Our Team

Michael A. Lebel AIF®, Co-Founder - 1983

Michael A. Lebel

Michael A. Lebel is a lifelong resident of Maine. With a B.S. degree from the University of Maine in Orono, Michael is a licensed Life & Health agent and a Registered Representative with ValMark Securities, Inc.

For over thirty years, Michael's core focus has been on retirement plan servicing, with a particular emphasis on employee education and the employer due diligence process relative to the retirement plan's investment platform.

With a vast knowledge of the design, implementation and communication of 401(k) and 403(b) plans, as well as his charismatic approach to his meetings, Michael has met with thousands of employees regarding asset allocation and retirement savings through the years. In that time, he has established a proven track record of increasing participation and employee awareness.

On the employer level, Mike provides the annual due diligence review for his plan sponsors that includes an analysis of the management company stewardship grading, a comprehensive fee analysis and performance benchmarking.

In recognition of his experience and expertise in the retirement plan arena, Michael is frequently asked to speak at vendor conferences and sits on a number of industry-level advisory boards.

Michael recently attained his Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation.

Michael enjoys playing guitar, fishing, woodworking and spending time on his boat.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 105   mlebel@lebelharriman.com

Philip E. Harriman CLU®, ChFC®, Co-Founder - 1983

HON. Philip E. Harriman, CLU, CHFC, RFC

For over thirty years, Phil Harriman has worked with family-held and nonprofit businesses in the areas of business continuation arrangements, negotiation of compensation packages, and retirement and estate planning. He started his career with Maine Governor James B. Longley's insurance agency in 1977. In 1983, he and Michael A. Lebel formed an independent insurance and investment brokerage firm - Lebel & Harriman, LLP.

Phil is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration, majoring in Insurance. He was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a licensed and bonded life insurance consultant.

In 1989, Phil was admitted into membership of the prestigious Association of Advanced Life Underwriting. Phil is a Qualifying member of MDRT, an international association of financial and life insurance advisors. From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the MDRT Executive Committee, serving as its President in 2007. Phil is a past executive committee member of the Maine Estate Planning Council. In 2000, he was the recipient of the J. Putnam Stevens Award for his outstanding contributions to the life insurance profession.

Phil has spoken to international audiences worldwide including Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Europe, Philippines, Canada and Thailand. He has also appeared on CNN Financial, Sky Tel and Bloomberg Radio Network.

He serves on numerous boards including Husson University. He is a former director of the LIFE Foundation and the American College Foundation. He is a former board member of Mid Coast Health Services, Cancer Community Center, Ingraham Volunteers and a former Co-Director of the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Phil's civic involvement includes serving four terms representing the 23rd District in the Maine Senate.

Phil's hobbies include fly fishing, skeet, jogging and golf.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 102  pharriman@lebelharriman.com

Laurie M. Reed Managing Director, Retirement Plans - 1990

Laurie M. Reed

Laurie M. Reed joined Lebel & Harriman, LLP in 1990.

With a B.A. in Economics from Colby College, Laurie started her career in the retirement plan industry as a Defined Contribution Plan Administrator for New England Life in Boston. She subsequently accepted a position with Mutual Benefit Life as a Regional Service Representative for the New England region, providing enrollment and administrative support to her financial advisors and their clients. Lebel & Harriman was one of her largest vendor partners.

Laurie’s expertise is in the design, implementation and management of qualified retirement plans. She has been responsible for coordinating the delivery of administrative support for the firm’s block of retirement plans for the past 28 years.

In January of 2008, Laurie was promoted to Managing Director and in August of 2009, was named as a Partner in the firm. Along with the other talented members of the Lebel & Harriman Retirement Plans Team, Laurie manages the marketing, implementation, ongoing service, communication and education for the division. Laurie is also very active in the firm’s internal operations.

Laurie holds her Series 6 and 63 securities licenses, Maine Life & Health Insurance license and is a Registered Representative of Valmark Securities, Inc.

