Meet Team Empower

Meet Team Empower

I am proud of my team—Regina, Katherine, and Danielle—who work hard every day and genuinely care for the families we serve.

"We’re more than just co-workers, we’re a team. Each of us possess different strengths but have one thing in common, we are passionate about helping our clients. We understand not everyone fits into the same box, rather your situation is unique." — Kat

We get to know you, your family, and your dreams so we can empower you to reach them. We are blessed to be a part of the lives of some amazing families, and we look forward to sharing in many more of their unforgettable life events.

You share so much of your life with us, we thought it would be appropriate to share a little about our lives. 

Click a photo to learn more about each of us. 

Christopher (Chris) Powers

Owner/Wealth Advisor

About me. . .

I was born in San Diego, California, but consider myself a Texan. Let me explain. 

After my dad finished numerous carrier deployments as a naval aviator, his post-service career required our family to move to multiple cities across this great nation. We grew up in Richardson and Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; then returned to Texas for college.  My amazing mom helped my sister and me adjust and adapt to new schools and new homes while dad kept us in line and supported me through soccer and scouts, all the way to Eagle Scout. Periodically leaving friends behind and having to forge new ones every few years was tough. One of my dad’s favorite phrases was, “Son, it builds character.”  After a while, I responded with, “I think I have enough character now, thanks dad.”

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After completing high school in Rochester, I accepted an Air Force scholarship and chose to attend Texas A&M University in College Station. After four years in the Corps of Cadets (more character building. . .) I graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree and an Air Force commission. Immediately after college, I worked as a field engineer for a water well drilling company, drilling wells on leased land for the big oil rigs. After that, I served five years as an officer in the Air Force. During my service, I attended night school and completed my master's from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1998. 

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In 1999, I was blessed with my first daughter, Laurel.  A mere 363 days later, I was blessed with my second daughter, Avery. Raising my two daughters with Godly values is my most important charge in life and they are the light of my life.            

We have been members of Community Bible Church in San Antonio since 2002. I served as a founding board member and support Real 4 Christ ministries, whose mission is reaching East African lives for Christ. If you’re interested in Real-4-Christ-Ministries - Chrisknowing “Moore”, visit www.Real4Christ.com.  “Moore” is a play on words, Chris and Lisa Moore are the founding missionaries, friends, and former Sunday school friends before they sold everything and moved to Kenya. Now that’s a leap of faith!  

In 1999, after achieving the rank of captain, I separated from the Air Force to plant my family’s roots in San Antonio. Honestly, I was tired of moving and we all liked San Antonio, so we made it our home. In May 2000, my career as a financial advisor began. 

After several years of professional development courses covering topics on financial planning, investment planning, insurance planning, taxcfp1(Resized) - Chris planning and estate planning, and passing the comprehensive examination, I achieved the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM  (CFP®) professional in 2004.  

To better help people get their estates in order to protect their spouse, children or grandchildren, I furthered my expertise in estate planning by becoming an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) in 2006.  The AEP designation is a NAEPC logo(Resized) - Chrishighly respected credential governed by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.  I currently serve as the vice president of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council. 

When I’m not working, I value the time I have with Laurel and Avery. I enjoy fishing at the coast, hunting, scuba diving, and travel. Over the past few years, my travel adventures have taken me to South Africa, Zambia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and the US Virgin Islands. Future travel plans include Kenya to visit my missionary friends running Real 4 Christ Ministries.

Oh yeah, why I consider myself a Texan. Well, I’ve lived in Texas 70% of my life, I’m a Texas Aggie, I have five pairs of boots (technically three pairs of ropers and one pair of boots and one pair of senior boots from the Corps of Cadets), I drive a black Chevy pickup truck with a lift kit (my girls call it Tatonca), I cook a mean brisket, I hunt, have worked in the oil field, worked cattle. . .  As the saying goes, I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.

Now you know a little about me.  If you decide you’d like to work with Team Empower, we look forward to getting to know you and your family. 

