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Shaun Chelf, CFP®
Shaun Chelf

Founding Partner Wealth Advisor

I am a Founding Partner of Reliant Wealth Planning and its primary financial planner and portfolio architect. My background is a bit different from many in the financial industry. I was a Distinguished Graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where I earned my bachelor’s degree with a field of study in individual psychology and was awarded the Eisenhower Award for Excellence in the study of Behavioral Science and Leadership. After graduation, I served as an Armor Officer in both active duty and Reserve Army units. Since, I have also earned a Master in Theological Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with institutional honors - Graduate with High Distinction.

When I entered the financial services industry in 2000 as a financial consultant, I knew I wanted to both have a meaningful relationship with my clients and pursue technical expertise. Earning the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. helped move me toward achieving the latter, while continuously striving daily to help clients realize the purpose of their money is evidence of the former. I consider myself fortunate to have found such talented professionals of character with which to work at Reliant. Having said that, all of Reliant Wealth Planning is truly privileged that clients trust us with their financial future, and we take that trust seriously.

I also had the privilege of marrying my high school sweetheart, Eva. She stayed by my side through two degrees, deployments to foreign countries, beginning a new career and starting a business. Together we have three daughters; Autumn, Trinity and Devon.

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Laura Clark, CFP®
Laura Clark

Founding Partner Wealth Advisor

I am a Founding Partner of Reliant Wealth Planning and self-appointed Chief Relationship Officer. It’s my goal to leave clients with a feeling of comfort regarding their planning and the management of their financial resources.

I’ve been in the financial services industry since 1991. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an option in finance, from California State University East Bay, and an MBA from the University of Louisville (Go Cardinals!). I also have my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

In 1993 I married my best friend Scott in a New Year’s Eve ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. We love to travel, and together we have visited 30 countries and 35 states.

We were both raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and resided there until a job transfer for Scott brought us to Louisville in 1997. The move was supposed to be for just three years, but we fell in love with the city and are proud to now call Louisville our home.

We share our home with a retired greyhound, hairless cats, and many friends and family members from all over the world who visit us each year.

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Thomas W. Kelley
Thomas W. Kelley

Senior Wealth Advisor

I have been in the financial service industry since 1978. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in 1978 and went on to complete my Master in Business Administration (MBA) in 1986. I married my wife, Cheri, in 1978 and we have one son.

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Trish Fleege Ettin
Trish Fleege Ettin

Operations and Compliance Manager

I was privileged to join Reliant Wealth Planning in January 2017. I started my career in 1992 and spent my first eight years working at a technology firm that focused on providing software for the financial services industry. I then switched to being a user of that same software by working at three different brokerage firms during the next 15 years. One of those jobs brought me to Louisville from Minneapolis in 2008, having been born and raised in the upper Midwest.

I graduated from Wellesley College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in classical civilization. I love languages and studied Spanish, Swedish, Latin, Ancient Greek and Italian in high school and college. I like solving math and computer problems.

My husband, Doug, hailing from Washington, D.C., is a good cook and has inspired me to enjoy cooking as well. We also like to travel.

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Brian Gainer, CFA®
Brian Gainer

Analytics Manager

I joined Reliant Wealth Planning in April 2017. My financial services career began in 1993, with the first decade spent working in various banking and investment roles for regional banks in WV and OH. In 2003, I moved my family to Louisville, KY, and continued my professional development while working at national and global firms in the insurance, brokerage and asset management sectors.

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from West Virginia University in 1993. I also hold the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

From 1988-1996, I served in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve and was deployed overseas for Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for my service during the Gulf War.

I married my wife Jane in 1993, and together we have a daughter, Grace. We share our home in Louisville, KY with two energetic Shih Tzu, Benny & Lola.

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Steve Cline
Steve Cline

Information Systems Manager

I joined Reliant Wealth Planning in April 2017. I have been providing information services support to myriad industries for over 15 years, including hospitality, government, financial services and agribusiness.

I graduated in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and invested five years as a cavalry scout, including a year as a peacekeeper in Bosnia & Herzegovina. I left the Army as a captain in 2000.

I enjoy studying and implementing new technologies. I also play the drums (badly) and have a private pilot's license.

Mimi Strohmeier
Mimi Strohmeier

Client Service Associate

I have been in the financial services industry since 1980. I earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington Campus. My husband, Tom, and I live in Northfield, were married in 1982 and have raised two adult children, Thomas, Jr. and Anne. As University of Kentucky Fellows, Tom and I are active sports enthusiasts and are avid followers and supporters of the UK Wildcats. I enjoy needlework, cooking, baking and flower arranging.

Tracy Liston
Tracy Liston

Client Service Associate

I have been in the financial services industry since 2004. I was born and raised in Virginia and earned my bachelor's degree in marketing from James Madison University. In my spare time, I enjoy running, refereeing youth sports at the YMCA and volunteering at Southeast Christian Church.

Kaitlyn Colvin
Kaitlyn Colvin

Wealth Paraplanner

I have been in the financial services industry since 2012, after graduating from Ohio Northern University. In 2013, I married my husband, Joe. We also moved to Louisville from my hometown of Columbus, Ohio - Go Bucks! In 2016, our beautiful baby, Theodore was born. We have since moved to Lexington to be near Joe's parents. I love to host family and friends, explore new restaurants, and search for antique furniture.