Meet the Team

Brad Mueller, CLU®, ChFC®

As the Founder of Monarch Insurance Partners, Brad describes his “superpower” as distilling complex issues and products into understandable concepts, making it easy for clients to make informed decisions.  For the more than 20 years, Brad has worked alongside attorneys, family offices, investment advisors and financial planners of some of the wealthiest families in the country, advising them on insurance and wealth transfer issues.  In addition, he has advised countless business owners and professionals planning for their retirement or leaving a legacy for their families and communities.

In addition to an extended network of financial experts, Brad brings over two decades of high-level planning and insurance experience at firms such as Wipfli, CliftonLarsonAllen, Clifton Gunderson, Minnesota Life and Prudential.  He has been a main platform speaker at numerous financial and accounting industry conference, continuing education events, and various business and consumer events.

Brad stays actively involved in his industry and community as a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), the Madison Estate Planning Council, the Financial Planning Association, and the Concordia College Alumni Association (where he was also a formerly a Board of Director).

Outside of the office, Brad enjoys playing golf, fishing and hunting with his family and friends.  He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and one spoiled English Setter.

Stephanie Moen Mueller, CLU®, ChFC®

Stephanie started her insurance career in 1988 at Prudential’s Minneapolis home office.  A graduate of Pru’s Management Intern Program, Stephanie completed assignments in underwriting, policy service, brokerage, facilities management, accounting, treasury, creative services, and internal audit. 

Switching gears after she and Brad had children, Stephanie worked as a Business Plan Manager for the SBA’s Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas.  She reviewed or helped write more than sixty business plans and caught the entrepreneurial bug herself, starting an in-home daily money management service. 

This is where Stephanie’s passion lies:  at the intersection of business and personal finance.  She understands the challenges of finding customers and earning profits without letting compliance and bookkeeping make her crazy.  She has experienced firsthand the satisfaction of creating something of service and value, and the importance of protecting it from the risks we just cannot avoid in today’s world.

Stephanie holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designations and knows more about QuickBooks than she would care to admit.  Stephanie has lent her expertise to several nonprofits, including her local public education foundation, church, and annual city festival.  When not working with numbers, she can be found waiting for her three adult children to reply to her texts and performing improv comedy in the Madison area.

Mary Jo Galle, CLTC

Mary Jo began her insurance career with a simple goal:  to help others achieve financial security and prosperity.  With thirty-plus years’ experience in the industry she is well-versed in the intricacies of life, disability, and long-term care insurance.  At Monarch Insurance Partners, Mary Jo commands the myriad day-to-day details of managing client relationships and insurance policies. 

If you speak with Mary Jo regarding your insurance needs, you will immediately notice her expertise – and you will also notice her compassion.  Her true strength is serving as a key connector and communicator between financial professionals and the people they serve.  She is a walking example of keeping clients’ best interests in mind.

Prior to joining Monarch, Mary Jo worked with local insurance agencies, banks, and Top-10 and Top-20 accounting firms.  She holds a Certification in Long Term Care (CLTC), an Associates Degree in Insurance, and life and accident/health licenses from numerous states.

Mary Jo resides in Oregon, Wisconsin, where she has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and Make-A-Wish.  She is an avid hiker and traveler, hunting for antiques wherever those activities bring her.

Our Back-Office Specialists


Through our independent relationship with Valmark Financial Group, we have access to an experienced support team of 100 professionals with credentials spanning multiple financial disciplines—from legal, accounting, tax and financial advisory expertise to life insurance, business insurance, and estate planning. A sample representation of the team’s credentials includes:


with several former insurance company underwriting vice presidents, directors and medical directors, a licensed physician, and a staff of case management, business processing and policy service specialists.


including a team of attorneys, accountants, MBAs, Certified Financial Planners, Chartered Life Underwriters, and Chartered Financial Consultants, many of whom are FINRA Registered Principals who provide independent assessment and analysis of recommended product sets, policy management and life settlements.

Chris Bottaro

Senior Vice President, Insurance Services

Tom Love

Vice President of Insurance Analytics

Keith Miller

Vice President of Insurance Planning

Eric Van Meter

Associate Analyst

Eric Johnson

Vice President, Underwriting

Lauren Ballantine

Director of Underwriting

Michael Michlitsch

VP, In Force Insurance Solutions

Mindy Shaffer

Team Lead of Concierge Services


As an executive benefits consultant and wealth manager for three decades, Bob MacArthur has an extensive background in all aspects of corporate and individual financial planning.

Bob is a sought-after speaker at national law and accounting firms on a variety of topics, including corporate executive retention, retirement / benefit plan designs and associated funding strategies.

Bob attended the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Before starting his career in finance, Bob spent four years as a US Army officer and was stationed in the former West Germany. Bob has two grown children and resides with his wife, Tracy, in Cranston, Rhode Island.