The Dalton Review® Faculty
Our leaders, instructors, and team.
J. Rey Belyeu,
Mr. Belyeu is president of Cornerstone Financial Planning, a financial planning practice concentrating on comprehensive financial consulting for individual and small to medium size businesses. Mr. Belyeu has over 27 years in the financial services industry, which includes countywide manager and First Vice President of Private Banking for SunTrust Bank. His degrees include a BS from the University of Florida and Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Belyeu has over 25 years of teaching experience which includes all modules of the CFP® certification education program and review courses, both in a traditional classroom and live, over the Internet.
Neil A. Brown, CPA, CFP®
Neil has been employed with Burkett Financial Services, LLC (a fee-only wealth management firm) since 2003 and advises clients on various personal financial planning issues including distribution, retirement, income tax, insurance, education, investment and estate tax. In addition to his roles at BFS and Dalton, he is also a national instructor for various continuing education groups and has been quoted in and authored numerous articles.
Prior to joining BFS, Neil headed the financial planning department at a large fee-only financial planning firm in Columbia and before that he was a senior consultant with the Carolinas Financial Counseling Services Practice of Deloitte & Touché in Charlotte, North Carolina where he spent the majority of his time advising executives and employees of a Fortune 500 company on retirement, insurance, investment, income and estate planning.
He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the South Carolina Association of CPAs, the Columbia Estate Planning Council and the Columbia Tax Study Group. He was also the Program Coordinator for the CFP® Certification Education Programs at two different schools. Neil received a Masters of Accountancy, magna cum laude, from The University of South Carolina in 1993 and Bachelors in Business, magna cum laude, from The University of South Carolina in 1992.
James E. Coleman, Ph.D.
Dr. Coleman’s teaching experience spans 15 years, including undergraduate, graduate and Executive MBA programs at Troy University, Mercer University and Dalton State College. In addition, as Vice President of Market Results, a financial planning training and consulting firm, he has helped hundreds of candidates pass the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ exam over the last decade. Prior to his academic career, Jim spent over a decade in public accounting and corporate management, concluding with the position of Managing Director of Public Relations at Federal Express, where he was responsible for the company’s global public and investor relations activities. His degrees include a MS and Ph.D. from University of Alabama as well as BBA in accountancy from University of Mississippi.
JD, LLM, MBA, CPA, RLP®, CFP®
Randy Gardner, JD, LLM, MBA, CPA, RLP®, CFP® is the Founder of Goals Gap Planning, LLC, a holistic
personal financial planning firm, the Director of Education for the Garrett Planning Network, and an
instructor for Cerifi. Randy also works as a tax and estate planning attorney with Estate Plan, Inc..
Previously, Randy was a Professor of Tax and Estate Planning at the University of Missouri.
Randy is the coauthor of the books, 101 Tax Saving Ideas (with Julie Welch) and WealthCounsel Estate
Planning Strategies (with Leslie Daff). Randy serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Financial
Planning and has written over 100 articles for publications, such as The Journal of Financial Planning and
Randy earned: a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University; his JD and MBA degrees
from the University of Kansas; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Missouri.
Joseph M. Gillice,
MBA, CPA, CFP®
Mr. Gillice is a co-founder and President of Dalton Education, LLC. Previously, Mr. Gillice was Director of University Programs for BISYS Education Services, where he implemented and managed financial planning programs at Georgetown University, Duke University and many others. Mr. Gillice is a former adjunct faculty member at Georgetown, Northwestern and Duke Universities where he taught financial planning, insurance and investment planning. He is the author of Financial Calculator Essentials, co-author of Fundamentals of Financial Planning, The Dalton Review Pre-Study Materials in Investment Planning and Fundamentals of Insurance Planning. Mr. Gillice has a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a finance degree from Florida State University.
David J. Klein,
Mr. Klein is an Expert in the Life Insurance Industry. He has spent over 25 years on the Insurance side of Financial Services and has been teaching for DaltonEducation since 2009. David conducts Point of Sale meetings as well as educational seminars and workshops for both client and producer groups. David providessales assistance to advisors and agents and leverages in-depth product knowledge and sales leadership to establish strong relationships throughout the U.S. Mr.Klein holds both the CFP®
and ChFC® designations along with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Mr. Klein is a technical editor of The DaltonReview for the CFP® Certification Examination.
Chris White is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and has a career in financial services spanning 25 years. Chris has professional experience as a financial planner, investment advisor, insurance specialist, trust officer, retirement plan specialist, relationship manager, and tax return preparer. Chris has spent most of his career providing guidance and services to high net
worth clients and families, business owners, and high income individuals and families.
Peoples Bank makes available a full line of financial services for businesses and individuals, including investments, trusts, life insurance, financial planning and retirement plans.
Chris's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree. in Accounting from the
University of Cincinnati and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Taxation from Xavier University. Chris also teaches the CFP® curriculum at Xavier University and in private classrooms, both virtual and traditional.
