What do you do? (job, community involvement): Group services director at Wheeler Associates. As the GSD for Wheeler Associates, I am privileged to provide expertise, guidance and support for businesses to obtain and administer employee insurance benefits. More so, I share my knowledge and experience in the field with employees directly through education and ongoing customer service for which I am very passionate. Here’s why: I get to be their trusted adviser when there is a concern with a claim or to answer questions about their benefits. It is through this work I find enjoyment and purpose. If I have helped one person resolve a claim or understand a little bit more about their benefits than they did previously, I feel a great sense of gratification. In addition, I provide support to our Duluth team assisting in HR-related duties and training on our benefits side of the business.

I am a member of the Chamber Ambassadors and Northland Human Resources Association. It is through participation in these two entities that I’ve had the opportunity to learn about local businesses both new and long-standing and connect with the community. I make a point to attend education sessions, client events, Chamber gatherings and partake in local business happenings. Getting to know the people that make up our community has been a joy.

What is important to you? My husband, Ryan, and our dog, Auggie. They are my stronghold. They bring me love, support and joy every day. My parents and siblings, niece and wonderful friends keep me grounded, humble and are the backbone to my being.

My work family! Shout out to my teammates who push me to be a better human and are incredible people. Truly, an extension of my family. I value education and find great satisfaction in ongoing learning. I feel you can never learn enough, or stop challenging your brain to think critically and strategically. I believe it is the path to growth and self-discovery. I welcome and practice open communication, transparent conversations and inclusivity.

Lastly, this community. I am proud to be a Duluthian.

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How do you spend your free time? I LOVE to walk and explore our city! There is so much I still haven’t even seen after living here for 16 years! Taking classes at Duluth Yoga — getting my strength and Zen on in one happy place. Delighting in good food we are fortunate to enjoy from Duluth restaurants, and traveling — experiencing the world is so crucial and I’ve been raised with a strong push to go places I’ve never been, broaden my horizons and appreciate the beauty of diversity. Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, music, partaking in book club, reading, spending time with friends and family.

From nominator: "Hannah has a passion for detail in everything she does. She takes great pride in her work and always goes above and beyond what is required of her. Hannah enjoys finding the intricacies in every problem and works hard to solve them. She is a team player and is known to put the needs of her team above her own." — Chelsea Roy