*Please note: council members’ titles and firms are listed for affiliation purposes only.
Alma Soongi Beck, Esq., Partner, Lakin Spears LLP
Alma is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Group at Lakin Spears where she specializes in estate planning and trust/estate administration. She has particular interest and expertise with LGBT estate planning, property issues for unmarried couples, and Medi-Cal / long-term care planning. Prior to joining Lakin Spears, Alma was principal and founding attorney of The Beck Law Group, P.C. Alma received her B.A. from Yale University, her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and her LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University Law School. Fun Fact: If you meet Alma, feel free to talk about surfing, corgis and other cute dogs, K-Pop, and efforts to stop and reverse climate change.
Rachel R. Caldwell, Managing Director, Andersen Tax
Rachel Caldwell is a member of the Andersen Tax Private Client Services group and works with wealthy families to assist individuals and multi-generational family groups with tax planning and compliance. Rachel has over 14 years of experience in professional tax and accounting services. Prior to Andersen Tax, Rachel practiced as an auditor with a regional bank in San Francisco. Rachel received her B.S. in Accounting from Utah State University and her Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) from the University of San Francisco. Fun Fact: Rachel recently tried cat yoga with her daughter and is never going back to regular yoga.
Kyle Cliff, Vice President, HUB International
Kyle is the Vice President at HUB International. He assists his clients in identifying their insurance needs and customizing a portfolio that is well rounded and customized. Prior to HUB International, Kyle worked a Sales Representative at Liberty Mutual. Kyle is a graduate of San Diego State University. Fun Fact: Kyle loves playing water polo!
Virg Cristobal, CFP®, Partner, Open Advisors LLC
Virg is a Partner at Open Advisors LLC, a wealth advisory firm, where he provides fee-based financial planning for successful families and business owners. He specializes in designing and implementing creative strategies for his clients. Virg graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Fun Fact: Virg and his wife Audrey are actively engaged in the community. They have two children.
Meredith Shuey Etherington, Senior Advisor, Litman Gregory Asset Management
Meredith is a Senior Advisor at Litman Gregory, where she provides investment management and advisory services to high-net-worth individuals, families, nonprofit endowments and foundations. Prior to joining Litman Gregory, Meredith was a Portfolio Manager at Brown Advisory, where she focused on strategic investment and wealth management solutions for complex, multi-generational families and institutional clients. Meredith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a double major in Human & Organizational Development and Fine Arts. She earned her MBA at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Fun Fact: Meredith played on the Division I women’s lacrosse team at Vanderbilt and hopes to coach her sons one day!
Lorna Padia Markus, Partner, Mowat Mackie & Anderson
Lorna is a Partner at Mowat Mackie & Anderson LLP, where she specializes in working with closely held businesses, high net worth individuals with complex tax situations and employee benefit plans. Lorna is an active community volunteer, having served on the boards of the ALS & Neuromuscular Research Center, Stepping Stones Growth Center, Rotary Club of Oakland, the Oakland Rotary Endowment and is the treasurer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa. Lorna has a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from San Francisco State University. Fun Fact: In her free time, she enjoys volunteering twice a month to serve up a fabulous full breakfast menu or preparing wine paired dinners for family and friends.
Jeffrey M. Ostrum, C.F.P., Managing Principal, Financial Architect Partners
Jeff is the Managing Principal of the Financial Architect Partners West Coast operation based in Palo Alto. Prior to joining Financial Architect Partners in 2002, Jeff managed sales teams for three national technology companies where he was responsible for New York, Chicago, New England, Mid Atlantic, and Bay Area markets. Jeff graduated from Bentley University with a B.A. in Marketing. Jeff is a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council.
Suzy Pak, Financial Advisor, Goode Hable Pak at Morgan Stanley
Suzy is a Financial Advisor at Goode Hable Pak at Morgan Stanley. She has 23 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2016, she was Director of Client Services at ClearBridge Investments. Suzy received her B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MBA from San Jose State University.
Karl Mill, Associate, Adler & Colvin
Karl is an Associate at Adler & Colvin where his practice focuses on the representation of a wide variety of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including both public charities and private foundations, with an emphasis on charitable gift planning, federal tax law, and social enterprise. Before joining Adler & Colvin Karl was an associate in the trusts and estates department of DLA Piper LLP in San Diego. Karl holds in B.A. in Philosophy from Marist College, an M.A. in Education from the University of Mississippi, and a J.D. from Columbia University. Fun Fact: Karl used to teach High School Algebra in Sardis, Mississippi.
Elizabeth Sevilla, CLU, ChFC, Partner, Seiler LLP
Elizabeth is a Partner at Seiler LLP. She is a leader in Seiler’s Trusts and Estates practice. Prior to Seiler, Elizabeth worked as the Senior Tax Director at BDO USA, Deloitte and KPMG. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Psychology and Economics from the University of the Philippines. Elizabeth also has Chartered Life Underwriter and Charter Financial Consultant certifications from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA and is an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Fun Fact: Elizabeth loves to experiment with food and wine pairings!
Richard Davis-Lowell, C.F.P., CEPA, Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
As the Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Richard is responsible for new business development in Northern California. Richard works with individuals, families, foundations, and endowments to identify how BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s capabilities can help them reach their wealth management goals. Prior to BNY Mellon, Richard served as a Private Client Advisor at US Trust, Bank of America Wealth Management. Richard received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds the CFP and CEPA designations. Fun Fact: Richard enjoys raising freshwater tropical fish and is a member of the SF Aquarium Society.
Julia Matsudaira, Vice President, Jordan Park
Julia joined Jordan Park as Vice President, Impact Advisory in 2017. Prior to joining Jordan Park, Julia was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and spent 10 years in the nonprofit sector focused on education and leadership development. Julia received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University and her M.B.A. from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Fun Fact: Julia is passionate about mentoring and coaching.
Lisi Bailliere Dean, Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor, Capital Group Private Client Services
As Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services, Lisi works directly with high net worth individuals and families to create customized plans for protecting and growing their wealth, often across multiple generations. Lisi also helps nonprofit foundations and endowments to realize their long-term financial objectives through effective planning and investment management. Prior to joining Capital, Lisi was a Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Fun fact: Lisi is a former player on the US Women’s Lacrosse team
Endy Ukoha-Ajike, LL.M., Attorney, Ukoha-Ajike Law Group, P.C.
Endy is a California licensed attorney who practices primarily in the areas of Tax, Estate Planning, Business Consulting and Non-Profit consulting. He started the Ukoha-Ajike Law Group in July 2002. Prior to getting licensed in 2001 and starting his practice, Endy worked in various law firms as a contract paralegal in the Bay Area having emigrated here in 1998 from England. Endy has an LL.M. (Masters of Law in Taxation) from Golden Gate University. Endy also has a Certificate in Negotiations from the Negotiations Institute of Harvard University Law School. Fun Fact: Endy is a very passionate football (soccer) fan. He still enthusiastically follows the worldwide game. Endy played on a semi-pro level while growing up in Nigeria and misses playing the beautiful game.
George Rokas, C.F.A., Senior Portfolio Manager, Northern Trust
George is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Northern Trust where he works with clients to understand their goals and build comprehensive financial plans to help achieve them achieve those goals. Prior to Northern Trust, George spent nearly 25 years as an analyst and portfolio manager for the investment management division of Union Bank in San Francisco. George holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Fun Fact: When he is not working, George enjoys cooking, cycling and tennis.