Thomas P. Langdon, J.D., CPA, CFA, CFP®, CLU, CEBS
Mr. Langdon has held numerous leadership positions, having served on the Board of Examiners of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards, as academic advisor to the Society of Financial Service Professionals Business and Compensation Planning Section and as an education committee member for the Financial Analysts of Philadelphia. Mr. Langdon’s articles have appeared in Financial and Estate Planning Quarterly and The American Bar Association Small Firm Digest, among other publications.
Christopher J. Tuttle, CFP®, EA, CLU, ChFC®, AEP, MBA
Christopher Tuttle has extensive experience in the financial services industry as an independent wealth management consultant. He has taught the entire CFP® curriculum, including review courses for the National Certification Exam, for two decades.
Chris has an undergraduate degree from Colgate University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from New York University. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 1999, and also holds the CLU, ChFC®, and AEP designations from The American College. Chris is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS, and is an NTPI Fellow with The National Association of Enrolled Agents. He is a lifetime qualifier for The Million Dollar Roundtable.
Chris owns a corporate Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with his CFA® partner—Tuttle Financial Services, Ltd.—and is affiliated with an independent Broker Dealer, where he holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 65, and 24 licenses.
Mariette T. O'Malley, CPA, JD, CFP®
Mariette O'Malley is a tax partner in private practice focused on individual tax and financial planning issues. She is a frequent lecturer on tax and financial matters to local business and civic groups, a contributing speaker to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a contributing author to CPE course on 401(k) plans designed for the Internet. Ms. O'Malley has taught review courses for CPA exam candidates and the CFP® Certification Examination. She is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, AICPA and American Bar Association.
John J. Pallaria,
ChFC®, CRPS, CFP®,
John Pallaria, ChFC®, CRPS, CFP®, EA, is Director of Business Development at The Principal Financial Group, focusing on developing and strengthening the channels in which Principal’s various retirement products are marketed in New England. John joined Principal in 2003 and was previously the Account Executive Director where he led the team that services Principal’s existing retirement plans. John is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University where he teaches Income Tax and Retirement Planning in BU’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ program. He has taught previously in Merrimack College’s (Mass) CFP® program. John received a BS in Business Administration from Merrimack College, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation from The American College, as well as the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) and Chartered Retirement Plans Counselor (CRPC) from The College for Financial Planning.
Sterling Raskie, Ph.D., MSFS, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU, MBA, EA
Sterling is a fee-only financial planner and investment advisor practicing in the Springfield, IL area. He comes from a broad background in insurance and investment planning working with individuals and companies from personal financial planning to corporate retirement plans. Additionally, Sterling is an adjunct professor and teaches for two different colleges. Sterling is a CFP® professional and works with Dalton Education teaching Fundamentals, Investments, and Insurance live review courses.
Ronald C. Scott, CFP®, AEP, EA, NTPI® Fellow, CFBS, ChFC®, CLU, CLTC, MBA
Mr. Scott is a Managing Director with MassMutual Financial Group, where he leads a team of financial planners and investment advisor representatives who concentrate on comprehensive financial planning and advanced estate planning for affluent families, professionals, and small-business owners. Mr. Scott has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, with roles ranging from Producer to Training Manager to Agency Sales Director to Advanced Markets Consultant to Director of Financial Planning. Additionally, Mr. Scott is an Enrolled Agent where he represents taxpayers before the IRS and State Tax authorities in matters of tax controversy, and owns a Tax Preparation Practice. He had spent his earlier years in industrial engineering, enterprise-wide systems implementation, and management consulting. His degrees include a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NY and a Master Business Administration in Management Science from Pace University. Mr. Scott has 12+ years of instructing experience which includes a focus on the Tax, Retirement, and Estate Planning modules of the CFP® certification education program and review courses, both in a traditional classroom and live online. Mr. Scott also teaches Finance and Economics class at the undergraduate level.
Kristi M. Tafalla, JD, MS, CFP®, ChFC
Kristi Tafalla is a licensed attorney and Certified Financial Planner specializing in Income Tax, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, and overall Business Growth and Strategy. She has over 22 years of teaching experience, including university bachelor's programs, financial planning certificate programs, reviews for the Certified Financial Planner Certification exam, and continuing education classes. Ms. Tafalla is the Owner of KMTafalla Financial and Legal Services, LLC, which provides legal services, financial planning, and consulting services. She is also co-owner of Vibrant4, LLC, an advertising agency where she specializes in business growth and strategy. Ms. Tafalla has contributed to several recognized academic texts, including Estate Planning for Financial Planners, Retirement Planning for Financial Planners, and Personal Financial Planning: Theory and Practice. She also contributed to the Dalton Review for the Certified Financial Planner Exam. She was the editor and a contributor to "Review for the Hong Kong CFP® Certification Exam, Papers 1-4."
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