My Team

When you became my client, you placed your trust in me to help make your vision a reality. I honor that trust with the help of my expert support staff. Together, we make a strong commitment to customer service.

If at any time you have a question, concern or need, please let us know.



Kara Powers-Neighbors

Office 916-648-6458

Kara is an Associate Financial Representative for Jake LaFond. Kara began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2016 with Jake’s team. Kara has obtained her life and health insurance licenses, as well as Series 6 and 63 securities licenses. Kara, enjoys assisting with families and business owners in understanding what is most important to them, tailoring financial plans to each individual’s uniqueness and delivering outstanding follow-through in the implementation of the process from start to finish. In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids along with various charitable organizations.

Courtney M Johnson

Courtney M Johnson

Executive Assistant
Office 916-929-7200

Courtney is an Exective Assistant to Jake LaFond and recently began her career with Northwestern Mutual. She graduated from University of the Pacific in 2015 with a B.S. in Accounting and has obtained her life and health insurance license.  With a background in business management and client relations, Courtney is passionate about ensuring an exceptional experience tailored to each client. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking day trips to new cities, and exploring the outdoors.


Jake M. LaFond

Financial Representative


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