471 Sutton Way Suite 201



Grass Valley, CA 95945

Mon-Fri 8am-5am PST
CA License # 0K82324

TX License # 1830247

NV License # 1034307

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Meet Our Team

Cookson & Bowman Insurance Services, LLC., was founded by Kevin Cookson & Lacey Bowman. Together they bring over 20 years of insurance experience to the table. Lacey, Kevin and the team of professionals they have built all believe that service is the #1 priority.

Kevin Cookson - President, CEO-Property & Casualty Division
Kevin Cookson and his wife Melissa have two children, Alexia and Alivia. Originally from the San Jose Area they decided to relocate to Nevada County in 2011. Over the years Kevin has been involved with many spectacular organizations. In 2008 he joined the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce where he later became an Ambassador to the Chamber as well as President of a business referral network called West Valley Business Builders. Kevin developed a strong passion for Non-Profit organizations due to the influence of his Grandfather, Carl Cookson. In 2009 he was elected to sit on the board of the East Valley YMCA at the age of 26. Currently Kevin is the Vice President of the Board at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, Secretary of the Grass Valley PTC, a member of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club, and a member of the Nevada County Contractors Association, and continues to volunteer his time with the KARE Crisis Nursery. He enjoys being an active and contributing member of the community and hopes to continue to find organizations to help fulfill his passion of service.

Lacey Bowman - President, CEO-Life & Health Division
Lacey Bowman started working in medical insurance in August of 2002. She started with Medical Benefits Administration, Inc. processing claims and working with authorizations for patient treatment. During that time, she also worked closely with doctors’ offices to assist them in getting claims paid. In 2004, she obtained her insurance license and worked with people to find affordable insurance plans and come up with solutions to their ever growing questions related to the health care industry. With help from two other partners, she started an insurance brokerage where she continued to expand her knowledge of the industry until 2011 when she made the decision to go at it on her own and formed Lacey Bowman Insurance Services. A year later while still owning Lacey Bowman Insurance Services she formed a partnership to firm up the Property & Casualty side of the business which is now Cookson & Bowman Insurance Services. Throughout the years Lacey has been involved with some great organizations here in Nevada County. She is a current member and board member of Gold Country LeTip, Graduate of Nevada County Leadership Institute, and one of five founders of the Nevada County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Lacey has established a good reputation of helping advocate her client’s needs while helping provide the protection they need for their assets. She is a strong believer of doing business the right way, putting customers first and making sure they understand all of the options available to her.

Melissa Cookson - CFO, Personal Lines Specialist

Melissa Cookson started in the insurance business in 2012. After spending about 10 years or so mixed between the Escrow industry and retail management she decided she would join the family team. Aside to being a loving mother of two she is very dedicated to her service with her local church as well as health and fitness. She is involved heavily with the R.A.D. "Rape Aggression Defense Systems"  program as well as a number of organizations in our community and is a pivotal part of our team.

Chris Graff - VP Commercial Lines

Chris Graff graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 where he earned his degrees in Economics & Accounting.   Currently Chris specializes in commercial insurance.  He takes pride in working to tailor specialized programs to fit each client’s specific insurance needs.  Chris is an active member in the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Friendship Club.

LaDeena Smith - V.P. of Specialty Lines

LaDeena Smith has over 30 years experience in insurance having worked for insurance companies in positions  of operations, underwriting, marketing, and management; responsible for sales and marketing for wholesale brokers; and, for the last 9 years in commercial insurance sales. LaDeena joined Cookson and Bowman Insurance Services in September 2015 as Vice President of Specialty Lines. She specializes in assisting non-profit organizations in obtaining insurance that best fits their needs and in managing those insurance programs.

Sandy Paul - Personal Lines Manager

Sandy Paul is a Grass Valley native. She graduated from Nevada Union High School where she immediately began her career in the insurance business.  Sandy has worked selling and servicing personal insurance for over 30 years.  She joined Cookson & Bowman in 2015 after most recently working for USI Insurance Services and before that Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  She maintains an insurance designation of ACSR.

Sandy resides in Grass Valley with her husband, Steven, and has two teenage boys, Greg and Casey.