The DWC Team
Simply knowing and understanding the regulations is not enough. By balancing a commanding knowledge of regulations with business realities and critical thinking, each DWC team member becomes a strategic business partner to his or her clients. Every client is assigned a service team consisting of a Consultant, Team Leader and Partner to handle all aspects of plan design and administration.
Keith H. ClarkPartner/Retirement Plan Consultant
Keith is one of the founders of DWC ERISA Consultants. He has over 30 years of experience, nearly 18 of which have been devoted to molding DWC into the firm it is today. Before focusing exclusively on ERISA consulting at DWC, Keith honed his skills at several top firms including Coopers & Lybrand,
Keith has immeasurable practical expertise leading companies in the employee benefits industry. A well-known author of "The Defined Contribution Handbook" and keynote industry speaker, Keith is known for his entertaining and direct presentation style. Today, he continues to share his enthusiasm as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, teaching Executive Compensation and Taxation of Employee Benefits. Keith earned his Master of Business Administration at Auburn University and Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Minnesota.
Douglas W. HoeferPartner/Retirement Plan Consultant
Doug has over 20 years of experience working in the retirement plan industry. Doug began in the industry as an investment advisor assisting plan sponsors with the selection of service providers, fiduciary best practices,
Known for his collaborative approach, Doug uses his expertise to help investment advisors with plan design, plan analysis and vendor selection. As a provider/vendor specialist, he has been instrumental in helping colleagues solve client challenges through easy to understand solutions.
Adam C. PozekPartner/Retirement Plan Consultant
Adam is a nationally known author and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in the retirement plan industry. As a partner at DWC, Adam is known for designing customized plans for clients and assessing benefit programs in relation to mergers and acquisitions. He also consults with plan fiduciaries to help them establish and document prudent practices as required by ERISA.
Adam is actively involved with the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) where he serves as President-Elect, member of the Leadership Council and member of the Government Affairs Committee (Steering Committee and Chair of the IRS Q&A Subcommittee). He also served a 3-year term on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.
Adam is co-editor-in-chief of The Journal of Pension Benefits. His articles have been published there and in The Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Plan Consultant Magazine and The 403(b) Advisor. He has provided testimony to the ERISA Advisory Council and co-authored several comment letters and proposals to the Treasury Department and Congress.
Lori ReayPartner/Retirement Plan Consultant
Lori has over 16 years of experience working in the retirement plan industry. She works closely with financial advisors and clients to design and implement plans that meet their goals and objectives.
Lori is a former recipient of the American Institute of
Joni L. JenningsPrincipal/Retirement Plan Consultant
Joni started in the retirement plan industry right out of college and has loved the career choice ever since. Over the years, she has dedicated herself to the pension industry by volunteering for numerous boards and committees. Joni is a past president of the ASPPA Benefits Council of Atlanta and continues on its board of directors. She's also a member of the plan documents subcommittee for ASPPA’s government affairs committee.
Joni specialized in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and complex 401(k) plans and currently devotes most of her time to assisting clients with plan document restatements and amendments as well as IRS and DOL correction programs. In her spare time, Joni enjoys college football (Roll Tide!), yoga, golf, and scuba diving.
Cindy BantaTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
Cindy started out working for a bundled service provider and learned all aspects of retirement plan administration and record keeping. This allowed her to identify what she was passionate about, which led her to join DWC as a retirement plan consultant in 2014.
Laurie A. BoardmanTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
Laurie was introduced to the retirement plan industry in 2005 and has never looked back. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for many of the tasks associated with plan administration.
While she enjoys them all, Laurie excels in the areas of asset reconciliation, non-discrimination testing, and government reporting. She considers herself fortunate to work in a field she truly enjoys.
Sarah KeenanTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
For Sarah, the most rewarding part of working as a retirement plan consultant is developing relationships with her clients and helping them create and maintain a unique retirement plan that will meet their specific goals for the future.
She also enjoys staying current with new industry rules and regulations in order to best serve her clients. Sarah's favorite part of working for DWC is being surrounded by such intelligent and knowledgeable colleagues who are always happy to help one another grow and thrive!
