Meet Our Team

John Tunnell
Agency Owner

As an agency owner living in Chicago for many years with my wife and 2 children, I’ve gotten to know many local families. My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community help me provide over 5000 customers with an outstanding level of service. I look forward to helping families like yours protect the things that are important – your home, car, life, and income. I’m also here to help you prepare a strategy to achieve your financial goals.


I take on a proactive working style with customers. I can help identify gaps in your protection and financial needs. You can rest assured that you will be greeted with helpful ideas and information along the way. Personally, I offer customers professional services and solutions that can meet your financial needs.


Bateman Elementary School Community Grant – $1,000 Grant

Agency Hands in the Community Award

Additional Awards:
Honor Ring – 4 Years
National Conference Award – 4 Years
President’s Conference – 4 Years

Community Services:
Albany Park Chamber of Commerce
World’s Top 100 Leading Companies, Forbes
Most Admired P&C Companies, Fortune
Top 10 Companies for Diversity, Diversity Inc.
Best 100 Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother
Top 10 Companies for African Americans, Diversity Inc.
Best 50 Companies for Latinas, Latina Style

Industry Services:
Allstate Foundation

Personal Umbrella

Spoken Languages:


Stephanie Hamilton
Director of Agency Sales and Operations

I grew up in New Market, AL. I have been in the insurance industry for 20 years and have been with Allstate for the last 16 years. My favorite part about my job is that I love coaching and developing my team to help our clients better.

I love spending my free time with my children. They are very active in sports, so we spend most of our time at sporting events. I prefer hiking with my kids on weekends when I have some spare time.

Diana Hernandez
Agency Manager

I’m from Chicago and have been in the insurance field since 2001. I enjoy working closely with customers to help design a complete insurance portfolio to best suit their unique needs.

What excites me most about my role here at Tunnell Insurance Agency is learning about my customers and their insurance needs. Delivering excellent customer service is my priority.

On a more personal note, I really enjoy spending time with my family. I have 3 awesome boys, and I love being involved in their sports activities. I am definitely their #1 soccer fan. On weekends, we like to spend quality time with each other by doing fun family activities together!

Mariana Espinoza
Licensed Agent

I grew up on the north side of Chicago and have lived here for 28 years.

When it comes to my experience, I have been working in the industry since 2011. One of the things that I am most proud of is making sure that my customers are properly covered and have a clear understanding of their coverages and insurance needs.

Personally, I love spending quality time with my family and friends. Other then insurance, I can’t stop talking about my daughter. I also have a passion for interior design, creating unique home décor DIY projects. I also enjoy dancing.

On the weekends you can find me in the mall, park, restaurants, or at a friend or family’s house having a great time.

Daniela Larrain
Licensed Agent

I was born in Lima, Peru. I moved to Chicago at the age of 5 and lived in the city until I was 12. Our family and I moved to Antioch and that’s where I remember growing up.

The insurance industry has allowed me to utilize my unique background, training, and experience to help people secure the proper insurance that best suits their needs. I truly enjoy this town and as an active resident of this community, I value building strong connections to ensure the people that I help have peace of mind to thrive.

In my personal time, I love to spend time with family. One thing we highly enjoy doing together is building puzzles and going on adventures! Something many people don’t know about me is that I love to bake! So feel free to ask me what my latest creation was.

Henry Schmidt
Financial Professional

As a Financial Professional in Northbrook, I know many local families. My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community help me provide customers with an outstanding level of service. I look forward to helping families like yours protect the things that are important –I can also help you prepare a strategy to achieve your financial goals.

Helena Samios Lambke
Financial Professional

As a financial professional, I have helped many families and small business owners in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. For more than 20 years, I have focused on life insurance strategies, long-term care, and retirement. My practice is based on knowledge, honesty, excellent service, and my promise to “go the extra mile” for you and your family. I look forward to working with you to help protect the things that are most important to you.

Marc Fillion

I grew up in central Connecticut, and I have a BA in Communications and Theater Arts. Early in my career I studied in Los Angeles and worked for a Hollywood production company. In 2007 I became interested in the insurance industry, and since then I’ve worked in sales, service, and training.

Insurance is the safety net we are all happy to have when we need it, and I’m happy to provide my customers with products that will meet their needs and help them feel confident for the future.

For fun, I love playing Ultimate Frisbee & Spikeball, and I’ve been known to participate in stand-up comedy and improv, with a wide repertoire of close-up card tricks. I’m also a huge Boston sports fan, and I’m fanatic about Star Wars (Particularly the original movies and the extended universe!) You’ll often find me hiking in the woods, relaxing at the beach, or playing board games with my friends and family.

Jenna Lee
Licensed Sales Agent

I was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, but, I was raised in Northbrook, IL. I’ve been working in the insurance industry for quite a bit now and what most excited me about my work is listening to individuals’ life stories.

Personally, I enjoy planning out my life through travel; and I want to learn about other people’s cultures. You can find me out with friends during the weekends living my best life! Regarding volunteer work, I am very supportive of the Feed My Staving Children food packing.

John Barber
Customer Experience Manager

I grew up in a small town in North Alabama.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters degree in Church Music. I have been an insurance agent since 2011 and a Customer Service Manager since 2018.  I want to think that my minister experience helps me be more compassionate. My favorite part about my job is working with people to protect their families and solve problems they might have with their insurance.

Besides work, I love being a grandfather and anything to do with Christmas! My other interests include working on improvement projects in my home and yard. I’ve just joined a new church and am excited to get involved with their homeless ministry.

Crystal Meyer
Licensed Sales Producer

I grew up in Waterloo, a small southern IL town close to St. Louis, MO. Soon after I started my insurance career, I discovered how much I loved Allstate, and I’ve been an agent, trainer, and manager for the best insurance company in the world since 2012! Insurance is my passion, and I can’t imagine doing anything else!

What excites me the most about insurance is when I have a client who doesn’t understand what they have or need, and I turn that unenthused client into an excited client who finally understands all the benefits of their insurance.

When I’m not talking about insurance, you can find me doing many artistic and nerdy things, such as painting, playing D&D, singing and writing music, and playing Minecraft. I spend a lot of time learning about people and our universe and how to make it a better place for all of us. When I’m not working, you can find me playing games, making music with my nerd friends, working on my autobiography, or editing my father’s books.

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