Meet the KMi Staff

At KMi, our clients are our top priority. Every member of our staff shares a commitment to providing you with the highest level of service, the best possible insurance coverage, and the most current and accurate information available. We work hard to deserve the reputation we’ve earned for our knowledge, our professionalism, and our small-town values and friendliness.

Kristin Manwaring

President, Licensed Producer

I purchased this local independent insurance agency in 2006 after 10 years of working for the prior owner, Brent Shirley of Brent Shirley & Associates. As the agency principal of KMi, I oversee and am involved in all aspects of the business. My passion is working with employers in creating benefit offerings for their employees, and I am committed to supporting and educating our community.

I moved to Port Townsend from Seattle, drawn by easy access to the great outdoors. When not in the office, you may find me paddle boarding, camping or hiking the trails in the Olympics which we are so fortunate to have in our backyard.

jennifer-staffJennifer Jenkins

Licensed Producer

I joined the agency in 2011 after 20 years with a Seattle-based textile distributor. I work most intimately with small businesses and serve as the Agency Administrator. I strive to provide each client with the employee benefit programs that best help them attain their business goals. While not in the office, I am likely experimenting in the kitchen or walking my dog on the beach.

Jim Manwaring

Licensed Producer

I joined Kristin in 2008 and specialize in individual and family policies. I find joy in assisting my clients in finding the best fit for the specific needs though client focused education. I am a Washington native, Army veteran, and avid outdoorsman. I love living on the Olympic Peninsula with close access to camping, fishing and hunting.

Christie Sarosky

Licensed Producer

I joined KMi in 2016 with 15 years of experience in the health insurance industry. I specialize in Medicare and enjoy the one-on-one time I get to spend with the members of our community. I love living in this small, artistic community and spend my free-time enjoying the outdoors, gardening, reading and traveling... with the occasional shopping adventure at thrift stores in Seattle!

Gabrielle Vanwert

Licensed Producer

I have been part of the KMi team since 2017, after a two-year break as a full-time mom. During that time I volunteered with multiple organizations in Jefferson County. My employment background includes work with non-profits and in the public sector. At KMi, I primarily work with our individual and family clients. When I am not chasing toddlers, I enjoy cooking, reading and hiking with my German Shepherd.

Heather Hanson

Licensed Producer

I am thrilled to have joined the KMi team in 2019. I am a Washington native and my work history has primarily been in the non-profit sector. Like so many on the Peninsula, I was drawn here by the charm, beauty and sense of community. In my free time I grow vegetables, knit, run and sing in a choir.

Kelly Robertson


I am delighted to have joined the KMi team in 2020. During 2018 and 2019, I spent time on sabbatical traveling with my husband in Ecuador. Prior to that, my career was in the olive oil, wine, and gourmet food industries in Napa and Sonoma, California. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with Kristin Manwaring Insurance to serve and support the wonderful communities here. Enthralled with the natural beauty and serenity of the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy nature and exploring the amazing forests and beaches in our area, as well as cooking, reading, and practicing yoga in my leisure time.

Tonya Brinkley

Administrative Assistant

I am happy to have joined the KMI team in 2021. I came to KMI after years in non-profit and Early Childhood Education settings, most recently working with Medicaid beneficiaries in a supported employment program. I moved to the Peninsula to enjoy the vast activities and endless beauty that can only be found in the Pacific Northwest. I love to bake, garden, and spend time with my family.