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.

 
 Alex M Meduna

Alex M Meduna

Financial Representative
alex.meduna@nm.com

 
 Andrea L Fritz

Andrea L Fritz

Associate Financial Representative
andrea.fritz@nm.com

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  andrea.fritz@nm.com

Andrea Fritz serves as an Associate Financial Representative for James T. Wapelhorst. She began her career with the Northwestern Mutual team in 2013 and is licensed in the state of Nebraska for life and health, and is FINRA registered with her Series 6 and Series 63 for investments. Andrea’s role includes case preparation for client review and prospective client appointments and processing various applications.

Andrea graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2006 with a degree in marketing. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Norfolk, NE and have 2 dogs. She enjoys golfing, Husker football and spending time with her family and friends.

 
 Boden Daniel Bierman

Boden Daniel Bierman

Financial Advisor
bo.bierman@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  bo.bierman@nm.com

Bo enjoys working with a variety of individuals including families, small business owners, and retirees.  His clientele includes, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, construction managers, teachers, architects, engineers, farmers, seed salesmen and individuals in the steel production industry.  He provides his clients with a comprehensive overview of their current financial position and equips them with the appropriate advice to help them reach their immediate and long term goals.  He currently holds his life and health license, along with the Series 6 and 63 Securities Licenses.

Bo grew up in Battle Creek, NE and attended The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, receiving his Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in finance and economics.  In 2004 he met his wife Robin, originally from Norfolk.  They resided in Omaha until 2013 and now reside in Norfolk with their three sons, Brody, Logan, and Owen.

 

Braden James McCurdy

Financial Representative
braden.mccurdy@nm.com

 
 Brian M Vrana

Brian M Vrana

Managing Director
brian.vrana@nm.com

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Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  brian.vrana@nm.com

Brian has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2001 and specializes in the medical and business owner marketplace. He currently works with a large number of physicians, surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists and pharmacists in the medical field, along with upper level corporate executives.

Brian also enjoys working with non-asset driven business owners such as pharmacy owners, mortgage lenders, auctioneers, seed sales, bank owners, retail business owners, food franchises, irrigation sales and crop insurance agencies to name a few. He specializes in the areas of long-term tax deferral, estate planning and strategic business planning.

 
 Cindy S Bojanski

Cindy S Bojanski, CFP®

Financial Advisor
cindy.bojanski@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Fremont, NE  |  402.753.2496  |  cindy.bojanski@nm.com

Cindy joined Northwestern Mutual in the Fremont office after working the last 10 years as a Trust officer. She enjoys working with her clients to help ensure their personal and financial goals are met through comprehensive planning.

Cindy is a 2001 graduate of Midland University. She has obtained her state Life and Health license along with her Series 7 and 66 Securities licenses. Cindy and her husband, Ryan, have 3 children and live in Fremont. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering for local non-profits and golfing.

 
 Isaac A Paden

Isaac A Paden, CLU®

Financial Representative
isaac.paden@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Fremont, NE  |  402.753.2496  |  isaac.paden@nm.com

Isaac joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011 and has a balanced practice working in many different areas. He enjoys working in both personal and business financial planning; including employee benefits for small business, retirement, and buy-sell agreements. He also works with professionals in the medical field, including doctors, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc. He feels his strength is having the heart of a teacher. He specializes in small families and loves to help people with no financial plan put one together.

Isaac obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2006 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2004. He also holds his state life and health license, along with the Series 6 and 63 Securities Licenses. Isaac and his wife, Jenny, reside in Fremont, NE with their two daughters, Alison and Lexi. Isaac sings with the Pathfinder Chorus and announces football and basketball games on local radio stations.

 
 James Tyler Wapelhorst

James Tyler Wapelhorst, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, RICP®

Financial Advisor
james.wapelhorst@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  james.wapelhorst@nm.com

James has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2008 and specializes in the agriculture and medical marketplace. He currently works with a large number of producers, seed sales operations, agronomists, along with other fields in the agriculture sector. He also enjoys working with physicians, pharmacists and dentists in the medical field.

Committed to bringing value to his clients, he holds the following licenses and credentials: Series 6, 63, 66, 7, 9, 10; Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living. James serves his clients in the areas of comprehensive financial planning, advisory based investment solutions, along with estate tax and equalization planning.

