Meet Our Team
At the Center of Your Financial Life
At McGill Junge Wealth Management, our team is dedicated to providing you with the very best service, working with you to develop solutions that fit your individual needs. Our emphasis on client satisfaction and specialized attention combined with our unique skills creates a climate of success.
Ed McGill partnered with Ross Junge in 2013. Prior to establishing their firm, Ed had 22 years of experience as a financial advisor. He has an extensive background in asset and income protection, wealth management, incentive compensation plans and comprehensive financial planning for both individuals and businesses. Ed brings an expertise to our clients in tax efficient retirement distribution planning. Ed has been the guest speaker at the National Wealth Management Conference, the National Retirement Conference and many firms across the country; educating colleagues on the integration of investments and insurance to improve outcomes.
Ed graduated with a degree from Drake University’s College of Business. He has earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation, as well as, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®), Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®).
Ed has volunteered for over 15 years as a coach for numerous youth basketball, football and baseball teams. He has been an active volunteer at Lutheran Church of Hope, Orchard Place and the United Way. He also volunteers for and supports Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Coaches Against Cancer, Impact Iowa’s Heroes and Habitat for Humanity. Ed joined the board of Starts Right Here in 2021.
Ed and his wife, Dawn, live in West Des Moines and have three children – Turner, Carson and Blake. In his free time, Ed is an avid reader; he usually has his nose in at least two books at a time! He also loves staying physically active, traveling with his family, going to movies, playing video golf (because he’s terrible at the real thing!) and supporting his Huskers.
Associations and Memberships
- FPA Financial Planners Association
- Northwestern Mutual Sophisticated Advisors & Ensembles Leadership Committee
- Greater Des Moines Partnership
- United Way Toqueville Society
- Iowa Association of Business and Industry
- NAEPC National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
- Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Advisory Council
- AALU Association for Advanced Life Underwriting
- Clientwise Enterprise Leaders
- Mid Iowa Estate Planning Council
- Iowa Hospital Association
- ISPG Integrated Planners National Study Group
Ross Junge partnered with Ed McGill in 2013. Prior to their partnership, Ross had 21 years of experience in the financial services and asset management industries as an investment analyst, trader, portfolio manager and the Chief Investment Officer-Fixed Income at Aviva Investors North America. His experience with retirement plans, asset allocation, portfolio management and risk management spans multiple market cycles and positions him well to lead and develop investment strategies and portfolio design in conjunction with our comprehensive financial planning for our clients.
Ross graduated from Simpson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Business Management. He also completed his MBA at the University of Iowa. He has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation, Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®), and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Ross has volunteered for many years as a coach for youth basketball, baseball, softball and football teams. He has also served in leadership volunteer roles including the president of the DCG Youth Football Program, treasurer of the DCG Mustang Baseball Club and board member of the Grimes Community Foundation and Grimes Parks and Recreation Board. Ross has also been an active volunteer at the United Way of Central Iowa (Income Cabinet & Essential Needs Committee), Orchard Place, Youth Emergency Services Shelter and Meals from the Heartland. He and his wife, Deanna, live in Grimes with their three children. In his free time, Ross enjoys attending sporting events, golfing, boating, hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
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Trent has been working with Ed McGill since 2010, after completing an internship with Northwestern Mutual. In his many years with our firm, he has grown from a young associate to our Director of Planning at McGill Junge Wealth Management. Trent oversees the development of comprehensive plans for our clients, the navigation of their estate planning issues and the collaboration with their attorneys and CPAs. His unfailing work ethic, his level of care for our clients and his unmatched attention to detail make him a highly respected and valued advisor at our firm.
Trent graduated from Buena Vista University where he double majored in finance and accounting. He also played on the football team and served on the Leadership Council. Trent has earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation, as well as, Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) and the Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA licenses.
Trent and his wife, Cait, live in West Des Moines and enjoy traveling and wine tasting. Trent is a member of the United Way Education Leadership Initiative, the Polk County I-Club and he serves on the Professional Advisor Council for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. In his free time, he loves following the Hawkeyes and being physically active. He recently ran the Dam to Dam 20k and the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon! He also plays in an adult hockey league and enjoys golfing.