Laurie is active in the Cumberland Community Food Pantry. And while their children Sam and Maggie have graduated, she and her husband Peter are also very loyal Greely High School fans. Laurie enjoys skiing, golf, cooking and reading.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 104  lreed@lebelharriman.com

Rebecca A. Burchill CLU®, ChFC®, Financial Advisor - 2000

Rebecca A. Burchill

Rebecca joined Lebel & Harriman in 2000 and was named partner in 2017. She is a Registered Investment Advisor with over 20 years' experience and has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations from The American College. Practitioners with the ChFC®designation are trained to develop and implement comprehensive financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations. In addition, the CLU® designation shows her commitment to risk management strategies by requiring knowledge of all aspects of insurance planning, estate and retirement issues, taxation, business insurance and risk management.

In addition to working with individuals, she works with retirement plan sponsors to manage their fiduciary liability and plan expenses, meet overall plan objectives and improve participant outcomes.

Whether working with individual or business clients, Rebecca has the experience required to make complex concepts easy to understand.

Rebecca serves on the board of the Maine Estate Planning council and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, reading, cooking and being outside.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 103  rburchill@lebelharriman.com

Michelle M. Romano Financial Advisor, Managing Director, Investments - 2003

Michelle M Romano

Michelle joined Lebel & Harriman, LLP as a Financial Advisor in 2003 and was named Partner in 2017.

With a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, Michelle began her career at Dean Witter Reynolds in New Haven, CT. She then transferred to the Portland, Maine branch of Morgan Stanley where she obtained the designation of Retirement Planning Specialist. She has been in the financial services industry since 1995 and holds her Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, Series 31 and Life & Health Insurance licenses.

As a licensed Investment Advisor, Michelle's expertise is in personal wealth management. As a Fiduciary, consulting and advisory services include financial planning, retirement income planning, investment selection and oversight, cash management, and ongoing due diligence. With over 20 years of industry experience she is able to create unique relationships with each customer to ensure their specific needs are met.

Instrumental in the development of the personal investment management services we provide, in 2008 Michelle was promoted to Managing Director of the Investment division. In addition to managing over $100 million of assets, she oversees all facets of personal investment management including client service, operations and compliance.

Michelle lives in Scarborough and enjoys spending time with her children, skiing at Sugarloaf, and entertaining family and friends.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 106  mromano@lebelharriman.com

Jennifer L. Breton AIF®, CPFA, Accredited Investment Fiduciary - 2007

Jennifer L. Breton

Jennifer joined Lebel & Harriman in 2007 and was named Partner in 2017. She is a Registered Investment Advisor with over 20 years’ experience and has earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor and Accredited Investment Fiduciary designations.

Jennifer provides consulting and fiduciary advisory services to ERISA 401(k) and 403(b) Plan sponsors, working directly with HR and Finance professionals to satisfy fiduciary obligations and ensure retirement plan excellence at the most reasonable price. Her expertise is in the areas of governance, investment advice (menu selection and monitoring), QDIA analysis, RFP project management and fee benchmarking. She and her teammates collaborate with each client, and their chosen recordkeeper, to also deliver supporting services such as administrative and audit assistance, Plan implementation/transition management, Committee training on fiduciary best practices, non-qualified deferred compensation consulting and customized participant education.

She holds Series 6, Series 63 and 65 Securities registrations, Life & Health Insurance licenses and was recognized by Financial Times as a Top 401(k) Financial Adviser (2015, 2016, 2017) and nominated as one of the country’s top 50 female advisers (National Association of Plan Advisors -NAPA) in 2015.

Jennifer serves on several Boards, including Maine Employee Benefits Council (past President) and Evergreen Credit Union. She lives in Yarmouth with her partner, Mike, and enjoys fishing, skiing, traveling and time with both family and friends.

Virtual Business Card  207.773.5390 ext 107  jbreton@lebelharriman.com

Josh J. Chase CFP®, Financial Advisor - 2012

Josh J. Chase

Josh joined Lebel & Harriman, LLP as a Retirement Plan Advisor in 2012 and was named Partner in 2017. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ and has over 17 years’ experience in financial services. Josh serves as a co-fiduciary advisor to retirement plans and works closely with plan sponsors and their employees.

Josh grew up in Maine and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Mass Communication. He holds his Series 6, Series 7 and Series 66 Securities licenses, Life & Health Insurance license and is a Registered Representative of Valmark Securities and an Investment Advisor Representative of Valmark Advisors Inc.

