We utilize a team approach both internally with our staff and externally with our clients’ tax and legal advisors. We combine the resources and support of multibillion-dollar institutions with the service and culture of a boutique.

Who we are

“I love what I do,” says AltruVista’s Principal and Founder Ali Nasser. “Communicating opportunities, empowering clients through education, helping them simplify complexity – they all create so much value” said Ali, “We really help our clients spend more time on what’s most important to them.”

Ali works with clients to help them crystalize their lifetime goals and create alignment between their various areas of planning. He ensures the entire advisor team (accountants, attorneys, etc.) has a clear picture of the client’s objectives and is working together to realize them.

In addition to his work at AltruVista, Ali teaches at Rice University for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ graduate program, mentors numerous individuals on career and life planning, and is involved with several charitable initiatives through AltruVista’s charitable giving fund. Ali has a degree in Finance from the University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®).

Not surprisingly, Ali sees his work life as interconnected with his own personal goals. “The Wealth with Purpose® Gift Fund, the teaching, the passion for helping entrepreneurs, are all connected both personally and professionally. I feel when you do what you love, you could do it forever, and I’m blessed to be living my dream.”

Ali A. Nasser, CFP®, AEP®


As Portfolio Manager for AltruVista, Jack D. Cowling helps our clients formalize their financial planning and investment goals. His role includes analyzing all aspects of client portfolios, including identifying gaps, developing a comprehensive allocation/asset location, and ensuring tax efficient management for each individual client’s household.

“It is exciting to see how all of the expertise at AltruVista comes together to help our clients develop a framework for thinking about their goals,” says Jack. “Providing clarity and being a part of that process as it unfolds is very satisfying.”

Jack graduated from the University of North Florida summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He describes Houston as “a very vibrant, culturally diverse city” and “a great place to live and raise a family.” He especially enjoys the city’s museum district and many parks and green spaces. When not at work, Jack spends his time being a father and volunteering with his wife, Lisa.

Jack D. Cowling, CFA®

Portfolio Manager

As Associate Wealth Advisor for AltruVista, Bekah Broad serves as a primary contact for AltruVista’s clients, both during and after the financial planning process. After meeting with and gathering all data pertaining to the client, she and the planning team work to build a Personalized Wealth Blueprint™.

Helping people actually accomplish their goals and set themselves up for a more successful future and retirement without conflicts of interest is what Bekah says is her favorite part of her job.

Bekah received her Master’s of Science degree in Financial Planning and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. She holds a Series 65 license and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

She is a native Texan who recently moved back to Houston from Austin. She thinks of Houston as “a very large and culturally diverse city with a lot of opportunity to pursue professional and personal interests.” She loves spending time with her family and friends, and is involved in charitable organizations financially and as a volunteer.

Bekah Broad, MS, CFP®

Associate Wealth Advisor

As VP of Operations, Melissa manages the day to day operations of the AltruVista team. She ensures the right people, processes, and technology are in place to optimize the client experience and support AltruVista's growth.

Supplying the team with the ideal resources, so they in turn can provide clients with a superior experience, is what Melissa particularly loves doing.

Melissa earned her Bachelor's in Information Management from Texas A&M University. When she isn't rooting for the Ags, she can be found at every Texans’ home game or planning the next Houston festival to attend with her husband and twin daughters.

Melissa Bushman

VP of Operations

As a Client Service Associate for AltruVista, Sara-Katherine Johnson is responsible for account operations and providing premium client service. She is an experienced support team member. Her role maintains both data for AltruVista and clients.

Sara-Katherine attended Baylor University. She double majored in journalism and professional writing. This prepared her for working with people and details daily, both of which she loves.

When she's not at work, Sara-Katherine enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on. “Anything” includes cookbooks as she's always eager to hunt down a new favorite recipe to create. Her favorite things in Houston are the lawn in front of the Menil Collection and the events at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Sara-Katherine Johnson

Client Service Associate

As an Associate Wealth Advisor for AltruVista, Lynsey Bergeron serves as a central point of contact for AltruVista’s clients, both during and after the financial planning process. Lynsey works directly with our clients and our clients’ advisor teams to develop and build a Personalized Wealth Blueprint™ as well as facilitating wealth management needs.

Lynsey’s passion is partnering with clients to help them determine their objectives, strategizing a plan catered to their needs, and assisting every step of the way on the path to achieve their goals. A CFP™ practitioner, Lynsey graduated with honors from Texas State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Accounting and Finance. She also holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 registrations.

Lynsey may not be a native Texan – but likes to say she got here as soon as she could! She especially loves Houston and its vibrant culture and has been excited to put down roots. Her fiancé is a native Houstonian and they enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as volunteering and fostering for local animal rescue groups.

Lynsey Bergeron, CFP®

Associate Wealth Advisor

Kayllie holds two roles at AltruVista, as our marketing coordinator and Ali’s executive assistant. Kayllie provides an extension to Ali’s office, so Ali can have more time to focus on what he does best. As our marketing coordinator, she manages AltruVista’s brand image and ensures AltruVista is represented to the best of its ability on all marketing mediums.

Kayllie graduated with honors from Texas State University with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. While in San Marcos, she also cofounded and ran the Texas State Wakeboard Team. Kayllie loves to partake in watersports and really enjoys all activities on the water. On weekends, she loves to head south of Houston to the San Bernard river to spend time with family and friends.

Kayllie Cooper

Marketing Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Investment advisory services offered through AltruVista LLC, an SEC registered advisor. Securities offered through ValMark Securities, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC. 130 Springside Drive, Suite 300, Akron, Ohio 44333-2431. 1-800-765-5201. AltruVista LLC is a separate entity from ValMark Securities, Inc.