About Cultivating Wealth

Helping you plan for the future you want to live.

What does financial planning mean to you?

You may have a complex financial life and a substantial investment portfolio. But how does that relate to your financial goals?


  • Could you stop working without running out of money? If not now, when?
  • Are you working hard but find that your net worth is not really growing?
  • Can you afford to pay for a child’s education or other important long term goal?
  • Will your family be okay financially if there is a death or disability?
  • How should you prioritize financial decisions such as paying down debt, saving for retirement, or buying a home?


While many financial advisors focus on investments, we believe your portfolio is only one part of the picture.  We will analyze your personal financial situation, help you set realistic financial goals and develop plans to achieve them.


About Our Team

About Sara

Founder Sara Stanich, MBA, CFP®, CDFA®  launched The Stanich Group, a fee-only Registered Investment Advisory Firm in 2016.

Financial Planning is a second career for Sara, who also spent over 10 years in Marketing roles, during which time she completed her MBA at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

The launch of her own firm came after nearly 10 years in the industry as a Financial Advisor affiliated with Raymond James and Merrill Lynch. She also obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) designations during this time.

Sara recently relocated from Brooklyn Heights to Montauk, and is enjoying the change of pace (and some time at the beach!). When Sara isn’t working, you can find her in her vegetable garden, reading, or chasing down her three kids.


About Liz

Liz Sylvan, CFP®, CDFA® is a financial planner at Cultivating Wealth.

Prior to her career in finance, Liz spent a decade in the non-profit sector, helping organizations to fund their missions through individual and institutional giving.

Liz received her Certificate in Financial Planning from Northwestern University and her BA from Wesleyan University. 

Before joining the firm, Liz worked as an Associate Financial Planner at Luesink Stenstrom Financial, a fee-only firm in Manhattan. She received her Certificate in Financial Planning in 2015 and her Certified Financial Planner designation in 2018. In addition to her client-focused work, she has provided pro bono financial planning through the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Financial Planning Association’s Financial Planning Days.

 When Liz isn’t working, she’s enjoys traveling, exploring New York City on her bike, and spending time with her husband and two kids.

About Nannette

Nannette Kamien, MBA, CFP® is a financial planner at Cultivating Wealth.

In addition to financial planning, she has a passion for educating families about making smart financial choices in paying for college. She wrote a book called Crazy College Money and presents workshops with the University of California, San Diego Extension program.

Prior to changing careers into financial planning, Nannette spent 15 years in Business Intelligence and Information Technology roles. She earned her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Before joining the firm, Nannette founded Inspiration Financial Planning, a fee-only firm based in Encinitas, CA. She received her Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University in 2015 and her Certified Financial Planner designation in 2018.

Nannette enjoys playing golf and spending time at the beach with her kids in sunny Southern California. 

Suzanne Highet, CFA

About Suzanne 

Suzanne Highet, CFA is a financial advisor and investment specialist at Cultivating Wealth with over 15 years of experience in the investment industry.

Suzanne sets herself apart in that she first seeks to understand her clients’ needs, fears, and dreams, and then collaboratively implement and maintain a customized plan to move them closer to their personal financial goals. She hopes to empower her clients to experience financial clarity and peace of mind. 

She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2006, and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carleton College and a master’s degree in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.

When she’s not working, Suzanne is gardening with enthusiasm but not competence, practicing yoga and strength training, singing too loudly in her kitchen, co-leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and studying for her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) exam.

Suzanne lives in Portland, Oregon with her two children, and serves clients nationwide. To learn more about Suzanne, connect with her on LinkedIn.