Meet Our Staff
John Cooke is the President and Co-owner of White River Insurance Agency. He has been with the agency since November 1996. Prior to coming to the Batesville location, John was a partner at the Hardy location from 1989 to 1996. He graduated from the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program and Lyon College. He serves on various volunteer organizations including the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas Board of Directors and Lyon College Board of Directors. He and his wife, Cindy, have four children.
Vernon "Buddy" Vinson
Buddy Vinson is a Co-Owner of White River Insurance Agency. He is licensed to sell Personal, Commercial, Life, Health, Annuities and Disability Insurance. He has been with the agency since February 1993. He graduated from Batesville High School and Lyon College. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children, Kristie, Katie and Skipper. Buddy enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing.
Dick Bernard is a former partner in White River Insurance Agency. He has been with the agency since May 1974. Prior to that time he was employed with a major insurance company in Iowa, Connecticut and Little Rock, Arkansas. Dick is currently serving as President of the White River Health System Foundation. He has also served on the board for the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas. Dick has two sons, Doug and Tony. He and his wife Nancy enjoy golf, boating, hunting and traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.
Veheda Griffin has been with the agency since February 2007 and is our receptionist. She is the first voice that you hear when you call our office. She attended Pleasant Plains High School and also Gateway Technical School. She and her husband Phillip reside in Pleasant Plains. They have three children, Leslie, Phyllis and Judy. They also have three grandchildren, Austin, Cameron, and Conner. Veheda enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Tammy Paternostro is a Personal Lines Customer Service Agent. She has been with the agency since January 2009. She has been a licensed agent in Property & Casualty since 1994. Tammy grew up in Mountain View but moved to Indiana in 1988 when she got married. She recently moved back to Arkansas and now resides in Cave City with her husband, Ben. She is glad to be back close to family and friends.
Terri Wantulok is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and works in the Commercial Lines Department. She has been with the agency since July 2009. She and her husband, Kenneth, reside in Cushman. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Candie Carnett is our Accountant. She has been with the agency since September 2010. She graduated from Batesville High School and attended UACCB. She is an active member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and likes to volunteer her time with the organization. Candie enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and watching football.
Ann Altom is a Commercial Lines Customer Service Agent. She has been with the agency since November 2013. Prior to working at WRIA she worked at an agency in Houston, TX for 11 years. She and her husband Dewayne live in Concord and enjoy antique shopping, metal detecting, fishing, and visiting their kids and grandkids.