Meet the team

Our team of Brightworth advisors has 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...

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, CPA, 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
Partner | 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
Partner | 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®
Partner | 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
Partner | 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.

Christopher "Bud" Boland, CFP®
Wealth Advisor

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®, CTFA
Wealth Advisor

Jason’s background serving high-net-worth families and education and experience in advanced wealth transfer techniques helps him serve client’s unique needs.

Chase Mouchet, CFP®, CIMA®
Wealth Advisor

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

Patricia D. Sklar, CPA, CFA, CFP®
Wealth Advisor

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

Ian Clemens, CFA
Financial Planner

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.

Wesley Wood
Financial Planner

Wesley joined Brightworth as a Financial Planner in 2017.  He started his career at a fee-only wealth management firm in Silicon Valley where he developed plans to help high net worth clients use their wealth more purposefully and assisted with firm-wide strategy and operations. 

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.

Jennifer Turner
Manager of Investment Operations

Jennifer’s strong attention to detail, demonstrated abilities with operational excellence, and passion for the development and growth of others makes her uniquely suited to manage Brightworth’s Investment Operations department.

Elizabeth Jackson
Senior Investment Operations Specialist

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

Hunter Brooks
Investment Operations Analyst

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

Alan Gotthardt, CPA, CIMA®

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 J. 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. 

Shelly Newman
Client Service Administrator

Joining Brightworth in 2017, Shelly is the newest addition to the Client Service team. She brings with her 30-plus years of management, operations and client service experience at large and small financial firms in Georgia and Florida.

Operations & Administration

Sherry Hodor, CFP®
Partner | Chief Compliance and Integration Officer

Sherry's extensive experience across the firm, along with her strong attention to detail and desire to help people make her uniquely suited to run the firm's compliance and integration 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.

Justin Husson
Partner | Director of Information Technology

Justin's passion for technology helps drive efficiencies across the entire firm in order to maintain a high level of service for our clients.

Laura Stokes, CPA
Senior Accountant

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

Tammie Taylor
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.

Lizzie Gremalschi
Marketing Administrator

Lizzie joined Brightworth in 2012 as our Receptionist. She now serves as Marketing Administrator, assisting Rick Weissinger in the implementation of branding, marketing, and communication strategies for the firm.

Phyllis Kiernan

With a background in bookkeeping and accounting, Phyllis Kiernan contributes her proficiency with numbers to maintaining steady workplace operations for Brightworth and its 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.

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.

Tracy Stroud
Administrative Assistant

Tracy brings 18 years of experience in customer service, human resources and payroll.  Her background is in the insurance industry as well as startup companies in the waste and recycling industry.