My Story

I am a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner at Morgan Stanley in Bozeman, MT. The focus of my daily practice is to help people like you preserve and grow your financial resources, using strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and preferences. My professional values are grounded in prior experience as a professor, leader and mentor in a university setting. I most enjoy helping people understand their investments so that they can feel confident in their financial strategy.

My clients appreciate the breadth of knowledge I bring to our conversations, and I am always working to expand that knowledge and the services I offer. As a Morgan Stanley Family Wealth Advisor, I am able to engage multiple generations in those conversations. I enjoy spending time with younger family members, explaining the basics of personal finance. And I am mindful of the concerns of elder family members, particularly in the areas of long-term care needs and legacy planning.

As a Morgan Stanley Portfolio Management Director, I am qualified to manage my clients’ investments on a fully discretionary basis. I focus on US equity and fixed income, including options strategies, tax-exempt income, and positive social/environmental impact investing.

My goal is to serve as my clients’ trusted advisor; the advisor that they turn to for objective advice on critical financial matters related to their families, their businesses and careers, their well-earned retirement and their legacy. I welcome you to schedule an appointment, to explore the possibility of working together towards the fulfillment of your financial aspirations.
Services Include
  • Professional Portfolio Management1
  • Retirement Planning2
  • Planning for Education Funding3
  • Planning for Individuals with Special Needs4
  • Estate Planning Strategies5
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Sustainable Investing6
  • Qualified Retirement Plans7
  • Life Insurance8
  • Long Term Care Insurance9
Securities Agent: TX, MT, WV, WI, WA, VA, TN, SC, OR, OH, NY, NJ, ND, NC, MN, MI, MD, MA, ID, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1275804
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My Clients

My clients represent all walks of life:  artists and musicians, teachers and college professors, doctors and dentists and lawyers, entrepreneurs and business owners, young professionals and single parents, retirees and their children and their parents, and even a few celebrities.  What my clients have in common is a need for a trusted advisor they can turn to, not only for investment management, but for objective counsel on the many facets of their financial lives.  Each of my clients is unique, and they deserve better than canned advice and a 'cookie-cutter' approach to their life goals.  Their circumstances and their goals evolve.  My clients have confidence that even in times of uncertainty we are working together in an effort to protect their future, so that that they can spend time on the pursuits they enjoy and with the people they love.

    Working With You

    As a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, my role is to help you use your wealth to achieve what is most important to you. I ask questions --- regarding your needs and dreams, your tolerance for risk, your time horizon --- and then I listen.  It’s an ongoing process through which I strive to know all I can about you, your family, your business (if applicable) and your short- and long-term goals.  I will work with you to translate your goals into a specific investment objective and personalized investment strategy.  As a Morgan Stanley Portfolio Management Director, I have the knowledge, experience and commitment necessary to manage your investments on an ongoing, fully discretionary basis, and to provide you with objective advice on critical financial matters.  Over time, I can help you navigate the noise and distractions of challenging markets, providing a disciplined sense of focus on what’s most important—your progress toward your goals.

      Education

      • Ph.D., Harvard University
      • B.A.,University of California at Davis
      • M.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
      • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Certification
      • Series 7 - General Securities Representative
      • Series 66 - Investment Advisory Agent
      • Certified Agent - New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care
      • Certified Agent - New Jersey State Partnership for Long-Term Care
      • Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent - MT, HI, CT, NY, NJ, VA
      • Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System #1275804

      Experience

      Financial Advisor, Family Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Management Director
      Morgan Stanley, May 2010 – Present

      Financial Advisor
      UBS Financial Services, October 2005 – May 2010

      Faculty Member, Department of Biology
      Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, September 1993 – June 2005
      Tenured, 1998; Department Chairperson, Sept 1998 – June 2004

      Post-Doctoral Fellow
      Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
      November 1992 – August 1993

        Location

        2200 West Main St
        Bozeman, MT 59718
        US
        Direct:
        (406) 522-2042(406) 522-2042
        Toll-Free:
        (800) 423-6206(800) 423-6206
        Fax:
        (406) 586-8694(406) 586-8694

        Investment and Market Perspectives

        On the Markets

        Retirement

        Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
        • 401(k) Rollovers
        • IRA Plans
        • Retirement Income Strategies
        • Retirement Plan Participants
        • Annuities
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        Investing

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        • Asset Management
        • Wealth Planning
        • Traditional Investments
        • Alternative Investments
        • Impact Investing
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        Family

        Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
        • Estate Planning Strategies
        • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
        • Long Term Care Insurance
        • Special Needs Planning
        • Trust Services
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        Business Planning

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        • Succession Planning
        • Business Planning
        • Retirement Plan Sponsors
        • Qualified Retirement Plans
        • Corporate Pension Funds
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        Philanthropy

        Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same high quality service as the rest of your wealth.
        • Endowments
        • Foundations
        • Donor Advised Funds
        • Impact Investing
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