Jessica W. LeeTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
Jessica joined the DWC team as a team leader with 10 years of industry experience. Over the last 10 years, her experience has focused on annual compliance and government filings, plan design, plan documents and amendments, and plan corrections available under the IRS and DOL.
Jessica loves that this industry is ever changing (it keeps you on your toes), noting that "it satisfies [her] urge to constantly learn and grow." However, she is most passionate about mentoring and training others who wish to develop a knowledge base of all things ERISA, whether it be a fellow colleague or client.
Ellen PozekTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
Having worked in various roles in the employee
J. Tyler WilsonTeam Leader/Retirement Plan Consultant
As a team leader, J. Tyler has the pleasure of mentoring his team on issues related to plan compliance while also helping clients achieve their retirement plan goals.
The most enjoyable part of his day-to-day is being a part of a team of “pension geeks” that truly love what they do. It isn’t just a job with DWC, it’s a passion to deliver a service that we are all proud of.
Thomas AwadRetirement Plan Consultant After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and retiring from professional running, Thomas decided to work full time as a consultant in the defined contribution industry. DWC is a perfect fit, with their dedication to excellence (no exceptions).
Emily BarbeeRetirement Plan Consultant
Emily joined DWC as a retirement plan consultant where she works with plan sponsors to ensure that their retirement plan remains in compliance with all current laws and regulations. Prior to joining DWC, she worked as a new business coordinator designing defined contribution and defined benefit plans for companies of all sizes.
Helping plan sponsors implement their new retirement plan allowed Emily to gain an in-depth understanding of how to best meet a business owner’s needs. She enjoys working with plan sponsors and their advisors on every aspect of their retirement plan and is committed to providing outstanding customer service to all of her clients.
Karla BomgardnerRetirement Plan Consultant
Like many other “pension geeks,” Karla stumbled upon this career after graduating from college with a business degree. She learned the industry from the ground up, and what started out as a job turned into a career. The ever-changing landscape of retirement plans offers Karla the opportunity to learn every day, and the challenges of this field mean she is never bored with her job.
Karla enjoys working with her clients to assist them in providing their employees with a retirement nest-egg, and the number person in her loves to figure out a complicated contribution calculation to help the employer meet their retirement goals. In her spare time, Karla loves to travel, sing, hang out with family and friend and watch tennis and football (she's an avid KC Chiefs fan!).
Lauri CarlsonRetirement Plan Consultant
Lauri joined DWC as a senior retirement plan consultant in 2015 when
She began her retirement plan consulting career in 1985, performing all aspects of plan administration, including contribution calculations, non-discrimination testing, preparing government filings, processing distributions, and trust accounting. With her exemplary analytical skills, she enjoys fine-tuning plans to meet her clients’ goals.
Lucinda CharlesRetirement Plan Consultant Lucinda is a retirement plan analyst and part of DWC’s Distributions team. Using her extreme attention to detail, she reviews participants' loan and distribution requests to ensure they follow plan provisions and are valid for processing.
Sariah CicotteRetirement Plan Consultant Sariah came into the world of retirement administration after over a decade working in engineering. She has a lot of experience as a project administrator and with client management. She loves working with clients and helping them understand the intricacies of their plans.
Brandon ClarkRetirement Plan Consultant Brandon started working at DWC part-time in the summer of 2008, helping build our first client web portal before moving into a "junior" consultant role over the summers. When a position arose to transition into a full-time consultant role and help manage our summer intern program, Brandon was glad to take advantage of the opportunity.
Viviana FigueroaRetirement Plan Consultant
Viviana started in the retirement plan business assisting other plan administrators before moving into operations and investment advisor services. That broad background has provided Viviana with well-rounded experience and perspective in working with her clients.
She enjoys creating relationships with her clients and helping them to understand their plan and the benefits it offers to the company and their employees.
Sara FooteRetirement Plan Consultant
Sara has worked as a retirement plan consultant for the past nine years, with experience in all areas of plan administration. Some highlights include non-discrimination testing, government forms preparation, employer contribution calculations, and technical support to plan sponsors.
She enjoys working alongside plan sponsors to assist them in maximizing their retirement benefit each year as well as providing support in answering their technical questions as they arise. Sara loves that this industry is always changing and there is always something new to learn.
