Our Team

Since 2011, Health Connect Insurance has helped members navigate the turbulent and dynamic world of health insurance. What originally started as a small, local shop now boasts some of the highest enrollment totals in the entire United States due to one, simple motto— make insurance simple by providing unbiased price comparisons of the highest-rated health insurance companies, free of charge.

Your personal Health Connect Insurance agent is dedicated to:

  • Listening to your individual situation

  • Answering any questions you may have

  • Explaining the information you need to make an informed decision

  • Completing your application in a timely manner

  • Assisting you with personalized customer service so that you don't have to rely on the 1-800 numbers after you've enrolled

  • Providing you with support and guidance in the event that you have to use your insurance


Brandon Monty

Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Pacific Union College. He has been in the insurance industry for 8 years and enjoys the unique, ever-changing landscape of the health insurance realm. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, and basketball.


Ashley simpson

Ashley studied psychology and social behavior at UCI. She has been in the industry for 4 years and enjoys helping clients solve the complicated issues they encounter. In her free time she loves working with children and teaches swimming classes to kids.

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Aaron choi

Aaron has been a diehard Spurs fan for over 23 years. He has been licensed for over 5 years and believes that making his client's needs a priority is what makes him an outstanding agent. He doesn’t feel like he has done an excellent job unless his clients issues have been totally resolved.

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Mark zapeda

Mark served in the United States Navy from 2006-2011 and was deployed twice among three different operations. He brings his military work ethic to insurance industry where he has been licensed for over 4 years. In his spare time he enjoys basketball, jiu-jitsu, and hiking.

aaron monroe

Aaron is the definition of stability. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from a private college in Northern California. While there, he managed the men's basketball team and currently enjoys singing at his church in his free time. Aaron brings his consistency to the insurance industry by helping his clients in a systematic way.

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Luke thornburgh

Luke holds a BA degree in communication and spent a year studying Spanish in Sagunto, Spain. He chose to be an insurance agent after watching his Aunt deal with cancer and the ensuing battles with the Insurance companies. In his free time he enjoys playing music at church, painting, and playing pickle ball.

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Maria irwin

Maria has been licensed for over 6 years, and prior to that was a flight attendant. In fact, she met her husband on a plane! Maria chose the insurance field because she has seen firsthand how important it can be to have the right plan. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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sammy ugarte

Sammy chose to be in the health insurance field because of the liberty he has to choose his own schedule and hours of work. What makes him a great agent and separates him from the rest of the field is that he makes himself accessible to his clients 24/7. He genuinely enjoys helping people find the best plan that fits their needs.

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tad buchoz

Tad is a former competitive surfer, and has surfed in countries including Fiji, Tahiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. He holds a Bachelor's degree in communication from UC Santa Barbara, and has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years.

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Paul suggs

Paul was born in Bogota, Columbia and holds a Bachelors degree in business management from the University of Scranton.  He has been in the insurance industry for 7 years, and enjoys the challenge it brings each day. He played hockey in college and helps the Anaheim Ducks with marketing in his free time.

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jareni nunez

Jareni has been in the insurance industry for over 5 years. She takes pleasure in helping clients fully understand their coverage options and benefits. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at local schools to improve opportunities for kids.


Austin coetzee

Austin holds a business degree from Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, where he had the opportunity to play college basketball. It was there that he learned the importance of time management and a good work ethic. He applies those characteristics towards the insurance business and helping others find the best plan for their family.