Meet Our Team

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Mark Wiskus, CLU®, CAP®

Senior Consultant

Mark Wiskus, CLU®, CAP®, specializes in estate and retirement income planning for farmers, business owners, and individuals. Mark holds a designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®). He is affiliated as a Financial Adviser with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser, and is a Member Agent of The Nautilus Group®, which is a service of New York Life and is limited to approximately 200 of the leading financial professionals at New York Life from over 12,000 nationwide. Mark is the 2017 Past President of the New York Life Agents Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Advanced Associate of Life Underwriting (AALU), the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and the Mid-Iowa Estate Planners. Mark is a “Top of the Table” MDRT member, which recognizes the top 1% of agents worldwide. MDRT is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

Mark is active in volunteer and charitable endeavors, achieving the New York Life Community Involvement Leader Award in 2012. Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the Pella Opera House, the Pella Community Foundation, and the Garden Chapel Foundation in Pella. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Unity Point Health Des Moines Foundation. He is actively involved in Kiwanis. Mark and his wife, Chris, live in Pella and have two daughters.

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Nathan Van Donselaar, CFP®

Director of Financial Planning

Nathan Van Donselaar, CFP®, joined the Wiskus Group as an Associate Financial Adviser in 2014. He was raised in Grinnell, and is a 2004 Presidential Scholar from Wartburg College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administation, focusing on Management, Marketing, and Finance. Nathan works closely with Mark on case design, helps clients with investment accounts and serves as a general resource to help keep our operations running smoothly. He is also the Pella Boys 8th Grade Basketball Coach. Nathan and his wife, Jillian, live in Pella with their two childen.

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Aron Scott, RICP®

Retirement Specialist

Aron Scott, RICP®, worked as a financial professional at the Wiskus Group until 2018, after which he transitioned to an employee of the firm.  Aron works with Mark to ensure that our clients continue to receive the best service.  He helps clients with applications and forms and provides account related information.   He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from Iowa State University. Aron is also the Head Wrestling Coach at William Penn University and enjoys spending time with family and friends when he is not in the office or on the wrestling mat. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Oskaloosa with their four children.

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Kathy Gerdes

Director of Underwriting

Kathy Gerdes is a Licensed Service Assistant and has been with the Wiskus Group since 2005. She earned her Business degree from the University of Iowa in 1986. Kathy is licensed in life and health insurance and has over 25 years of experience. She helps Mark with new accounts, licensing and office management. Outside of the office, Kathy enjoys Iowa State football and basketball, as well as gardening and spending time with her family. She lives in Pella with her husband, Greg. They have two children.

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Julie Paxton

Director of Client Services

Julie Paxton is a Service Assistant and has been with the Wiskus Group since 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Western Illinois University and has over 13 years of experience in life insurance and banking. Julie works with Mark to update client accounts and makes sure each client gets the attention they need. She also handles marketing and special events for the Wiskus Group. Julie currently lives in Monroe with her husband, Bryan, and their twins.

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Janet Rouwenhorst

Bookkeeping Specialist

Janet Rouwenhorst has been a Service Assistant with the Wiskus Group since 2008. She is responsible for annual review correspondence, administrative work, bookkeeping and supply management, as well as helping clients with their existing accounts. Janet and her husband, Don, live in Pella and are very active in their church and community. They have three children and two grandchildren.

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