About Us

Protecting yourself, your family and your assets is important and shouldn’t be something that is a constant concern.

Meet John Dugas

Financial Planner, CFP®, RICP®, LUTCF®

John graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems. John is the founder of Dugas & Associates and has been with Prudential Insurance Company of America since 2002, beginning his career as a financial advisor and then expanding his role to include financial planning. As a Financial Planner, John illustrates concepts and develops strategies for clients to provide them with information tailored to their specific needs and goals.  During his youth John attained the rank of Eagle Scout and now integrates the motto “Be Prepared” into every client engagement. He has earned numerous industry and company awards, including qualifying as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Since 2010 John has perennially earned the Excellence in Financial Planning-Vanguard Award presented to the top financial planners in Prudential.  He currently serves as the Co-Chair of Prudential’s Field Advisory Council along with Prudential Advisors President, Brad Hearn.  The Dugas & Associates tagline “Your money is not your wealth – your time is” was inspired by John’s family. He and his wife, Paulette, have two sons and a daughter and reside in Durango, Colorado where he enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, reading, cooking, golfing and skiing.

Meet Our Team

MARY OCKEN

Property & Casualty Specialist – Marketing Assistant to John Dugas
CA Insurance License 0K38732

Mary has a Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communications and takes a personal, proactive, problem-solving approach when working with clients. She emphasizes the importance of helping clients understand how their home and auto insurance coverage factors into their overall financial wellness. Since beginning her property and casualty career in 2008, she has consistently earned the Liberty Mutual Gold Award and “Top Regional Liberty Mutual Marketing Assistant” honors. Mary grew up on Colorado’s Front Range on a ranch near Larkspur. She is active in her church community, and enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, and attending the local Farmer’s Market on weekends.

PAULETTE DUGAS

New Business Specialist & Durango Office Manager – Marketing Assistant to John Dugas

Paulette was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and has resided in Durango, CO with her husband, John, and their three children, Julian, Ethan and Leila, since 2015. She holds a degree in Education from the University of New Mexico and has almost two decades of experience with Prudential and Liberty Mutual.  When not working, Paulette enjoys managing a busy household, driving her children to their various activities, and serving as Chair of the School Accountability Committee at Animas Valley Elementary School. Paulette also finds time to participate in the amazing activities Durango offers including working out, hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding.  She insists that 80’s music is “by far” the best music ever made – and her kids totally agree!

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Gwyn Adams

GWYN ADAMS

Property & Casualty Specialist –
Marketing Assistant to John Dugas

Gwyn’s background in financial data and customer service lends nicely to her role with Dugas & Associates.  She understands the important part insurance can play in allowing clients to protect themselves, their family, and their future; therefore, she prides herself on her ability to effectively communicate with clients and provide options that will meet their specific objectives and personal goals. Gwyn is an accomplished fencer who enjoys hiking and taking nighttime “moon walks” with her son, baking bread, herbalism, sewing and reading.

JAMIE VALVERDE

Property and Casualty Specialist – Marketing Assistant to John Dugas

Jamie brings an administrative and customer service background and is licensed in Property and Casualty Insurance. . Jaime enjoys the direct interaction her job requires and prides herself on ensuring clients receive complete, thorough, and accurate information related to their unique needs. She has an Associates in Early Childhood Education, and taught preschool through first grade for 8 years before her role as a member of the Dugas and Associates team. Jamie and her husband, along with their daughter Taryn and son Triston have made their home in Durango, CO since 2016. She enjoys spending time outdoors in the mountains with her family, friends, and traveling making memories.

LIZ GOODNER

Personal Lines – Customer Service Specialist – Marketing Assistant to John Dugas

Liz brings an extensive property and casualty background to her role at Dugas & Associates including six years as a property and casualty underwriter. Since her career began in 1981, Liz has been assisting clients with their home and auto needs and providing quality customer service. Liz is an Albuquerque, NM native and dog lover and in her spare time she enjoys taking Tae Kwon Do classes and spending time with her daughter and three grandchildren.

Jennifer R. Martinez

Financial Planning & eMoney Specialist – Marketing Assistant to John Dugas

Jennifer holds a degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Her position with Dugas & Associates returns her to the financial industry and expands upon her prior experience supporting money managers and insurance brokers in Phoenix, AZ.  Additionally, she gained over twenty years of financial and business management knowledge working as a legal administrator in Albuquerque, NM. In her spare time, she supports the important work of non-profit and charter school leaders while fulfilling her passion for improving educational outcomes for children, including those with disabilities, across New Mexico. Jennifer is married to an educator and is the mother of three children.

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