Josh is active in his community and serves on the boards of The Maine Society of Financial Service Professionals, Junior Achievement of Maine, Portland Little League and Portland Youth Football. He also volunteers in the classroom through Junior Achievement, volunteers with the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging Money Minders Program and is a youth sports coach.

Josh lives in Portland with his wife Erin and their three children.

207-773-5390 ext 108  jchase@lebelharriman.com

Christopher A. Klimash Financial Advisor - 2015

Josh J. Chase

Chris recently joined Lebel & Harriman after 15 years of Personal Wealth Management service. While working at Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Canada, Chris was responsible for the life and wealth planning needs of his clients. Chris’s primary focus is on personal retirement income planning and individual investment management. He provides wealth management consistently through five steps: understanding, analysis, solutions, delivery and commitment. Chris understands the importance of “equal but different” solutions in both the accumulation and distribution phases of life. This process results in an investment plan that strives to take advantage of every opportunity for growth, while protecting our clients’ wealth from undue risk.

Chris has spent most of his life in Maine and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Economics.

Chris holds his Series 7, Series 66 and Life & Health Insurance Licenses.

Chris is a member of Brunswick Rotary Club, Mid Coast Hospital’s Planned Giving Advisory Council and dedicates numerous hours each year to youth sports in Brunswick. When not working or coaching, Chris enjoys spending time with his family recreating in our great state.

207-773-5390 ext 118  cklimash@lebelharriman.com

Matthew L. Arey Financial Advisor, Senior Analyst - 2013

Matthew L. Arey

Our Retirement Plans Team added a new position in 2013. We are pleased to welcome Matt Arey as our first Retirement Plan Analyst.

Matt will support members of the Retirement Plans division in the preparation of analytical reports, including but not limited to gathering/entering plan metrics, generating investment reviews, conducting investment- or plan-level research and drafting comprehensive meeting minutes.

Matt graduated from Stonehill College in 2011. He has a BS in Business Administration with a Finance major and a Spanish minor. While at Stonehill, Matt was a Teaching Assistance for the college's Quantitative Analysis course, and he was a book editor for a text book on Quantitative Techniques. Before coming to Lebel & Harriman, Matt spent two years in the Retail Development Program at Key Bank.

Matt enjoys volunteering for the CA$H Coalition in Portland. In his free time, Matt likes to swim, bike and run and has competed in several triathalons.

207.773.5390 ext 110  marey@lebelharriman.com

Vickie C. Bell Senior Account Manager, Retirement Plans – 2015

Vickie Bell

Vickie joined Lebel & Harriman after 17 years with Delhaize America/Hannaford Bros. Co. During her tenure, she was an integral member of the team that designed and administered the Company’s qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. Vickie interpreted plans provisions, evaluated and implemented new legislation, oversaw plan communications, and partnered with service providers. Prior to joining Hannaford, Vickie was an associate at Verrill Dana, LLP. Vickie enjoys collaborating with our clients and our team to provide honest advice and inspired solutions.

Vickie is a lifelong resident of Maine. She grew up in Aroostook County, received her B.A. degree from Colby College and earned her J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Vickie is very active in the Greely and Cheverus communities. She enjoys attending her children’s activities and spending time on Maine’s lakes.

207.773.5390  vbell@lebelharriman.com

Chris Carder Retirement Plan Analyst - 2019

Chris Carder

Chris joined Lebel & Harriman in 2019 as an Investment Analyst on our Retirement Plans Team, after spending the prior summer with Lebel & Harriman as an intern. He will support advisors in the preparation of fiduciary reviews, analytical reports, and investment research.

Chris, a Scarborough native, graduated from Miami University in 2019. He earned a BS in Business with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Economics. While at Miami, Chris was involved in Miami Asset Management, a student run investment club. He also was a member of a fraternity and enjoyed volunteering at several local organizations.

In Chris’ free time he enjoys playing golf, spending time outdoors and is an avid Boston sports fan.

207.773.5390  ccarder@lebelharriman.com

Emily Helliesen Day RICP® Operations & Compliance Manager - 2012

Emily H. Day

Emily Helliesen Day joined Lebel & Harriman’s Investment Division in August of 2012.

