Our Experts List

We had the pleasure of working with many experts to help inspire you. In this section, we have invited our experts to post their biographies and make it easy to find them, should you choose to connect or learn more. Please search for them by name or keyword using the search below.

Marie Dwyer-Bullock

Marie Dwyer-Bullock

Featured in Chapter 6: Retirement

Marie Dwyer-Bullock, CEO and Co-Founder of Focus on Mexico, is a Marketing and Project Sales Specialist for 25 years with over 16 years in Mexico offering Learning Adventure Tours and Project Marketing in Mexico. She is a Mexico Specialist expert on moving, living, working and investing in Mexico.

With a passion for excellence, Marie is a results oriented organized leader with a talent for inspiring people and sharing her love affair with Mexico. She has assembled a staff that is self-motivated and love what they do, and as a result, excel at their jobs.

An energetic and inspiring public speaker, Marie has exceptional interpersonal communication skills. She excels at project marketing and thinking out of the box and follows the motto - CANI - Constant And Never-ending Improvement.

Creator of the Focus on Mexico Learning Adventure programs, Marie was responsible for the preparation of Presentations, Marketing and Branding as well as Website SEO and SEM for the acclaimed Focus on Mexico website.

Professional website: www.focusonmexico.com

Vera Gibbons

Vera Gibbons

Featured in Chapter Six: Retirement

Vera Gibbons is a financial journalist based in New York City.

Gibbons has written for Inc., SmartMoney, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, walletpop.com, cnbc.com, and the New York Times. Today, her writing appears in Real Simple and Reuters personal finance blog, Prism Money.

Gibbons is also a Financial Analyst for MSNBC. Previously, she was a financial contributor with CBS The Early Show, and worked as a correspondent for CNBC’s High Net Worth.

Gibbons appears regularly on all NBC platforms, including NBC’s Today Show, and MSNBC. She is also a regular on the Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al," hosted by Al Roker.

Professional website: www.veragibbons.com

Aleta St.James

Aleta St. James

Featured in Chapter Six: Retirement
In her incredible 40 plus year career, Aleta St. James has been the role model for regeneration, defying limitation, and living your dreams at any age. She has been described as the Indiana Jones of the soul, traveling the globe in her own spiritual quest, sharing her renowned healing gifts with thousands of people throughout the world in seminars, workshops and private sessions. Perhaps most famously, Aleta made worldwide news in 2004 when she became the oldest woman in America at the time to give birth to twins, at age 57. She blew the lid off of society’s perception of aging.
Aleta has also gained fame as an internationally renowned energy healer, intuitive life coach and successful author of the top-selling book, Life Shift: Let Go and Live Your Dream. Aleta's empowering private sessionshealing meditations, and online courses facilitates the release of energy blocks and raises a person’s vibration so that they are able to align with their life’s dreams.

In her personal quest to find secrets of happiness and expand her healing Aleta threw her lipstick and a toothbrush in a backpack and headed to the some of the worlds greatest spiritual destinations including Machu Picchu, the caves of southern India, and the jungles of Peru. It is through these journeys that Aleta honed her world famous Life Shift healing techniques.

Aleta has been interviewed by some of the most notable journalists of our time, including Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer and has been featured on The Today Show, NBC’s DatelineGood Morning America and CNN. In recognition of living her “winding up and not down” philosophy, Aleta was recently named one of AARP Magazine’s “people who inspire.” She has also been featured on the cover of New York magazine as a forerunner in the alternative healing field, as well as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Mirabella.

Professional website: www.aletastjames.com

Favorite charity: The Guardian Angels

Marian Wellman

Marian Wellman

Featured in Chapter Six: Retirement

Marian Wellman has had an income tax and financial planning practice for over 25 years, and is thoroughly educated and trained in all aspects of financial advising. Following receipt of an MBA in Finance from University of Colorado, she began her career in 1983 with the predecessor of today’s Ameriprise Financial Services, a division of American Express. She spent ten years with a boutique Denver firm specializing in income tax preparation, comprehensive financial planning, real estate and investments, and launched her own private practice in 1996.

Wellman Financial Consulting, partnering with estate planning attorneys and insurance executives, provided a unique combination of complete financial advice for each client, from the simplest tax preparation to comprehensive planning. In addition, Marian also served as a Planned Giving Director for a church-based multi-state charitable foundation, and served on boards of several non-profit agencies.

Marian has earned many certifications and designations, including Certified Financial Planner, Certified Estate Planner, and Registered Principal. She has been an Enrolled Agent (Certified to Practice Before the IRS) since 1985, and is also a Registered Investment Advisor. She is a member of the Tax Advisory Board and a Country Representative for American Citizens Abroad, and has specialized in American tax preparation for expatriates for seven years.

Professional Website: www.ustaxprepforexpats.com