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Meet the Team

Christopher Scance, President

Chris has been involved in issues related to estate planning for Persons with Disabilities for more than thirty years and portfolio management for over 39 years. He has both depth and breadth of experience in the practical application of trust administration on Special Needs Trusts, asset protection, financial planning, estate planning, risk management, investments, and taxation. Chris is also well schooled in various types of public benefits as well as insurance. He is a graduate of George Washington University as a finance major with a degree in business administration. In 1992, he received his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation from the College for Financial Planning.

Greg Suarez, CEO

Greg joined GFS in 2016 as an Executive Assistant where he focused on record keeping and compliance issues for the company.  Now CEO, he uses his years of experience in everyday operations, ensuring that all departments have the support they need to efficiently and effectively provide necessary services to our clients.  Before joining the GFS team, he worked for ten years at UPS managing a variety of employees.  Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in 2021 from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Nicholas Jones, Vice President

Nick joined Golden Fiduciary Services in 2022.  Located in the Seattle area, Nick provides a local presence to our clients in Washington State.  He brings with him 15 years of experience as a trust officer managing special needs trusts and as a civil litigator.   Using a holistic approach, he also participates in planning conversations with individuals and families who are concerned about meeting the needs of their loved ones in the future.  In addition, Nick engages in conversations around pre-settlement planning and the options available to an individual receiving a personal injury award.  As an attorney, he encountered hundreds of people impacted by serious accident related injuries, many of whom had specials needs.  Nick brings with him an understanding of the litigation process that often precedes the creation of Special Needs Trusts and a passion for working with people.

In order to provide advice and guidance to his clients, he routinely participates in educational seminars that focus on rules, regulations, changes, and best practices regarding the administration of trusts for individuals with diverse abilities.

A native of the Seattle area, Nick received a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.  For the past 6 years, Nick has served on the Board of Trustees for Kindering, a non-profit that provides therapies, education and support to children with special needs and their families.  He is also past-president of the Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown.

Timea Rakoczi Hanratty, Trust Officer

Timea joined Golden Fiduciary Services in 2023, and works closely with Nick in our Seattle office.  Prior to joining Golden Fiduciary Services, Timea was a family law litigator for almost a decade, first in Arizona, then in Washington.  Before family law, she practiced in the areas of guardianships and conservatorships, and estate planning with an emphasis in special needs trusts.  She always found helping families plan for their futures to ensure their loved ones would be cared for, especially for their family members with special needs, to be so rewarding that she decided to change careers and return to special needs trust-related work. 

Timea graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2007 with a B.S. in Justice Studies and received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU in 2011. 

Born in Hungary and fluent in Hungarian, Timea also lived in Germany before emigrating to Seattle in 1988.  She then moved to Arizona with her mother and two of her brothers after her parents’ divorce in 1993 (the precipitating factor for her passion for family law).  She always planned to return to Seattle, and finally made her way back in 2021 with her husband, an epidemiologist and cancer researcher, and their three cats.

Chelsea Ziegler, Trust Officer

Chelsea joined Golden Fiduciary Services as a Trust Officer in our Denver office. Chelsea has worked in the legal field for over 10 years, first as a legal assistant before attending law school.  Recently, she was a litigator at a firm in Colorado, where she focused on estate and trust administration, contested guardianships and conservatorships, elder law litigation, and estate and trust litigation.  As a Trust Officer, Chelsea approaches each case with compassion, patience, and determination to achieve the best service.

Chelsea graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 2014 with a dual Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and English Literature with a minor in Philosophy.  She received her J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2019.

In her spare time, Chelsea consistently strives to serve the public.  She provides pro bono legal services in estate planning, probate, and elder law cases through Metro Volunteer Lawyers.  She is also involved in the Senior Law Day in the great Denver metro area, while also volunteering with the American Cancer Society.  Additionally, she is involved with the Colorado Bar Association where she is a voting At-Large Member of the Elder Law Section Council and currently Co-Chairs the Elder Law Retreat Committee.

Amna Hasan, Client Account Specialist

Amna joined Golden Fiduciary Services in 2022 as the Client Account Specialist, bringing with her a strong background in the banking industry. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. Her previous experience in account management, relationship building, and finance play a vital role in her success at GFS. Amna strives to earn the trust of our clients by listening to their needs, focusing on attention to detail, and providing excellent service.

Ryan O’Connor, Portfolio Manager

Ryan joined Golden Fiduciary Services as the Portfolio Manager.  He started out his career at Fidelity Investments as a Financial Advisor. After Fidelity he went on to become an alternative investment analyst and fixed income trader. Before moving into his role as Portfolio Manager with GFS, he was an investment manager for a Registered Investment Advisor where he successful navigated their clients through difficult markets. In addition to his extensive work in the field he is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). His experience and knowledge from all different aspects of the financial industry allows him to create robust investment allocation for our clients to weather market conditions.

Karen Witt, Administrative Assistant

Karen joined Golden Fiduciary Services as an Administrative Assistant. Karen has over two decades of supporting high-level executives. She has worked in both large and small organizations and is passionate about helping people and providing excellent support to teammates and clients. Karen studied Business Administration at Metropolitan State University and has received a number of certifications.