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.........

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

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. 

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. 

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.........

Kyle Smith
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Kyle spent his formative years in the south Charlotte area, graduating from Wingate University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, as well as a master’s degree in Sports Administration in 2015.  His experiences and education in marketing as well as customer service have prepared him well in his role at AFEA.  When not at work, Kyle enjoys leading worship, playing guitar, spending time with friends and family. 


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