The Clarity Team
CEO and Founder
Kay Dee Cole, CFP®
My passion is working with people who really want someone to help them navigate through life transitions. Your investment portfolio is important but it’s not all about the Benjamin’s!
It’s about making good choices to live your best life.
When you lose your financial partner, whether divorce or loss, clients find our process comforting. We allow you space and really let you decide what it is you need from us. We spend time getting you to a place that allows you to breathe. Sometimes you need to get into a decision free zone and get permission to take time when needed. No pressure but slight nudging from us to keep you on track.
Growing up a farmer’s daughter just south of Corvallis, Oregon, I learned the value of hard work and perseverance. I attended school in Corvallis and graduated from Oregon State University with a Natural Resources Economics Degree and minors in business and statistics. After college I worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a statistician in California and Colorado. In 1996 my husband and I returned to Corvallis to help with the family farm. In 2000, my entrepreneurial spirit helped me realize my dream of owning my own retail business, as a florist.
My background and experience in running that retail business and being involved with the sale of our family’s business gave me a unique perspective in family-owned businesses. I also realized that running a retail business was not my dream career. With the help of my financial advisor, I decided financial planning was what I really wanted to do. I started out in a large broker business but decided I wanted to help people plan for life; not just sell investments.
So I took a huge leap of faith and opened Clarity Wealth Development in 2010 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ in 2012. I knew this was a great way to provide value and it turns out I was right. As a CFP® I have a fiduciary duty to my clients, a higher standard than most advisors. Being a fiduciary means putting my clients interests first at all times.
That courage to go out on my own came in handy when I became a cancer survivor. I understand the complexity of financial planning during a serious illness. In late 2012 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage IIIB. This was a stressful time for my family, my clients and myself. However, this did give me valuable insight as a financial planner for those unexpected life changing moments.
I am more determined than ever to provide the best service to my clients. I find joy in my family and especially my husband of 29 years. We also have two wonderful dogs, Bailey a yellow Labrador and Bella a Great Pyrenees mix. We enjoy traveling together and being active in our local community.
Kay Dee is a member of the Financial Planning Association, National Association of Professional Financial Advisors, XY Planning Network and a CFP® professional. She’s active in the community, serving as a past Director on the Chamber of Commerce Board and as past Treasurer of Girls On the Run Willamette Valley . She is a member of Greater Corvallis Rotary, and the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce.
Kay Dee Cole, CFP®, Owner of Clarity Wealth Development in Corvallis, Oregon has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame design)® in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Kay Dee Cole specializes in family financial plans and business retirement plans. She completed coursework at the University of Portland to earn her Executive Certificate in Financial Planning.
Director of Financial Planning
Kim Hall, PhD, CFP®
Effective financial planning is about more than just savings and investing. It is about making decisions that get you the most of what you value out of life. I work with clients to identify goals, evaluate trade-offs, and to make intelligent decisions.
My objective is to help clients put a personalized financial framework in place to achieve the life of their dreams.
I joined Clarity Wealth Development in 2017, bringing with me 10 years of experience in applied economic research and education. I was drawn to personal financial planning because I knew that the tools I was developing in my academic research could also directly impact individuals and families in meaningful ways. My expertise in risk analysis and optimal resource allocation, combined with my knowledge of savings, investment and tax planning strategies, enables me to empower clients to make well informed decisions on how to manage their hard-earned money.
I have a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Oregon State University, and a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Resource Management. I love being a part of the Corvallis community, where I live with my husband and two daughters. In my spare time I like to keep active enjoying the many amenities our town provides, serving our community, and traveling to far-off destinations, usually to visit my family and friends spread all around the world.
Director of Operations
Nicole has sixteen plus years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive expertise in customer service, marketing and office management. Nicole joined Clarity Wealth Development in 2017 and assists Kay Dee with client services and running the office.
Nicole loves the outdoors, camping, baking and spending time with friends, family and especially husband Luke and cutie pie daughter Hayden.
Director of Client Services
Brandy joined the team at Clarity Wealth Development after being a stay at home mom to her 3 daughters and son for the past 14 years.
While at home she ran an In-home Child care business for 12 of those years.
Brandy recently decided that she was ready to transition out of the home and into the workforce. She wanted a career that would allow her to utilize all of her skill sets as well as provide an environment for learning and gaining new strengths.
In her spare time, Brandy enjoys vacationing to tropical destinations, playing on her co-ed spring softball team, and watching her kids play sports among many other things.