Meet our Panel of Wealth Building Experts

Our Panel of Wealth Building Experts

We carefully chose our panelists for The Women’s Financial Alliance based on their expertise, diversity of experience, and most importantly, their commitment to helping other women build lasting wealth.

These women are leaders, mothers, pioneers, spouses, visionaries, PTA members, savvy business women, Target shoppers, and entrepreneurs. They are real down to earth women, ready to guide you in all of life’s endeavors.

Our experts offer actionable advice on all sorts of areas of a women’s life — careers, retirement savings, investments, health. We are proud of those who’ve joined us and continue seeking out the best in each industry to ensure the most successful network of talented, like-minded women.


Sara Nunally, Author Sara Nunnally’s diverse resumé includes studies in art history, computer science and financial research. She has appeared on news media such as Forbes on Fox, Fox News Live and CNBC’s Squawk Box, as well as numerous radio shows around the country. Most recently, Sara co-authored two books with Sandy Franks, Barbarians of Wealth and Barbarians of Oil


Vikki Ziegler, Lawyer, Television Personality Vikki S. Ziegler, Esq. is a multi-layered talent: a practicing attorney of matrimonial law and civil litigation; a television personality known for her commentaries on high-profile cases; an active volunteer for women’s and children’s charities; and the innovator of a unique and realistic approach to “divorce management.” Bringing together her insights as a divorce attorney, her childhood experience of her own parents’ divorce, and years of careful listening to clients and friends, Ziegler’s approach seeks to de-stigmatize divorce by allowing its empowering aspects triumph. Visit her website here.

Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Founder/President of Capital Business Solutions, Better Business Brokers, The Business Doctors and Advanced Medical Rehab Michelle Seiler-Tucker is the leading authority on buying, selling and improving businesses, as well as increasing a business’s revenue streams. Michelle has sold several hundred businesses and franchises. She has helped buyers from all walks of life buy the American Dream, create financial freedom to be their own boss and obtain a better quality of life. Visit her website here.

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Sarah Perry, Author Sarah Perry is an attorney with a degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. After the birth of her first child, she transitioned full time to writing, first co-authoring When the Fairy Dust Settles: A Mother and Her Daughter Discuss What Really Matters (Warner Faith 2014). Her next book, Sand in My Sandwich (and Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love) is slated for release in March of 2015 (Revell).

Barbara Perriello

Barbara Perriello, Director at Opportunity Travel When she’s not riding her magic carpet around the world, Barbara can be found at Opportunity Travel in Delray Beach, Florida, where she enjoys being a soccer mom, family dinners, sporting events, and lazy Sundays reading a good book at the beach. Visit Opportunity Travel here.


Adriane Berg, CEO, Generation Bold Business Development Adriane Berg is an international spokesperson, speaker and communication expert on boomers, caregivers and the older adult. She hosts/writes the Emmy winning TV show “IRS TAX BEAT.” Adriane is the author of 14 books on personal finance, including: Your Wealthbuilding Years, Making Up for Lost Time, and How Not to Go Broke at 102. You may have seen her on OPRAH, Good Morning America, the Home Show and heard her on her syndicated radio show “Money Talks”. Visit her website here.

Kathie Peddicord, Editor and Publisher of the International Living Group Kathleen Peddicord has been researching, writing, speaking, and presenting on the topics of living, retiring, and investing overseas for more than 28 years. Her newest book, How To Buy Real Estate Overseas is the culmination of decades of personal experience living and investing around the world. Visit her website here.

Dr. Susan Mathison, Physician, Medical Consultant Dr. Mathison champions women physicians as a coach and consultant, reflecting what’s possible for “modern medicine women” by leveraging technology and innovative business models to serve patients in new ways. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation, Plains Art Museum, Ronald McDonald House and United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Visit her website here.

Katie Yeakle, Executive Director, American Writers & Artists Inc. Katie Yeakle has spent over 25 years in the world of direct marketing and publishing in the roles of copy editor, editorial coordinator, product manager, fulfillment supervisor, marketing manager and publisher. Recognizing the industry-wide need for talented copywriters who can deliver copy that sells, she helped establish American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI) with co-founders Paul Hollingshead and Don Mahoney in 1997. Visit her website here.

