Meet Our Team

John Headshot

John W. Cucarese, LUTCF
Licensed Agent
Email John

John grew up in the tri-state / Ohio Valley area where continues to work and reside with his wife and son. He holds a degree in Health Information Management from The Ohio State University and a LUTCF insurance designation from The America College of Financial Services. Prior to joining New York Life, John spent approximately ten years with a healthcare administration firm providing consulting services to large employers throughout the country.

John is extremely active as a volunteer throughout the local community, having spent many years on local Boards of Directors for the American Cancer Society, the Jefferson County (OH) Chamber of Commerce, and the American Red Cross (where he has now donated over 5 gallons of whole blood). In addition, John is active within the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce. John enjoys running local 5k, 10k, and half-marathon events with family and friends throughout the region.

Quick Facts:

  • Began working with New York Life in September of 2005
  • Achieved New York Life Council Qualification for 11 consecutive years (Executive Council annually from 2007-2010, President’s Council annually from 2011-2016, Chairman's Council in 2017)
  • 9-time qualifier of the Million Dollar Roundtable*
  • Currently licensed in OH, PA, WV, NY, NC and AK
  • FINRA Series 6, Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66 certified
  • Affiliated with the Pittsburgh, PA General Office of New York Life
  • Personal offices located in Steubenville, OH and Zanesville, OH
*The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry. John qualified for MDRT in 2009, and annually since 2011.
Nicole Headshot

Nicole Vahalik
Email Nicole

Nicole joined our office in April of 2012, following 6 years of experience in the banking industry in both administration and customer service. Born and raised in the tri-state area, she resides in Amsterdam with her husband and son. Nicole enjoys working on her family’s cattle farm, knitting and spending time with family and friends.

Management Team at GO

We're proud to be a part of the Pittsburgh-Johnstown New York Life General Office. Some of those who we work with most closely are pictured here. From left to right, they are: Partner Steve McGarrity; Managing Partner Rych Mysliwiec; Partner Courtney Semplice; and Partner Dale Meinbresse.

Management Team at GO

Here is a group photo of the rest of the Pittsburgh-Johnstown General Office Team … having a little fun while trying to look serious. They are a terrific group of people who help to support our clients and our overall business.