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Mike Galloway

CEO

United States Marine Corps Sergeant Mesa Police Lieutenant Investment Adviser Representative Spanning more than 35 years, Mike has served his country as a Marine and his community as a Mesa Police Lieutenant.  In 2007, Arizona’s Governor Janet Napolitano named him a fund manager for the State’s Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Mike has served as Chairman of the PSPRS Investment Committee, Chairman of the PSPRS Board, and is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee for the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority Board (NFL Arizona Cardinals Stadium and MLB Cactus League stadiums), and  is on the Board of Directors for the 100 Club. In 1999, Mike started his investment career and over the years has successfully transformed to Public Safety Financial/Galloway. Based on the philosophy to “commit to serve others”, Public Safety Financial/Galloway specializes in exceeding the financial needs of police officers, firefighters, and public servants. From deferred compensation to DROP strategies, Mike’s detail-oriented, tactical method to investing has provided a no nonsense, people-first approach.  Whether you are close to retirement or are years away, Public Safety Financial/Galloway is always here to answer your questions. Mike and his wife Cathy, a retired Sergeant with the Mesa Police Department, live in Arizona with their three children.

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Gary Petrytus, CFP®

Vice President, Consulting

Gary Petrytus brings over 31 years of financial services industry experience in group retirement plans as the Vice President, Consulting. His career accomplishments included working as a financial advisor and providing participant education, enrollment and financial planning services in the defined contribution marketplace; leading and mentoring financial advisors; and managing strategic group, consulting relationships and new group acquisition activities in multiple states. A Certified Financial PlannerTM since 1994, Gary provides additional expertise and hands-on experience in the qualified defined contribution plan space and is well versed in retirement plan administration, participant education strategies, participation and contribution growth strategies, investment analysis along with legislative and regulatory matters. In his spare time, Gary enjoys hiking, trail running and mountain biking.

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Chuck Sklader

Vice President, Consulting

For nearly two decades, Chuck Sklader has provided retirement and financial consulting and educational services for multiple clients and their retirement & supplemental retirement plans; 85% of the clients being governmental entities. He brings over 27 years of financial services industry experience and has extensive backgrounds in sales, management, and recruitment. In 2005 he co-authored “Evaluation of Asset Allocation Funds” and “Rethinking Public Sector Asset Allocation Models” – articles written for the International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFre) and now joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as Vice President, Consulting. Chuck is a graduate of Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Business Administration.

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Kevin Roche

Benefits Coordinator

Kevin Roche retired from the Phoenix Fire Department in 2014 after nearly 25 years of administrative and support services work with the department. He has been helping with the filing of benefits claims for firefighters and law enforcement officers for over 20 years. Kevin joined the Galloway team in 2017 to extend this assistance to public safety families. Kevin holds degrees in Fire Protection & Safety and Political Science. He grew up in Upstate New York and currently resides in Flagstaff with his wife Micki.

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Cindy Lance

Chief Compliance Officer/Chief Financial Officer

In life and business, Cindy Lance sees one guiding principle as absolutely crucial: \"We should treat others exactly how we ourselves want to be treated.” As Public Safety Financial/Galloway’s Chief Compliance and Financial Officer, Cindy’s focus puts the customer front and center. Cindy has been with Mike Galloway from the beginning. She left the Mesa Police Department in 1999 to become Mike’s first employee. She vividly remembers the two of them sharing a small office as they worked to get the business off the ground. Today, Cindy remains committed to Public Safety Financial/Galloway for two very specific reasons: Public Safety Financial/Galloway’s emphasis on serving its customers and its record of supporting employees. When she is not in the office Cindy loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Cindy also feeds her passion for public service by volunteering with her church.

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Nanette Eberhardt

Chief Operations Officer

Nanette Eberhardt is passionate about her clients, her colleagues and her family. To her, that is what has made her tenure as Public Safety Financial/Galloway‘s Chief Operations Officer such a perfect fit. With 23 years experience, Nanette oversees the day-to-day operations, trading, and client services efforts. She experiences first-hand the connections between our firm and its clients. From helping answering complex questions to investment counseling and education, Nanette uses her extensive years in the financial services field to make sure that every client gets what they need when they need it. When she is not at work Nanette surrounds herself with family and with her hobbies – cooking, scrapbooking and hiking.

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Chris Hoerchler

Regional Vice President

Chris Hoerchler spent more than 15 years with the Mesa Police Department before on-the job injuries forced him into retirement. It was then he made a career change, going to work for Mike Galloway. The two actually worked together at the Mesa Police Department and always had a profound mutual respect for one another’s integrity and work ethic. For Chris, his work at Public Safety Financial/Galloway is anything but “just a job.” He sees it as a commitment to helping people with unique financial situations, people who risk their lives for others and deserve to feel secure about their financial futures. Chris has a similar commitment to his family.

