Jake Kagele, CIMA®
Managing Partner, Financial Advisor

Jake provides financial services for high net worth individuals, trusts, corporations, company retirement plans, foundations and endowments. Through Jake’s combination of financial experience and education, he is able to truly achieve a tailored approach to investing by focusing on the core goals and interests of his clients.

Jake currently holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania since December of 2006. Jake earned IMCA’s Foundations and Endowments certificate in conjunction with the Wharton School in May 2008. Jake is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).

Mike Maré
Executive Vice President of Investments, Colorado Branch Manager

Mike is married and the proud father of a son and a daughter.  He and his family reside in beautiful Colorado Springs and enjoy the active Colorado lifestyle. As a financial advisor, he has worked for Edward Jones, Key Investment Services (Key Bank), New England Financial, and he is the founder of Quantum Wealth Strategies.  He recently moved Quantum Wealth Strategies into partnership with NOVA Financial Services and is excited about the powerful Colorado coalition he now leads and the extensive benefits it brings to his current and future clients.

Prior to being a financial advisor, Michael served as a Tucson Police Officer, Detective, and Sergeant.  He was a long time member of the Tucson Police Department Hostage Negation Team and a Certified Police Ethics Instructor.  He describes his fourteen years with the Tucson Police Department as a wonderful chapter of his life where he had the privilege of serving the public and working with exceptionally talented peers and leaders.

Mike graduated from Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Arizona then attended Rhodes University in Grahmstown, South Africa.  He returned to Tucson and finished his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Arizona.  He later completed a Master of Science in Management at Northern Arizona University.

Janet Baker, CFP® CDFA™
Senior Vice President, Financial Planner

Janet Baker joined NOVA Financial Services in 2009 with over 20 years of experience in financial management and financial planning. In 1983, Janet graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honors from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario – one of the world’s top ranking business schools. Janet has earned the Certified Financial Planner® and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ designations. Janet holds the investment advisor license as well as an Arizona state life and health insurance producer’s license.

Having owned and operated a successful small business, and having experienced the loss of loved ones unexpectedly, as well as a divorce, Janet knows firsthand the importance of financial planning and is passionately committed to educating and serving her clients. Her areas of expertise include budgeting, survivor needs, education funding, investing and asset allocation, tax management, retirement planning, estate planning, cross-border planning, and divorce financial planning.

Janet is an active member of the Financial Planning Association of Southern Arizona, and a current Advisory Board Member of Divorce Recovery, an organization dedicated to providing emotional and educational support to members of Tucson families going through a divorce or separation. In addition, she has volunteered with the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, and with Junior Achievement – an organization that brings financial literacy to Tucson’s elementary schools. Janet teaches the “Financial Life After Loss” class for Divorce Recovery – a class for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death or divorce and who need help managing their finances.

Jeff Johnson
Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor

Jeff Johnson joined NOVA Financial  Services in early 2016, having began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1999. Jeff enjoys working with clients all over the country, assisting them with all aspects of financial planning.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Denise.

David Allen
Vice President, Branch Manager - Las Vegas

Dave Allen is a Vice President and Branch Manager for NOVA Financial Services in their Las Vegas office.  He has 35 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry.  He’s been a Financial Advisor and also held Branch Manager Positions, providing him a unique skillset in today’s financial world.

Dave helps his clients with retirement and social security planning, and assists Jake Kagele and the NOVA Team with business development, marketing and public relations. Dave’s experience and personality help to leverage the expertise of the entire Nova Team.

Dave attended the University of Utah, spent 16 years in Anchorage, AK where he managed the EF Hutton office, was the Complex Manager for Merrill Lynch in Tucson from 1999 through 2005, and most recently served as a Director for Kestra Private Wealth Services in San Diego.

Dave and his wife Darla live in Summerlin, a community outside Las Vegas, where they share a passion for the game of golf.

