Meet Our Team


At Ramirez Meda Agencies, we believe you deserve top quality service… Period. That’s why we’re committed to giving you the best of us. We’ll always make sure you have the right coverage, the right discounts, and can take comfort in knowing the things that matter most to you are protected. We also believe in giving back! As Agents of Change in our community, we’re dedicated to helping others live well and thrive!



Abelardo Ramirez Meda
Agency Owner

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I have been working in the insurance industry for the past 25 years. Protecting the Rio Grande Valley families is my passion and my commitment. As Hispanics, we work really hard to bring the best to our families.

I grew up in Mexico and California, but made the Rio Grande Valley my home in 2009 looking for a better opportunity for my family. During my time here, I have met great people in this community and now I feel like I am a part of it but most importantly committed to protecting it. When I’m not running my agency, I love riding my motorcycle across the country and sailing when I have a chance. I also enjoy spending most of my free time with my family. Also, I am a member of the Hidalgo Lions Club and Pharr Rotary Club.

Guillermo Alonso Bautista
System Analyst

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I have been working with Ramirez-Meda for the last 5 years, helping the Rio Grande Valley families with their Auto, Home and Life insurance. During my time here, I have noticed that many people in the Rio Grande Valley have misconceptions and are misinformed about insurance. So, I feel passionate about being able to educate them better and offer them the protection they deserve, while also changing their perspective on insurance!
I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico where I got my bachelors in Finance. I completed an internship in Romania in 2012 after I graduated. I moved to McAllen in 2013 and earned an MBA at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I love traveling, meeting new people, and exploring new places every chance I can. I like the beach, a good dinner out with family or friends and of course, binge-watching shows! Many people don’t know that I play the ukulele and DJ as a hobby.

I support UNICEF’s mission of bringing meals to children in underprivileged countries.

Ana Morales

Agency Manager

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The most exciting thing about my work it is that every day we learn something new. I am very passionate about my contribution to growing this agency on a daily basis.

I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and I grew up in McAllen, Texas. I have an Associates in Accounting. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my daughter, whether we are playing at the park or grabbing an ice cream. My guilty pleasure is tempting my coworkers to eat chocolates with me after lunch.

I am invested in helping my community and working for Ramirez-Meda Agencies gives me that opportunity.

Marialyan Valverde

Licensed Insurance Representative

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I have been in the insurance industry for over a year now! I love helping people meet their insurance needs but most importantly helping them understand the coverages they have so whenever they face an unfortunate event they know exactly what to do.

Growing up in McAllen and now working here has instilled in the importance of helping my community and neighbors. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family. They are the most important thing in my life!

I am a very noble and compassionate person I love to help others. I like to give back to my community and help in any way that I can.

Melissa Barrera
Licensed Insurance Representative

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I have been in the insurance industry for six years. It’s been an honor to work in such a rewarding career. I enjoy the opportunity to help find customers insurance that suits their needs, educate them about their coverages and products. I enjoy the time I can invest in educating myself.

I was born and raised in Rio Grande City, Tx. and am a Texas Scholar Graduate from Rio Grande City High School. I like spending time with my family making memories.

I love volunteering with my youngest daughter’s girl scout troop, giving back to our community by gathering donations or items for non-profit organizations or simply being a mom.


Lisa Flores
Licensed Insurance Representative

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I was a public insurance adjuster for a little under 2 years. I specialized in commercial properties such as warehouses and plazas. I am extremely passionate about connecting with people on a personal level and making them feel heard and understood.

I grew up in Edinburg, TX and I have lived in the Rio Grande Valley all of my life. I love to play billiards and was even in an amateur league in McAllen, TX and I am always up for a game of 8-ball or 9-ball. However, my favorite pastime is completing puzzles such as Sudoku and Crosswords. I can stay glued to a puzzle book for hours at a time. My current new obsession is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and to be honest, it is one of the most difficult things I have ever done but it is equally rewarding. I like to spend time with my fiancé and two dogs. We have two large golden retrievers that require a lot of exercise so we like to take them to the dog park or on playdates during the weekend. Most people don’t know this about me, but I LOVE art. I don’t necessarily have a favorite artist or period but I do prefer impressionism over other styles. My preferred artists are Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Monet, Rembrandt, and Edgar Degas. I appreciate painted art over sculpture most of the time but I am just as captivated by it.

There is no one particular non-profit or charitable organization that I align myself with but that doesn’t stop me from helping whatever organization I come across. Specifically, though, I do have pledged donations with Planned Parenthood and encourage others to learn more about the work they are doing.


Rio Grande City

Sandra Olivarez
Agency Manager

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I have 28 years of experience working on the insurance field.  I love my job and working with people wakes me up in the morning. Having an amazing team, which I consider family, is something I really enjoy about working at Ramirez-Meda Agencies.
I grew up in Rio Grande City. It is a nice small town. During the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family and getting some good shopping in.

Roberto Salinas

Licensed Insurance Representative

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I have been a team member in the Ramirez-Meda Agencies family for three years. This is my first venture in the insurance industry and I am proud to have started with such a renowned company.  I look forward to staying with this family for many more years and assisting families in finding their peace of mind with the Ramirez-Meda Agencies. I enjoy that I can learn new things and continuously grow in experience.  However, the most exciting part of my job is helping people in the community with insurance needs and support by giving them peace of mind and comfort for themselves and their families.

