Kristin Goodwin, CLTC
Associate Financial Representative
Email Contact (913) 383-4605
Kristin Colt Goodwin was the owner of The Colt Group, L.C. and has over twenty years of experience working with employers in the design and implementation of benefit programs. An honors graduate of Yale University, she worked in the investment banking business in both New York and Kansas City prior to joining The Colt Group.
Kristin's clients are primarily small to middle-size, privately held companies. With an emphasis on serving multi-site clients, Kristin and her staff have developed customized administration, eligibility and billing capabilities for a number of clients. Kristin resides in Mission Hills, Kansas with her husband John and three children Sara, Johnny and Catherine. She is active with various Kansas City Christian School volunteer committees and is a member of the Westport Garden Club and the Yale University alumni schools committee. In her leisure time, Kristin enjoys running with her three dogs, reading, following college sports and spending time with friends and family.
For more information, visit www.kristingoodwin.nm.com
John Goodwin, CLU®, CAP®
Life Specialist and Wealth Management Advisor
Email Contact (913) 383-4651
John is a graduate from Princeton University with an A.B. in biochemistry and economics. John began with Northwestern Mutual in 2001 due to the encouragement of long time Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative, Fred Goodwin. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, he worked for a Financial Services Internet Firm and an Employment Database Firm that he had founded.
John focuses his business on a comprehensive planning process that includes estate and business planning.
John is actively involved in his community. He is the President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Kansas City, Executive Council and Advisory Board Member of the Salvation Army, Board Member of Grace United Community Ministries and K-Life Ministry. He is also the Board Director and Treasurer of FRA of Northwestern Mutual.
In his free time, John enjoys playing tennis. He is a member of the Kansas City Country Club and the YMCA. John is married to Kristin and they have three children.
For more information, visit www.johngoodwin-nm.com
Jim North, Jr., CLU®, ChFC®
Estate and Business Planning Specialist and Financial Advisor
Email Contact (913) 676-8074
Jim earned a degree in Economics from the University of Kansas. He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1984. He specializes in advanced planning in the Business and Estate markets. Since 2003, Jim has designed quality executive benefit plans to corporations nationally. Additionally, he works closely with Estate Planning professionals providing solutions for their clients. In 2009-2010, he served as President of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City. Jim is RPS Financial Group's Estate and Business Planning Specialist.
For more information, visit www.jim-north.com
Mary Alice Baker
Associate Employee Benefits Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8090
Mary Alice is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago with a major in music.
She and her husband, Norm served for 18 years as foreign missionaries in Africa
where they raised four children. She enjoys her grandchildren and loves to travel to
visit new places. Mary Alice has experience in marketing and development for non-
profit organizations, and has over fifteen years of service in the group health and life
insurance industry servicing small and mid-size businesses.
Jim Howard, ChHC®
Employee Benefits Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8077
After graduation from Stetson University with a degree in Marketing, Jim played two years of professional baseball in the New York Mets organization. He then started his Insurance career with American United Life (now One America). After six years of selling Employee Benefits for AUL (including Life, Health, Dental, and Pension plans), Jim moved on to The Hartford where he was employed for eighteen years as a Sales Rep, also selling employee benefits. For the past six years, prior to joining RPS Benefits, Inc., he managed the CIGNA Group Insurance Office in Overland Park, KS.
Jim was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He is married and has two children. In his spare time, Jim enjoys flying, as he is a licensed Cessna aircraft pilot.
Our business is building enduring relationships based on the individual needs and circumstances associated with each client. Our team will work with you to design a customized program and help you implement your benefits strategy. We suggest products and services only after considering your specific goals and needs and will monitor your situation and suggest changes to your program as they become necessary.
We believe in the power of teamwork. The success of your employee benefit program can be attributed, in part, to the key elements of the personal attention we provide.
We can help you make the right business decisions about your employee benefit plans. Our extensive experience in the marketplace enables us to offer you plans which combine the products for your specific needs, followed up with service and support you can count on.
Employee Benefit Specialists
Helping you develop the right plan is only half of our job. We continue the process with attentive follow up and thorough client service. Your personal client service representative will help you set up your new plan and will always be just a phone call away to answer questions and help you keep your plan on track at renewal time.
Client Services Team
Jill White, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Corporate Office Treasurer
Email Contact (913) 676-8026
Jill graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. She then earned a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University. Jill successfully passed the CPA exam the first attempt with a score placing her in the top 25 in the state of Illinois.
