Sarah Paulson, CFP®

About Sarah Paulson, CFP®

“Wealth is the ability to truly experience life.” — Henry David Thoreau

Helping people define their life aspirations and getting their money in line with those dreams is what LIGHTS. ME. UP. And I’m doing it while making personal finance less intimidating. It is the reason I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. I focus on empowering people born in the ’80’s and ’90’s to take control of their financial lives. Instead of doing a long, deep, mind-numbing presentation where I talk at my clients, I prefer to work in short and consistent bursts so we will actually make progress and show you this stuff doesn’t have to be so hard.

If money is a tool you aren’t really sure how to use, I encourage you to reach out to me. I want to develop a long-term relationship to understand your unique past, present and future to craft recommendations fit for you. Let’s find your wealth, together.

In my spare time, you can find me passionately advocating for women’s rights – I currently hold a seat on the board of the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region – and burning off my extra energy through kickboxing, strength training, running, and/or cross-country skiing. All this activity is necessary because I bake the best cakes and cheesecakes; ask nicely and I might share a piece!

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Kristina Runzer, CFP®

About Kristina Runzer, CFP®

Hi, I’m Kristy – the financial planner for female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial couples.

I believe that money is a tool that can help you bring your visions to life, create choices and opportunities, and provide security and peace of mind.

You’re out there making it happen, and your business is growing! You’re doing a great job earning and you have more cash than you know what to do with.

You’re ready to maximize the money you’re earning and you need help managing and multiplying it. It’s time to put that money to work and use it to build wealth!

I’m that financial partner that can help you get your finances together, create a holistic plan for your business and personal finances, and feel confident that you’re making the right decisions.

All while feeling like you’re sitting down with a friend who gets you and is holding space for you without judgment.

I would love to connect with you and hear about your journey through life, entrepreneurship, and with your finances.

Email: uryyb@baebhgrsvanapvny.pbz if you have any questions, and you can schedule a complimentary intro call to learn more.

Mary Thompson, CFP®

About Mary Thompson, CFP®

Mary is the founder of ReFrame Financial Planning, a fee-only Financial Planning and Advisory firm in Howard County. Mary started ReFrame Financial Planning to help individuals build financial and purpose-driven transition plans for retirement. Mary specializes in guiding clients through the next chapter of their lives by balancing their financial and personal goals in a way that’s aligned with their values, passions and purpose.

Prior to starting ReFrame Financial Planning, Mary worked for 10 years for FAI Wealth Management, a fee-only investment advisory firm in Columbia, MD. She was a Senior Advisor and Partner working with clients to develop and implement investment and financial planning strategies based on the client’s values, needs and goals. She was also member of the FAI Investment Committee. Additionally, Mary was responsible for developing, refining and implementing processes and procedures that streamlined the advisory offering, ensuring a consistent and collaborative client experience. Mary was also responsible for managing, mentoring and coaching the associate advisory staff.

Mary started her career in the IT field, working for Putnam Investments for over 10 years. Mary was an Assistant Vice President responsible for the management of IT operations at the main headquarters in Boston and two international offices. She was the client services liaison between the Investment Management group and the IT division responsible for managing business partners’ expectations for the implementation and delivery of new IT initiatives.

Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with minors in Business and Computer Science from the University at Albany, SUNY. She holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM certification. Mary is also a graduate of the Leadership Howard County, Premier Class of 2015.

Mary lives in Ellicott City, MD with her husband and two children. She is active in her community where she volunteers regularly.

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Molly Laughter, CFP®, CFA®

About Molly Laughter, CFP®, CFA®

We all know we need to spend less and save more, but what’s the first step? What’s most important? How do we get started on our financial journey if we don’t even know what our goals are? Molly Laughter, CFA® charterholder and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs and business owners in creative fields explore and answer these questions, in order to build the life of their dreams.

