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Deborah L. Meyer, CPA/PFS, CFPÂ®, is the proud owner of WorthyNestÂ®, an independent financial planning and investment advisory firm that helps Christian parents build wealth without compromising their values. She received the 2019 Distinguished Young Alumni in Business award from Saint Louis University and also received the AICPA's 2018 Standing Ovation Award in Personal Financial Planning. Deborah lives with her husband, Bryan, and their three sons in Saint Charles, Missouri. Learn more about her book, Redefining Family Wealth: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Living, at https://redefiningfamilywealth.com.
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