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Our Team

Our Team

Sagewater Financial offers wealth management services to individuals and families as Accredited Investment Fiduciaries (AIF) – helping people design and manage their financial plans to achieve a desired goal or lifestyle.

We are driven by our commitment to helping others find balance when dealing with the finances of life, through a professional and tailored process. We collaborate on what is most important to you, define a vision, design strategies to attain and put everything into monitored motion. The trust and transparency of our work is of utmost importance as it allows trust to be built along the way.

Please continue reading to learn about each member of our team.

Our Team

Mary M. Gies,  AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary

Owner, Sagewater Financial (formerly Gies Associates), LLC, Registered Principal and Limited Partner and Investment Advisor Representative with United Planners

Mary M. Gies is a lifelong resident of Washington State. She completed her undergraduate and master's degrees from Seattle University and Heritage University, respectively.

After working for several years with educational foundations, in 1996 she had the opportunity to establish herself as a financial and investment planner and associated with Northwest Investors Trust. In 2005 she opened her own firm, Gies Associates, LLC, now Sagewater Financial. Professionally, she holds her Series 7, 63, 65 and 24 licenses as a Registered Principal with United Planners, is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and holds her Life and Disability Insurance licenses with Washington and Oregon State. Mary is also a limited Partner with United Planners Financial Services of America.

Locally, she is a member of the Tri-Cities Estate Planning Council, is active with the Richland Education Foundation and is an Advisory Board Member for Trios Home Health.

Due to Mary’s dedication to her work, she has received consecutive awards honoring her for outstanding service on the United Planners Partner Advisory Team. Her vision and leadership inspire the team at Sagewater Financial to uphold the highest ethical standards of financial services.

On the personal side, Mary, and her husband, Richard, have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. They enjoy their home, love to travel, go fishing, and spend time with their family and friends.

Cheryl Hirss, AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary

Sagewater Financial, Investment Advisor Representative with United Planners

Cheryl, also a native of Washington, joined Gies Associates, LLC (now Sagewater Financial)  in 2004 after beginning her financial planning career in 2003. She affiliated with United Planners as a Registered Representative in 2012. Her Bachelor's Degree in business was received from the University of Washington, she has been Series 7 and 66 licensed since 2003, and holds the Washington State and Oregon Life and Disability Insurance Licenses. Cheryl maintains the AIF credentials (Accredited Investment Fiduciary), has extensive experience in client services and her leadership in financial analytics keeps Sagewater Financial at the forefront of our industry.

Cheryl played Division I soccer at the University of Washington and received her American Association of Snowboard Instructor’s Level 2 Certification. As an avid yet very mediocre runner she has ran a few marathons and enjoys trail running and team races.  She supports the local food bank, local trail associations, and involves herself in the events of her children's education center. Along with being a member of the University of Washington Alumni Association, she is an active member of the Northwest Estate Planning Council and board member for Generations Early Learning Center.

Cheryl and her husband, Galen, have a daughter and son and enjoy all the outdoor adventures and culinary experiences that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In their spare time, they are likely to be spotted in the Methow Valley, on Lopez Island or at Mt. Baker.

Teresa Hallquist

Operations Manager

Teresa is often the first point of contact at Sagewater Financial. Before joining our team (then Gies Associates) in 2008. Teresa enjoyed careers in credit, banking and mortgage lending.  Her responsibilities at Sagewater Financial are vast and include general client services, scheduling, data maintenance, and client support.  Because of her exceptional organizational qualities and follow through, Teresa is a vital part of our seamless business flow. 

Teresa grew up in the Columbia Basin area, traveled and lived abroad for 7 years, then returned to the Tri-Cities to be near her family.  She enjoys being outdoors with yard work, fitness, cooking and is known for her candied walnuts at holiday time for family and friends.

Christina Brillowsky

Team Support

Christina provides day-to-day support, administrative assistance and exceptional client service in our Bellingham office. Prior to joining our team, Christina worked at an accounting firm where she handled client service needs and executive administrative duties. Her many years of professional service, along with the ability to perform multidimensional tasks are essential to the success of our family offices. 

Christina graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2000. She met her husband, Bobby (a Ferndale native), that same year and eventually migrated north in 2002 to plant some roots in Whatcom County. They have two sons and are often busy running them around to school functions and extracurricular activities including football, soccer, basketball and piano. In her “spare” time, Christina enjoys reading, bike riding and running when her knees aren't hurting. 

We are dedicated to providing investment management and strategic wealth planning to individuals, their families and businesses. Simply put, we strive to be our clients trusted advisor and our primary focus is provide unbiased options that are designed to achieve long term investment results.