Michele GreshamRetirement Plan Consultant
Michele has an in-depth understanding of multiple trading platforms and recordkeeping systems. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work in nearly every area of the retirement plan industry including client service, contribution and distribution processing, trust balancing, plan conversions, and compliance.
That experience allows her to work with clients to address their operational needs and to help ensure that participant distribution requests are processed accurately and in a timely manner.
Amy HaleRetirement Plan Consultant
With more than 10 years working as a retirement plan administrator, Amy's experience consists of nondiscrimination testing and Form 5500 preparations, among other aspects of the business. Amy enjoys the different challenges that this position brings forth. She also likes that her position is one of constant growth and education within the industry. During her spare
Cassie HarperRetirement Plan Consultant
Cassie began her career in retirement plans as an associate at a recordkeeping firm, answering questions for clients, participants, financial advisors, and TPA firms. As she gained broader experience, Cassie transitioned into the role of consultant, learning how to calculate employer contributions, prepare audit packages, and prepare plan documents.
When she's not working with clients on their retirement plans, Cassie likes to read, paint, and garden.
Rosalyn C. JarquioRetirement Plan Consultant
Through her 25 years of experience in the retirement plan industry, Rosalyn has worked on all aspects of plan administration, including plan documents, amendments, annual Form 5500 filing, and compliance testing. She has also enjoyed working with plan sponsors and their advisors to set up new plans while providing the best possible service experience for her clients.
Rosalyn enjoys traveling, cooking, shopping, listening to music (old and new), and most importantly, she loves spending time with her big family.
Ben JonesRetirement Plan Consultant During my time at DWC, I have worked with participant distributions, plan documents, Forms 5500 and many more aspects of our business. I greatly enjoy the problem-solving aspects involved in ensuring that each plan matches a client’s unique needs, and happy to be able to provide this service as a retirement plan consultant.
As controller of a growing professional services firm, Ann enjoys the variety each day brings in helping to facilitate growth, and appreciates the excellent communicators and committed service professionals and clients she gets to interact with on a daily basis. Ann was previously a manager in public accounting at McGladrey & Pullen before making the switch to private industry.
Michael ManziRetirement Plan Consultant As a retirement plan consultant, Michael enjoys feeding the plan representatives the information they need to make plan provisions fit their company goals. Knowing that they have many other responsibilities within their own company, he wants to make their employers vision of generous contributions an effortless task.
Jamelle MoodyRetirement Plan Consultant Jamelle enjoys what he does because it gives him the opportunity to take on complex calculations. He also loves the sense of accomplishment that he feels knowing that he has helped a plan sponsor or participant understand their retirement plan and potentially helped get them on the right track towards achieving their retirement goals.
Morgan PaigeRetirement Plan Consultant DWC works with a broad array of businesses, and Morgan has enjoyed getting to know each client over the years. She loves the challenge of helping plan sponsors achieve their goals with their retirement plans. Above all, Morgan believes that retirement security is essential and is glad that she can help employers comply with the complex regulations that apply to their retirement
Mari SchmitzRetirement Plan Consultant
Mari has more than 20 years of experience in helping employers with their retirement plan administration, including annual funding valuation reports, distribution calculations, document restatements, trust accounting, and government forms preparation.
Previously working on mostly mid- to large-sized defined benefit plans for an actuarial firm in Texas, she now focuses on the defined contribution side of retirement plan compliance and consulting.
Carmen M. VaughnRetirement Plan Consultant
With over eight years of experience focusing on defined contribution plan administration, Carmen's experience includes non-discrimination testing, contribution calculations, trust accounting, preparation of government forms, plan conversions, and plan terminations.
Working through the complexities of plan administration makes her career both challenging and rewarding. Carmen enjoys being a resource for her clients and their advisors in helping them achieve their retirement plan goals and keeping their plans in compliance with IRS and DOL regulations.
Adriana VergarayRetirement Plan Consultant
Adriana has been involved in the administration of defined contribution plans for five years and provides services to 401(k) and profit sharing plans with annual compliance and nondiscrimination testing, overall plan administration (including trust accounting), and client service, government forms preparation and filing, and auditor assistance.Adriana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and she is an active, credentialed member of the American Society of Pension Professional & Actuaries (ASPPA).