Emily is a graduate of Pitzer College in Southern California, and holds a B.A. in Sociology. She has over 13 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Lebel & Harriman, Emily worked as a Retirement Plan Administrator/Education Specialist for Healey & Associates, and prior to that, as a Retirement Plan Administrator at Benefit Strategies.

As the Operations & Compliance Manager, Emily oversee all facets of investment operations and compliance.

In October of 2016, Emily earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP® ) designation from the American College. Practitioners with the RICP® designation focus on working with clients who are transitioning from the asset accumulation phase of their lives, to create a sustainable retirement. This includes Social Security analysis, distribution strategies, risk management, and creating an effective retirement income plan.

Emily holds Series 6 and Series 63 Securities registrations, Life & Health Insurance licenses and is a Registered Representative of Valmark Securities. Emily is also a Notary in the State of Maine.

Emily is on the board of the Greater Portland Chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association, and can often be found riding her mountain or road bike, paddle-boarding, skiing, running, or hiking with her family.

207.773.5390 ext 101  eday@lebelharriman.com

Linda MacMillan Client Service Specialist – 2018

Linda Macmillan

Linda joined Lebel & Harriman, LLP in 2018 as a Client Service Specialist to assist the Investment Management Team. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Linda’s financial services experience includes trust services, with 20 years in employee benefit trust administration which consisted of 401(k), Profit Sharing and Money Purchase Pension Plans. She managed a small call center and was also the central point of contact for an assigned book of business.

Linda lives in Portland, ME with her husband Brett. When not serving clients, she enjoys walking, biking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

207.773.5390   lmacmillan@lebelharriman.com

Sara E. McLaughlin Consultant - 2010

Sara E. McLaughlin

Sara joined Lebel & Harriman, LLP in 2010. Sara began her career after attaining her Masters of Business Administration, Finance, from the University of Massachusetts in 1997. She started as a Financial Analyst with US TeleCenters/View Tech, Inc. before moving to Maine in 1999. She then became a Finance Manager for Wright Express and began working independently as a consultant to multiple non-profit organizations.

Sara consults with our team to create customized Financial Plans, which in turn will provide our clients with the pertinent information necessary to make significant decisions regarding retirement and estate planning. Her focus on the critical details of each client's situation enables her to design a plan that truly reflects their unique circumstances.

Sara is a volunteer for Village Elementary School. She previously served on the board for the Southern Maine Community Recreation Center and was a committee member for St. Anne's Church.

Sara enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.

Virtual Business Card   207-773-5390  smclaughlin@lebelharriman.com

Nathan Moody Retirement Investment Counselor, Analyst - 2016

Nathan Moody

Nate joined Lebel & Harriman in 2016 as an Investment Analyst on our Retirement Plans Team. He has recently transitioned into the role of Retirement Investment Counselor. Nate’s expertise focuses on helping plan sponsors create and implement education plans in order to encourage employee engagement as well as working with plan participants directly to increase retirement outcomes. Nate also supports the advisors in the preparation of fiduciary reviews, analytical reports, and investment research.

Nate, a Gorham native, graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016. He has a BA in Economics with a Minor in Mathematics. While at Bowdoin, Nate was a member of the Bowdoin College Financial Society as well as several championship intramural teams. Nate also worked at a local restaurant, Scarlet Begonias, and tutored at Harriet Beecher Stowe Middle School. Prior to Lebel & Harriman, Nate worked at Moody’s Collision Centers as a General Contractor for the construction and renovation of several new buildings.

Nate continues to volunteer at Preble Street Soup Kitchen, 100 Men who Care, Junior Achievement, and playing pickup basketball with the kids at Long Creek Youth Development Center. Nate enjoys playing golf, spending time on Sebago Lake, and enjoying Maine’s great craft beer.

207-773-5390   nmoody@lebelharriman.com

Bernadette Pesce AFSB – 2017

Nathan Moody

Bernadette joined Lebel & Harriman LLP in 2017. She is a licensed Property & Casualty insurance agent with 11 years’ experience in a broad range of bonding. She earned her AFSB in 2016. Bernadette, a Portland native, is also a notary in the State of Maine.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, planning and executing creative home improvement projects, reading on a variety of subjects, and listening to music.

207.773.5390   bpesce@lebelharriman.com