Lead Client Advisor
Joining the team in 2021, Nicole is Fortis’s newest team member. She serves as the primary advisor for several of our client families. Nicole is a dedicated wealth management professional who is able to bridge the gap between personal and business implications by collaborating with advisors at all levels. Nicole brings over 17 years of experience within the business management, wealth management and family office spaces.
Prior to joining Fortis, Nicole was the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for a single-family office based out of Wolfeboro, NH, that she built from the ground up. This role involved quarterbacking sophisticated wealth planning strategies for a cross-border, multigenerational family with a high level of complexity. Nicole has also served as the Head of Asset Management for Jump Ventures in Boston, Corporate Director of Strategic Planning for GlowTouch in Louisville, Kentucky, Managing Director for Vigilant Capital Management in Portsmouth, NH, Chief of Staff for Endurance International Group in Burlington, MA and Managing Director for Ballentine Partners in Wolfeboro, NH. Nicole holds a B.S. from Florida State University and attended the College for Financial Planning.
Nicole lives in the Lakes Region of NH with her husband, Ed and their two children. Their family time is typically spent outside—rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding—but when you manage to find Nicole alone, it may be curled up with a good book, cup of tea or latte and a warm fire.
Michael Daszkiewicz, CPA
Lead Client Advisor
Mike is the primary point of contact for a number of Fortis client families, acting as their Chief Financial Officer. With broad expertise in all aspects of financial services, he leverages the internal resources of Fortis as well as his and his clients’ external resources to help them achieve their short-term and long-term goals. As a life-long learner and problem-solver, Mike loves that every day at Fortis brings him new challenges and opportunities.
Prior to starting with Fortis in 2010, Mike was a Senior Associate at KPMG providing audit services to the Financial Services industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Management with a Concentration in Accountancy as well as a Master of Science, Accountancy, both from Boston College. He is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPAs.
When Mike is not tackling his clients’ challenges, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children at home in Reading, MA.
Kathleen Durkin, CFP®
Kathy has been with Fortis since its doors opened in 2005. She is an integral part of the organization, supporting clients by preparing financial statements, preparing and reviewing tax filings, and assessing and executing estate plans. She enjoys working with individuals and families to help them put their financial lives in order.
Kathy came to Fortis from Veritas Advisors, Inc. where she served ultra-high net worth individuals in the same capacity. Prior to Veritas, Kathy worked for Rinet Company, a Multi Family Office located in Boston, and Hudson Financial Group, a Multi Family Office and Investment Advisor located in Garrison, NY. Her time at these firms gave her experience in investment management as well as financial, tax and estate planning. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Maryland. Kathy and her husband Bob have three children and can be found most weekends on the sidelines of a football or soccer field cheering them on.
A critical asset to the Fortis team, June is responsible for collecting, compiling, and reconciling client financial activity to provide concise, accurate and comprehensive data. June has implemented and oversees Fortis’ data management software, which is unique to the family office arena.
June has been with Fortis since 2016. Her resume includes over 35 years of financial analysis, budgeting, cash management and reporting experience including 16 years as a buyer for Marshall’s where she managed several business sectors of $50 million each. In addition, she has supported a number of entrepreneurs with bookkeeping and financial services, launched a $120k private kindergarten/extended childcare program and served as the volunteer treasurer for Science Olympiad.
June holds an Associates Degree in Fashion, Buying and Merchandising from FIT and a Bachelor of Science in Business from SUNY Binghamton.
Not one for idle time, June is continuously involved with renovation and landscaping projects at her home in Reading, or can be found hiking, biking, cooking, sewing, scrapbooking and managing her own investment portfolio.
Jay Goldfarb, CPA
Founder / Managing Director
Jay founded Fortis Management Group LLC in March 2005 along with three associates who remain with the organization today. Jay believes in the value of a small, nimble team and as such, is not afraid to get his hands dirty in the details and enjoys maintaining relationships with each of Fortis’ client families. He most enjoys creating value for others and is proud of the smart, focused and thoughtful team that surrounds him and who continue to shape and execute the Fortis vision.
Prior to founding Fortis, Jay spent time at two New England-based multi-family offices where he provided and managed tax, estate and financial consulting services for high net worth families, including members of the Forbes 500. Jay cut his financial consulting teeth at the Boston office of Ernst & Young, LLP where he focused on income tax for families as well as financial and entrepreneurial services.
Jay is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley College. He is a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Mazie Mentoring Program—now part of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest where he is a member of the finance committee.
Jay spends any remaining spare time with his wife, Beth and their four children at their home in Framingham—where he is often referred to around town as “Coach Jay” thanks to the many hours he has spent coaching everything from soccer to robotics. If he’s not on a sideline with his whistle, he can usually be found working on a home project or indulging his unparalleled passion for researching, preparing, sharing and eating delicious food.