Victoria Shtainer, Residential Specialist Victoria Shtainer is as creative as she is tenacious in hunting out the best properties for her clients. Her in-depth experience with preconstruction enables her to visualize both space and possibilities in terms of aesthetics as well as value. Victoria’s keen vision has helped homeowners and investors alike throughout Brooklyn. As one who classifies herself as a “real estate junkie,” Victoria has thrived in and been thrilled by the business for nine rewarding years. She still enjoys the hunt, and finding that diamond in the rough. Visit her website here.

Jeanne Kelly, Author, Speaker, Credit Coach As the founder of The Kelly Group in 2000 and the author of The 90-Day Credit Challenge, Jeanne Kelly is a nationally recognized authority on credit consulting and credit score improvement. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News; The Willis Report and blogs for, Huffington Post, MasterCard, Poughkeepsie Journal and more. She has consulted with major organizations about the impact of credit scores, and her writing and quotes frequently appear in print and online for, NY Times & CNN Money. Visit her website here.

Carol VanDyken, Founder, Expat Everyday Support Center After more than 20 years of overseas life, Carol repatriated to the USA with her husband of 31 years and four children who were about to embark on young adulthood. Having seen firsthand the challenges one faces crossing cultures in work and personal life, she is highly motivated to help others successfully navigate the journey of expatriate life, whether that be preparation for departure, settling in, adjustments after years of international life, or the repatriation process.

Sara Shikhman, Co-Founder and CEO, Rent a Gent Sara Shikhman is an American businesswoman and entertainment personality. Born in Ukraine and raised in New York City, Sara came to prominence after she quit the financially lucrative world of corporate law in order to start an ecommerce furniture business with $20k and no knowledge of furniture or ecommerce. Two years later the company did over $10,000,000 in revenue, primarily due to the unconventional digital marketing strategies Sara spearheaded. Visit her website here.

Lauri Gardner, Educator, Life Coach An avid world explorer, Laurie traveled to 50 countries and 40 states by the time she was 33 and speaks five languages. She has written several dozen articles and publications, including a feature in Harvard’s Ed. magazine. In addition to speaking and coaching, Laurie offers a series of online and in-person workshops called “Courageous U.” Visit her website here.

Lori Ann LaRocco, Author Lori Ann LaRocco is the author of the “Opportunity Knocking” (Agate Publishing 2014), “Dynasties of the Sea: The Ships and Entrepreneurs Who Ushered in the Era of Free Trade” (Marine Money 2012) and “Thriving in the New Economy: Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds” (Wiley 2010). and the Senior Talent Producer for CNBC’s flagship show Squawk Box. Lori Ann opens her “trillion dollar” Rolodex on a daily basis and gets insights into the financial happenings as well as the strategies they use to profit in today’s new economy. Lori Ann is also the proud mom of three active children. On weekends you would find her cheering her boys at their hockey and football games and her daughter at equestrian competitions.


Anne Grady, Author, Consultant Anne Grady is an entrepreneur, author and expert in personal and organizational transformation. With humor, passion and straight talk, she grew her business as a nationally recognized speaker and consultant while raising her severely mentally ill son. Anne shares lessons she has learned in her new book, 52 Strategies for Life, Love and Work. Visit her website here.


Toni Turner, Technical Analyst, Public Speaker, Author Toni Turner, President of TrendStar Group, LLC, is an accomplished technical analyst as well as a popular educator and sought-after speaker in the financial arena. She is the author of the bestselling books: A Beginner’s Guide to Day Trading Online, 2nd Ed., A Beginner’s Guide to Short-term Trading, 2nd Ed., Short-Term Trading in the New Stock Market, and Invest to Win: Earn & Keep Profits in Bull and Bear Markets with the Gains Master Approach, co-authored with Gordon Scott CMT. Her books have been translated into five languages and used as textbooks in college personal finance classes. Visit her page here.


Donna Skeels Cygan, Financial Planner, Registered Investment Advisor Before launching Sage Future Financial, Donna was the founder and President of Essential Financial Planning for 10 years. The firm grew rapidly, and she decided to sell it in order to devote more time to her family. After fulfilling a non-compete clause, many of her former clients requested that she return to financial planning. She launched Sage Future with a business model that ensures it will stay small while providing very extensive service to a limited number of clients. Her areas of specialization include investment management, retirement planning, tax planning, estate planning, education funding strategies, and legacy planning.