Associations and Memberships
Before joining McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2017, Scott spent nearly a decade in institutional asset management as an analyst, trader and senior portfolio manager. He worked with insurance companies, foundations and affluent families with assets ranging between $5 - $50 billion. As Private Wealth Advisor and the Director of Investments at McGill Junge, Scott focuses on the development of investment strategy, the implementation of asset allocation and the integration of our clients’ portfolios with their overall financial plans.
Scott completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at Iowa State University and went on to earn his MBA from Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. He has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation and received his Chartered Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA ®) designation from the Investment & Wealth Institute following executive education and evaluation from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Scott holds the Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA licenses.
Scott lives in Waukee with his wife, Lindsay, and their three children; Ailey, Cora and Gibson. He spends his free time coaching and cheering on his kids at their activities and is an avid Cyclone fan. He is a member of the Investments and Wealth Institute and the CFA society of Iowa. He serves on the United Way Education Cabinet, is founding member of Junior Achievement Emerging Leaders Board and enjoys rolling up his sleeves with Habitat for Humanity.
Associations and Memberships
Before joining McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2021, Gina spent over 15 years in various finance and operational roles including investment accounting, investment operations, treasury and financial accounting & reporting. Gina held these positions in progressive levels of leadership within both insurance and investment companies. Gina has a passion for leadership and development as well as optimizing processes to enable teams to focus on areas with the most value add.
As Chief Operating Officer at McGill Junge, Gina oversees the design, enhancement, and implementation of firm operations, human resources, and management reporting as well as assisting with oversight of firm financial results. Gina also works closely with firm partners and leadership team in development and execution of firm strategic vision and business planning.
Gina completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting at Iowa State University and went on to earn her MBA from University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Management. She also earned her certification and license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Gina lives in Perry with her husband, Danny. Danny and Gina have two grown daughters, Skylar and Eliza. Gina spends her free time cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, scrapbooking, and travelling or planning the next family adventure.
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Chad L. Schaller joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2022. Chad brings 24 years of experience in the financial industry in both Middle Market Commercial Lending and Private Wealth Management. Most recently, Chad was an Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase in Des Moines where he specialized in Family-Owned and ESOP-Owned companies with revenue greater than $150MM. Chad’s experience includes both complex Domestic and International Commercial Banking, Private Banking, Investment Management and Trust Services.
Over Chad’s career, he has spent time developing trusted relationships with families, business owners, financial intermediaries, CPA’s, CFA’s, Attorneys and M&A Advisors. The resulting outcome has yielded value to his clients and colleagues.
Chad earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Since moving to the Des Moines area in 2005, Chad and his wife Natalie live in Clive with their three sons Trey, Beau and Gavin. Trey and Beau are students at the University of Northern Iowa and Gavin attends Waukee Northwest High School. For the past 17 years Chad has enjoyed volunteering for Waukee Youth Sports, the Dallas County Community Closet, the Waukee High School Athletic Booster Club and St. Boniface Church.
Muriah joined Ed McGill in 2006 and they have been working together for their clients ever since. Muriah’s years of experience, her specialization in her field and her dedication to our clients has helped guide McGill Junge Wealth Management to where it is today. As our Insurance Operations Manager, Muriah regularly joins client meetings to bring her expertise in insurance solutions. She prepares our customized illustrations and takes our clients through the underwriting process with a timeliness, efficiency and care that they appreciate.
Muriah has earned her Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation, as well as, her Life and Health licenses. Prior to her many years with our firm, she was Manager of the Sales and Inventory Department for a NASCAR merchandise distributor in Kentucky. She is involved with the United Way, and USO.
Muriah and her husband, Shawn, have three children: Gunner, Hunter and Clarissa. In May 2018 they became first time grandparents! She and Shawn take every opportunity to go visit their grandson in Kentucky. Muriah and her family love spending time together outdoors. In their free time, they enjoy camping, hunting and fishing.
Justin came to McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2017, after spending two years at an investment firm, where he had been promoted to Senior Investment Operations Analyst. Justin facilitated the daily trade settlement and account reconciliation process with various custodians, and he was the liaison between public entity clients and national banks. As an Investment Operations Associate at McGill Junge, Justin is responsible for our client onboarding and he maintains an efficient system for our clients’ account follow-up and servicing. He prepares our advisory reports and assists in the ongoing analysis of our clients’ portfolios. He also plays a primary role in supporting our 401(k) business. Justin thrives on the highly analytical work he does for our firm and he is a tremendous asset to our investment team.
