Meet the Team


At Steward Wealth Strategies, we employ a highly collaborative approach that fosters thoughtful decision-making and superior customer service. The value of that approach reminds us that the achievement of our mission relies not on a single individual, but on the combined talents of our entire team. Each Steward Wealth Strategies employee strives to embody the company core values of integrity, teamwork, empathy, stewardship, growth, purpose, and accountability. Our team includes five CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. The CFP® Certification is the recognized standard of excellence in personal financial planning.

Wealth Managers

Brant Spesshardt, CFP®, CKA®, Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro

President | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Certified Kingdom Advisor®

Brant is the founder and President of Steward Wealth Strategies and a charter member of Dave Ramsey’s Investing Council. He and his wife, Heather, have three sons and a sweet pup named Rosie. The boys attend Wake Christian Academy and when he's not in the office, you can find Brant at WCA sporting events or traveling with his family.

Please contact Megan Pennington in our office to schedule a meeting with Brant.

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N. Alex Townsend, III, MBA, CKA®, CLTC®

Wealth Manager | Certified Kingdom Advisor®
Certification in Long Term Care

Alex has over 30 years of serving clients’ insurance and financial needs. He and his wonderful wife Peggy have four grown children, seven grandchildren (and expanding), and three furry “kids” at home. They worship at Trinity Baptist Church. Alex is a current member and past president of Crabtree Rotary Club.

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Dennis Bohm, CFP®, CKA®, BFA™, Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro

Wealth Manager | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Certified Kingdom Advisor®
Behavioral Financial Advisor™

Dennis is a Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro and a veteran Krispy Kreme Challenge finisher. He and his wife, Kim, are members of The Summit Church (Capital Hills campus) and spend their time keeping up with their three young sons and their Westie, Bailey.

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Matt Foushee, CKA®, AAMS®, CPFA

Wealth Manager | Certified Kingdom Advisor®
Accredited Asset Management Specialist
Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor

Matt, a North Carolina native, grew up in Pittsboro and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. Oustide of the office, Matt, his wife, Kristy, and their two children are members of Garner United Methodist Church and enjoy exploring new cities, vacationing at Ocean Isle Beach, and cheering for the Tar Heels. On most mornings you can find Matt sipping on his second (or third) refill at a nearby coffee shop.

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Amy Welborn, CFP®, CKA®AAMS®, BFA™, Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro

Wealth Manager | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Certified Kingdom Advisor®
Behavioral Financial Advisor™
Accredited Asset Management Specialist®

Amy is a Winston-Salem native and graduate of Meredith College. She and her husband Micah are members of Hope Community Church. They are proud parents of two Golden Retrievers and welcomed their first child, Austin, in August 2023.

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Brooke Seybuck, CFP®, CKA®, CTS™

Wealth Manager | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Certified Kingdom Advisor®
Certified Tax Specialist™

Brooke is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and a veteran Financial Peace University coordinator. She and her husband, Matt, are residents of Apex and members of Hope Community Church (Morrisville campus) and they have two young daughters.

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Graham Burke, CFP®, CKA®

Wealth Manager | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional
Certified Kingdom Advisor®

Graham and his wife, Monica, are the proud parents of their daughter that they welcomed in 2023. Outside of work, Graham attends Five Stones Church and enjoys all outdoor activities. His main hobbies include golfing, fishing, and exploring new places with his family and two crazy dogs.

Please contact Megan Pennington in our office to schedule a meeting with Graham.

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Client Service Team

Amy Bennett

Client Service Manager

Amy is a member of the Client Services Team. She is a Dave Ramsey Master Financial Coach and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. When she's not at the office, you can find her gardening and spending time with Bart and daughter as well as cheering for the Tar Heels during basketball season. Amy resides in Wake Forest and attends Woodland Baptist Church.

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Shay Pond

Financial Paraplanner

Shay is a native of Ohio City, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio State University. He and his wife, Ruth, are residents of Raleigh and attend Summit Church (Brier Creek campus). When he's not in the office, Shay can be found spending time with his wife, newborn son, and standard poodle, Kylo. His favorite hobbies are golfing and fishing, and you'll find him on game days rooting for OSU or the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Ryan Helder

Financial Paraplanner

Ryan is a member of both the Client Services Team and Operations Team, and a graduate of UNC Charlotte. Ryan and his wife, Amanda, reside in Willow Spring and attend Redeemer Community Church in Fuquay Varina. You can usually find Ryan at any Carolina Hurricanes game.

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Meredith Keever

Lead Client Services Associate

Meredith, a Lake Norman native, is a member of the Client Services Team. She is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. Meredith enjoys reading a good book on her balcony and spending time with her family and friends. During football season, you can find Meredith cheering on the Wolfpack!

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Draven Sneed

Lead Client Services Associate

Draven is a graduate of North Carolina State University and a U.S. Army Veteran. He and his wife, Mary Catherine, enjoy traveling and spending time with their pet rabbit, Winston. In Draven's free time, you can find him playing professional cornhole all over the country.  He and Mary Catherine welcomed their daughter, Stella, in December 2023.

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Drew Applequist

Client Services Associate

Drew is a Garner, NC native and currently resides in Willow Spring with his wife Linda. He holds both a Bachelors degree and an MBA from Liberty University and is an avid outdoorsman. When he's not at the office, you can most often find Drew fishing, playing sports, or cheering on any Pittsburgh sports teams—Go Penguins and Steelers! He and Linda worship at Mid-Way Baptist Church on Sunday mornings.

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Email: [email protected]

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Ryan Wahlers

Client Services Associate

Ryan is a graduate of North Carolina State University and thrilled to be serving SWS clients! When he's not in the office, Ryan enjoys golfing, swimming, playing pickleball or basketball, and strumming away on his guitar. As an Apex native, his sports teams are all NC: the Panthers, NCSU, and the Carolina Hurricanes. Ryan is a current resident of Raleigh, and you can find him at the Summit Church on Sunday mornings. 

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Email: [email protected]

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Leah Lemos

Client Services Associate

Leah is a Lake Norman native, a graduate of NC State, and has a background in Social Work. Her hobbies include working out and going to the gym, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Leah and her fiancé, Nate, will be getting married later this summer and they attend worship at Elevation Church (Raleigh campus.) 

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Operations & Office Administration

Allison Pardue

Marketing & Event Coordinator

Born and raised in Raleigh, Allison is excited to be "home" after living and working for a few years in the Northeast. She and her husband, Brett, worship at Oxford Baptist Church where Brett serves as the Senior Pastor. Allison is a Board Member of ACIM (Area Congregations in Ministry), a non-profit food bank serving greater Granville County. You can find Allison and Brett hanging out with friends on the weekends and their Pomeranian, Piper, is usually with them too.

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Email: [email protected]

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Megan Pennington

Client Concierge

A Florida native, Megan is the conductor of the office and coordinates meeting appointments. She, her husband Kevin, and daughter Blair worship at Millbrook United Methodist Church. Megan is an avid blood donor and a dog-mom to her sweet miniature Australian shepherd, Harley.

Phone: (919) 803-0035
Email: [email protected]

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Kim Kittler

Office Manager

Kim coordinates client events and is the relationship manager for prospective clients of the firm. She and her husband Steve have four sons and will be empty-nesters in the near future. In her spare time, you can find Kim volunteering at Saving Grace Animal Rescue in Wake Forest which is where she adopted her sweet pup, Lewie.

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