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The American College of Financial Services Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of The American College of Financial Services fosters and strengthens the relationship between The College and its alumni and friends. The Alumni Association preserves and promotes The College’s traditions, purposes, growth, while also serving as an alumni network.

All individuals who have been awarded a designation or degree by The College are granted membership in the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association Welcomes Jayne Schiff to the Alumni Hall of Fame

The Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize graduates who embody what The American College stands for — integrity, professionalism, volunteerism, and dedication to education.

Each year The College elects a new inductee into the Hall of Fame and honors them in a formal ceremony.

Jayne Nemerow Schiff, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, REBC®, CAP®, ChHC®, MPS, was inducted into The American College of Financial Services Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017 in recognition of her dedication to, and her generous support of, the educational mission of The College and for her pivotal role in developing a strong alumni association.

See All Hall of Fame Inductees

Jayne Schiff 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame


See the current and past Alumni of the Month here.

The Alumni of the Month award features our outstanding alumni who are making exceptional contributions to the profession. If you have a colleague and fellow alum who promotes the success of The College, and his or her community, and lives by the concept of lifelong learning, please nominate them today! Kindly limit your nomination to 200 characters or less. The College reserves the right to edit submissions for length, grammar, style, clarity, etc. ​

James A. Petersen, Ph.D., CFP®, CLF®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®, RICP®, WMCP®, CRPC®, CAP®, AEP®
First Command Financial Services, Inc.

Heather Davis, JD, CAP®,CLU®, ChFC®,  AEP®
Immediate Past President
New York Life

Kevin Baldwin, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®
Vice President
One America

Lucas Quaccia, CLU®, ChFC®, CLF®
Second Vice President
New York Life

Lynnette Muleady, MSM, CLU®
State Farm Insurance

Michael Barry, CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS
New York Life

Guy E. Baker, MBA, MSFS, CFP®, MSM, ChFC®, CLU®, RHU®
BTA Advisory Group

Jerry Borrowman, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF, CAP®
Penn Mutual

Leslie Calkins, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, MSFS
State Farm

Bryan Clontz, PhD, MS, MSFS, CFP®, CAP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®, AEP®
Charitable Solutions, LLC

Richard Paul Dodd, ChFC®, CLU®, MSM, CLF®
Northwestern Mutual

Darin S. Fass, CLU®, CLF®
New York Life

Diane Hack Gould, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®
New York Life



Regina R. Holmes, CLU®, ChFC®, RICP®
State Farm

Peter Hoopis, CLU®, CLF®, ChFC®
Mass Mutual

Dewane Lewis, Jr., LUTCF, FSS, CLF®
Penn Mutual

Katherine Michaels, CLF®
Northwestern Mutual 

John J. Rocco, MSFS, CLU®
New York Life

Jayne N. Schiff, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, REBC®, CAP® ChHC®, MPS
Schiff Benefits Group 

Matthew E. Schiff, CLU®, ChFC®
Mass Mutual

John F. Shull, ChFC®
First Command

Kimberly Turner, MSFS, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CAP®, AEP®
Allstate Financial Services

Lyndsey B. Wellens, MSM, ChFC®, RICP®
State Farm


Eric Barrett, LUTCF®, CLU®, RHU®, REBC®

Eric Barret is recently retired from New York Life Insurance Company after an illustrious 30-year career. He has now formed his own agency specializing in life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance.

Allison Hoyt, CLU®

Allison Anne Hoyt was elected to the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) Board of Directors. Her position became effective September 1, 2018. Hoyt also recently joined the Advanced Consulting Group at Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. Prior thereto she was an advanced sales consultant at the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. A Past-President of the Society of FSP, New York City Chapter, she has also served as the NYC Chapter’s Vice-President of Membership and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the New York City Chapter. She has been a panelist for the Society of FSP’s leadership conferences and a presenter for its national webinars, VTCs, and Chapter Town Halls. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and Trusts & Estates magazine. A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, she also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) designations.

Paul Bechly, DBA, MSFS, CLU®

Paul Bechly received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Wilmington University. The DBA program at Wilmington University accepted the MSFS degree from The American College of Financial Services as prerequisite study. Morgan Stanley has awarded its Family Wealth Advisor (FWA) designation to Dr. Bechly, who is the first family wealth advisor for Morgan Stanley within the state of Delaware.

Sarah Beeks Higdon, CAP®

Sarah Beeks Higdon was promoted to Director of Charitable Giving, Collin County at the Communities Foundation of Texas. She is responsible for expanding the services for donors across the communities of Collin County and for building the Fund for Collin County to provide support for nonprofit organizations addressing the most pressing needs and promising opportunities of the community. Higdon was recently appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Collin County.

Study groups can make a tremendous positive impact on your career and your practice. Members find great benefit in sharing ideas, and asking for feedback in an open and honest setting, with like-minded peers.

West Palm Beach, Florida
Since 2011, the West Palm Beach CAP® study group has met to share their experiences and perspectives on philanthropy. Its founders, Margaret May Damen, Lori Denison, and Richard Flah, mobilized a diverse group of trust and estate attorneys, financial advisors, life insurance professionals and nonprofit leaders who shared their vision to meet and continue their learning from each other. Later, the group launched Advisors for Philanthropic Impact (API), a network of advisors to facilitate new CAP® study groups. In addition to the groups, API decided to spark philanthropic spirit in local middle and high school students inviting the students to submit community and social service projects to the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank – styled after the popular broadcast show Shark Tank.  

Your giving has a great impact.

Professional Resource Center

All designation holders maintaining a current status in the Professional Recertification Program have access to a wealth of up-to-date educational material directly related to his/her designation program(s), as well as webcasts, premium third-party content, and educational videos.

Use My Portal to access the Professional Resource Center.


Connections Newsletter

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Advisor Brochures

Educate your clients about why your designation is an important mark of professionalism, credibility, and trust. 

To place an order for brochures to use in your practice, please call the Professional Education Department at 888-263-7265, or send an email to


The College offers a number of events open to alumni.