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Bob Baker, CFS®

Regional Vice President

For 26 years, Bob Baker was on the job with Phoenix Police Department, working details as a sergeant from SWAT to apprehending fugitives. When it came time to retire, Bob was not ready to hang it up entirely. So he joined Mike at Public Safety Financial/Galloway As a client of the firm Bob believes fully in the benefits the company provided for their clients. Bob’s years on the force gives him a unique perspective into helping police and firefighters plan for retirement. And that’s the key word for Bob – plan. While many firms start working with clients as they’re retiring, Public Safety Financial/Galloway works with its clients throughout their careers, helping them build their portfolios. By planning ahead, retirees can enjoy life after the job, whether they choose to hang it up or try another career, like Bob did. Bob is certainly enjoying his “retirement.” When he is not at work, he is at his cabin or on vacation with his family.

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Tyler Izen

Regional Vice President

Tyler Izen joins Public Safety/Galloway Financial as a Regional Vice President. He has had an exemplary career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He worked in several capacities including patrol, vice investigations, detective, administrative and supervisory assignments in Northeast, Southeast, Hollywood, Metropolitan Division, Foothill, Internal Affairs, Office of the Inspector General and Force Investigation Division. Prior to his LAPD career, Tyler worked for a pension consulting firm based in California. Tyler was elected in 2009 as a Director to the Los Angeles Police Protective League representing LAPD rank and file and later elected as President in 2012.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors (past Chairman) of the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union and is also a Director with the Los Angeles Police Museum. Tyler and his wife, Becky, have three adult children and two grandchildren all of whom reside in the Los Angeles area. Tyler enjoys having his family close, kayaking and all outdoor activities.

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Debra Hrynyk Nelson

Chief Marketing Officer

Debra Hrynyk Nelson comes with a creative twist. She not only has a background in advertising and marketing but was a client relationship and financial operations leader for a Fortune 500 corporation for nearly a decade. With her experiences encompassing design, direct marketing, public & social media, relationship management and day-to-day trading operations, Deb knows that communication is the key to success. With a career spanning over 20 years, Deb brings a unique perspective to Public Safety Financial/Galloway as she leads the marketing and public media efforts as the Chief Marketing Officer. Most of Deb’s charitable efforts are towards the prevention of cruelty of animals; however, she has sat on United Way executive boards and given back through community programs dedicated to breast cancer awareness and children.

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Pierre Brachet, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Pierre Brachet comes to Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a Portfolio Manager.  He will work alongside Mike Galloway, Chief Investment Officer, Jeff Auxier, Chief Risk Officer, and our Investment Committee members to manage our portfolios. With both a Business Administrations Bachelors and a MBA from Portland State, a brevet de Technicien Supérieur in International Trade from France, Pierre also  holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA). He has worked in the investment industry since 1998 when he joined Wells Fargo’s Private Client Services group in Portland, Oregon to manage individual and trust accounts for Wells’ high net worth clients.  In 2001 he moved to the valley where he became part of the management team for two Private Placement Funds and a Common Trust Fund. A father of two, Pierre and his wife can often be found on the hiking trails around Phoenix or in the cooler parts of the state.

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Mark McPherson

Financial Advisor

With 30 years’ experience in the world of financial services, Mark McPherson believes in a business principle some might consider old-fashioned. Honesty. Mark has been with Public Safety Financial/Galloway since 2003, long enough to hone his insight into the complex world of public safety retirements and develop a style that’s as straightforward as it is knowledgeable. Mark understands that his public safety clients have unique financial concerns and a set of retirement options liable to confuse those without the right background. Mark’s satellite office is located on the Tempe/Scottsdale border. He serves the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Superstition Fire and Medical Fire District, and Rio Verde Fire Districts. Outside the office, Mark loves to hit hiking trails through the desert or relax by playing his guitar.

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Diane Sellier

Financial Advisor

Diane Sellier subscribes to a simple personal philosophy: She treats her clients like they are family. Her commitment to putting people first parallels what we believe at Public Safety Financial/Galloway and explains why Diane has been successful as one of our financial advisors. Diane is someone who has truly done it all. She started her career working for General Motors in London as an expatriate. Life’s twists and turns brought her all the way to Mesa, where she joined the Police Department doing everything from crime scene investigations to working as an asset forfeiture detective. Upon retirement, Diane wanted to stay connected to the public service world while having more time for her family. Working at Public Safety Financial/Galloway allows her to have the best of both worlds. Diane enjoys spending her free time with her grandkids.

