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Welcome to the 2014 Rural Health Association of Oklahoma Annual Conference! Enjoy your time at the conference and be sure to visit with the exhibitors & sponsors. Follow the conference on Twitter by using the #rhao14 hastag. WiFi access provided by Rural Community Hospitals of America, LLC. WiFi Username: Norman; WiFi Password: Norman5
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Louise Schroeder, CFP®

Self-Employed Consultant/Educator
Consultant and Educator
Stillwater, OK
I "found" Sheryl Garrett on the cover of Investment Advisor magazine (2001 issue) - sitting in the middle of a Kansas City fountain - I was intrigued! After reading the story about this pioneering woman and her concept of an hourly-fee financial planning practice, I drove up from Oklahoma and spent a morning talking with her. It took me no time to decide I wanted to be a part of this Garrett Planning Network, so I signed up, went through the initial training, and attended the first GPN retreat. And, I've have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this wonderful group and watching Sheryl grow GPN into the organization it is today.
Two years ago I missed my first retreat due to a family situation, and with great regret came to the decision to close my financial planning practice. I wanted to continue to be a part of GPN even though I could no longer be a member, so I travelled again - this time to Arkansas - to visit with Sheryl about how I could continue to be involved. She suggested I consider becoming a coach, which fit right in with the transition I'd been thinking about career wise. Some of you know of my interest in planning for the later years of life, and this is where I've decided to focus my efforts. I've been fortunate to become an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma State University and participate in teaching courses for a Master's degree in Family Financial Planning offered through a consortium of universities via the internet. During June and July I will be teaching a seminar in Financial Planning Issues of Older Adults, and am excited to be developing this new course. I feel these opportunities have come as a result of taking advantage of various invitations to participate in a number of activites over the last 10 years - such the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy 10 month training program, which led to serving on two state level committees that involved writing the Oklahoma Long-Term Care Planning Guide and being part of the committee that developed and implemented the Oklahoma Aging and Disability Resource Consortium. Life takes it twists and turns, and I've learned to "go with the flow"!