Associates

Our financial representatives have an incredible opportunity to positively impact people’s lives - the lives of their clients, their families and those in their communities. They take this responsibility seriously and so do we. We provide them with the training and support they need to ensure their success, but we know it is their productive work ethic, strong relationship skills and professionalism that make them extraordinary.

 
 Chris Shouler

Chris Shouler

Managing Director
chris.shouler@nm.com

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Chris joined Northwestern Mutual 1987 after graduating from C.W. Post University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.  Chris focuses on helping to provide financial security through a holistic and personalized approach to each of his clients based on their specific needs specializing in Risk Management and Wealth Accumulation.

As Chris built and integrated his advisory practice he also took on various leadership roles within the organization and was appointed Managing Director of the Farmingdale office in 2001.  As Managing Director, he balances his time working with his own clients on their personal financial planning as well as identifying and developing new advisors within the firm.

Chris, along with his office donate countless hours to various charities in the Long Island Community ranging from raising money to help find a cure of childhood cancer to cooking breakfast for the residents of Long Island’s Ronald McDonald House. 

In his personal time Chris enjoys golfing, photography and spending Summers in Montauk.  Chris resides in Saint James, NY with his wife Kathy and their son Ryan.

 
 Alex Felipe Klein

Alex Felipe Klein

Growth and Development Director
alex.f.klein@nm.com

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Alex joined Northwestern Mutual after graduating from Stony Brook University in 2009 with a degree in Business and Economics.  Alex believes that most people spend more time planning a vacation than they do their financial future, which is why his planning process is simple yet powerful.  He focuses on helping to provide financial security through a holistic and personalized approach to each of his clients based on their specific needs.  Providing them with sound financial advice, holistic and comprehensive financial planning, through innovative solutions and personal commitment.

Alex is Growth & Development Director in the firm.  As the Growth & Development Director, he balances his time working with his own clients on their personal financial planning as well as helping the office recruit and develop new Financial Advisors.  Since joining Northwestern Mutual he has qualified for Million Dollar Round Table several times.  He's attended Fastrack Academy at Northwestern Mutual's home office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Fastrack Academy is a company tradition that began in 1944.  To attend, Financial Advisors must meet production qualifications and have the approval of their Managing Partner.  Through its interactive forum, Fastrack Academy provides an impactful learning experience that inspires leading Financial Advisors to reach higher levels of productivity and professional growth.

During his free time, Alex enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Brittany, daughter Kennedy and son Anderson.

 

 
 Alexis Bryant

Alexis Bryant

Director of Campus Recruitment
alexis.bryant@nm.com

Alexis joined Northwestern Mutual in 2017 as the Director of Campus Recruitment.  Her involvement includes helping people learn more about how an opportunity as a Northwestern Mutual Finacial Representative Intern or Post-Graduate can provide the rewards and opportunites of self-employment-flexibilty, having a positive impact on people's llives, and virtually unlimited earning potential.

 

In Alexis's free time, she enjoys traveling and going to the beach as well as spending time with her family and dog, Brooklyn.

 

 
 Andrew V Kiss

Andrew V Kiss, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

Wealth Management Advisor
andy.kiss@nm.com

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Andrew joined Northwestern Mutual in 1987 after graduating from Long Island University with a degree in Business and Finance.  Andrew focuses on helping to provide financial security through a holistic and personalized approach to each of his clients based on their specific needs.  Providing them with sound financial advice, holistic and comprehensive financial planning, through innovative solutions and personal commitment.

The process of achieving financial security – the confidence that comes from taking action today to provide for tomorrow – is different for each of us. Often, the first step is to establish a relationship with someone who takes the time to learn about your values, understand your dreams and help you create a personal financial plan that will evolve with you over time.  

Andrew works with his clients to ensure they have well thought out objectives, clear action steps, and a realistic timetable to achieve their financial goals and protect the people and things they care about most.

Andrew is a Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Life Underwriter® and Retirement Income Certified Professional®.  Andrew has over 30 years helping clients achieve their financial dreams.

During his free time, Andrew enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Christine traveling in their motorhome.

 
 Ashley Moran

Ashley Moran

Associate Financial Representative
ashley.moran@nm.com

Ashley began working at Northwestern Mutual in July 2017 after graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Mathematics & Economics.

 

She is an Associate Financial Representative for Andrew Kiss, Erik Constantino and Richard Leff.  She handles customer relations, investment operations and client services.

 

In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family.

 
 Cathi Cohen

Cathi Cohen

Office Manager
cathi.cohen@nm.com

Cathi has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2006 as Chris Shouler's Administrative Assistant/Office Manager.  Her duties include the daily operations of an Insurance/Investment District Agency and Sign-on/Tech Coordinator.  In addition, she is a Monitor/Proctor for New York State, who assists the  Financial Advisor in Training and Continuing Education exams.

 

Cathi enjoys cats, baking for family and friends and spending time with her partner of 15 years, AJ.

 

 

Devin Robert McHale I

Financial Representative Intern
devin.mchale@nm.com

 
 Erik Constantino

Erik Constantino, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor
erik.constantino@nm.com

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Erik joined Northwestern Mutual 1982 after graduating from Bryant University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  Erik focuses on helping to provide financial security through a holistic and personalized approach to each of his clients based on their specific needs.  Havinig earned his CPF™, CLU® and ChFC®  designations, Erik specializes in Risk Management, Retirement, Estate and Investment Planning.

Erik’s goal as a WMA is to help his clients get a full understanding of their complete financial picture and work with them toward achieving their personal financial goals. It is Erik’s intent to provide advice, that given the same circumstances, he would implement for himself and his family. Being part of a world class organization, such as Northwestern Mutual, has given him the opportunity to marry professional growth with personal achievement.  Erik’s support staff consists of Associate Financial Representatives, Laura Gelman and Ashley Moran, and Investment Operations Manager, Donna DiCostanza.

During his free time, Erik enjoys playing tennis, golfing and spending time with his wife Kate and their two daughters.  They are all very involved with the Special Olympics and volunteering within their community.

 
 Jason Albano

Jason Albano

Field Director
jason.albano@nm.com

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Jason joined Northwestern Mutual as a career changer in 2013 after spending 15 years working in the Hedge Fund business.  Jason focuses on helping to provide financial security through a holistic and personalized approach to each of his clients based on their specific needs.  Jason’s team specializes in pulling a thread through investment, insurance, tax, and holistic financial and estate planning ideas.

Jason is a Field Director in the firm.  As a Field Director, he balances his time working with his own clients on their personal financial planning as well as helping the office recruit and develop new Financial Advisors. 

During his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole, and three daughters Jennifer, Leah and Samantha.  Jason is on the Board of Directors of the Lindenhurst American Little League and coaches his daughters travel softball teams.

 

Jennie Harrison

Assistant
jennie.harrison@nm.com

Jennie has been a member of Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale for 12 years, assisting Agent Lawrence T. Levine, CLU and his son, Agent Ross Levine, in all aspects of the Risk Management business.  She is in charge of customer relations and acts as a liaison between the clients, agents and carriers while providing each person with a personalized customer service experience.  She is additionally in charge of application preparation and processing.

In her free time, Jennie enjoys reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books and watching classic Dr. Who on television.

 
 JoAnn Brand

JoAnn Brand

Director of Recruitment and Selection
joann.brand@nm.com

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As the Director of Talent Acquisition for Northwestern Mutual - Farmingdale for the last 10+ years, I help people learn more about  how a career as a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative can provide the rewards and opportunities of self-employment-flexibility, having a positive impact on people's lives and virtually unlimited earning potential.

Married with three children, I enjoy meeting new people every day and shariing what a rewarding career with Northwestern Mutual can be.  I love playing volleyball, traveling with my family and spending time with my NM family.

