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Creative Wealth International Board of Directors

Creative Wealth International’s Board of Directors is made up of a diversified group of folks who care about financial education and believe in our mission:

Empowering people to achieve a life of financial independence, philanthropy and gratitude.

We have several places available on our Advisory Board and are looking for other experts on financial education for kids and teens. Please send us an email if this is you.

Darren Orshoff

Executive Director

Darren Orshoff’s personal mission is to make a difference in the lives of everyone he encounters. He does this with the heart of a teacher and the mind of a serial entrepreneur. He serves not only as the Executive Director of CWI, but as a versed teacher of CWI’s programs, bringing his renowned energy and fervor for financial literacy to the world whenever and wherever he teaches.

He is also a specialist in the real estate industry as a Realtor, Broker, Certified Mortgage Planner, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and seasoned investor. He and his team bring expertise in lending and real estate along with decades of industry experience, having been involved in over 1357 real estate transactions, specializing in helping families and individuals find, qualify for and finance the home or investment property of their dreams…often with little to no money out of pocket and less than perfect credit. Darren focuses on educating his clients (and students) with a no-nonsense attitude, cutting through the BS, providing solutions and opportunities about all things Real Estate, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Investment. He is a published expert in the field, has been heard nationally on CBS Radio, NBC News Talk Radio, and Clear Channel USA, and has been seen on HBO, CNBC, local cable affiliates, and regularly on YouTube.

Darren has been in published in countless publications including The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Press Enterprise, The News Mirror, Inland Valley Home, Town Local Magazine, 2 books, and much more. He has taught and presented financial literacy, real estate and investment all over the world perhaps coming soon to your local area to help you become financially free.

Darren’s true drive comes from the joy of being a father and husband. His daughter Taylor, son Dane, and wife Tasha provide daily joy and inspiration to achieve for them, and to see the same satisfaction in the families with which he works.

Elisabeth Donati

Founder and Board Member

Elisabeth Donati is changing the financial flavor of this country and others, one by one and product by product. She is unstoppable in her quest to empower everyone with financial freedom. She is unwavering in her “tell it like it is” style and in her unique approach to life, liberty, and pursuing her own happiness while encouraging others to do the same. Hers is a life of service in so many ways. She has dedicated her life to teach kids, teens, and adults around the world how to make money work in their lives. She created the class she never had the opportunity to take because it didn’t (and doesn’t) exist: Money 101. She is a tireless advocate for personal freedom and expression and challenges the belief systems of everyone she meets. She is a jack of all trades and master of most, self-taught in publishing, internet marketing, website design and layout, and so much more. Her heart is compassionate, her mind like a computer, and her wit dry! She is gutsy by nature so, to her, nothing seems gutsy at all.

Eva Barberi

Eva Barberi has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. She holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and a Registered Life Planner (RLP) through the Kinder Institute of Life Planning. Her mission is to serve women entrepreneurs and professionals by creating a financial plan that recognizes their unique values and strengths while offering support, education and experience through life transitions. As part of her work with her clients, Eva frequently coaches her clients on their experience around their own money beliefs in support of building an effective financial plan that reflects the client’s vision for their life.

Eva is mom to 3 millennials, all now pursuing their own dreams in the world. In her spare time, she is a Master Gardener, world wanderer, runner, hiker, singer and great pie maker.

Michael Hoffman

B.J. B.AA. - Board Member

Michael Hoffman founded his agency, Heart Communications, in 1992 to provide publishers, universities and active lifestyle companies high visibility media relations and reputation management planning. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, a Bachelor’s Degree in English and is now earning his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He works closely with the Bush and Schwarzenegger administrations promoting childhood education initiatives.

Ronnie Morris

Board Member

Ronnie Morris has been in the accounting, finance, and tax preparation business for close to 50 years. He currently owns and operates a tax preparation business here in Santa Barbara. Working with many clients who need assistance with both US, multiple state and foreign tax returns, he works hard to make the complexity of taxes easy to understand. He is designated as a Registered Tax Return Preparer by the Internal Revenue Service.

In his spare time, his passion is playing duplicate bridge and he travels across the US to play in tournaments. Theatre, music and visiting far off countries fills the remainder of his time.

Advisory Board

John Buerger

CFP, Advisory Board

John is a Wealth Coach and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional. He is also President and Founder of ALTUS Wealth Solutions – a Registered Investment Advisor firm that has pioneered the process which blends the most successful personal development techniques with financial planning expertise. By understanding the emotional component of your relationship with money and helping you see your daily financial choices through that “framework,” a wealth coach can help you get, keep and grow more wealth with less stress and fewer worries.

John draws from decades of experience as a business owner and entrepreneur as well as a BA in Economics (minor in Philosophy) from Middlebury College and a Masters of Science in Financial Services (with a focus on Behavioral Finance) from The American College (due to conclude in 2008). 12 years “behind the mike” in radio broadcasting has also helped him hone his communication skills.

A lack of Financial Literacy is a primary challenge to America’s leadership in the 21st century – but knowing the right things to do with your money is only the first step of the solution. Understanding your own brain circuits (hardwiring) and your emotional relationship with wealth is the key to taking action and making good choices with your money, everyday. For ways to enjoy a better relationship with your money, visit

Arif Halaby

Advisory Board

Arif has dedicated his life to protecting people. He has transitioned from 11 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department to help people protect and preserve their hard-earned assets.

Arif’s focus and mission is to help people save money, get out of debt, and plan for retirement .Arif has been working with families financial matters and money management since 1996 and is now President and CEO of Total Financial Solutions, Inc. He holds life, health, property and casualty licenses and specializes in retirement planning. Additionally, he holds endorsements for annuities and long term care.

His passion for educating his clients and the community resulted in the formation of Total Money School in 2002. He has taught financial principles as a guest speaker at many PTA events and numerous companies through Total Money School’s Lunch-n-Learn program.

Additionally, Arif has expertise in the area of business development. He has been involved on a variety of levels with over 80 companies as a consultant, member of the board, or corporate officer. He has vast experience in helping business owners maximize their earning potential through creative business models and wise investment and insurance decisions.

Arif also hosts two radio shows on Santa Clarita’s Home Town Station, AM 1220 KHTS. Tune in on Tuesdays from 1-3pm for the Total Financial Hour.

William H. Prouty

CBC CEC CEP CLU RHU MBA PhD - Advisory Board

Dr. Prouty received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University. He has been awarded his MBA and PhD in Business Organizational Development as well as several specialty degrees, CLU, CBC, CEP, CEC and RHU in the financial services and E-Commerce industries.

He served his country as a Naval Officer during the Vietnam War and was involved in operations management of electronic intelligence and communications activities. He is married and lives in Sun City, California with his wife Lynn. He has two grown children and two grandchildren. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Champions for Life Foundation and Wealth Builders Clubs International, Inc., nonprofit financial, economic, business and political literacy education programs that will establish student chapters on the campuses of high schools, colleges and universities throughout North America.

He will be leading several business missions to China and Africa in 2006-2007 to develop active working joint ventures with Chinese and other Asian business and government leaders and organizations. He is also assisting with the development of over 500 schools as well as economic & career development centers in Northern Uganda