Our 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®
Ray V. Padrón, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®
Chief Executive Officer | 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®
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®
Annika Cushnie, CFP®, CIMA®
Partner | Wealth Advisor

Annika's experience and passion for working with business owners and professional service providers make her uniquely positioned to help her clients reach their financial and lifetime goals.

Lisa Brown, CFP®, CIMA®
Lisa Brown, CFP®, CIMA®, GFP (USA)
Partner in Charge, Corporate Professionals and Executives | 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 our clients retire well, with confidence and security about their future." Her straight forward, results oriented approach appeals to the busy professional.

Charlie Jordan, CPA, CFP®
Charlie Jordan, CPA, CFP®, CeFT®
Partner in Charge, Retiring Well | Lead 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
Michael R. DeWitt, CFA
Partner | Wealth Advisor

Mike is a Partner and  Wealth Advisor at Brightworth and has dedicated his career to serving high net worth families, business owners 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.

Nathan Corbitt, CPA, CFA, CFP®
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
Tom Presley, CPA, CFP®, PFS
Partner in Charge of Client Operationsr | 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
Ryan Halpern, CPA, CFP®, PFS
Partner | 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
Christopher "Bud" Boland, CFP®
Wealth Advisor

Bud is a Wealth Advisor at Brightworth and has devoted his career to working with high net worth and high income earning individuals and families. Bud works closely with clients to understand their needs and develop customized financial plans to help them reach their short and long-term goals.

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

Patricia has a passion for working with clients as their personal CFO, helping them reach their goals and feel confident about their financial situation.

Amanda Valenti
Amanda Valenti, CFP®
Director of Financial Planning

Amanda's entire career has been in the field of financial planning, focusing on holistic wealth management for high net worth families.

Wesley Wood, CFP®, CIMA®
Associate Wealth Advisor

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. 

Josh Monroe
Josh Monroe, CFP®, CIMA®
Associate Wealth Advisor

Josh is a big picture thinker who listens actively and plans thoughtfully to help clients achieve their most important goals.

Kate Lidl
Wealth Planner

Kate is a Wealth Planner with Brightworth. She graduated with a degree in Financial Planning from the University of Georgia where she served as a tour guide for the University’s Visitor Center.

Nathaniel Maiwald
Wealth Planner

Nathaniel is passionate about helping individuals and families preserve and grow their wealth to achieve their financial goals. Through careful listening and attention to detail, he is dedicated to developing and implementing comprehensive financial strategies so that clients can feel confident in tackling the complexities of their financial positions.

Taj Jones | Wealth Planner
Taj Jones
Wealth Planner

Taj joined Brightworth in 2021 as a Wealth Planner. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a financial services representative at E*Trade Financial and also worked in client operations with another RIA in Atlanta.

Matthew Broom
Wealth Planner

Matthew's passion for helping others and his interest in all things personal finance led him to the profession of financial planning.

Investment Management

Don Wilson, CFA, CFP®
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
Jennifer Turner
Director 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.

John Darby
John Darby, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

John’s analytical thinking and competitive nature drive him to build investment strategies that will help clients achieve their goals.

Elizabeth Jackson
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
Hunter Brooks, CFA
Investment Analyst

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

Ryan Lewis
Ryan Lewis
Investment Operations Specialist

Ryan joined the Brightworth team in 2018 and serves as an Investment Operations Analyst. His responsibilities include maintaining the portfolio management software, assisting with daily trading, and generating reports for client portfolios.

Amie Hood
Investment Operations Specialist

Amie joined Brightworth in 2019 as an Investment Operations Specialist. Her responsibilities include maintaining the portfolio management software, assisting with daily trading, and generating reports for client portfolios.

Rob Moore
Investment Operations Specialist

Rob joined the Brightworth team in 2020 and serves as an Investment Operations Analyst. His responsibilities include maintaining the portfolio management software, assisting with daily trading, and generating reports for client portfolios.

Client Service

Kristen Lewis
Kristen Lewis
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
Pam Wyly
Relationship Manager

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
Michelle Ramos
Relationship Manager

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.

Lucita Broussard
Lucita Broussard
Relationship Manager

Lucita joined Brightworth in 2018 as a Client Service Specialist. She brings with her 20-plus years of client service experience from the hospitality and financial services industries.

Jennifer Mackey
Relationship Manager

Jennifer joined Brightworth in 2019 as a Relationship Manager. An Alumni of Stetson University, Jennifer has over 15 years of customer service experience with 4 years in the financial services industry.

Alison Nichols
Client Service Specialist

Alison joined Brightworth in 2019 as a Client Service Specialist. She brings more than 10 years of client service experience with 4 years in the financial services industry.

Operations & Administration

Sherry Hodor, CFP®
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.

Dean Harbry, PCC
President | Chief Operating Officer

Dean is Brightworth’s Chief Operating Officer and has a long history of work assignments in the financial services arena.

Justin Husson
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.

Rick Weissinger
Rick Weissinger
Partner | Director of Marketing

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

Donald Smith
Director of Corporate Operations

Donald is an experienced and determined professional with a proven record of building relationships, directing projects with excellence, creating efficient systems, and leading cross-functional teams.

Janalee R. Rainwater, SHRM-SCP, CLM
Janalee R. Rainwater, SHRM-SCP, CLM
Director of Human Resources

Bringing 25 years of experience to her role, Janalee is passionate about promoting a culture of integrity and respect, recognizing that HR’s role is to support an organization’s greatest asset—its people.

 

Tracy Stroud
HR Generalist

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.

Erin G. White, MS, PHR | Sr. HR Generalist
Erin White, MS, PHR
Senior HR Generalist

Erin joined Brightworth in 2021 as a Senior Human Resources Generalist. She brings with her 20-plus years of HR experience. Prior to joining Brightworth, she was an independent HR consultant for small business owners.

Geoff Bernard
Senior Systems Analyst

Geoff joined Brightworth officially in 2020 and is the driving force behind Brightworth's technical projects. His technical expertise and ability to understand each person's needs provides Brightworth's team with the tools to succeed.

Greg Hanft
Compliance Specialist

Greg joined the Brightworth team in 2020 as a Compliance Specialist. His primary responsibilities include marketing review, management of various SEC compliance tracking technologies, and maintaining firm compliance checklists.

Lizzie Gremalschi
Lizzie Gremalschi
Sales Enablement Coordinator

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.

Kristen White
Marketing Coordinator

Kristen graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Graphic Design and worked as a freelance graphic designer for several years. During that time, she worked with Brightworth in 2019 and then joined the team full-time the following year as the Marketing Coordinator.

Phyllis Kiernan
Phyllis Kiernan
Senior Accountant

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
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
Marie Hurt
C Suite Administrator

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
Esther Bryan
Channel Administrator

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

Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Executive Assistant

Laura joined Brightworth in 2019 and serves as Executive Assistant to wealth advisors Bud Boland, Nathan Corbitt, and Mike DeWitt. Laura has over 25 years’ experience working with high-level executives in diverse areas including Fortune 500 multinational corporations.

Mandy Baird
Front Desk Assistant

Mandy Baird joined Brightworth in 2020 as our Front Desk Assistant.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience after having worked more than 15yrs in customer relations in the legal industry.  She also worked in a fast paced worldwide shipping and distribution corporation