Meet the Team

Mark D. Arlen, MBA, CFP®

Mark began working for Lincoln Financial Advisors in 1981 and has remained with the company ever since. Before being named to his current role as a senior financial planner, he worked as a compliance officer and regional director of financial planning.  

Mark graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in business with a major in finance in 1981, pursued a graduate degree at Case Western where he received his MBA in 1983, and received the certification of a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional in 1987. His professional accomplishments include membership in the Chairman's Council and Top of Council since 1995—the top level of achievement among Lincoln Financial Advisors 2000 agents.  Mark's clients have in excess of $200 million in invested assets.  Mark was voted "Most Valuable Person” for Lincoln Financial Advisors in 1997. In Mark's continued focus to always be moving toward his preferred future and, with the encouragement of his wife, after 23 years, he moved his family and practice to Denver in 2004 and opened up a second office.

An experienced professional in his field, Mark has published articles on financial planning and has been featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, SBN Magazine, Properties Magazine, The Wall Street Journal's Smart Money Magazine, listed as a 5-Star Wealth Manager* in Denver's annual 5280 Magazine since 2009 and has also appeared several times on MoneyLine 9 for the Denver NBC affiliate.  He is the subject of a biographical review in the 28th edition of Who's Who in Finance and Industry. Yet, he's quick to point out that one of his biggest thrills was his .636 batting average at the Cleveland Indian's fantasy camp in January 2001.  Mark is also a passionate fantasy baseball and football player.

Mark is involved in many civic and volunteer organizations.  He is currently a board member for the Mountain States Region Anti-Defamation League and has been a board member of the Jewish Family Service Association and mentor for graduate students at the Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.  Mark has been involved in coaching baseball and basketball for community athletic association teams and is an ardent runner and avid tennis player.  He is also a licensed private pilot. He and his wife, Patty, have traveled worldwide and reside in Greenwood Village, Colorado, with their four children.

Mark brings years of experience and research to his financial planning practice. His unique approach to asset allocation, wealth maximization, and estate tax reduction strategies are designed to deliver significant, measurable results to his clients. By focusing on thorough implementation and ongoing service, Mark's objective is to guide clients toward achieving their preferred financial futures.

*The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is independently produced by Five Star Professional (FSP) and is based on data from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures, and FSP research. We were independently nominated for the award. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to FSP for the nomination or receipt of the award. The award was independently granted and membership in an organization was not required Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of investment success.


Tyler G. Bernard, MBA, CFP®

Before working in his current role as Junior Partner, Tyler began working as an intern for Mark in 2011 while also pursuing an accounting degree at the University of Denver.

Tyler graduated Cum Laude at the University of Denver and was a Dean's List scholar. While at the University of Denver, Tyler studied a trimester in Sevilla, Spain and will attest that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. After returning from abroad, Tyler continued his accounting degree and attained his securities registration and insurance license while working for Mark. After graduating from DU in June 2012 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Tyler continued working part-time for Mark while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Denver Daniel's College of Business where he received his Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Finance in June 2013. Tyler then began working full time with Mark and by July of 2014 had received the professional CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) certification.

Before moving to Denver, Tyler grew up with his parents and a younger sister in Kansas City where he attended Rockhurst High School and was the captain of multiple state winning golf teams. He moved to Denver in 2008 to attend the University of Denver. Tyler has experience working in the service industry throughout high school and college and was first introduced to investment banking and finance as an intern for his father who works in the investment banking industry in Kansas City. He enjoys spending time in the mountains, playing golf, traveling, and the outdoors.  Tyler recently married his new bride Ashley in September of 2018.  They live in the Sloans Lake neighborhood with their two Weiner dogs, Kahlua and Eldrick. 

Tyler is dedicated to developing lasting relationships with the business's clients. He believes in helping each person become confident in assessing his or her financial goals and participating in the financial management process. Tyler works closely with Mark to create, update, implement, and provide a comprehensive review of financial plans for existing, new, and prospective clients.


Cathy Nowalk

Cathy Nowalk, Cathy has over 13 years of high-level experience in the financial planning industry. Cathy’s primary focus will be to utilize her skills and years of experience to efficiently and

effectively deliver the highest level of client service as Practice Manager.

During her career in the industry, she has worked in several capacities serving as a Registered Assistant, Planning and Investment Associate, Director of Client Relations, and Operations Manager. Her background includes positions at Ameriprise, Schwab, RBC, and Raymond James Independent Advisor Services.

Cathy holds her FINRA Series 7, Series 66 and Colorado Insurance license. She is also Notary registered with the State of Colorado.  She is a Colorado native and when not working she enjoys running, hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with her husband Dave, her two adult kids along with her two goldendoodles.

Kristin McCarty

Kristin’s primary focus will be looking around the corner to help us research new opportunities that can improve your situation and will enhance our ability to continue to provide the

highest level of service to you going forward.

Kristin has over 12 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, having previously worked for RBC Wealth Management in Senior Financial Associate and Financial Advisor roles. Prior to her career in financial services, Kristin worked for the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotel brands in a sales role. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a BS in Business Administration, with concentrations in Marketing and International Business.

Kristin has her Series 7, Series 66 and Colorado life and health licenses.  She is also a Notary registered with the State of Colorado. She lives in Greenwood Village, CO with her husband Gavin, and two children William and CeCe.  While not at work you can typically find her skiing, playing tennis, running and cheering on her favorite sports teams.  She loves to travel and has been active in the community, having previously held chair positions for the Junior League of Denver, Children’s Museum of Denver Annual Birthday Bash, and the Belleview Elementary PTCO.