Richard Aardsma

Marilan bass
Customer Service Representative

Brian Yonkman
Marketing Specialist

Melissa Thompson
Media Designer

Richard Aardsma

Integrity is the word that summarizes Rick’s work and success as a leader in the insurance industry. He has over three decades of experience as an Independent Insurance Agent, helping people safeguard their lives, assets and futures. The agency insures hundreds of churches, Christian schools and other related accounts, throughout Illinois and Indiana, and has done so since its beginning in 1987. The Aardsma Agency has received multiple awards including the Million Dollar Agency Award and Partners In Excellence Award for outstanding service to their clients.


Rick and his wife Judy live in Crown Point, Indiana and have three daughters Michelle, Katie and Stephanie. Over the years Rick has served the local church in many ways including leadership positions of: Deacon, Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, Young Peoples Leader and Choir Member.  He enjoys woodworking, fishing and reading when time permits.


As a teacher and speaker, Rick considers himself a Church Board Advisor. He knows that every church has its own unique needs – therefore the solutions will also be unique. In fact, the solution may not require insurance at all. That is why Rick does not believe in “selling” churches insurance, but rather in educating his clients and letting them decide what coverage and price is best for their situation.



Marilan Bass

Marilan is a long-time veteran of the insurance business.  A native of Chicago, Marilan started her career in 1965 with State Farm Insurance in Lansing Illinois and continued in the industry after relocating to Jacksonville, Florida in 1973. She services the needs of our Personal Lines clients.


Her outside interests have included Lansing Jr., Women’s Club, P.T.A., and teaching baton twirling to the local children for over 15 years.  Currently, she is involved with the National Inclusion Project, which helps autistic & special needs children, and works on her class reunion committee.


She also loves singers, notably Clay Aiken, and among her other accomplishments was starting college at age 42.  Marilan has two children and is a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Lansing, IL.


Brian yonkman

Brian joined the Aardsma Agency team after 40 years in the computer hardware field. He specializes in maximizing the technical services for our current client base, as well as doing research for new business opportunities in both commercial and private sectors where the agency can apply its experience and deep resources in today’s ever-shifting society.


Brian and his wife Cindy live in Munster, Indiana and are the parents of three children and the fawning grandparents of five grandchildren. Their entire family are members of the Lynwood United Reformed Church in Lynwood, Illinois where Brian has served in various capacities through the years. He also serves on the school board of Providence Christian Academy, where three of his grandchildren are in attendance. In his spare time, he enjoys DIY projects around the house and reading (with an occasional fishing trip thrown in).


Melissa Thompson

Melissa met her husband Jerry in the United States Air Force, where they both served as Security Forces.  They lived in Las Vegas, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, Qatar, and California during their enlistments. Their first son was born in Japan, their second son in California, and their third son was born in their current home of  Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following her military service, Melissa began pursuing an education to help her fulfill her dream of being self employed. She graduated with a BA in Business Management then went on to get a MFA degree in Media Design. In 2017, Melissa launched her freelance business, Beast Design Studio, LLC. She was blessed to have the Aardsma Agency as her first official client and was delighted when they asked her to officially be part of their team.  Melissa is a member at Immanuel Fellowship United Reformed Church in Kalamazoo and volunteers there as a secretary and webmaster.