education and helping children secure a brighter future. Before going into insurance, I was an elementary school teacher for 12 years!

One of the best parts about my job is having the opportunity to sit down with clients and help them better understand what those coverage numbers mean. That way, I can make certain that our customers are making the most informed decisions about their coverages!

My three great loves in my life are my family, my volunteer work with the youth & young adults of my church, and spending time outdoors.  Family values have always been something that is important to me, and I strive to make the wellbeing of families our agency’s number one priority.

On the weekends I am doing any number of outdoor activities that I enjoy whether it be hunting, fishing or golfing.  Either way, you can find me spending most of my time in the woods. Something most people know about me is that my guilty pleasures are public speaking—whether it be in front of a crowd speaking about insurance, or preaching at youth church whenever I am asked.

I volunteer extensively at my church where I am a leader in both Student Ministries and Young Adult Ministries. Charity work has always been something important to me, that’s why here at the Graham Insurance Group, we strive to make giving back part of our daily lives!

Patti Prettiman
Vice President

Email : prettip@nationwide.com

I have greatly enjoyed my 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. My favorite component of my job has always been knowing that I am helping to provide peace of mind for our customers. I was born and raised in Aberdeen, MD but have since called this community my home.

I feel very fulfilled after helping our clients understand their insurance needs as well as educating them on why insurance is so essential. It certainly isn’t a commodity!  In my free time, one of the things I like to do most is cook. I enjoy finding new recipes to try and I am always reading magazines, cookbooks as well as searching the internet for inspiration. I absolutely adore spending time with my Granddaughter–she is my first grandchild and I love her very much.

When I’m not in the office, you can find me planning my next trip to the beach. I find the ocean and crashing sound of the waves to be very relaxing. My favorite charity is Action for Animals–I support them every chance I can! In fact, all of my animals have been rescued pets and my in-laws actually founded the charity in 1983!

Lauren Hawk
Office Manager

Email: lauren@grahaminsgroup.com

Even though my insurance experience is limited, I am eager to take on any new challenge here at the Graham Insurance Group. I look forward to learning all there is to know about insurance and what it takes to be an insurance agent.

I grew up northeast of Pittsburgh but moved down south during my college years, where I gained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Theater Arts.

As a new mom, I simply cannot stop talking to anyone and everyone about my beautiful baby girl, Colette. Be sure to find me with my husband and Colette when I am not working. I love to spend time at home and sharing great moments with them!

Guilty pleasure? I grew up as a competitive figure skater and am now a licensed figure skating/hockey coach.

When it comes to giving back, before becoming a mom, I was on my church’s worship team, as well as a teacher in the kids’ ministry.

Ronni Kitch
Senior Associate Agent

Email: Kitchr1@nationwide.com

I’ve been with the Graham Insurance Group for all of my insurance career. I started in May 2012 as the receptionist then took my Property/Casualty license in November of the same year. I officially started working as an agent in May 2013, then went for my Life license in November of 2013. Since then, I have also completed the Commercial Strivers Program through our carrier and have started writing commercial policies.  I am looking to expand into Commercial Sales next!

I grew up in Vandergrift, PA.  After high school, I went to a business school for Travel and Tourism but found myself unable to do what I initially wanted. Everything worked out for the better because I discovered my true passion, helping people! I have two amazing boys and spend my free time with them hiking, camping, or other fun things. I am a huge hockey fan and am either watching the game at home or at the games cheering them on.

Leah Rae

I grew up in North Huntingdon. I attended college classes mainly focusing on sociology, psychology, and business. I am very excited to have my start in the insurance industry, and I am eager to learn and be able to make sure everyone gets the coverage they need! I look forward to making your experience with us at Graham Insurance Group as seamless and as enjoyable as possible! When I’m not working, I enjoy spending my spare time with my family, especially my three children I talk about frequently! I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible and also look forward to the Renaissance Festival each year. Can’t wait to help you!