Who we are

We are people with a passion to care for, and honor, our nation’s growing elder population.  As a program of Brown & Brown NW, SCBI has the local heart and the national presence to protect your care business with excellence.

In 1994, as a college student in Spokane, Washington, I spent two evenings a week volunteering at an assisted living facility. I’d walk four blocks down from my dorm to the facility and sit for dinner with residents who had no one to talk to. Their stories of life’s chapters and adventures brought history to life. Though it was clear they appreciated the time I spent with them, I believe I was the one who gained the most. Their wisdom and experience was forever life changing.
— – Chris Cooper, SCBI Program Director

It is no secret that geriatric care is the fastest-growing sector within the healthcare industry today. With an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day, the need for excellent care is only going to increase.  With a growing need for quality care, comes an equally growing need for the very best in insurance coverage to protect your geriatric care business, not only today but for many years to come. 

We are a local team backed by Brown & Brown Insurance – the nation’s 6th largest insurance brokerage. 



Chris Cooper –

Program Director & Account Executive

Chris brings a heart for people first, along with a wealth of experience working with the healthcare and biotech industry. Chris joined Brown & Brown in 2017 with a goal to help serve and protect health care businesses. His background in healthcare has given Chris the ability to quickly understand the needs of his clients, and tailor insurance coverage to properly fit them.

When Chris is not working with clients, he enjoys traveling abroad, flying airplanes, competitive long-distance running, and really any outdoor activity with his family.

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Michael Mastroni, Executive Vice President, Brown & Brown NW

With over 28 years in the insurance industry, Mike brings a big picture perspective to GBI and our clients. With experience including claims adjuster, large claim supervisor, commercial lines underwriter, and commercial insurance agent, Mike is able to advocate and look out for our clients with a view of the insurance world from all sides. When not managing the branch and helping his clients, Mike makes it a point to give back to his local community, serving as a United Way Cabinet Member, on the board of Community Works, and the Rogue Valley Foundation.

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Katy Shandil, Account Manager

As a born and raised Oregonian, Katy comes with a wealth of insurance knowledge spanning over the past 32 years. She has worked as an agent, as an account manager, as well as trained and recruited independent agents. She has also served as a manager with a captive carrier for 9 years, and owned her own agency in Beaverton, Oregon for 8 years. She enjoys helping others, and believes good service and kindness are the keys to business and growth. Katy is very active, and has been an athlete all her life. In her free time she enjoys her family, her dogs, any sports, the outdoors and exploring Bend, Oregon where she calls home.

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Julie Hammond, CIC, CRM – Account Producer

Julie started her career in insurance in 1985, captivated by the interesting people and businesses she’s able to serve.

"Frankly, I like the complexity of fitting together the various insurance products specifically for my client’s needs, and helping them understand risk management."

Along the way, she has raised a wonderful son and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Julie is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and holds her Certified Risk Management (CRM) designation. When not working with clients, you’ll find Julie in her kitchen baking, traveling, or hiking and kayaking around the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Gary Githens, CIC, ARM, CLCS, CITRMS, CYRM - Cyber and Data Specialist

Gary has been helping protect businesses for over 40 years. He’s passionate about anticipating risk and helping businesses stay ahead of loss. Gary is one of the few agents that has been specializing in privacy network security coverage for over 10 years. He has two privacy network security designations, Cyber Insurance and Risk Management (CYRM) and is a Certified Identify Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS).

An industry leader, Gary is often asked to participate in speaking and consulting activities such as helping carriers improve their coverage forms. He regularly speaks on data and network security, and has been a presenter to the American Bar Association, Secureworld and several Chamber of Commerce events. Gary’s extensive work cyber risk has lead to working relationships with major carriers, often enabling him to secure special coverages. He knows the advantages and disadvantages of the different cyber options and brings that advantage to our clients.

During Gary’s free time he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family, including his two granddaughters.

Our first priority is understanding you. Tailoring your coverage is what we do.

SCBI is a program of Brown & Brown Insurance - the nation's 6th largest insurance brokerage.