My Team

I take customer service very seriously. So does my staff. Together, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of our clients.

If you need to schedule an appointment or request any other service, please let us know. We will respond promptly.

 
Christi Josephine Schaffer

Christi Josephine Schaffer

Director of Insurance Operations and Services
Office 913-676-8089

Christi Schaffer grew up in Iowa and attended Iowa State University prior to starting in the banking and finance industry where she had over 10 years experience in managing client relationships before joining the NorthStar team.

Christi Schaffer has been an Associate Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual since January 2008.  Today Christi is the face of the organization to many clients, in her role she oversees the Insurance Operations while maintaining contact with all of our clients through both providing service and scheduling meetings to review accounts and planning objectives.

Any question that you might have Christi Schaffer is your resource, any question she cannot answer herself she will direct to the appropriate member of the team or help you schedule a meeting with that person.

In her free time Christi enjoys running and  spending time with her family and friends cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs or Iowa State Cyclones.

 
Doug H Vandyke

Doug H Vandyke

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8044

Doug VanDyke graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1993 with a Bachelors of Business Administration/Accounting degree.

During a 10 year career in the accounting field, Doug held positions with Houlihan´s Restaurant Group, Delaval, and Ingersoll-Rand.

In 2003, Doug brought that financial background to our practice at Northwestern Mutual. Today Doug’s primary responsibility is developing the strategic direction of our firm to continue meeting client expectations and supporting our purpose and mission.  Doug also continues to provide support and oversight to our firms planning and investment operations.

In his free time Doug enjoys spending time with his family especially supporting his teenage boys in their sports endeavors, Drew in Basketball and Quinn in Soccer.

 
Brittney H Smith

Brittney H Smith

Associate Financial Representative
Office 913-676-8009

A native to Overland Park, Kansas, Brittney Smith while playing collegiate soccer and studying finance at Avila University, was not only looking for a career, yet a lifelong opportunity to help others. Brittney has had a unique experience with Northwestern Mutual. She joined the team prior to graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Business Finance and quickly began learning the behind the scenes process of running a successful Wealth Management practice. She and Tracy VanDyke decided to put their heads together to create a business structure that would not only build her own practice with young successful individuals and families, but to also provide a second layer of financial guidance for generations to come.  She specializes in working with high energy, fast rising, successful individuals and families with a common desire to protect and grow their income and assets by helping to guide them through strategic planning for a successful financial future.

In her free time, Brittney enjoys time spent with her family, friends, and puppy, traveling, and building her personal resume taste testing ice cream worldwide. She is passionate about helping, educating, and providing guidance inside and out of her career at Northwestern Mutual.

 
Brett Cisper

Brett Cisper

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8096

Brett Cisper graduated from Northern Kentucky University in December of 2013 with a degree in Finance. After graduating, he worked for Fidelity Investments until relocating to the Overland Park, KS area in August of 2015.

Brett oversees all planning and investment operations functions, regularly meeting with clients to carry out most of the investment related processing of their accounts as well as discussing planning objectives and portfolio design and returns.

In his free time Brett enjoys anything that has to do with sports, family, or friends and enjoys being active in the community.

 

 
Shelby Smith

Shelby Smith

Associate Financial Representative
Office 913-676-8021

Shelby assists and provides supports for the insurance and investment operations while monitoring marketing and social media platforms.  She holds a Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Emporia State University. 

Born and raised in Kansas City, she enjoys exploring new restaurants in the area and spending time with friends and family. 

Shelby is passionate about helping others and is happy to be apart of a team at Northwestern Mutual that holds those same values.

 

Tracy B VanDyke, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®
Wealth Management Advisor


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