Board of Directors

As a non-profit, the ACP Board of Directors is comprised of six rotating ACP members to serve its fellow ACP community in the best interests of its membership. In addition to providing board opportunities for its members, ACP provides its members with leadership opportunities such as serving on one of several committees.

Chris Wentzien, CFP®, CPA, MBA 
President

Chris is the founder and principal of Natural Bridges Financial Advisors. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

He is a member of the AICPA Personal Financial Planning Section and NAPFA. He is a former instructor at the UCSC Extension Silicon Valley Personal Financial Planning Department. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Financial Planning Association.

Chris lives in Santa Cruz, Ca with his wife Vilma. He has two adult children and two grandchildren.

As a former professional soccer player, Chris is one of the founders of a non-profit soccer club that works with underserved children in his county. When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids, hiking, biking and anything sports related. He is also a season ticket holder and fanatic of the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer club, his former team.

Sheila Padden,
CFP®, CPA/PFS, CPA

Secretary / Treasurer

After completing Northwestern University's Certified Financial Planning Program and passing the rigorous 10 hour CFP Exam, Sheila knew that she would re-focus her career on Personal Financial Planning. At the NAPFA conference in Chicago, Sheila learned about fee-only practice models, met amazing fee-only advisors, and felt relieved that she could continue working as a trusted advisor and not sell commission-laded products.

Sheila graduated with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accountancy. As a licensed CPA in Illinois, Sheila completes at least 120 hours every three years of continuing education. Sheila is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and its Personal Financial Planning Section.

Sheila is actively involved in Notre Dame Women Connect where she is national chair, and in the Center for Economic Progress where she is a tax preparer for low-income families.

Her favorite activities include: tennis, golf, reading and spending time with family and friends. Sheila has been married to Mike for over 25 years and they have 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter. The youngest son and daughter are twins.

Frankie Corrado, CFP®
Past President

Frankie Corrado is a co-founding partner and lead Financial Life Guide at Blue Blaze Financial Advisors, headquartered at the exciting Bell Works project in Holmdel, NJ.

Frankie works very closely with clients to reach what Blue Blaze has coined, “the optimal life equilibrium” – a balance between a client’s heart’s core and the financial and logistical realities in their life. Blue Blaze has found that when a client’s heart and their money are in equilibrium, optimal life environments are much more achievable. Frankie is committed to partnering with his clients to envision the life they are meant to live and then develop the plan and framework required to get there.

“Through smart, thoughtful, and holistic planning, I really feel that every person has the opportunity to live the true life they were meant to live”, Corrado says. He continues, “if a client is willing to invest in their life and their future, I am super charged to be a part of their team to make their best life possible into a reality.”

In addition to his client-facing role as Financial Life Guide, Frankie plays a large role in Blue Blaze’s ongoing strategic direction, marketing, and business development. The many hats he wears has helped him gain invaluable experience as he furthers his own career.

When he is not living out his own optimal life as a Financial Life Guide at Blue Blaze, Frankie and his wife Sarah can be found adventuring somewhere, usually in the outdoors. Whether it’s the woods (Frankie has completed a full thru-hike of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail), the mountains (if you let him start talking about skiing, he probably won’t stop), or the ocean (undertaking a new challenge – surfing!), Frankie feels at home when able to play in the great outdoors.



Kevin Jacobs, 
CFP®, EA


Kevin Jacobs has been a Certified Financial Planner® since 2008, when he founded Step by Step Financial LLC. He received his Enrolled Agent accreditation in 2010. He specializes in serving the tax and financial planning needs of  married couples in their pre-retirement years. As a NAPFA member, and a licensed life and health insurance agent in Oklahoma, Kevin is able to provide clients with a full spectrum of financial expertise. 

Kevin earned his B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his M.A. from Madonna University. He and his wife have eight children (six boys and two girls), are active volunteers at their church, and are avid Cubs fans.
Alicia Klein,
CFP®, EA

Alicia has worked for Cambridge Financial Group in Tucson, AZ since 2011. She joined the firm as an intern and is now part-owner. Alicia is active in her local NAPFA study group and serves on the board of her local FPA, where she is developing the relationship between fee-only planners and the brand-new CFPÒ program at the University of Arizona, where she graduated from with a BSBA in Marketing at The Eller College of Management. She earned her CFP® designation in July 2014 and became an Enrolled Agent in December of 2014.

As the granddaughter of Bert Whitehead, Alicia strives to fill big shoes in the financial planning world. Being a member of ACP is as much about honoring the legacy as it is serving the profession well into the future.
Tim Sullivan, 
CFP®, EA

Tim Sullivan, CFP®, EA is an investment advisor representative for Clarity Financial, LLC, a fee-only advisory firm he founded in 2011. With a graduate certificate in personal financial planning from Rice University, Tim helps his clients  grow financially and invest their energy in the important aspects of their lives. He is also an Enrolled Agent, having passed a three-part comprehensive IRS exam covering individual and business tax returns. Tim is an active community member; he provides pro bono financial advice to those in need, as he feels strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from unbiased financial advice.

When not working, Tim can be found listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball on the radio, watching his alma mater Missouri Tigers, or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.You might also find him putting his amateur carpentry skills to use around the house.

 

Steve Swicegood, CFP®

Steve Swicegood, CFP® began his financial services career in 1974 in the property and casualty insurance business. Prompted by his personal interest in investing and finance and by an increase in requests for help from his insurance clients, Steve began offering personal financial planning in the mid 90’s.

Steve founded his current business, Conscious Money Solutions, in 2009 with the specific intent of offering his clients holistic Financial Life Planning. This is a process that, in his words, “includes full consideration of how each financial decision impacts other areas of life that are touched by money. More importantly, Financial Life Planning is about helping clients make the money they have work for the life they want.”

A veteran of the US Air Force, Steve attended Central Arizona College and the University of Albuquerque as a business major. He completed his financial planning curriculum through Florida State University. Steve and his wife, Connie, have lived in Amarillo since 1978. They have two adult children—a son, Jimmy, who is a successful business owner in Amarillo, and a daughter, Erica, who is a physician in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

When he is not working or playing with his grandchildren, Steve likes to scuba dive, ski, travel (particularly to locations with sandy beaches and palm trees) and participate in CrossFit workouts. Steve and Connie are active at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, where they both work with ESL (English as Second Language) classes. Additionally, Steve teaches financial literacy classes for Habitat for Humanity and volunteers as a counselor and mentor to juvenile offenders.