Kansas State University


Personal Financial Planning

Category: Fall 2019

A Message from the Advisory Board

It has been an exciting start to the 2019-2020 school year for the Personal Financial Planning program!  There have been some major milestones, name changes, new spaces, and amazing student victories.  The College of Human Ecology was officially renamed the College of Health and Human Sciences as of June 1st, 2019, updating it to better reflect the variety and rigor of the programs offered within. Continue reading “A Message from the Advisory Board”

Peer Mentor Program Update

The PFP Peer Mentor Program started in the 2017-2018 school year and has only grown since. The program kicked off the Fall semester under new leadership with Philip Wegman as President and Emma Hahn as Vice President. The peer mentors are grateful for Jill Parker being hired on full-time within the PFP Program and her guidance in developing the Peer Mentor program has been extraordinary. At the beginning of the semester, the program completed training with one returning peer counselor and nine new counselors. The twelve peer counselors are taking on the responsibility of mentoring around forty PFP students. The goal of the program is to help connect upperclassman with underclassmen and assist those who are new to the program become more fully integrated into the Financial Planning profession, both in class and off-campus. Continue reading “Peer Mentor Program Update”

Welcome our full-time advisor- Jill Parker

Jill Parker joined the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) program full-time starting in July 2019. She is excited to provide specialized support to our current students, which will include academic advising, proactive student outreach, career counseling, and professional development opportunities. She is also looking forward to building strong connections with high schools and community colleges to increase students’ awareness of financial planning as a career and encourage them to attend K-State to be a part of our outstanding PFP program. Jill has worked in higher education for 20 years in both academic advising and career services. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, and her master’s and education specialist degrees in counseling and human systems with specializations in mental health and career counseling, all from Florida State University.

Welcome our newest professor-Derek Lawson

Derek R. Lawson, Ph.D., CFP®, defended his dissertation in early September and will officially graduate this December. Derek is also active in providing financial planning services to clients, serving as a Partner and financial planner for Priority Financial Partners, based in Durango, CO. They serve clients nationally via virtual financial planning. Prior to pursuing a doctorate, he worked for a small, fee-only firm, Sonas Financial, based in Kansas City, MO. He has an extensive background in the industry, having served as Secretary for the National FPA NexGen group, Treasurer of the Financial Therapy Association, and as the Social Media & Marketing Strategist for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors Genesis group. Continue reading “Welcome our newest professor-Derek Lawson”