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Mike Chamberlain

CFP® AIF®

Mike Chamberlain CFP AIF financial planner in Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and Los Gatos California

Mike Chamberlain

CFP® AIF®


I have been helping people to make better financial decisions to improve their lives since the 1980’s. Chamberlain Financial Planning was established in 2007 to assist people on a fee-only basis, which means that we do not sell investments or insurance, unlike 95% of other firms.

My education includes both Bachelors and Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Accredited Investment Fiduciary course work was from The Center for Fiduciary Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and CFP® course work was from Boston University.

I live in Santa Cruz with my life partner, Patty, but most of my family is in Sacramento. My daughter Cathi, her husband and three kids, my two brothers and Mom and Dad are all living there. In 2009, I opened a branch office in Sacramento so that I could visit with my family more frequently. My son Mitch lives in Austin Texas with his wife and two little girls.

Sailing is one of my life’s passions. It is a great way to get in touch with nature and I am fortunate enough to have a sailboat at the Santa Cruz harbor.

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Gary Cohen

CFP®

Gary Cohen CFP financial planner in Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and Los Gatos California

Gary Cohen

CFP®


In 2009, after 29 years as an Electrical Engineer, I made a career change to help people improve their financial lives rather than working on computers. It has been a great change!

My education includes CFP® course work from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Stanford.

Portfolio design, rebalancing clients’ portfolios, performance reporting, investment selection and completing clients' sells and buys occupies a major part of my time at the office.

I live in Sunnyvale with my wife Debbie, and our 2 cats. Our two children are out of the house. Our son graduated from UCSD and our daughter just about to graduate from UCSB.

My outside interests are traveling, bicycling, and playing volleyball; surprisingly I still can jump after playing for 30 years.

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Nikolara Jansons

Financial Assistant

Nikolara Jansons

Financial Assistant


I am from Santa Cruz and love working and living here. I volunteer frequently and am currently serving on the board of directors for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the downtown library advisory commission.

I graduated from University of Hawai’i at Manoa with my Master’s degree in urban planning, from SFSU with a BA in urban studies and from Cabrillo with an AA in economics. That education gets put to use working on client files and spreadsheets, and handling our website and social media.

A life-long, passionate gardener, I enjoy getting out in the garden every chance I get. In addition, I am an active transportation advocate, enjoying the sidewalks and bike paths of Santa Cruz.

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Wendy Scrimsher

Client Service Administration

Wendy Scrimsher Client Service Administration for Chamberlain Financial Planning and Wealth Management

Wendy Scrimsher

Client Service Administration


Wendy Scrimsher joined Chamberlain Financial Planning & Wealth Management in 2012, bringing 20 years of customer service experience with her. She earned Associate degrees in Accounting & Business Administration.

Wendy is responsible for data base management and client communication. She keeps the office running smoothly and clients happy.

Wendy lives in Aromas with her daughter, and has been a Girl Scout leader for four years and also works closely with the Aromas 4-H to support the Aromas youth and community.