Meet the Team:
Compassionate… Innovator … Leader — Ann Geisler has an insurance career that spans four decades, and has met and served thousands of people over that time. Not only has she succeeded in the insurance business as CEO of Dean Insurance, which she co-founded in 1994, she developed an affordable health insurance program for midwives while chairing the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Insurance committee. She teaches many CEU programs for midwifery students and allied health and hospital family practice residency programs.
Ann is a consumer midwifery advocate with memberships including: Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Midwives Association of Florida (MAF), National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), and Citizens for Midwifery (CfM). Southern Cross Insurance Solutions is a corporate sponsor/exhibitor for many of these organizations.
Ann and her husband Pete, have one married son. Father and son operate the family business, Orlando Mustang, and the family shares an interest in classic autos and car shows, travel, and farming.
Enthusiastic… Dedicated… Loyal — Melanie Hart was born in Orlando, grew up in Apopka, Florida and like most Central Floridians worked for a short time at the Mouse House, a.k.a. Walt Disney World. After graduation from Florida State University, she began a career in broadcast production at an Orlando ABC affiliate. Twenty-two years later, looking for a career change, she was happy to find a home with Southern Cross Insurance Solutions, where she discovered that, in her words: “Midwives are AWESOME individuals!”
Melanie loves cooking, Seminole football, and all things Irish. She loves being an Aunt to four beautiful nieces and looks forward to her next trip to Ireland or Italy.
Service Oriented… Dependable… Friendly — These are characteristics that Marilyn Praytor strives to convey to her clients. She takes pride in providing a positive experience for each client and approaches her responsibilities with a proactive attitude.
Marilyn has been a Central Floridian for several decades. She has seen the area increase in population and with this increase, new businesses emerge. She is excited to see the opportunity for Ann Geisler and Southern Cross Insurance Solutions to serve Florida and beyond.
Her insurance roots began on the agency side, moving to the company side and then moving back to the agency side. She has had many great mentors along the way.
Marilyn’s hobbies include crafting, bingo, going to the beach and spending time with family.