Associates

The success of our financial representatives is important to us. We foster an environment that allows our representatives the opportunity for planned and continuous growth because we know that our success as a group is a direct reflection of their individual success. We take great pride in their accomplishments and share in their enthusiasm and drive.

 
 Chris Kirkwood

Chris Kirkwood

Financial Advisor
christopher.kirkwood@nm.com

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Chris Kirkwood grew up in New Castle, PA where he attended Neshannock High School.  He loved to compete and excelled at sports, which led him to continue to pursue baseball and football during college.  He graduated with his BSBA in Finance from Duquesne University.  After graduated he joined Northwestern Mutual's post graduate program which allowed him to quickly grasp the concept of a financial advising career.

 

Chris holds his securities license along with, a life, accident, and health license.  Chris focuses his planning around business owners and families.

 

In his free time, Chris enjoys being active, playing and watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.

 
 Corrine E Williams

Corrine E Williams

Financial Advisor
corrine.williams@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Corrine Williams joined Northwestern Mutual through their internship program in 2013, while attending Slippery Rock University fulltime.  During her internship, she received recognition as the number one intern in Pittsburgh, seventh in the Eastern Region, and was in the top 10 college financial representatives nationwide. Upon graduation in 2014, with a degree in Economics, she moved on to a  fulltime position as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. She is actively involved with the current internship program, acting in a leadership position, and continues to build her business and positively impact her community.

Corrine is a Pittsburgh native, now residing in the Cranberry Township area. In her free time, she enjoys being active and participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking and snowboarding.

 
 Doug Stradley

Doug Stradley

Financial Advisor
doug.stradley@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Doug Stradley lives in Wexford with his wife and 3 children.  Doug enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and enjoys the outdoors.  Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2012 Doug ran his own practice where he advised his clients on group and individual insurance planning.  Doug loves meeting new people and has a passion for helping them protect their family and business.

 
 Douglas Haines

Douglas Haines

Financial Advisor
doug.haines@nm.com

Doug Haines resides in Grove City Pennsylvania, is an avid golfer, outdoorsman and likes to travel, also enjoys spending time with his friends and his yellow lab Memphis.  Doug joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013.

 
 Emily E Acquavita

Emily E Acquavita

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
emily.acquavita@nm.com

Emily Acquavita joined my team in March 2016 after managing client accounts at a local insurance office for 4 years. She is licensed in Life, Accident, and Health Insurance. She assists with individual retirement and investment accounts, as well as retirement plans for businesses.

Emily graduated from Grove City College in 2011 and moved back to Grove City in 2012, where she currently resides with her husband, Mike, and their son, Jonah. She is actively involved at Gateway Community Church in Slippery Rock, where she serves on the children's ministry team and leads a small group Bible Study with Mike. She's still pretty new to this mom thing, so maybe in a few years she'll remember what "spare time" is. For now, she enjoys watching her son grow and learn about the world around him, and will do whatever it takes to get him to giggle.

 

Gillian Marie Stoner


gillian.stoner@nm.com

 

Grace H Holt

Associate Financial Representative
grace.holt@nm.com

Grace started working for Northwestern Mutual in May 2016 and has enjoyed joining the Cranberry office.  She currently works as an Associate Financial Assistant for Kyle Beckhusen. She graduated from Grove City College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Living in Brighton Heights with her husband Peter, Grace likes to spend her spare time working on house repairs, reading, and exploring Pittsburgh.

 
 Ian Benjamin Matson

Ian Benjamin Matson

Financial Representative
ian.matson@nm.com

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Ian joined the Northwestern Mutual Cranberry Team in 2017. He graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Minor in Human Resources. While attending Westminster College Ian was a three-year letter winner on the Defensive Line playing as a Defensive End for the Football team and employed by Residence Life for two years as a Resident Assistant.  Ian also had an impact in the college community serving as the Philanthropy Chair on the Executive Board for the Brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon the PA Lambda Chapter where he organized several events benefitting March of Dimes, and The Big Brother/Big Sisters organization.  Ian also impacted local high schools through ENACTUS by giving presentations to trade schools on interviews, professional conduct, and resume building tips.

 

In his freetime he enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, and exploring on his motorcycle.

