Our Team


Mark Wiskus, CLU®, CAP®

 Senior Adviser and President

Mark Wiskus 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 Association for Advanced 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.


Nathan Van Donselaar, CFP®

Associate Financial Adviser*

Nathan 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 Science in Business Administration, focusing on Management, Marketing, and Finance. Nathan holds the FINRA Series 6, 63, 66, & 7 Securities Licenses as well as life, health and variable contracts. He is the Pella 8th Grade Baskeball Coach and enjoys playing golf. Nathan and his wife, Jillian, currently live in Pella with their two children.                                        


Aron Scott, RICP®

Licensed Service Assistant

Aron has been helping New York Life clients since 2013. Aron is a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University where he was a member of the wrestling team. Using his Bachelor's of Science degree in Industrial Technology, Aron worked for 5 years in the manufacturing and scrap industry in Eastern Iowa. Aron is 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 three children.



Kathy Gerdes

Licensed Service Assistant

Kathy 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 works on each case with Mark from start to finish to ensure each individual case gets the quality service it deserves. Kathy is also the office manager.  She lives in Pella with her husband, Greg. They have two children.



Julie Paxton 

Service Assistant

Julie 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 nine 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 technology for the Wiskus Group. Julie currently lives in Monroe with her husband, Bryan, and their twins.



 Janet Rouwenhorst

Administrative Assistant

Janet 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.









*Mark Wiskus, Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Licenced Insurance Agency, 1615 S.W. Main St., Ankeny, IA 50023 ~ 515-453-1300. Mark Wiskus is a Registered Investment Adviser, under Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor.

Neither The Wiskus Group, its employess nor NYLIFE Securities LLC or its subsidiaries and affiliates render tax, legal or accounting dvice.  Please consult your professional advisers regarding your particular situation.  Wiskus Group is not owned or operated by NYLIFE Securities LLC or its affiliataes




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