Justin graduated in three years with a Finance degree from Iowa State University, earning Dean’s List honors along the way, and serving as Philanthropy Chair for his fraternity. He was then selected for an eight-month internship in Cedar Rapids at an insurance company, where he assisted the Commercial Mortgage Loan Origination Team. Justin has earned his Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP®) designation, the Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA registrations, and his Life and Health licenses.
In his free time, Justin loves to golf; he would be out on the course every day if it were possible! He is a big Cyclone football and basketball fan, and he loves watching the Minnesota Wild hockey team. Justin also enjoys his family trips to South Dakota for some hunting and fishing.
Before joining McGill Junge in 2020, Carson worked at Northwestern Mutual’s home office in Milwaukee for over two years supporting the Investment Consultant team in the Wealth Management Company. This intense training and work experience give him the strong investment background that is so valuable to our team in working for our clients. As an Investment Operations Associate at McGill Junge, Carson works in collaboration with our advisors on building and updating comprehensive financial plans, analyzing investments, monitoring holdings, trading portfolios, processing asset transfers and building investment account structures.
Carson graduated from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business with a Finance degree and a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance, earning Dean’s List honors every year. During his final semester, he was a Krause Fund analyst and part of a group responsible for managing and conducting continuous research for the Krause Fund - approximately half a million at the time. Carson spent his summers working as an intern at McGill Junge where he assisted team members and where he confirmed what he has said since age four… “I want to do what my dad does!” Carson holds the Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA licenses, as well as the Life and Health licenses.
Carson lives in West Des Moines where he enjoys being close to family and several friends from his high school years. He is a big NBA fan and misses his season tickets to the Milwaukee Bucks! He loves playing in pick-up games and in the men’s league at Des Moines Christian. Carson is also a big Nebraska football fan and is looking forward to their return to greatness!
Melissa joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in the fall of 2019. Although she came directly from Farm Bureau Financial Services, she previously worked for another Northwestern Mutual advisor in Waterloo for 5 years. Melissa has earned her Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP®) designation, her life and health insurance licenses, and her Series 6, 7, 26 and 63 FINRA registrations. As a Client Service Associate, Melissa is responsible for a wide variety of financial planning and investment management services. Her well-rounded knowledge with the financial and wealth management services sector makes her a great asset to the team.
Melissa graduated a semester early from the University of Northern Iowa with a marketing degree. While pursuing her degree, she was actively involved in Pi Sigma Epsilon, a national business organization, and sorority Gamma Phi Beta where she held positions including Assistant Membership VP, Social Chair and House Manager. Her favorite memories include volunteering with her sorority in their philanthropy events to support Girls On The Run.
Melissa grew up on a farm in NE Iowa and now resides in Waukee with her husband Michael and German Shepherd Hobbs. Outside of work she and Michael like staying active with a game of pickleball, playing fetch with Hobbs or taking Hobbs on walks in the neighborhood. She also enjoys visiting friends out of state, traveling and cheering on her favorite teams - Iowa Hawkeyes, UNI Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Chicago Cubs.
Kayla joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in June of 2021. Prior to starting at MJWM, she was an intern for Northwestern Mutual in Waterloo, IA for two years. Her prior time with Northwestern Mutual gives Kayla the excellent background and experience she brings to our team. Kayla is currently serving as a Client Service Associate for McGill Junge, where she is responsible for a wide variety of financial planning and investment management services.
Kayla graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a personal wealth management and business economics degree. At UNI, she was able to participate in their Certified Financial Planning (CFP) program, which will allow her to sit for her CFP exam very soon. Kayla also volunteered at Make A Wish Iowa (Wishmakers) and was the president of the UNI Finance Club. Her favorite memory from UNI was meeting her best friends and volunteering around the Cedar Valley with both the Finance Club and Wishmakers.
Kayla grew up in Eldridge, IA and now lives with her boyfriend, Trevor, and puppy, Franklin, in Waukee. They are both very new to the area! Outside of work, Kayla enjoys going on walks with Trevor and Franklin, working out, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also likes to cook but is admittedly not very good at it!
