My Team

As a Financial Advisor for the Northwestern Mutual, I am committed to helping my clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. I don't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

Together, we stand committed to providing the best customer service possible. If you have a problem or need assistance at any time, please let us know.

Barbara A Novotny

Barbara A Novotny, CLU®

Administrative Assistant
Office 312-641-8900

Barbara started with Marisa's team in September 2017.  She is here to serve our client's investment and overall financial planning implementation process. 

Brenda L Pellegrini

Brenda L Pellegrini

Marketing/Client Relations Manager

Brenda has been with Northwestern Mutual for over 35 years!  She is a licensed Associate Financial Representative in Life, Health, Disability and Long-Term Care insurance.

How can Brenda help you?

  • Networking with clients
  • Event planning
  • Client appreciation
  • Onboarding of new clients
Lea A Garrison

Lea A Garrison

Associate Financial Representative
Office 312-641-8900

Lea is a California native and relocated to the wonderful city of Chicago.  She is a licensed Associate Financial Representative in Life, Health, Disability. 

How can Lea help you?

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Handling client servicing needs for investment, trust and insurance accounts
  • Answering billing questions and customer service related issues
  • Run in-force reports on existing coverage
  • Run performance reports for existing investment accounts
  • Set up Medical Exams
  • Customer Service
  • Assist in questions related to the underwriting process

Marisa Richael Joseph, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®
Financial Advisor

Physicians Nationwide


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