Peter J. Gallagher, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, AIF®
I grew up in Ossining, New York, the oldest son of a fund raiser father and a school teacher mother. My parents, Peter and Mary, still live in the house that I grew up in. I live in Briarcliff Manor, New York, with my wife, Chris, a public school teacher. We have been married for over 23 years.
Chris and I are very recent “empty-nesters”, with both of our children, Alison, age 20, and Ryan, age 18, attending college at the same time. Alison is studying to become an art teacher at Messiah College. Ryan is attending Providence College on a track scholarship. My family is very important to me and comes first in everything that I do. We are beginning to adjust to living at home without kids, but if you have some advice, I’m happy to listen.
Ryan, Peter, Chris and Alison Gallagher
I feel fortunate to have been involved with the music profession at a very young age, beginning studies on the string bass at the age of nine. The discipline and focus required to practice and perform music at a high level has always been of interest and an ongoing challenge to me. I learned before the age of ten that one of the best ways to achieve your goals is to try to get better at what you are doing a little bit each day and to keep a mindset of always looking for ways to improve.
Several private music teachers helped me stay on track with my goals, I was fortunate to have several mentors who cared about my work and success in the music field. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the best bass teachers in the industry over the years. Having reached a level of success in high school allowed me the opportunity to receive full-tuition music scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate school.
I learned a great deal about setting goals and working hard to achieve them while practicing the string bass over six hours a day in my early 20’s. This determination paid off as I began competing and winning ultra-competitive symphony orchestra auditions and I began my career playing the string bass professionally.
I was selected to perform with orchestras in Hartford, Connecticut and Orlando, Florida while teaching students privately and performing during the summers in Greensboro, North Carolina. I own a string bass made by Kai Arvi, from Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Jacqueline Pedersen, CRPC®
Strategic Marketing Specialist, Licensed
Jacqueline has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining United Retirement Planning Group (URPG), Jacqueline held both individual contributor roles and leadership roles within consulting/client services groups at TIAA-CREF and retirement plan product groups at Smith Barney. Her entire professional career has been centered around retirement plans and retirement planning.
Jacqueline’s commitment to servicing the retirement income planning needs of clients over age 50 is invaluable to URPG. She provides a keen understanding of this market segment, excellent customer service skills, and fine attention to detail. Jacqueline has been consistently commended for her service and character throughout her career.
In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities with URPG, Jacqueline provides strategic support and will be developing a specialty on a sub-section of clients over age 50 that focuses on the retirement income needs of women investors.
Jacqueline earned a BS from the Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She holds her FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®. In addition, she has a Charter Retirement Plan CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning. Jacqueline was also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Jacqueline believes in giving back, particularly to the underserved community. She is an active board member of KEEPS, Inc., an after-school program for grade-school children. Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, she will be serving as the vice president of the board, while continuing to provide support through a variety of sub-committees, including fundraising, marketing, and finance.
In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick and her two adult children. A lifelong Westchester County resident, Jacqui and Rick have resided in Mamaroneck, NY for over 25 years. Her favorite pastimes include, but are not limited to, spending time with friends and immediate & extended family, walking, hiking, travel and an avid foodie.
Rebecca J. Burfeind
Becky spent over 12 years working in the travel industry. As station manager and district trainer with commuter airlines in the Midwest, she then relocated to New York to work at the Westchester County Airport in 1995. She moved into the world of corporate travel in 1997, where she was employed by a worldwide travel management company.
Becky took a 16-year sabbatical from corporate life in 2000 to be a full-time mom, during which time she was actively involved in the schools and worked part-time as church secretary for two years and as a fitness instructor for 5 years. She brings with her a love of working with people and a dedication to strong work ethic.
Becky lives with her husband of 19 years and their two teenage children. She enjoys walking, reading, and every activity that includes family.