 
 Jenny N Fuchtman

Jenny N Fuchtman

Director of Recruitment and Selection
jenny.fuchtman@nm.com

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  jenny.fuchtman@nm.com

Jen Fuchtman is the Director of Recruitment for the Northeast Nebraska District. She also serves as an Associate Financial Representative for Brian Vrana and is licensed in the state of Nebraska for life and health. Jen works with career changers and graduating seniors from local colleges and universities to help them decipher if becoming a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual is the right career path for them. She also spends time on our local campuses introducing and educating students about our internship program.

Jen is a 2005 graduate of Midland Lutheran College with a degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. Jen started with Northwestern Mutual in 2005 as an Associate Financial Representative and was promoted to the Director Recruitment in 2009. She is a part of the Nebraska Recruiting group that has been recognized for being one of the top recruiting teams in the country.   Jen is married to her husband, Kyle, and together they have twin daughters: Haydin & Hadley, and their son, Knox.

 
 Jesse T Hinrichs

Jesse T Hinrichs, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®

Financial Advisor
jesse.hinrichs@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  jesse.hinrichs@nm.com

Jesse has been with Northwestern Mutual since 1999 and currently works with agricultural based business owners, superintendents of schools, principals, teachers and successful families whose priority is reaching their financial goals.

Jesse specializes in the areas of strategic business planning, long-term tax deferral, estate planning, retirement planning, and advisory based investment solutions.  He educates clients so they can make clear decisions, helps them implement flexible financial plans, and partners with them to help achieve what is most important to them.

 
 Jordan Lee Crook

Jordan Lee Crook

Financial Representative
jordan.crook@nm.com

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Columbus, NE  |  402.564.3135  |  jordan.crook@nm.com

Jordan grew up and currently lives in the small town of Rising City, NE. He met his wife Lindsey in high school at Shelby, NE. While attending Midland Lutheran College and playing football, he joined the internship of Northwestern Mutual in June 2009. Immediately after graduation in May of 2010, he began working fulltime as a Financial Representative.  Jordan works with a large number of agriculture, medical, professional and young families. He specializes in financial planning for clients in the areas of investment, disability, life and 4th quarter planning.

 

Julie A Sleister

Associate Financial Representative
julie.sleister@nm.com

Fremont, NE  |  402.753.2496  |  julie.sleister@nm.com
 

Julie Sleister serves as a Financial Representative Assistant for Cindy Bojanski, Mathew Eikmeier and Isaac Paden. Her role includes case preparation for client review and prospective client appointments, and processing applications. Julie comes to us from the insurance industry and began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2017.

 
 Katie Eikmeier

Katie Eikmeier

Business Manager
katie.eikmeier@nm.com

Fremont, NE  |  402.753.2496  |  katie.eikmeier@nm.com
 

Katie Eikmeier serves as District Business Manager for Brian Vrana. She is FINRA registered with her Series 6 and Series 63 for investments, as well as being licensed in the state of Nebraska for life, health and variable products. Her role includes case preparation, processing applications and oversees the District's managerial tasks.

Katie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Communication. Originally from Elkhorn, NE, she joined Northwestern Mutual in 2012 after moving to Fremont, NE. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, she worked in marketing and advertising. Katie and her husband, Mathew, have two sons, Marcus and Behren.

 
 Kris Luellman

Kris Luellman

Financial Representative
kris.luellman@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  kris.luellman@nm.com

Kris joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013, after being a longtime client of the company. He enjoys working closely with families, business owners, and professionals in finding the right solutions in helping them reach their financial goals.

Kris is a 2000 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University. He obtained his state life and health license, along with his Series 6 and 63 Securities Licenses. He and his wife, Becky, have 4 children and live in Hoskins, NE. Kris enjoys spending time with his family and friends, helping with his children’s activities, and the outdoors.

 
 Kyle Scott Fuchtman

Kyle Scott Fuchtman

Financial Advisor
kyle.fuchtman@nm.com

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  kyle.fuchtman@nm.com

Kyle has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2005 and specializes in the medical, professional and
successful young family marketplaces. He currently works with a large number of physicians, surgeons, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, anesthesiologists and physical therapists in the medical field.

Kyle specializes in the areas of long-term tax deferral, investment planning, disability insurance, long-term care insurance and developing comprehensive financial plans for clients.

