Meet Our Instructors
Instructors are experienced financial planning professionals with CFP® certifications, CPA, CLU, ChFC, CFP or J.D. designations.
John Comer, CFP®, Waddell and Reed
John Comer, CFP® helps consumers identify, plan for and achieve their financial goals. Also, he speaks and writes to enhance the financial capabilities of consumers and the communication skills of financial professionals. Retirement Planning is a special interest for John but he has also taught all or part of Investments, Financial Planning and Insurance, Estate Planning and the Capstone class as well. He has been an adjunct professor in several local programs since 2005. John was awarded FPA’s Heart of Financial Planning Award, FPA-MN’s Distinguished Service Award and Best Prep’s Service Award for his work to enhance consumer financial capabilities. He has been involved in many efforts to enhance financial capability in the Twin Cities and around the country. John’s specialties include financial planning, retirement planning, speaking and writing.
Dan Hiebert, CFP®
Dan Hiebert, CFP®, Oak Financial Planning, Inc., ActiFi has been an instructor with Minnesota State Mankato for more than seven years. He also teaches the CFP Review course for Keir Educational. Dan believes in active learning in the classroom, and students report a high level of engagement and success as they further their careers. Serving the Twin Cities area, Dan is a CFP® professional who has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Dan also consults with financial advisors and financial firms on productivity improvements. He currently owns a fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in working with closely-held small businesses. Dan blogs on pertinent business valuation topics at beyondvalu.com. Dan earned a BS in Business from Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota and a Master of Science in Financial Services degree from The American College. Currently a doctoral student at The American College, earning a PhD in Financial Services.
Dustin Smith CFP®, ChFC®
Dustin Smith CFP®, ChFC® is Vice President, Wealth Counselor at Wealth Enhancement Group, where he works with a team of specialists to create, monitor and adjust comprehensive financial plans for his clients. He is a 2015-2017 winner of the “FIVE STAR Wealth Manager” award as noted in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business. He has been teaching at the Minnesota State Mankato CFP® program since 2011.
Angie Veldhuizen, CFP®, JD, MBT
Angie Veldhuizen, CFP®, JD, MBT, is a Wealth Manager at Accredited Investors Wealth Management in Edina. Angie focuses her work on tax planning including income tax, estate tax, gift tax, tax deferred and tax advantaged accounts and timing of income. She also serves as a firm resource on matters involving Social Security and marital/divorce planning. Angie started her career at Deloitte Tax working with individuals, trusts and estates. Desiring a more comprehensive approach to her client’s finances, she transitioned to wealth management. Angie is a Certified Financial Planner and is a licensed attorney. She holds a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a Masters of Business Tax from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business and Economics from Iowa State University.
Josh Wolberg, MBA, CFP®
Josh Wolberg, MBA, CFP® is a CFP® professional and leads the wealth management team at Channel Financial in Golden Valley, MN. Josh teaches many of the financial wellness workshops to retirement plan participants in the more than 160 retirement plans Channel advises. He earned a BS in Computer Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Josh is an active member of the Financial Planning Association and has served on several committees and boards. In addition to working full-time as a CFP® practitioner, Josh has a passion for lifelong learning and teaching. He serves as an instructor for Minnesota State Mankato and Keir Resources where he teaches CFP® preparation courses. Josh volunteers to teach personal finance basics at local high schools for a non-profit organization.
Susan T. Peterson-Lerdahl
Susan T. Peterson-Lerdahl is a shareholder in the firm of Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd., located in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is a Chair of the firm's Estate Planning Department which boasts more than 35 years of experience counseling individuals and families. Susan practices principally in the areas of estate planning, probate estate and trust administration and elder law.
She has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers® - Rising Star Edition, 2008- 2010 and 2012. Susan is admitted to practice in all Minnesota state and federal courts. She is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Probate and Trust Law and Real Property Law sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Minnesota Women Lawyers. Susan is a frequent speaker on topics associated with estate planning and estate administration, charitable giving, and elder law, and is the author of several articles.