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Headquarters: 1519 So. B Street
San Mateo, CA 94402
License # OD69286
Tel: 650-341-4484
Fax: 650-341-4465

Kennedy Insurance Agency
950 S Bascom Ave., Ste 2009
San Jose, CA 95128
License #0279555
1 (408) 296-1000

Personal Lines Division
339 7th Steet Suite L
Hollister, CA 95603
Tel: 888-999-6126
Fax: 831-637-9689
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Benefits Division


Eva Ballestrasse, Benefit Administrator, joined forces with broker Debbie Upland, in 1997, after a successful HR career in the Semi-Conductor industry. She now has over 18 years in the insurance industry.

She has cultivated solid productive relationships with both clients and insurance companies. Eva is a tireless advocate for our clients. She ensures that every step is taken to resolve claims. Eva is available to handle any question regarding claims, new enrollments, status changes, COBRA/Cal-COBRA, open enrollment and any other possible group benefit concern. She is dedicated to servicing your group’s benefit needs.

Eva, a wife and mother of 2, also finds time for creativity and recreation. She enjoys cake decorating and outdoor activities with her family.

Eva is available to help you. Just call 650-539-6502 or by email at eballestrasse@bpia.net

Debra Ferreira serves as a Benefit Administrator for BPIA. She joined the team in 2004. Debra, before entering the insurance field, was a Food Scientist and R & D Manager for Kerry Ingredients, Inc., a food manufacturer. She earned her BA, in Food Sciences, from UC Davis.

Debra is a group transition specialist. She works with various carriers to obtain coverage and pricing options. Debra supports Employers to ensure their transition to new insurance companies is seamless and efficiently processed. She also handles the term and whole life insurance placement. Debra is able to find solutions and never gives up until she has viable choices for our clients.

Debra, mother of two outgoing boys, enjoys cooking, traveling, and entertaining at home.

Debra can be contacted at 650-539-6522 or by email at dferreira@bpia.net

Lisa Salinas, Benefits Administrator, joined BPIA in 2004 as a Health Benefit Administrator. Lisa has over 20 years of administrative and client service experience, including Benefit Administration for a high profile law firm. Lisa’s specialized benefit background was a perfect match for BPIA. 

Lisa is committed to providing exceptional client service. She is a liaison for our clients by efficiently handling large and small group management. Lisa specializes in medical, dental and vision group benefits.

She possesses a positive “can-do” work ethic, a delightful sense of humor and a contagious laugh. Lisa balances her career at BPIA with raising and enjoying her two children.

Contact Lisa by email at lsalinas@bpia.net

Jennifer Martinez, Benefits Account Manager, joined the BPIA team in 2014. She earned her BA in Business Marketing from San Jose State University with a minor in Mathematics and Communication.

Jenn’s spent 4 years prior to joining BPIA in the benefit insurance industry. Jenn provides a high level of service and problem solving resolutions for day to day administrative processing of employee enrollments, terminations, claim problems, up to date resource for Healthcare Reform regulations, COBRA, flexible spending accounts, ERISA, and Employer compliance. Jenn is BPIA’s go to expert on individual medical and dental plans, Covered CA, and Medicare Supplement plans. Clients appreciate Jenn’s consultative and educational approach in partnering with her clients.

Jenn, wife and mother to a baby boy, enjoys cooking, traveling, and relishes time spent with her family.

Jenn can be reached at 650-539-6503 or by email at jmartinez@bpia.net

Katie Ryser-Oatman joined BPIA’s Benefits team in 2014 as a Benefits Administrator. Katie earned her BA in English Literature from San Jose State University.

Katie researches markets and analyzes the various group benefit insurance companies’ plans. She negotiates with insurance companies for the lowest competitive rates, coordinates with employers in creating and providing spreadsheets to communicate benefit options, and monthly premium rates to employees.

Katie enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Katie can be reached at 650-539-6526 or by email at kryseroatman@bpia.net


Angela, Vice-President of Group Benefits, joined the BPIA team in 2015 with over 25 years of group health industry experience. Angela’s unique combination of senior level sales experience and troubleshooting client servicing issues for small and large employers provides invaluable insight. With her long standing relationships with insurance companies she tailors group benefits plans to coordinate with the employer’s goals and budget parameters.

Angela is the “go to resource” and educator on the latest Healthcare Reform, ACA legislation benefit trends and products. She focuses on providing competitive solutions for non-profits, new ventures, technology, medical practices and accounting firms.

Angela and her husband are bowling, golf, and walk/run sports enthusiasts. Hiking, traveling, spending time with family and friends are her weekend treats.

Angela can be reached at 650-539-6525 or by email at aclark@bpia.net