Meet The Team

Our team of Brightworth advisors have decades of expertise in the services we offer. We are proud to have fostered a warm, welcoming, professional environment where our clients know their finances are in capable hands.

Wealth Advice

Ray V. Padrón, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®
Managing Partner | Wealth Advisor

Ray has over 25 years of experience working through the complex wealth planning issues business owners, executives and retirees face. His expertise and experience brings a unique perspective regarding how his clients' wealth is built, preserved and deployed for greatest impact.

Dave Polstra, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®
Partner | Co-Founder | Wealth Advisor

Dave's more than 30 years of experience working with executives, widows and charitable organizations brings wisdom and insight that is unprecedented in the wealth management field.

Annika Cushnie, CFP®, CIMA®
Partner | Wealth Advisor

Annika's decade of experience and passion for working with busy professionals and women make her uniquely positioned to help her clients reach their financial and lifetime goals.

Lisa Brown, CFP®, CIMA®
Partner | Wealth Advisor

Lisa has focused her entire career in wealth management for high-net-worth families. "The most rewarding part of my job is helping my clients retire well, with confidence and security about their future."

Charlie Jordan, CFP®
Partner | Wealth Advisor

Charlie's passion for integrating retirement, estate and charitable giving strategies provides his clients with an enhanced clarity and purpose for their wealth.

Michael R. DeWitt, CFA
Wealth Advisor

Mike has dedicated his career to serving high net worth families and nonprofit organizations. His personal approach and desire to help individuals reach and enjoy their retirement goals enable him to provide clients with the highest level of service.

Frederick S. Wright, CFA
Wealth Advisor

With more than 20 years of experience in investment management, Frederick has witnessed the challenges of the market environment. His focus on client service and reduction in portfolio risk makes him a valued addition to the Brightworth team.

Nathan Corbitt, CPA, CFA, CFP®
Wealth Advisor

Nathan’s experience as a tax advisor and keen understanding of investment strategy and economics allow him to provide individuals with a basic understanding of the most complex aspects of their financial lives.

Tom Presley, CPA, CFP®, PFS
Wealth Advisor

Tom's public accounting background coupled with his attention to detail and his desire to help others allows him to provide clients with a clear financial understanding at the highest level of service.

Ryan Halpern, CPA, CFP®, PFS
Wealth Advisor

Ryan’s experience with high net worth families in public accounting and in a multi-family office setting allows him to offer clients individualized guidance in navigating the complexities of their financial lives.

Melanie Stewart, CFP®
Supervisor of Financial Planning | Senior Financial Planner

Melanie joined Brightworth in 2015 as a financial planner as part of the acquisition of Clifftop Financial Partners, LLC.

Christopher "Bud" Boland, CFP®
Senior Financial Planner

Bud has devoted his career to working closely with clients to understand their needs and develop customized financial plans to help them reach their short and long term goals.

Jason Cross, JD, CFP®
Senior Financial Planner

Jason brings a unique perspective as the sole attorney working at Brightworth and concentrates on complex trusts and estate planning.

Chase Mouchet, CFP®
Senior Financial Planner

Chase brings thoughtful listening and planning skills and a devotion to maximizing the impact of wealth for our clients.

Patricia D. Sklar, CPA, CFP®
Senior Financial Planner

Patricia joined Brightworth as a Financial Planner in 2016 where she helps develop strategic financial plans for high net worth individuals and families.

Investment Management

Don Wilson, CFA, CFP®
Partner | Chief Investment Officer

Don combines his passion for investing, intellectual curiosity and analytical framework to build investment strategies to help our clients grow and preserve their wealth.

Justin Husson
Partner | Manager of Investment Operations

Justin's passion for technology helps drive efficiencies in the investment operations group in order to maintain a high level of service for our clients.

Ian Clemens, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Ian’s investment expertise and due diligence background allow him to make sense of a complex investment environment in order to help our clients' achieve their wealth goals.

Elizabeth Jackson
Senior Investment Operations Administrator

Elizabeth's attention to detail helps ensure our clients' investment accounts are properly maintained and carefully monitored.

Hunter Brooks
Investment Operations Administrator

Hunter has a broad financial services background including time spent in private wealth management, third-party retirement plan administration, and trust services.

Chris Dardaman, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®, CAIA
Consultant

Chris Dardaman is a Partner at Heritage Growth Partners, a private equity firm in Atlanta.  He brings a unique perspective having spent 25 years as both an entrepreneur and as a trusted financial advisor for business owners and senior executives of private and public companies.  Chris focuses on

Alan Gotthardt, CPA, CIMA®
Consultant

Formerly the President of Brightworth, Alan was part of the leadership team that built Brightworth into a nationally recognized enterprise.

Client Service

Kristen Piccirillo
Partner | Director of Client Service Administration

Kristen's experience, communication skills and detailed follow-through helps ensure clients have a positive experience with Brightworth.

Pam Wyly
Senior Client Service Administrator

Pam joined Brightworth as a Client Service Administrator in 2016 and has over 15 years of experience in client services.  Pam’s responsibilities include transitioning clients to Brightworth and servicing their accounts.

Michelle Ramos
Senior Client Service Administrator

Michelle joined Brightworth in 2014 as a Client Service Administrator. She brings more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry in growing and maintaining client relationships.

Kelly MacLafferty
Client Service Administrator

Joining Brightworth in 2016, Kelly brings with her 30-plus years of client service experience from a broad range of industries including retail, sales, insurance and financial services. 

Operations & Administration

Sherry Hodor, CFP®
Partner | Chief Compliance Officer | Director of Operations

Sherry's strong attention to detail and desire to help people make her uniquely suited to run the firm's compliance, accounting and human resources functions.

Rick Weissinger
Director of Marketing

Rick’s background in design, writing, marketing and strategy supports clear, positive communication with clients and with the marketplace.

Laura Stokes, CPA
Senior Accountant

Laura draws on her diverse accounting and finance background to create insightful firm analyses and reliable internal processes.

Tammie Story
HR & Compliance Administrator

Tammie brings more than 20 years' of diverse experience in accounting, human resources, and marketing.  This combination makes her an ideal fit as support for our compliance and human resources team.

Marie Hurt
Executive Assistant

Marie's years of experience in executive support and positive spirit of service make her an asset to the Brightworth team on multiple levels.

Esther Bryan
Executive Assistant

Esther's dedication to detail and accuracy add to the high level of service she provides to Brightworth's advisors and clients.

Kim Kreiner
Executive Assistant

Kim's long history with the firm gives her a wealth of knowledge in working with the advisors and providing outstanding service to our clients.

Lizzie Brown
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Often the first person our clients see when visiting our office, Lizzie's warm personality and attention to hospitality ensures a welcoming, engaging experience.