Your Team

Financial planning doesn't happen by chance; it is the product of sound decision-making. Whether you are looking to protect, grow or transfer wealth, our comprehensive team can help. We understand the complex financial issues and the ways in which these issues might affect your future.

Financial planning requires a commitment of time—yours and ours. We will work to understand your current personal and financial circumstances and your goals for the future. We will work to do more than determine a planning solution. We will build a strategy that is right for you. Together, we will work to develop a financial plan that balances your short-term needs with your long-term goals.

We'll stay in touch, so as your needs evolve over time we can make the changes necessary to protect your overall financial picture for the future.

Let us help you ensure your financial future is all you want it to be

Tracy B VanDyke

Tracy B VanDyke, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®

Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8057

Upon graduating from Peru State College in 1993 Tracy was looking for a career that would provide her with professional growth opportunity, personal flexibility and the ability to have positive impact on the lives of people she came into contact with.

After careful consideration of all her options, Tracy decided to follow her father, John Shannon and join Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative.  In 1996 John passed away following a battle with lung cancer and Tracy began to work with the clientele he had developed relationships with, in addition to her existing clientele.

Tracy has seen many changes to Northwestern Mutual and the financial services industry, but the one thing that has remained constant is creating relationships with people and working with them to assist in achieving their goals and dreams.

Tracy earns and maintains the respect of her peers through a practice that performs on a consistent basis while never compromising the ethical values that her father instilled in her and that she wishes for her two boys. Through this foundation of excellence Tracy has developed the NorthStar Wealth Navigation team to ensure their clients are cared for, for generations to come.


  • Peru State College, Accounting (Bachelor of Science)
  • Peru State College, Business Management (Bachelor of Science)

Associations and Memberships

Tracy VanDyke is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). The mission of NAIFA is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of our members.

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NAIFA is a national nonprofit organization representing the interests of more than 70,000 insurance and financial advisors nationwide, through its federation of over 900 state and local associations. Founded in 1890, NAIFA is the nation's largest financial services membership association.

Tracy is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Founded in 1927, MDRT provides its members with resources to improve their technical knowledge, sales and client service while maintaining a culture of high ethical standards.

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MDRT's mission is to be a valued, member-driven international network of leading insurance and investment financial services professionals who serve their clients by exemplary performance and the highest standards of ethics, knowledge, service and productivity.

Tracy also served on the Financial Representative Association (FRA) board for Northwestern Mutual from 2013-2019. She also held the title of President from 2018-2019. FRA bridges relationships and concepts between the Financial Representatives in the field and Home Office.

Awards and Recognition

  • Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member (2000, 2002, 2004-2020)
  • National Sales Achievement Award (1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2018-2019)
  • National Quality Award (2000, 2002-2007)
Doug VanDyke

Doug VanDyke

Chief Operations Officer
Office 913-676-8044

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

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 Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8009

A native to Overland Park, Kansas, Brittney played collegiate soccer and studied finance at Avila University.  She was not only looking for a career, but a lifelong opportunity to help others.  Brittney has had a unique experience with Northwestern Mutual.  She joined the team prior to graduating with her Bachelors 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 the practice with young, successful individuals and families, but to also provide a second layer of financial guidance for generations to come.  Brittney specializes in working with high energy, fast rising, successful individuals and families as well as those in the medical market 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.

Brittney has been named Associate Partner and Client Experience Manager of NorthStar Wealth Navigation

She enjoys time spent with her family, friends, 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.

Christi Josephine Schaffer

Christi Josephine Schaffer

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

Christi 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 joined the team in January 2008 and has held various roles over the years.  Today, Christi is the face of the practice to many clients.  In her current role she assists clients and handles all insurance applications from the beginning, during underwriting and through delivery.

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

In her free time Christi likes to spend time with her friends and family and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa State Cyclones.

Nathan Duff

Nathan Duff

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8010

Nathan was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln with a degree in finance. He works in multiple areas of the business by meeting with clients, then working with Tracy and the team to build a personalized financial plan that fits the client’s goals.

In his spare time he enjoys doing anything sports or fitness related. Nathan is a diehard Nebraska Cornhusker fan, along with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nathan is passionate about continuing to improve each day and helping our clients reach their financial goals.

Katie Shaw

Katie Shaw

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-748-0593

Katie is from Overland Park, KS and went to the University of Kansas, graduating with a degree in Accounting.  She then spent two years in the health insurance industry before joining the NorthStar Wealth Navigation team.  Katie is excited to learn under Tracy and Brittney’s guidance.  In addition, she will be working alongside Tracy and the team, sitting in on client meetings and assisting in preparing personalized financial plans to help clients meet their goals.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends or out on the tennis court.  Coming from a long line of Jayhawks, Katie spends many weekends back in Lawrence for KU games.

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

Insurance Operations Associate
Office 913-676-8058

Kyle grew up in Overland Park and attended Kansas State University where he discovered a passion for providing financial education to his peers while working with the university’s PowerCat Financial Counseling.  He then entered the financial industry out of college.

Kyle aids in the planning and investment operations functions, including meeting regularly with clients to carry out some of the investment-related processing of their accounts as well as providing information on planning objectives, portfolio design and performance.

In his free time Kyle enjoys working on vintage car projects, fishing, being an active part of the community and learning new things.


Barrett Cooper

Barrett Cooper

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 913-676-8096

Barrett graduated from Colorado Christian University in May 2019 where he played on the tennis team.  Originally from Prairie Village, he moved back to the Kansas City area after graduating and joined Northwestern Mutual in June of 2019. 

As of January 2020 Barrett joined the NorthStar Wealth Navigation team and is excited to learn and grow in his apprenticeship.

He enjoys fishing and working out in his free time.

Laura J Bruntz

Laura J Bruntz

Executive Assistant
Office 913-676-8021

Laura graduated with a degree in Business Administration.  She came to NorthStar Wealth Navigation in January 2020 with 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry. She will be the friendly face that greets you when you arrive at our office.  In addition, she schedules appointments and review meetings.

Outside of work Laura enjoys traveling with friends to tropical destinations, spending time with family, and reading.

Danielle Samuels

Danielle Samuels

Marketing Coordinator
Office 913-676-8042

Danielle started with Northwestern Mutual in 2014 and joined NorthStar Wealth Navigation in January of 2020.  She has a degree specializing in Fashion and Business and brings her creative flair to the team's social media pages, client events, and branding.

Outside of work Danielle enjoys being with her husband and two kids, connecting with other women within her church and community and traveling to her favorite beach in Marco Island.


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

NorthStar Wealth Navigation


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