Dennis Lerner has enjoyed more than 40 years as a financial advisor and creative planner. He has distinguished himself as a leader in the industry through his imaginative solutions to problems and his ability to develop improved methods and strategies. Passionate, dedicated and caring, Denny has a loyal following of clientele who span the globe. On national platforms, he speaks about financial planning to his peers, but his favorite speech topic is the 5-Minute Financial Plan he developed over 25-years ago. It is a way to assist his clients with a “big picture” perspective on financial planning and provide the tools to organize and plan their financial future. It is simple, insightful and has been successfully used by hundreds of his clients.
He has spent his entire career involved in his community, giving freely of his time and expertise. Having served on various charity boards and foundations over the span of his career, he has helped many charitable organizations in their long-term investment strategies.
In his free time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, golfing and spending time with his family.
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Brad earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a minor in Economics from Ball State University. In 1995, he began his career as an independent financial advisor at Lerner Financial which later became Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial Group. He holds his Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 licenses with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). One of Brad’s major roles in the office is analyzing new investment strategies. His ability to understand and develop new strategies is an invaluable asset to the group and our clients alike. Brad’s dedication and passion in building strong relationships with people are evident in the trust they place in him. Helping his clients achieve financial independence is the greatest reward of all.
Being a lifelong resident of Mecosta County, Brad has always believed in giving back to the community where he lives, works and raises his 3 children. He is a graduate of Leadership Mecosta, was a Director on the Mecosta County Community Foundation Board, sat on the Investment Committee for the Fremont Area Community Foundation, is a Board Member at Eagle Village and is on the Ferris State University Rebounders Club.
Brad finds great joy and pride in being an involved father and role model to his children, Ben, Grace and Izzy. Whether it’s attending local sporting events or working/playing outside, Brad and his wife, Sara, feel very blessed to be able to raise their family in Mecosta County.
Nick Scheible joined Lerrner, Csernai and Fath Family in 2016. He came to the group after spending the last seven years with Big Rapids Public Schools as the Director of Finance and Athletic Director. Before that, Nick spent three years in the banking/mortgage industry with Rock Financial and Isabella Bank. Today, he works with clients to help them create their financial path, knowing that each of their circumstances are different and they require personalization to meet their goals.
Nick currently holds his series 7 and 66 designations with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Ferris State University in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State in 2010. While at Ferris State University, Nick was also a member of their Division 1 Hockey program and during his final two seasons, he was a Captain of the team.
Nick has spent almost his entire life in Big Rapids and that has allowed him to see many positive changes over the years. He is very excited to have joined a team in Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial that shares his values of affecting change in our community through being involved and active. Nick is past president of the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of the Leadership Mecosta Program. He believes deeply in being involved in our community and giving back to the community that has given so much to him.
His biggest accomplishment and the most important thing to Nick is his family, his wife, Melissa, and their two sons, Rowan and Grady. He and his wife are raising their family to have the same community values that have been instilled in Nick. They love going to games and supporting local teams, which currently include hockey, baseball and soccer. They also enjoy traveling as a family, which in the summer means camping around the state of Michigan. Nick can also be found golfing and occasionally playing men’s league hockey.
Mecosta County Community Foundation, Board Member
FSU Hockey Blueline Club, President
Big Rapids Area Junior Hockey Association, Vice President
FSU Athletic Advisory Committee, Member
Education and Certifications
Graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing
Graduated from Ferris State University with a Master’s Degree in Business (MBA)
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA): Series 7 and 66
Life, Health and Annuities Licensed
Brian joined the Lerner Csernai and Fath Financial team in July of 2018 after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Personal Financial Planning from Central Michigan University. While attending CMU he served as a board member for the Future Financial Advisors Association. Brian has recently become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) professional as of October 2020.
