Community Involvement

Chris Pfanstiel's mother, Kathy, is in the midst of a thrity year bout with Multiple Sclerosis.  Chris grew up learning and understanding the complications the disease can cause for families.  His appreciation of these circumstances has lead to his community involvement.  He has participated and ran functions for the Multiple Sclerosis Society throughout his life and has began the process of launching his own non-profit organization to benefit families affected by the disease.

Chris is now in his third year serving as a board member at his parish, the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in the South Hill of Pittsburgh.   He serves as their Financial Secretary and is proud to spend his extra time and focus helping the church his Papou first built. 

Chris is also the Chairman of the Alpha Tau Omega, Alphi Pi Board of Trustees.   While at Washington & Jefferson College, Chris was one of the Founding Fathers and a Treasurer for his Fraternity and enjoys his involvement on the Board as it allows him to mentor current undergraduate members. 

Chris recently was asked to join the Development Committee and Young Professionals Board at Animal Friends.   His dog, Kaia, was a rescued Pit Bull from the shelter and Chris has supported and admired the shelter since her Rescue Day, 1/26/13.   Chris only invisions his efforts to save dogs (and cats and rabbits) increasing in the future.  

Chris' additional involvement includes being a member of Dallas Lodge 231 of the Pennsylvania Masons and being the Grand Sword Bearer for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the community organzations Chris is involved, please see the further information provided below:

  • Mulitple Sclerosis Society:   The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.  Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter's support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.


  • Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church:   Holy Cross Church was established in 1954 in the South Hills of Pittsburgh to serve the Greek Orthodox faithful who lived in this area. Since that time Holy Cross Church continues to grow and seeks to reflect the Light of Christ to all those who are seeking to encounter Him.


  • Animal Friends:   Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people for more than 70 years.  Our progressive programs have been nationally recognized and include humane rescue, shelter and adoption services for homeless pets, humane education, pet behavior classes, pet therapy, wellness programs and more. In addition, Animal Friends is leading the way towards ending pet overpopulation in western Pennsylvania through comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter programming. 


Christopher James Pfanstiel, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®
Wealth Management Advisor

Physicians Nationwide


To learn more about Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and its financial representatives, visit: FINRA BrokerCheck