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Todd Thomas, CFS®

Financial Advisor

Todd Thomas joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a financial advisor. Todd had an exemplary 20 year career in law enforcement which began with the Scottsdale Police Department he then made a lateral move to the Mesa Police Department. Prior to retiring from the Mesa PD as a Lieutenant, he worked various assignments including Patrol, Detectives, Special Investigations, SWAT, Training, Hiring and Internal Affairs. With his vast amount of experience within public safety, Todd brings a wealth of public safety knowledge and understanding to PSF/Galloway. He understands and knows firsthand the benefits, options, and obstacles our police and firefighters face and is now available to educate and help you make good financial decisions. Todd has two sons, Matthew and Eric and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Drew Harvey, CFS®

Financial Advisor

Drew Harvey joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a Financial Advisor, after working in our home office for the past year and a half. Over the years, she grew up in a Public Safety family, with both her father and brother in Law Enforcement. She has firsthand knowledge of the options, benefits and opportunities Public Safety members face. Drew completed the Federal Bureau of Investigations Leadership Academy and is a graduate of Arizona State University and the W.P. Carey School of Business. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology in just 3 years, and went on to earn a Masters in Management in an accelerated 9 month program. Drew resides in Scottsdale, enjoying her free time with friends and family or traveling.

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Steve Wheeler, CFS®

Financial Advisor

Steve Wheeler joins Public Safety/Galloway Financial as a Financial Advisor. He has had an exemplary career with the Tucson Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and spent the next 17+ years supervising various assignments such as patrol, Community Response Team, Night Motors, Gang Tactical Unit, Organized Crime Unit, and Violent Crime Detectives. A family dedicated to public safety, Steve’s father was the Chief of Police in Wickenburg, his younger brother is a retired Sergeant of the Tucson Police Department, and his older brother is a Detective with the Phoenix Police Department. Married with five children and six grandchildren, Steven and his wife reside in Tucson, Arizona. He serves on his Church council and enjoys golf, hunting, and time with his family.

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Brad Standage

Financial Advisor

The story of Brad Standage’s career in a sentence: Expect the unexpected. Brad started out wanting to be a dentist, but when he realized that career was not for him, he found his real passion – law enforcement. He spent more than 10 years on the job with the Mesa Police Department until he was injured arresting a suspect. Six surgeries later, Brad was forced into early retirement. Fortunately, he found a home at Public Safety Financial/Galloway. As Brad will tell you, “I might not be on the front lines these days, but working for Public Safety Financial/Galloway allows me the opportunity to take care of those who are.” Brad and his wife love the beautiful year-round weather, spending time outdoors, and enjoying what California has to offer.

Cody Carmicheal

Financial Advisor

Cody Carmichael was born and raised in Arizona and has been a Glendale police officer for over 13 years. He has taken on various assignments such as patrol, motors, property crimes investigation, fugitive apprehension unit and SWAT. Cody became interested in finance as he strived to increase his family’s savings and deferred comp contributions. He enjoys helping public safety prepare now for the retirement they earned through years of dedicated service. When Cody is not working he enjoys spending time with family, scuba diving, fishing and playing softball with friends. Cody believes a little help and advice today can make a big difference in the lifestyle our public servants live tomorrow.

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Brian Delfs

Financial Advisor

Throughout Brian Delfs’ 32 year career as a Tucson Fire Department Captain he has also held elected offices in the local, state and international organizations of the International Association of Fire Fighters. He currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Avra Valley Fire District and now joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway.  Brian received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as Commissioner of the Industrial Commission of Arizona and was a member of the State of Arizona Special Fund Investment Committee. Brian also served as a Fund Manager and Special Advisor of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and has participated on numerous other boards and committees. Brian believes in giving back and has aligned his efforts with such organizations as the United Way, Adopt-A-Family, American Cancer Society and various other charities.

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Joe Connell

Financial Advisor

With over 30 years of financial services industry experience, Joe Connell brings a wealth of retirement plan knowledge to Public Safety Financial/Galloway. Starting as a financial advisor and advancing throughout his career, Joe became a Regional Vice President overseeing 10 District Managers and 225 Advisors across eight states for a major retirement plan provider.  Joe says the best job he ever had was his first – working as a financial advisor and providing one-on-one investment and retirement counseling to individuals in the workplace. A graduate from Western Michigan University, Joe earned his B.A. in Behavioral Science and Economics in 1979.  Residing in Scottsdale, he and his wife have three children.

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Casey Johnston

Financial Advisor

Casey Johnston joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a Financial Advisor. An Arizona native, Casey currently serves as a Captain Paramedic in the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department. He heads up the Chandler CPR Program through Union L493, is a board member for the Chandler Boys and Girls Club and a 100 Club member. Always focusing on others, Casey teaches K-8 grade at the Sun Valley Community Church, Urban Survival training to several Chandler schools and can be found on the sports field coaching children in soccer, basketball and softball through the year. A graduate of Arizona State University, Casey married his high-school sweetheart. They have four beautiful children. He enjoys his spare time hunting, fishing, and playing basketball.

