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Meet the Team

Kress Financial is committed to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.  Our team approach adds perspective and highly personalized service to each of our clients' experience.

Amanda Pettit

New Business Administrator

Amanda joined Kress Financial Services in the fall of 2007 coming from an extensive background in the finance and banking industry. She began her career in the financial service industry in 2000. In addition to having a life and health insurance license, she earned both her FINRA Series 6 and 63 in 2005. Furthermore, Amanda has been appointed as a Notary Public since 2009.

In her role of the New Business Administrator, she is mainly responsible for the establishment of new client accounts and assisting requests relating to ongoing service of their investment accounts. Amanda plays a vital role in the daily operations of the firm, overseeing various special projects and responsibilities. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, being active outdoors and spending time with her husband Chad and their children Lydia and Parker.

Megan E. King

Customer Service Specialist

Megan joined the Kress Financial team in November 2011. She was quickly promoted to the Customer Service Specialist position. Megan is traditionally the first person clients speak with when calling in, and she enjoys assisting clients with a broad range of service needs. She is a life long Erie resident and attended Penn State Behrend after graduating from Iroquois High School. Megan completed the requirements to obtain her notary license in September 2012. Outside of Kress Financial Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Dan and their children,Tessa and Colton.

Lianne Torok

Advisor Assistant

Lianne is the newest member of Kress Financial Services, joining the team in September 2018. As the Advisor Assistant Lianne does a lot of work behind the scenes helping prep representatives for meetings. She is involved with all our departments when needed – from following up on client transactions to new account creation. Often you will see her sitting in on your advisor meetings taking notes in the background. Lianne is an Erie native and graduate of John Carroll University. Her degree in education has given her experience both in the classroom and in administration. She loves to travel. From England to Hong Kong, she has been able to visit over 15 different countries, and even spent the past five years living in a small town in Germany. But she is excited to be closer to family and make Erie her home again.

Elizabeth Melliand

Advisor's Assistant

Elizabeth joined the Kress Financial Services team in June of 2021. As an Advisor Assistant, she works behind-the-scenes to aid the advisors in running productive client meetings and helping wherever needed. Elizabeth can often be seen taking notes during advisor meetings and enjoys assisting clients as they seek to achieve their financial goals. She is also working on obtaining her financial licenses. 

She is originally from Clarks Summit, PA, but recently moved to Erie after working in Ohio for a few years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and earned her MBA through Ashland University. While attending Ashland University, she also obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification and has experience in process improvement. Outside of Kress Financial, Elizabeth enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. Elizabeth and her fiancé Dylan are happy to be closer to family and settling down in the Erie area.

Jennie Johnson

Concierge

Jennie joined the Kress Financial team in June 2019.  She is the first point of contact when calling in or visiting the office.  As the head of concierge, she ensures that the office is prepared for all client appointments.  From the moment a reminder notice goes out until the client notes get filed away after the meeting, she makes certain that each of our clients have a five-star experience during their visit. Organization is her specialty and she keeps the Kress Financial office in order.

Jennie is a lifelong resident of the Girard community where she is proud to be raising her three sons Peyton, Ashton and Braxton. Outside of Kress Financial her greatest joy is being where her kids are which usually includes a sporting venue whether that be baseball, basketball or soccer. Jennie also enjoys spending her free time baking for weddings and special occasions.

Kristopher Kress

Administrative Assistant

Kristopher Kress joined Kress Financial Services in the fall of 2015.  He serves as the administrative assistant and customer service specialist exclusively working with his father Gerrard Kress.  Kris is a life long resident of Erie.  After graduating from Harbor Creek High School Kris attended California University of Pennsylvania and Mercyhurst College studying business related courses.  Kris obtained his Pennsylvania life insurance state license in 2016.  Outside of Kress Financial services Kris enjoys traveling, sports, and live music.