Our Team

Our clients benefit from our team of professional planners with diverse backgrounds. No one planner can be an expert in all areas so a strong team allows each planner to leverage other areas of expertise. Clients take comfort knowing that they have collective knowledge and experience on their side.

Nancy Dienes, MBA, CFP®
Nancy Dienes, MBA, CFP®Principal / Financial Planner
“… as one goes through life one realizes that if you don’t paddle your own canoe you don’t move.”Katharine Hepburn

Nancy joined the firm in 2009. She became the owner in 2013. She now manages the firm and continues to develop financial plans and strategies for clients in all life stages.

Nancy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and, within the State of Washington, she is a Registered Investment Adviser Representative. She earned an MBA from Seattle University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Prior to her CFP® certification, Nancy worked initially as an engineer for Boeing and then enjoyed a successful career as the Vice President of Operations of an outdoor equipment, manufacturing company. Her engineering background provides a strong foundation for helping clients find solutions to complex and competing personal goals by creating sustainable financial plans.

Nancy is a member of the South Lake Union Rotary Club. She enjoys outdoor activities and is working on her goal to climb all fifty-four of the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. She plans to ride her bicycle across the USA at age 80, a follow-up to her original cross-country bike trip at the age of 19.

Ralph 'Ted' White, CFP®
Ralph 'Ted' White, CFP®Principal / Financial Planner
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”Mike Tyson

Ted recognizes that everyone’s financial and life circumstance is different. With this in mind, Ted believes in partnering with clients through the stages of life to create customized solutions that help them achieve their personal and unique goals. He enjoys the challenge of melding detailed analysis with an understanding of behavioral finance to create a clear roadmap that clients can understand and implement.

Prior to joining our firm, Ted worked for two local wealth management firms where he advised clients on portfolio management, investment manager analysis, retirement income planning strategies, and comprehensive financial planning. Before relocating to Seattle in 2006, Ted worked for seven years in municipal finance for Morgan Keegan & Co.

A graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Ted is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and an active member of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Ted lives in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle with his wife and two children. When he is not working with clients, Ted enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding.

Holly Davis, CFP®, CPA
Holly Davis, CFP®, CPAFinancial Planner
“Less is more.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Holly was drawn to a career in financial planning by her desire to have a greater impact on the lives of individuals and families. Prior to becoming a financial planner she built her career foundation working in corporate finance for companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington Mutual and RealNetworks. Her aim is to help her clients feel more at ease about their finances, and to partner with them on their path to achieving their financial goals. She especially enjoys providing the educational aspect to financial plans, so that her clients may better understand the reasoning behind her recommendations.

Holly graduated from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in accounting. A rare Seattle native, she spends much of her free time in the Cascade mountains on skis or a bike with her husband and son. She can be found scaling tall mountains on her skis as she trains and races as part of the Pacific Northwest ski mountaineering, or “skimo”, community.

Danika Waddell, CFP®
Danika Waddell, CFP®Financial Planner
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Danika comes to her current role with a long history of working in finance, including more than 15 years in corporate finance for startups and small businesses. After years of working on the corporate side of things, she chose to pursue her interest of helping people with their finances rather than a corporate bottom line. She is now following her passion to provide financial advice to individuals and households and demystify the process of financial planning.

Danika is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds a B.A. in Mathematics. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional. Danika is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Puget Sound.

When she’s not helping clients reach their goals, she’s often found running marathons (and longer), knitting sweaters and traveling as much as she can. Danika lives in Ballard with her husband and 2 daughters.

Sandra Jones, CFP®, CIMA®
Sandra Jones, CFP®, CIMA®Financial Planner
“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day-dreaming but vision with action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

The appeal of working with numbers and learning about investments led Sandra to the trust industry in the early 90’s when she joined Bank of America. For many years after obtaining her CFP, her career emphasized investment management for affluent individuals, trusts and endowments with Perkins Coie Trust Company, Mellon Financial (now BNY Mellon), The Trust Company of Washington and Bank of America. Over time, she found that she wanted to devote more of her energy toward helping clients with their overall financial picture.

Outside of work, Sandra stays active by running regularly and St. Edwards is one of her favorite places to hit the trail. She is working on her golf game, a passion she shares with her husband, Rik and kids, Allison and Trent. Yoga, running events and boating & crabbing in the San Juans are among her favorite things to do. She and her husband also enjoy live music.

Jonathan Coleman
Jonathan ColemanAssociate Financial Planner
“Not everything that counts can be counted.” -Albert Einstein

Jonathan joined Goddard Financial Planning in December 2017 after a decade in the investment industry as a structured finance analyst. He looks forward to working in a profession that combines analytical problem solving with education across a wide range of topics, and that is centered around working with clients to help them take control of their finances and achieve their goals.

Jonathan earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh and is a CFA® charterholder. He grew up in London and moved to Seattle in 2016 with his wife, a native of the city. Outside work, he enjoys reading, travel and exploring the outdoors.

Kathy Park
Kathy ParkClient Relations Specialist
“The River may be wide, but it can be crossed.”African Proverb

Kathy enjoys working with our clients as the initial point of contact. She explains the process of working with a financial planner and will help guide you in collecting the correct documents prior to your first meeting with your planner. Kathy also works with our returning clients by scheduling meetings and preparing documents, making sure that every visit is exceptional. She has also been involved with special projects to help with ever-changing technology and company growth.

Kathy joined Goddard Financial Planning in April 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Kathy specialized in working in client/customer facing roles. She worked at Starbucks for 20 years during their early growth and most recently worked in private school admissions.

She has lived in Seattle for 30 years and enjoys gardening, cooking, swimming, hiking, and most of all, traveling with her husband and daughter.

John Goddard
John GoddardFounder (Retired)
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”Maya Angelou

John established the firm in 2002 after an extensive career as a corporate executive.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology, John contributed to the book Just Give Me The Answers and developed personal financial plans for hundreds of clients. He believed that each plan must be a combination of analysis, recommendations, and implementation guidelines that reflected a client’s unique situation.
In February 2015 John retired as a financial planner, and now acts in an advisory role to our firm.

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