My Team

As a Financial Representative for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, I am committed to helping my clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

Together, we stand committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

 

Katie Hughes

Associate Financial Representative
Office 217-793-3900

Since leaving the banking industry after 7 years, Katie Hughes joined the Scheina District office in December 2017 as the Front Desk Receptionist. She quickly obtained her Life and Health licenses in January 2018 and became the New Business Specialist. Her role is to assist Financial Representatives who are in their first 5 years as well as the Managing Director. As the New Business Specialist, Katie ensures all client needs are taken care of and all expectations are met.  She has also recently passed her Series 6 and 63 exams, and is working towards being fully licensed in securities.

Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is looking forward to getting married in June! She resides in Springfield, IL with her fiancé Rodney and their son RJ.  

 
Audra Johnson

Audra Johnson

Director of Operations
Office 217-793-3906 ext. 254

Audra joined the team in March of 2011 as the Agency Assistant, and obtained her Life and Health license to become an Associate Financial Representative in July of 2011.  Audra become the Springfield District's Director of Operations in January of 2015, and became securities registered in June of 2015. In addition, she assists with developing new financial representatives in their first six months with Northwestern Mutual. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Hannibal-LaGrange University. Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Audra worked for the home office of the Kerasotes Showplace Theaters and taught English and journalism at HLGU.

Audra is very active in her church, serving in the youth ministry, choir, and Deaconess board. She is also a published author of youth devotionals and poetry.

 
Regan A Duffy

Regan A Duffy

Operations Assistant
Office 217-793-3900

Regan joined the Springfield district team in October of 2018 as the districts’ Operations Assistant. Soon after, she obtained her life and health insurance license to become an Associate Financial Representative. Regan wears multiple ‘hats’ during her work day, splitting her time working as the receptionist and working directly with one of the financial representatives.

She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. With a background in the health field, Regan was excited for a change of pace in the insurance business. She is excited to expand her knowledge in insurance and further develop her communication and customer service skills.

In her free time, Regan enjoys cooking, being active including yoga and running, and spending time with her friends and family.

 
Maralee J Willis

Maralee J Willis

Financial Officer
Office 217-351-9000

Maralee Willis is the Financial Officer of the Scheina District.  Maralee began her career with Northwestern Mutual in May of 2006 working as an Associate Financial Representative for one financial representative and then continued her education and training to become securities registered in 2007. 

Maralee and her husband, Tyler, live near Greenview, Illinois and have two daughters, Macie and Mollie.

 
Samantha M Paulus

Samantha M Paulus

Campus Recruiter
Office 217-793-3900

Samantha joined the Scheina District Office in September 2017 as the Campus Recruiter. She attended Lincoln Community High School, and received her Associate’s degree at Lincoln College, followed by her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Illinois State University. She and her husband Bret have a son named Braxton. She comes to us after serving as the Communications Specialist and International Counselor in the admissions office of Lincoln College. Her hobbies include fishing, canoeing, cookouts, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She’s excited to help students on their journey toward successful careers, as well as their personal and professional development.

 

D. Patrick Scheina, CLU®

Managing Director

 

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