Staff

I take customer service very seriously. So does my staff. Together, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of our clients. If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.

Learn more about my staff below.

 

 
Stephanie Abernathy

Stephanie Abernathy, CFP®, CLU®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 217-355-9390

Stephanie has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2000 and joined Justin Kirby’s team in October 2006. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003 with a degree in Finance. Stephanie is life and health licensed and has passed the Series 6, 7, 26, 63, and 66 exams. On November 4, 2009, Stephanie became a CFP® certificant. Stephanie takes care of client service and operations.

She enjoys bowling in her free time. She is married to Cory and they have a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Wesley.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
 
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, CFA®, CLU®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 217-355-9390

Rich graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business in 2008 with a degree in Finance with High Honors.  He started working for Justin as an intern in January 2008. Following graduation he started full-time in January 2009.  Rich has his Series 7 and 66, life and health licenses and has earned the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation. 

Rich is a lifelong resident of the Champaign-Urbana area. He is married to Kaitlyn and they welcomed a baby girl, Mila, in June 2021. In their free time they enjoy spending time together playing golf, tennis and attending University of Illinois athletic events.

 
Brian N Bollman

Brian N Bollman

Director of Retirement Plans
Office 217-355-9390
Toll Free 866-223-1079

Brian has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2006 including 5 years as the Retirement Plan Specialist for the McClure Agency. He has been in the financial services arena for more than 12 years including with his own Registered Investment Advisory firm he helped start in 2000. Brian works with individuals in their personal planning, involving their insurance and investment needs, as well as working with companies on their retirement plans and group benefits. He is insurance and investment licensed in several states, as well as having his Series 6, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Brian is married to Dianne and they have twins, Jordanne and Jakob.  He is active in the community through the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and his church. He also enjoys golf, volunteering and travel with his family.

 
Chad Altadonna

Chad Altadonna

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 217-355-9390

Chad joined the Kirby Wealth Management Group as a Associate Wealth Management Advisor in November 2020.  He is a graduate of Illinois State University (’96) and was a scholarship athlete on the ISU Men’s Basketball team.   Chad spent the first 18 years of his professional career as a college basketball coach and then transitioned into financial services in 2012.   Before joining Justin’s team he was a Wealth Management Advisor at TIAA.   Chad holds Series 7, 65, 63, 6, and Life/Health licenses. 

Chad and his wife, Nicole, live in Charleston and they have 5 children.  They enjoy family time and outdoor activities. 

 
Denise Vilardo Martin

Denise Vilardo Martin, CPA

Chief Operating Officer
Office 217-355-9390

Denise recently joined Kirby Wealth Management Group as the Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to taking this exciting position she was an audit partner at a local public accounting firm.  She was with that firm for 36 years.  Denise provided her clients with complete business and management services.  This not only included the standard audit and tax work but succession and growth planning.   

Denise also serves as an adjunct audit professor at the University of Illinois.  She has 7 kids including twins and 9 grandchildren.  Denise enjoys Illini sports and the Cubs.  Throw in skiing or white water rafting and you will make her day!

 
Randa Stewart

Randa Stewart

Administrative Assistant
Office 217-355-9390

Randa graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, on a full basketball scholarship, in April 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and minored in Recreational Sport as well as Sport and Business Studies. She was a member of the USI’s Varsity Women’s Basketball Team all four years. She joined Justin's team in September of 2019.

Born and raised in Philo, IL, she cherishes her family time. She married Jake Stewart in June of 2020 along with becoming homeowners. In her spare time, she enjoys playing outdoor activities, running, and any type of live music.  

 
Taylor Ann Stark

Taylor Ann Stark

Associate Financial Representative
Office 217-355-9390

Taylor joined Justin’s team in July 2019 shortly after graduating from Illinois State University in May 2019. She has a degree in Finance, along with a degree in Accounting. Taylor is life and health licensed.

Taylor has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area all of her life and currently resides in Champaign. She enjoys playing disc golf, kayaking, and spending time with family.   

 

Justin Kirby, CLU®, CRPS®, CLTC®
Wealth Management Advisor


Kirby Wealth Management Group

 

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