Women of WAI

Meet the Women of WAI: 

We are moms, daughters, wives, sisters and friends. We’re also business owners, financial planners, investment advisors and lawyers. We understand you because we are just like you.

 

We empower our clients with the investment and financial planning framework needed to make important life decisions.  Our mission and dedication is to give you Peace of Mind

– Shannon Eusey, President – Beacon Pointe

 

Beacon Pointe Headquarter Office Board Members

Karisa DiephouseDirector of Strategic Partnerships & Integration – Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

Karisa Diephouse is responsible for partnership integration and strategy execution across all Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors offices located throughout the country. Karisa brings over a decade of experience in financial services, wealth management and retirement planning strategies and understands the operational components involved with office and service efficiencies. She has worked at Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments where she held various roles of increasing responsibilities in sales, planning, operations, compliance and client services.  She also co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories.  Karisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from California State University, Long Beach. Karisa is married and lives with her husband and two young sons in Mission Viejo, CA. She enjoys taking long walks to the park with her kids, traveling, running and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Shannon EuseyFounder, CEO – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Shannon is the Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Pointe Advisors and a member of Beacon Pointe’s Investment Committee. Prior to launching Beacon Pointe, Shannon served as Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Roxbury Capital Management and oversaw the socially responsible investments (SRI) for several years. Shannon is a member of the CNBC Financial Advisor Council and is regularly featured in The Wall Street Journal, InvestmentNews, Barron’s, Financial Planning Magazine, among other publications. She was also awarded the 2017 Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Award. Through Shannon’s passion for financial education, she co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories.  Shannon graduated from the University of California, Irvine where she played Division I Volleyball and she received her MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Business. Shannon is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) for the Orange County Chapter, served on the UCI Athletic Fund Board and is currently an adjunct professor for the UCI Merage School of Business. She also has served on the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Professional Advisory Committee, the Investment Committee of Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange, and served as the Executive Director of the HALO Foundation. Shannon is married, has four children, and lives with her husband in Newport Beach, California.

 

Kelly DiGonzini, CFP®Senior Financial Planner – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Kelly is responsible for helping the firm’s private clients determine and meet their financial and estate planning goals. Prior to joining Beacon Pointe Advisors, Kelly spent four years doing financial planning at MetLife for individuals and small business owners. Kelly graduated from Gonzaga University School of Business with a concentration in Business Law, and earned her Master of Science in Taxation (MST) degree from William Howard Taft University focusing on the taxation of partnerships, estate taxation and planning, income taxation of estates and trusts, tax aspects of charitable giving and the taxation of real estate. Kelly received her Personal Financial Planning certification from the University of California Irvine, and is a Certified Financial Planner. Kelly is very passionate about financial education.  She co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories.  Kelly’s writing about various tax and financial planning topics has appeared in multiple publications including the Financial Planning Association, Elite Daily, LifeHealth Pro, MainStreet!, and Financial Advisor IQ.  Her hobbies include bike-riding, yoga, tennis and spending time with friends and family. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Orange County and volunteers for WomenSage. Kelly currently resides with her husband in Newport Beach, California.

 

Allison Hillgren, MCMDirector, Head of Marketing & Communications – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Alli oversees the internal and external marketing and communications for Beacon Pointe Advisors, working with both the Institutional Client and Private Client groups. Her responsibilities include website oversight, presentation and video development, social media and content planning, and market research. Alli is very passionate about financial education.  She co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories. She also oversees the Marketing Subcommittee for UCI’s Center for Investment & Wealth Management Financial Literacy Summer Residential Program. Alli graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California where she was the Team Captain of the Division 1, Pac-12 USC Women’s Volleyball Team, and she also received a Masters in Communication Management (MCM) from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC. Outside of work she enjoys working with her family’s non-profit organization, The Patriots Initiative. Alli also enjoys horseback riding, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family.  She currently resides in Newport Beach, California.

 

Julie Johnson, CDFA®Senior Wealth Advisor – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Julie is responsible for client servicing and management in the Private Client Services Group at Beacon Pointe. Prior to joining Beacon Pointe Advisors, Julie was a Retirement Income Specialist with AIG Sun America and prior to that with MetLife. She is very focused on helping clients meet their retirement goals and working through major life transitions. Julie earned her BS in Marketing from San Diego State University. She co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories.  Julie also received the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) designation. Outside of work she enjoys running, playing golf, and spending time with family. Julie and her husband live with their two children in Ladera Ranch, California.

 

 

Karen Sarten, CFP®Senior Wealth Advisor – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Karen earned her BA in Finance with honors from California State University, Fullerton and maintains the Certified Financial Planning™ designation.  Beginning with a college internship, Karen has spent her entire professional career in the financial services industry and joined Beacon Pointe Advisors in 2011.  As a Senior Wealth Advisor, Karen is responsible for managing client relationships for Beacon’s Private Client Group.  Along with Beacon’s Investment Committee Members and Financial Planning Department, as well as other key professionals, Karen is tasked with coordinating all areas of investment and finance to create and implement cohesive life plans for her clients.   Karen serves as Board Director for the Beacon Pointe Women’s Advisory Institute and co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories.

