Meet Our Team

Norman Stern

I graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971. I was recruited to the Valley in 1974. I held management positions in Corporate Finance and Accounting until 1988 when I enter the Financial Services Business and teamed up with Michael Heatwole. I hold the Series 7 and 63 FINRA registrations through LPL Financial as well as Life, Health and Property Casualty licenses. I received my CFPģ designation in 1990.

I enjoy working with Individuals and Business Owners on long term strategic financial planning. The planning encompasses investments, risk management, estate planning, retirement planning and succession planning. I have a broad based financial background and I take pride in helping our clients make smart financial decisions.

Away from the office, I enjoy traveling with my wife, Kris. I also enjoy sports, outdoor activities and being actively involved in business ventures. I have two children and five grandchildren.

Email Norm Stern at nstern@stratoswp.com

W. Michael Heatwole III

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in 1976 and began working in the financial services industry in 1985. In 1993, I earned my Chartered Financial Consultant designation and currently hold Series 7 and 63 FINRA registrations through LPL Financial, as well as the Life & Health Insurance license.

Over my 30 years in the financial services industry, I have enjoyed working with clients to develop financial plans for retirement, college savings, investment management and helping small businesses design and manage retirement plans for their employees. Currently I have cut back on my hours and only work part time, meeting clients on an appointment basis.

When not at work, I am enjoying the great outdoors or spending time with my family and four grandchildren. I also enjoy playing music with friends, riding off-road and fly fishing.

Email Michael Heatwole at mheatwole@stratoswp.com

Christine E. Worontzoff

I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a minor in Psychology in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1999. I worked in accounting for two years before joining Norm and Mike in 1996 as the Branch Operations Manager. I hold the Series 7, 63 and 65 FINRA registrations through LPL Financial as well as my Life & Health license.

As a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley, Iím drawn to the abundance of hiking trails that surround our home and appreciate spending time meandering through the woods with my husband, Bob, and our family dogs. However, I also relish being near the ocean and am fortunate enough to spend time on the North Carolina coast where I cheer on my husband who is the captain of Anomaly Charters. In both Staunton and Oak Island, Bob and I are passionate about animal rescue and volunteering our time to local organizations and we love supporting the JMU Dukes during football season! There is always time for helping my local church by serving as assisting minister or on various committees. My downtime away from the office helps me give 110% to our clients whether it is working with portfolio construction, retirement planning or just updating an address. Helping provide peace of mind to our clients is what keeps me going!

Email Christine at cworontzoff@stratoswp.com

O. Franklin Showalter, III

I have been a life-long resident of Rockingham County and enjoy the opportunities that this area affords me to raise my family and to work. I graduated from Broadway High School in 1990 and then from Virginia Tech with a degree in Applied and Agricultural Economics in 1994. I began working in the financial services industry in 2002 and joined the Stern & Heatwole team in 2012. I hold my Series 7 through LPL Financial and 63 and 65 FINRA registrations through Stratos Wealth Partners and hold a Life & Health Insurance license.

I really enjoy helping both individual and business clients plan for their financial goals. This includes working with clients on financial planning, personal wealth management, estate issues, business planning/succession, and retirement plan design and implementation.

Away from my job, I enjoy life on the farm with my wife Tina. Production includes two sons, beef cattle, sheep and custom hay. I have been a member of the Broadway/Timberville Ruritan club since 2003 and a member of Trissels Mennonite Church. Hobbies include baseball, fishing/hunting and spending time at the Outer Banks.

Email Franklin Showalter at fshowalter@stratoswp.com

Katie B. Wilkins

I came on board with Stern & Heatwole in 2015 and currently work as a Registered Administrative Associate through LPL Financial holding the Series 7 and 66 FINRA registrations as well as the Life & Health Insurance license in the state of Virginia.

Upon graduating from Broadway High School in 1999, I went on to Bridgewater College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 2003. After managing a small business with my husband and running a broiler/breeder poultry operation, I gained additional experience working in various aspects of banking and real estate.

Outside of the office, much of my time is spent with my husband and two boys who enjoy playing sports and hunting. I am also very active in my church and I enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

Email Katie Wilkins at kwilkins@stratoswp.com

Jeanette L. Showalter

I joined the team at Stern & Heatwole in 2013 and work as a Registered Administrative Associate through LPL Financial. I hold the Series 7 and 66 FINRA registrations through LPL Financial and Life & Health Insurance license in the state of Virginia.

I gained financial service experience working in various positions at First Virginia Bank before staying home with my children. I have extensive bookkeeping experience as the bookkeeper for Showalter Masonry, Inc. since 1998, a small business that my husband and I have owned since 2007.

I graduated from Broadway High School and I am thankful to be able to live, work and raise our family in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Outside of the office, I am a wife to David and mom to Ryan, Hannah and Andrew. I am active in our church; singing on the worship team and reviewing financial reports as well as serving on the School Board at Cornerstone Christian School.

Email Jeanette Showalter at jshowalter@stratoswp.com

Mark Brenneman

Having been born and raised in Rockingham County, I am thrilled to return to the Harrisonburg area as a member of the Stern and Heatwole family. I spent 6 years in Pennsylvania where I was the lead Financial Advisor, managing all corporate relationships at a prominent advisory firm in Pittsburgh. Iím passionate about working with business owners and employees to help them pursue financial success through their companyís retirement benefits program. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience in this field to serve the residents of the Shenandoah Valley. After graduating from Broadway High School, I attended Bridgewater College where I earned degrees in Business Administration and Economics. I currently hold the Series 6, 7, and 63 FINRA registrations through LPL Financial and Series 65 through Stratos Wealth Partners, as well as my Life & Health Insurance licenses. I became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANERô Professional in 2013. My beautiful daughter Ava occupies much of my time away from work. We can be found enjoying the great outdoors at a park near you! My wife Sarah and I currently live in Harrisonburg where we enjoy cooking, traveling and entertaining. We appreciate music, local culture and events and we welcome every opportunity to give back to this wonderful community that we call home.