Leadership and Sales
Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., CEO/Chairman of the Board
Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr. joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 1970 after graduating from the University of Virginia. He has served as President of Blanchard & Calhoun since 1985. Tommy currently serves on the boards of the CSRA Community Foundation, Westover Memorial Cemetery, First Tee of Augusta, and the Augusta Advisory Board for Wells Fargo Bank. Tommy is the past Chairman of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Augusta Board of Realtors and past President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6000
Preston A. Moss, President
Preston Moss is a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and graduated from The University of Georgia in 1979. He is married to Traci Skelton Moss, and he has four children – Preston Jr., Brittany, Carlee, and John Patten. He and his family are members of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Preston has served as the Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Augusta, Past President of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Past President of the Augusta Players, Past Board Member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Past President of the Augusta Country Club, Past Board Member of University Hospital Healthcare Foundation and Co-Chair of the Jernigan Golf Tournament, Past Board Member of the Augusta Child Advocacy Center, Past Board Member of the Big Changes Start Small-Its Spooky to be Hungry, Past Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America Augusta Chapter, Past Vice-Chair of Episcopal Day Schools Board of Trustees, and Past President of the Kiwanis Club. He has served on the Kroc Committee and Wounded Warriors Project. Preston is a Past Board Member and Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign of the Imperial Theatre and is a current member of the Board of Governors. Preston is fully licensed in all lines of insurance in several states and has earned his Certified Authority on Workers Compensation designation. He has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1980 and is the agency President.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 313
Cell Phone: (706) 373-3091
Morris H. Moss, Senior Vice President/Account Executive
Morris Moss is a native of Augusta, Georgia. In 1981, he graduated from Augusta Preparatory School and in 1986 he achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia. His accomplishments include an Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, Certificate of Merit from Who’s Who among American High School Students, Past President of Independent Insurance Agents of Augusta, Advisory Board for Junior League of Augusta, and he served on the Board of Directors for The Kiwanis Club of Augusta. Morris and his wife, Amy, have two children, Hampton and Megan. They attend Wesley United Methodist Church. Morris is a Senior Vice President of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency and he has been with the agency since 1986.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 312
Natasha Hendrix, Vice President/Account Executive
Natasha Hendrix joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 1996 and is a risk manager in Life, Health, Property and Casualty exposures. She is a graduate of Augusta State University and North Augusta High School and currently lives in Columbia County. Natasha stays very involved in the community. Her current involvements include the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club, Make a Wish Foundation Board of Directors, Junior League Member, and Advisor to Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at Augusta State University. She is also a Past President of the Chamber’s Women in Business and Past President of the Augusta State University Alumna Association.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 304
Ash L. Smith, Executive Vice President/Account Executive
Ash L. Smith, CAWC is a graduate of Stratford Academy in Macon, Georgia and the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He married his high school sweetheart, Amanda, and they recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Together they have two children, a son named Ford and a daughter named Charlie. He has been licensed in the insurance industry for nearly two decades in various risk management areas. He furthered his insurance knowledge by receiving his accreditation as a Certified Authority on Workers Compensation. He is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, Exchange Club of Augusta, Augusta Country Club, University of Georgia Alumni Association, the Southeastern Warehouse Association, Westminster Schools of Augusta Booster Club and the Homebuilders Association of Georgia and South Carolina. He is a Past Chairman of the Young Agents Committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. He currently serves as the InsurPac Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, the Insurance Chair for the Exchange Club of Augusta, as well as the Chairman of The 12 Bands of Christmas which focuses on families fighting Pediatric Cancer. He enjoys his time with his family at the Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club and attending his children’s athletic activities and school functions. He and his family are members and attend Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 318
Robbie J. Moore, Jr., Executive Vice President/Account Executive
Robbie Moore has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency since 2003. He is licensed in Property & Casualty insurance, as well as Life & Health. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Robbie and his wife Kristen have two beautiful daughters and they currently reside in Martinez. Robbie is an active member of Warren Baptist Church. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and he is the current Chairman for the Young Agents of Georgia Association. Robbie is also one of the four founding members of Kingdom Here Ministry, which is currently serving in the area of youth mentorship at Heritage Academy. Robbie currently serves on the National Agency Advisory Council for Safeco Insurance Company. His hobbies include spending time with family, Golf, and UGA Football.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 303
John T. Gibbs III, Vice President/Account Executive
John T. Gibbs III grew up in North Augusta and has made Augusta his home for the past 35 years. He is a graduate of North Augusta High School and The University of Georgia. From 1977 to 2005 he ran Gibbs Auto until it was sold. He joined Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency in July of 2006 after working with Nationwide. John’s family consists of wife Cindy, daughter Lauren and husband Parker Dye and daughter Katelyn. He is also a proud grandfather to grandsons, Nate and Gibbs. He is on the First Tee of Augusta Board of Directors and is a member of the Exchange Club, Augusta Golf Association, Augusta Country Club and Trinity on the Hill Methodist Church.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 339
Patterson H. Powell II, Vice President/Account Executive
Patterson H. Powell, II is a native of Augusta, Ga. He graduated from the Academy of Richmond County and Augusta State University. Patterson and his wife, Suzie, have three wonderful children, Alex, Gable and Isabella. He has been licensed in the insurance industry since 2003 in various risk management areas. He joined Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance in 2007 after working with Cobbs, Allen & Hall. In 2009, he obtained his Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) designation. Patterson is an active member of the Augusta Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. He is fully licensed in property, casualty, life, health, and accident insurance in Georgia and South Carolina.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 320
Cell Phone: (706) 421-6132
Brandon R. Harper, Account Executive
Brandon Harper joined Blanchard and Calhoun in 2013. He works in both Commercial and Personal lines and is fully licensed in property, casualty, life and health insurance. Brandon was born and raised in Ocilla, GA and moved to the Augusta area in 2002. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Brandon and his wife Leslie live in Appling and have three young boys–Hance, Hayden and Hayes. They are members of Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling. Brandon spends most of his time with his family engaged in outdoor activities. He is also active in coaching baseball with Columbia County recreation department.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 347
Bradley H. Thomas, Account Executive
Brad Thomas joined Blanchard and Calhoun in January of 2016. He is from Augusta and a graduate of Aquinas High School. Brad received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgia Southern University. He works in both commercial and personal lines and is fully licensed in property, casualty, life and health insurance.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 336
Wendy Dygert, Agency Operations Manager, Account Manager
Wendy has been with Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance since 2010. She has over 20 years experience in the insurance and surety bond industry. She is licensed in Property & Casualty Insurance and has obtained her ACSR designation. Wendy is married and has one son.
