Ryan Hazlett McKenna, CLU®, CFP®

Managing Director


My staff and I truly enjoy what we do and like to have fun at work, but we are very serious when it comes to providing our clients with prompt service, accurate communication and professionalism at all times. Please contact us immediately if you have any questions or have a request. We will work hard to address your needs without delay.


Erin R Jinkens

Director of New Business
Office 412-281-5540

Erin Jinkens attended California University of Pennsylvania where she obtained degrees in both Elementary and Special Education.  After teaching for 5 years as a special education teacher, she took a different career path and joined the Northwestern Mutual team in September of 2013.  Erin’s favorite kind of day is one spent with her family and friends. Her husband, Andy, and their son, Hendrick, are her absolute world! 

How can Erin help you?

  • Preparing cases and client paperwork
  • Scheduling medical appointments
  • Reporting and client service changes

She is excited about working for the new office in South Hills, and contributing to its growth and success.


Ed R Gavett

Associate Financial Representative
Office 412-942-9801

A graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, Ed has always considered the South Hills of Pittsburgh his home.   Ed attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where be played football and studied business management.  After graduating in December of 2013, Ed started his career with Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative.  Ed quickly realized that he was passionate about the industry and finance but wanted to pursue other options.  Ed left for only a few short months before rejoining the Northwestern Mutual team in March of 2015. 

How can Ed help you?

  • Preparing cases and client paperwork

In his free time, Ed enjoys playing golf, platform tennis, and fly fishing.


Nick Stonesifer

Office 412-281-5540
Caitlin R Backeris

Caitlin R Backeris

Director of Operations
Office 412-942-9801

Caitlin joined Ryan McKenna's team in 2012.  Since then, she has worked in client relations, scheduling, marketing and business development.  Currently, Caitlin spends most of her time supporting Ryan's role as the Managing Director of the newest District office in the south hills of Pittsburgh.  Her primary focus lies in operations, marketing and strategic business development.

Originally from Erie, Pa, Caitlin moved to Pittsburgh to attend Robert Morris University.  Her and her husband recently bought their first home in Upper Saint Clair and enjoy traveling and live music.



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