President's Message
Financial Planning Days Recap
Pro Bono Corner
Member Highlights
Membership Corner
Programs Corner
Public Relations Corner
12/9 Chapter Meeting
Keir Scholarship
Lucas Group Ad
2012 Calendar
Our Sponsors

Board of Directors
Debbie Grose, CFP®
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC

(916) 932-7200
Scott Draper, CFP® CPA
Pennington Financial Group
(916) 635-5858
Chairman/Past President
Steve Raymond, CFP® MBA
Navion Financial Advisors, LLC

(916) 635-2220
William Donovan, CFP®
Foothill Securities

(916) 971-3905
Director of Programs
Lori Ackerman
Parkshore Wealth Management
(916) 797-3007
Director of Membership
Heather Matthews
Lincoln Financial Advisors
(916) 868-3937
Director of Pro Bono
Jenny Hood
Cynthia Meyers, CFP®
(916) 927-6487
Director of Public Relations
Jeff Maas, CFP®, ChFC®
Lincoln Financial Advisors
(916) 868-3900 ext. 3935
Director of Career Development
Chase Armer, CFP®,
Planned Solutions, Inc.

(916) 361-0100
Director of Gov’t Relations
Jim Johnson, CFP®
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC

(916) 932-7200
Director of
Corporate Sponsors

Janice Dunn, CFP®
Partnervest Financial Group, LLC
(805) 966-1266 ext. 202
Executive Director
Holly Wilkerson
FPA of Northern California
(916) 443-4237


The heart of Financial Planning TM
President's Message - Debbie Grose, CFP®

Debbie Grose

In a word – Inspire

As I sit down to write this, my first article as chapter President, I wonder where to begin and what to write. I am told this communication should set the tone for the year and articulate the chapter goals as well as my goal as President.

I must begin by thanking Steve Raymond, our now past-president (2011 President), for setting the stage for what is sure to be a banner year in 2012. Late last year Steve, along with Scott Draper (President Elect), Lori Ackerman (President Elect-Elect and Director of Programs) and I met for lunch to discuss the long-term vision for the chapter. Generally speaking we came up with the following:

  • To continue to promote the financial planning profession
  • Continue to provide opportunity for our members

As I think about setting the tone and articulating my goal, as your chapter president, I am reminded of a concept I’ve recently explored around goal setting. The concept is that a stated goal can often be too vague or too directed toward a particular activity, for example “provide opportunity” or “host/sponsor three events during the year”. But what if instead of stating a goal, what if you really challenged yourself, if you dug deeper and selected a word that could be used as a beacon or as a guide, to be used on a day to day basis, a word that bolstered you and provides direction for your actions, a word that you own or that you’d like the world to would use in describing you, what would that word be? My word, as your chapter president, is “inspire”.


This year’s Board of Directors inspires me and I’d like to share this with you. In January I had the pleasure of presiding over my first BOD meeting where we discussed our strategic plan for the coming year. You will see articles, below, from many of the Directors (other Directors in future newsletters) letting you know what we are working on for the year and inviting you to become involved. But these articles are more than just information, they were written because these Directors are excited about their role, they are passionate about making our chapter a vibrant association that promotes the planning profession and provides opportunity to our members.


As I think about the challenges before us in the profession, there are many. Will there be a uniform standard of care? Who will regulate us in the future and how onerous will compliance become? What role will this year’s politics play on our economy and capital markets? How will technology change our business model? Yet, it occurs to me that while much is unknown, we have the world of opportunity open to us to take our budding profession and shape its future, to become involved and to make a difference.


I invite you to get involved, even if your involvement consists solely of attending a chapter meeting, or four. Our program networking provides you the opportunity to share your thoughts and learn from your colleagues. Or better yet, get involved and be honored, as we honored some of our finest during our December meeting. The opportunity is before you, what will you do with it?

Financial Planning Days A Huge Success
by Steve Raymond, CFP®, MBA
Steve Raymond

Financial Planning Day was held at West Sacramento City Hall on October 8th. Thanks to the combined support and sponsorship of the FPA, the CFP Board, the Foundation for Financial Planning, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the City of West Sacramento, the event offered one-to-one consultations with financial planners, as well as timely presentations on important financial topics, including home ownership, debt and credit management, retirement planning, and investments. Keynote speakers included West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Financial Planning Day events were also held at Oakland City Hall on October 1st, at UC Hastings School of the Law in San Francisco on the 22nd, and at Dr. Martin Luther King Library in San Jose on October 29th. The results? Over 170 volunteer financial planners donated their time and expertise to provide valuable financial advice to over 900 people!

[+] read more

Pro Bono Corner - Jenny Hood
Jenny Hood

What a great year 2011 was for Pro-bono! The highlight was the successful Financial Planning Day event we held in October. It was a year-long project and we cannot say thank you enough to all of the people involved. We look forward to another successful event in 2012.

Looking ahead to 2012, there is a lot I would like to accomplish, but we need volunteers! We would like to have some events for Financial Literacy month during April and add more events during Financial Planning Week in October.

I have started speaking with someone at Mutual Housing Association. They offer affordable homes to low-income families and have started offering financial education and assistance to their residents. Debbie Grose and I have also attended a Bank On meeting. Bank On works with un-banked and under-banked people in various communities. We are excited about the role that the FPANC Pro-bono can play in their program.