I was raised in Rio Grande City Texas and enjoy working in and for my community. In my free time, you can find me with friends and family BBQing or out and about in town. I’m a big music and sports guy!

Lorena Rivera
Licensed Insurance Representative

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Joining the Ramirez-Meda Agencies is my first time working in the insurance industry. However, I have many years of customer service experience. I enjoy being able to learn about insurance and help customers with their insurance needs.

I grew up in Roma, TX. I enjoy working out: weight lifting, bike riding, swimming, also going fishing, to the movies. Many people don’t know this but I’m a huge Star Wars fan!



Lisa Marie Barrientes
Licensed Insurance Representative

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I have been in the insurance industry since 2011.  Throughout my many years of experience, I have obtained the knowledge and skill to help each and every individual with their proper insurance needs. I am always willing to go over and beyond to help a prospect or client in any way possible.  Helping others is what I enjoy most about my work.

I grew up in Brownsville, TX and attended the University of Texas at Brownsville majoring in English Language Arts. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and doing arts and crafts in my free time. You can be sure to find me mainly at the mall, target, or our local restaurants during the weekend enjoying a good dinner with my family.

Velma Sandlin
Agency Manager

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I really enjoy working with people and have been a licensed sales agent for 15 plus years. Recently my experience has provided me with the opportunity to become the assistant manager at the Brownsville office. What’s most exciting about my job is when I am able to help people with their insurance needs and when we can save them money.

I was born and raised in Port Isabel, Texas. I’m a pretty creative person who enjoys baking and arts and crafts! When I’m not working you can find me at home or at the beach relaxing and spending quality time with my family. One of my favorite things to do is staying home enjoying my husband’s Texas delicious BBQ or his excellent fried shrimp and freshly caught fish. I’d say my guilty pleasure is eating a whole bag of chips on the couch while watching TV.



Beatriz Ortiz
Licensed Insurance Representative

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I have been in the Insurance Industry for almost a year now. I love working with customers and helping them with there needs.  I’m very excited to work with clients and building a trustful relationship with them. I really enjoy helping customers protect themselves and their families for peace of mind.

I grew up in Los Fresnos, Texas. You can find me on the beach on my days off. I love the ocean.

I like to give back to the community and participate in local clothes and food drives.

Noel “Noey” Rodriguez

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I am entering the insurance industry with immense enthusiasm to learn from a great team here at Rameriz-Meda Agencies. Looking forward to making a career here. I am very passionate about providing customers with excellent service. Delivering smiles is what strives me as my daily goal.

I was raised in San Benito, TX were I still currently reside. San Benito Greyhound at heart! I did complete some Criminal Justice courses at The University of Texas-Pan American. I enjoy to spending all my spare time with my beautiful wife and my three beautiful daughters. It’s a home full of girls but I wouldn’t change it for a second. I guess you can say, “I’m the Last Man Standing”. When the weekend comes along so does the outdoor grilling with kids activities. Depending on the season you will catch me rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns, San Antonio Spurs, and the Texas Rangers! Its my family’s joy and I cherish every moment with them.


John Bartolomeo
Licensed Insurance Representative

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I started my career in the Insurance Industry around 2011. My journey began at the McAllen, TX location the first of later three agencies owned by Abelardo Ramirez-Meda. For most of my years as an Associate Agent, I have served the community with Property and Casualty. Recently in my career, I have extended my service offering Life Insurance, which encompasses a broader reach of protection for the families in the Rio Grande City and across TEXAS. I’m proud to work for a company that has served satisfied customers for over 80 years. My experience enabled me to not only understand the ins-and-outs of Insurance while working for a local insurance agency, thus serve hundreds of families and individuals with their protection needs. I can help you protect your family and things that are important from Liability.  I can offer quality insurance this is affordable and provide easy access for you to contact me in person, over the phone or other technologies wherever and whenever you need my service. As your advisor, I will help you understand how the choices you make will protect your family. I’m committed to helping you understand your choice package that will best serve families needs with ease.


I lived in the Rio Grand Valley since 2005, when I relocated from Los Angeles, CA where I was born and raised. Since making Mission, TX my home I’ve witnessed the vast growth in population and industry. I enjoy exploring the many restaurants and stores. I also really appreciate the friendliness and diversity while living not far from the border. The ability to speak English and Spanish has enabled me to communicate with a growing Hispanic population. When I’m not working at the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two boys.

I was born with the gift of seeing something and drawing it on paper, however rarely do I paint but find pleasure in that media as well. Graduating high school, I had attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. During this time I had been working with my parents owned their Garment Contracting Company in the Garment Manufacturing Industry. This experience exposed me to an appreciation of garment production and design. Its due to my background that I enjoy fashion and frequently go out to the local garment retail stores and coordinate different ensembles; I also visit furniture stores and envision the combination of furniture and fabrics that change an ambiance in a home or working environment. Just before moving to the Rio Grande Valley I had established an eclectic furniture retail store, which I owned and operated on my own.


Sofia Castelan
Multi- Line Insurance Agent

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I have worked for 27 years as an insurance professional.  I specialize in insurance for mortgage closing and life insurance. My top priority has been and will always be to make sure families not only have their possessions properly covered but that they are taken care of in any devastating circumstance.

I was raised in New Jersey and have a degree in Finance. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, children. I also really love to bake! On the weekends you can find me at a farmers market, I love to support local businesses and eat locally raised food.

Karen Servin
Licensed Insurance Representative

Leonor Almaguer
Agency Manager