- September, 2022
Bio – Nicole Phillips
Nicole started with Schechter Benefits in August of 2022 to provide assistance to the SBA Team. She handles a variety of duties to support the Lead Account Managers including adding new hire information into the system, sending informational emails to new hires, assists with audit follow-ups, and other internal responsibilities. Nicole has 2 adorable cats named Cheddar and Colby, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and baking.
- October, 2018
Bio – Sue Schneider
As an Account Assistant at Schechter Benefits Advisors, Sue provides a wide variety of administrative support, from enrollment and terminations to claims, audits, preparing handbooks and election forms for our clients. She genuinely enjoys helping our clients in any way that she can.
She most recently worked at BSI Corporate Benefits and Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle (now Gallagher); however, her benefits career goes back to 1978 at Maccabees Mutual! Safe to say, Sue is more than familiar with the industry.
In Sue’s spare time she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her daughter Estrellita & son Nick. She also has two 4-legged kids, cats Louie and Nala, who are the only kids that live with her. On the weekends, she hangs out with family and friends, frequents estate sales, and sub sales in the warmer months. Sue adores being outside when the weather permits!
- May, 2016
Deanna makes sure clients’ needs are met. She supports the Lead Account Managers when dealing with benefit enrollments, terminations, and changes.
Prior to joining Schechter she worked in the finance industry, mainly banking for about 16 years, 12 years working in data entry at JPMorgan Chase bank. She also has worked as an accounts receivable specialist with various companies for 5 years.
Deanna is married with 4 wonderful kids and enjoys spending a lot of her free time with them. Her hobbies are bike riding, music and she loves to crochet.
- July, 2015
Bio – Angelika Merkle-Kempf
Angelika ensures all client needs are being met by handling a variety of duties that support the Lead Account Managers and Rate Analysts, including the process of benefit enrollments, terminations and managing any changes for the clients.
Bio – Kelly Nicol
Kelly Nicol started with Schechter 2003 on a temporary basis to defray the workload in the Individual Life Department. A few weeks later she was hired full time as an Administrative Assistant and later became a Client Service Advisor to handle high-end clients insurance service needs. Ms. Nicol oversaw the reorganization of the file system and change over to a new data base CRM, which helps maintain the growing customer base and life insurance policies.
In her current role as a Rate Analyst Ms. Nicol obtains quotes, based on the client organization participation and needs and prepares client presentations which illustrate options in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability coverage.
- July, 2015
Bio – Sheri Cwagenberg
Sheri started with Schechter Benefits in October 2011 to provide administrative assistance to the SBA team. She handles a variety of duties to support the Lead Account Managers including auditing client invoices, the preparation and distribution of benefit support materials for employer presentations and employee open enrollment meetings, assisting Rate Analysts in the client quoting process, and other internal support responsibilities.
Sheri’s prior work experience was in the banking industry as a Product Manager of Fee Based and Small Business lines of business for a large regional bank. Immediately prior to joining Schechter, she devoted her time to volunteering for a variety of school-related activities. She is still an active volunteer in numerous organizations. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University.
- May, 2014
Bio – Tammy Leichtnam
Tammy Leichtnam assists the accounting team in all aspects, including accounts payable and cash receipts.
She also assists the Human Resources department manager with a myriad of tasks.
Bio – Christine Belcher
Chris Belcher is responsible for supporting Schechter senior executives and management to ensure all administrative details are handled efficiently and effectively. She plays a vital role in preparing sales reports and client presentation materials, combining and formatting the information used to illustrate strategies and concepts. Christine also assists our firm’s marketing team with sponsorship advertisements. Her responsibilities include in-house systems maintenance to help ensure that Schechter’s operational fundamentals are successfully achieved.