President's Message
Director of Programs 
Far West Roundup Recap
Member Highlights
Keir Scholarship 
2013 Technical Forum
Scholarship Winner Announced
Upcoming Meetings 
Chapter Sponsors

Board of Directors

    Scott Draper, CFP®, CPA
Pennington Financial Group 
(916) 635-5858

 Lori Ackerman, CFP
(916) 632-0631
Chairman/Past President
      Debbie Grose, CFP®
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC

(916) 932-7200
Daniel Andersen, CFP®
Parkshore Wealth Mgmt. 
(916) 797-3007
Director of Programs
Aimee Gamez
Cynthia Meyers, CFP

(916) 922-0827 
Director of Membership
Lauren Williams 

(916) 543-2437
Director of Pro Bono
Matthew Page, CFP®
Capital Planning Advisors 
(916) 286-7650
Director of Public Relations
Jeff Maas, CFP®, ChFC®
Lincoln Financial Advisors
(916) 868-3900 ext. 3935
Director of Career Development
Chase Armer, CFP®, CFA®, EA
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 - Scott Draper, CFP®, CPA


Scott Draper
Scott Draper

Building on Our Strengths

As part of my preparation as President-Elect of the Northern California chapter, I recently attended the FPA Chapter Leaders Conference in Denver.  At the conference I learned of FPA National’s recent efforts to strengthen the Financial Planning Assocation by focusing
on its strengths and providing additional value to its core members.  As your local chapter president, I would like to do the same.  Debbie Grose and other chapter leaders have helped to re-energize our organization and provide new opportunities for us as members.  We have a strong new board in place and I plan to build on that energy.  The Board will be meeting for a strategic planning meeting on January 15th in order to set the stage.  Please pass on any feedback you have about the chapter to any board member and we will use that as we set our plan for the year.

We appreciate all the members of the Northern California chapter, both old and new, and the contributions you’ve made.  Please get to know us better this year, find something that you are passionate about and contribute to our success!                                           


Programs - Aimee Gamez
Aimee Gamez1

Aimee Gamez

I am looking forward to joining the FPA of Northern California Board of Directors for 2013 as the new Director of Programs. I am very excited to get to know and work with such an accomplished group of professionals. I have some very big shoes to fill and hope to bring you some great speakers and topics that will make you excited about coming to our meetings. 

As always, if you have any suggestions regarding topics and/or speakers I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at Looking forward to serving you for 2013.                                                            


Far West Roundup Recap
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Don St. Clair

What do you do during the dog days of Summer? Why attend the 23rd Annual Far West Roundup!

Held on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, the Far West Roundup is an informal retreat for financial planning practitioners and those intending to enter the financial planning profession.

The Roundup is also unusual in that there are no sponsors.  Most of the speakers are fellow planners and professionals in related fields who have been recommended to us by attendees.  In addition you receive 15 units of CFP CEU's.

This year one of the featured professional speakers was our own Don St. Clair.  As you can see from the picture above, Don got our attention with his opening remarks.  Don examined the different spending constraints and consumption opportunities of households, corporations, and sovereign governments, specifically as they related to personal finances and household debt.  Don's presentation rang true as the Fiscal Cliff loomed during the month of December. Remember to save the first week of August to join financial planner like Don to discuss the latest topic on the financial planning frontier.  

Member Highlights

Members Reaching Milestones

Name Years
Aimee Gamez 5
Jenny Hood 5
Steve Raymond 5
Deborah Olson 5
Ellwood Jones 15
David Stone 15

Welcome Our Newest Members!

Thomas Bates
Nicholas Bertell
Redwood Coast Financial Partners 

Keir Scholarship Available for FPA Members

Keir Educational Services will award one scholarship per FPA chapter per exam cycle.  Student chapter members are also welcome and encouraged to apply. The winner may choose any Keir Instructor Led Live Class or Keir Virtual Review Class.  The scholarship includes class tuition and Keir’s Basic Review Package.  This prize has a retail value of $970.  Class dates and locations are available on our website at

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, with consideration given to career goals and any honors received.  For additional information, please contact Keir’s Director, Shannon Bryant, at or by calling 800-795-5347, ext. 107. 

Apply for scholarship here                                              

 Mark Your Calendars - 2013 Technical Forum on January 24th

The Sacramento Estate Planning Council, in conjunction with the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law presents the 2013 Technical Forum on January 24.  This one-day educational program focuses on issues of importance to estate planning practitioners. Industry experts present their perspectives and findings in this dynamic and changing field.  For more information and to register go to or download flyer.
Chapter Scholarship Winner Announced at January's Meeting
Sarah Kellogg1
Sarah Kellogg

Congratulations are in order for Sarah Kellogg with Redrock Financial for winning the chapter's quarterly scholarship! Sarah plans to use the scholarship funds to help her achieve her goal of becoming a CFP® professional so that she can help others live a financially healthy life.  We wish Sarah much success in her future endeavors!


Upcoming Chapter Meetings

February 8, 2013
Topic:  Torn Between Fear and Greed?  Which Way Should an Investor Lean in 2013
Speaker: Charles Blankley, CFA, Gemmer Asset Management LLC

March 8, 2013
Topic: Estate Planning
Speaker: Robin Bevier, Atty

A Special Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors!


The Hartford





Contact Information


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