Our Team

John K. Henker, LUTCF®, CLTC®

Financial Adviser

John is the founding partner of Henker Financial Partners LLC. He started his career in the financial services industry in December, 1993. John is well known for fostering an environment of value-driven ideals, both in his professional and personal life. For over twenty years he has worked with individuals and businesses to identify opportunities that can lead to a more rewarding life, while at the same time working to uncover and mitigate potential risks that could undermine their financial wellbeing.

John is a Registered Representative, licensed with NYLIFE Securities LLC and a Financial Adviser with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser, both of which are New York Life companies. John is a member of New York Life’s prestigious President's Council (2017), and a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®. John is a graduate of the New York Life Coaching Series and has achieved the LUTCF® designation from The American College.

John is an active member of his community. He is a past board member of the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities and continues to participate actively in the organization. He is a past board member and current member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. John particularly enjoys supporting kids. He is a long-time sponsor of American Legion Baseball and a current board member of the Wishing Star Foundation out of Spokane.

John is a native of Deer Park, Washington. He moved to the Tri-Cities in 1980 where he and his wife Devon first met. He and Devon have two children, Katie and Kenny, and three grandchildren who they adore, Paisley, Paxton and Wyatt.

Kerri Mitchell

Financial Adviser

Kerri focuses on client relationships. Her philosophy is to be a resource and motivate clients to take action to achieve their goals. She had extensive experience in banking and brokerage prior to joining Henker Financial Partners in 2010.

Kerri attended Columbia Basin College, earning her Associate Arts degree in 2001 and her Associate Arts and Sciences degree in Paralegal Services in 2006. She is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC, and a Financial Adviser with Eagle Strategies LLC, both of which are New York Life Companies. Kerri is also a licensed producer of Life and Disability insurance products.

Not only is Kerri committed to helping her clients, she is also focused on enhancing her community through her membership on the boards of the American Red Cross of Southwestern and Central Washington, and Powerful Connections. In addition, Kerri has spent numerous hours teaching financial literacy in area middle school classrooms through her involvement with Junior Achievement. Kerri is also committed to excellence in the financial industry through her membership in the Tri Cities Estate Planning Council and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Kerri was also selected to represent her fellow New York Life Agents on the New York Life Agents Advisory Council for the 2017 and 2018 council years; one of only twenty-four agents in the company to be so honored.

Kerri is native to the Tri-cities area; she grew up in Eltopia and attended school in Mesa and Connell. She currently lives in Pasco and is the proud mother of three boys.

Theresa Petraszak, JD

Client Service Specialist

Theresa joined Henker Financial Partners LLC in 2015 as a Client Service Specialist. In 2017 her focus shifted, and she has become an integral part of our business operation. Prior to joining our team, Theresa worked in the legal field for over eight years, most recently as an Associate Attorney for a small office in Western Washington. Before that, Theresa spent time working as a legal assistant and Rule 9 Intern, as well as externing for the United States Navy JAGC and in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for the Washington Army National Guard, all while attending law school. Theresa has a background in customer service in the retail and hospitality industries, where she was employed by various restaurants and most notably the Walt Disney Company.

Theresa earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 2013. She has also received three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Marquette University – 2005), Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (Marquette University – 2005), and Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (Kaplan University – summa cum laude, 2008). Theresa is also licensed in life and disability insurance in the states of Washington and Ohio.

When she’s not in the office, Theresa can be found volunteering in her community. From her involvement in Rotary International, most recently as a member of the Columbia Valley Daybreak Rotary club, to spending several hours working with animals at the Kitsap Humane Society when she lived in Western Washington, and most recently spending her time serving on the Legacy Board and coordinating events for the Wishing Star Foundation, Theresa enjoys being able to give back to her community.

In her free time, Theresa enjoys trivia, spending time with her family, and watching sports, especially basketball and football – Go Hawks! Theresa was born and raised in Wisconsin. She and her husband moved to the Tri Cities in 2015, and then relocated to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2018, where they currently reside with their sons, Gabriel and Blake, dog, Gizmo, and cat, Shamrock.

Edna Lazelle

Administrative Assistant

Edna joined Henker Financial Partners in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Edna previously worked as a Billing Associate for Ecova, Inc. in Spokane, WA. She also brings with her a background in customer service. Edna loves working with people and building relationships. Her bubbly personality and contagious smile brighten our office.

Edna is also state insurance licensed in life and disability insurance.

Edna grew up in Post Falls, Idaho, and relocated to the Tri-Cities in 2016 with her husband, Chase, and son, Charlie. Edna loves spending time with her family and exploring the area they now call home.

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