Jewel grew up in a military family, moving several times before graduating from high school. She received a B.A in English from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1975 and then a J.D., with High Honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1981. After law school, Jewel practiced tax and securities law for several years in Austin, taught tax law as an adjunct professor at the UT law school, and served as the executive director of a non-profit organization. She left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom when her children were young. During that time, she experienced the wide array of financial issues facing all families, including dealing with aging parents, children’s schooling and retirement planning. As she considered returning to work, her interest in personal finance led her to the Financial Planning Certificate Program at the University of Texas, which she completed in 2008. After having her own financial planning firm, Jewel joined Per Stirling in 2012.
Jewel brings a unique added perspective to her financial planning practice. In addition to her financial training, clients benefit from the knowledge and analytical skills acquired from her legal experience. And, from her personal experiences, she brings empathy. She understands the challenge of balancing the desires and demands of the present with the need to plan for the future, and she understands financial concerns across a variety of life stages.
Jewel is 2013 president of the Austin chapter of the Financial Planning Association, and she previously served as the chapter’s Pro Bono Director. Jewel is a candidate for certification by the CFP Board. She is a volunteer financial coach and tax return preparer for Foundation Communities (www.foundcom.org), a local non-profit organization that provides affordable housing to low and moderate income individuals and families, and she will be happy to tell you about the good work of that organization. Jewel enjoys reading, running at Lady Bird Lake, and spending time with her husband, Paul Van Osselaer, and their adult children.