Meet Our Staff Members

Katherine Lesch
Designation : Co-CEO

Katherine Lesch, Co-CEO was AFEA's first employee and has worked for nearly a decade with her Co-CEO, Kaeleen Bruce, to develop and implement every role, process, and procedure of the organization. She brings a strong passion for creating and maintaining each relationship she forms through AFEA and is always eager to meet a qualified agent or advisor and share her passion for AFEA with them. She studied at both North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and King's College in Charlotte. She has previous experience in the marketing field as well as the customer service arena. Outside of work she.........

Kaeleen Bruce
Designation : Co-CEO

Kaeleen is a graduate of Kings College where she earned her degree in Business and Office Administration. She brings a strong passion for customer service and problem solving to AFEA, and believes that her work is not done until her customers are satisfied. Although she is from High Point, NC she now calls Concord, NC home. Outside of work she can be found accompanied by her husband, Casey, and their children, Hudson and Sutton, along with their dog, Payton. In her spare time, Kaeleen enjoys being with family and friends, reading, watching movies, and going to concerts.

Holly Taylor

Holly came to AFEA from a prior position as a Customer Service Specialist, which makes providing excellent service second-nature to her. She also brings strong interpersonal and communication skills to her current position as a Chapter Development Specialist and Executive Director of Chapter Development. This has allowed her to easily create relationships with financial professionals across the country who are interested in joining our alliance.

Holly was born and raised in South Carolina, but currently resides in Charlotte, NC- which she refers to as her new home. Outside of work, she enjoys discovering new music, going to as many live shows as she can, and cuddling up .........

Tricia  Geddings
Designation : Academic Coordinator

Patricia is a student at Queen’s University in Charlotte, NC where she will earn a Bachelors Degree in Nursing next spring. She spent six years as a combat medic and licensed Practical Nurse in the Army before becoming a stay at home mother to six kids. Patricia believes in hard work and perseverance and follows the old adage “work smarter not harder."

Teri Carano

Teri came to AFEA from a prior position as an Event Coordinator where she supported top nationally recognized real estate agents and instructors across the country. Her skill set makes providing excellent customer/client service second nature for her. She has a strong passion for professionalism and brings strong interpersonal and communication skills to her current position as an Academic Coordinator. This has allowed her to easily create relationships with financial professionals across the country that are interested in joining our alliance. Teri was born in Massachusetts but now has lived in Charlotte for almost 20 years. In her free time Teri enjoys watching football, traveling and b.........

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