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Shaunna Monts, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, was named Chief Human Resources Officer for Wheeler. She succeeds Patricia Speicher Werbner, MPA, who retires on June 30 after a decade of transforming Wheeler’s HR department and functions.  Under Speicher Werbner’s leadership, Wheeler expanded its workforce in new areas like primary care, implemented countless system and process improvements, and earned placement as a Hartford Courant Top Workplace for seven years.

“Shaunna’s work in community-based non-profit settings, combined with her strategic experience and contributions at the highest levels, make her an excellent choice for this role,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “Our leadership team looks forward to working with Shaunna and her team to continue to nurture an environment that fosters employee growth and innovation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and so much more.

“Shaunna is focused on the future and implementing the most advanced HR tools and technologies, but will apply her experience—and most recently, the learnings from the past year during the pandemic—to engage, serve, and manage the needs of our talented workforce of nearly 1,000 people across Connecticut.”

Ms. Monts started her career with an eye toward becoming a nurse but realized early that she appreciated the complex interpersonal and strategic challenges that human resources provided. She has more than 20 years of experience centered on community-based organizations and health care.

Ms. Monts obtained her Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business. She holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven, and a BS in Human Development and Family Resources from the University of Connecticut. She resides with her family in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families, and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages health, recovery, and growth at all stages of life. Wheeler’s integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education, and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 50,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: