Kevin Miller credits the success of the Pittsburgh Network Office to the strong leadership provided by his Coaching Team.
Kevin Miller, CLU®
Kevin joined Northwestern Mutual in 1990 as a Financial Representative after graduating from Saint Francis University. As he grew his own practice he also began introducing others to the career with his role as College Unit Director and eventually Field Director. In 2004, Kevin moved to Milwaukee to join the corporate office as an assistant regional director. While in Milwaukee Kevin worked on leadership development and helping College Unit Directors and Field Directors grow in their roles. Kevin returned to Pittsburgh in 2007 when he was appointed managing partner.
Craig Fiedler is a graduate of Penn State University. After graduation he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1994. Craig became part of the leadership team in 2001 as a managing director. Craig is a two-time member of the 100 Lives club (2003 & 2006) and a five-time recipient of the OARS award (2002-03, 2007-08, 2010-12), which recognized excellence in personal production in addition to successful coaching relationships. He has been a qualifying member of MDRT (1997, 2000-2013) as well as received the Life Impact award (2000-2012).
Craig lives in Fox Chapel with wife, Alyce, their four children, Henry, Caroline, Grace and Lilley and dog, Teddy. In his spare time, Craig enjoys hunting, golfing and the occasional celebratory cigar.
Jamie Thomas is a West Virginia graduate and joined Northwestern Mutual in 1996. Jamie became a Managing Director in 2005. He joined the 100 lives club in 2003 and 2013 and is a 5-time qualifying member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (2003, 2005, 2009-2010, 2012-2013). In 2008, Jamie was given the OARS award for outstanding performance in personal production as well as management. He has also received the DA growth award in 2007-2010 for the permanent dedication to the development of his team.
Jamie grew up in Murrysville and lives in Cranberry with his wife Laura and their 2 children, Chase & Natalie. Fishing and hunting at his camp are just two ways Jamie stays true to his WVU college days. He also enjoys water sports, golf and being activity involved with Chase & Natalie’s activities.
Ryan McKenna received his Bachelor of Science from Miami University and joined Northwestern Mutual upon graduation in 2005. In 2008, he took on his first leadership role as a College Unit Director. Ryan continued on the leadership path by becoming a Field Director in 2010. His mission is to coach and challenge his colleagues and clients to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.
Ryan lives in Aspinwall with his wife, Erin, daughter, Charlotte, and two dogs, Teddy and Roscoe. In his free time, Ryan is active in supporting several non profits and charities,as well as working on his golf game.
Chief Development Officer
Peggy McCarthy Havenar joined Northwestern Mutual in November 1998. She started her career in the Scott Carr, DNO in Schaumburg IL as Director of Recruitment. After seven years and a variety of accomplishments with the Hoopis Financial Group and The Carr Group, Peggy went to the Home Office in October 2005. As a Field Resource Consultant, Peggy worked with Leadership Teams throughout the country, helping them with their recruiting, training, internship program, new representative development and leadership development. Peggy then transitioned back to the field, with the Pittsburgh Network Office in 2008. Since being in Pittsburgh Peggy has grown their college program from #57 on the Goal Post to #16. She does a variety of things focused on growth and development of new financial representatives.
As of January 2011 Peggy has become the Chief Development Officer for Northwestern Mutual- Pittsburgh, harboring responsibilities for the recruiting, training and development systems for our under five year representatives.
Recruiting Field Director
Ken Sinagra joined Northwestern Mutual after graduating from John Carroll University in 2004. In 2006 Ken joined the leadership team as a College Unit Director and increased his impact on the organization as well as community when he took a Field Director contract in 2008. Ken achieved Pacesetter First 40 in his first six months with Northwestern Mutual. Since then he has continuous strived for high activity and joined the 100 lives club in 2009.
Recruiting Field Director
Kevin Yeargers is a graduate of Penn State University and joined Northwestern Mutual in 2004. Kevin began working with our internship program in 2008 as a College Unit Director. In January of this year he decided to increase his management impact by getting his Field Director contract. Additionally, Kevin maintains a strong personal practice. He was a member of the 75 lives club 2009-2010 and qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable in 2009 & 2010. Kevin completed his first Tri-athalon last year in Washington, DC and you can find him on the golf course most weekends in the Spring and Summer.
Jon graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS in 1989 (co-captain of the first state championship football team in PA). After high school, he attended Thiel College, graduating in 1993, majoring in business and marketing. While he was there he was a 4 year letterman in football and golf. Jon Started with NM in 1993 and was ranked as high as #12 in the Nation for 1st year "Special Agents.” He decided to leave Northwestern Mutual and sold beer for Frank Fuhrer and was on a marketing team for An-Busch Nationally. He then started with Schering-Plough, in the Pharmaceutical industry, with the launch of Claritin as a Sales Representative. He was promoted multiple times through managed care, trade, marketing and senior sales management and lastly with Meda Pharmaceuticals. Jon came back to NM in Aug of 2011. Quickly hit pacesetter 40, Second 60, 100 lives and MDRT. He is now a Recruiting Field Director who is building a dynamic team in Monroeville PA. Jon is married to his wife, Miriam, his best friend that he met in 7th grade. Jon and Miriam have two children, a 9yr old Son named Sammy and 7yr old Daughter named Catie, both are looking forward to being one of Dad's interns when they are 18 years old. The last member of the family is their dog Macaroni who is 12. Jon is an avid golfer who is a Member at Oakmont Country Club.
After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Chris LaPiana started as an intern at Northwestern Mutual in 2002. Since that time, he developed his business into an enduring financial services office specializing in life and disability insurance products. As a Field Director, Chris uses his internship and field experience to successfully lead and develop a unit of financial representatives into highly professional and successful individuals
Chris LaPiana is a lifetime resident of Pittsburgh, PA, and currently resides in Plum. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with his wife Dina and sons Luca and Nico. He is also a member of the Pittsburgh East Community Church and the Presque Isle Yacht Club.
Chris Pfanstiel started his career with the Northwestern Mutual as a sophomore at Washington and Jefferson College. Throughout his internship Chris earned many accolades including the Power of 10 Award (2009), Winter Camp Qualification (2008), and served as a Team Captain here in Pittsburgh. Chris also received the Pacesetter First 40 award. He is now a member of our LEADership team. Additionally, he now holds a position in management as a Field Director in our South Hills Office.
Chris continued his career with the Northwestern Mutual and began developing more specific niches. He earned his CLU® designation in May of 2012, his ChFC® in December of 2012 and most recently his CLTC designation in October of 2013. Chris now focuses primarily on personal planning analysis, but spends significant amounts of time working with tightly held businesses.
Mike Corcetti grew up in Export, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Kiski Area High School. Mike graduated from Pitt Johnstown in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and was a 4X NCAA All American wrestler.
Prior to graduating, Mike started with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2007. After graduation and his successful internship, he began to build his practice in Monroeville, PA location. He hit Pacesetter first 40, received the New Client Top 50 in 2011 and 2013 for the Eastern region, and qualified for Fastrack Sales School in September 2011. Because of Mike’s passion for coaching and leadership, he became a College Unit Director in 2012. In January of 2014 Mike moved into his role as Field Director.
Mike’s favorite past time is spending time with his wife Lindsey and son, Silas at their home in Penn Trafford. He also enjoys coaching wrestling at Franklin Regional High School and Young Guns Wrestling Club along with hunting and vacationing.
College Unit Director
College Unit Director
College Unit Director
College Unit Director
College Unit Director
Chief Recruitment Officer
Dawn Yeagers is a graduate of the University of Dayton. Upon graduation, she joined Northwestern Mutual of Pittsburgh as an Executive Assistant to the previous Managing Partner. Dawn then moved to Dallas, Texas where she was the Director of Recruitment for MetLife for 3 years. Dawn came back to the Northwestern Mutual office in May of 2010 as the Director of Recruitment and Selection. Dawn is part of multiple Pittsburgh Sports League teams along with other co-workers from the office. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Internship Development
Ashley Cheetham graduated from West Virginia University in 2008 with her B.A. in Communication Studies. After graduation she spent two years in New York City where she worked in professional staffing as well as advertising and event planning. She moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and began working as the Campus Recruiter in December 2010. As the Campus Recruiter for Northwestern Mutual-Pittsburgh, she helps college students learn more about our Top Ten Internship program. Through campus recruitment she gives students the opportunity to learn how our internship can provide them with real life hands on experience within the financial services industry. In 2011, Ashley began her work as the Director of Campus Recruitment, where she oversaw all of intern recruitment and brand recognition on local campuses. Most recently Ashley, has moved into the Director of Internship Development role. She focuses on campus recruitment, the internship selection process, intern training and development, and working with new financial representatives on leadership development within the internship program.
Andrea Eshenbaugh, M.S.Ed.
Director of Training
Andrea Eshenbaugh joined Northwestern Mutual in July 2011 as the Director of Training. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Ohio University, as well as a Masters of Science in Business Education from Robert Morris University. Previously an Associate Financial Representative from 2004-2006 in the Pittsburgh office, Andrea went on to teach high school business and computers in the greater Pittsburgh area until re-joining Northwestern Mutual in 2011. Andrea manages our full-time training program, internship program, and other continuing education meetings within the agency. In addition, she works closely with the Recruiting and Development teams to coach & mentor representatives and make the transition into a Financial Representative role successful for all candidates.
Brian Froehlich, CLU®
Chief Operating Officer
Brian joined the Pittsbugh agency in November 0f 2009. After a eight year career in Retail Banking he spent several years with a South Hills investment firm as Director of Operations where obtained his 6, 63, 7 and 65 Securities Licenses.
Since joining the Pittsburgh Agency Brian has grown and developed the network office's program providing sales support to 23 Financial Representatives at various levels, in addition to overseeing the network office's Northwestern Mutual Investment Services Operations Department. . Brian has obtained his Series 9 and 10 Licenses and is the agency’s back up compliance officer.
Maggie joined the Northwestern Mutual -Pittsburgh Network Office in August 2010 as a member of the Recruiting Team. Maggie is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a Degree in Science and Technology/Marketing. After graduation, she interned at Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a Management Trainee. She then worked for TEAM Enterprises as a Lead Brand Ambassador until 2010 when she joined the Northwestern Mutual. As a recruiter, Maggie is responsible for facilitating the process of attracting, selecting and retaining financial representatives for the Pittsburgh Network Office.
Born and raised in Derry, PA, Maggie now resides in the Mount Washington area of Pittsburgh.
Alyssa Minichiello began her career with Northwestern Mutual in September 2012. She graduated from Penn State University in 2006 and has moved around a lot since then. Her favorite place she lived was Malaga, Spain. She lived there for 9 months while she was an English teacher for grades 1-4. While it was nice living a block away from the beach, she was excited to return to the United States and the four seasons.
After a few more moves, Alyssa got married this past July, and returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh. She couldn’t be more excited to be back in Pittsburgh permanently, and to be a part of an excellent recruiting team at Northwestern Mutual. She now lives in Lawrenceville, and loves trying new restaurants and spending time with her friends and family.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Laura graduated from Grove City College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Laura started her career with Northwestern Mutual as a Recruiter in the Eastern Division Office in Monroeville right after graduation. As a recruiter, Laura is responsible for facilitating the process of attracting, selecting and retaining financial representatives for the Pittsburgh Office. She is passionate about growing the Network Office alongside the Management Team and loves the city of Pittsburgh where she lives and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Casey Stanton joined Northwestern Mutual in November of 2012. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Casey moved to Pennsylvania 7 years ago to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and play basketball. She graduated in 2012 with a Communication and Media degree and is really excited about getting started with Northwestern Mutual as the Recruiter for the South Hills office. One of her biggest initiatives with getting the office started is to create a solid summer internship program and to form a larger young professional networking group within the South Hills.
Casey specializes in recruiting interns, recent college graduates, and career changers for the financial representative position. She is also heavily involved in networking and presenting at career fairs.
Ashley joined Northwestern Mutual – Pittsburgh Network Office in January 2014 as a member of the Recruiting Team. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Degree in Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She continued her studies at Carlow University, where she received her Master’s in Business Administration. As a Recruitment Coordinator, Ashley helps select and interview candidates for the internship program as well with the training and development for the internship program.
Brandi Cheetham is a graduate from West Virginia University where she majored in Psychology. Shortly after college, she pursued her M.Ed. in School Counseling at California University of Pennsylvania. . Brandi began her educational career as a substitute high school Guidance Counselor, and she worked for an Alternative Education Program.
Brandi joined Northwestern Mutual in January of 2013 as a member of the Sales Execution Team for the South Hills Office. She assisted Financial Representatives who are in their first two years of business by providing administrative sales support and managing client cases. Brandi transitioned as the Training and Development Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Network Office in July of 2013. She enjoys providing high quality curriculum and coaching trainees to reach their ultimate potential.
Director of Network Office Supervision
Jerry Sciulli a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and joined Northwestern Mutual in 1996. He has been the Director of Network Office Supervision since the compliance/supervision program began. Jerry was also one of the original members of the DNOS Advisory Committee. Jerry currently holds his Series 7, 9, 10, 51, 63, and 66. Jerry resides in Shaler with his daughter Isabella.
Kristen joined Northwestern Mutual in November of 2002. She has had numerous roles during her career at Northwestern Mutual. She was our Recruiting Coordinator, Managing Partner Executive Assistant, Office Move Project Manager and is now currently the Technology Coach.
Kristen has her BSBA from Robert Morris University and her Master of Science in Organizational Studies from Robert Morris University.
Kristen lives in Peters Township with her husband Geoff and their son Kyle, daughter Lauren and dog Kasey. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and being an active member of the Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club where she serves on the Silent Auction Committee.
Karen Anderson has been working with Managing Partner, Kevin Miller, as his Executive Assistant since April of 2009. Prior to working with Kevin, she worked as a Sales Assistant for a Financial Representative. In addition to handling the daily operations of Kevin's office, Karen also enjoys planning events and meetings for the agency and working closely with the Recruiting team. Karen is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and lives in the North Hills with her husband, David and their dog, Barrett.