Our Team | Wings for Widows

Our Team

Chris Bentley

Financial Advisor (Retired) | Veteran | Author | Speaker | Widow Advocate
Wings for Widows Founder | CEO

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. After a career as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERâ„¢ professional with a full-service advisory and wealth management practice with Ameriprise Financial in the Twin Cities, Chris retired in June 2022 to lead Wings for Widows into the future.

As a financial advisor, Chris 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 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, or volunteer for other charitable organizations including PEASE Academy, Fraser, Pinky Swear, Mobility Worldwide, Cornerstone, Feed My Starving Children, and 360 Communities.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling, boating and sailing, music, craft beer and fine bourbon, and time with his wife Susie, his family, and friends.

Our Staff

Carrie Allerding

Carrie Allerding

Program Manager

Nita Hughes

Program Manager, Education

Dana Ferguson

Dana Ferguson

Program Assistant

Olivia Oster

Office & Giving Manager

Andy Fried

IT Support

Financial Care Team Members

Andrea Jarvis

Fen Yee Teh

Jasmine Hathaway

Katie Mann

Maureen Revak

Stacey Feinstein

Board Of Directors

Tammy Block

Tammy Block

Vice President / Legal

Alix Colehour

Alix Colehour

Director

Mark Gasner

Mark Gasner

Treasurer

Annique London

Director

JoAnne Funch

JoAnne Funch

Director

Maureen Revak

Director

David Wetzel

David Wetzel

Director

Jay Bergland

Director

Mark Storozum

Director

Niki Leicht

Director

Karise Gaynor-Morgan

Director

Melissa Brennan

Melissa Brennan

Director