President & CCO
Investment Committee Member

Michaela’s career in financial planning began in 2005. With her interest in helping people meet their financial goals piqued, Michaela earned her certificate in Financial Planning at Boston University in 2008 and completed her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®) designation the same year.

Today Michaela is the President of Beacon Financial Planning of Cape Cod, Inc. She and her team offer fee-only planning services to over 350 households, monitoring more than $275,000,000 of assets.

Michaela is passionate about coaching the Beacon team to help firm clients evaluate their needs and establish sound financial solutions to help them realize their dreams. “There’s a great sense of satisfaction when clients share their confidence in the plan we have developed together, noting with their financial house in order they can focus on that which brings them most joy – their business, family, golf, or whatever it may be.”

Equally important to Michaela is connection with her community. Since 2013 she has been involved with different non-profits such as Calmer Choice and WE CAN.  Michaela is currently a Board Member for WE CAN.  As the President of Beacon, she leads with passion and encourages each team member to be involved with nonprofits with which they feel a personal connection.  In 2014 Michaela was recognized by Cape and Plymouth Magazine as one of the Top 40 Professionals under the age of 40.

When she is not working with clients and engaging in volunteer activities, Michaela enjoys pickleball, cooking for friends and family, cycling, and exploring the Cape’s gorgeous beaches and trails.

  • Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Professional Hero, Role Model or Inspiration: Brene Brown and my mentors: my father, Walter Herlihy, Linda Gadkowski, and Michael Schreiber 
  • Words to live by: “It’s not what we have in life, but who." ~ J.M. Lawrence