Meet the Staff

Elizabeth Speiker

In 1987, Elizabeth Speiker with her husband, James Speiker, Sr., started Speiker & Company, Ltd. Since its inception, the business has grown from a one-office insurance agency to a prominent landmark in Downtown Prior Lake.

Elizabeth is now retired allowing her more free time to travel and spend more time with her grandchildren.

Maria Belden, E.A.
Vice President
Enrolled Agent

Maria joined Speiker & Company, Ltd. in 2002. She has a degree in Management from Hamline University and is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and the MN Society of Enrolled Agents (MNSEA).

Maria is a member of the Prior Lake VFW Auxiliary and a Youth Mentor through her membership with the Prior Lake Optimist Club. Maria, with her husband and three kids, live in Prior Lake and her favorite summer activity is Beach Parties hosted by City of Prior Lake.

James Speiker, II
Vice President
Insurance Advisor & Tax Preparer

James joined Speiker & Company, Ltd. in 2007. He has a degree from Brown College.

James is a Board Member of the Prior Lake Savage Optimist Club and received their Key Member Award in 2012. James is also the Gambling Manager for Optimist Club. When not busy with work or Optimist Club, James enjoys spending time with his family or running in a charity 5K.

Sara Wintheiser, MBA
Director of Operations

Sara has worked at Speiker & Company since 2014. Sara has a Master of Business Administration degree from University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Minnesota…. go Gophers! Sara is also a member of the United States Army Reserve, lifetime member of the Prior Lake VFW, and active with the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador.

In her free time, Sara loves going for a run or spending time with her daughters and husband at their home in Savage.

Betsy Speiker, MA

Betsy joined Speiker & Company, Ltd. in 2004 and worked until 2013 when she took a leave of absence to pursue her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. Upon graduation, she relocated to Texas and works at a practice that incorporates her love of yoga, meditation and healing.

When not enjoying the Texas heat, Betsy enjoys traveling and spending time with Rocky, her rescue dog. She is as active in the business as her schedule allows.


Support Team

Amy Maass
Administrative Assistant

Amy joined Speiker & Company in 2015. She has her Associates of Liberal Arts degree and several years of experience working Customer Service and HR. Her favorite parts of the job are working with the positive people. When not at work, Amy enjoys reading, baking and trying new restaurants with her husband – she considers herself a foodie!

Cathy Lecher
Administrative Assistant

Cathy joined Speiker & Company in 2016 with years of Customer Service. When not at work, Cathy enjoys walking the trails at Lakefront Park and spending time with her family.

Linda Stadtherr-King
Administrative Assistant

Linda joined Speiker & Company in 2020. Linda has lived in Prior Lake for years and is very involved in many community events. Linda’s favorite part of the job is getting to see and work with all the clients that come to our office for tax, insurance, bookkeeping or payroll meetings.


Tax Department

Maria Belden, Enrolled Agent




James Speiker, II




Karen Neubert Dozois, Enrolled Agent

Karen joined Speiker & Company, Ltd. in 2010 with over 30 years of prior experience in small business set-ups, accounting and taxes. In Karen’s spare time, she enjoys boating and fishing.


Pat Devitt

Pat has been a member of the Speiker & Company, Ltd. staff for over 20 years! His favorite part of working at Speiker & Company is the flexibility in his hours. When not at work, Pat enjoys cooking or spending time with his grandchildren.

Insurance Department

Colleen Beuch

Life/Health Insurance Specialist

Colleen has over 20 years of experience as an Insurance Agent and is a member of Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC). Her favorite quote is “Always turn lemons into lemonade!” When not at work, Colleen enjoys watching baseball, especially the MN Twins and St. Patrick amateur baseball.

Lisa Fahey, CPIA
Insurance Advisor

Lisa has nearly 20 years of experience as an Insurance Agent and joined Speiker & Company, Ltd. in 2005. In addition to managing the Insurance Department, she is on the Board for Belle Plaine Festivals and Events as well as the Commission for the City of Belle Plaine Economic Development Authority (EDA). When not at work, Lisa enjoys photography, and many outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking with her family.



Perri Hannes
Insurance Advisor

Perri joined Speiker & Company in 2022. She brings over 25 years of insurance experience to our team and is a long-time Prior Lake resident. When not at work, Perri enjoys spending time with her grandkids and family.


James Speiker, II




Maria Belden, E.A.