Originally from Frankenmuth, Brian moved to Big Rapids and jumped in with both feet to become actively involved in our community. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Big Rapids Jaycees and a Board Member of the Big Rapids Chamber of Commerce. His goal is to collaborate with other organizations in the area to strengthen the community. The Mecosta County Chamber has recognized his participation and presented him with the Young Professional of the Year award for 2020.
While being a part of the community is an integral role in Brian’s life, he looks forward to partnering with our clients and helping them reach their financial goals. As a financial advisor, his day-to-day consists of meeting with clients, building out financial plans, and remaining in touch as he develops a meaningful and long-lasting relationship. With previous experience at Tri-Star Trust Bank and the Conzelmann Insurance Agency, Brian utilizes his knowledge, education and skillset to serve his clients on a regular basis.
Brian feels grateful to have a strong support system in his mother, Kim, and sister, Rebecca. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, Brain enjoys spending time in the woods. Whether it is riding a dirtbike, hiking or hunting, he loves to be outdoors and experience nature.
Janae was born and raised in the small town of Beaverton, Michigan. She takes great pride in community involvement and understands the importance of small-town community support. She graduated from Central Michigan University’s Personal Financial Planning Program with her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 2018. She has since obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) designation. While attending CMU, she was a member of the Future Financial Advisors Association that helped shape her good listening skills, great empathy and attention to details that are now appreciated by her clients.
Janae became a financial advisor because she believes money shouldn’t create stress. She often finds that her role requires her to wear many hats: educator, guide, planner and friend. Janae works with clients to help them achieve financial independence by listening to their individual needs and helping them create a roadmap to accomplish financial freedom. From individuals to group retirement planning clients, Janae connects with those seeking true, long-term guidance. She knows that everyone has a life story and she’s grateful to be a part of a number of unique paths and journeys among the clients she works with.
In her free time, Janae enjoys boating Michigan lakes with her family, reading good books (her favorite being The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah), traveling the world with her husband, Aidan, and spending time with her friends.
Kelly began her financial career at Lerner, Csernai and Fath in September 1994. She is highly focused and simplifies the most complex investment cases. She provides analytical assistance in preparing financial plans, is well-versed in stock and fund research, and is the case coordinator for our managed money accounts. If you have outside investments that you are transferring to LCF, Kelly is your point person to make sure everything makes a smooth and seamless transition.
Kelly serves on our Investment Committee as the Operations Manager, making sure our investment strategy runs without a hitch. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the other LCF team members. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics, has her NASD Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses and a Michigan Life and Variable Annuity license.
Kelly resides in Big Rapids with her husband and has three lovely daughters. In her spare time, she loves to travel, discover unique restaurants, golf, garden and watch Michigan football.
Lori has been a part of the Lerner, Csernai and Fath team since 1998. She holds her FINRA Series 6 & 63 securities licenses and Michigan Life, Variable Annuities and Accident and Health licenses. Lori enjoys working and talking with our clients. Her 30+ years of customer service have prepared her to be highly organized and ready to assist clients with all their insurance and investment service needs.
Lori volunteers her time on the Board of Directors of the local area non-profit organization, Angels of Action. She resides in Reed City. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her children, reading and bargain hunting. Her biggest guilty pleasure is watching Hallmark Channel movies and eating gummy worms!
Trisha has been with Lerner, Csernai and Fath since October 2003. Prior to that, she worked in the banking industry for 5 years where she offered customers a variety of financial products and exceptional customer service which has given her a great foundation for her current position. Her 20+ years of customer service along with being highly organized and detail oriented have prepared her to assist clients with their insurance and investment service needs. She very much enjoys developing relationships with our clients by working with them one-on-one as well as sharing her knowledge and experience with the other LCF team members.
Since joining our team, she has obtained her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ designation from the College of Financial Planning along with her Michigan Life Insurance License and an Associates of Business Degree from Baker College.
