Twelve Independent Advisors Recognized with “Circle of Excellence” Distinction for Industry Success
06 November 2019

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Network (LFN), the retail wealth management affiliate of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC), announced today that twelve independent registered representatives from across LFN were recognized at the Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) National Conference.

Each received a WIFS “Circle of Excellence” honor for achieving significant success in the insurance and financial services industry. All twelve are members of LFN’s the WISE Group (Women Inspiring, Supporting and Educating) – an organization designed to support the unique needs of female financial advisors and clients.

“We are thrilled for the women in our Lincoln family who were recognized for their ongoing commitment to securing their clients’ financial futures,” said Nicole Spinelli, director of the WISE Group. “WIFS and WISE have always shared the common goal of supporting women in financial services, and we look forward to continuing our focus on the advancement of women in our industry.”

Karen DeRose, president and managing partner of DeRose Financial Planning Group of Chicago, Ill., received the group’s top accolade for the second consecutive year – the WIFS 2019 Infinity Award for highest reported industry revenue.

Other LFN honorees include:

  • Linda Corujo-Ramsey – San Juan, P.R.
  • Regina Beatty – Greensburg, Pa.
  • Anne Machesky – Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Betty Custer – Madison, Wis.
  • Charlotte Geletka – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Sarah Cicero – Ellicott City, Md.
  • Kathie Okun – Lutherville, Md.
  • Melanie Shanty – Lutherville, Md.
  • Lucila Williams – Denver, Colo.
  • Harriet Doherty – Hunt Valley, Md.
  • Angie Ribuffo – Anchorage, Alaska


About Lincoln Financial Network

Lincoln Financial Network is the marketing name for the retail sales and financial planning affiliates of Lincoln Financial Group and includes Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and Lincoln Financial Securities Corp., both members of FINRA and SIPC. Consisting of approximately 8,900 representatives, agents, and full-service financial planners throughout the United States, Lincoln Financial Network professionals can offer financial planning and advisory services, retirement services, life products, annuities, investments, and trust services to affluent individuals, business owners, and families. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) and its affiliates. Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $261 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2019. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, Lincoln was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Large Employers, Best Employers for Diversity, and Best Employers for Women. Lincoln also earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at

About WIFS

More than 80 years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, N.Y. is an association of financial services professionals working together to attract, develop and advance women. They champion career opportunities, provide professional development and represent women’s interests to the profession. Membership is composed of industry leaders, client facing and allied professionals who benefit from national and local chapter services. Their vision is to be the global change leader inspiring women to achieve their dreams. WIFS members receive value from monthly education programs, local chapters across the country, an annual national conference, professional development and corporate partnerships.



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