Partner

Melissa Terito, CPA

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mterito@choosesentinel.com

Designations

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Melissa joined Faulk & Winkler in 2009 and was promoted to Partner in 2016. She currently oversees more than 200 plans with total assets equaling more than $350 million. Providing simplicity through the integration of payroll systems and employee benefit plans is her core area of focus.

As Partner, Melissa’s primary role is to assist clients with the design and implementation of 401(k) plans within our pension division, Sentinel Pension, as well as to oversee the annual pension plan administration. Understanding client objectives and developing the right solutions is her principal goal.

Melissa attended Louisiana State University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Education. She began her career as a math teacher at St. Joseph’s Academy, a female Catholic high school in Baton Rouge. In her fourth year of teaching, she started back at LSU part-time to see if she would enjoy the accounting profession.  Something about it stuck and she resigned from teaching.  She was hired at Faulk & Winkler as an intern in the pension department and completed the courses to sit for the CPA exam. She received her CPA designation in 2012. Melissa’s brief career in the classroom was invaluable in positioning her to be a mentor in the CPA profession as well as giving her the communication skills to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

Melissa resides in Baton Rouge with her husband Patrick and their two dogs. They appreciate the local culture and flavor of the city, especially the culinary offerings. Away from the office, she enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time with her adorable nephews.

“I love the fact that I get to meet and work with the most awesome clients.  While we enjoy providing solutions and professional services, getting to know our clients and their businesses on a more personal level is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my career.”

Memberships/Service

  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA)

  • 2017 BRAC Leadership Class

  • Nationwide Administrator Advisory Board Member

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge Board Member

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge Steak and Stake Event Co-Chair

  • St. Joseph’s Academy Foundation Board

  • 2018 Dancing with Big Buddy Star Dancer

 

Strategic Partner

Jennifer Wiczynski, ERPA, CPC

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jwiczynski@choosesentinel.com

Designations

  • Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA)

  • Certified Pension Consultant (CPC)

Jennifer joined the Sentinel team in May of 2017 and brings more than a decade of experience in the retirement plan industry.  She is an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent with ASPPA designations that include CPC, QPA, QKA, and TGPC. She is also an ASPPA subject matter expert on non-qualified plans and is currently on the editorial committee for ASPPA's Plan Consultant publication.

As a strategic partner within Sentinel, Jennifer handles a variety of services, including:  customized plan design for Cash Balance, Non-qualified, 403(b) plans.  Additionally, her experience with working with the IRS, DOL and PBGC allows her to assist clients through their audits and when filing specified corrections programs for plan errors.  She is also extremely well versed in dealing with complex company transactions such as mergers and acquisitions. 

When she is not diligently working to make clients lives easier, Jennifer is trying to survive law school.  She enjoys spending time with her dog, Kismet, hiking and reading.

“My goal is to provide extensive technical expertise for circumstances that fall outside normal plan operations. I enjoy digging into technical and legislative language to present it in a way that retirement professionals and plan sponsors can follow to navigate DOL and IRS regulations.”

 

MANAGER

Kristie Hustmyre, ERPA

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khustmyre@choosesentinel.com

Designations

Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA)

Kristie has specialized in retirement plan design and implementation for nearly 20 years. She assists Sentinel clientele with a range of needs, including calculation of contributions and benefits, compliance testing, eligibility determinations and tax planning projections.

“I love that with technology today, I can service clients and be in touch from anywhere…even from my new airstream at the campsite.”

 

Manager

Amy Reichle, CPA

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areichle@choosesentinel.com

Designations

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Amy focuses on year-end compliance testing, preparation of Form 5500 and quarterly reconciliations. She also assists with on-boarding, setup and maintenance of new pension clients as well as participant administration including distributions, enrollments and loan processing.

“I love the many intricacies to retirement plans, compliance testing, and tax planning along with the fact that almost every day presents a new situation to help a client with.  I also love working with the great team that we have here at Sentinel Pension.”

 

Distribution/Loan Specialist

Donna Nichols

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Donna has maintained our client's pension plans by facilitating enrollments, changes to plans, distributions, loans, and all the moving parts in between for more than 14 years. She also fields participant inquiries and handles on-boarding of new plans and participants.

“From start to finish, my goal is to have satisfied clients.  I love that every day is a new adventure in a great working environment.”

Memberships/Service

  • Board Member of Neighborhood Civic Association

  • Active Member of Immaculate Conception Church

  • Member of the Krewe of Denham Springs

 

Plan Administrator

Kasey Melancon

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Kasey provides assistance in reconciling plan assets as well as maintaining new and existing clients accounts. Additionally, he focuses on Form 5500 preparation, compliance testing and year-end census data review.

“One of the great things about Sentinel is that there isn’t really a “normal” day in the office. Various things can come up on a daily basis that allow for a different challenge every day. I also love playing a part in helping people save for their future.”

Memberships/Service

  • Board Member for Impact Acadiana

  • Founder/President of Shae Stelly Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

Plan Administrator

Maggie Robinson

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As a pension plan administrator, Maggie assists with the maintenance of new and existing client accounts as well as business development efforts for Sentinel Pension. In addition to reconciliation of plan assets, Maggie’s year-end responsibilities include preparation of Form 5500, compliance testing and review of year-end census data.

“My favorite thing about my job is interacting with clients and helping make their day-to-day easier. EBARS are pretty fun too.”

 

Distribution/Loan Administrator

Taylar Savaski

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tsavaski@choosesentinel.com

“Nothing is routine, and I enjoy that I am constantly challenged by clients and participants. It is very rewarding at the end of the day to be able to answer their questions and give them solutions to anything they need.”