Jared came to McGill Junge Wealth Management at the beginning of 2021 from an internship at a local bank. He is currently working to become a Certified Financial Planner and has completed the Securities Industry Essentials Exam, Iowa Life exam, and the Series 7. In his role as a Financial Planning Associate, Jared uses his knowledge of financial planning to creatively and comprehensively meet the goals of our clients. He strives to always find the right planning strategies for each client to gain an edge in accomplishing their financial goals, making him a valuable addition to our team.
Jared graduated 2 years early from the University of Northern Iowa at age 19 with a degree in finance and a specialization in personal wealth management. Jared has had a passion for finance ever since age 15, when he started investing money made from working full-time nights and weekends in high school. During his time at UNI he was the head of investments for the technology sector of the UNI Panther Fund, allowing him to put his investment knowledge to work with the university’s portfolio. He also enjoyed being involved with the Finance Club and Rho Epsilon while at UNI.
Jared is from a small town hidden between cornfields in rural Iowa and recently moved to Des Moines, where he is constantly surprised by how much there is to do. In his free time, he is a voracious reader, chewing through everything from fiction classics to IRS publications. Jared also loves cooking (and eating) many different types of food, if you see him be sure to ask if he brought anything in that day and you might even get to try some.
Nathan joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in June of 2022 after his graduation from Concordia University, Nebraska. He earned a double major in business administration and sports management and is scheduled to graduate with his MBA in the summer of 2022. Nathan has completed the Securities Industry Essentials Exam, Iowa Life and Health Insurance Exams, and holds Series 6 & 63 licenses. As an Investment and Planning Associate, Nathan assists team members with a variety of planning and investment services.
Nathan grew up in Johnston, IA and has returned to his hometown. He enjoyed playing for the Concordia baseball team as a pitcher. Outside of work Nathan still loves to stay around baseball and help out the local high school team in Johnston. In his free time, he enjoys running and biking, spending time with friends and family, playing pickleball, hunting, reading, and going to the lake.
Nina moved to the United States as a refugee with her family from Bosnia and Herzegovina at age 4. Her upbringing taught her a lot but most importantly All of these experiences shaped who she is today and have instilled in her a profound desire to invest in her education, and most importantly help her family and others.
Nina graduated with a Master`s Degree in Civil Law from Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany, and Bachelor`s in Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She completed the Securities Industry Exam, Iowa Life Insurance, and holds her Series 6 & 63 licenses. Prior to joining McGill Junge Wealth Management, Nina worked with many international companies including JP Morgan Chase, Brown Brothers Harriman in Luxembourg, United Nations (UNWOMAN & UNHCR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nina has volunteered for various non-profit organizations since high school including children`s hospitals, orphanages, and refugees centers. One close to her heart is helping provide literacy and education to refugee children in Bosnia. Since returning to Iowa she has done projects with the Food Bank of Iowa and Habitat for Humanity.
Nina grew up between Iowa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Germany and enjoys going back to visit Europe. She is fluent in German, Bosnian/Croatian, and continues to improve her Arabic proficiency. She loves how languages let her connect with people from all over the world. Nina’s hobbies include: spending time with her husband to be, parents, brother and dog, bike riding, swimming, time outdoors, animals and going to the zoo.
Kim joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2019 as our Marketing Director. Her extensive background and enthusiasm generates a high level of business development for MJWM. Kim has always had a passion for enhancing the client experience and for developing tools that demonstrate the value a firm brings. Her years of experience with partnerships, marketing, relationship-building, philanthropy and client events contributes a specialized skill set to the McGill Junge team.
Kim holds a Business Management and Marketing degree from Central College. She began her career working for an advertising agency in both Des Moines and Denver. She then spent many years with a media firm working with business owners throughout the Midwest. She was awarded the unique honor to share her expertise overseas, working in Australia for a year. Kim has also had some channel marketing roles with two Fortune 500 companies.
Kim has been an active volunteer with YESS (Youth Emergency Services and Shelter), Orchard Place, Meals From the Heartland, The Food Bank of Iowa, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and The United Way, where she served as her line of business co-chair for the giving campaign. Kim lives in Clive with her husband, Matt, and their two children: Mason and Kayla. She spends her spare time outside with her kids, devoting many hours to their activities. They participate in football, basketball, golf and gymnastics! Kim also enjoys cooking, movies, going to the theatre and traveling.