Sincerely,

Chris

 
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Regina

Client Services Representative

I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, yes home of the Whataburger!

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My mom raised my sister and me to go above and beyond.  She always told us, “You can do anything you want to do as long as you set your mind to it.” She supported us through our academic achievements and was there cheering us on in every sport we played. She was definitely my role model and set a perfect example for us. 

With the encouragement and support of my family, I moved to Alamo City in 2009 so I could attend Tailgate Photo - Reginathe University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  After a long road of studies in management science, I proudly became a Roadrunner graduate on Mother’s Day in 2015. That day was one of the proudest moments, not only for me, but for my family.  I continue to attend UTSA football games as a loyal fan, avid tailgater, and UTSA alumnus. Birds up! 

San Antonio is not only where I received my higher education and found my career, but also where I found my future husband. He says I caught his eye first but who could miss those captivating green eyes of his? He asked me on our first date for ice cream and just a walk in the park. I agreed. I had never met a kinder person with a heart of gold. Then, just a year and four months later, he asked me to marry him. We are now in the process of planning our wedding and raising our family. We love to spend time exploring the Me and Mike - Reginaoutskirts of San Antonio, visiting my hometown of Corpus Christi, and my fiancé’s hometown in South Carolina. With so much going on, we still make time for family and grow closer. We travel around Texas, frequently making trips home or venturing up to Dallas to watch the Cowboys play.  They’re going to the Super Bowl next time! We also hope to make it to Disney World very soon. 

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I have a wonderful pair on my hands, a caring son and a loving daughter. Although they are 8 years apart they are two peas in a pod. My son, Jairen (pronounced like Aaron with a J; I had to make it different right?) has the kindest heart I know and is a ball of energy. He keeps me active and on my toes.  We love to play football and basketball (he’s good).  My daughter Bria, born December 20, 2016, is such a joy.  She’s growing fast and becoming a feisty, smart, and amazing little girl.  We enjoy spending time with our four-legged family members, Daisy and Penny. Penny, although half Chihuahua and half Dachshund, swears she is a pitbull. However, deep down, under her protective instincts, she is a cuddly bear. Now Daisy, she is as sweet as they come. Some even argue she always has a smile on her face. 

Daisy  Penny - ReginaI started at Empower Wealth Advisors as an intern in February 2015. After completed my internship in June, I was offered a full-time position. I started with an eagerness to grow and learn as much as I could. Working here has opened my mind to multiple worlds. I thank Chris for being a mentor and giving me the opportunity to enhance my abilities and teach me so many things along the way. Not too many people find a job right out of college but I was blessed with an awesome opportunity. I enjoy coming to work every day and have a blast working with Team Empower. We not only work together, we challenge and encourage each other to grow.

Katherine (Kat) Madrid

Client Services Associate

Oh, hi there!

I was born in a small California town nestled in the suburban outskirts of the “City of Angeles” called Covina. When I was 14, my family moved to San Antonio in search of a bigger home. My uncle was also moving here so he didn’t have to come alone. I hated the idea of moving. I knew I would be leaving friends I grew up with, as well as most of my family. Looking back, it was a much-needed change of pace and a blessing in disguise.

I have grown to love San Antonio. Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t acclimate to the humid summers and during those few months I wish desperately I could move somewhere else for a little while…

My family roots trace back to the Central American country of Guatemala. My parents made the difficult decision to leave everything they knew to come to the United States in hopes of giving their children an opportunity for a better future. I have to say, it is through them that I developed a good work ethic and value living in this country.

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After high school, I continued my education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In May 2015, I graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology. During my studies, I volunteered as a research assistant in a neurobiology lab through the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. My older sister and I are the first in our family to graduate from college.

I’m sure you’re thinking “A bio major with a neuro undergrad background working in a business field?” As odd as it may sound the answer is yes; now let me explain.

