Derek J. DeSanto

Financial Advisor

About the DeSanto Team

Derek DeSanto takes care of his customers, as does his staff. Together, they are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all their clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please contact Derek and his team to receive a prompt response.

Chris Ryan Rasinger

Chris Ryan Rasinger

Associate Financial Advisor
Office 570-408-9280

Chris joined Northwestern Mutual in May of 2017 as an Associate Financial Advisor. He graduated from Wilkes University in May 2017, where he graduated as valedictorian of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a concentration in financial derivatives and economics. Chris was also the recipient of the Ted Engle Award for Excellence in Finance. During his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, traveling with his wife, and is an avid sports fan. Chris also enjoys performing community outreach by volunteering for the Children’s Miracle Network since 2013.

How can Chris help you?

  • Works with Derek to develop personal planning analysis for each client.
  • Helps with service issues related to life, disability, and long term care insurance.
  • Answers questions regarding your billing accounts.
  • Submits and manages your applications during the underwriting process.
  • Answers your underwriting and policy delivery questions.
  • Helps coordinate the scheduling of client medical exams
  • Helps Facilitate investment operations
  • Works with Derek to prepare investment and retirement solutions



Kate Gromelski

Office 570-408-9280

Kate joined Northwestern Mutual in March of 2020 as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Advisor Support and Assistant to Derek J DeSanto. 

Kate Help clients by:

  • Assisting new advisers in the planning process
  • Billing and payments
  • Being a liaison during the underwriting process
  • Greeting and assisting clients in office

Kate graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2006 with a degree in Biology and has a background in dental and medical support and billing. Kate and her husband Ed have 3 children and enjoy spending time with family and participating in local sports, clubs and church groups with their kids. In her free time, Kate enjoys sewing, spending time outdoors and cheering on her favorite football and hockey teams.


Johnathan Andrew Lysogorski

Office 570-408-9280

Johnathan joined Northwestern Mutual in May 2018 as a Financial Representative Intern. He transitioned to a new role as an Associate Financial Representative. He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. During his spare time he enjoys watching and playing sports, going to the beach and spending time with his son.

Stephen W Blumenthal

Stephen W Blumenthal, CLF®, M.Ed.

Director of Marketing

Steve Blumenthal is the Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in the marketing capacity, Steve held positions with Northwestern Mutual in Talent Acquisition joining the firm in 2011 and obtaining Recruiter of the Year for the Eastern Region in 2016.  Throughout his career he has honed relationship management skills to build and retain the trust and loyalty of key players and clients. Steve is also a former public school educator and head colligieate coach for over a decade before transitioning into the private sector. 

Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts from West Chester University, his Masters of Education at Immaculata University, is a graduate of the American College and has obtained a CLF® designation and is Life, Accident, Health Licensed in the state of PA. 

Steve oversees marketing efforts such as:

  • Brand Stewardship
  • Digital Outreach
  • Client Insights
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media management
  • Event Management
  • Community Relations

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