Why Maven Insurance?

Today, individuals and businesses are faced with ever changing insurance guidelines and regulations. It might feel overwhelming to keep on top of all the nuances, but that’s exactly what our team does for individuals, families, and businesses. We pride ourselves on being experts that can help you navigate these important decisions. When you partner with Maven Insurance Services, you can feel confident that our expertise has you covered.

Allow our licensed professionals to guide you through perfecting a policy for your unique insurance needs.

102 Bank Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Mon-Fri 8am-5am PST

License # 0M26174

9432 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV 89521
Mon-Fri 8am-5am PST

License # 3357990

Meet the Maven Risk Management & Insurance Services Team

Maven Insurance Services was founded by Kevin Cookson.
The Maven team is committed to providing excellent insurance services.

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Kevin Cookson – President/CEO 
Kevin Cookson moved to Grass Valley with his wife and two daughters in 2011. When he is not working, he loves to spend time with his family, especially outdoors. He loves to donate his time to some of the many non-profit and for-profit organizations in this community, however, you will find him most often coaching softball in our community.

In business, Kevin is focused on bringing a one stop boutique style insurance agency to the community. He has been a licensed broker for 17 years, and specialized in customer service prior to that. Thinking of keeping things local and family oriented, he took a leap of faith and opened his insurance business in Grass Valley in 2012. While this company started as a one-person business in the back room of his home, it has grown over the years. He and his wife Melissa Cookson have now co-owned Maven Risk Management since 2018. They are proud to be committed to the area and look forward to continuing to serve this wonderful community.
Melissa Cookson – President/CFO
Melissa and her husband, Kevin, moved their family from San Jose to Grass Valley in 2011.  She is a mother of 2 and enjoys spending time with her family.  She volunteers her time at her children’s schools and her local church.
Not long after settling in Grass Valley, Melissa left her retail management position and sought out her insurance license.  She has been licensed in Property & Casualty as well as Life & Health since 2012.  She joined Kevin in 2014 where she assisted their home & auto clients.  In 2016, she took the role of accounting, payroll & HR.  She became Co-Owner and CFO for Maven Risk Management with her husband, Kevin, in 2018.  Together, they are grateful for the people and community they serve.
Chris Graff – Vice President, Commercial Lines
With over 15 years of insurance leadership experience, Chris Graff has built a focus on construction while serving other industry sectors of risk management, including Real Estate, Manufacturing and Transportation.   Chris has gained experience developing risk management solutions that are tailored to address the unique risks his clients face.   He takes pride in understanding the unique obstacles, aspirations and traits of each client to create insurance and risk management programs that protect their employees, safeguard their assets and preserve their business reputation.
Rori Russo – Vice President, Group Health 
I am a licensed insurance agent who specializes in providing employers and individuals with confidence and guidance when it comes to medical, dental, vision, life, and supplemental insurance products. My mission is to build and maintain long-term business relationships, understand clients’ current and future needs, and offer them the best product solutions they are qualified for on the market!

Afton Wasley – Personal Lines Agent
I graduated from California State University Sacramento in 2005. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with concentrations in Finance Risk Management and Insurance. After college I went to work for an auto insurance company as an underwriter. In 2010 I retired and spent time raising my daughters. In 2019 I joined the Maven family as a part time agents assistant. As time progressed, I became a full-time personal lines agent. The personal lines team concentrates on high wildfire homeowner’s policies and can also assist with all your personal insurance needs.
Anna Brazelton – Personal Lines Agent
Anna is a Nevada County resident of 25 years. Anna made Grass Valley, CA her home shortly after graduating from Simpson University in 2004 with her BA in Music and Worship Ministry. She enjoys her free time raising her two kids and spending time with her husband on home projects and light travel.

It wasn’t until 2018 that she found her passion in the insurance world and soon became licensed as a Personal Lines Agent. She recently joined the Maven family in 2024 and is dedicated to her clients, always striving for excellence when it comes to meeting her insured’s needs and expectations.
Jenny Wolf – Commercial Lines Account Manager 
I am first generation Nevada County, however, I have lived in Nevada County my whole life. My husband who is 5th generation Nevada County and I live with our 2 daughters in Rough and Ready just a street over from where my husband grew up. I attended Union Hill and Nevada Union and Graduated from Sac State with a degree in History. I started my career in insurance in 2014 at Networked Insurance Agents. I worked there for 5 years where I began in an entry level position and worked my way up to an Account Manager. I left briefly for 2 years and returned in 2020. I joined Maven Risk Management as Account Manager in 2021. I have a background in both Personal and Commercial Lines Insurance and use the knowledge learned from the many positions I have filled in the industry to bring a diverse set of tools to the Maven Team.
Samantha Nelson – Commercial Lines Account Manager
Samantha started her insurance career in 2016 with her most recent job being a Commercial Lines Account Manager specializing in Contractors and Manufacturers. Before that she was in Personal Lines for 5 years in both sales and service. She has found a love for the commercial side of insurance with the many different types of risks and the constant learning opportunities it has given her to expand. Samantha attended school in Rocklin, California with a focus on Business Management. Samantha has two daughters that she spends all her free time with.

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