My Team

As a Financial Representative for 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.

 

Ashley R Hiriarte

Office 818-887-9191

Ashley Hiriarte joined the Northwestern Mutual team as an assistant to Financial Advisor James Hefley in March of 2019. She gained valuable experience while serving in the United States Navy that has helped her in every aspect of her life. She is a recent graduate of California State University of Bakersfield, receiving her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 
Brittany L Shultz

Brittany L Shultz

Office Manager
Office 661-912-0157

Brittany originally joined Northwestern Mutual under the leadership of Tony Congdon as a Financial Representative Assistant, and as the office began to grow, Brittany transitioned into the role of Office Manager. Brittany plays a large role in the development and implementation of office systems and processes, helping the team free up more time to focus on client needs. Brittany is an integral part of the Bakersfield district office by providing exceptional administrative support, management, and leadership. In her free time away from the office, she enjoys being outdoors and stays active through many sports and hobbies, she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 

Courtney Lee Riblett

Administrative Assistant
Office 661-321-9172

Courtney has worked in client servicing for over a decade, with the past seven years spent in the insurance industry. She joined our Northwestern Mutual team in 2018 and currently assists with investment planning and account maintenance. Courtney lives in Bakersfield with her husband, Jason, and two cats, Gizmo and Obi. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with her family and friends

 
Jennifer Cory

Jennifer Cory

Administrative Assistant
Office 661-321-9172

Jennifer joined Northwestern Mutual in 2018. Prior to joining NM she worked in the medical field. Recently moved to Bakersfield from Lancaster, California. She is married to her husband, Dustin, and has three children. In her free time, she likes to go camping, spend time with family and travel.

 
Jessica J Putman

Jessica J Putman

Jessica was born in Fillmore, California and now resides in Bakersfield.  In her spare time, Jessica attends church, travels and spends time with her family. In addition to that, she loves to read and support the Children to Love foundation. Also, Jessica enjoys watching football and cheering for the Packers, but she cheers for other teams as well.  When asked why she likes working for Northwestern Mutual, she states “I enjoy working for Northwestern Mutual because I believe in their philosophy.  What’s best for the client is best for us.”

 

 

 
Mariela D Cecelski

Mariela D Cecelski

Administrative Assistant
Office 661-321-9172

Mariela Cecelski moved to Bakersfield, California in 2008 and got married to her boyfriend of 8 years in 2017. She joined the team in 2018 after getting her AS in Biology. She has had great opportunities before and while working for Northwestern Mutual that have assisted her in obtaining long lasting skills that she uses on a day to day basis. With her experience, she has built great communication and interpersonal skills, and is dedicated to helping others.

 

She has had the opportunity to be a part of a great organization called Smile You’re Alive that is dedicated to young adults that have become victims of bullying and are given support to move forward with positivity and strength. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of people and has gained understanding of how important it is to get involved in her community and assist with great customer service so that we can all succeed together.

 

Mariela was eager to join the team after learning how Northwestern Mutual helps clients with achieving their financial goals. She expressed, “Northwestern Mutual is always coming up with ways to improve the client’s experience and I’m always excited for what is next in helping our clients make their goals into reality.”

 

Tony Congdon, CLTC®

Wealth Management Advisor

 

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