Founded in 1974, American Pension is a leader in pension administration. It provides individual consultation on plan services, while providing the highest level of customer service.

Our Team

Peter V.S. Coughlan

President and CEO

908-757-5151 ext. 110

Following his service in the U.S.A.F., Pete Coughlan put his fighter pilot instincts into high gear to build American Pension into the leader it is today. From designing computer programs to personalized pension plan, Peter knew the best way to build his company was by hiring a team of experts. Now semi-retired, he still remains the foremost expert in the field of pension administration.

Dominique Sandra Eck

Vice President, Senior Pension Administrator

908-757-5151 ext. 105

Upon graduating from Rutgers University and moving from the banking and financial industry, Dominique applied her dynamic, consultative, and results-driven skills at American Pension several decades ago. She is a bilingual pension professional with extensive experience. Dominique’s industry leading expertise, exceptional communication and analytical skills, combined with her team leading and proactive customer focus, has resulted in long term retention and growth of our clients.

Joyce Plesnarski

Senior Pension Administrator

908-757-5151 ext. 102

Since 2001, Joyce has set the bar for impeccable pension administration. No client or plan is too difficult for this expert! This valued employee is one sharp mathematician, which comes in pretty handy for all those 5500 forms, non-discrimination testing, and reports. She is also a fierce tennis player who loves dogs.

Brian Gallagher

Senior Pension Administrator

908-757-5151 ext. 108

Brian has been in the retirement plan industry for more than 25 years. He combines great customer relationship skills with a broad knowledge of retirement plans. Brian holds the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credential from American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and the Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA) designation from the IRS. He hopes to one day become a pension actuary as well as some day break 80 on the golf course again.

Jerry Ridley

Defined Contribution Plan Administrator

908-757-5151 ext. 104

With more than 20 years of experience, Jerry’s typical workday involves reviewing Plan documents and adoption agreements as well as employee census information for an assigned group of clients to determine Plan participant eligibility, and he reconciles financial statements to monitor Plan activity, ensuring his client’s participants are contributing within IRS and Plan specific limits. Jerry started his career in the Pension Industry in 1996, has earned his Series 6, 63 licensures, and he is also bilingual. Jerry enjoys math, is an avid gardener, and enjoys traveling to Mexico City frequently to spend time with his family.

Robert Latherow

Junior Pension Administrator

908-757-5151 ext. 107

Bob brought his longtime customer service skills to American Pension in 2018. His friendly and professional demeanor allows him to work with all clients. He has strong skills in bringing forward technological solutions to make the office run smoother and more securely. While Bob spends most of his days working on claims and forms, he is also a Scorsese-style film buff and an expert on all things geeky.

Kristine Lisi

Chief of Operations

908-757-5151 ext. 104

Having worked most high school and college summers at American Pension, Kristine has witnessed first-hand the relationships developed through years of client contact and broker interactions. While not seeking the path of pension administrator, Kristine oversees the operations of the company. Her measure of success is making sure clients and staff are satisfied with the service delivered, while make sure American Pension retains its outstanding reputation.

Dolores Latherow

Official Office Secretary

908-757-5151 ext. 101

American Pension’s longest tenured employee, Dolores knows everything and everyone. She is helpful and fun, and a great pie maker, which makes her a huge hit with her many grandchildren.

American Pension

186 Sherman Avenue, Suite 2
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
(908) 757-5151