Thomas M. Fischer
Financial Advisor

Tom Fischer joined NOVA Financial Services with more than 15 years of financial planning experience. He brings creative estate and business planning ideas together with solid investment strategies and innovative insurance solutions. These proven ideas bring clarity to the often complex task of accumulating and protecting wealth, as well as transferring that wealth onto the next generation in an orderly and efficient manner

Tom will work with you and your clients to get a firm grasp of your goals and dreams. These goals and dreams will be woven into your financial plan; and Tom will act as a catalyst to get things done. Tom’s primary measure of success is the fact that his planning implementation efforts allow his clients to spend less time worrying about their financial situation, and more time on what they love in life. His number one goal is ongoing client satisfaction and he understands the importance of communication. Through communication and long-term relationships he will adapt and mold your plans as your situational needs change.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Arizona University. Born in Tucson, Tom is a native Arizonan and is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. He currently resides in Mesa, Arizona along with his wife Sherri and two young sons, Cole and Logan.

For more information on Tom Fischer, please visit ArizonaFinancialPlan.com

Victor G. DeNigris, AAMS®
Financial Advisor

Vic DeNigris is a graduate from Fordham University with a degree in Finance and completed requirements for Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®). Vic worked over 30 years in commercial lending and retail banking and retired in 2002 as Vice President and Manager at Bank of America. After several years as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, he recently decided to take his knowledge and experience to the next level with NOVA Financial Services, where he can offer a variety of financial products and services customized to his clients’ financial needs. 

Adam Wade
Financial Advisor - Colorado Springs

Adam has over 12 years of industry experience working with large companies, families, individuals and local business owners. He believes one’s self-worth is important to separate from their net-worth. He thanks and credits his parents, teachers, fiancé and countless others, throughout his life, for the motivation and passion to serve others in this way.

Out of the office, Adam enjoys running, skiing, yoga and many other outdoor activities Colorado affords. He’s completed numerous marathons and run over the Grand Canyon and back. He and his fiancé live in downtown Colorado Springs.

Susan Kaufman, MBA
Vice President, Financial Advisor

With more than 31 years of experience as a financial advisor, Susan helps individuals and business owners develop plans for creating and keeping wealth. She provides guidance for accumulating assets, preserving capital, and reducing portfolio volatility. She concentrates on managing investment portfolios, and designing retirement and estate plans.Fluent in Spanish and French, Susan is a specialist with Foreign Nationals. She provides her NRA clients timely and strategic investment advice in order to meet goals for their US investment portfolios.During her career, Susan has worked for only two companies; Smith Barney (E.F.Hutton,-Shearson Lehman) and Wells Fargo Advisors (A.G.Edwards, Wachovia). Susan received her MBA from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in Psychology and French from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has one daughter, Jennifer, who is a student in veterinary school. Her recreational activities include scuba diving, yoga and hiking.

Brittany Kagele
Operations and Business Development Manager

Brittany has over twelve years experience working in the financial services industry as an office administrator and has extensive knowledge in client relationships and account services. She began as an intern at an independent Wachovia firm in 2005 and has been working in the financial industry ever since. She oversees our administrative team and marketing  for the company.

Brittany received her degree from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, with a Major in Business Administration and specialty in Marketing. Brittany is sure to give back to her college by participating in guest-speaking engagements, lectures and assists with many student activities such as resume checks, interview preparations and employer outreach assistance. She was recently honored by the Eller College of Management’s Professional Women in Business Association as a Legacy Honoree.

In her spare time, she is involved with many community activities by serving as the Board of Directors President and assist several committees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson and is also a committee member for the Blair Charity Group. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Jake and their rescue-dog Jordi.

Leslie Rodriguez
Office Administrator

A Tucson native, Leslie has been actively involved in the Tucson community for many years. She received her education from the University of Arizona and was a co-owner of a local print shop for many years. She grew a passion for working in the clerical field and has experience in office administration and operations.

In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her three children, two of which graduated from the University of Arizona. She is also proud to have a graduate from Concordia University.

Martie Roland
Compliance Officer, Investment Support

Martie has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. Prior to coming to Nova, she was in charge of compliance for New England Financial in Colorado and prior to that she was in an operational position with UBS. She has previously passed several industry exams, including the FINRA series 7, 9/10 and 24.

She is originally from Indiana and now is proud to call Fountain Colorado home. Martie is married and has five adult children and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys motorcycle rides with her husband, gardening and photography.