Merilee Kern, Columnist Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the luxury marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points – the affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column “The Luxe List” that reaches millions of affluent consumers each month through multiple syndication channels. An array of top-tier online and print media outlets publish Merilee’s Luxe List feature content.


Andreea Ayers, Founder of As the founder of and, most recently, Soaps to Live By, Andreea loves to inspire, share and help other entrepreneurs succeed, whether it’s through online courses, speaking at events across the country, leading webinars or writing guest articles. You can visit her website here.


Neale Godfrey, CEO and President, Green$treet Commons, Author Neale Sheila Godfrey is an American author and creator of the topic of kids and money in the United States, with over 26 books on financial literacy, intended for both children and adults . Her work has received numerous literary awards.


Laura Fredricks, International Motivational Speaker, Industry Leading Author, Civil Litigation Attorney LAURA teaches the secrets of THE ASK. She is a multi-million dollar A$K-maker. Quality of life is determined by the questions you ASK. Today’s all-new self-help, motivational series THE ASK provides everyday audiences with “Asking Advice for Everyday Living.” Just ASK LAURA How!


Dr. Jude Miller Burke, Vice President of Operations at UNH Dr. Jude Miller Burke has extensive corporate experience in management and leadership. During her tenures at Honeywell and UnitedHealth Group, she directed small and large work groups throughout the country. As Vice President of Operations at UNH, Jude built a national employee assistance program. Her special areas of expertise include management consultation, leadership development, team effectiveness, and employee performance improvement.


Dr. Tracey Wilen, Public Speaker, Author Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work, and careers. A former visiting scholar at Stanford University, she has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books, including her most recent book,Employed for Life, 21st. Century Career Trends (2014), Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders (2013) andSociety 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work, and Society (2012). Visit her website here.

Ellen Brown, Author, Attorney, Speaker Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In the best-selling Web of Debt, she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust.” She showed how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how we the people can get it back.

Visit her website here.

Erin Baebler, Life Coach, Author Erin began coaching in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. She’s trained and certified through The Coaches Training Institute ( and has an additional certification through The International Coach Federation (, the professional association of personal and business coaches.

Visit her website here.

Jackie Woodside, Author, Professional Organizer Jackie Woodside helps busy, overwhelmed professionals to organize their thinking and their lives so they feel greater meaning and purpose without running around feeling strapped and crazy busy all the time. For over 20 years she’s taught individuals and organizations how to harness their full potential by learning to better channel their energy towards whatever they pursue in life. Through a process she calls “Conscious Living,” she’s created a full suite of programs that are tailor-made to impact productivity in the workplace, in your relationships, and at home.

Visit her website here.

Susan Van Allen, Travel Writer, Author Susan Van Allen’s love for Italy stems from her maternal grandparents, who emigrated from Southern Italy. She was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up on the Jersey shore amidst wonderful food and drama. When she first stepped off the train into Roma Termini in 1976, she got hooked on Italian travel. Since then she’s explored the country up and down the boot–visiting relatives, immersing herself in the country’s masterpieces and culture, taking language and cooking classes, and going on boating, biking, and hiking adventures. She’s written about Italian travel for many media outlets, including National Public Radio, Town & Country, Student Traveler, Tastes of Italia, Chicago Daily Herald, several Travelers Tales anthologies (including Best Travel Writing 2009), and Van Allen also writes for television, and was on staff of the Emmy winning sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. When she’s not in Italy, she is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and makes scrumptious lasagnas.

Visit her website here.

Simone Wright, Intuitive Consultant As a respected authority on Intuitive Intelligence, Peak Performance, Innovation and Creativity, Simone Wright is an internationally valued expert on the power of the human mind and its massive potential for evolutionary intelligence and groundbreaking ingenuity. She is a highly respected Intuitive consultant, an award winning entrepreneur, a globally collected artist who has become the highest selling artist of her kind in the world; she is also an author and sought after speaker who is quickly gaining a reputation as the ‘Evolutionary Mind Coach for Elite Performers and Visionary Leaders.’

Visit her website here.

Claudia Altucher, Author Claudia Azula Altucher clearly shows that you have the right to say no: To anything that is hurting you. To standards that no longer serve you. To people who drain you of your creativity and expression. To beliefs that are not true to the real you. When you do, you’ll be freed to say a truly powerful “Yes” in your life—one that opens the door to opportunities, abundance, and love.

Check out her book, available here.

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