 

 
 Jake G McCracken

Jake G McCracken, CFP®

Financial Advisor
jake.mccracken@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Jake began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 2011 as an intern, and transitioned to running a full-time practice following his graduation from Geneva College.  While at Geneva, Jake earned his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 2014, Jake earned an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne University and his CFP® certification, which reflects a career-long commitment to meeting the ever-changing financial needs of clients.

Jake is passionate about helping people to plan for the present and the future by carefully creating a financial plan designed to achieve their goals. Striving to deliver the highest level of financial planning, Jake has earned his Series 7 and 66 which certifies him to be a Registered Investment Advisor. He is also licensed in life, accident and health.

Jake and his wife Brianna and daughter Brinley reside in Beaver, Pennsylvania, and enjoy being active members in their church as well as a variety of sports and activities.

 
 Jamie Marie Kuskil

Jamie Marie Kuskil

Director of Client Relations
jamie.kuskil@nm.com

 Jamie joined Northwestern Mutual in 2012 and is responsible for handling all of the Financial Representatives clients’ service needs. Jamie went to California University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She lives in Dormont with her husband Andrew, and loves spending her spare time with family and friends. 

 
 Jessica Marie Cournan

Jessica Marie Cournan

Financial Representative
jessica.cournan@nm.com

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Jessica Cournan grew up in New Castle PA and graduated from Neshannock Jr./ Sr, High school in 2011.  Jessica then went to Youngstown State University where she was actively involved in many clubs and activities.  She also studied abroad in London at the London Executive Business school.  While in London she conducted marketing research and took economics classes to help her further complete her degree.  Jessica graduated with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance with a concentration in the Certified Financial Planner program. Jessica then started to pursue my career at Northwestern Mutual in 2015 where she started in the post graduate program. Jessica is now a full time Financial Representative that works closely with small business owners, young professionals, and families.  She has a passion for helping people plan and achieve their goals and objectives. 

 

In her spare time she enjoys working out, traveling, and being with her family and friends. 

 
 Jon A. Graeser

Jon A. Graeser, CFP®, CLU®

Wealth Management Advisor
jon.graeser@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Jonathan Graeser is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual.  Prior to joining Steve Gould's team in 2012, Jon worked for a regional brokerage firm in Pittsburgh specializing in Financial Planning, Retirement Plan Services and Financial Analysis.  Most recently Jon served for four years in the non-profit sector as Program Director at Seneca Hills Bible Camp.  Jon's comprehensive financial background and management experience allows him to create detailed Investment and Insurance analyses for our clients following Northwestern Mutual's Personal Planning Analysis process.  Jon earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™  certification and he is a licensed agent for Life, Accident, and Health Insurance. Jon Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.  Jon resides in Grove City with his wife Jessica and their two boys, Noah and Zachary. He is actively involved with Grove City Alliance Church. In his free time, Jon enjoys reading, traveling, attending or participating in nearly every sporting event and relaxing with his wife and boys.

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

 
 Julie A Ballantine

Julie A Ballantine

Administrative Assistant
julie.ballantine@nm.com

Julie Ballantine is an Administrative Assistant with our Grove City team. She joined the staff in 2012, bringing with her 30 years of office management experience.  She is exceptional at providing excellent customer service for our clients.

Julie is married to her husband, Brian. They have resided in Grove City most of their lives, raising two children, Brad and Lindsey. They have a son-in-law, Brandon and daughter-in-law, Melissa.

Julie is an active member of East Main Presbyterian church where she currently volunteers for child care and also has held leadership roles in  various community youth programs. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to Florida and Colorado visiting her sisters, biking, hiking, playing tennis and the art of quilting.

 
 Kyle F Beckhusen

Kyle F Beckhusen

Financial Advisor
kyle.beckhusen@nm.com

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Kyle Beckhusen joined Northwestern Mutual while attending Geneva College in 2012 as a college intern. In 2014, Kyle joined the Cranberry office as a full time representative and increased his impact on the organization as well as the community. Kyle achieved Power of 10 and Focus 30 in his first two years as an intern with Northwestern Mutual. Since then, he has continuously strived for high activity and maintaining an excellent work ethic.

Kyle grew up in Syracuse, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an avid sports fan, especially of Syracuse University basketball. He also enjoys playing soccer, running, and pretty much any sport known to man. Kyle is married to his beautiful wife Molly and enjoys spending all his free time with her.

