Meet Our Team

Rachel Petersen

Insurance Agent

Sams/Hockaday & Associates, Inc.

122 W. Prairie Avenue, Suite 201
Decatur, IL 62523





Rachel was born and raised in Decatur, IL. She graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 2008 and from there journeyed to Ames, Iowa to attend The Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, Rachel was a member of the ISU Women’s Volleyball team where she served as a team captain and All-Big 12 performer. She graduated from Iowa State in 2012 with a degree in business marketing. Upon graduation, Rachel married her husband Tyler and took up residence in Central Iowa where they have lived ever since. They have two boys, and are hoping to continue growing their family in the years to come.

Rachel thoroughly enjoys building relationships with the people of Central Iowa and is thankful for the opportunity to service their health and life insurance needs. She counts it a blessing to be a part of the Sams/Hockaday team!

Here's what Rachel's clients say!

Rachel calls every year to follow up with me. She is like a personal friend stopping by to chat. She takes her time to show me the best options yet allows me to make the choice. I look forward to seeing her every year.
J.J., Customer
Rachel came to us at exactly the time when we had to make important health care decisions. She and her family of independent brokers are not pushing any one insurance product. She diligently reviews our status at reenrollment time to determine the best and most cost effective options for us. We have already referred and will continue to refer our friends!
D.R., Customer
To me, it seemed that Rachel was 'on top of things' and kept me informed of what I needed to know and also up to date on things that I thought I knew but did not quite understand. It felt good to know that she 'had my back' and that she was well versed in knowing what I was in need of.
L.G., Customer
Include information on other healthcare issues important to seniors like options with dental and eye care insurance.
J.L., Customer
Rachael is the best! We were seeking assistance when Rachael introduced herself. She answered every concern that we had and was prompt and gave us options. Trust,integrity and honesty describes Rachael.
L.M., Customer
You made the application process go easily and quickly. I appreciated that you could answer my questions and address any concerns I had. Thank you for explaining the Medicare supplement insurance plans so we could feel confident in our decision.
N.K., Customer
Just keeping in touch with us and assuring us that you are looking for the best plan for our individual needs is helpful. We trust your expert opinion and feel like you are looking after our best interests.
L.H., Customer
You did what you said you would do & within a very reasonable time. What you say & do are most important to me. The price was nice & the service started at the date agreed upon. Thank you, for your help.
R.K., Customer
Rachel is very professional and very helpful. My wife, Marty, and I really like her---she is very sweet, easy to talk to, and has a great sense of humor. Also, she's not afraid to call the home office if she's not sure of something.
K. V., Customer
Rachel, I like the fact that you are available when I call, and you always have an answer. You can't expect any better service than that.
M.S., Customer
You are always available for us and you let us know when it is time to review. We feel confident that what you suggest for us is the best way to go for our circumstances.
L.H., Customer
Rachel always answers questions and concerns promptly and in person if necessary!
B.A., Customer
I felt that you were trying to find the most convenient and economical plans for my situation. It is my feeling that you were always looking out for me, and I trust that you were doing your job to the best of your ability. That is my expectation. If, in the future, anyone should ask my opinion and recommendations, I would gladly share your name/company with them.
L. D., Customer
I found the personal visit to discuss our options and the followup every year.
J.P., Customer
Rachel knocked on our door and after listening to what her company could do for us, we signed up! So far so good, no concerns yet. Thank you for showing up on our doorstep, Rachel. we are happy to have you on our side!
M.K., Customer
Gave me all the information needed to make critical decisions about health insurance choices. Thank you for taking the time to help both of us!
P.W., Customer
Excellent job well versed on ins needs and the most important very caring and honest to my needs care about u as a person
R.T., Customer
Rachel is so friendly, helpful, and professional!
S.M., Customer
Coming into our home making the process so much easier. Always a smile,friendly and very patience.
L.M., Customer
Rachel, of Sams/Hockaday, came up with Medicare Supplement Insurance and drug plans for my wife and I that literally is saving thousands of dollars in premium costs each year when compared to the one offered by my former employer. Rachel was very helpful with the transition to the new plans, by making several phone calls and other contacts to my old insurance company and HR of my former employer. I can't imagine having to had done all of that myself. Thank you Rachel.
S. K., Customer
Rachel did the research for us and went through the material thoroughly with us. Her genuine friendliness made us feel as if we had known her for a long time.
R.O., Customer
Came to door for personal contact- Rachael had an instant professional appeal! Trust her completely.
B.A., Customer
Pleasant, professional conversation. Was able to answer questions quickly and accurately. Very pleasant!
R.O., Customer
The personal touch given by Rachel from the very first meeting at our front door has continued to be outstanding. We feel she takes great pride in finding the best product/price for us; we feel she has a genuine concern for our well-being...we like that!
J.R., Customer
Rachael most certainly came at the perfect time to help me select the most appropriate Medicare plan. She made it easy and did all the work!! I appreciate her diligence to get the answers to questions she did not know. It is such a relief to be ready for my transition date for Medicare. Her personality is very friendly and I look forward to her continued service.
Sue R., customer since 2015
If the application goes through, I'll save $50/ mo ony premiums. A big savings. Thanks Rachael.
M.H., Customer
Very knowledgeable and friendly service and advise. The process was easy and we felt we had known Rachel for years after getting things completed. Thanks!
L.W., Customer
Pleasant, listens, feel she is trying to find what is right for us. Helped with our "drug plan" and life insurance for my spouse.
R.O., Customer
Knowledgeable agent, and great service.
S.K., Customer
Friendly and knowledgeable service in my own home.
S.M., Customer
Rachel is the best! Great knowledge and experience! Caring and genuine! Builds relationship with client. Fun and sweet too!
R.R., Customer
You shared some valuable information with us about Don's previous supplemental insurance. The new policy he has will save us a lot of money.
S. N., Customer
Rachael is terrific. She takes the confusing health care world and makes it easy.
C.C., Customer
You have always taken a personal interest in US and our needs and used your expertise to find the best Healthcare Solutions for us. Thank you.
J.R., Customer
I really appreciated the help with figuring out which drug plan worked best for me. You took your time and checked on any questions I had. Thank you.
T.E., Customer
Rachel is knowledgeable and personable, a rare combination in the business world. The information you send out is helpful.
C.L., Customer
Rachel Petersen is my agent, she is a great agent. When ever I call and ask her for information she always has an answer for me, or she will get an answer.
M.S., Customer
Rachel was professional and persistent ( I am busy and hard to reach). The product pricing was acceptable - and affordable compared to other alternatives. The product's combination of life and long-term care coverage makes sense for me and my family.
J. B., Customer
Great customer service!
B.M., Customer
I thought my agent was thorough with her explanations of my concerns. She answered my questions in layman terms.
S.S., Customer
Excellent personal attention to what works best for our situation and our insurance needs.
P.W., Customer
The upfront analysis by Rachel was complete and led to a great product backed by a top-tier company. I bought exactly what I wanted and needed. Rachel did a great job, no pressure tactics. I am happy to recommend Rachel and Sams/Hockaday.
J.B., Customer
I appreciate that Rachel has maintained contact with me and checks periodically to be sure my coverage is adequate and up to date.
R.B., Customer
Rachael came to our home at the right time. We had been researching so many options and getting confused. Rachael made the process so easy for us. Rachael represents Sam Hockaday at the highest level,
L.M., Customer
We work with Rachel and she is always very knowledgeable and works hard to find the best solutions for my husband and myself.
C.L., Customer
Rachel took the time to explain the Medicare plans to me and answered my questions in a manner that I understood the answer! She uncomplicates the complicated! The application process was streamlined and quick.
N.K., Customer
The original appointment was a divine intervention!! Rachel knocked at my door at a very opputune time. I had been stressing over selecting an insurance plan as I turned 65. She was really doing a cold call, I don't usually take time for them but that day, she answered my prayers. Rachel is very genuine and positive that she will be able to help me. She did and it was an easy decision when a year later she set my husband up with insurance as well. I am so pleased to know she is taking care of us and we don't have to stress over changes or updates. She has our back!!
S.R., Customer
Timely service. Very responsive to my questions and/or concerns.
S.D., Customer
Came to our home door and presented yourself and represented your company. On time for next appointment . Followed up promptly.
L. M., Customer
Rachel's personal service and individualized care. Thanks Rachel!
J.F., Customer
Disclaimer: We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.