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Meet Our Team

Our team of professionals are all part of Sonder because they believe in their motto: better together.

Meet the people behind Sonder.

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Laura Donovan

Founder &

President

Eric Parker

Seminar Coordinator

Kelly Andersen

Marketing

Director

Susana Tompkin

New Business 

Director

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Laura Donovan

Founder & President

Hi, I'm Laura and so excited to virtually meet you! 

I got my start as a financial professional somewhat by chance-  at the time, I was working with non-profits & theaters (still a major passion of mine) and a family friend suggested I explore finance as a career.  At first, I thought it was a crazy idea but as I came to learn more about what a career in financial services meant, it fit all of the things I already loved. Connecting with people, hearing their stories, getting excited about goals for the future and mapping out a way (at least financially) to help them get there.  I've been in this industry for over five years and love working with my clients and helping people take control of their finances.  

I am also a bit of a trailblazer.  Currently, the average age of financial professionals is 50, only 16% of them are women and only 10% of those women are under the age of 35.*  So as a woman, under the age of 35 - I am proud to be helping break down barriers and create my own unique path in finance. 

I created Sonder Financial because I wanted to break free of the "old boys club" and start my own.  A place where people of all different backgrounds, occupations, financial situations, life experiences and unique stories all feel welcome.  Where we are united by common values - a love of learning, giving back, take care of each other striving for the future and fighting for causes we care about.  Because, we are better together.  

I am always here for a 15 minute phone call - you can schedule a time with me here

*Source: InvestmentNews.com, "Beware the gap coming in the number of financial advice professionals"

 

Eric Parker

Seminar Coordinator

Hey there! My name is Eric.


Funnily enough, my career as an adviser began because of my love for theater and music.

As a working actor, I came to realize that setting financial goals for myself not only enriched my personal life but empowered my creative work.  With this realization, I dove headfirst into learning more about financial wellness, sustainable practices, and strategies in saving for the future.  At the time, I considered this a means to an end. 

While this new found knowledge allowed me to enjoy time spent working in the arts,  I quickly began to realize that the anxieties of “what happens next” were not mine alone & were in fact shared across my community and our broader generation. Too often, there’s a missing link between the dreams we hold for ourselves and the real-world solutions to reach them.  The distance between those can compound on itself for those in creative fields, who can feel they are going it alone - at least financially. It doesn't have to be this way. I got to know Laura and Dan first as artists and advisers, now colleagues and friends. I’m proud of what we’re committed to together.
 

 
Today, I enjoy learning what someone is most passionate about & how I can be a partner and cheerleader in what drives them forward.  I love working as a resource to my peers in the arts and across other fields who share the values that brought Sonder together: to live a life of impact, fight for what we believe in, and make our stories known.  No matter what your background, how you identify, who you love, we all deserve the resources to have our voices be heard. 

 

 

Kelly Andersen

Marketing Director

Hi there, Kelly here!

I have the joy of working with the Sonder brand with all of their marketing and digital media.  Laura and I have been working with each other for 3+ years and have both been recognized as Top Millennial Award Winners in Fairfield County and have a deep commitment to the community.  

I attended Sacred Heart University and obtained my MBA from them, as well.  I currently teach their Social Media Strategy course and Intro to Business course.

 

Ready to get started with the Sonder team

Susana Tompkin

New Business Director

Hey there! My name is Susana.

I manage all of Sonder's new business and work with Laura and her team to grow their practice and make sure their clients are all taken care of - from a paperwork perspective.  I have been in the Financial Services field for over 10 years and am passionate about working with our financial professionals to help their clients achieve their goals.