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Fulcrum Financial Group was founded over two decades ago by Sarah Carlson. She had a vision to start a company that would go beyond traditional wealth management, solving people’s unique money problems while helping them live their ideal lives. 

Over the years, our team has grown to become a close-knit group of intelligent, compassionate individuals with over 5 decades of collective experience. We enjoy collaborating to address the complexities of your wealth—and serving you and your family with the kind of thoughtfulness and empathy you deserve.



Meet the Team



Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® Photo
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Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Founder, Private Wealth Advisor

Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Founder, Private Wealth Advisor

(509) 747-2075

scarlson@fulcrumfinancialgroup.com

I help people live their very best lives. 


Although many think money can’t buy happiness, I know from experience that it certainly can help. With wealth often comes anxiety, especially for those with complicated situations. I strive to work closely with you, breaking it all down so it’s simple, easy to understand—and oriented towards the life you aspire to live.

I’ve been in the financial industry my entire career. I founded Fulcrum Financial Group in 1997  to help individuals and families navigate the many complexities that money can bring and move them closer to their goals. 

A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Economics, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Chartered Life Underwriter®, and Chartered Financial Consultant®, I am passionate about education, viewing it as a lifelong endeavor. I hold security registrations 24, 7, 6, 63, 65 through LPL Financial.

If you want to know more how my experience, knowledge and perspective can help you, call today for a complimentary consultation.

June 23, 2016 Spokesman Review Article:  Ironman 70.3 competitor bounces back
January 26, 2014 Spokesman Review Article:  Financial planner Sarah Carlson Rieger talks of trust, relationships
May 26, 2012 Spokesman Review Article:  Disability insurance let woman focus on recovery after serious injury

*Fulcrum Financial Group and LPL Financial do not provide legal advice or services. Please consult your legal advisor regarding your specific situation.


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Travis Messinger, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

Travis Messinger, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

(509) 747-2075

tmessinger@fulcrumfinancialgroup.com



An Eastern Washington native, Travis obtained his degree in economics with an emphasis in financial markets from Washington State University. Travis spent several years in the banking industry amongst other ventures before transitioning his career into financial advising.

Travis joined the Fulcrum Financial Group team in September 2016 as an Investment Advisor Representative of LPL Financial, currently holding securities registrations of the Series 7 and 66 through LPL Financial, as well as life insurance licensing.

Travis is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, and they welcomed a daughter, Lenora, to their family in 2020. The three enjoy traveling but also country living at their home in Rockford.


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Katie Toth

Wealth Advisor

Katie Toth

Wealth Advisor

509-747-2075

ktoth@fulcrumfinancialgroup.com




Katie is a Spokane native who returned to her roots after a decade living on the west coast. After a substantial and meaningful career in nonprofit leadership, Katie harnessed her enthusiasm for helping people reach their full potential and became a financial advisor. 

She deeply values empowering clients with the knowledge and planning they need to live with confidence and accomplish their life goals. 

Katie holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in public policy and management. As an Investment Advisor Representative of LPL Financial, Katie currently holds securities registrations of the Series 7, 63, 66 through LPL as well as life insurance licensing. 

Katie and her husband Anton keep busy chasing their two young daughters around. They enjoy running, biking and enjoying time with family and friends.

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Lacey Kerr

Director of Operations

Lacey Kerr

Director of Operations

509-747-2075

lkerr@fulcrumfinancialgroup.com

Lacey joined Fulcrum Financial Group in April of 2017 as the Director of Operations. Lacey works to enhance office efficiency while building on team dynamics and continuing to grow Fulcrum’s high level of customer service.  

Having spent several years managing restaurants in the Spokane area, meeting and excelling client expectations is second nature to her. 

Lacey received her undergraduate degree and MBA from Whitworth University, where she was an all-conference collegiate softball player. 

Lacey has lived in Spokane her entire life and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. She is an avid bowler in her free time and can also be found skiing the slopes of Schweitzer as well as her backyard hill, Mt. Spokane.


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Kate Danvers

Administrative Assistant

Kate Danvers

Administrative Assistant

(509) 747-2075

kdanvers@fulcrumfinancialgroup.com

Kate attended Whitworth University for her undergraduate degree and Washington State University for her Masters where she worked with the Center for Civic Engagement to provide student volunteer services to the greater Pullman area. Kate joined Fulcrum Financial Group as an Administrative Assistant in August of 2021. Kate provides support to the Director of Operations and to all the Financial Advisors at Fulcrum. She is a workflow efficiency specialist and looks for ways to use available resources to streamline the back office to provide the best support and customer service possible! 

Kate grew up in the Spokane area and she loves spending time outside with her husband and their Shiba Inu puppy! In her spare time she loves to read, garden, bake, create historically-inspired clothing, and spend time with her extended family.