Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
— Andrew Carnegie

Dave Forbes | President, CFA, CFP®

 What a privilege it is for me to lead our team at Petra, a team that lives and breathes our core values every day.  And what a blessing to supply the dear people we serve, our clients, with solutions to help them achieve the outcomes in life they really want, both now and in the future.

The part of our core values that most resonates with me is the word excellence. For us at Petra, excellence means exceeding expectations.  We rely on each other at Petra and as we together pursue excellence, it makes for a stimulating environment. Working together to exceed our clients’ expectations gives us both opportunity and great joy each day.

I oversee the Investment Management team, actively monitoring our clients’ investment portfolios and working closely with the financial planning team to coordinate investment activity with our clients’ desired outcomes.

I am a blessed man to have the role I have at Petra, to be a part of our unique team and to have the privilege of serving our clients.  We have such hope for the future knowing that God will help us each step of the way. 

Jeff Gott | Chief Operating Officer, MBA, CFP®

I am thrilled to be part of the Petra team. I have been professionally engaged in financial services for 15 years; for the past nine years specifically advising high net worth families. Clients are the first priority at Petra and that is critically important to me. My desire is to see you achieve what matters most to you and to help you live the life you imagine.

I resonate with the concept of legacy and relationship. How do you want to be remembered by those who matter most? I believe that wealth is simply a tool, a means to an end. As a part of the Petra team, I seek to help move you along the continuum from alignment, to plan, to implementation as you pursue your unique legacy.

In addition to financial planning and overseeing the day-to-day operation of Petra, I am responsible for Marketing and Business Development. We absolutely want to exceed your expectations. When we do, please tell a friend or family member; if we do not, please contact me. We want you to be delighted.

I can be reached by phone at the office or by email at I look forward to serving you.


In 1998 I started working with Petra as a Portfolio Administrator. Over the years, I discovered that my real interest was in Financial Planning. Helping clients turn their goals into a plan and seeing them achieve those goals is one of the greatest rewards of my career. I seek to listen and understand who you are, then clarify where you want to go. I want to hear your dreams and hopes and then work with you throughout the years to see them come to life.

As a seasoned financial planner, I also enjoy my role as a mentor to the other members of the Financial Planning team.  I am in the office on Tuesday and Wednesdays and you may reach me via phone or email

In my free time, my husband and I love entertaining, trying out new recipes, but most especially spending time with our grandchildren.  


Here at Petra, we have separate Investment Management and Financial Planning teams, but all our investment management work is done within the context of each client’s financial planning picture. This reliance on the entire team at Petra allows us to deliver a level of service that is excellent and shows our clients their value as members of the Petra family. No one service is performed in a vacuum and it is this comprehensive view of each client’s financial picture that enables wise choices in planning, investments, and areas beyond finances.

I am a part of the Investment Management team, and one of the first things we will work on together is your Investment Policy Statement. This helps Petra understand your position on investing and serves as a guideline for managing your accounts.  After your accounts are set up, I work closely with Dave on the execution of investment decisions. I am available by phone at the office or email at

I am a sports fan, and love both viewing and participating in sports ranging from golf to football and everything in between. I also enjoy any good book, and in the evenings or on weekends, my wife and I like to take time exploring Colorado Springs restaurants or taking our dog to the park. 

Crystal Karstens | Paraplanner

During my first eleven years with Petra, I mainly worked in the background on the Investment Management team while also serving as paraplanner on the Financial Planning team. Over time, I decided to shift my focus to interact more directly with clients through financial planning. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge base and develop more flexibility in my role at Petra.

One of my favorite things about my job is the opportunity to serve our clients. At Petra, we strive to go above and beyond your expectations to ensure that we are serving you in a meaningful way. For us, it is not about completing tasks, but adding value to our clients' lives. I am in the office Monday - Thursday where you can reach me by phone or email at

On Fridays, I am at home chasing my son around. My husband and I love raising our son in the beautiful state of Colorado and taking advantage of all the sunny days we have here.

Hope Radliff | Client Services Administrator

As part of the Petra team, my role entails helping facilitate a thriving relationship between you and Petra.  In getting to know our clients personally, I have the privilege of seeing how each person’s life is unique but also how it is so similar to the rest of us.  Those observations help Petra offer a more resourceful and proactive service for our clients.  Therefore, with every account transfer, account application, or preparing for the next client visit, I strive to work closely with you toward the end result of ensuring everything is in place so that the other members of the Petra team can serve you more effectively.  I’m here to learn how you prefer things, whether it’s by phone or email, electronic or hard copy.  Any time you wish to contact me, I’m available by phone or email at

On weekends, my husband and I love to hike; therefore, I’m always looking for a new trail to explore.  When we are not hiking, my husband and I will explore beautiful Colorado’s back roads on our motorcycle exploring old logging train routes or taking in spectacular views from some of the best scenic highways.

Jennifer Hernandez | Candidate for CFP® Certification

As the newest member of the Financial Planning team at Petra, I am privileged and blessed to be able to serve our clients and to be part of such a wonderful collaborative group.  Together we strive to take an all-of-life approach to our clients' financial picture, listen to your most important desires of life and legacy and help to plan and implement a strategy to most effectively achieve those goals that are truly meaningful to you.

After taking several years off of professional pursuits to raise my two children, I went back to school in 2015 to work on getting the Certified Financial Planner® certification and successfully passed the rigorous national exam in 2017. Having waited for many years to be able to help other families see their dreams through to reality, I am eager to jump in and serve our Petra clients in any way I can.  I am in the office Tuesday - Thursday where you can reach me by phone or by email

My days off consist of continuing to support my children's academic and creative pursuits, enjoying the gorgeous Colorado mountains while camping and hiking with my family, and spending time volunteering alongside my husband with our church and community. 

Joy Kurschner | Office Administrator

My journey with Petra began in August of 2017.  Prior to joining the Petra team, I worked with philanthropic organizations for 10+ years.  How rewarding to experience the extreme generosity of others and see all the lives that are bettered because of it.

It is a blessing to come alongside the Petra team to support our amazing clients.  It is my role to maintain the organizational procedures of the office.  When you call us, I'm often the first person you will reach and I am happy to direct you to the team member who can best assist you.

When away from the office you will find me hiking in beautiful Colorado and connecting with family and friends. You can reach me by phone or by email