Management Team

 
 Debbie A Blattner

Debbie A Blattner

Office Manager
debbie.blattner@nm.com
Office 651-714-6802

Debbie Blattner joined the Woodbury office of Northwestern Mutual in April 2004.  As both Office Manager and Associate Financial Representative, her primary focus is to oversee the office so that it is running smoothly and efficiently. Debbie is licensed in life, accident and health insurance.  Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Debbie worked for Cargill for 10 years.

Debbie lives in Hastings with her husband Justin and their two children, Whitney and Luke. In her spare time she enjoys cheering on her children at their sporting events, reading, gardening and being active in her community.

 
 Melanie D Schmidt

Melanie D Schmidt

Director of Recruitment and Selection
melanie.schmidt@nm.com
Office 651-714-7755

Melanie Schmidt joined the Northwestern Mutual Woodbury Office as Director of Recruitment in August of 2017 and immediately embraced the position with enthusiasm and anticipation. Her experience in recruiting, client relations, creative writing, and operation management merge fluidly into this valuable position. Her primary focus is expanding the growth of Northwestern Mutual by seeking outstanding candidates to develop and cultivate into having a fruitful life-long career within this outstanding company. Networking is golden!

 

In her free time Melanie enjoys being outdoors, practicing yoga, brunching with her girlfriends, and most importantly spending time with her adventurous son by going on bike rides, playing soccer, cooking, and teaching him how to be an ace at chess.

 
 Katie R Kroll

Katie R Kroll

Director of Development
katie.kroll@nm.com
Office 651-714-7751

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Katie Kroll joined Northwestern Mutual and the Sales Execution Team in July 2013 as an Associate Financial Representative.  In the fall of 2014, Katie transitioned into the Campus Recruiter and Developer role to work closely with college campuses to grow our internship.  In 2017, Katie took over as the Director of Development.  She plays a vital role in developing our advisors throughout their internship and career so they can reach their full potential.  Katie graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Management.  She holds her Life, Accident, and Health license.

In her free time, Katie enjoys playing in the great outdoors with her husband Casey and their four children.  She also enjoys riding motorcycles, entertaining, spending time with friends, and cooking.

 
 Catherine J Lindus

Catherine J Lindus

Associate Financial Representative
catherine.lindus@nm.com
Office 651-714-6806

Cathy Lindus has been with Northwestern Mutual since July 2007. Cathy is an Associate Financial Representative as well as a fully registered representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC holding her series 6, 63 and life & health license.  Cathy is committed to providing support to Jeffrey Manderfeld and is dedicated to providing superior service to the most important, our clients.  Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Cathy spent the past twenty years at The Hartford as a Manager of the Client Referral Program.

In her spare time, Cathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoys watching the Packers, Nascar and going fishing.

 
 Thomas E Clasby

Thomas E Clasby

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
thomas.clasby@nm.com
Office 651-714-6837

Tom Clasby has been in the finance and investment industry since 2008 and joined Northwestern Mutual and Jeffrey’s team in 2012.  He works closely with Jeffrey in preparing financial strategies and investment analyses for clients. He oversees investment related activities including portfolio construction, investment research, and account management. He holds his securities and insurance licenses.

Tom resides in Minneapolis with his wife Kate and son Ryan, and enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and following University of Minnesota athletics.

 
 Sarah R Burdash

Sarah R Burdash

Associate Financial Representative
sarah.burdash@nm.com
Office 651-714-6801

Sarah has been with the Woodbury office since March of 2015. Sarah is an Associate Financial Representative as well as a fully registered representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC holding her series 6, 63 and life & health license.  Sarah's primary focus is supporting new Financial Representatives and assisting them with their practices.

Sarah graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Minor in Economic Theory.

Sarah lives in Maplewood with her husband Dan and dog Roma. She enjoys reading, cooking, being outside and spending time with family and friends.

 
 Nicholas R Johnson

Nicholas R Johnson

Agent Assistant
nicholas.r.johnson@nm.com
Office 651-714-7763

Nick Johnson has been in the finance and investment industry since 2011 and joined Northwestern Mutual and Jeffrey Manderfeld’s team in 2017. He works closely with Jeff in preparing financial and investment strategies for clients. Nick’s responsibilities include comprehensive financial planning, investment research, and portfolio construction. He currently holds his Series 7 and 63 financial licenses. Nick attained his CFP® certification in March 2015.

Nick graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) in 2010 with a BBA in Marketing and minors in Psychology and Sociology. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, spending time with friends and family, and following a variety of Minnesota sports teams (Vikings, Twins, Wild, and UMD Bulldogs).

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