Meet our team

Portrait of Keith J. Gredys, J.D., CTFA, AIF®
Keith J. Gredys, J.D., CTFA, AIF® Chairman & CEO/Shareholder kgredys@askkidder.com

Keith Gredys co-founded the Kidder organization in 1996 and has more than 35 years of investment, fiduciary, trust and pension administration experience. He is a recognized authority in investment management, fiduciary issues qualified plan design and administration, as well as non-qualified plan design. He serves a wide range of clients and sponsors — from sophisticated small plans to complex large plans with participant and individual accounts exceeding $100 million.

Keith received his law degree (J.D.) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds the professional designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), which covers investment fiduciary standards of care and investment due diligence. He also has earned the professional designation of Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA), demonstrating expertise in the wealth and trust industry. Keith conducts numerous seminars and continuing education programs on qualified retirement plans and fiduciary topics. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association.

In 2020, Keith was elected to a three-year term as an At-Large Member of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) Leadership Council. NAPA represents more than 15,000 plan advisors across the Unites States and works to enhance retirement savings and support federal legislation and regulation that improve the financial wellness of U.S. citizens.

Portrait of Ray E. Hansen, AIF®
Ray E. Hansen, AIF® President/Shareholder rhansen@askkidder.com

Ray Hansen joined Kidder in 2011 and was appointed President in 2018. He is responsible for day to day client and administrative activities. He has more than 18 years of experience in serving the qualified and non-qualified plan market, as well as the financial planning needs of individuals and business owners. Ray is jointly responsible for new business development, strategic planning, fiduciary and investment guidance for plan sponsors, retirement readiness for plan participants and financial planning/transition solutions for business owners.

Prior to joining Kidder, Ray was President of Benefit Source Financial, where he led the qualified plan market segment and business consulting team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drake University and has been certified by Fiduciary Insights (FI 360) as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). Ray is active in local charitable and community organizations. He previously served as Chairman of The Blank Park Zoo Board of Directors, President of the Blank Park Endowment Corporation and President of the Board of Trustees for Children and Families of Iowa. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for JDRF of Central Iowa. Ray has also served on the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation’s Investment Committee and is Co-Founder of Maddy Cunningham’s Classic Volleyball Tournament, which benefits Children’s Cancer Connection. He is married with two children, a lifelong resident of West Des Moines and an active member of St Francis of Assisi Church.

Portrait of Stacy G. Van Blair, AIFA
Stacy G. Van Blair, AIFA Senior Vice President svanblair@askkidder.com

Stacy Van Blair joined the Kidder organization in 2001 and serves the needs and administrative activities of Kidder clients in Western Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Stacy has more than 40 years of experience in the pension and investment industries, working with qualified plans ranging from small to very large and complex accounts with more than 7,000 employees. He was previously Vice President/Senior Trust Officer and Manager of Retirement Plans Services for First National Bank of Omaha, where he was responsible for more than 400 accounts and assets of $1.2 billion.

Stacy received his bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University. He has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA) designation from CEFEX, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence. He has also completed the National Association of Plan Advisors Non-Qualified Plan Advisor Boot Camp.

Portrait of Dr. Elio Chiarelli, Jr., Ph.D., CPFA, AIF®
Dr. Elio Chiarelli, Jr., Ph.D., CPFA, AIF® Vice President/Shareholder echiarelli@askkidder.com

Elio Chiarelli joined Kidder in 2015 and is responsible for client service, fiduciary guidance for plan sponsors, retirement readiness of plan participants and business development in the Southeastern United States. He has a significant background in agricultural education and economics, and he has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation through the Center for Fiduciary Studies. In addition, Elio has received Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential from the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), demonstrating the expertise required to act as a plan fiduciary or help plan fiduciaries manage their roles and responsibilities. He has 13 years insurance experience, obtaining his license in 2007, and he has also completed the NAPA Non-Qualified Plan Advisor Boot Camp.

Elio received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Penn State. He received his Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Food & Resource Economics as well as his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. He has nine years of financial and investment industry experience. Elio is active in the community through his service with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the First Baptist Church of Alachua, the Latin American Discipleship Outreach Mission Board and the Gainesville Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

Portrait of Matthew J. Gredys
Matthew J. Gredys Vice President/Shareholder mgredys@askkidder.com

Matt Gredys joined Kidder in 2013 and serves the consulting needs and administrative activities of clients in the Midwest, including fiduciary guidance for plan sponsors as well as enrollment and education for plan participants. He supports all Regional Consultants in reviewing, analyzing and consulting on compliance, recordkeeper platforms and plan designs. He also provides guidance and support on fee and service benchmarking. Matt has completed the National Association of Plan Advisors Non-Qualified Plan Advisor Boot Camp.

Matt is a distinguished military veteran who served as a U.S. Army Military Police Sergeant for more than six years, with tours in Korea and Iraq. He attended Iowa State University and is a graduate of the Universal Technical Institute.

Portrait of Janis E. Reese
Janis E. Reese Vice President jreese@askkidder.com

Janis Reese joined the Kidder team in 2001. She provides clients and financial professionals with knowledgeable expertise on recordkeeper platform issues, such as selection, usage and policies. She assists in identifying appropriate vendor relationships for prospective clients. She also conducts participant enrollment and education meetings for clients throughout the Midwest, with a goal of optimizing retirement readiness.

Janis has more than 25 years of qualified plan administration, trust, investment and banking services experience. She was previously with Principal Financial Group, where she administered large multi-million-dollar plans.

Portrait of Jennifer S. Jensen, QKA
Jennifer S. Jensen, QKA Qualified Plan Client Advocate/Concierge jjensen@askkidder.com

Jennifer is a recognized expert in administration and compliance for 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) plans. Leveraging nearly 25 years of experience, she delivers high-touch, high-value, concierge-level service, information and support to Kidder qualified plan clients of all sizes. Most recently she was Vice President/Manager of Pension Administration Operations for Newport Group (formerly Kidder Benefits Consultants), where she oversaw plan administration and compliance professionals, as well as quality control. Jennifer has earned the Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation awarded by the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. Prior to originally joining Kidder in 2004, Jennifer held administrative management positions in the TPA and trust banking industries. She is a graduate of Buena Vista College with a B.A. in Accounting.

Portrait of Jamie L. Bowlin
Jamie L. Bowlin Vice President jbowlin@askkidder.com

Jamie Bowlin originally joined Kidder in 2006. After leaving to pursue a sales opportunity in the agricultural sector, she rejoined Kidder in 2017, where she is responsible for all office management, human resources and technology applications. Jamie received her marketing degree from University of Northern Iowa.