Austen Powell

Title - Chief Operating Officer

Role and Background - My responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of our office. I ensure our clients are being well taken care of and that our staff is providing our clients the highest level of service. I also meet with existing and potential clients to review their insurance coverages and work with them to develop and implement an insurance strategy that helps them meet their long term goals. In addition, I also assist with large and small group benefit enrollments and administration.

About Me - I am a native of Ponchatoula, LA and have recently moved to the Hammond area. I am a 2016 graduate of LSU with a degree in Business Management and a focus in Entrepreneurship. After college I began working immediately in my family’s insurance business. While working for Powell & Associates I also took a job as a Benefits Enroller for Cigna to help me better assist in group enrollments.. This job allowed me to travel and assist other producers with their group enrollments.My family has been in insurance for many years and I knew this was the path I wanted to pursue. I love helping individuals and businesses with their unique insurance needs, and developing a creative plan to satisfy those needs.


Ted Hudspeth - Commercial Lines Producer and Benefits Enroller

Title - Commercial Lines Producer and Benefits Enroller

Role and Background - My responsibilities include obtaining new prospective clients as well as meeting with existing clients to ensure that any question or need that they have has been answered or met. I do this with the goal in mind of helping them review their business operations as well as future goals, and ensuring that their coverages meet every need that they may have, while obtaining the best price available. I handle any commercial lines, personal lines, and life insurance needs, as well as assisting with any size group benefit enrollments and administration. I also handle all IT within the office, to ensure that we have premier technology services available to our customers to make their experience as seamless as possible.

About Me - I was born and raised in Ponchatoula, LA and am dedicated to help the people of our community by ensuring that they have the help that they deserve when they need it the most. I received my Bachelors degree at Louisiana State University with a major in Business Management focused on Entrepreneurship. I was raised to help others during times of need, and I have grown to sincerely enjoy doing so which is what brought me here today.


Cathy Cox - Agent

Title - Personal Lines Producer (Ponchatoula Office)

Role and Background - As a licensed insurance agent, it is my responsibility to gather the necessary information in order to quote your coverage through our numerous companies to secure the best possible price.  It is my obligation to provide you with quality service for your existing and future insurance needs.  Even when your policy comes up for renewal, I will continue to shop your coverage to ensure you have the most competitive premium available.  I have been a licensed insurance agent and employed with Powell & Associates since 1996.

About Me - I have been a resident of Hammond, Louisiana since I first moved here with my husband in 1982. The agency has grown a lot since I first started with Powell & Associates and I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many great people over the years. We have a great team here and I look forward to many more years at Powell & Associates.


Cindy Lemoine - Property & Casualty Insurance Agent

Title -  Personal Lines Producer (Hammond Office)

Role and Background -  I quote, write and maintain personal line policies which include but are not limited to… auto, home, mobile home, flood, boat, motorcycle etc.  I have been in the insurance industry since 2008 and a licensed property and casualty agent since 2011. I have been an employee of Powell & Associates since October 2013.

About Me - Mr. Tank and Mrs. Kathy Powell have been in the insurance business for many years and have earned the respect and admiration of their many clients in the surrounding areas. It is a pleasure working for them and I hope to work for them for many years to come.


Milissa Licciardi - Bookkeeper and Property & Casualty Insurance Agent

Title- Bookkeeper (Ponchatoula Office)

Role and Background - I handle all bookkeeping needs as well as handle all human resource responsibilities for the office. I also back up the agents in assisting with selling and servicing policies when needed.  I have over 20 years bookkeeping experience.  I became a licensed agent and employed with Powell & Associates in 2008.

About Me - I have been a resident of Ponchatoula since 2006.  My husband and I moved here from the south-shore after Hurricane Katrina.  We have been married since 1990 and have three children, two boys and one girl.  I am a member of the Mission Church in Hammond.   I love my job at Powell.  Mr. Tank and Mrs. Kathy have created a family-oriented business and because of that we all have a close working relationship. 


Rose Ray - Property & Casualty Insurance Agent

Title - Personal Lines Producer (Ponchatoula Office)

Role and Background - I have been in the insurance industry since 1976 and became a licensed agent around 1990. I have worked for several big companies in the New Orleans area before moving across the lake after Hurricane Katrina. I started working for Powell & Associates Insurance in 2006. As a personal lines licensed agent it is my job to give you the best quote available. Once your policy is in effect, I will service your policy as needed as well as shop your coverage upon renewal to ensure you have the most competitive rate while maintaining adequate coverage.

About Me - I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 4, one of which is on the way. I have been truly blessed by God for my co-workers and all the people he has placed in my life, because without them, I would not be the person I am today. I take pride in being able to help my customers obtain adequate coverage at the best rate available. If you are in need in securing coverage for a home, auto, mobile home, motorcycle, ATV, motor home, travel trailer, boat, jewelry, etc. please come see me at our Ponchatoula office.


Rebecca Ray - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Title - Commercial Lines Account Manager

Role and Background - As a commercial lines account manager my responsibility includes communicating with clients and ensuring their needs are being met during the year. I work with our producers daily to assist them with existing or new business.

About Me - I grew up and attended school in Tangipahoa Parish. I chose insurance because it gave me the opportunity to interact with people from all different backgrounds. I love helping my customers meet their insurance needs and ensuring that they are well protected.


Irene Simmons - Property & Casualty Insurance Agent

Title - Commercial Lines Producer (Ponchatoula Office)

Role and Background - My role as a licensed agent is to quote commercial insurance.  My responsibilities are to obtain new and renewal commercial insurance quotes for my customers.  I also shop policies upon renewal to ensure that my customer is still getting the best rate and service all their insurance needs.  I am a licensed property & casualty agent with over 14 years experience.  I have been working at Powell & Associates Insurance since 2009.

About Me - I have some of the best customers that I have worked with for many years and have a great relationship with.   I value not just being their agent, but I also value them as a person.


Darlene Ouber - Outside Sales Producer

Role and background - I am an outside sales commercial & personal lines producer. My responsibilities are to quote and write commercial and Personal Lines Insurance for my clients along with servicing their policies throughout the year. I have been in the Insurance Industry since 2000 and became a licensed Property & Casualty Producer in 2001 and a licensed Life & Health Producer in 2003.


Gerald Power - Insurance Producer

Title -  Insurance Producer/Outside Sales

Role and Background -  My responsibility is to obtain adequate coverage and affordable premiums for my present and future clients. I also am responsible for servicing my clients accounts throughout the year.  I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2005, with a Business Management degree. My family has been in the insurance industry for over 40 years, and I have been selling for almost 7 years.