Our Team

Meet your local insurance experts.

Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Everett Schmenk Insurance Agency, Inc..

Cindy Fortman, CIC, CPCU, CPIW

Cindy is a licensed agent specializing in property and casualty, life, health and annuity insurance. She is the Co-owner of Everett Schmenk Insurance of Ottawa, Erhart-Stechschulte Insurance of Kalida, and Grove Insurance Services of Columbus Grove. She is a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Ashland University. She obtained her Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1991 and her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter degree in 2002.

She joined her father, Robert Schmenk, and grandfather, Everett Schmenk at the agency in 1984. She is a member of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio, Ottawa-Glandorf Rotary Club – Past President, Ottawa-Glandorf Athletic Boosters – Treasurer, Oh Gee Mother’s Club -Treasurer and the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Lima Elks Lodge 54.

Cindy and her husband Fred (Fritz) have three children, Kayla, Ashley and Fred (Brook). She enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her grandsons, Grayson, Leo and Cyrus.

Craig Schmenk

Craig graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He is the Co-owner of Everett Schmenk Ins of Ottawa, Erhart Stechschulte Ins of Kalida and Grove Insurance Services of Columbus Grove. He is involved with the Kalida Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Kalida Local School Board.

Craig lives in Kalida with his wife, Linda. He has 4 children, Erica, Connor, Olivia, and Ethan. He also has one grandson, Arthur. He is a member of St Michaels Church and is involved with the Kalida Athletic Boosters, St Michaels Holy Name Society, Kalida Lions Club, Kalida Fish and Game Club, and Glandorf Rod and Gun Club. He is also a member of Lima Elks Lodge 54, and other various clubs.

Aaron Siefker

Property, Casualty, and Crop Agent

Aaron joined Erhart-Stechschulte Insurance Agency in the spring of 2012. In the summer of 2013 he helped start Grove Insurance Services LLC in Columbus Grove, a branch of the Everett Schmenk family of agencies, where he has served as the principal agent ever since. He graduated from Columbus Grove High School in 2008 and attended The Ohio State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Agribusiness and Applied Economics in 2012.

Aaron currently resides in Columbus Grove with his beautiful wife, Erica, and their son, Arthur. He enjoys many activities such as golf, pool, exercising, watching sports, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Aaron is an advisor for The CG Livestock 4-h group, member of the Columbus Grove Lions Club, and the Columbus Grove Chamber of Commerce.

You can contact Aaron Siefker at 419-659-2034 or groveins@fairpoint.net.

Ashley Fortman

Property and Casualty Agent

Ashley joined Everett Schmenk Insurance Agency, Inc. in the winter of 2011. She is a fourth generation agent at the agency, following her mother (Cindy Fortman), grandfather (Robert Schmenk), and great grandfather (Everett Schmenk). She graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School in 2006 and attended The University of North Florida before transferring to The Ohio State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and majored in Sport and Leisure Studies in 2011.

Ashley has a full house with her boyfriend (James), sons (Grayson and Cyrus), dog (Pixie) and two cats (Dahlia and Savannah). She enjoys many activities, especially golfing, bowling, camping, and watching sports. Ashley is also a member of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

You can contact Ashley Fortman at 419-523-6539 or ashley@schmenkins.com.

Erin Hoffman

Erin is a Licensed Agent in Property and Casualty Insurance in Ohio and Michigan. She is also licensed in Life, Long Term Care and Health Insurance.

Erin joined Erhart-Stechschulte Insurance Agency in the Summer of 2007. She graduated from Kalida High School and the University of Northwestern Ohio as a Paralegal.

Erin and her husband Jason, reside here in Kalida and have four children, Tyler, Kennedy, Camryn and Ella. Erin enjoys spending time with her three adult children and watching the youngest play volleyball, and cheerlead. Any free time is spent at the lake, exercising, or just cruising in the Camaro.

Erin is active in the community, currently serving as a Kalida Cheer Coach. She was the former Vice President of Kalida Area Chamber of Commerce, was on the Kalida Park Playground Committee and continues to be involved with the Kalida Athletic Boosters. Erin also provides Notary Public services at Erhart-Stechschulte Insurance.

You can reach her at 419-532-3340, esi@bright.net, or on Facebook.

Julie Lanwehr

Insurance CSR

Julie started working part-time in January of 1973 after attending the University of Dayton. She graduated from Northwestern Business School (now UNOH) and then started into a full time position at the agency. She was trained by the original owner, Everett Schmenk, and continued to work under Robert Schmenk and now Cindy Fortman.

Julie and her husband, Brent, have four children, Anitra, Scott, Craig, and Megan. They have two wonderful grandsons, Brandt and Bralyn, and twin granddaughters, Taylor and Finley. They love to spend as much time possible with all of them and enjoy watching them in their many activities.

Mary Behrns


Mary joined Everett Schmenk Insurance Agency, Inc. in the fall of 1973. She has worked under the original owner, Everett Schmenk and then his son, Robert Schmenk and now under Cynthia Fortman. Mary graduated from International Business School, Fort Wayne,

Indiana. Mary and her husband John have three children, Don, Craig and Michael, along with 5 grandchildren, Kailey, Jaylen, Madeline, Ava, & Brianna, and one great-grandchild, Zaiden. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and walking.

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