Our Team

Brian Nephew

Brian has been with Johnson Brunetti since 2005. As Chief Operating Officer, he leads our Client Services Specialist Team and processes all our insurance business. His team handles new business and outstanding service requests to assure they are handled in a timely manner. He expedites transfers of assets and provides solutions to our clients. Brian is instrumental in supporting the advisors on the insurance business and making sure things run smoothly.

Brian is a sports enthusiast who coaches both his son and daughter’s travel basketball teams. Running and hiking is a favorite pastime and he has completed multiple 100-mile ultramarathons.

Laurie Tobias

Laurie is Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson Brunetti.  Laurie joined the firm in 2010 and her team is responsible for all marketing and public relations activities, as well as client appreciation events, educational events, referral events and workshops. She works closely with our media contacts and is also in charge of developing and maintaining all our marketing materials, website, social media, sponsorships and advertising. Laurie is always looking for opportunities to grow awareness of our firm in the marketplace among our clients and the community at large.

Laurie enjoys running and biking and has participated in numerous races. She also loves to travel and volunteers to help underprivileged high school kids navigate the college application process.

Karen Purslow

Karen Purslow has been with Johnson Brunetti since 2011. As our Chief Financial Officer, Karen oversees both the finance organization and the human resources function for the company. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has worked both in public accounting and for small private companies. Her experience includes providing bookkeeping, accounting and tax services to small businesses.  She brings over 30 years of expertise in the financial operations field.

Karen graduated cum laude from Nichols College with a BSBA in accounting. Her passion comes from helping others and giving of her time within the community. Karen is currently on the Board of Directors for the Cheshire Food Drive and treasurer for the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. While her children were younger, she was heavily involved in the Whaler Youth Hockey Program as well as the PTO where she served on the board with both of those organizations. She enjoys finding her ‘Zen’ through yoga and meditation and in her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter.

Kevin Crawford

Kevin joins Johnson Brunetti as Chief Compliance Officer after a lengthy career in similar capacities. Most recently, he served as Chief Compliance Officer at White Mountain Advisors LLC in Guilford. Prior to that, he held the position of Director of Business Compliance and Head of Strategic Initiatives at The Hartford Investment Management Company, the registered investment advisor of The Hartford Insurance Group. Kevin is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in economics and of The University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in professional accounting.

Kevin is a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the American Legion. He is an avid reader and enjoys boating, fishing and spending time with his family.

Peggy Mangone

Peggy has over 25 years of experience in the financial services field. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Peggy joined the firm in 2007 and has managed both our New Business and Client Serve Specialist areas. Currently, she is our Compliance Analyst, working closely with our CCO to manage risk and comply with SEC regulations.

Peggy enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the beach.

Diana Levsky

Diana joined Johnson Brunetti in 2015 and works directly with our Partner, Eric Hogarth.  Diana couples her experience with her exceptional customer service skills, listening to and understanding client goals and needs, and helping devise strategies to address them. She holds Life and Health Insurance licenses. Diana comes to us with experience in Risk Management, having worked both as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, as well as working together with the top agents at the U.S.’ largest broker/dealer.

Diana loves to play golf and entertaining in her spare time. She and her husband are retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service.

Chris Talia

Chris joined the Client Services Specialist Team at Johnson Brunetti in 2012. Chris is responsible for managing the operational and administrative details of accounts as well as responding to service questions. Her experience, professionalism and knowledge make her a trusted and dependable resource to our clients.

Chris has many interests including reading, cooking and baking, and spending time at the beach. She and her husband are officially empty nesters as they just sent the last of their four children off to college.

Diane Alden

Diane joined the Client Services Specialist Team in June 2016. She is responsible for managing the operational and administrative details of accounts, as well as responding to client service questions. Diane entered the banking industry in 1994.

Diane has four children and loves to cook and travel when she has spare time. She traveled to the Canary Islands and experienced an active volcano on the island of Tenerife.

Robert Henriquez

Robert joined the Client Services Specialist Team at Johnson Brunetti in 2019. Robert is responsible for managing the operational and administrative details of accounts as well as responding to service questions. He has been in the financial services industry in various roles since 2011, acquiring valuable knowledge and values along the way.

Robert has many interests including sports, music and traveling. He enjoys coaching basketball in his spare time and looks forward to taking a trip out of the country every year with his family.

Lane Simmons

Lane Simmons joined the Client Services Specialist Team early in 2020. He is responsible for ensuring that the business needs for Team Hogarth are handled with attention and care. Lane has been in the financial industry since 1997 and brings a wealth of knowledge with him, previously working as the Office Manager for the Operations Department at Northwestern Mutual.

Lane, who is naturally gifted at cooking a diverse array of foods, particularly GREAT BBQ, is also certified in Food Services. He enjoys doing some BBQ catering in his free time. Lane has been happily married for 17 years and has one daughter who’s full of personality.

Robin Lentz

Robin joined Johnson Brunetti in 2013 and currently oversees the Client Relations Team. With many years of experience at People’s United Bank, Robin has a great knack for multitasking and handling the demanding schedules of our advisors. Robin helps manage our education workshops which are held throughout the year.

Robin loves spending time with her husband, traveling and going to the beach.

