YOUR HARBOR WEALTH MANAGEMENT TEAM IN BOULDER AND DENVER, COLORADO
Every company is only as good as the people who work there. At Harbor, you will find some of the best, most qualified professionals anywhere. Many hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and come to Harbor Wealth Management with impeccable resumes and credentials in the financial and investment worlds. At Harbor Wealth Management, we also maintain a ratio of no more than 80 to 1 when it comes to clients-to-advisor, so you’ll receive service that is high touch as well as more in touch with your specific financial needs.
At Harbor Wealth Management, you will also find:
Former portfolio accountant at a prominent mutual fund company
Former Operations Manager with a large financial planning firm
University of Pittsburgh grad with Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degrees
Former Charles Schwab stock broker on a dedicated high frequency, high net worth team
Client Services Manager with over 13 years of mortgage banking experience
Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™
Five Certified Financial Planners
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®
WELCOME TO A BETTER WEALTH MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE...
HARBOR WEALTH MANAGEMENT
We will match you with the right team with the experience and skill set to guide you to your wealth management goals. Each associate has one thing in common—individualized, caring client service that leads to your success. These are an exceptional group of individuals who love their home in Colorado, take an active role in community service, and work diligently for you in our collaborative Harbor Wealth Management environment.
Learn more about each team member below:
Elyse is the founding Principal of Harbor Wealth Management. Long before it was fashionable or the preferred form of advisory business, Elyse created advisory services to center around the client by bringing together other professional disciplines for a more effective, coordinated approach to problem solving. All of a client's needs, family, business and personal, are considered in developing the highly personal advisory for which the firm is well known. Her role includes client relationship management, strategic planning, and investment direction and selection for the firm. Elyse’s 35+ years experience helps her integrate world events and individual goals and needs into investment and planning advisory with exceptional results.
Elyse studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Colorado earning a BA in Political Science. She entered the financial planning field shortly after graduation and subsequently earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Elyse was Vice President and Director of Operations with a large financial planning firm and also worked in investment banking and corporate accounting prior to forming Harbor Wealth Management in 1988.
Elyse enjoys an active outdoor Colorado lifestyle year round as well as photography, gardening, travel, her lab Harley and cat MC. Having grown up in Boulder, the health of her community is important as is volunteer involvement. She is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a member of HSBV's investment committee, and is a board member for the Burridge Center for Finance at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Barrett, her children, grandchildren and friends.
As Principal and Chief Investment Officer, Megan oversees investment selection, monitoring and ongoing portfolio maintenance. She is the chair of the Investment Committee as well as a member of the marketing and public relations team. Megan is a Wealth Manager at Harbor where her duties include preparation of financial plans, managing investment portfolios as well as advising clients on their various planning needs. Additionally she assists with general oversight of daily operations and efficiencies within the firm’s day to day operations.
Megan joined Harbor in 2012. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor degree in Finance, Megan worked as a stock broker at Charles Schwab for two years before joining Harbor. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst accreditation.
Megan founded and is currently leading a young professional leadership team, Society 1902. The group’s goal is to engage younger members of the community to fundraise and raise awareness about the wonderful work of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Outside of work she enjoys the mountains, traveling and volunteering as well as spending time with her husband Brett, daughter Brooke and Tank.
As Principal and Planning Manager at Harbor, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the planning department, preparing financial plans, ensuring on time delivery and reviewing efficiencies.
Jennifer is also an analyst and member of the investment committee and is involved in investment analysis, portfolio management, securities trading, client service and working with prospective and new clients.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. She then went on to work at a local Ameriprise Financial office for 9 years as Operations Manager and Financial Planning Coordinator. In August 2015, Jennifer joined Harbor. She holds the Certified Financial Planner certification and is a member of the Boulder County Estate Planning Council.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband and son.
Karen has several key roles at Harbor. As a Wealth Manager, she prepares financial plans and advises clients on various wealth management topics. She is also a member of the Investment Committee and is involved in investment analysis, securities trading and portfolio management. Her compliance responsibilities include registering company information with the SEC and helping Harbor stay on top of the latest issues impacting the advisory world.
Karen joined Harbor in 2003. She began her career as a portfolio accountant at a prominent mutual fund company in Kansas City. After moving to Colorado, she worked with an institutional investment advisor as its Chief Financial Officer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with an emphasis in accounting from Kansas State University. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.
Outside of work, Karen enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling. She and her husband like to spend time with friends and family.
Emily joined Harbor in 2019. Her roles at Harbor include Client Service Manager and Analyst. Emily provides overall client service, account maintenance, financial planning updates and client communications. Emily co-chairs the business development group and is a member of the investment committee at Harbor. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.
Prior to Harbor Emily worked on the brokerage side of the business as an investment advisor at Raymond James. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a board member of Ellevate Boulder; a global professional women’s network, made up of women who are committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity.
Outside of work Emily enjoys seeing live music at Red Rocks, acro-yoga, running, golf and taking on large home improvement projects. She loves spending time with her family including her husband Brice and their Beagle Deza.
Carolyn joined the firm in 2001 as the part-time office manager/administrative coordinator but now spends her time on client services as well as the financial planning and reporting process. This includes gathering information from clients for their annual planning updates and creating the planning schedules. Before Harbor Carolyn was the company administrator for the Boulder Ballet often helping with the costuming in her spare time and also had a small business producing wearable art and quilts.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University. In 2007 she completed the necessary work to earn the Financial Paraplanner designation from the College for Financial Planning and in 2014 completed the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation.
Outside of work she still sews, takes dance and yoga classes, enjoys reading and sings in the choir at her church. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Steve, three daughters, three sons-in-law and a growing assortment of grandchildren.
Meg Basten joined Harbor’s team as a Client Service Manager in July 2022. She is responsible for providing overall client service, account maintenance, and financial planning updates.
Meg has spent over 20 years in the financial industry working in institutional equity sales, investment banking and private banking. The wealth of knowledge and skill set that Meg brings to the team spans across many areas of financial planning. Prior to joining Harbor, Meg worked for The Millstone Evans Group, Raymond James, Morgan Stanley, and D.A. Davidson. Prior to moving to Colorado from Chicago in 2013, Meg also had a stint at Chicago’s famed Second City Training Center, studying all things comedy. Meg is studying to achieve the sought-after CFP® designation.
In her spare time, Meg enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, yoga, live music, comedy shows, and all of the outdoor activities Colorado offers.
Denise joined Harbor in March 2018. She is responsible for overall office management and organization, scheduling, some bookkeeping, and special projects. Prior to joining Harbor, she spent most of her career as a senior executive with IBM and Geodis in Supply Chain and Logistics Operations, managing group operations across North and South America.
Denise graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
Originally from Pittsburgh, and having moved too many times in the past 15 years for work, Denise and her husband, David, are happy to be back living on the East Coast where they can take their dog Callie to the beach and be closer to their family in PA and have shorter trips to visit family in France. Outside of work, Denise enjoys cooking, walking, and being anywhere that she can take in the sound of the ocean.
Denise joined Harbor in 2004 and has had many roles over the years. Currently she is responsible for digital marketing efforts, including Harbor’s website, blog and social media channels.
Prior to Harbor she worked for First Nationwide Mortgage where she was responsible for acquiring mortgage servicing rights for the company. Her attention to detail combined with her background in finance and lending adds a unique strength to the firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from Cameron University.
Denise enjoys Colorado life, fine tuning her backyard gardening skills, checking out the newest breweries in the area, biking and hiking. So far she and her husband Chris have climbed 11 of the 53 Colorado 14’ers. She also has a weakness for fine Mexican cuisine and is always on the lookout for the perfect chile relleno.