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Jefferson K. Jarrell, CLU, AEP®, ChFC, ChSNC

Business phone: 304-760-6231
Email: jjarrell@financialguide.com

After being in the insurance industry since 1989, I founded my own firm in 1999, having purchased my client base from the property and casualty agency where I began my career.  My primary focus is on business and employee benefits and retirement planning.  I am also a Special Care Planner; a program I hold close to my heart.

My wife Joyce and I have a son with Autism, as well as two daughters, all of whom are internationally adopted.  My family is very active and involved in our church.

I currently serve as Chairman of Special Olympics WV and also serve on the Finance Committee at my church, Winfield United Methodist. I regularly participate in fundraisers that support various charities in the local Special Needs community.

Michael P. Black, MBA

Business phone: 304-760-6231
Email: michael@jarrellblack.com

Serving West Virginia residents and businesses in the area of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1999. I am a licensed Financial Advisor and completed my Finance Degree at Mount Vernon Nazarene College and a Master’s Degree in Executive Management from Ashland University.

For over 15 years, I have become proficient at discovering and addressing the needs of individuals and businesses in all areas of insurance and financial planning. My desire is to simplify the lives of my clients by connecting the communication link between banks, insurance agencies, accounting firms, law firms and financial advisory firms.

I serve on the Boards of Special Olympics West Virginia and WV Federal Credit Union.  I am an Adjunct Faculty Professor for Indiana Wesleyan University and University of Charleston. I also facilitate local Financial Peace University for the Dave Ramsey Corporation. Our family attends River Ridge Church in Hurricane where I am also a Leader. I love riding dirt bikes, running and spending time with my family.

Diane E. Damron, Director of Employee Benefits

Business phone: 304-760-6231
Email: diane@jarrellblack.com

I graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters of Arts in Journalism.  I am a licensed Life, Accident and Health insurance agent with over 10 years experience in the employee benefits industry. 

For the past 16 years I have been a dedicated American Red Cross volunteer, both here in the United States and in Germany.

My husband is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, and we have one teenage daughter.  We attend St. Timothy's in the Valley Episcopal Church and enjoy spending family time doing sporting activities.  However, our favorite pastime is travelling, particularly to our home away from home in Canaan Valley.


Phenia Simmons, Service Coordinator

Business phone: 304-760-6231
Email: psimmons@financialguide.com

I graduated from Rio Grande College in Rio Grande, OH, with a degree in Business Administration.  I started working with Jeff in September 2008, as a part-time Administrative Assistant and then received my life and health insurance license in February 2011. Prior to joining the financial services industry, I spent ten years as a legal secretary, before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

My husband and I have two sons with Special Needs, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum. I spend the majority of my time with the boys in therapy and helping them with education programs. I served on the board of Children's Therapy Clinic in Charleston for eight years.

Our family attends Winfield Baptist Church where my husband and I participate in the Praise/Worship Band. We have also been active in the drama organization "Power in the Blood Ministry" for 20 years, which performs 3-4 productions a year, including a Noah's Ark outdoor drama in Pomeroy, OH. My family also enjoys Florida vacations.

Lisa Mullenax, Personal Lines Agent

Business phone: 304-760-6231
Email: lisa@jarrellblack.com

I am a licensed Property & Casualty, Life, Accident and Health insurance agent. I am originally from Pennsylvania and moved to West Virginia in 1986. I joined the team at Jarrell Black & Co. in April of 2015. I currently serve on the board for Children's Therapy Clinic.



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