The KKRA team brings over 30 years of competitive achievement in cash, stock, bond and balanced portfolio management and a strong, diversified team of professionals to each and every interaction. We are honored to have these talented and valuable team members as part of our family.
LeAna Alvarado-Smith, Director of Operations & Compliance
LeAna began her career with KKRA in 1996 and has since been actively involved with every aspect of the firm's operations, from trading to reporting, and she now oversees the firm’s operations and compliance departments. She puts her MBA from Seattle University to great use for our clients by streamlining processes, testing new technology and formulating and implementing policies and procedures.
A Seattle native, LeAna is active in her community; serving on several boards and projects, including bringing a beautiful neighborhood outdoor fitness center and sports court to fruition. She, along with her husband and two sons, enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest by getting outdoors to play and watch sports year-round, supporting their neighborhood and spending dedicated family time together.
Kara E. Gerhart, Director of Client Relations
Kara became part of our family in 2010, bringing a wealth of client service expertise. Prior to joining KKRA, she led client servicing for top brokerage teams. Her personalized service and attention to detail allow her to find solutions that are tailored directly to each client's needs.
While Kara called the east coast home for many years, she and her husband now enjoy the active, outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, kayaking and camping. Kara is an active community member through her regular volunteer work with PAWS, and was recognized as PAWS "Outstanding Volunteer" in 2013.
Beth Keith, Director of Reporting Analytics
Beth, who has over 30 years of experience within the Seattle investment community, joined us in 2008. Using her proficiency in data analysis and reporting, Beth manages our custom financial and performance reporting services.
A Northwest native, Beth resides in Seattle with her husband, artist & author Doug Keith. Together, they enjoy geo-caching around the sound, singing and playing in his band and perusing the local music and art scene.
Kathy Kuzeja, Director of Portfolio Administration
Kathy has been with KKRA since 1997 and manages the daily aspects of portfolio administration including trading, settlement and reconciliation. She also serves as the primary liaison between custodians, brokers and portfolio managers.
A native of the area, Kathy enjoys kayaking around local islands, snowshoeing mountain trails as well as the beauty and talent of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Washington University.