I am also interested in hearing about pro-bono efforts FPANC members may already be involved with and if you feel we can be a resource.

If you would like to get involved, have any ideas or suggestions please contact me at:

Member Highlights

Congratulations to member Violetta Sit Terpeluk for receiving the distinctive honor of becoming an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services Advisor due to her exceptional performance, completion of specialized training, and attainment of advanced industry recognized qualifications!

Members Reaching Milestones

Charles Cinnamon5
Gary Svatek5
Michael Cordrey5
Victor Jones5
Daniel Leahy5
Jamie Baker5
Paul Meyerhoff10
Steven Zeller 10
William Donovan15
Elfrena Foord15

Welcome New Members!

Chris Reese, CMPS®
Platinum Home Lenders, Inc.

Nannette LaDuca Boose
MetLife Reverse Mortgage

Nannette LaDuca Boose
MetLife Reverse Mortgage

William Bockwoldt
Vibato, LLC

Jacqueline Goins

Gina Dominguez

Christopher Crettol

Save the Date - FAR WEST ROUNDUP

The 2012 Roundup will be held from August 9 through August 12. Once again, it will be at UCSC’s College 8. Speaker invitations are currently in the works. More details to follow soon.

Membership Corner - Heather Matthews
Heather Matthews

Have you recently reached a 5, 10, or 15 year membership milestone in the chapter? Well, if you have, starting this month I will personally call and invite you to attend the chapter meeting. And get this, as icing on the cake, you will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks or Jamba Juice – your choice –just for attending!


Come mix and mingle with your colleagues, while enjoying drinks and appetizers after a hectic tax season!

What: Membership Mixer
When: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Mas Restaurant, 1563 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA

A Special Thanks to Eric Hoffart with Lord Abbett for sponsoring this event! (First drink is on Eric as well as all of the appetizers)

Programs Corner - Lori Ackerman
Lori Ackerman

Our calendar for 2012 is filled, and your Programs team is starting to work on 2013. For 2012, we have programs in many areas of financial planning, including Estate Planning, Insurance, Taxes, and Investing. Our ideas for programs come from many places, but the most important source is our members. If you have a topic or speaker that you would like to see at our meetings, please let me know. If you have ideas about times and locations, I would like to hear about that too. We work hard to be as responsive to our members as possible so that the programs fit your needs. I would love to hear an idea or opinion from every single member this year! I can be reached at

Public Relations/Social Media Corner - Jeff Maas, CFP®, ChFC®
Jeff Maas

Hello, as a new board member to the Northern California FPA, I look forward to working with our talented group of professionals. In my role as Director of Public Relations/Social Media, I plan to focus on three areas. First, leveraging the resources of FPA national to take advantage of media opportunities, second I will focus on broadening our local exposure within the community by utilizing press releases and finally an effort to expand our social media presence. If you have expertise in Public Relations or local media contacts, please reach out to me at Let’s make it a successful year!

What People are Saying About Our Meetings (December 9th Chapter Meeting)

“Found it to be a good meeting. It was good to get different professionals perspectives on the business.” -Jeff Maas, CFP®, ChFC®


“Great meeting. Was great to get perspectives from professionals working for their clients and dealing with today’s challenges." – Matt Keefe, Sponsor


“Good meeting.” - Anonymous


“Was nervous since this was my first meeting but I found that I was able to understand what the panel was talking about and it was great to find out more about the profession and see how professionals run their practices.” - Lara Parks, Student


Keir Scholarship Available to FPA Members Only!

Keir Educational Resources, a leading provider of professional education will award one scholarship per FPA chapter for the July 2012 exam cycle. Successful candidates may choose their location at any live 4 day reviews. See locations and dates at Materials are included, and the retail value of this prize is $925.00. Application is due May 7, 2012. Click here for more details!

Lucas Group Ad
Calendar of Events

January 13, 2012
TOPIC: Investing in a Weak Economy - How the Slow Recovery will affect the nation and your investments.
SPEAKER: Chase Armer, CFP®, CFA®, EA

February 10, 2012
TOPIC: 2011 Tax Planning Update: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again!
SPEAKER: Chris Cottrell, CPA, PFS, CFP®

March 9, 2012
TOPIC: P&C Insurance
SPEAKER: Brian Trouette

April 13, 2012
SPEAKER: Aishish Shrestha

May 11, 2012
TOPIC: Ethics
SPEAKER: Lori Ackerman

June 8, 2012
TOPIC: Medical Insurance Analysis
SPEAKER: Greg Walker and Steve Downey

July 13, 2012
TOPIC: Estate Attorney
SPEAKER: Brian Phipps

September 14, 2012
TOPIC: Retiree Distributions Based on Longevity, Failure Rates, and Sequence Risk
SPEAKER: Larry Frank, Sr., MBA, CFP®

October 12, 2012
TOPIC: Asset Dedication
SPEAKER: Steve Huxley

November 9, 2012
TOPIC: Social Security Strategies
SPEAKER: Bill Meyer

December 14, 2012
TOPIC: CRM Discussion
SPEAKER: IAS, Redtail, & Junxure

Thank you to our Sponsors! We appreciate your support!
Russell Investments

Contact Information

Financial Planning Association of Northern California
Holly Wilkerson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 188293
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone / Fax: (916) 443-4237