Our Staff

In addition to being licensed insurance agents, all of our licensed professionals have achieved industry designations in an effort to achieve the greatest degree of knowledge and professionalism. These include the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and Certified Benefits and Wellness Associate (CBWA).

Ryan MillerRyan T. Miller, CIC, CWCA – President (Certified Work Comp Advisor)
As a 25-year veteran ins the insurance industry, I enjoy working with clients to look beyond the transaction of insurance and embrace the competitive advantages gained by implementing strategic risk management practices. My TRIO (Turning Risk into Opportunity) process identifies an organization’s largest risk and turns it into an opportunity to increase productivity and reduce overall costs. I am a Certified Insurance Counselor and a Certified Work Comp Professional specializing in Cyber and Workers Compensation. When not at work, I enjoy skiing, participating in shooting sports and searching for shellfish with my wife and two daughters.

Karen Decker, CIC – Business Solutions 
After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo I became a licensed agent in California in 1987. Moving to Oregon in 1992, I worked in the surplus lines side of the insurance business and worked for a wholesaler for the following 17 years. I now enjoy working in the independent agent side once again. Away from the office, I love being my husband’s wife and my daughter’s mother. We keep busy following our daughter’s sports and being involved with our church.

Jim RuizJim Ruiz, CIC – Personal Insurance
I have been a licensed insurance agent nearly 20 years. In 2008, I earned my Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation and I am currently working on my Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation. My knowledge of the insurance industry allows me to have very detailed conversations with clients that go far beyond simply just talking about a policy and its price. When not at work I enjoy spending time outdoors and actively participating at church with my wife and son.

Amy's PhotoAmy Howe, CISR – Personal Insurance 
After being a stay at home mother of three kids for 10 years I was ready to get back in the work force! I started in Insurance when I was able to find part-time employment and still get home in time for the kids to get off the bus. I have grown to love the industry and am excited to be a part of Miller Insurance, a company that is close to home and finds ways to give back to people in its own community. More than anything I love a good book, but I also enjoy working in the yard, hiking and camping with family and friends.

Jennie Dean – Personal Insurance
I transitioned to insurance after working in the accounting side of the world. I enjoy helping others and my mindset is to always find the best, most efficient way of getting things done. I am excited to advance my career with a company that has long proven its support to the community. In my down time, I enjoy anything outdoors, reading, gardening, yoga and building Lego’s with my son.


Leslie ThomasLeslie Thomas, CBWA – Employee Benefits
Servicing clients is a consistent theme of my professional career and one that is not taken lightly.  Including the most recent Federal reforms, we continue to advance and pursue new ways to educate, communicate and connect with our clients and the community. My personal time is spent with my husband and three children, and our varied interests in education, school athletics, primitive camping, skiing, cycling, urban chicken farming and personal wellness.