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Our Team

Chris Bentley

Financial Advisor | Author | Speaker
Wings for Widows Founder | President | Executive Director

Chris is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a navy veteran. After a decade with Pepsi and Coca Cola, Chris turned his attention to the financial services industry. Today he is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERâ„¢ professional with a full-service advisory and wealth management practice in the Twin Cities.

As a financial advisor, Chris has helped many clients put their financial house in order after the loss of a loved one. After working with Liane Laurion, widowed in 2017, and hearing about how many women like her were struggling after losing their husbands, Chris realized he could do more, and founded Wings for Widows. (Read Our History for the full story.)

Chris has considerable experience with public charities. He was a board member with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota for three years and an officer/board member with the Minnesota Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association for more than eight years. For more than a decade he has been an advocate, donor, and volunteer for other charitable organizations including Fraser, Pinky Swear, Mobility Worldwide, Cornerstone, Feed My Starving Children, and 360 Communities.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys boating, snow skiing, biking, and time with family and friends.

Board of Directors

Kari Schuster

Vice President

Mark Gasner

Treasurer

Hectoria Yamoah

Secretary
Melissa Brennan

Melissa Brennan

Director, Business Development

Liane Laurion

Director, Widow Services

Susan Burke

Director

Andy Fried

Director

JoAnne Funch

Director

Maureen Revak

Director

Bob Cohen

Director
Renee West

Renee West

Director
Jerad Justesen

Jerad Justesen

Director