My Team

Christina Collins takes customer service very seriously including her staff. Together, they are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of their clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.


 
Barb H Esker

Barb H Esker

Associate Private Wealth Advisor
Office 312-641-8950

How I Can Help You

I support the team by providing a range of key functions, including tax-loss harvesting analysis, rebalancing analysis, assistance with 401(k) and IRA rollovers, and the processing of securities orders and other requests. In addition, I answer client questions regarding their existing accounts and the opening of new investment accounts.

What Makes Me Knowledgeable

I have worked in the financial industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2002, I was with Firstar Trust Co. and RBC Dain Rauscher. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in social work, and I am securities registered and licensed in life and health insurance.

Getting to Know Me

I live in downtown Chicago with my husband and our dog, Biscuit. In my free time, I enjoy getting together with friends and traveling, especially to Mexico when it is cold in Chicago.

 
Jessica Duplessis

Jessica Duplessis

Associate Financial Representative
Office 312-641-8950

How I Can Help You

I specialize in a variety of client service responsibilities, including scheduling appointments, assisting with applications for insurance and annuities, answering questions about insurance policies and annuity contracts, and providing client website support.

What Makes Me Knowledgeable

I joined Northwestern Mutual in 2018 and bring an extensive background in digital design and client relations. I hold the life and health insurance licenses and graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art.

Getting to Know Me

I reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Outside the office, I love being outdoors, hiking, camping, and kayaking with my husband, Andy. I also enjoy sketching, fashion illustrating and designing digital fashion prints.

 
Alex Garber

Alex Garber

Associate Private Wealth Advisor
Office 312-641-8900

How I Can Help You

I support the team by providing a range of key functions, including tax-loss harvesting analysis, rebalancing analysis, assistance with 401(k) and IRA rollovers, and the processing of securities orders and other requests. In addition, I answer client questions regarding their existing accounts and the opening of new investment accounts.

What Makes Me Knowledgeable

I have worked in the financial industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, I worked at Fifth Third Bank and MB Financial Bank as a private client portfolio manager. I am a graduate of the North Park University and DePaul University, with a master’s degree in finance.

Getting to Know Me

I live in Park Ridge, Illinois. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, exercising, and just about any outdoor activity.

 
Andrea Clark

Andrea Clark

Marketing and Client Relations Manager
Office 312-641-8950

How I Can Help You

I support the team by assisting with scheduling appointments and providing client website support.

What Makes Me Knowledgeable

I previously worked in Advancement and Development at DePaul University. I am a graduate of the University of Missouri and DePaul University, where I received a master’s degree in accounting. I am well-versed in the financial, educational, and philanthropic industries.

Getting to Know Me

I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, where I currently reside. Outside of work, I love to stay active by attending my favorite spin or hot yoga class or enjoying a run on the lakefront. My hobbies include dance, acrylic paint pouring, and anything related to my pets.

 
Nur S Ashrafi

Nur S Ashrafi

Associate Private Wealth Advisor
Office 312-641-8950

How I Can Help You

I assist Christina with all preparation and information needed for client meetings. In addition, I am responsible for generating investment, retirement and education reports; processing securities orders and other requests; and assisting with 401(k) and IRA rollovers. I also work with clients to answer questions about their existing accounts and the opening of new investment accounts.

What Makes Me Knowledgeable

Before I joined Northwestern Mutual in 2003, I worked for George Kinder Financial Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in biology, and I am securities registered and licensed in life and health insurance.

Getting to Know Me

In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my wife and two teenage daughters. We often cook dinner together, and this summer we tried our hand at gardening and beautifying our outdoor space.

 

Christina I Collins, CFP®, CPWA®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®

Private Wealth Advisor

 

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