Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc.

  • Phone: (888) 833-2202
  • Fax: (503) 715-2219
  • Mail:
  • Address: 5607 SW Westdale Dr, Portland, OR

About Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc.

Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc. is a locally owned independent insurance agency serving businesses and individuals in Oregon and Washington. Our mission is to assist our clients with access to affordable insurance that meets their needs—with special emphasis on prompt and continued customer service. Our customer service is handled the old-fashioned way, by putting our clients’ needs first and taking the time to be thorough.

Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc. upholds high ethical standards and complies with the HIPAA, (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy requirements to protect confidentiality.


Cathy Merz



Cathy lives in Portland, Oregon and maintains her Life and Health Licenses in Oregon and Washington. She is also licensed in the state of Idaho. Cathy is certified to sell Long Term Care and Medicare under various company appointments.

She is a member of both the National Association of Health Underwriters along with both the Portland Chapter and Tri County Washington chapters. This membership along with continuing educations helps keep her up to date on the changing world of insurance.

Full Bio

Elizabeth Stowell

Group Health Insurance Account Manager - Oregon


Elizabeth has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life and now calls Portland home where she is excited to start a career in the ever-changing insurance industry. She is licensed in both Oregon and Washington!  She joined Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc. in October of 2014. She is a valued team member who handles our Group Business including new group prospects, as well as, continual customer service for existing groups at renewal and throughout the year.   We are thrilled to have her as a part of our team; her attention to detail and superb customer service help to bring our clients the attention they have come to expect from CMI. Full Bio

Ina Wilborn

Group Health Insurance Account Manager - Washington


Ina has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life, except for her college years spent in Southern California.  Her love of Oregon drew her back after college and she has lived here since.  She joined Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc. in November and will be working to get licensed in both Oregon and Washington. Ina graduated from Whittier College in 1996 and started out with a career in Human Resources.  After a few years in the work force, Ina and her husband started a family and Ina chose to stay home with her three small children until 2013. Full Bio

Amanda Walbridge

Individual Health Insurance Account Manager


Born and raised in Forest Grove, Amanda has been an Oregonian all her life. She joined our team in August of 2017 as the Individual Health Insurance Account Manager. She will be handling the new enrollment of individual clients, Medicare clients, and their needs throughout the year. She is a valuable add to our team here at CMI and brings a lot of customer service knowledge with her from her previous jobs. Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Portland in 2015, and worked for First Tech Federal Credit union before joining our team here. Full Bio

Lindy Bartels

Administrative Manager

About Lindy

Lindy joined the team in 2016 and handles our renewals, enrollments and office administration. Previously she worked for Sony Corporation as a Logistics Manager and Trade Show Coordinator. She then took time off to raise her two teenage girls and is glad to be back in the work force. She is originally from Iowa but has lived on the West Coast most of her adult life. Living in Oregon for the last 10 years she has a love of hiking, sports and music as well as attending her girls many activities.

Donna M. Carlson, RHU



Donna Carlson is retired and enjoying traveling with her husband, Ron. In 1993, after an insurance career with Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Donna founded Donna M. Carlson Insurance.  She focused on building her business with personal touch and attention to detail. In 2010, she sold her business to Cathy Merz.  At the time of her retirement, Donna was licensed to sell insurance in Oregon, Washington and Arizona.  She also held the distinguished  Registered Health Underwriter (RHU).  The RHU program gives insurance professionals the broad knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive health financing and disability income services to their clients. This designation has rigorous educational, experience, and ethical requirements. Full Bio

Cathy Merz Insurance, Inc. adheres to the National Association of Health Underwriter’s Code of Ethics:

  • To hold the selling, service and administration of health insurance and related products and services as a professional and public trust and do all in my power to maintain its prestige.
  • To keep paramount the needs of those whom I serve.
  • To respect my clients’ trust in me, and to never do anything that would betray their trust or confidence.
  • To give all service possible when service is needed.
  • To present policies factually and accurately, providing all information necessary for the issuance of sound insurance coverage to the public I serve.
  • To use no advertising that I know may be false or misleading.
  • To consider the sale, service and administration of health insurance and related products and services as a career, to know and abide by the laws of any jurisdiction, federal and state, in which I practice, and seek constantly to increase my knowledge and improve my ability to meet the needs of my clients.
  • To be fair and just to my competitors, and to engage in no practices that may reflect unfavorably on myself or my industry.
  • To treat prospects, clients and companies fairly by submitting applications that reveal all available information pertinent to underwriting a policy.
  • To extend honest and professional conduct to my clients, associates, fellow agents and brokers, and the company or companies whose products I represent.