 

 

Commie Stevens, JDPartner, Director of Strategic and Financial Planning – Beacon Pointe Advisors

Commie designed and oversees the firm’s approach to financial and estate planning.  She works closely with individuals and their families to best utilize their wealth to meet their lifetime and legacy goals.  Prior to joining Beacon Pointe Advisors, Commie practiced as an estate planning attorney at Albrecht and Barney and served as the Director of Estate Planning for Pacific Life Insurance Company.  She earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, her BA in Economics from the University of California at Irvine, is a member of the State Bar of California and an Investment Advisor Representative (Series 65).  She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, The Street, Financial Advisor IQ, The National Financial Educators Council, The Journal of Practical Estate Planning and The University of California, Irvine’s Wealth Management Frontier Journal.  Commie is passionate about financial education and regularly speaks on a host of financial and estate planning topics and has been a guest lecturer at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine and Stanford University.  She also co-authored Your Dollars, Our Sense: A Fun and Simple Guide to Money Matters, an international best-selling book that has ranked #1 in six different business/finance categories. Commie has served as the Governance Chair for Hi Hopes Identity Discover Foundation.  Commie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and resides in Laguna Niguel, California.

Beacon Pointe Regional Office Board Members

 Stephanie Rumold, CFP®, CPWA®, Managing Director & Partner – Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (Bay Area, CA)

Stephanie is responsible for providing customized wealth management solutions for clients. Before joining Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, Stephanie worked for First Republic, and prior to that, she was an investment advisor at Opes Advisors. She has also held roles as vice president and financial consultant with Charles Schwab and Co. Previously, she worked in the Premier Banking Group of Bank of America, managing a portfolio of high-net-worth clients. Stephanie is passionate about empowering women both personally and professionally and is a member of the E-women’s Network in Palo Alto and an active member of Beacon Pointe’s Women’s Advisory Institute. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Boise State University, and she holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) certification.

 

 

Michele Sarna, AIF®, AWMA®Managing Director & Partner – Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (Palm Desert, CA)

Michele is responsible for the development of financial plans that help clients identify and set goals for wealth accumulation and future needs, as well as establish priorities, take advantage of tax laws, and utilize financial products to their benefit. In addition, Michele specializes in qualified retirement plans, including plan design, implementation and management that help employers and employees reach their retirement savings goals. Michele has extensive experience in investment management and the brokerage industry. Prior to her career in financial services, she and her husband ran and managed a construction business.  She is also passionate about empowering women both personally and professionally and is an active member of Beacon Pointe’s Women’s Advisory Institute.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance from California State University, Long Beach and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor™ designations. Michele is also a Notary Public.  Michele is married and has four children. During her free time, she likes to run and participates in many races benefiting non-profit organizations.

 

 

Chitra Staley, CFA, CFP®, Managing Director & Partner – Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (Boston, MA)

Chitra Staley brings over 30 years of experience in financial advisory and portfolio management. Prior to joining Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, Chitra founded TPW Financial, and was the CIO of Mintz Levin Financial Advisors and President of Staley Advisors. In these roles, she managed portfolios, created investment policies and oversaw asset allocation. Prior to establishing Staley Advisors, Chitra served as CIO for Crosby Advisors, the family office of the founder of Fidelity Investments. At Crosby, Chitra managed the family’s personal investment portfolios and evaluated global investment opportunities, particularly contrarian and non-traditional investments. Prior to her work at Crosby, Chitra was a portfolio manager at State Street Bank & Trust Co. and developed expertise in valuing illiquid assets, such as family businesses, real estate investments and private equity.  Chitra has deep expertise in impact investing. She was a Portfolio Manager at Boston-based Trillium Asset Management, the oldest and largest independent investment management firm in the U.S. solely devoted to sustainable and responsible investing. In addition, she served as Board Chair of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a New York foundation working to protect communities from toxic waste dumping and to promote sustainable agriculture.  Chitra is passionate about empowering women both personally and professionally, is an active member of Beacon Pointe’s Women’s Advisory Institute, and has been a board member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and AASRA, an organization that helps South Asian women in need. She received her BA from Smith College and her MS from the University of Massachusetts. Chitra received her MBA from Simmons School of Management, and later earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) certification.

 

Jill Steinberg, MBAManaging Director & Partner – Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (Philadelphia, PA)

Jill brings over 30 years of investment advisory and banking experience and joined Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors as a Managing Director and Partner.  Prior to joining Beacon Pointe, Jill founded Walden Capital Advisors in 2006 to provide high net worth women and men comprehensive investment advice to help them achieve their financial and life goals. She is very passionate about empowering women both personally and professionally and is an active member of Beacon Pointe’s Women’s Advisory Institute. Jill serves on boards and investment committees for several local Philadelphia non-profits (including Live Like Blaine, a nonprofit founded in her daughter’s honor). Jill graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and earned an MBA with distinction in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Indya TalbotSenior Wealth Advisor – Beacon Pointe Advisors (Los Angeles, CA)

Indya oversees Beacon Pointe’s Los Angeles Private Client Services office, providing customized wealth management solutions to corporate executives, professionals and their families. Through comprehensive planning and investment management, Indya develops strategies to help clients meet their financial goals. Previously, Indya worked as a Regional Vice President and Portfolio Specialist at Guggenheim Investments, in Institutional Sales at Citigroup in Sydney, and as a Credit Analyst at Macquarie Investment Bank in New York. She is passionate about empowering women both personally and professionally and is an active member of Beacon Pointe’s Women’s Advisory Institute. Indya is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.

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