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Donn Jones

Donn Jones

Principal

Everyone hopes to retire with a comfortable income and good health. While SilverStone Group can’t guarantee the latter, Donn and the Defined Benefit team work hard…

Everyone hopes to retire with a comfortable income and good health. While SilverStone Group can’t guarantee the latter, Donn and the Defined Benefit Team work hard to guide employers to design and administer retirement programs for their employees that provide the potential for financial security in retirement. This process starts with an evaluation of the retirement plans that are being maintained or considered for adoption. The actuaries on the team outline plans that address the funding obligations for the retirement plans that are within the financial means of the employer. The administrators provide support throughout the year, responding to participant requests and government filings. And the consultants on the team continue to monitor the retirement plan operations to assure they continue to satisfy the employer’s objectives.

Donn has over 30 years of experience as an actuarial consultant for defined benefit plans. He specializes in the communication of complex topics at the Executive and Board levels of large companies and he especially enjoys being able to work with the “decision makers” who manage financial resources for their companies. By partnering with SilverStone Group’s Retirement division, these financial planners are able to assist employees to achieve a retirement that is secure and within their means.

Donn and the DB Team know how vital it is to provide timely service and accurate information to their clients. Exceeding a client’s expectations is always goal one for every DB division engagement.

When he’s away from work, Donn enjoys working with horses. A former competitive equestrian, he now cares for an older mare who is “the boss,” a younger gelding who wishes he was and a miniature donkey who has disproportionate influence on both.

Contact Information
e-mail: djones@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5505  |  fax: 402.963.4089

Professional Certifications

  • Fellow of Society of Actuaries (FSA)
  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS)
  • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
  • Member, American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)
  • Fellow, Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA)

Education
Master of Science  |  Statistics
University of Iowa |  Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics
Iowa State University |  Ames, IA

Mike Ehmke

Mike Ehmke

Principal

Mike loves the outdoors, but you’d never guess that from his choice of career — as an actuary. He’s a 19-year veteran of pension, actuarial and consulting services…

Mike loves the outdoors, but you’d never guess that from his choice of career — as an actuary. He’s a 21-year veteran of pension, actuarial and consulting services, including 19 years in post-retirement medical, dental and life insurance actuarial valuations and consulting. His extensive experience provides for the design, implementation, evaluation and ongoing administration of pension and retiree welfare programs. Mike enjoys the challenge of creating solutions for complex financial problems. He realizes that while clients expect his department to provide viable answers, they are often surprised to find that Mike and his team take the time to really listen before making recommendations.

Mike is the author of several articles for our SilverLink magazine and is involved in numerous professional associations, including the American Academy of Actuaries. He is an Enrolled Actuary by the Joint Board for Enrollment of Actuaries, an Associate for the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club. He is Treasurer of the not-for-profit Copper Ridge Estates Homeowners’ Association and attends St. Patrick Church.

Contact Information
e-mail: mehmke@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5522  |  fax: 402.963.4089

Professional Certifications

  • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
  • Associate of Society of Actuaries (ASA)
  • Member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

Education
Bachelor of Science  |  Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln |  Lincoln, NE

Michael Vech

Michael Vech

Vice President & Senior Consultant

Considering his career choice, it’s not surprising that Michael has always excelled when it comes to mathematics. In college, he used his extraordinary math skills to write…

Considering his career choice, it’s not surprising that Michael has always excelled when it comes to mathematics. In college, he used his math skills to write a computer program to simulate a baseball game, a project that won him the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award.

Michael has over seven years of actuarial experience helping clients find solutions that fit their individual and organizational needs. He performs post-retirement medical valuations to satisfy ASC 715-60, GASB 45 and NAIC reporting requirements.  He has also been involved in working with Actuarial Equivalency attestations for Medicare Part D.  He has been assisting clients with Early Retiree Reinsurance Programs established under PPACA.

Michael has worked as a pricing actuary in several sectors, including individual health, Medicare supplement, disability, critical illness and Long-Term Care. He has been involved at all levels of actuarial work, from pricing new market expansion and new plan offerings to existing markets, annual rate filings, producer compensation design and primary support.

Michael is the author of several articles for our SilverLink magazine and is also an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club. He is also a member of the Maple Street YMCA Advisory Board and has served on the Parish Council and Stewardship committee of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

With four little girls, Michael spends most of his free time at home with his family. Whether he is giving “dragon rides” or pretending to be a puppy—since he has thus far resisted giving in and buying one—Michael can always expect an abundance of hugs when he walks in the door at night.

Contact Information
e-mail: mvech@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.964.5722  |  fax: 402.963.4089

Professional Titles

  • Associate of Society of Actuaries ASA
  • Member of American Academy of Actuaries MAAA

Education
Bachelor of  Science  |  Mathematics & Information Systems
Nebraska Wesleyan University  |  Lincoln, NE

Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher

Client Advocate & Actuary

Aim. Shoot. Matt Fisher always has his eye on the prize. From his success at work to enjoying his favorite past time, waterfowl hunting, he sure knows how to shoot and score.

Aim. Shoot. Matt Fisher always has his eye on the prize. From his success at work to enjoying his favorite past time, waterfowl hunting, he sure knows how to shoot and score.

Matt has been with SilverStone Group since 1998 and has over 14 years of experience in the actuarial analysis of Defined Benefit Plans and 10 years of experience in Post-Retirement Medical Plans. He also has 10 years of actuarial experience in the areas of Dental Pricing and Financial Reporting.

Matt’s expertise includes performing actuarial valuations of pension plans and retiree welfare plans. His experience also includes plan design, experience analysis of assumptions and forecasting of valuation results.

Matt is a member of the Nebraska Actuaries Club and attends Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Whether it is work or play, Matt delivers a level of dedication that always exceeds expectations!

Contact Information

e-mail: mfisher@ssgi.com  |  phone: 402.964.5511  |  fax: 402.963.4089

Education
Bachelor of Science |  Business Administration  |  Actuarial Science
University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln, NE

Melinda Sergeant

Melinda Sergeant

Client Advocate & Billing Coordinator

Melinda prefers to take life step by step – literally! Whether Melinda is enjoying the sights at the Henry Doorly Zoo or taking a stroll over her lunch hour, she loves being outside and staying active.

Melinda prefers to take life step by step – literally! Whether Melinda is enjoying the sights at the Henry Doorly Zoo or taking a stroll over her lunch hour, she loves being outside and staying active. The discipline it takes to ensure her daily walks not only benefits her health, but also serves her well in her position at SilverStone Group.

Melinda has dedicated over 25 years to SilverStone Group. She currently handles and maintains all billing for the retiree and medical group and pension group in the Retirement Division. Melinda understands the importance of detailed, accurate information and superior customer assistance. Her dedication to client satisfaction is just as strong as her commitment to her own health – making her a perfect fit at SilverStone Group.

Contact Information
e-mail: msergeant@ssgi.com |  phone: 402.963.4089  |  fax: 402.963.4089

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