Michele Pasqualina

Michele Pasqualina, Vice President and Holly Valinotti, Client Associate


     Michele Pasqualina is a Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management's Great Neck office in The North Shore Complex.  Michele works primarily with individuals, multi-generational families and business owners to develop and implement investment and estate planning strategies to put their money to work with the shared goal of a life well spent.  A Senior Portfolio Advisor can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model portfolios and third-party investment strategies.
    Michele earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at Smith College, where she designed a course of study tracing the way people learn.  At Smith, Michele held the positions of Strategic Chair and President of the Student Alumnae Association. 

     Michele Pasqualina was a Commercial Real Estate Broker in the New York City market for 8 years at two of the largest commercial real estate firms in the country, Cushman & Wakefield and Newmark Knight Frank.  She was involved in many of Manhattan's most prestigious retail assignments, specializing in both Tenant and Landlord Representation, including Ann Taylor, Benetton, Gymboree, Hartz Mountain Corporation, The Hearst Corporation, Revlon, WPP, among others.  Michele has also successfully negotiated on the behalf of entrepreneurs and newcomers to the NYC market.  

     The years advising these entrepreneurs and business owners, who were so personally invested in each real estate transaction, opened the door to advising clients in regards to the entirety of their investments and financial goals.  

     Prior to her career in Real Estate, Michele was the Manager of Client Relations and Deployments at E Commerce Group Products, Inc., a financial software company servicing Fortune 500 companies.  Michele advised clients seeking customized financial software solutions and acted as their liaison to the developers building their product.  Michele made the leap to Commercial Real Estate when Newmark New Spectrum sought a consultant to clean up their databases.

Consulting Work and Background

      Michele worked as a Marketing and Business Development Consultant during her son’s early school years, focused on product development and web development for growing small businesses.  During this time, Michele taught SAT and SHSAT test preparation for Kaplan. She had the honor of teaching at the Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies in 2011-12 at the Museum of the City of New York, honored by the White House with the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

     Michele grew up, literally, in a fine painting school, The Roslyn School of Painting in the Village of Roslyn, New York, which was founded in 1960 by her father Charles Pasqualina.  Her exposure to an eclectic group of passionate artists has shaped her and her ability to help her clients put their money to work to achieve fulfillment in their lives and the lives of others.

     Michele is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, New York.  She was the 1995 Sports Night Blue Captain, the 1994 Junior Art Captain, and the Art Director of the Magnificat.

     She is a member of the Smith College Club of New York, an Alumnae Interviewer for prospective Smith students, a member of the St. Mary’s Gaels Parents’ Association and serves on the Board of St. Mary's High School. 


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Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

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Deborah Pugatch

Deborah Pugatch

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life


My practice focuses on the individual and the family.  My clients are like family.  I want to know who you are and what moves you, what you have done, what you are doing and where you would like to go.  I work one-on-one and with entire families to define the purpose of their wealth.


I believe wealth can create great opportunities, but it can also cause destruction.  My practice is centered on defining a purpose for one's wealth, developing an investment strategy to see that purpose through, and allowing my clients to live out an extraordinary life, while I take care of the minutia.


My approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. I take the time to get to know you-your kids' names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. I'll work together with you to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial strategy that reflects your needs. I believe investors can benefit from our advice, access to the investment insights offered by Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America. When it comes to your success, there's only one financial strategy that really matters - yours.


My process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investment management. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I view myself as a financial resource, helping clients with strategies for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals and Families

I work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. I’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

  • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
  • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals

I work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.


Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial strategy we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

Understanding your goals and priorities

Your life and goals change. We have tools to help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

<br />Periodic reviews to help you <br /> stay on track

Periodic reviews to help you
stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    <br />Monitoring changes in your life<br />and to your goals

    Monitoring changes in your life
    and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

    Wealth Management Your Way

    MyMerrill is your online and mobile destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

    You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as Face ID/Touch ID, one time passcode and other security features

    Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

    Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.


      We put you first, every day.
      Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your strategy as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.