David Kusmin, CFP®
Financial Reporting Specialist
Dave wears multiple hats at Fortis. He is responsible for the design, construction, and review of all client reports ensuring that information is accurate and tells a useful story. Dave also works directly with clients to manage their day-to-day needs. He appreciates that each day at Fortis is new and different as he helps solve the unique challenges his team and clients face.
Dave came to Fortis in 2012 straight from Bentley University where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Science degree in Financial Planning. He is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional. Dave has been an active member of the Lions Club of Westwood, MA since 2013, where he has served in a variety of leadership roles.
In his spare time, Dave loves attending New England Patriots games, traveling with his wife, and exploring new and unique recipes.
Patricia Lavoie, CPA
Client Advisor, Tax Manager
Patty has worked with Fortis since its inception in March, 2005. In her role as Client Advisor, she assists families with their financial, tax and estate planning needs. Additionally, Patty focuses on providing income tax planning and advice, resolution of notices from taxing authorities, and the completion of quarterly and annual tax compliance requirements for Fortis clients.
She came to Fortis with nearly fifteen years of experience specializing in individual, corporate, non-profit and fiduciary tax compliance and research. Before joining Fortis, Patty spent nine years with Veritas Advisors, Inc., a New England-based Multi-Family Office, where she advised high net worth families on complex financial matters. Her experience in auditing and tax came from five years with Parent, McLaughlin & Nangle, a large regional CPA firm based in Boston.
Patty has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant. She lives in Upton, MA with her husband, Mike, and their three children. Patty enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in her community, and cheering on her favorite college and professional sports teams.
As a Fortis Client Administrator, Anna oversees accounts payable and receivable as well as financial reporting for her clients, while acting as a liaison to their outside professional advisors. Often acting as a “problem solver” for her clients, Anna enjoys the regular communication and high level of trust that exists and the families with whom she works.
Before joining Fortis in 2005, Anna worked in the health insurance industry as well as for the local affiliate of a national non-profit focused on women’s health care and policy advocacy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. She volunteers with the City of Boston, delivering food to those who are home bound and also devotes time to helping increase voting access and participation.
Anna’s husband and two teenage kids keep her on her toes, but she will find any excuse to travel both inside the U.S. and internationally. She hopes to visit each state in the Union before she is done.
As the Fortis Office Manager, Monica is responsible for ensuring that the office is always running smoothly and that the Fortis staff has the administrative support they need. She wears a lot of hats in the organization with responsibilities including everything from running Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable to coordinating with offsite IT resources to the planning and execution of company events. She loves that each day brings something new, and appreciates the close-knit team that she gets to work with every day.
Monica has been with Fortis since 2018. Prior to that, she spent eight years as an Office Manager for an import company in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Cameron University.
When she is not holding down the Fortis fort, Monica is managing her teenage boys at home in Watertown, where she volunteers with the Middle School and High School PTOs.
Kathleen Trachy, CFP®
Lead Client Advisor
As the primary point of contact for a number of Fortis client families, Kathleen draws on her vast industry experience to help provide creative solutions to complex situations.
Kathy was an original member of the Fortis team. Prior to that, her career included extensive experience in the accounting, commercial banking and wealth arenas. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an MBA / Finance from Babson College. She is a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional, completed the Certified Public Accountant Examination and is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council.
Kathleen lives in Newton with her husband Mark. When she is not focusing on her clients, she enjoys time with their three adult children, playing golf and an occasional outing on the slopes.
In his role at Fortis, Andrew is responsible for recording general ledger transactions for client entities, generating and analyzing client reports, and identifying efficiencies in the data management process. It gives him great satisfaction to know that his services are instrumental in helping clients make financially sound decisions, oftentimes in complex situations.
Before joining Fortis in 2019, Andrew spearheaded the international sales department of an educational publishing company in New York, where he began in financial analysis and accounting.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organization and Management Studies with a Minor in Business from Gettysburg College. He plays soccer and chess, enjoys running, New York Times crossword puzzles, and — like many of his Fortis colleagues—has developed a passion for cooking.
As a Fortis Client Administrator, Kara maintains regular contact with her clients, manages the bill pay process and cash needs, prepares regular financial reports, and acts as a liaison between her clients and their other professional advisors. She is fulfilled knowing that each day she is providing valuable assistance and making a difference in her clients’ lives.
Prior to joining Fortis in 2012, Kara helped manage summer programs at the Boston Ballet and held management positions at one of the area’s largest car dealerships. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin Pierce University and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional through Boston University.
Outside of Fortis, Kara dances for Onstage Dance Company, enjoys knitting, baking, camping and road trips—and most importantly, being Mom to son Logan.