Molly may know financial planning, but she knows creative business too. She worked in the event planning and visual arts industries, and started her own calligraphy business before returning to graduate school. After simultaneously obtaining her MBA in Finance and a Master of Arts Administration, she understood the importance of running an arts organization or creative endeavor like a business in order to build personal wealth.

Molly’s mission is to educate and empower the women she works with to live a life they love now, with solid analysis and planning as a foundation for the future. She provides access to comprehensive financial planning, investment management and business consulting services.

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Jill Isbell, CFP®

About Jill Isbell, CFP®

Jill Isbell has made it her life’s passion to provide guidance and education to all her clients that they may take control of their finances and live the life they deserve both today and tomorrow.  She believes every person should have access to a financial professional they can trust; she works first to solve short term needs then focuses on preserving and preparing for long term goals.  Jill graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with an Accounting degree and enjoyed working in the Accounting profession for several years.  In 2007 she changed her career path to wealth management and her passion was official when she received her CFP in 2015.  Jill prides herself on being a student of her craft and is always on a path to increase her knowledge and expertise to better serve her clients.

Jill moved to Colorado in 1996 from California and has had the opportunity to take advantage of what the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer.  She has come to learn that the world is best seen from the perspective given at the top of a mountain.  She has twin boys whom she has lived her life for and has loved more than life itself.  Current hobbies outside of the office involve time spent in either the garden or the mountains, and most precious moments are those shared with her children and good friends.  She has spent much of her available time involved in the community that she is proud to call home.  In recent years she has served as President of both Lions Club and the local Chamber of Commerce.  The most rewarding part of her career is the relationships she makes with her clients and she considers it a privilege to be of service to them in the most important and sometimes difficult times of their lives.

Lauren Zangardi Haynes, CFP®, CIMA®

About Lauren Zangardi Haynes, CFP®, CIMA®, CEPA

Hi, I’m Lauren Zangardi Haynes, CFP®, CIMA® and founder of Spark Financial Advisors. At Spark Financial Advisors we are focused on helping clients gain clarity and confidence around their money. I view money as a tool to express our values. Whether that means travel, socially conscious investing, charitable giving, investing in your business, or working less so that you can spend more time with your family- if it’s important to you it’s important to me.

I got my start in the financial services industry in 2005 with Bank of America. While working for U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management I attained my CFP® designation and became a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®). I transitioned to a smaller Fee-Only financial planning firm to get broader experience beyond investment management and haven’t looked back.

During the pandemic I pursued additional education around helping business owners successfully transition this business via an external sale or internal transition and attained the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation.

I have been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report among others, and have written for Richmond Family Magazine.

I previously served on the South Region Board for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) the leading organization for fiduciary, Fee-Only financial planners.

When I’m not geeking out on financial planning I like to spend time with my husband and 3 kids, read, watch stand-up comedy, and (attempt to) garden.

Kaya Ladejobi, CFP®, MBA

About Kaya Ladejobi, CFP®, MBA

Hi! I’m Kaya Ladejobi and I created Earn Into Wealth to help busy professionals achieve success in their financial and life goals.

I’m a Certified Financial Planner™ and I started my financial services career approximately 10 years ago serving high net-worth clients at one of the most prestigious firms in the industry. While I loved working with high net-worth clients, my ultimate passion is to provide the same duty of care, service, and expertise to high-achieving professionals who aren’t rich yet.

Together, we will create a financial roadmap and portfolio to achieve your life goals and give you access to the life you’ve always dreamed of. As a CFP® and financial educator, it’s my duty to give you advice that’s in your best interest and help you achieve financial independence. I created my financial planning practice to help you grow what you have into long-term sustainable wealth.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling internationally with my husband, reading all things non-fiction, and discovering new restaurants in the NYC area.

My professional and academic qualifications include:

Series 65, Uniform Investment Advisor Law Exam
MBA, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Ithaca, NY
B.S in Finance, University of Maryland, College Park, MD