Cornerstone Advisors serves the financial needs of families and individuals by helping them make wise financial decisions in all areas of their life. We advise our clients on the best ways to grow, protect and transfer their wealth, which gives them peace of mind as they navigate through the many changes in their lives knowing that we are there for them. We deliver outstanding client service with excellence and integrity in all that we do for clients.
Founder and CEO
Don Schwart has been working in the financial services industry since graduating from Wichita State University in 1966 with a degree in business administration. He subsequently studied to obtain the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). In addition to his financial services business, in 1990 he assumed responsibility as General Partner for 45 Limited Partnerships owning 105 Affordable Housing Properties. What he still enjoys the most is meeting with his clients of many years. Don and his wife Ruth Ann have two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys following the Kansas University Jayhawks basketball program, and also enjoys riding UTV’s in God’s beautiful creation.
Jeff is licensed to provide comprehensive retirement planning, financial planning and wealth management services. Jeff has an MBA, with a Finance emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa. Jeff enjoys doing projects at his small farm, photography, reading and spending time with family (especially grandchildren) and friends. Jeff is an active member of Topeka South Rotary. He is also actively involved in Kingdom Advisors. Jeff is very charitably and community minded, and serves on a number of community and church boards.
Mark is licensed to provide comprehensive retirement planning, financial planning, and wealth management services. Mark has an MBA® with a finance emphasis from John Brown University. His background includes retail banking, fund raising for several non-profits, and education. Before joining Cornerstone, he served for five years on the pastoral staff at Topeka Bible Church and helped oversee the fund raising and construction of a $5 million children’s ministry facility. Mark enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his wife Amy and their two children, Mya and Karsten.
Client Support & Service
Tish Zeferjahn has been with Cornerstone since January 1991 as an administrative assistant. She graduated from Washburn University in 1989 with a B.A. in Business. She resides in Topeka. She has three children Ryan, Lauren and Nathan. She enjoys spending time with family.
Chief Compliance Officer
Danyse Ford came to work for Cornerstone in August 1999. As Chief Compliance Officer, she is Series 24 and Series 7 licensed for supervisory purposes. She graduated from Emporia State University with an Associate of Science degree. She married Carl Ford in 1999 and they reside in Topeka. Her hobbies include motorcycle riding, reading, and playing with her grandchildren.