Committed to Serving YouCornerstone Planning Team

Each member of our staff is an experienced professional dedicated to getting to know you on a personal level and helping you achieve

your long-term financial goals.

For years, our investment management clients have relied on us for objective, independent financial advice and a wide range of problem-solving services. Our goal is to simplify your life through a responsive, integrated approach to the accumulation, protection and transition of your wealth.

We are honored to serve as your trusted advisor and build rewarding long-term relationships with you, your family and future generations.

 

Susan Veligor, CFP®
Principal
Portland, ME Office
“Good, better, best. Never rest until good be better and better be best.”
Mother Goose
Susan Veligor, CFP®

“This quote reflects my personal philosophy in life. And I routinely ask myself questions like: can I be a better person; can I be more patient, empathetic and kind; can I improve my work, my competency and my interactions. In turn, these questions have spawned a lifelong interest in communication, particularly in the area of active listening. Someone once said: “we were born with two ears and one mouth; so we should listen twice as much as we speak!” It is this kind of listening that taught me if you just ask the right questions—and then listen—most people really do know what they need and where they want to end up. My job is to help them plan how to get there.

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Jill Boynton, CFP®
Principal
Newington, NH Office
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
Jill Boynton, CFP®

“Before we founded Cornerstone, Susan and I worked together at another company, and she gave me a magnet with the above quote on it. I had thought for some time about going out on my own, and inspired by Thoreau’s words, started a business. Susan happily joined me and that’s how Cornerstone began.

For me, financial planning isn’t just about helping people reach their goals. It’s also about empowering them, especially women who think they don’t know anything about money. The truth is many people have more skills than they realize.

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Mackenzie Arsenault, CFP®
Financial Planner
Portland, ME Office
“If you fail to plan,
you’re planning to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin
Mackenzie Arsenault, CFP®

“I realize that’s a rather intense quote, but it’s true. It appeals to me because I’m a planner by nature.

I look at our client’s financial life like it’s a giant puzzle with all these different pieces that need to come together to create the financial picture they want. There are so many different things you have to think about when you make a financial decision. It’s intricate, and the pieces have to fit well together. The best financial plan is the one that works for all the different pieces.

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Christina Traurig, CFP®, MBA
Financial Planner
Newington, NH Office
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.”
Marie Curie
Christina Traurig, CFP®, MBA

Marie Curie was one of the most intelligent and hardworking people to have ever lived. Her entire life was spent learning about a field she was passionate about. Even when Marie was working a mundane job to save up money to continue her education, she spent her spare time reading, studying, and absorbing all of the scientific information that she could. Among her many admirable qualities, her constant pursuit of knowledge and understanding is most inspirational to me. This quote by Marie Curie speaks to me for that reason.

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Carrie McCormick
Carrie McCormick
Client Service Manager
Portland, ME Office
“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”
Jonathan Winters

“This quote reminds me of my grandmother, a pioneering lawyer and civic leader and one of the smartest people I ever met. She taught me from a young age that if you want something, don’t wait for it to happen, go for it and don’t let obstacles deter you from your goals. Her perception had a huge impact on my life and the person I became.

I am determined and a problem-solver by nature. I persevere—whether it’s passing my last skating test to be a senior-ranked figure skater (even though I’d been told a year before that I would never skate again) or finding a family member through my genealogical research that few relatives even knew existed. I appreciate the challenge of a mystery and the excitement, for me that follows.

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Brittany Landry
Office Manager
Portland, ME Office
“If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.”
Mary Engelbreit

“First impressions are a huge part of our everyday life as human beings. As a result, we have the opportunity to make or break others’ experiences – whether it be a new client at your workplace or meeting a friend of a friend for the first time. I love providing a positive client experience, which is one of the many reasons why my Office Manager position is a perfect fit for me. I am so pleased to have joined the Cornerstone team.

I have been coaching cheerleading since 2011 and have coached all ages -- from elementary school to high school varsity. Seeing the confidence in young athletes grow as a result of their participation in cheerleading is one of the many reasons why I continue to do what I do. Being a part of the future generation is very important to me. The reward that I get from coaching is something that money could never buy. I currently coach a team in the Portland area and love every second of it!

Nichole Myers
Portfolio Manager
Portland, ME Office
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Warren Buffett

“I planted six trees in the yard of my first home. I knew I wouldn’t see them grow to fruition, but I could imagine their mature beauty and the future benefits the homeowners and neighbors would enjoy. I think it’s important to view life beyond my own, and to understand that I may plant seeds for something great, even if that greatness may never be for my own enjoyment.

In my past work, I’ve enjoyed helping others envision a bright future for themselves and their loved ones. In the investment world, I think this quote really sums up Buffet’s investment strategy. To obtain that beautiful shade tree, someone needed to pick a good quality seed and plant it in a good environment. Then let nature take its course, only intervening when necessary to ensure it can grow. The goal is to start with high quality portfolios and intervene only when appropriate to ensure the portfolio stays true to its objective. I’m thrilled to have found Cornerstone and look forward to focusing on client portfolios while I pursue my CFP® designation.

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