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Tyler Allen

Financial Advisor

Tyler Allen comes to Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a financial advisor. He serves with the Phoenix Police Department as a Supervisor in 911 and is currently training with Phoenix CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) to provide assistance in times of community disaster, local search and rescue events. A graduate of South Mountain Community College, he is very active in his church, volunteering his time to youth programs such as the Boy Scouts of America and giving back through community events. He lives in Phoenix, with his wife and three children. Tyler enjoys sports, camping, going to the lake and most of all spending time with his family.

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Matt Rogers

Financial Advisor

Matt Rogers comes to Public Safety Financial/Galloway with a wealth of public safety experience, currently serving as a Captain, Paramedic in the Mesa Fire and Medical Department for over 20 years. He has a degree in Emergency Response and Operations and currently is enrolled at Northern Arizona University furthering his education in Administrations. Matt knows firsthand not all financial advisors are the same. He puts his clients first assisting them to better understand all their benefit options and meet their retirement goals. A father of three, Matt and his wife enjoy every moment they have with their children. It is not uncommon to find Matt on the football, baseball or soccer fields cheering in the stands and from the sidelines during the games. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking, hunting, shooting sports and camping.

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Jordan Andrews

Financial Advisor

Jordan Andrews joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a Financial Advisor. Born and raised in Arizona, Jordan graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Before finding her way to Public Safety Financial/Galloway, she spent five years in the Health and Wellness industry.  From a young age she felt a strong passion to pursue a career in the financial industry. Jordan resides in Scottsdale spending her free time with her friends and family. She enjoys spending time with her dad along with being on the lake, traveling, and cooking.

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Chris DeChant

Financial Advisor

Chris DeChant joins Public Safety Financial/Galloway as a Financial Advisor. For 21 years, Chris has served the Glendale Fire Department functioning as an Operations Captain, Special Operations Captain, Division Chief of Special Operations, Division Chief of Training, and Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief in 2008. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science, Public Safety Administration, and a Master Degree of Education, Educational Leadership. With his experience as an Assistant Chief, his passion for planning, and having the understanding what sacrifices public safety employees make every day for their community; he brings a wealth of knowledge to his clients and the PSF/Galloway team. Chris resides with his family in Peoria.

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Joseph Turley

Financial Advisor

After serving an initial four-year tour as an Infantryman in the US Army, Joe signed on with the Mesa Police Department in which he held a variety of positions to include Patrol, Field Training, SWAT, Academy Instructor and Patrol Sergeant. In 1997 he joined the Arizona Army National Guard where he served in the Artillery and Military Police. After 9/11, Joe spent quite a bit of time going back and forth in assignments with both the Army and the Police Department including accepting an opportunity to serve in New Orleans for the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort and then later in Iraq in 2006. After 22 years of military and police service, Joe retired from the Police Department. Service in public safety and the military offer unique challenges to its members not only in terms of their work lives, but in their personal financial situations which led Joe to be a financial advisor. In his free time, Joe enjoys time with his family, hunting, fly-fishing and kayaking.

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Shane Knoll

Client Relationship Specialist

Shane worked in the hospitality industry and spent the last decade in financial services industry. He moved from the Midwest and came over from the banking sector, where he developed strong relationships with his clients.  Shane’s guiding principle has always been to give his clients the same outstanding service and respect that he would expect someone to give to his own grandparents.  He always takes the time to listen and always provides the answers to your financial questions. Shane is a sports enthusiast.  His time away from the office is spent with his family, being the best husband and father he can be to his beloved wife and children.

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Heidi Merriman

Client Relationship Specialist

Heidi has a degree in International Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Administration from Northern Arizona University. She has been in the financial services industry for 12 years with a focus on defined contribution plans both as an investment advisor and behind the scenes in operations. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Heidi resides in Mesa with her son Om and enjoys traveling and exploring in her free time.

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Diana Abramson

Client Relationship Specialist

Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, Diana was surrounded by both military and government. She graduated from University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. Upon graduating, she moved to Phoenix to work for a large insurance and financial corporation. In her free time, she volunteers with local animal shelters as a canine behavior specialist and enjoys time with her own three dogs.

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Caitie Canacakos

Executive Assistant

Caitie Canacakos joins Public Safety Financial Galloway as the Executive Assistant for the CEO. The past nine years Caitie has worked in the fitness industry with a multi-location club within the Valley, the last two years as a General Manger for two of the locations. She graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with academic scholarships, and athletic scholarships from Phoenix College. Caitie continues her education and fitness journey as she studies for her personal training certification while starting up the Corporate Health and Fitness Challenge Program.