Sara Flynn joined our team in the fall of 2021. She is excited to get back into the financial industry after being a stay at home mother for nine years. In her role as a marketing associate she will assist with client events, community outreach, social media and other marketing and new business projects.
Sara graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, lived and worked for two years in Arizona in the mortgage industry and later returned to Iowa to further pursue her career and reunite with family and friends. In 2002 she joined The Members Group as the Director of Mortgage Lending and later became the President/CEO of the Iowa Central Credit Union and a licensed investment representative.
Sara enjoys volunteering with her local food pantry, on a credit union board of directors and for her children's Parent Teacher Organizations. Sara and her husband, Matt, have two children: Vincent and Sebastian. In her free time she enjoys cheering on her sons at their sporting events, traveling to warm destinations and friendly family tennis matches.
Jennifer joined McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2015, after working with Northwestern Mutual for 14 years. Her smiling face and joyful personality will welcome you the moment you walk through our door! As our Office Coordinator, Jennifer keeps everything running smoothly. With her passion for our team and enthusiasm for helping others, she truly enjoys interacting with our clients, scheduling appointments for them and providing any servicing needs they may have. Her servant mentality has made her invaluable to us, and even more so, to our clients.
Jennifer is a graduate of AIB and she has earned her Life and Health licenses. Prior to her nearly 20 years in the financial industry, she worked in the advertising and publishing fields.
Jennifer has been happily married to Steven for 30 years with children Lincoln, Abbie (who is married to Dilynn) and her first grandchild, Leelynn. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, volunteering and traveling. On a mission trip to India in 2017, Jennifer witnessed women and children facing poverty and difficult choices to earn a living. This incredible experience motivated her to become active in a central Iowa ministry, helping and supporting women at risk.
Paige came to McGill Junge Wealth Management in 2017. In her role as our Operations Associate, Paige participates in meeting preparation, case notes and client documentation. She helps maintain our client database, assists with projects and presentations, and she routinely provides workflow assistance to help ensure every detail is attended to. Paige brings an eagerness and a committed work ethic to our McGill Junge team. She is very conscientious and is simply a pleasure to be around!
Paige graduated from DMACC, where she first developed an interest in personal finance. She has also earned her Life and Health licenses and her Associate Financial Representative (AFR) title. Prior to joining MJWM, Paige worked as an administrative assistant for Quality Manufacturing Corporation in Urbandale. She gained an abundance of workflow and database experience there, in addition to advancing her computer skills.
Paige lives in Grimes, where she loves hanging out with her family and their cats, Spike and Tabbie. She enjoys reading, watching movies, going to her family’s lake house and cheering on her favorite teams! She is a big fan of the Hawkeyes, the Twins and the Steelers. She hopes to get to Heinz Field someday soon to see a game in person. Paige also loves many different kinds of music and she has attended many concerts!
Brock joined the McGill Junge Wealth Management team in December 2020 as a Marketing Assistant, supporting all areas of our business including marketing, client relationship management and investments. He is a CRM software guru, enjoys adding creative touches to client events, enhances our social media presence and assists in the preparation of client meeting materials.
Brock studies finance at the University of Northern Iowa where he is an active member of the UNI Finance Club. His passion for investing and personal wealth management drove him to start an investment portfolio at the age of eighteen.
When out of the office you’ll find Brock golfing, enjoying the great outdoors hunting and fishing or playing sports. Brock also enjoys giving back to the community by packaging meals through Meals from the Heartland, helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity and volunteer coaching through Miracle League.
Will joined the McGill Junge Wealth Management team as a Financial Planning Analyst Intern. He assists our planning and investment teams with case preparation, meeting materials, client deliverables, and capital markets research. He looks forward to gaining real world experience from industry professionals.
Will attends Iowa State University where he studies Accounting & Finance. His interest in capital markets and quest for helping others gain financial independence led him to a career in wealth management and he appreciates being a part of a hard-working, helpful, and passionate team.
In his free time Will enjoys rounds on the golf course, hanging out with friends and spending quality time with his family.