Our Team

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Outstanding service starts with an outstanding team. Meet the professionals behind Lakeside Insurance Center / McCarron & Associates.

Colorado Office


Brandi Asker

Personal Insurance Agent
Direct Line:  720-833-4540
Email:  [email protected]

Brandi is a Personal Lines producer who entered the insurance industry at age 17 obtaining her Producer’s license in Property & Casualty in 2002. With over 17 years of experience in Personal Lines Insurance she has exceeded in providing her clients with excellent service and the peace of mind they deserve. She is passionate about caring for animals and likes volunteering at local Shelters. In her spare time Brandi enjoys spending time with her family, venturing out to new places, home decorating, cooking, creating art projects, and taking her dog “Bella” to the dog park.


Judy Graham, CISR

Business Insurance Account Manager
Direct Line:  720-833-4541
Email:  [email protected]

Judy first started in the Insurance industry in Billings Montana in 1979. She worked at an Independent Agency as a bookkeeper, then moved to Personal Lines and now focuses on Commercial Insurance. Her expertise is in commercial construction insurance and she has over 34 years of experience in the area. Judy has a daughter who is a teacher and a son who is a Chemical Engineer. She is an animal lover ranging from squirrels to wild animals, however she is not very fond of mice! Judy enjoys reading all kinds of books, and enjoys crafting when she has the time!


Erika Lespron

Customer Service Representative
Email: [email protected]

Erika began her career in the insurance industry in 2005 as an Insurance Assistant, where she assisted multiple clients with their certificates of insurance, Auto ID cards and other items. She joined Lakeside Insurance in March of 2014 and assists clients with certificates of insurance, setting up online access and helping with renewals. Erika volunteers her time to a church youth group, by mentoring, organizing a yearly retreat and other activities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting from Pinterest, and shopping.


Gillian McCarron, CIC

Vice President
Direct Line:  720-833-4542
Email:  [email protected]

Gillian is a British Citizen. She attended the International School of Brussels and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and made the move to the insurance world in 2003. Gillian has served as the chairman of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado. She also volunteers her time with various boards, charities and is active in the local community. Gillian loves to be outdoors and can be found biking, cross country skiing, attending the numerous sporting events of her 3 children or relaxing in Grand Lake with her family, a good book and a glass of wine!


Michael McCarron, CIC

President Business Insurance
Direct Line: 720-833-4543
Email: [email protected]

Michael graduated from the University of Michigan, traveled South America for 3 months and then moved to Colorado with his wife Gillian. He purchased Lakeside Insurance in 1999. Michael has 3 children involved in various sports and he can be found coaching their soccer and hockey teams. He volunteers his time serving on various boards including the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada Citizens Police Academy, Arvada Hockey Association, CU Denver College of Business Development Committee (RMI program), Denver 7’s Rugby, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni, Real Colorado Soccer, West Point Metro District. Michael was named the Insurance Person of the Year in 2016. Michael enjoys time with his family, hunting, traveling, and hanging out at his cabin in Grand Lake!

Darla Menger, CIC, CPCU

Business Insurance Account Manager
Phone:  720-833-4555
Email:  [email protected]

Darla began her insurance career as a clerk-typist in 1984 and obtained her P&C license in 1995. She earned the CIC designation in 2002 and the CPCU designation in 2010. Beginning first in Personal Lines, and now focusing on Commercial Lines, she enjoys finding insurance solutions for her clients. In her spare time, Darla loves working with her horses, traveling with her husband, spending time with her five grown children and three grandchildren. Living in the mountains, she also has chickens, 2 “normal” cats and one attack cat named “Yeti”.”


Dustin Nichols, CISR

Business Insurance Agent
Direct Line:  720-833-4550
Email:  [email protected]

Dustin began working in insurance industry in 2012. He started his career in personal lines insurance and has since added commercial insurance to his repertoire. Dustin loves working with various clients to help solve their insurance needs. He enjoys being active and playing sports. He plays everything from basketball to ice hockey. He also enjoys a few rounds of golf whenever he can squeeze in the time! Outside of sports, he enjoys spending his weekends with his wife and their toy poodle and golden doodle.

Melanie Platt

Personal Insurance Agent
Phone:  720-833-4556
Email:  [email protected]

Melanie Platt started her insurance journey working in crop insurance after graduating from CSU. When that employer relocated to North Dakota, she got her property casualty license and started working in personal lines for a family owned insurance agency in Arvada. In 1999, she and her husband moved to Lafayette, and she found a long term place at Haddock Insurance. Melanie enjoys helping people sort through the complexities of insurance, and finding the right coverages for their personal risks. For entertainment she does canine sports, including nose work, agility and therapy work, and has two rescued shelter dogs. She also loves to ride her horse, and occasionally does some creative writing.


Bethany Pullo

Customer Service Representative
Direct Line:  720-833-4544
Email:  [email protected]

Bethany has over 12 years of experience in Customer Service. She attended college at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and majored in Humanities and Catholic Culture. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to Colorado in 2012. Bethany is newer to the insurance industry beginning her career with Lakeside and insurance in 2015. She has an extensive library and spends most of her free time reading and enjoying a cup of tea.

Robert Smith

Business Insurance Agent
Phone:  303-421-8590
Email: [email protected]

Michigan Office

Carla DiBenedetto

Personal Insurance Agent
Phone:  586-569-4064
Email:  [email protected]

Dennis McCarron

Phone:  586-949-5970 x322
Email:  [email protected]

Sharon Rush

Personal Insurance Account Manager
Phone:  586-569-4061
Email: [email protected]

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