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C. Eva Thomson, MBA, ChFC
Founder and Financial Consultant

Eva's career in finance has spanned twenty-five years, and led to her founding Thomson Financial in 2002. Her job responsibilities are diverse, and have given her a rich understanding of finance from the varied perspectives of lenders, borrowers, investors and entrepreneurs. Prior to establishing Thomson Financial, her experience included CFO of MassVentures, a small venture capital fund, serving as a Director of a Massachusetts agency which issued tax exempt bonds for colleges and companies, as well as being the first woman director of the Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Eva has decades of experience working with entrepreneurs, writers and artists, business owners and leaders, helping them to address their personal financial goals. Knowing that affluent individuals benefit greatly from clear financial planning combined with independent investment management, in 2002 she founded Thomson Financial. Eva and the team of financial consultants at Thomson Financial spend much of their time listening to clients, understanding their personal goals then designing realistic financial strategies to help them live the lives they desire.

Eva holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts. In 1980 she received her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. She holds several professional licenses including Series 7, 24 and 66 held through First Allied Securities. Eva is also a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

Eva knows that it takes a village contributing in various ways to build a strong, vibrant community. Among many boards she has served on are the Board of the Bank of Western Massachusetts, the Advisory Board at the Isenberg School of Management, and the Board of Tribunes and Treasurer at WGBY and most recently as Treasurer of NEPR/WFCR.

Eva and her husband, Dr. David Artzerounian, enjoy international travel, gardening, cooking, sports and entertaining friends and family.

Nick Cantrell, CFP®, CLU®
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor

Nick has worked side-by-side with clients as a financial advisor for over 10 years. Prior to joining Thomson Financial, he was the Financial Advisor of the Northampton and Worcester branches at UMASS Five College Federal Credit Union for five years. In 2017, Nick was named to Forbes first-ever list of America's Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors, listed among 500 advisors nationally and the only advisor from Western Massachusetts who was selected.

Nick specializes in helping clients with complex retirement income planning, particularly integrating government pensions and social security plans with invested assets to maximize income, tax efficiency and legacy benefits. He also works with clients to help them align their values with their financial planning, through the use of socially responsible and values-based investments or charitable funds. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses and is Life, Health and Variable Insurance licensed. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter and obtained his Certified Financial Planner designation in early 2018.

When not at the office, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife Kendra and 3 young children Violet,  Elliott and Henry. A Classical musician, Nick is an avid supporter of the arts and performs chamber music throughout the State.


Melissa Babyak
Client Services Manager

Since 2011, Melissa has been an integral part of the Thomson Financial team, preparing the reports and financial plans that the financial advisors will give to clients plus handling the many and diverse daily operations that keep the office running smoothly. She began her career in Los Angeles with 10 years in feature film production. After moving back to the Pioneer Valley, she worked as manager for several small businesses.

Melissa received her bachelor's degree from Smith College.


Rakhee Price
Client Services Associate

Since joining Thomson Financial Management in 2005, I’ve enjoyed being the initial point of contact for clients and being there to assist with all inquiries from scheduling meetings to transferring accounts.

As Client Services Associate, I enjoy working as a team to ensure that our clients are looked after and are well informed about their investments. I take pride in ensuring that all requests are handled accurately, efficiently and in a timely manner.

Prior to joining Thomson Financial Management, I was an information security analyst for Travelers Life & Annuity in Connecticut and held various information technology related positions in the United Kingdom. I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Westminster, London. I have acquired my Series 7 securities registration held through First Allied Securities and my Massachusetts Insurance license. I enjoy reading and taking walks with my husband Ray and our two children. 

Yolanda Aponte
Client Services Associate

Yolanda is responsible for supporting the entire client service team. She is the first point of contact for clients, schedules meetings, and assists with special projects. Yolanda earned a B.A. degree in Politics at Mount Holyoke College and has lived with her family in the Pioneer Valley for over ten years.  

Outside of the office, Yolanda can be hard to find! She enjoys family outings, traveling, rock climbing and long bike rides on the Northampton bike trail.