Meet The Staff

Jeff Guenther - Broker


Jeff was born & raised in Gilroy, CA. After graduating from Gilroy High, he attended Cal Poly & graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He began working in the insurance industry in 2005 as a licensed life & health insurance agent. After 6 years of employment with a regional broker, Jeff founded South Valley Insurance in early 2011, with an emphasis on helping small businesses with their employee benefit needs. 

He is active in the community through the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, a current board member & Treasurer for a local non-profit, alumni of Leadership Gilroy class of 2017 & attending South Valley Community Church. In recent years, he has enjoyed volunteering with Joni and Friends, which has taken him to West Africa, Central America, China, the Middle East & Cuba, with the mission of collecting & fitting wheelchairs to people with disabilities in impoverished countries. He enjoys playing golf, following Bay Area sports (go Warriors!) & spending time with family. Jeff currently holds Life, Accident & Health insurance licenses with the CA Dept. of Insurance (0E74280). 

Rachael Adamis - Account Manager


Rachael was born & raised in San Jose, where she graduated from high school in 2002. She moved to Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas in 2005 where her beautiful daughters were born. Rachael moved to Gilroy in 2012 & immediately fell in love with the community. She soon got plugged in at South Valley Community Church & has been there ever since. She enjoys volunteering in the church's children's ministry, helping out at school events & at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, to name a few. She has a heart for people, animals & nature. Any free time she has is spent cherishing life & creating memories with her oldest daughter & those she holds dear.

Rachael is quickly becoming an expert at all things employee-benefits and currently holds Life, Accident & Health insurance licenses with the CA Dept. of Insurance  (0M50412).

Nina Velez - Sales Consultant


 Nina is a Gilroy native & is currently in her final 2 years at Vanguard University. She is excited to be a part of the SVI team & will be focusing her efforts on sales, marketing & social media, when she is not in school. She has previous experience as a financial adviser at Northwestern Mutual and Aflac, which has given her a diverse exposure to multiple sides of the insurance business. She is passionate about making the customer experience a pleasant & informative one.

Nina loves to golf & enjoys spending time with her family. She currently holds Life, Accident & Health insurance licenses with the CA Dept. of Insurance (0L93821). 

Ashley Pereira - Administrative Assistant


Ashley was born in 2000 & grew up in Gilroy, where she currently lives with her family. During her years in high school,  out of a passion for education in American history & with the help of a friend, founded a group called Young Americans: Stewards of History. The group was designed for high school & college students. She served for 2 years as co-founder, director & secretary. Graduating high school in 2018, Ashley is now exploring an education related to law at Gavilan Community College. 

In her free time she enjoys writing, singing, sketching & working to create delightful food & drink. She is also an active member at Trinity Bible Church in Morgan Hill, where she serves in children's & food ministries.