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Donovan Sanchez, CFP®

Donovan Sanchez is Director of Education and a Senior Financial Planner with our firm. In addition to his work at Model Wealth, Donovan is a full-time instructor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where he teaches financial planning.

Specializing in financial planning for physicians, his writing has been featured by The White Coat Investor, The Physician Philosopher, and Physician on Fire

Donovan is passionate about his work and loves balancing time between serving clients and helping the next generation of financial advisors prepare to enter the workforce. He loves giving back and has served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association of Illinois (FPA-Illinois) from 2020 through 2023. He has served in numerous capacities, including as Director of Pro Bono (2020), Director of Education (2021 and 2022), and President (2023).

A lifelong learner, Donovan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching (BYU, 2013), Master’s degree in Advanced Financial Planning (GGU, 2020), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a strong proponent of fee-only financial planning, with particular emphasis on the value of hourly and flat fee planning models.

On the personal side, Donovan likes to think of himself as good-natured and down-to-earth. His friends would probably describe him as goofy. He loves a good book, good food, and going on adventures with his family (the most important people in his life). He lives with his wife and four children in East Peoria, Illinois.