Bio: Mark was born and raised in Tidewater Virginia. He attended VCU on a baseball scholarship. He worked as a Territory Sales Manager with Pepsi before relocating to Winchester with Nationwide Insurance.
Education: B.S. Business Administration and Management, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., 1990.
Community activities: Kiwanis Club of Winchester Member, American Cancer Society Relay For Life Volunteer, and Board Member of the Peninsula Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Baseball Tournament.
Hobbies: Mark enjoys golfing, going to Washington Nationals baseball games and spending time with his family.
Danielle (Short) Hicks has been with the Mark Dunford Agency since March 2015 as a Customer Service Representative. She happily assists our clients with everything from billing questions to policy changes. If you have a question, Danielle either has a ready answer or will get one for you! She works with all lines of insurance including Personal, Commercial and Life Insurance. Danielle enjoys the relationships she builds with our clients and helping them with their specific needs.
Danielle is a Virginia native, born and raised in Winchester, VA. She graduated from John Handley High School in 2012, and still resides in Winchester with her husband, Elijah, and their 3-year-old son Ethan. She enjoys going to community events and spending time with friends and family.
Phone: 540.665.0911 ext 222
Jesse has been with the Mark Dunford Agency since May of 2016, specializing in Agribusiness. He is both a personal and commercial lines agent, he also specializes in farm and agribusiness insurance. Jesse’s passion for agriculture comes from his family’s long history of farming in the area. Jesse believes and understands the importance of local agriculture, and works to protect it.
Jesse grew up in the Shenandoah Valley. He attended Sherando High School and was active in the FFA program, where he earned high individual in the state dairy products competition. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout rank. After high school, Jesse went on to study dairy science at Virginia Tech and graduated with an Agribusiness degree.
Jesse returned to the area after college where he remains involved in the community. He is a volunteer for Big Brother Big Sisters and remains active in the Boy Scouts. Jesse serves his troop as an assistant scoutmaster and committee member. He currently resides in Strasburg and likes to spend his time exploring the local hiking trails and national parks.
Equipped with specialized programs and his background in agriculture, Jesse strives to build a complete protection program for your farm or ranch.
Phone: 540.665.0911 ext 221
Sarah Nichole Via
Sarah Nichole Via started with The Mark Dunford Agency as an Associate Agent on July 17th 2017. She is licensed in Virginia and West Virginia as a Property and Casualty agent. She is also licensed in Life, Annuities, and Health. She primarily works on personal lines including home, auto and life. She always reviews policies and renewal to ensure clients are receiving the right coverage at the best price.
Sarah started in insurance with a desire to help clients understand what insurance is, and why the right coverage is so important. She knows when a client is filing a claim, they have enough on their plate and shouldn’t have to worry in the moment about whether or not they have the appropriate coverage. She is especially interested in engaging her clients about life insurance and how it can truly affect the loved ones that are left behind.
Sarah is a native to Northern Virginia, born in Fairfax in 1986 and graduating from Warren County High School in 2004. She currently lives in Winchester, VA with her husband of 10 years, Christopher, their 8-year-old daughter Brooklynn, and their three dogs. The family loves to go hiking and kayaking at their local parks, and in her personal time Sarah loves to bake all kinds of goodies, but her specialty is cupcakes.
Phone: 540.665.0911 ext 224
Tina manages all of our human resource functions, social media, and day to day agency operations. Tina has been married to her husband Mark for 25 years. Tina and Mark have two daughters; Megan and Madison. She is from Hampton Virginia and has over ten years experience working in the banking industry. She last worked for the Bayport Credit Union in Hampton Virginia.
Tina enjoys planning agency events and volunteering her time in the community. In her spare time, she likes to spend time gardening and working with flowers in her yard.