 
 Laura M Thomas

Laura M Thomas

Financial Officer
laura.m.thomas@nm.com

Laura has been the financial manager for Jamie R. Thomas since 2004.   She is responsible for handling the day to day operating expenses of the Cranberry office in addition to Jamie’s personal practice.

Laura attended West Virginia University and has a degree in Recreation Administration.

Laura currently resides in the Cranberry area with her husband Jamie, their two children, Chase and Natalie and their two German Shorthaired Pointers, Kaci and Cooper.  Between kid activities and carpools, Laura is a fitness enthusiast who also enjoys outdoor activities.

 

Lauren Elizabeth McGill

Agent Assistant
lauren.mcgill@nm.com

Lauren recently received her degree in Marketing from Slippery Rock University in 2016. Throughout school she was actively involved on campus. When she wasn’t working in the library, she was honing her business skills in Alpha Kappa Psi, Slippery Rock University’s Professional Business Fraternity.  Lauren recently joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative Assistant.

 

In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, being active, and spending time with her two horses, Manny and Boo.

 
 Lucas R. Michael

Lucas R. Michael, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Wealth Management Advisor
luke.michael@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Luke Michael joined as member of the Steve Gould team in 2004.  He is licensed to sell life, health, disability income, long-term care insurance and investments.  He has earned his CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant) designations.  A life-long Grove City area resident, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Grove City College, Luke has been an invaluable asset to my business.   Luke is married to his wife, Abbie.  They have a daughter, Madison and son, Landon.  In addition to spending his time with his family, Luke is an active member of East Main Church, enjoys traveling, has been on several mission trips to Kenya in recent years, enjoys indoor cycling, running, and is an avid sports fan.    You may hear from Luke throughout the course of the year as he stays in touch with many of my clients, providing them with updated information about their insurance and investment products, and offering solutions for potential growth and financial stability.

 
 Matthew David Peterson

Matthew David Peterson

Financial Advisor
matthew.d.peterson@nm.com

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Matt started his career with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2008. Over the past 4 years, Matt has successfully transformed his time as an intern into creating his own holistic financial security practice in Cranberry as a financial representative. His practice focuses on helping individuals and closely held companies not only build, but more importantly preserve financial security. He is a native of Chippewa, PA and currently resides in Cranberry Township with his wife Azucena. In his free time he enjoys golfing, ice hockey, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his friends and family.

 
 Nancijo Pruce

Nancijo Pruce

Director of Marketing and Client Services
nancijo.pruce@nm.com

Nancijo joined our team June, 2013 and is responsible for managing all aspects of Jake McCracken’s practice. She is a Pennsylvania State University graduate with a degree in Elementary Education.  Nancijo currently is an Associate Financial Representative and holds a Pennsylvania Life, Accident, and Health license.

Nancijo resides in Cranberry Township with her husband, two children and their black Labrador, Sophie.  She enjoys reading, being a soccer mom and spending time with her family.   

 
 Rachael Catherine Gloor

Rachael Catherine Gloor

Director of Investment Operations and Services
rachael.gloor@nm.com

Rachael started with Northwestern Mutual in May 2012.  She started as an Associate Financial Representative, preparing Personal Planning Analysis’ and client files.  Rachael is now the Director of Investment Operations & Services, overseeing the investments in the Cranberry Office.

Rachael grew up in Cranberry Township and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Penn State University.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins!

 
 Ryan C Eller

Ryan C Eller, MBA

Associate Financial Representative
ryan.eller@nm.com

Ryan Eller joined my team in 2015.  He is licensed in life, health, and disability income insurance.  Ryan graduated from Grove City College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Communications.  He received his Master’s in Business Administration from Clarion University in 2012.  In his present role, Ryan handles our risk-related new business operations as well as servicing our current clientele.  My expectations are for this role to grow moving forward as Ryan becomes more acclimated with our processes and continues his professional growth.  Ryan is married to his wife, T.L.  They have a daughter, Ainsley.  Ryan and T.L. are avid basketball fans having both played at Grove City College and spent time coaching at various levels throughout the area.  They attend Grove City Alliance Church and enjoy spending time with their families.

 

Todd J Pilipovich


todd.j.pilipovich@nm.com

 
 Trevor M York

Trevor M York


trevor.m.york@nm.com

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