I was not always financially savvy. In fact, my first job at an investment bank was as an administrative assistant and I had never even taken an accounting class. I felt like everyone around me was speaking a foreign language. That happens to a lot of people as they go through their divorce.
Trying to learn the divorce vocabulary and all about your finances while feeling emotionally overwhelmed is challenging to say the least. As a result of a lack of financial guidance, poor financial choices are common, which leads to unnecessary challenges after the divorce is final.
After fifteen years in financial services, I am now a seasoned financial professional who has been where you are. I've built a team committed to partnering with you to help you make wise financial decisions before, during and after your divorce.
When you’re going through a difficult life transition, you need to have a trusted team you can lean on. Learn more about the Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions team.
As the Founder/CEO of Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions and Great Lakes Investment Management, Leah strives to help clients secure their financial independence through a strategic financial planning process.
Leah is a sought-after speaker on overcoming financial setbacks, avoiding financial mistakes in divorce, and overcoming financial abuse. She has contributed to numerous books and online publications and is the author of When It's Just Not Working: A Practical Divorce Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College and holds an MA from Ursuline College. In addition to being an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Leah is a trained mediator with 100+ hours of training in conflict resolution.
Above all, Leah truly enjoys helping her clients succeed and reach their most cherished goals. Actively involved in her local community, she is a longtime member of the Rotary, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the PTA. Leah enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her three children and four dogs in her spare time.
Kelly is a Mediator specializing in divorce and parenting issues such as custody, visitation, schooling, and other major concerns or disputes. She received her training through a Supreme Court certified family mediation class at the University of Akron. With Kelly's guidance, she can help you achieve a successful co-parenting relationship.
Kelly has been working with the public her entire career. Her past experience includes Marketing, Public Relations and Communications. She enjoys creating lasting relationships with clients and seeing them reach their financial goals.
She has a BBA in Marketing and MBA from Cleveland State University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and Goldendoodle, Ozzie. You can usually find her running or biking on the towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Larisa has over 14 years of banking, investment, financial services and financial planning experience. She is passionate about delivering support, advice, and guidance to her clients through life changing events, especially separation, divorce and loss of loved ones, and helping them to make a smooth transition to a new financial environment.
Larisa earned her BS in Mathematics and MS in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State Engineering-Physics Institute (Technical University); and MS in Patent Science from the Institute of Industrial Property and Innovation. In 2016, she earned her CFP® certification.
Larisa and her husband Oleg enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, fine art and music. Along with their new family member, a German Pinscher puppy named Temur, they spend their free time together on long walks, watching sunrises, sunsets and starry skies.
Vicki has worked in marketing for over 25 years developing and executing marketing and communications campaigns. She enjoys using her marketing skills to bring awareness to GLDFS, helping others reach their personal goals and enrich their lives.
She has a BA in English from Baldwin Wallace University and an MA in Communications Management from John Carroll University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at local schools, reading and being outside.
Michelle enjoys finding ways to use her finance degree and experience for helping others, including her colleagues, clients, and members of the community. Michelle earned her BS in Business Administration from John Carroll University and her MPA from Cleveland State University. She has experience with financial planning and analysis at universities, adult financial education, and credit building. She is now pivoting to prepare financial analyses and financial plans for clients and assisting with operations in the office.
Michelle is a Cleveland native, but previously she lived in New York City, Minneapolis, and Hartford. In Michelle’s free time, she enjoys trying vegan restaurants, spending time with her family, and sampling her husband’s homemade hot sauce made with some of the hottest peppers in the world!
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