Our Associates

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Financial Service Associates

Melanie Dambeck
Financial Service Associate

Melanie is one of the newest additions to the Ostberg & Associates team, joining our firm in 2017. As a Service Assistant, Melanie supports agent/registered representative activities, and assists clients with applications. Prior to O&A, Melanie attended the University of Hartford where she participated in an internship program at Barnum Financial Group, an affiliate of MassMutual. After graduation, she stayed at that firm working full time to support adviser activities. Melanie was born and raised in Long Island, New York and now lives in Easthampton near family.

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Jack DiBartolo
Financial Service Associate & Technology Coordinator

Jack is one of the most recent additions to Ostberg & Associates, joining the office in 2020 after interning the previous summer. A Northampton native, Jack received his Bachelor Degree from Oberlin College, where he majored in Politics and was also a member of their Men’s Lacrosse team all four years. As Technology Coordinator and a member of our investment operation team, Jack is in charge of assuring all technological aspects of O&A run smoothly, as well as creating systems that allow for the more efficient and thoughtful tracking of important data. Jack also looks forward to getting involved in the Northampton community through coaching youth sports. He currently resides in Florence and remains close to his family.

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Mike Driscoll
Data Manager & Financial Service Associate

Mike joined Ostberg & Associates in 2019 after owning and operating a bustling café for the past eight years in Franklin County. Mike grew up in Florence, MA where playing golf and soccer were his passions. The attention to detail he gained in his 13 years as a financial analyst at MassMutual serves him well in his new role. His ease with people make him a welcome asset of our support staff at Ostberg & Associates. Mike currently lives in Erving, MA with his wife Simone and black lab pup Lucy.

Service Assistants

Kevin Hutchins
Registered Service Assistant

A graduate of University of Massachusetts, Kevin joined Rob in 1998 to support agent/registered representative activities, including assisting clients with application and investor profile information and routine account maintenance and analysis. Kevin worked in the insurance industry providing 401(k) and Pension Plan Management for Mass Mutual and Cigna Corporation prior to joining the firm. Kevin holds the Life & Health, FINRA Series 6, Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. The Hutchins family is well known in the Pioneer Valley, and Kevin currently resides in Easthampton.

Katie Buckingham
Licensed Service Assistant

Katie came to the Ostberg & Associates team in 2015 after a 9 year career in the legal community as a Paralegal. Katie is a Cum Laude Honors graduate of Bay Path College. While there she attended the Pre-Law program and received her BA and Advanced Certificate in Paralegal Studies. Katie was born and raised in Easthampton and remains very close to family.

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Blair Barondes
Licensed Service Assistant

Prior to joining Ostberg & Associates, Blair was a founding partner & Executive Vice President of MeritDirect, a leading Direct Marketing agency, where he led the database marketing, data-strategies & content, and analytics teams. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Congregation B’Nai Israel, and Lander-Grinspoon Academy. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Paula Charron
Client Service Associate

Paula has been connecting with Ostberg & Associates clients since 1995 and specializes in client relationship building. As a Client Relations Specialist, Paula assists clients with changes to their policies and scheduling appointments. Paula is a native Californian, and has a BA from St. John's College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Paula relocated to Western MA in 1983 after having had a successful career as a Flight Instructor. She currently resides in Granville.

Jessica Kreger
Client Service Associate

Jessica joined the Ostberg & Associates team in February 2016 having worked in the financial services field for a mutual fund company for ten years. She also worked as a part-time events manager at the Garden House at Frank Newhall Memorial Park. As a Service Assistant, Jessica is responsible for helping with numerous tasks involving maintaining and updating client accounts. She comes from a Navy family and now lives in Greenfield with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

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Mary Boulanger
Client Service Associate

Mary joined Ostberg and Associates in 2019 and has worked in the financial services field for 19 years. Prior to working in financial services, she was also licensed in property and casualty insurance for 10 years. Mary is a native of Turners Falls and resides there with her husband and 2 children.

Support Staff

Mary Beth Cohoon
Information Systems and Client Relations Coordinator

Mary Beth joined Rob in 1999 after working for nearly ten years in the healthcare industry. Mary Beth is responsible for the Management of Information Services and IT for Ostberg & Associates. As the Client Relations Coordinator, she has been facilitating our client relationships since joining the firm. Mary Beth, along with Paula, coordinates our calendars, manages claims, and provides client services for the firms clients. Mary Beth is from a Air Force family and relocated to Western MA from Cape Cod in 1987 and currently resides in Westhampton.

Maureen C. Tobin
Legal & Tax Coordinator

Maureen C. Tobin, who joined our team in 2018, is a Northampton native who worked most recently as an Estate Settlement Officer at U.S. Trust, a division of Bank of America. A licensed Massachusetts attorney, she spent more than a decade in traditional practice focusing on estate, trust and tax planning and estate settlement. Prior to this, she worked for more than 20 years on the corporate side of the financial services industry providing support in estate, trust, tax, business succession, charitable and retirement planning to agents and brokers working in wealth accumulation and wealth preservation markets.

Maureen earned a B.A. in history at Smith College, a Juris Doctor at Western New England College School of Law, and a Master of Science in Taxation at the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business. She holds the CLU® designation from the American College of CLU®/ChFC®.

Ms. Tobin has been on the faculties of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Our Lady of the Elms College and Holyoke Community College, teaching undergraduate business, law, paralegal and LSAT preparation courses. She is a frequent presenter at estate planning and probate seminars offered by the National Business Institute.

Maureen has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in the communities in which she has lived. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, sewing, reading, vacationing on Little Deer Isle, Maine and serving as "household staff" for a feisty terrier mix named Maeve.

Ian Ostberg
Marketing Coordinator

Ian has been a consistent presence in the office from a young age, practicing many skills through varying intern roles. Ian was hired in the Summer of 2020 as Marketing Coordinator and produces graphic design content to represent Ostberg & Associates along with our values and our strategic processes. He graduated with Summa Cum Laude from the Quinnipiac University Business School in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems. As a Graduate Student in the Quinnipiac Business Analytics program, Ian is still an active member of the baseball team and continues to take advantage of the opportunities that come with being a Student-Athlete.

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