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Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind High Country Agency, Inc.
Bart Garrison, CIC
I started my insurance career in 1985 and joined the High Country Agency in 2005 when my family and I moved to Ruidoso. Believing that it is important to give back to the community I belong to, I have served on numerous boards including board member, past president and current member of the Ruidoso Rotary Club; past board member and Chairman of the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce; board member and past treasurer for the Lincoln County Home Builders Association; past member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for Ruidoso; member of The Worship Center; and member of the New Mexico Amigos. I truly enjoy Ruidoso and working with the best insurance team in New Mexico.
Arlene Garrison, Personal Lines CSR
I started in insurance in 1979, with time off to raise a family I have 15 years of insurance experience. We are blessed with the absolute best customers and I love being able to help each of them with their insurance needs. My family and I moved to Ruidoso in 2005, in 2015 when we opened the office in Alamogordo I started commuting to manage our Alamogordo office. I am a member of The Worship Center in Alamogordo and of the Alamogordo White Sands Rotary Club. My son Lance and his wife Kaitlin live in Alamogordo where Lance serves as the Youth Minister at The Worship Center and Kaitlin teaches 2nd grade. Our family loves to camp, go four-wheeling, ride motorcycles and be involved with our church and our community.
Debbie Hernandez, CISR, Personal Lines CSR
My family and I moved to Capitan, NM in 1995. I became a member of the High Country Agency team on February 27, 2001, and loved the opportunity to grow within the agency from being the company receptionist to a licensed insurance agent, and CISR. I served as the secretary for the Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce for several years and served as the VP for the Capitan Booster Club. I had the honor of being the secretary for the Ruidoso Lincoln County Crime Stoppers Organization for 4 years, and served as a board member for St. Joseph’s Apache Mission transition project. I have 3 beautiful children, which my two oldest have blessed me with 3 wonderful grandchildren. I have been very blessed to live in these beautiful mountains meeting wonderful people who cross my path every day.
Nicole Mitchell, Personal Lines CSR
I moved to Ruidoso in 1998 and graduated from Ruidoso High School in 2007. I have a wonderful son who is an avid Fortnite gamer. We love living in the mountains and going hiking, fishing and off-roading. My son and I moved to Lubbock, TX for a couple of years where I worked as a veterinary technician. Even though I loved working with animals we missed family in Ruidoso. We moved back in May of 2019 and I decided to change careers. I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to work with Bart Garrison and the High Country Agency family. It has been the best experience becoming a part of this amazing team. I have learned so much and am now a licensed insurance agent. I can’t wait to see what the future holds in my insurance career here at High Country Agency.
Billie Hooper, Commercial Lines CSR
I’ve called Ruidoso home my entire life. I graduated from Ruidoso High School in 2002 and am currently enrolled in ENMU Ruidoso to finish my Associate’s in Business Administration. My husband and I have five amazing children who keep us busy. I love camping, fishing, 4-wheeling and just taking advantage of the beautiful scenery we are blessed with. Over the years have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people. I had the privilege of joining the High Country Agency team on February 10, 2020 and am so grateful for the positive atmosphere and great co-workers. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones.
Bianca Alvidrez, Receptionist
My daughter and I moved to Ruidoso, NM in December 2016 from Fort Sumner, NM. I became a member of the High Country Agency team on February 2020, and enjoy having the opportunity to work with the best insurance team ever. I am a family person and love to spend my free time with my family and friends. I love being outdoors, hiking, and enjoying nature. I am a member of Saint Eleanor’s Catholic Church. I have been very blessed to have moved to these beautiful mountains and getting to meet amazing people every day. I’m excited to see where this career takes me.
I was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Mescalero, NM. I graduated from Ruidoso High School in 2013 and started college shortly after, studying a variety of career paths. Since I was always in close range to Ruidoso, NM, naturally it’s where I have always visited regularly and have worked as well. I had the amazing opportunity to start working for High Country Agency in September 2020. I am learning so much already and I am thrilled to see where this position leads me. I am a big family person and enjoy spending my spare time with my family and friends. I aspire to work hard each and every day to not only obtain new skills but to most importantly do my very best to provide exceptional customer service for both new and existing clients.
Charla A. Burrows
I graduated from Western OK State College in 2010 and moved to Ruidoso in 2019. As of January 2021, I became a part of the delightful High Country Agency team.
I feel very blessed to live in these picturesque mountains to do the things I enjoy most such as hiking, fishing and spending time with friends and family. I am very excited to become a bigger part of this wonderful community.
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