 

JT Tyler Urraro

Financial Representative Intern
joseph.urraro@nm.com

 
 Kim M Welsh

Kim M Welsh

Associate Financial Representative
kim.welsh@nm.com

Kim joined the Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale team in December 2008 as the SET-team Coordinator (Sales Execution Team).  She is responsible for customer relations and acts as a liaison between the clients, agents and carriers as well as application preparation and processing.  She is also a facilitator of opening Investment Accounts.

Kim became an Associate Financial Representative in 2012 which allows her to better service our clients in the area of Risk Management and Investments.

Kim lives on Long Island with her husband and three children and enjoys traveling and country music fesitvals.

 
 Laura Nicole Gelman

Laura Nicole Gelman

Associate Financial Representative
laura.gelman@nm.com

Laura has been with the firm for 16 years as an associate financial representative for Andrew V. Kiss, Erik Constantino and Richard B. Leff.  She is in charge of all customer relations, application processing and client services.   

Laura is happily married to her college sweetheart and has two wonderful children.    

 
 Lawrence T Levine

Lawrence T Levine, CLU®

Senior Financial Representative
lawrence.levine@nm.com

 
 Lynne M Bordonaro

Lynne M Bordonaro


lynne.m.bordonaro@nm.com

Lynne joined Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale in March of 2018 as Director of Operations & Client Services for Alex Klein and Jason Albano.  She is responsible for customer relations and facilitates a personalized customer service experience for their clients.

Lynne is married and has two children.  She enjoys music and baseball.

 
 Marc B Eisenshtat

Marc B Eisenshtat

Field Director
marc.eisenshtat@nm.com

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As a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor, in all situations Marc will make those recommendations which he would do for himself and my family if faced with a similar situation.

By matching your needs with innovative solutions utilizing world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products, Marc will do my best to help you protect and provide for those people you care about most. Marc will work hard to build a relationship with you based on trust and integrity, always striving to provide you with the same level of ethical service that he would expect for himself.


Creating Financial Plans for Your Business and Family

For many business owners and busy professionals, there’s little time left after career and family to deal with personal finances. Unfortunately, being too busy can be costly.

Perhaps you’ve saved some money, bought some life insurance or invested in the market.  But have you taken the time to examine your current financial situation to ensure that you are on track to meet your long-term financial goals?

That’s where Marc can help. Whether you are concerned about your own financial situation or that of your family or your business, he can help you identify your financial planning needs, and then address those needs by blending a wide range of insurance and investment products.

The Northwestern Mutual Difference

Backed by the strength of Northwestern Mutual, Marc and his team will provide you with a balanced approach to achieving your goal of financial security, assuring that your intentions have been understood and your needs are being addressed. And when it comes to implementing solutions, the full capabilities of Northwestern Mutual are leveraged to provide you with exclusive access to a comprehensive variety of products and services.

Our Financial Planning Process

Whether you’re just starting out, well on your way to living your dream or eagerly approaching retirement, make sure you’re financially prepared to achieve a lifetime of goals. Marc can help you reach them with a personalized financial plan.

Marc and his team will apply time-tested strategies, providing education and expert advice to help you make decisions based on your priorities. And as your circumstances and priorities change over time, they’ll work with you to revise your plan so you can meet each of life’s challenges head on and celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

 
 Maya Bensen

Maya Bensen, MBA, RICP®

Financial Advisor
maya.bensen@nm.com

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Maya is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company since 2015 and works with her clients in the areas of retirement and estate planning.  Maya is passionate about financial planning and wealth management and is continuously working on improving her skills in order to better serve her clients.  She has an MBA with Distinction in Finance from Hofstra University and a Retirement Income Professional Certification from The American College.  Maya works with her clients throughout different stages of their lives and provides them with customized financial plans that incorporate risk management, wealth accumulation and wealth distribution strategies.

Maya lives with her husband and their three wonderful sons in Garden City and is active in her community.  She serves on the Executive Committee of Garden City PTA and Finance Advisory Committee at Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.

 

 
 Najee Simmons

Najee Simmons

Financial Representative
najee.simmons@nm.com

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Najee graduated from Stony Brook University in 2012 and worked as a Legislative Aide at the Town of Hempstead for 6 years prior to pursuing his passion of helping others to develop plans for their lives and their money. 

