The People of The Kosek Organization

Business Owner Planning

Joseph Flynn, JD*, CLU, ChFC®

Joe specializes in the areas of Estate Planning, Succession Planning, and Retirement Distribution Planning. In addition to a law degree with an emphasis in taxation, Joe also holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. Before joining Lincoln, Joe served as an attorney with the national office of the IRS in Washington, D.C. Joe is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. He teaches in the DePaul University CFP® program.
*Licensed, not practicing.

Business Owner Planning

Rich E. Austin, J.D.*, LLM, CRPC

  • Primary area of expertise: Advising high net worth clients, with an average net worth over $10 million dollars, on investment, estate, charitable, and business owner planning alternatives.

  • Has conducted seminars for financial professionals; served on advisory boards, created computer models to calculate tax implications, and authored articles on tax reduction strategies.

Estate & Tax Planning

Robert E. Appel, J.D.*, LL.M., MBA

  • Member of the American and Connecticut Bar Associations.

  • B.S. degree (Accounting and Finance) from Central Connecticut State University; J.D. degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law; M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of Connecticut; and LL.M. (Taxation) degree from Boston University School of Law.

Executive Director, Financial Advisory Services

Robert A. Studin, J.D.*, CPA*, CFP®, CLU®, CRPC, ChFC®

  • Responsible for the delivery of wealth management and financial planning services on a national basis.

  • Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, and J.D. from Cumberland School of Law.

  • Member of the Alabama Society of Financial Planning Association and the AIPA.

Insurance Analysis

Lauren Olsen , CFP®, CLU, ChFC®, FLMI, RP®, CFP®, CLU, ChFC®, FLMI, R®

Lauren Olsen began her career in the financial services industry in 1988 with a General Agency for General American and Guardian Life. She has worked in the areas of underwriting, investments, and office management with primary focus in life insurance marketing including case development and advanced underwriting.

Lauren holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Marketing. She earned her FLMI designation in 2000 and joined Lincoln Financial Advisors that same year as Case Design Manager in the Insurance Department. She assumed the role of Director of Insurance in 2001 and earned her CLU and ChFC designations in 2002. Lauren became a registered representative as well as earning her CFP® certification in 2003. Lauren was promoted to her current role as Director of Planning in June, 2005.

Insurance and Service Coordination

Kimberly Dehlinger

Kim has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and life insurance marketplace. Kim joined Sagemark Consulting / Lincoln Financial Advisors in March, 2003. Kim has her Ohio Life & Annuities & Health license and has completed LOMA.

Investment Operations Coordination

Jennifer L. Fortuna

Jennifer specializes in investment operations and is Series 7 registered. With 13 years of administrative and client support experience, she manages all client investment needs.

Investment Planning

Nasser Ali, CFA, CFP®, AAMS, CMFC

Prior to his employment with Lincoln Financial Advisors, Nasser worked for Legg Mason where he was a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing customized investment portfolios totaling close to $400 million. He also held various investment positions with the subsidiaries of Acacia Mutual Life Insurance, including an analyst position with Acacia's subsidiary, Calvert Funds.

Nasser earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland. Nasser earned the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2000 and CFP® certification in 2004. He also earned his AAMS (Accredited Asset Management Specialist) and CMFC (Chartered Mutual Fund Consultant) certifications in 1998 and 1996, respectively. He is a member of the Association of Investment Management and Research and the Baltimore Security Analysts Society. Additionally, Nasser has published an article in the Encyclopedia of World Terrorism entitled "The Impact of 9/11 on the Global Economy."

Investment Planning

David K. Downing

David received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance with a specialization in financial planning from Bowling Green State University in May of 2002.

David has been with Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark Consulting in Cleveland since May of 2000, where he started as an intern for the Planning Department. In June of 2002, he began his own financial planning practice with Lincoln.

In 2004, David was asked to join the Planning Department as a Case Manager. He continues to maintain an active book of business.

Tax Strategy

Donna L. Rowan, J.D.*, LL.M., CLU®, CHFC®

  • Expertise in the areas of personal and corporate income taxation, as well as estate, gift and trust taxation. Member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations.

  • BA degree in English from State University of New York at Buffalo; J.D. from Western New England College School of Law; LL.M. (Taxation) from Boston University School of Law.

National Planning Department:
More than 50 specialists and associates