The Board of Advisors (BoA) is a self-perpetuating organization providing advice and support to ensure the continued strength and integrity of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA). The BoA is comprised of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) professionals and a public member. Members of the BoA draw on their experience and education and give their time and expertise for the benefit of the greater CDFA community. The BoA assists in framing the basic direction of IDFA and monitors the implementation of strategic plans. It also acts as an advocate for IDFA in the financial community, the business community, and the wider public.

For information about the Board selection process, please see the Board of Advisors Nomination and Selection Policy.

Third Year Members

Cate Henry, CDFA
Cate Henry, CDFA®New York, NY

Cate has more than 28 years of financial services experience, and has helped clients navigate the markets through a range of economic cycles. She began her financial career in accounting as an assistant comptroller of a Fortune 500 company, and then became the Chief Budgeting Estimator for a NYC development industry. While enjoying estimating, she decided to set her sights on Wall Street, where she worked as a Client Wealth Manager. Cate knew that had found her calling: making investments easy to understand for men and women of all ages and financial sophistication.

Cate joined Merrill Lynch in 1993. Cate is a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing her own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies.

In addition to working with individuals and corporate executives, Cate has extensive experience dealing with the financial ramifications of divorce. Having herself experienced first-hand the stress and confusion that can accompany divorce, Cate was motivated to obtain a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® designation which, in combination with her extensive wealth management experience, provides an experienced voice that can be a valuable member of your pre-post-divorce team.

Sandi Gumeson, CPA, CDFA
Sandi Gumeson, CPA, CDFA®  Chair Denver, CO

Sandi is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® professional. She has 20 years of extensive experience in financial analysis, forensic accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and financial management.

She is the Managing Director for her local CDFA practice in Denver, helping her clients understand and navigate the financial intricacies of divorce. On a national level, Sandi is the CFO and Co-Founder of Wellspring Divorce Advisors. Wellspring provides a turnkey business solution dedicated to training and supporting other professionals to become successful CDFA professionals.

Beginning her career at Pricewaterhousecoopers as an audit and tax intern, she quickly became a senior associate. She then joined Ryland Homes, a fortune 500 national homebuilding company, and ultimately became a Controller and VP Finance for the San Diego Division.
Ms. Gumeson graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting.

Kevin J. Ruth, CFP
Kevin J. Ruth, CFP®

Kevin J. Ruth is the Head of Wealth Planning and Personal Trust Chairman at Fidelity Personal Trust Company. Kevin heads a team of professionals responsible for the company’s comprehensive wealth management and estate planning activities.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Kevin was the head of wealth planning and fund services at UBS Wealth Management Americas where he was responsible for financial planning, insurance and annuities, USB trust services, mutual funds, money funds, and retirement consulting services. He was also a senior member of UBS Private Wealth Management and was involved in the creation of that initiative. In addition, he was the chairman and CEO of UBS Trust Company, the president of UBS Financial Services Insurance Agency, Inc., and served on the board of the UBS Puerto Rico Family of Funds.

Prior to working at UBS, Kevin was the director of private planning services for Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group. He was responsible for providing tax management, estate planning, concentrated stock risk management, and other financial planning services to ultra-high-net-worth clients.

Kevin holds Bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and master of science degree in financial services from The American College. He also holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, the Chartered Life Underwriter® designation, the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation, and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation. Kevin has also received the Accredited Estate Planner® designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He has passed Series exams 7, 24, and 63 and holds a New Jersey state insurance license.

Second Year Members

Donna Cheswick, CDFA®Southwestern Pennsylvania

Donna Cheswick, CDFA® and Financial Advisor, has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is the owner of Cheswick Divorce Solutions LLC., located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, where she helps individuals, couples and family law attorneys with all the financial complexities that arise during divorce to ensure the most financial advantageous settlement possible. Education is the backbone of her business, and she frequently teaches workshops on a wide variety of topics relating to finance and divorce as well as authored numerous articles for local/national print and online publications. Donna also is a trained divorce mediator and collaborative financial neutral.

Peggy L. Tracy, MBA, CFP®, CDFA®, CFE

Peggy L. Tracy (MBA, CFP®, CDFA®, CFE) has been the sole owner of Priority Planning, a tax preparation and financial services practice, since 1986. She added her divorce planning business in 2003. A Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, she focuses on assisting divorcing clients with financial matters, including a specialization in forensic accounting and fraud examination. She has testified in court on behalf of her clients, and has conducted more than 100 marital fraud investigations.

Peggy received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in finance at Mundelein College and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Loyola University. Among her professional credentials and designations are the passing the Certified Public Accounting exam in 1981, Certified Financial Planner certificant (1985), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) in 2003. She completed her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation in 2007.

She is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and was president of Divorce Illinois from 2008 to 2014. She was the 2013 chairperson of the ADFP national conference in Chicago, Ill

Peggy has appeared in an expert capacity on many television and radio shows and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Mutual Funds Magazine and Financial Planning magazine. She has been featured by WSJ.com about her divorce detective work. She had her first article published in May, 2012, in Financial Planning magazine.

First Year Members

Rebecca Griffith

Rebecca has more than 20 years experience in the Financial Services sector spanning: Wealth Management, Strategy, Private Banking and Leadership. Rebecca has worked for several of Canada’s largest Financial Institutions and has had many significant accomplishments throughout her career in Financial Services.

Rebecca holds an MBA in Finance from Dalhousie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers Association.

Most recently, Rebecca became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and after working with her Divorcing clients, she recognized the need in the marketplace for a comprehensive team of experienced Divorce professionals who work together to provide exceptional service to their clients. Rebecca Griffith is the Founder and President of the Divorce Solutions Group, a firm that mitigates the negative impact of a Divorce on both individuals and their families, from a financial, emotional, and legal perspective.

Ben Feldmeyer

For the last 25 years, Ben’s belief has been success is measured not just by your financial well-being, but by how confident you feel about your future. As President of Feldmeyer Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Ben has spent his career helping families see their financial future more clearly. After finishing his BSBA in Finance from The Ohio State University, Ben went on to receive his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He has been a part of the Ameriprise Circle of Success every year from 1997 to 2018, including becoming an Ameriprise Diamond Ring Inductee in 2007. Ben has also recently been elected to the IDFA Board of Advisors for 2019.

For more information about the BOA, see the Board Of Advisors.