Meet Our Team 


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


After being in the insurance industry since 1989, Jeff founded his own firm in 1999, having purchased his client base from the property and casualty agency where he began his career.  Jeff's primary focus is on business and employee benefits and retirement planning.  He is also a Special Care Planner; a program that is close to his heart.

Jeff and his wife Joyce have a son with Autism, as well as two daughters, all of whom are internationally adopted.  Jeff's family is very active and involved in their church.

He currently serves as a board member for ABLC and for CARES WV, as well as, serving on the Finance Committee at his home church, Winfield United Methodist. Jeff regularly participates in fundraisers that support various charities in the local Special Needs community.

Michael P. Black, MBA



Michael P. Black has served West Virginia residents and businesses in the area of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1999.  He is a licensed Financial Advisor with a Finance Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene College and a Master’s Degree in Executive Management from Ashland University.

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


Michael has served on numerous boards, including the Special Olympics West Virginia, WV Federal Credit Union, Tri-county YMCA, Putnam Volleyball Club, Ignite Homeschool Sports and Calvary Baptist Academy.  He is an Adjunct Faculty Professor for Indiana Wesleyan University and University of Charleston and has facilitated local Financial Peace University for the Dave Ramsey Corporation. He loves riding dirt bikes, bicycles, running and spending time with family and friends.

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Lisa Mullenax

Chief Operating Officer


Lisa is from Pennsylvania and moved to West Virginia in 1986, graduating from Braxton County High School in 1993.  


In 2015, she joined the team at Jarrell Black & Co. where she has since transitioned into a licensed agent. Lisa is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life, Accident and Health Insurance.  In 2021, she transitioned to the role of Chief Operating Officer for both Jarrell Black & Company and City Insurance & Financial Services.

Her husband John and family are members of Gateway Christian Church-Teays Valley. Lisa also currently serves on the board for Children’s Therapy Clinic.  

Deanna Swisher
 Personal & Commercial Lines Agent 


Deanna is an experienced property and casualty insurance agent. She has been in the insurance business since 1998. Deanna has a bachelors degree from WV State University and is an Accredited Customer Service Representative from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.


She loves to help customers find the right company and coverages to fit their personal and commercial insurance needs. When not at work, Deanna enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her two boys.


Emma Tapley 

 Personal & Commercial Lines Agent 


 Emma has been with Jarrell Black & Co. since October of 2020, hired as an intern. She studied for her WV Property and Casualty license exam and officially became licensed on March 26, 2021 with a focus on Personal Lines. Currently, she is a sophomore at West Virginia State University majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. 


Outside of school and insurance, she enjoys playing classical piano, journaling and wedding planning with her fiancé. She loves spending time with her family and cat. 

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Emily McLeod
 Benefits Account Manager 


Emily started with Jarrell Black & Co. in May 2020 as their Benefits Account Manager. She has been in the Health Insurance field for 3 years, with specialties in claims processing and medical benefits. She is currently in the process of obtaining her WV Life and Health License to further her knowledge of the industry. 


Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with family, her husband John, their two "fur babies" Maverick and Leo, plus going to weekly trivia nights with friends. 


Phenia Simmons
 Group Client Services 


Phenia graduated from Rio Grande College in Rio Grande, OH, with a degree in Business Administration.  She started working with Jeff in September 2008 and then received her life and health insurance license in February 2011. 

Phenia and her husband Steve have two sons with Special Needs, both of whom are on the Autism spectrum. 


Sarah Smith
Individual Servicing Director 


Sarah started with Jarrell Black & Co. in 2016 as New Business Coordinator and transitioned to Individual Servicing Director in 2019 under Jeff Jarrell. 


Heather Holmes


Heather graduated from Marshall University with a degree in marketing. She started with Jarrell Black & Co in May 2021 to work along side of Jeff on marketing the business. Heather has a wide variety of experiences in her field and is excited to be apart of the team. 

Outside of work, Heather enjoys traveling with her two sons Evan and Kyle.