I intend on continuing my education by obtaining an MBA. Why? Well, it diversifies my skill set and makes me more competitive in the biology field, I would like to work on the business side of a pharmaceutical or biomedical company, and I enjoy learning and challenging myself outside my educational comfort zone.

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Now, as much as I enjoy countless hours studying, I like spending time outdoors. I am an avid runner with a goal of someday running a major marathon, specifically the Boston Marathon. As a science major, I find working out and enjoying the fresh outdoor air an amazing stress reliever.

I also have this boy, his name is Javier, so let me brag. We met in college while we were both drowning in the world that is junior/senior year. He was an electrical engineering major with big goals. I was a biology major, with more studying to do than there are hours in the day. Yet he figured out the right words to make me like him. He said to me: “On your most stressful day during the semester let me take you out for your favorite treat… coffee. You don’t have to tell me right now.  Whenever you are ready, the offer stands.” OH. MY. LANTA. I have never heard such perfect words. He had me at free coffee! (I have physical proof of this exchange, ask me about it…). 

KJ - KatHere we are, almost four years later. What started as a great friendship evolved into a wonderful relationship. He makes life brighter and growing up more enjoyable. We’ve watched each other (and often helped each other) transition from college to work/adult life. And now onto grad school. With a long and exciting journey ahead of me, I couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather share the adventure with.

I have, and will always have an obsession with dogs (that is not an understatement). Javier and I are the proud owners of three: Rockie a shih-tzu and two (yes, two!) rambunctious Siberian huskies: Gaea (Guy-UH), and Kronos (K-rown-os). My life is always full of muddy paw-printed tile floors, annoying squeaky toys, and dog hair (dog hair EVERYWHERE, except the kitchen), but it’s also full of kisses, affection, and unconditional, unselfish, innocent love… and for that I wouldn’t change a thing. Someday when I have my very own two-legged little loves, I will teach them the ways of the dog lover, and they too will become obsessed with them! There is just something about being with dogs that gives life a new breath. I plan on certifying Rockie as a therapy dog, and maybe training Gaea and Kronos in wagon pulling, for fun not competition, that way they can carry my future kids around and I won’t have to…Just kidding! 

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I’m a big fan of adventures, so I often try to dabble in new things. I would love to travel to random cities… just because. I would also like to eventually say I traveled to every corner of the country. Although I am deathly afraid of heights, I would like to ride a hot air balloon and backpack through Europe. My ultimate goal is to deep-sea scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Cheers!

Katherine (Kat)

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Danielle Schneider

Paraplanner

Hello!

My name is Danielle Schneider. I was born in the cold and windy city of Chicago, Illinois.  At the age of five I moved to Dallas, Texas, and I’ve never looked back.

Dance is my passion which I was introduced to when I was two years old.  I danced with a competitive dance team since 7th grade.  During high school, I lead my dance team serving as junior and senior lieutenant.  I performed alongside the Black Eyed Peas in the halftime show during Super Bowl XLV and performed with Kelly Clarkson in the Cowboy’s Thanksgiving halftime show.

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After high school, I went to Stephen F. Austin University where I continued to dance, performing with the pom squad at football and basketball games. After my freshman year, I transferred to Texas Tech University. I loved everything about Texas Tech, from the school spirit to the people I met. I am a huge football fan and I look forward to traveling back to Lubbock, Texas, to see some Red Raider football games. Wreck’em!!

In December 2016, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in personal financial planning. I served as

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the ambassador for the Personal Financial Planning department, a member of Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching, a member of the Personal Financial Planning Association, and vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

I’m excited to start my post-collegiate life journey in San Antonio. I am very passionate about financial planning, and one of my main goals in life is to help people with their financial needs. I am in the process of obtaining my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional designation.

When I am not in the office, I love to travel and spend time with family, friends, and my dog Calvin. I want to travel to New York, Alaska, Ireland, and numerous other places. I have never been out of the country and would like to travel the world. 

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I look forward to getting to know you and helping you reach your financial dreams.

Best wishes,

Danielle! 

 

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