Our Team

As a Wealth Management Advisor for the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, Ryan is committed to helping clients whether they are concerned for their own financial needs or those of their family or business. He doesn't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

Our purpose is to design and protect a lifestyle driven by your passion; to guide you to your highest ambitions.

Katherine AM Barnard

Katherine AM Barnard, CFP®

Director of Operations
Office 913-676-8019

Katherine graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Business, concentrating in Finance and International Business. She joined the Ascend Wealth Management team immediately following graduation and has been in the financial services industry since 2007.

Katherine enjoys cheering on the Jayhawks, baking, and spending time outside with her family.

Katherine is a CFP® professional and holds her Life and Health license as well as the Series 7 and Series 66 registrations.

Contact Katherine for: Retirement distribution or implementation questions. Contact Katherine with any questions or concerns regarding interaction with the team or individual team members. Katherine will also be happy to answer questions related to investment strategy, insurance policy design, and tax related inquiries.


Molly E Parker

Office 913-362-5000

Molly graduated from Kansas State University in 2018. After graduation, Molly moved to the Kansas City area and began pursuing a career in the financial services industry. She joined the Ascend Wealth Management team in September 2020.

Molly enjoys traveling and attending theater and arts performances.

Molly holds her Series 7 and Series 66 registrations.

Contact Molly for: Assistance with or questions related to your investment accounts. Molly can help facilitate trades, withdrawals, contributions, and other money movement requests. Molly also leads the new account opening process including account transfers and the 401k rollover process.

Claire E Herrmann

Claire E Herrmann

Financial Planning Assistant

Claire is currently a student at Kansas State University and will graduate in May 2021. She is pursuing a degree in Personal Finanical Planning with minors in Leadership Studies and Business. Claire joined the Ascend Wealth Management team in May 2020 as our Financial Planning Intern.

After graduation, Claire plans to join the Financial Planning industry.

Claire enjoys going to the lake, attending K-State football games, and spending time with her friends and family.


Ryan T George, CFP®, CLU®, RICP®
Wealth Management Advisor

Ascend Wealth Management


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