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Meet the Team

 
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Mike Ehmke

Principal

Mike loves the outdoors, but you'd never guess that from his choice of career -- as an actuary. He's a 23-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 23-year veteran of pension, actuarial and consulting services, including 21 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

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Michael Vech

Client Advocate & Actuary

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

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Denny Monaghan

Senior Consultant

Denny see’s the “big picture” for his clients. Whatever problem is thrown his way, he is able to draw on his decades of experience to clearly communicate options and suggested solutions.

Denny see’s the “big picture” for his clients. Whatever problem is thrown his way, he is able to draw on his decades of experience to clearly communicate options and suggested solutions. As a Senior Consultant in our Defined Benefits division, Denny helps clients meet their goals and find the best solutions for their plan problems. Denny also provides defined benefit pension and post-retirement medical consulting services, all while managing client project work and directing his team.

Denny has nearly 40 years of experience in the pension and health actuarial planning field. Prior to joining SilverStone Group, Denny worked with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries for 10 years until 2014 when the company merged with our firm. From 1999 to 2005, Denny served as a presenter at the Conference of Consulting Actuaries’ annual conference. He is also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Denny loves his role at SilverStone Group and enjoys helping clients in any way that he can. Although he is a straight shooter when it comes to work, he likes to extrude his sense of humor on those around him. As Denny would say, he’s not as dull as he looks!

Contact Information
e-mail: dmonaghan@ssgi.com |  phone: 503.597.1627  |  fax:  800.490.8003

Professional Certifications

  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA)
  • Enrolled Actuary (EA)
  • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA)

Education
Bachelor of Science & Masters | Mathematics
Portland State University |  Portland, Oregon

 

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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 16 years of experience in the actuarial analysis of Defined Benefit Plans and 11 years of experience in Post-Retirement Medical Plans. He also has 11 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 whether it is work or play, he 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

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Jesse Lauzon

Client Advocate & Actuarial Analyst

Jesse enjoys a good puzzle, which might be why he excels as an Actuarial Analyst.

Jesse enjoys a good puzzle, which might be why he excels as an Actuarial Analyst. He likes the challenge of untangling various regulations and standards and then putting them to practical use. At SilverStone Group, Jesse is able to use his problem solving skills to perform actuarial valuations on pension and retiree health plans for funding purposes. His other responsibilities include estimating the potential effects of change in a plan’s design, as well as ensuring compliance with plan qualification requirements.

Jesse has been in the industry for eight years. He began his career with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries, and in 2014 joined the SilverStone Group family when the company merged with our firm.

Contact Information
e-mail: jlauzon@ssgi.com  |  phone: 503.597.1607  |  fax: 800.490.8003

Education
Bachelor of Science | Business Administration
Western Washington University |  Bellingham, WA

 

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David Choquette

Client Advocate & Actuarial Analyst

David is always eager to learn. He enjoys problem solving and working with numbers in a very practical matter.

David is always eager to learn. He enjoys problem solving and working with numbers in a very practical matter. As an actuarial analyst, David completes valuations for early retiree health benefit plans and assists on a variety of tasks related to the administration of defined benefit plans. David’s desire to learn something new every day helps him to work hard and apply his past experiences in actuarial assumptions to find solutions for our clients. David first stepped into this field in November 2011 with Heintzberger Payne Actuaries. In 2014, David and his colleagues joined SilverStone Group when Heitnzberger Payne Actuaries merged with our firm.

David is currently working to earn his Associate in the Society of Actuaries (ASA) designation. When he isn’t busy crunching numbers, David likes to stay active outside. He particularly enjoys crushing his opponents in racquetball and disc golf.

Contact Information
e-mail:  dchoquette@ssgi.com |  phone: 503.597.1623  | fax: 800.490.8003

Education
Bachelor of Science  Economics
Oregon State university |  Portland, OR

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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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Donita Stratman

Client Advocate & Plan Administrator