 
 Lacey Marie Goff

Lacey Marie Goff

Associate Financial Representative
lacey.goff@nm.com

Columbus, NE  |  402.564.3135  |  lacey.goff@nm.com

Lacey serves as an Associate Financial Representative for Nathan Karges and is licensed in the state of Nebraska for life and health. She is the Director of Operations for the Columbus office and her role includes overseeing the day-to-day responsibilities of the office, processing applications, handling client calls and supporting new Representatives.

Lacey is a 2007 graduate of Central Community College in Columbus, NE with a degree in business technology. She enjoys playing volleyball, and spending time with friends and family – especially her three older sisters. Lacey and her husband Clif live on a farm outside of Linwood, NE.

 

Mary Morris

Director of Operations
mary.a.morris@nm.com

 
 Mathew Joseph Eikmeier

Mathew Joseph Eikmeier

Financial Advisor
mathew.eikmeier@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Fremont, NE  |  402.753.2496  |  mathew.eikmeier@nm.com

Mathew joined Northwestern Mutual in December of 2010. He grew up in small-town Howells, NE and played baseball at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he studied Liberal Arts. In 2011, he met his wife, Katie, originally from Elkhorn. They married in December of 2013 and have two sons, Marcus and Behren. Their family resides in Fremont, where both Mat & Katie work for Northwestern Mutual.

 
 Matthew Lee Sharp

Matthew Lee Sharp

Financial Representative
matthew.sharp@nm.com

My Networks: LinkedIn

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  matthew.sharp@nm.com

Matt has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2011 and spends much of his professional time with business owners, the Ag based marketplace and industrial employees. He also enjoys working with individuals and families to help them build a solid foundation, while striving to achieve the goals and dreams that are important to their lives. Matt provides his clients with a comprehensive holistic approach to financial planning by strategically designing a plan that is highly efficient and specific to each client’s needs.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Matt spent 14 years as a General Manager of a local business. Matt holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and obtained his life and health license, along with the Series 6 and 63 Securities Licenses. He was named the 2012 Financial Representative Rookie of the Year in the state of Nebraska. Matt is also an Ambassador for the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. He is an avid outdoorsmen and enjoys spending time hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. Matt provides his clients with a comprehensive holistic approach to financial planning by strategically designing a plan that is highly efficient and specific to each client’s needs.

 
 Nathan Alan Karges

Nathan Alan Karges, ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC®

Field Director
nathan.karges@nm.com

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Columbus, NE  |  402.564.3135  |  nathan.karges@nm.com

Nathan has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2008 and has a balanced practice working in many different areas. He enjoys working with business owners to coordinate both their personal and business plans; including health insurance, retirement, buy-sell agreements, etc. He also works with professionals in the medical field, including doctors, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.

Nathan has his Certified Long Term Care (CLTC) designation and has also been to the home office for disability specialists schools. His training has led him to be very knowledgeable of the marketplace and the competition, including other carriers’ contract language and benefits.

 
 Sarah Taake

Sarah Taake

Associate Financial Representative
sarah.taake@nm.com

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  sarah.taake@nm.com

Sarah Taake is the Director of Operations for the Norfolk office and also serves as an Associate Financial Representative for James T. Wapelhorst. She is licensed in the state of Nebraksa for life and health. Sarah’s role includes supporting new Representatives, overseeing the day-to-day responsibilities of the office, and coordinating client and prospective client appointments.

Sarah graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a degree in Communication. Before joining Northwestern Mutual 2 years ago, she worked at a radio station and for the San Diego Padres. Sarah and her husband, Dustin, live in Battle Creek, NE and have 1 dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, and taking trips back home to California.

 
 Tricia L Lammli

Tricia L Lammli

Associate Financial Representative
tricia.lammli@nm.com

Norfolk, NE  |  402.379.6960  |  tricia.lammli@nm.com

Tricia Lammli serves as an Associate Financial Representative for James T. Wapelhorst.  She is FINRA registered with her Series 6 and Series 63 for investments, as well as being licensed in the state of Nebraska for life, health and variable products.  Tricia's role includes case preparation for client review and prospective client appointments, processing investments, creating personal needs analysis and coordinates the overall efforts of James’ entire team.

Tricia is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in marketing.  Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual four years ago, she was a real estate agent and a retail store manager.  Tricia and her husband, Jason, live in Norfolk, NE, and have two young boys.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, playing volleyball, and looks forward to their Canada trips every summer.

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