Meet Our Executive Team
Jack Gelnak, JD
Co-Founder & President
BSc Psychobiology, (UCLA), Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Certificate of Personal Financial Planning, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Jack Gelnak, JD, founded The Stedge Group specifically to help families maximize the college entrance and financial process. He has extensive experience in the college planning arena and as a financial coach. Jack works with clients creating customized financial plans to help them meet their needs. Jack has specialized in providing comprehensive financial planning and consulting services to individuals, for two decades. Those services include money management, college funding, retirement, insurance, and estate planning. Jack and his wife Marina have two preschool aged sons and they believe that it's never too early to start planning for their children's college and their own financial stability.
Director of Operations
Cori began her career in systems and operational processes. Her sense of structure and attention to detail served her well in her self-founded credit restoration consultancy where she worked with clients from blue-chip wealth management corporations for over 15 years. Cori has a personal connection with our client families as she nurtures each family with individual attention, professional guidance and a streamlined flow of constant communication.
BFA, USC, Actor, Parent Advocate
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Googy began his acting career in New York and is known for his roles in 'The Flamingo Kid' and 'Apollo 13' among other films. He and his wife Clarinda, have three children, the eldest with special needs. As our brand ambassador, he is a proud parent-advocate of The Stedge Group's work, sharing his and his wife's positive experience as one of our clients who have two sons to put through college.
Joshua R. Ulrich
Co-Founder & Visionary
Josh Ulrich is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in a variety of successful and established businesses across an array of industries. The secret to the positive culture enjoyed in the organizations he manages is simple - he has a genuine connection to the people he works with and supports. Josh has traveled worldwide as a professional photographer, having captured the human spirit on film and prides himself on documenting the light from within in his striking images. Josh and his wife Jenny have 5 children aged from 3 to 18. As parents they understand the stressful impact and financial pressure that children's college education can place on families.
Director: Marketing & PR
PR & Image Consultant, Writer
Paula has over 25 years of global experience in marketing and communications strategy having developed, consulted and headed initiatives in a variety of industries for corporations in Southern Africa, U.K., Europe, and the US. As a holistic thinker with a 'can-do' attitude, Paula has a passion for Special Needs advocacy and she connects with our families who have physical and learning challenges to make college a reality as a personal nod to her daughter with cerebral palsy.
College Financial Advisory Support
Ursula Tobler, was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to the USA in 1985. Ursula has over 25 years of experience in a Tax and Probate Law Firm and she worked as Director of HR/Finances and Operations in a Law Corporation. Additionally, Ursula is a licensed insurance agent registered with the state of California. Ursula is meticulous in providing college-advisory support to our clients, ensuring that their needs are met.