For thirteen years prior to accepting her current position at RPS Financial Group, she was a high school math teacher. In addition, she and her husband, Brad, opened The Vault Accounting Services doing payroll, tax preparation, and bookkeeping for many financial representatives and other clients. Jill joined RPS Financial Group, Inc. in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer in Cincinnati, OH. After three short years in Cincinnati, she and her family moved to Kansas as Jill accepted the CFO position in Kansas City for RPS Financial Group, Inc. and RPS Benefits, Inc. Jill and her husband, Brad, have two children, Christian and Abby.
Jeff Imlay, CLT
Long Term Care Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8038
Jeff started his career as an insurance broker in our industry and joined Northwestern Mutual in 1990. In 1991, Jeff was the leading first year Rep in the organization, and in 1993, he was the leader among all reps that had been working with the organization for less than four years. On a company level, Jeff has earned the Bronze (1991), Silver (1992), and Gold (1993) awards. He has been a member of the 100 Lives Club and a consistent qualifying member of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Over the years, Jeff has developed expertise in the area of Disability Income and Long Term Care. Jeff has served as a field advisor to the Home office in the specialty product lines of Group Disability, Individual Disability and Long Term Care. He has also been a sales mentor to new associates as they being their career.
Jeff is married to Becky and they have three children. Jeff is actively involved in the Boy Scout troop in which his son participates. During the holidays, Jeff and Becky volunteer in their church's outreach program that supports families in the Kansas City area. Jeff also supports Catholic Charities, KU ENT Foundation and the Spelman Medical Foundation.
For more information, visit www.jeffimlay.com
Matt Melton, CPA
Annuity Specialist and Wealth Management Advisor
Email Contact (913) 748-0600
Matt is a graduate of University of Kansas where he earned his B.S. in accounting and business administration. He began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1998 as the director of Investment Services. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Matt was a CPA in a local consulting and auditing firm, practicing in the area of tax, estate planning, and business valuations. Matt was a qualifying member of MDRT in 2002, 2004-2007. He was a Northwestern Mutual Most Valuable Producer (MVP) from 2004-2008. Matt also was a recipient of the John J. Foster award.
Today, he has a comprehensive wealth management practice, focusing on wealth accumulation and retirement planning for families. For businesses, Matt and his team of specialists provide solutions in the area executive and employee benefits.
Matt is involved in various charities and organizations, including University of Kansas Alumni Association, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium, the Golf Club Investment Club, and he is also a member of Hallbrook Country Club of Leawood, Kansas.
For more information, visit www.matt-melton.com
Associate Employee Benefits Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8291
Louise Mathis is a graduate of Kansas State University, and has enjoyed living in the Kansas City area since college. She loves to travel and spend time with friends over coffee and dessert, and is a volunteer tour guide at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. Louise is married to commercial photographer, Jim Mathis, and together they enjoy their Maine Coon cat, Bonnie. She is a member at Life Church of Overland Park.
Estate and Business Planning Specialist and Financial Representative
Email Contact (913) 856-2136
Joe joined Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative in 1986 after completing his B.S. degree from Baker University. As Joe's career progressed he began specializing in the design, funding and administration of non-qualified plans for corporations.
Joe has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations including the Securities Institute Association, Robert W. Baird, University of Kansas School of Law, UMKC Law School and various regional financial service organizations. He is also a Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual and RPS Financial Group in our Lawrence, KS office.
Joe is a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, and Life Member (2010, 2013, 2015) of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence Country Club, Bishop Seabury School, and Capital City Bank.
Joe is married to Nancy, who is also a Financial Representative for RPS Financial Group. They have three children, Nicole, Abby and Cody. Joe and Nancy support St. John's Catholic Church and School and Corpus Christi Catholic Church and School by giving of their time, talent, and treasures. They also help to support the Lawrence School Foundation, Big Brothers and Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Hanna's House, and several youth sports teams in the Lawrence community.
For more information, visit www.joe-jones.com
Sue Dindinger, CLU®
Employee Benefits Specialist
Sue started in the insurance business in 1979 at Farm Bureau Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa. Over the 35 years since then, she has worked for several insurance agencies, initially in communications and later as Program Manager and Producer, and has established herself as an expert in Employee Benefits for employers of all sizes.
During nearly 18 years with Marsh & McLennan Companies (in Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City), Sue worked in communications, marketing, sales, and management. For the past 11 years, she has been served as Senior Risk Consultant (Employee Benefits), Office Head, and Employee Benefits Practice Leader for a regional insurance and risk management agency, with responsibilities for Employee Benefits sales and service activities in the Kansas City area. Sue has worked with employer groups of all types and sizes, providing guidance and leadership around a broad range of traditional and innovative Employee Benefits, Voluntary Benefits, Administration, and more.
