Our People

Vickey Rowe, CFP, CLU, CHS, Director, Wealth Strategies
As a little girl, Vickey always wanted to know how things worked….occasionally resulting in her disassembling her Dad’s radios! That thirst for learning and understanding has carried forward to today, and is reflected in her passion to share her knowledge and experience in financial planning. Vickey joined K&A in 2014 and has already become a valuable member of the team. She’s a great blend of smarts and fun, and has an innate ability to connect with her clients and help them on their path to financial stability and freedom. She has a knack for visualizing the whole picture, and putting together the pieces that make sense for each client. Vickey shares her time between Windsor and London, and is a favourite long distance aunt to three nieces and a nephew in B.C. She lives with her partner Bobby and their cat Jinx and her never-ending quest for knowledge has led her to pursue everything from technology to cooking and photography. And, while she doesn’t share Dessa’s mad skills at golf, she has volunteered to drive the cart!

Contact Vickey: vickey@klandassociates.com

Patrick McHugh, CFAChief Investment Strategist
While Pat is one of the newest members of the K&A firm, his 33 years of experience and prestigious background elevate him to the head of the class. Past manager of the HOOPP (Hospital of Ontario Pension Plan), and former Senior Managing Director & Canadian Equity Strategist, Pat has worked for some of the most well recognized firms in the industry, including Manulife, Prudential Assurance and Royal Trust. Pat has received many awards and mandates, including the prestigious Lipper Award. Pat loves to be involved with his community and his industry in his spare time. He is the Chair of the Investment Committee and a Director of both the Greater Toronto Scout Foundation and of the National Scout Foundation, as well as a Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Callan Foundation. In what little time he has left, he also enjoys wine, food, birding, music and a really good joke.

Contact Patrick: patrick@klandassociates.com

Mike Skinner, CFPEVP, Managing Partner
Mike has been with K&A since 2005, becoming a managing partner in 2010, and heads up the “Control Centre” of the office. He has a background tailor-made for his role as business partner to Dessa – he started researching and planning his own investments at the age of 12! With his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor, and his specialized designation of Certified Financial Planner, Mike clearly understands there is no “cookie cutter” approach to financial planning and thoroughly enjoys the unique challenges of creating comprehensive plans that provide value for the average Canadian. He has qualified several times for the Canadian National Educational Conference, which acknowledges superior sales levels across product platforms. Mike and his wife Heidi reside in Kingsville, where they participate in many local activities to support the community… That is when they're not chasing their young daughter, Abby around! Abby, loves being outside just like her Dad who is an avid outdoorsman. Mike enjoys recreational activities including hunting and fishing, along with golf, hockey, and just about any other sport that is in season!

Contact Mike: mike@klandassociates.com

Kathy Pilkey, Sales
Kathy describes herself as a “passionate golfer” but the truth is that her real passion is helping people realize and achieve their financial goals. After more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Kathy realized that she just wasn’t cut out for retirement, and Dessa was happy to pounce on that dedication and bring Kathy into the K&A family. “Her life and career experiences help her understand the importance of motivating people to sit down and evaluate their current financial position. Her straight-forward approach motivates people to take an active interest in understanding the need for financial planning, specifically creating retirement income,” says Dessa. “But it’s her personality that encourages her clients to trust her.” Kathy is a Past-President of the Golf Association of Ontario, and a current member of the Human Resource Committee of Golf Canada.

Contact Kathy: kathy@klandassociates.com

Joshua M. Lane, CFPEVP, Wealth Strategies
Josh joined K&A in 2011 to help manage client relationships and to continue to build KL&A’s presence as leaders in the industry. Josh has been providing financial advice for over 5 years now and enjoys making people’s lives easier by offering them sleep at night solutions. A graduate of the University of Windsor, Josh achieved his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2012 and was awarded a place on the Financial Planning Standard’s Council (FPSC) President’s List for achieving top three highest mark in Canada on the final exam. He is currently President of the Windsor Estate Planning Council and a member on the FPSC Foundation Board of Directors. Sticking to his small town roots (Josh grew up in the town of Erie Beach), he and his wife Melissa live in Puce and keep busy with their young daughter, Mila. A diehard sports fan (Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Detroit Lions – talk about torture!), he actively plays both indoor and beach volleyball and attempts to play golf!

Contact Joshua: josh@klandassociates.com

Joan Deacon, Controller
Joan manages the administrative side of K&A, making sure that everything that’s in the plan gets done and that nothing is overlooked. Dessa says, “You want Joan in your corner!” With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Joan knows every angle and every person in the business. She genuinely enjoys the people she works with, and since joining K&A in 2003, Joan has developed a standardized (but absolutely sincere!) description for the clients that pass through their offices – “They are so nice!” Joan lives in Riverside with her husband and two wonderful Golden Retrievers.

Contact Joan: joan@klandassociates.com

Jo Layne De Yong, Director, Client Services
Jo Layne brings with her more than 16 years experience in the service industry, and has been with K&A since 2009. She holds a special place in a rapidly disappearing specialty – an actual, living person at the other end of the phone line! A great believer in the power of positive energy, Jo Layne channels that energy into making sure that every client who walks through the door feels welcomed and at home in the K&A offices. That welcome is also reflected in the smile you can hear in her voice every time she picks up the phone! Jo Layne resides in LaSalle with her husband and two daughters.

Contact Jo Layne : jolayne@klandassociates.com

Dessa Kaspardlov, CEO
Financial advisors, journalists and clients all know that they can count on Dessa’s special combination of warmth, perception and discerning judgement to drill down to the answers they’re seeking. With her innate blend of fearlessness and conservatism, brilliance and common sense – Dessa and her team make financial planning clear and comprehensible to everyone. It doesn’t matter where you are in the life-cycle of your financial planning. If you’re taking your first steps into investments and savings, or if you’re well into your retirement – Dessa can help you navigate through funds, insurance, savings, RRIFs and RRSPs to arrive at the perfect solution for your unique needs. Dessa spends as much of her spare time as possible playing golf. A former competitive equestrian, Dessa now keeps herself a little closer to the ground spending time with her German Shepherd, Bruce, and enjoys gardening, decorating, cooking, wine, travel, antiques, entertaining and learning. She also loves spending time with her four grandchildren.

Contact Dessa: dessa@klandassociates.com