Our Team

Steve Gansler, Jr., ChFC®, C(k)P®, CPFA

Senior Vice President / Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Steve began his career in the financial services industry in 2000. He has an affinity for discipline and a passion for helping others. Steve leads the team by example: “Our process begins by taking the time to fully understand each client’s particular needs, concerns and priorities. Excellent service is the cornerstone of our model.”

Steve was added to the Forbes Finance Council in 2020 and remains an active member and contributor on Forbes.com. Steve holds the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation, which he obtained from The American College, and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designation. Steve also has the rare honor of holding the C(k)P: A Certified 401(K) Professional title, which he obtained from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. He studied Business Administration at Belmont Abbey College, where he was also a member of the tennis team.

Steve is an avid Jacksonville Jaguars and Leicester City Foxes fan.  He shares his time between Janney’s Greenville, Delaware and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida offices. Steve and his wife, Julie, have two teenage sons, Weston and Logan. Steve likes to boast that he can still beat both of them at most sporting competitions!

Colin Burke, CPFA

First Vice President / Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Colin has over ten years of financial services industry experience, joining Clear Asset Advisors in 2017. Colin provides financial recommendations for clients who have complex or advanced financial needs and pays particular attention to areas often overlooked, such as insurance. His intricate preparation and measurement of progress keeps clients focused and on track to meet their financial goals and objectives. Colin’s disciplined and pro-active approach align well in any market environment.

Colin graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Colin is an avid skeet shooter and squash player. He lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Melissa, their two daughters, Harper and Riley, and dog, Henry.

Gregory R. Powell, CRPC®, CPFA

Vice President / Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Greg has been in the Financial Service Field going on 40 years and has an appreciation for family, commuinty, and hardwork. He holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor Designation (CRPC) and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor(CPFA) designations. Greg enjoys overseeing the financial affairs of families and business owners. He strives to provide planning that isn’t affected by a bottom line to sell a particular investment product. In fact, it isn’t about products at all; it is about relationship development, planning and strategy.

 Away from the office, Gregory works to improve his community. During his career, he has participated with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania as a Board Member. He has participated as a Coach for a local YMCA, helping young people understand not only how to play the game but also and more importantly learn the necessity of Team Work. More recently, participating with the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware and the mentoring of young people. Giving back to the community has always been a mainstay in Greg’s long career.

Greg is a graduate of Mercyhurst University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He and his lovely bride, Pat, have been married for 27 years. On the weekends, Greg and his wife can be found in the outdoors, often hiking the Brandywine Trails or the Delaware Watergap.

Michael J. Johnson, CPFA, C(k)P®

Vice President / Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Michael spearheads the coordination and administration of Employer Retirement Plans for Clear Asset Advisors. Michael holds the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®) and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designations.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Michael grew up in the Midwest and met his wife, Maggie, in grad school. They moved to the east coast in 2002 and now have three daughters, Mackenzie, Molly, and Maura. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family, spending time at home, and brewing with friends.

Katie L. Bear, CRPC®

Assistant Vice President / Wealth Management, Account Executive

Katie joined the group in 2018 and has over 18 years of industry experience. Katie leads the administrative team, along with the implementation of new client relationships, facilitating the consolidation of assets and the client service process. She handles the settling of estates, communicating with beneficiaries and heirs of our clients along with their Attorneys and CPAs. Katie works closely with our clients and their families to ensure proper estate planning and wealth transfer strategies are in place. She assists the team with asset protection products, such as annuities, life and long-term care. Katie enjoys organizing client events for the team. She holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC ®) designation.

A graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and Marketing, Katie lives in Middletown, DE, with her daughters, Madison and Reagan.

Mackenzie P. Johnson

Registered Private Client Associate

Mackenzie has had a lifelong fascination with the financial markets. Her determination to succeed in this industry and her ability to communicate led her to an internship with Clear Asset Advisors in 2016. Upon graduation from West Chester University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance, she joined Clear Asset Advisors full time as a Private Client Associate. Mackenzie spearheads financial planning for the team, 529 inquiries, handles technological services, and provides administrative support to our clients.

Mackenzie lives in Wilmington, DE and considers herself a coffee enthusiast.

Morgan Scott

Registered Private Client Associate

Morgan joined the Gansler Group in 2018, after graduating from West Chester University with a double major in Marketing and Business Management. Morgan greets all of our clients with a friendly smile and facilitates account reviews for the team. She works with clients during the on-boarding process and also helps beneficiaries navigate the Estate process.

Morgan was raised in Garnett Valley, PA and currently resides in Wilmington, DE. She enjoys going back to her hometown to visit her parents and hike the trails along the Brandywine River with her Mom. Morgan loves Yoga and believes exercise is important not just for our bodies but also for our souls and our minds.