President's Message
Career Development
Pro Bono Corner
Member Highlights
UCD Extension Courses
Government Relations
Calendar of Events
Chapter 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
Director of Membership
Lauren Williams
(916) 543-2437
Director of Pro Bono
Jenny Hood, CFP®
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

What a busy and vibrant chapter we have!! I’d like to begin this letter by touching on our chapter goals: Promoting the Financial Planning Profession and Providing Opportunity for FPANC Members. With these goals in mind, I am delighted to share details about the activities your Board of Directors have been diligently working on, and to highlight the latest happenings within our chapter. 

The following is a line-up of chapter events for the remainder of the year. Many of the events you may already be aware of, while others, not so much:  

  • 9/20 – Jr. Financial Planning Day at CSUS
  • 10/4 – Meet Your State Regulator – Joint meeting: CA Dept. of Corporations & FPANC
  • 10/13 – Financial Planning Day at West Sacramento City Hall
  • 10/25 – Practitioner Open House at Planned Solutions
  • 11/9 – Fall Expo at CSUS Alumni Center (regular chapter meeting on steroids)
  • TBA - Internships Work Webinar 

Because this may be the first you are learning about some of the events, below is a discussion with more details. Some descriptions may be a brief, others longer. But in each instance, the board member responsible is indicated so you will know who to reach out to if you want more information or would like to get involved. 

Continue reading about the exciting things happening

Career Development - Chase Armer, CFP®, CFA®, EA
Chase Armer

Chase Armer

FPANC Practitioner Open House
October 25, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, October 25th, the Financial Planning Association of Northern California will be hosting our first ever practitioner open house. This event is targeted towards individuals who are interested in a career in financial planning or who are new to the profession and would like to learn more about the day to day operations of a financial planning firm.

Click here for additional information and to download the flyer

Light appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP directly to Chase at


Pro Bono Corner - Jenny Hood, CFP®
Jenny Hood

This fall is a busy time for Pro-Bono. We have three events set to take place!

  • Thursday, September 20 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at California State University, Sacramento. We are looking for thirteen volunteers to give on-one-one advice to the students of CSUS. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jenny Hood at: or (916) 927-6487.
  • Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00pm. Our Second Annual Greater Sacramento Financial Planning Day. This event will take place at the City Hall of West Sacramento. We need lots of volunteers to give one-on-one advice and/or presentations to the residents of the Greater Sacramento area. This event had over 160 attendees last year and the steering committee has increased its promotion and we hope to have an even bigger turn out in 2012! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please register at: 
  • October – (TBD). Thanks to our President Debbie Grose, I have been working with a foster care service to set-up a one-day event that will provide presentations on financial topics relevant to teenaged children and also give the teenagers and their foster parents a chance to sit down one-on-one with a financial planner to ask any questions they may have. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Jenny Hood at: or (916) 927-6487.

One last thing, I would like to give a big thank you to the Board and the members of the FPA of Northern California! Everyone has been very supportive and it has been inspiring to see how eager our members are to give back to the community that we live in. These events would not be a success without your help! So again, thank you for taking the time to volunteer!

If you are interested in serving on the Pro-Bono committee, please email: Jenny Hood at


Member Highlights

Members Reaching Milestones

Kim Huber5
Roy Worley10
Carol Parlin10
Larry Frank15
Jon Brandes25
Ann Fagan30
Paul Booth30
Monrad Monsen

Welcome Our Newest Members!

Prab Dhillon

Justin Gilbert, JD
Law Office of Justin M. Gilbert

Kimberly Handy

James Hopp

Daniel Leonard
Rice Pontes Capital, Inc.

Lester Matthews, CFP
Principal Funds

Upcoming Courses in Personal Financial Planning Offered at UCD Extension

Haven't gotten your CFP® yet? Or perhaps you want to give a few of your employees a leg up? UC Davis Extension's Certificate in Personal Financial Planning offers the required education! This CFP® Board-Registered Program is designed specifically to cover the body of knowledge needed to prepare for the CFP® Certification Examination. Here's what's coming up in the near future:


1) Principles in Financial Analysis
2) Investements in Personal Financial Planning
3) Estate Planning
4) Fundamentals of Financial Planning
5) Retirement and Employee Benefits Planning

Complete class descriptions and additional information

You can view information regarding the UC Davis Extension Personal
Financial Planning Certificate at

For questions regarding the courses or program, please contact Kari King, Program Representative, at (530) 757-8629


Government Relations - Jim Johnson, CFP®
Jim Johnson

FPA’s Grassroots Efforts 

From time to time there is legislation, either national or state; that I feel I’d like to make my opinion known to my elected officials. But who has the time? One not only has to write the piece buy figure out how to send it to and how. We are all busy and have to make choices about how we spend our time and energy. 

Just in case you haven’t heard about it, the California legislature is considering a bill, SB 459, which affects Independent Contractor status. I decided to make my opinion known. 

FPA has taken the chore out of this with its grassroots site at :

I went to this FPA website. You start with setting up your profile. Updating mine took maybe 2 minutes. Once you enter your home zip code, they identify the elected officials for you. Then all relevant national and state issues are listed. You can click to Read More or to Take Action. I clicked on Take Action because I already know what I wanted to do. The website identified the correct legislator, had check boxes for email, fax, phone or letter. For email the subject line was already completed and my next choice was a form letter or a blank. I read the form letter, it worked for me so I hit the GO! Button. That’s it! 

From the time I decided I’d like to do something until it was done and I was off to my next task was about 5 minutes. 5 Minutes! It has taken my much longer to write this than it took to take action on an important issue. 

Try it!


Calendar of Events

September 14, 2012
TOPIC: What are Key Factors in Retirement Distribution Planning?SPEAKER: Larry Frank, Sr., MBA, CFP®

September 20, 2012
Jr. Financial Planning Day
CSUS, Student Union, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Contact Jenny Hood at

October 4, 2012
Meet Your State Regulator
Joint Meeting - CA Dept of Corporations & FPANC (Details TBA)

October 12, 2012

TOPIC: Asset Dedication
SPEAKER: Steve Huxley

October 13, 2012
Financial Planning Day
West Sacramento City Hall, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

October 25, 2012
Practitioner Open House
Planned Solutions, Inc., 5:30 pm
Contact Chase Armer at

November 9, 2012

1st Annual NorCal Fall Expo
Keynote Speaker: Michael Kitces
CSUS Alumni Center

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

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors!


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