Meet Our Staff Members

Rick McClanahan
Designation : Founder / CEO

Rick has been working in the financial sector for over 18 years, helping clients protect their assets and invest wisely. His success in his financial practice led to an overwhelming desire to educate people about their finances and to give back to his community. Thus was born The American Financial Education Alliance.
After graduating from high school Mr. McClanahan served 8 years on three different ships in the United States Navy and is a proud veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While serving our country he worked in the ship's finance department where he got his start assisting other service members with their finances. During his time in the military, he was able to c.........

Jeremy Bryant
Designation : Chief Operations Officer

Jeremy grew up in the Lakes Region area of New Hampshire and graduated from Saint Anselm College – Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biology in 2001. He then moved from NH to Kannapolis, NC where he started his career as a Financial Advisor with a career agency. In January 2011, he decided to become an Independent Advisor to offer more comprehensive planning options. In April 2011, he helped in the creation of AFEA. Jeremy moved to China Grove, NC in 2005 where he now lives with his wife, Camden.  Together they raise their two Children, Reese and Beckett and thei.........

Katherine Lesch

A 3rd generation Charlottean by both sides of her family, Katherine brings to AFEA a strong passion for creating and maintaining each relationship she forms through work and always aims to please. She studied at both North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and King's College in Charlotte. She has previous experience in the marketing field as well as the customer service arena.  Outside of work she can most often be found accompanied by a childhood friend, fellow Charlotte native, and husband, Adam, with their son, Landon, along with their two dogs, Moose, and Aussie. She enjoys.........

Kaeleen Bruce

Kaeleen is a graduate of King's College where she earned her degree in office administration. She brings a strong passion for customer service and problem-solving to AFEA and believes that her work is not done until her customers are satisfied. Although she was born in WV and raised in High Point, NC she now calls Charlotte, NC her home. When she's not at work you can most likely find Kaeleen at the gym, spending time with her family, or relaxing at home with her husband, Casey, and their dogs, Payton and Harper, watching a good movie.<.........

Laural Cipperly

Laural comes from a highly demanding customer service background. Making sure her customers are well taken care of is truly her pleasure. Along with personal customer care, Laural also brings to AFEA her passion for organization and willingness to help others. Even though she was born and raised in Alabama, Laural is happy to call Charlotte her home. During her time away from work, Laural enjoys spending time with her.........

Domenic McClanahan

Domenic was born at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Some years later, he and his family moved to Newport Beach, CA, and finally resulted in Charlotte, NC. At a young age, Domenic had discovered he had a profound interest in computers and all things technology related. He was very involved with AFEA in 2013-14 when the organization started to expand as the Chapter Development Specialist and has continued to assist the effort to spread Financial Education. When not at work, Domenic can most likely be found at the movie read more Contact Me

Luli Vergara
Designation : Academic Coordinator

Luli graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Psychology. During college, Luli was involved with Student Government Association, Living Learning Leadership Program, Psychology Club, Ski and Snowboarding Club, Gymnastic Club and Kappa Delta Sorority. She has been involved with non-profit organizations since she was 7 years old which is why she chose to move to Charlotte, NC to work with AFEA. Her experience and background knowledge allows her to provide great customer service. During her time away from work, Luli will more likely be spending time with friends or at a beach somewhere. 

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Holly Taylor
Designation : Academic Coordinator

Holly came to AFEA from a prior position as a Customer Service Specialist, so providing excellent service is second-nature for her. She also brings strong interpersonal and communication skills to her position as an Academic Coordinator, making it easy to ensure all the needs of her Chapter Presidents are met. Holly was born and raised in South Carolina and currently resides just outside of Charlotte in the city of Rock Hill. Outside of work she enjoys discovering new music, going to as many live shows as she can, and cuddling up at home with her fur baby, Luna. 

Kayla Brower
Designation : Administrative Assistant

Kayla has experience in multiple customer service positions. She was born and raised in High Point, NC, and is excited to call Charlotte her new home. Kayla has a passion for helping those around her, a key reason to why she is beneficial to our non-profit organization. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling to visit her family, as well as spending time with her friends and boyfriend.

Randy Hammon
Designation : Educational Consultant

After 11 years playing professional baseball, Randy Hammon hung up his cleats and has spent over 37 years as a tax and retirement planning strategist. He is the author of The Safe Money System: Uncommon Wisdom to Secure Your Retirement, Without Wall Street's Risk! and he is the creator of the Online Guide to Financial Literacy.

Randy has successfully translated the discipline and winning attitude he learned in professional sports into a unique financial coaching style. He helps individuals and families identify what things in life are most important to them, and then gives them the information to make smart decisions to secure their f.........

Tia Johnson

Tia Johnson is a Business Develop Manager and Marketing Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives and human resources directors to grow the personal and professional financial wellness of their number one asset, their loyal employees. Tia studied communications at Augusta State University after a two tours as a medic in the United States Air Force and proceeded to work in the fast, creative environment of media advertising, creating campaigns for some of the country’s coolest brands. After spending nearly a decade working in advertising and marketing, Tia knows what truly drives conversions, sold-out events, and brand loyalty—how well you connect with the real people you&r.........

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