In Northwestern Mutual, Najee has found a company whose morals and professional standards align with his own, allowing him to serve his clientele with the upmost confidence that he is making a positive impact on their lives.  He serves clients of many different demographics but particularly enjoys working with young families on their journey to establish financial security.

Najee lives in Lindenhurst with his wife Jennifer and is an active leader in his church and enjoys reading in his spare time. 

 

Nicholas Albert Fellin

Financial Representative Intern
nicholas.fellin@nm.com

 
 Nicole Danielle Gallagher

Nicole Danielle Gallagher

College Unit Director
nicole.gallagher@nm.com

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Nicole joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Repesentative Intern in 2015 where she achieved "Intern of the Summer."  After graduating from Iona College with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Nicole continued with the firm as a Finacial Advisor.  Nicole's goal as a Financial Advisor is to identify her clients' goals and put plans in place to help achieve them.  Northwestern Mutual's financial planning platform provides clients with comprehensive financial advice based on their personal needs.

 

Nicole is the College Unit Director for the Farmingdale District Office.  As the College Unit Director, she focuses on working with her clients on their individual financial planning needs while also mentoring and developing the college interns.

 

During her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling and spending time with her mom, dad and younger sister, Courtney.  She has been part of competitive dance teams for the majority of her life and loves keeping in touch with fellow teammates.

 

 
 Nora Hsu

Nora Hsu

Financial Representative
nora.hsu@nm.com

 
 Richard B Leff

Richard B Leff, ChFC®, CASL®, CLU®

Financial Advisor
richard.leff@nm.com

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As an undergraduate from SUNY Binghamton in 1987, Rich started his career in the HVAC industry for 15 years.  As a Financial Advisor for the past 15 years, he provides and nurtures long term trustworthy relationships with his clients in all aspects for their financial planning needs.  Rich's experience managing small businesses has allowed him the insight to focus on individuals and small business owners to ensure the financial protection for their families and staff, as well as their future well-being. 

Rich's personal time is spent with his wife and two daughters, as well as reading many books.

 
 Ross Levine

Ross Levine

Financial Advisor
ross.levine@nm.com

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Ross joined Northwestern Mutual in 2015 after spending much of his career in the healthcare field.  At that time, he made the decision to change careers and join his dad, who has been a mainstay at Northwestern Mutual since 1971.  Ross saw the impact his father had made on his clients' lives and had the same desire to help individuals, families and business owners prepare and plan for the future.  As a Financial Advisor, Ross works with clients to identify their financial security needs and then focus on solutions that can help make their goals a reality.  He relies not only on his own knowledge and experience but also on the expertise of a team of specialists.  Ross values customer service, loyalty, integrity and always putting client's needs first and foremost in every recommendation he  makes.

 

Ross has two daughters; Emma is a competitive dancer and Sydney is a figure skater.  During his free time, he may be seen beaming with pride at one of their competitions.

 

 

Ryan Leigh

Financial Representative Intern
ryan.leigh@nm.com

 
 Ryan M Blatt

Ryan M Blatt

Director of Operations and Client Service
ryan.m.blatt@nm.com

Ryan joined Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale in February 2018 as Director of Operations and Client Services for Marc Eisenshtat.  He came on board determined to help grow the business.  He is committed to increasing efficiency and improving effectiveness with a focus on creating value for the clientele.

Ryan has two beautiful daughters, is a craft beer enthusiast and enjoys mountain biking in his free time.

 
 Veronica Castellino

Veronica Castellino

Director of Marketing and Communications
veronica.castellino@nm.com

Veronica joined Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale in March 2017 as Director of Marketing and Communications.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of digital marketing, campaigns and PR.  Veronica is also an intricate part of Northwestern Mutual Farmingdale's involvement within the Long Island community and the firm's commitment to community service.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband watching their three sons play hockey and soccer.  She is an avid reader and enjoys to travel.

 

Zachary Zaia

Financial Representative Intern
zachary.zaia@nm.com

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