Workers compensation specialist, Fee Insurance Group

A college job turned into a career for Vanderhoof, a transplanted Californian who has called Wichita home since 1995.

"I took a job as a file clerk in a law firm while in college," said Vanderhoof, who graduated from UCLA. "That law firm handled workers' comp claims. I sort of worked my way up through the ranks."

Vanderhoof moved to Wichita looking for "a more family-oriented place" and found it. She worked in risk management for Pizza Hut's corporate office when it was located here, then spent 12 year with IMA of Kansas as a claims adjuster. Most recently she's been an account manager for Signature Select, an IMA subsidiary.

Vanderhoof has two children who are "very active in sports," and she enjoys reading and travel when she's not working.

Fee Insurance is a Hutchinson-based independent insurance agency with offices in Wichita, Salina and McPherson. Vanderhoof said she will split her time between all of them.

"Basically I'm a liaison between our insured and the insurance companies," she said. "I monitor workers' comp claims being handled by the insurance companies to ensure the most efficient outcome for our insured, and to make sure the employees are getting the benefits they're entitled to."