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Meet Our Team

Rick
Rick Teska

CEO & FOUNDER

Rick founded Strive Medicare to achieve his vision of providing straightforward, comprehensive, and unbiased options for people on Medicare.  He has over 38 years of experience in the Medigap insurance market, there is no better resource for our clients. Over the years he has earned many awards and is an accredited Medigap advisor. In his time outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and mentoring youth.

Alicia
Alicia Gibbons

MANAGER & LICENSED ADVISOR

Alicia has been an invaluable member of our team since 2008.  She plays an integral role between our clients, advisors, and Medicare supplement carriers. She ensures that quality and service exceed customer expectations.  Alicia places immense value on understanding a client’s needs and providing the best solution. She earned her MBA from Franklin University. When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors & reading.

Cullen
Cullen Teska

LICENSED ADVISOR

Cullen specializes in helping clients transition to Medicare products from major medical plans and employee-provided coverage. He knows there is not a one-size fit all plan and he works hard to find the perfect fit for everyone’s needs and future plans in retirement. Cullen has earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree from Bethel University. Cullen’s free time is spent with his wife and three children on outdoor adventures

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Clara "Gale" Key

LICENSED ADVISOR

My name is Gale. I have been in the insurance industry for over 18 years. I started with property and casualty insurance and later obtained my health and life insurance licenses.  I have worked on all sides of the industry from customer service to claims and then sales. I really enjoy chatting and helping my customers save money on their insurance policies. I work remotely from the wonderful state of Georgia. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, whipping up some good old southern cooking, and camping.

Sara
Sara Teska

CLIENT SERVICES 

Sara takes pride in helping us make sure that every client feels like more than just a file in a cabinet. She provides office support when needed and wears many hats. Whether it’s wishing a client a happy birthday or helping to monitor their policy for rate increases, she makes sure you get personalized service. Sara finds joy in making sure our team has what we need to be successful. In her free time, Sara spends time with her family and grandchildren. Enjoys reading and volunteering.

Jimele
Jimele Butler

LICENSED ADVISOR

My name is Jimele Butler and I'm from Goodman, Mississippi. I've lived in Wisconsin since 2008. I've attended Western Wisconsin Community College and Anoka Ramsey Community College. I enjoy traveling, sports, and spending time with family. When I'm not at work I like Google random topics to learn about different things. I like to consider myself a people person. My goal with this company is to assist as many people as I can to help them save as much as possible with their health plans.

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Brock Fortney

LICENSED ADVISOR

I am married and have 4 kids, 6, 8, 16 and 18 years old.  I like to golf and play darts in my free time.  I've worked in downtown La Crosse for 14 years.  I was previously licensed in Life and Health Insurance.

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Scott Knothe

LICENSED ADVISOR

Scott joined Strive Medicare with a background in account management and the ability to align his clients with the most suitable solutions for their needs. Scott looks forward to helping seniors and their families every day. Scott grew up in La Crosse, WI and earned his Bachelor's from UW-Stout in Business Administration. Scott and his wife have settled back in La Crosse raising their son and 2 dogs; enjoying the area's rivers, bluffs, and golf courses. 

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Griffin Wagg

MARKETING INTERN

My name is Griffin Wagg, I am 21 years old, and I am currently attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse pursuing a degree in Marketing. I am excited to enter the business world as I expect to graduate in December. I am newly married as of January of this year to my wife Sophie, and I am looking forward to seeing where God leads us. I am passionate about God, family, sports, friends, and people in general. My favorite sport is Tennis, as I love to play in Tennis leagues and weekend tournaments in the summer. I have two brothers and nieces in the cities that I visit often and am expecting to be the uncle of a nephew in September. I value genuity, and getting to truly know people. Five words I would use to describe myself are: extroverted, friendly, goofy, hardworking, and easy-going.