Our Team

Liz Henschel

Liz Henschel

Director of Operations

Liz got her start in the financial service industry in 2018 after spending over ten years in higher education. After deciding she wanted a career change, she joined WestPoint Capital and grew a passion for financial planning.

Liz works directly with the clientele, from the beginning to the end of the financial planning process and throughout different times in our client relationships. She enjoys building personal relationships and providing optimal customer service to our clients. Because of her skill set, she has multiple touch points with clients throughout implementing and maintaining their financial plan. Her strong background with high-level customer service and close attention to detail are essential to her day to day role.

Liz has a BA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is currently licensed in Life and Health Insurance with plans on pursuing additional licenses in the future.

When Liz isn’t working, she enjoys going to live shows, participating in the Chicago stair climbs (Hustle up the Hancock and Skyrise Chicago), traveling, and visiting national parks. She has a dream of becoming a park ranger.

Kristin Kulasik

Kristin Kulasik

Director of Client Experience

Kristin entered the financial industry in 2014 after three years of working in hospitality. Although her decision to change careers wasn’t easy, Kristin was eager for the challenge and hopeful that her intuition would lead her to greater opportunities. She initially accepted an offer from Northwestern Mutual and eventually joined Michael Riback’s team just as he transitioned from Northwestern Mutual.

Since the summer of 2015, Michael and Kristin have grown as a strong, dynamic, professional duo. Michael has taught Kristin a great deal about financial planning, and Kristin has enhanced Michael’s business with her expertise in client communications and marketing. Together, they have advanced Michael’s business to a wonderful place – A place that requires more staff!

Today, Kristin’s role as Director of Marketing at WestPoint Capital mainly consists of maintaining the advisors’ calendars, client onboarding, client outreach/appreciation, and managing online presence. She enjoys building relationships with clients and being the voice of WestPoint Capital’s various mediums.

Kristin has her BA in Fine Arts & Communication from Western Illinois University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and served as Vice President of the University Union Board. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys writing poetry, cooking, exercising, hiking, travelling, and attending concerts and comedy shows. Kristin lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with her adorable Maltese-Yorkie, Flower.

Matthew Smart

Matthew Smart

Investment Specialist

Matt’s background stems from retail trading and financial services with a sharp focus on comprehensive planning through diverse asset management strategies. He began his career in options trading as a proprietary trader and later, a paraplanner. During that time, he obtained a FINRA 7 license and gained the skillset that ultimately lead him to WestPoint Capital.

Charged with directing WestPoint Capital’s investment operations and strategies, Matt believes in taking a big picture approach to the team’s process. He uses holistic methodologies aimed at mitigating risk while still focusing on consistent and measured growth in client portfolios. He has a passion for educating clients and guiding them along the journey towards financial success and independence.

When Matt isn’t working, he spends most of his time staying active. Matt played for the Eastern Illinois hockey team, and he still plays hockey regularly throughout the Chicago area. He also enjoys playing tennis and running along Chicago’s sprawling lakefront and park trails. He currently resides in Chicago’s South Loop.