Trisha resides in Big Rapids with her husband, Les, and son, Brayden. In her spare time, she enjoys boating on the Muskegon River & other Michigan waterways, traveling in and outside the U.S., watching movies, attending her son's sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa joined the Lerner, Csernai and Fath team in 2007. After three years working in our group benefits division, Lisa transitioned to a case manager and service coordinator for investments and managed money. She is detail-oriented, highly organized, a member of our investment committee, and has recently taken on the administration of the 401(k) business and portfolio analysis.
Lisa is a graduate of Ferris State University, has earned a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) designation from the College of Financial Planning, and is also licensed for life, health and disability insurance products. She resides in Reed City with her husband, Scott, and has two children, Nate and Erin. In her spare time, she enjoys family, vacationing in warm climates and interior design.
Sara joined Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial Group in 2006 as a service coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from Central Michigan University in 1996. Sara has a passion for gardening and can often be seen taking care of the office plants, inside and out.
She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Brad, and their three children, Ben, Grace and Izzy. A lifelong resident of Mecosta County, Sara and Brad are proud to raise their family in such a wonderful community.
Amanda happily joined the team in 2016. She is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College where she obtained an associate degree on an athletic softball scholarship. Her education continued at Cleary University where she received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Since joining our team, she has obtained her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ designation from the College of Financial Planning and looks forward to continuing her education in the industry. She is an account specialist, easing the account transition process to LCF. Amanda also serves as Functional Manager, assisting with process improvements and efficiencies to enhance both client and team experience.
Outside of the office she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband Kyle. She also appreciates spending time with her three horses, Chance, Deuce, and Winnie.
Nicole was asked to join our group in September of 2014. Her love of interacting with people and completing projects, as well as her personal drive and organizational skills, are what make her a great addition to our group. Since she began, she has obtained her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ (FPQP™) certificate and became licensed to sell and service Life Insurance.
At Lerner, Csernai and Fath, Nicole helps obtain insurance policies as well as assists the clients by servicing their needs with insurance and investments. She also assists the advisors in creating financial planning proposals through the client portal. She looks forward to her future at Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial and continuing her education.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending her time with her Fiancé, two dogs and family. She has a passion for traveling, photography, and music. Voca Lyrica, a local community choir, has helped her fulfill all her passions by traveling both nationally and internationally while singing in cathedrals with talented directors and fellow choice members.
Maureen joined Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial Group in November of 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and English Secondary Education from Western Michigan University in 2009. Working for five years as a teacher and positive behavior intervention program specialist for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Maureen has ample experience in the importance of building relationships, organization and team effort. With the demands of a young family, she exited teaching to work flexible hours for a window treatment firm acting as a project manager and estimator. In the five years with this firm, she is able to bring a depth of knowledge for client relationships, back-end processing for successful completion rates, and a hunger to understand processes at a micro-level for successful implementation.
An avid supporter of community involvement, Maureen volunteers as a girl scout troop leader, meal-train participant for the local Mops group, and helper in her daughter, Adaline’s, classroom at Riverview Elementary. She and her family (husband Chuck, daughter Adaline and son Jude) live in Big Rapids. Maureen enjoys examining nature, fossil hunting, working on her hobby farm, and outdoor family adventures in her spare time.
Michele joined our LCF team in 2022. She is a graduate of Ferris State University, attended the Perry School of Banking and participated in the leadership training program thru Dale Carnegie.
She brings with her 10 years of banking and customer service experience. Her attention to detail and friendly personality make Michele a terrific addition to our team.
Michele lives in Big Rapids with her husband, Adam and daughters, Alex and Andi.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, traveling and hiking.
Courtney joined the Lerner, Csernai and Fath Financial Group team as our front desk receptionist in October of 2022. Her and her son moved to Big Rapids from the West Michigan area where she attended Grand Valley State University and worked the past 6 years in an administrative assistant role.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and doing anything DIY. She has loved becoming a part of the wonderful Big Rapids community and is thankful for how welcoming the people in the area have been.