Our Team

Financial Planning Team

Michelle Socha Vang, CFP®

Senior Financial Planner

Michelle joined the firm in 2008 after working in New York City as a retail analyst. In addition to her duties as a Certified Financial Planner® she leads the tax team and is an Enrolled Agent.

Jolie McCarthy,CFP®

Senior Financial Planner

Jolie joined the financial planning team in 2011 and is a Certified Financial Planner™, Enrolled Agent and holds a Life, Accident and Health insurance license in New York.

Nina Graham Socha, CFP®

Senior Financial Planner

Nina began her career in finance as an Equity Arbitrage broker for a leading institutional brokerage firm in New York City. Along with keeping a pulse on the financial markets, she was highly effective in building and maintaining strong client relationships.

Kelsey Saunders

Paraplanner and Client Services Specialist

Kelsey joined Socha Financial Group in 2014. She works closely with our clients to build personal relationships and is a direct support to the financial planning team.

Janelle St. Clair, FPQP™


Janelle joined Socha Financial Group in 2015 as a tax preparer. Her strong dedication to our firm quickly lead to her current role as a paraplanner.

Investment Team

Michael E. Socha, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Michael began his career in finance as a quantitative analyst for a leading institutional broker in New York City, where he priced a wide range of over the counter derivatives.

Jennifer Anderson

Portfolio Management Specialist

Jen began her career in the financial services industry in 2005 and joined the firm in 2011. Her primary role is assisting in optimum portfolio allocation by maintaining the integrity of our database. She also heads the development projects of the investment team.

Shana L. Colegrove

Operations Specialist and Investment Team Support

Shana is a Corning Community College graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration. She joined the firm in the fall of 2008 and works as part of the investment team.

Client Services Team

Meggan Driscoll

Manager of Client Services, Tax and Accounting Specialist

Meggan joined Socha Financial Group in 2000. She supports our clients with tax preparation, tax reporting and audit responses from the IRS and state agencies.

Linda R. Knickerbocker

Senior Operations and Client Services Specialist

Linda joined Socha Financial Group in 2003 and works closely with Charles Schwab Institutional in servicing our investment clients through account paperwork and account transfers.

Hope Howell

Client Services and Community Outreach

Hope joined the firm in 2011. Her primary focus is creating a positive experience for our clients. She also coordinates the firm’s community involvement and is a New York State Notary Public.

Nancy & Lou

Nancy and Lou are the managing partners of Socha Financial Group. Nancy founded the firm in 1983 and is a Certified Financial Planner(TM), Certified Divorce Planner (TM) and an Enrolled Agent.

Peanut & Lily

Peanut is a Maltese Poodle who loves to sleep. She will meet you at the door with the intention of getting her belly rubbed if she bothers to disturb herself enough to wake up. Lily is a Yorkshire Terrier who loves to play ball.