Madeline Pardew

Prior to joining Johnson Brunetti in 2018 as a Client Relationship Coordinator, Madeline held positions within account management and customer service. Madeline graduated in 2017 from Central Connecticut State University with a psychology major and a communications minor.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and spending summer days at the beach.

Jennifer Burghoff

Jennifer joined the Johnson Brunetti Team as a Client Relationship Coordinator in December 2018.  With many years in banking and customer service, Jennifer looks forward to coordinating our educational workshops and creating a positive client experience in the process.

Jennifer loves yoga, kayaking and knits during her spare time.  The beach is her favorite place to visit.

Kelley Abbott

With over 20 years of sales and office management experience, Kelley brings a wealth of talent and skill-set to her position as Client Relationship Coordinator for our Boston location. Before joining Johnson Brunetti, Kelley was a District Sales Assistant for Paychex utilizing multiple sales channels to prepare proposals and sell a full line of products to smaller companies. Her current role as Client Relationship Coordinator involves providing a high level of customer service to our clients, coordinating workshops and overseeing the operational and management functions of the office.

Kelley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children who are very involved in sports. In her spare time, she loves to travel, shop and spend time at her pool.

Linda Walter

Linda joined the Client Services Specialist Team in 2019.  She is responsible for helping our Boston clients with their accounts, assisting with paperwork and responding to specific question for our Boston office. Linda comes from a sales account executive background where she was skilled in working closely with clients to meet their product needs.

Linda and her husband have 4 children with whom she loves to spend time and travel.  In addition, she enjoys hiking, fostering kittens and coordinating triathlon and trail running events.

Nina Tsialas

Nina is the Digital Marketing Manager and joined Johnson Brunetti in 2017. Her social media savvy and proficiency as a Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist will help enhance Johnson Brunetti’s position within the industry. In addition to her enthusiasm and passion for marketing, she brings over a decade of experience in customer service and sales to Johnson Brunetti.

Nina is a multi-talented individual who loves to sing, read, and craft in her spare time. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their pets. 

Jillian Consolini

Jillian Consolini is a member of the Marketing Team. She is a recent college graduate with a degree in marketing who played soccer at the collegiate level for a Division I program. Her attention to detail, creativity, outgoing personality and the fact that she is a quick learner have allowed her to execute our marketing initiatives flawlessly. Jillian joined Johnson Brunetti in early 2019. She is a welcome addition to our team.

Jillian is a dog lover and is the proud owner of her Golden Retriever named Maverick. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and going to the beach with friends.

Kristen Herpel

With over 15 years of experience in events, Kristen brings a new level of organization and multi-tasking to the Marketing Team. At GAT Sport she single-handedly managed a portfolio of 55+ tradeshows and events from start to finish, and enthusiastically takes on any new task sent her way. Her role as a Marketing Specialist / Executive Assistant involves managing fulfillment requests, details surrounding client events, and providing expert assistance to Johnson Brunetti’s CEO. You can always expect to see Kristen with a smile on her face.

Kristen loves traveling and experiencing new cultures around the world. She also enjoys cooking, kayaking, the winter and likes bacon more than the average person should.

Christine Hurley

Christine works in our Marketing department. She seamlessly coordinates all our educational workshops as well as lending her expertise and talents with our other client appreciation events. Since her 2012 start date, our clients have had the experience of hearing Christine’s friendly voice on the other side.

Christine enjoys spending time with her family…. husband, two daughters and two rescue dogs. She enjoys running and fitness and has completed numerous marathons and races of all distances.

Kate Bedard

Kate joined our team as Director of First Impressions. In her role since 2016, Kate is the initial point of contact for our clients coming into the Wethersfield office and has helped efficiently manage the day-to-day operations. Kate has outstanding customer service skills and has worked in various customer service-focused roles over the past few years. Her positive demeanor brings a smile to all of the clients she interacts with on a daily basis.

Kate loves to bake, cook, going to trivia nights and spending time with family and friends.

Franca Lotufo

Franca joined our team in early 2020 as a Director of First Impressions. With her infectious smile and energy, Franca is a first point of contact for our clients both in the office and over the phone. Franca comes to Johnson Brunetti with a wealth of experience working as a secretary for both Cadbury Schwepps and Duracell and as a paraprofessional with special needs children. There’s nothing Franca can’t do.

Staying active is very important to Franca. Coupled with her high energy it’s no surprise to hear that she used to be an aerobics instructor. She also loves to travel and spend time at the beach – hoping someday to combine the two and own a home on the beach.  Franca is married with 2 children.

Sjaun Sanderson

Sjaun Sanderson joined the Johnson Brunetti team early in 2020. As a Business / Financial Planning Specialist, Sjaun uses her organizational skills to ensure that all accounts are up to date and new client accounts are established correctly. She is Life & Health Insurance licensed.

In her spare time, Sjaun enjoys traveling, especially to Europe and the Caribbean. She also enjoys yoga, gardening and supporting UCONN’s football and basketball teams. Go Huskies!

Tanner Debowsky

Tanner is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in finance. He worked at Johnson Brunetti as a financial planning intern and upon college graduation, he was invited to join the firm as a Financial Planning Specialist. Tanner will be assisting the advisors with building financial plans, reviewing paperwork and helping our clients with their customer service needs.

In his free time, Tanner enjoys biking, snowboarding and kayaking.