Sue earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and she holds the professional designation Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). She is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Central Exchange (leadership organization in Kansas City), and is a graduate of Leadership Omaha. She is active in her church (in Lawrence, KS) where she holds several leadership positions and plays in the hand bell choir. Sue lives on an acreage north of Lawrence and enjoys yard work, golf, reading, and traveling. Sue is single with no children, but has nine great nieces and nephews (with the September 27th arrival of great niece Zoey) who live in eastern Iowa and California.
Lesle Griessel, CLU®, ChFC®
Chief Development Officer
Email Contact (913) 676-8076
Lesle is originally from the Wichita, Kansas area. She attended Newman University for one year where she played college golf. She transferred to KU to finish a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance. She was introduced to Northwestern Mutual through the internship program in 2002. She is a both a Certified Trainer and Certified Coach through Northwestern Mutual. Lesle completed her CLU® designation in December 2007, ChFC® designation in June 2014.
Throughout her career, Lesle has held roles in Recruiting as well as leading the College Program and developing Recruiters and Leadership across the RPS Network. In 2012, Lesle qualified for a GAMA International Award for her achievements in the Financial Services Industry.
In her current role as Chief Development Officer, Lesle works with all offices in the RPS Financial Group to exceed Development Targets with intentional focus on results over all aspects of horizontal growth including the following ''core four:'' Recruiting and Selection, Training and Development of under five year Financial Representatives, Internship Program, and Leadership Development.
She has been a Big Sister and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and the Kauffman Scholars Program. Lesle is married to Matt Griessel, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, who is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. They reside in Lee's Summit and have two daughters, Maven and Gwen.
For more information, visit www.rpsfinancialgroup.com
Kristin Herman CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC, CFP®
Disability Income Specialist and Financial Advisor
Email Contact (913) 676-8029
Kristin is a native of St. Louis, where her parents and brother and sister-in-law still reside. She began her career with Northwestern Mutual as an intern in 2009 and converted to full-time upon graduating from Taylor University in May 2010. Kristin attained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Marketing there and she was also a competitive athlete all four years on the Taylor women's tennis team and made it to the National tournament her senior year. Her favorite part about her time at Taylor was meeting her husband Yoshua.
After being married in March 2012, Kristin made her way to Kansas City to build her business on the west side of the state. Despite moving to a new market, Kristin has consistently written 100+ lives every year, is a top New Client writer in the company, and has qualified for the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards her first four years in the business. Kristin was the only person in the history of the St. Louis agency to miss Pacesetter 40 but sell over 100 lives in her first year as a rep.
Kristin is married to Yoshua and in their free time, the couple enjoys spending time with friends and doing anything active outside (with tennis and Ultimate Frisbee among their favorites!). Yoshua is on staff at the International House of Prayer, which is what brought them to Kansas City.
For more information, visit www.kristin-herman.com
Darla Goodrich, JD, ACS, AIAA, CLU®, CFP®, CASL®, CLTC
Director of Network Office Supervision
Email Contact (913) 676-8014
Darla joined Northwestern Mutual/RPS Financial Group in 2009. She has been in the securities and insurance industry for over 25 years. Darla was a broker/agent for approximately nine years prior to the last 15 years spent in compliance and regulatory oversight as Chief Compliance Officer at a major investment company. Darla graduated with Professional Honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE. She obtained her J.D. from Washburn University.
Associate Employee Benefits Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8031
Cheryl is a 1980 graduate of Missouri State University. She has been in the insurance business since 1984. Cheryl started her career with Western Life Insurance Company. She then moved to CoreSource where she was the Client Service Manager. Cheryl has also worked with Hays Companies in Kansas City, MO and Heritage Benefit Consultants in Belton, MO. Cheryl joined RPS Benefits, Inc. in July of 2009.
Julie Eistentrager, CEBS, FLMI
Associate Employee Benefits Specialist
Email Contact (913) 676-8068
Julie graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. She began her insurance career at Johnson & Higgins/Kirke Van Orsdel in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked with various insurance products, including fixed and variable annuities and fixed and variable group universal life insurance products. Julie began working as an employee benefits client manager for Marsh Advantage America upon her relocation to Kansas City in 2001. For the last eleven years, Julie has worked for Bearence Management Group in the same capacity.
Julie has earned her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), Charter Life Underwriter (CLU) Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI).
Julie is active her church and is her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader and cookie mom. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and volunteering at her children’s schools. She also enjoys music, reading, gardening, exercising and watching college sports.