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Diane Adduci

Community Relations Specialist

Area: Greater Chicago metropolitan and western suburbs

Diane has an Associate of Arts degree and is pursuing her Bachelor's degree from the School of New Learning at DePaul University. Although Diane has been speaking at seminars for just over five years, she has many years of experience with marketing group and individual health insurance products in other areas of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). In addition to her career at BCBSIL, Diane enjoyed several years as an independent insurance agent working with groups and individuals.

Diane's health insurance experience has proven to be a great advantage to her and the people she assists when helping them with their Medicare and insurance needs. She participates in health fairs and provides educational and product seminars in Kane, Iroquois, Kankakee, Ford and Will Counties, as well as southwest Cook County and parts of DuPage County. She is a member of several organizations, including the Illinois Continuity of Care Association and the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). She is also on the board of the Southland Chapter of NAHU and an officer on the Youth and Education Committee at her church.

In Diane's spare time, she and her husband visit their sons at college, spend time with family and friends, play with their lovable lab, Buddy and enjoy many outdoor activities both when traveling and in the southwest suburb where they reside. She enjoys participating in local running events and is proud to have finished the Southwest half -marathon a couple of years ago.

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Joni Castleman

Community Relations Specialist

Area: Central and southern Illinois

Joni has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) for 27 years and hosting seminars for the past 13 years. Her knowledge and experience with the health insurance market and Medicare has allowed her to assist countless people understand their insurance benefits, which fulfills a personal passion of helping others.

Joni covers group presentations, the Medicare help desk and state and local fairs in Central and Southern Illinois. She is a member of the Central Illinois Association of Health Underwriters and serves on various local county committees, such as Sangamon County Aging Network of Providers and Jersey County Inter-Agency Meetings.

Joni has always enjoyed adventure, whether riding her ATV through countless acres of the Mark Twain National Forest or on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle through scenic byways. However, one of her greatest pleasures is her serene country lifestyle and spending quality time with her 6 grandchildren.

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Mary Hallock

Community Relations Specialist

Area: Northern and northwestern Illinois

Mary has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) since 2007 and has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars. She received her bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and has extensive experience in the insurance industry and health care management. Her knowledge and expertise with health insurance and Medicare is an asset to the many communities she serves.

Mary's territory includes 17 counties within Northern and Northwestern Illinois. She is very active within her community and serves on numerous charitable boards including the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors, the Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Advisory Board and the Salsa Business Network board. Mary is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).

In her spare time, she enjoys travel, the arts, community activities and spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite U.S. destinations include sunny Florida, historic Mackinac Island and Michigan and the beautiful Phoenix, Arizona area. From Mary's perspective, traveling offers a great opportunity to visit exciting, new places, meet wonderful people and build memorable experiences that will last for a lifetime.

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Tamatha Smith

Community Relations Specialist

Area: Greater Chicago metropolitan

Tamatha joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) in 2006. She has over 15 years of experience in the health care industry and recently earned her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Tamatha covers educational lectures, health fairs and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) product seminars in Lake County, parts of DuPage County, Chicago's north shore and metro Chicago. She is currently a member of several local organizations in the Chicagoland area, including the Southeast Senior Provider Council and the Francis J. Atlas Center's Auxiliary Committee. Tamatha also sits on the HCSC Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters.

Tamatha was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces for 10 years. Although this time allowed her to participate in a variety of memorable events, one of the most exhilarating moments for her was training in the jungles of Panama.

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