Janet Rockefeller, Account Manager
Janet Rockefeller is an Account Manager with over 25 years experience in the insurance industry. She joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2011. She is licensed in Property & Casualty insurance. She has two children, loves spending time at the beach and with her family.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 342
Jill Myers, Account Manager
Jill Myers has been working in commercial insurance since 2008 and joined Blanchard & Calhoun in February of 2014. She grew up in New Jersey and now she and her family have set down roots in Augusta. She and her husband both attended Penn State University and now reside in Evans with their daughter Cameron.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 316
Claudia Davis, Account Manager
Claudia Davis has over 13 years experience in the insurance industry, being licensed in Property and Casualty. She joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2012. She is a Notary Public and President of the Westchester Homeowners Association. Claudia is originally from Germany and lives in Augusta with her four children. She enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time with her family.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 315
Geni DuBois, Account Manager
Geni DuBois joined our agency in 2013 and has over 10 years experience in the insurance industry. She is licensed in property and casualty insurance. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and crafting.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 341
Trisha Phillips, Account Manager
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 338
Shannon Downes, Account Manager
Shannon Downes joined the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2012. She has over 15 years experience in the insurance industry and is licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health. She is married with two sons and resides in Evans. Her hobbies include gardening and fishing.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 334
Cathy Rish, Service Agent
Cathy has worked in Commercial Lines for more than 20 years. She has been with Blanchard & Calhoun since July 2010. Cathy is married with 2 children, lives in Appling and attends Kiokee Baptist Church where she is involved in the music ministry playing the French horn.
Jessica Battista, Service Agent
Jessica joined Blanchard & Calhoun in April of 2015. Her husband is retired military and they returned to Columbia County with their two sons to be closer to family after moving around the country with the US Army. Jessica heads a Walk MS team called Making Strides and loves family time, reading, cooking, and dabbling in photography.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 305
Mary West, Technical Assistant
Mary started with Blanchard & Calhoun in 2000 as the Receptionist. In 2006 she was transferred to the Marketing Department as a Marketing Assistant, and is now currently a Technical Assistant with the Commercial Lines Department. Mary is originally from Pennsylvania and is married with 3 children, and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time together with her family and a variety of outdoor activities.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 323
Celeatha Schumacher, Personal Lines Manager, Account Manager
Celeatha Schumacher has been with the agency since 1995 and has been licensed in personal lines for over ten years. She started in our accounting department and is now a Personal Lines Account Manager. She is originally from Harlem and a graduate of Harlem High School. She and her husband Dave have two daughters, Brittany and Lexi.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 308
Cheryl Dukes, Account Manager
Cheryl joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2010 in the Commercial Lines department. She now works as a Personal Lines Account Manager. Cheryl has lived in Augusta since 1970 and has over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. She has a son and a daughter. She is a member of Fleming Baptist Church and her hobby is gardening.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 333
Suzy Dekle, Account Manager
Suzy Dekle has been in the insurance business since 1976, with experience in both commercial and personal lines. Suzy became part of the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2011. During her career, she has earned the Certified Professional Insurance Woman and Accredited Customer Service Representative designations. She has two daughters and two grandsons.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 321
Hampton Moss, Account Manager
Hampton Moss was born and raised in the Augusta area. He is a graduate of Greenbrier High School. He joined our team in 2016 and is licensed in property and casualty lines. Hampton received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Management from Georgia College & State University in 2015. He attends Wesley United Methodist Church. Hampton enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking and spending time at the lake.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 319
Bonnie Mims, Claims Manager
Bonnie became a part of the Blanchard & Calhoun team in 2009 as a Personal Lines Account Manager. She is licensed in personal lines insurance and now manages our claims department. She is a native of Beech Island, South Carolina. She is married, has two children, and two grandsons.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6013 Extension 307
Valerie Parrish, Accounting, Licensing, System Administrator
Valerie Parrish is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She has been in the insurance industry since 1999 and joined Blanchard & Calhoun in 2003. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, watching college basketball, and spending time with her family.
Office Phone: (706) 855-8844
Cheryl Collins, Receptionist
Cheryl has been a member of the Blanchard & Calhoun family since 2007. She started working in the Real Estate department and later transferred over to the Insurance Department. Cheryl is married with two children, and four step-children.
Office Phone: (706) 650-6000