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Christina Boland

Chief of Staff

CHRISTINA BOLAND

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Christina is responsible for providing support to the firm’s CEO, David Blain, and serves as an interdepartmental liaison ensuring the firm’s management and communication operate smoothly to support all members of the BlueSky team.

Before moving to New Bern to join BlueSky, Christina lived and traveled between San Diego and Washington D.C. In D.C., she worked with an RIA, doing multi-layered facets and projects for the business.

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky?

 It brings me joy to work in an environment that genuinely values the relationship between client and team member across the board. I love being here because I get to work with this group of highly intelligent, proactive team members. Their excitement in serving our clients is at the core of how this BlueSky team shows up each day.

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

People come to BlueSky seeking financial guidance, whatever the scope of their financial landscape. Depending on where they strive to go—or discover where they might go—it is our responsibility to provide a sacred space to receive sensitive information and help build a holistic path forward. This path will define how clients can reach their goals by providing clear direction and achievable steps throughout the planning process.

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

I love to spend time with my incredibly active three-and-a-half-year-old son, Winston. We are both born water babies, which makes us a little clumsy on land. Yet, with open minds, we do love adventuring everywhere by land, sea, and air. We spend most of our time paddle-boarding, kayaking, beaching, riding bikes, diving, fishing, or just resting. As the oldest of 10 siblings, I enjoy catching up with my whole family whenever possible.

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Ayasha Jones

Director of Operations

AYASHA JONES

Director of Operations


As Director of Operations, Ayasha is responsible for overseeing the Operations team, as well as the firm’s operational and financial processes, including the implementation of strategic initiatives that increase efficiency and productivity. She provides key input into decisions regarding technology, human resources, client service, finance, and the overall direction of the firm.

Before moving to North Carolina in 2015 and joining BlueSky, Ayasha lived in Southern California and worked in the human resources department of a mid-size insurance firm in Santa Monica, California. Ayasha obtained her Series 65 license in 2018. 

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky?

The dedication to clients and employees. BlueSky puts a lot of effort into making sure clients are happy and that they are meeting their goals, but they also do the same for their employees. It’s a very positive, supportive environment.

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

Helping them make their dreams come true, whatever those dreams may be.

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

I love reading, being outdoors, traveling, taking road trips, and hiking with the dogs, but my pets keep me busy! My house is always full of pets and foster animals that keep me on my toes (dogs, cats, chickens, and reptiles currently!).

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Mary Ellen Crisp

Senior Client Service Specialist

MARY ELLEN CRISP

Senior Client Service Specialist


In the Senior Client Service Specialist role, Mary Ellen acts as a liaison between the client and advisor. She’s able to leverage the advanced technology BlueSky utilizes to provide an excellent client service experience. She performs administrative portfolio activities and helps our clients with their day-to-day needs.

Mary Ellen holds several professional accolades. In 2006, she successfully completed the H&R Block Income Tax Course, holds an AD in executive secretarial technology from Delaware Technical and Community College, and attended the University of Delaware.

Prior to joining BlueSky Wealth Advisors in 2006, Mary Ellen spent 14 years as an executive assistant providing professional support to several top executives at firms in Wilmington, DE, and Virginia Beach, VA. Mary Ellen lives in New Bern with her husband and has four adult children and five grandchildren.

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky?

The most fulfilling part of my job at BlueSky is the relationships that I form with our clients. I enjoy meeting new people and being part of our team that can help them with their current financial situation/needs/goals and relieve any stress or worries they might have. I especially like the strong connection I have with our widows.

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

It means that we have actively helped make a decision that has helped move our clients away from a current lifestyle/situation into a better one. Perhaps they are letting go of something or changing old ways/habits with an intention to move toward something better, less stressful, and ultimately creating a peace of mind existence.

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

I enjoy swimming and working out; relaxing by the pool and at the beach during the warm weather; visiting my four children and five grandchildren whenever possible; and dinner parties and wine tastings with friends.

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Alison Noe, FPQP™

Client Service Specialist

ALISON NOE, FPQP™

Client Service Specialist

In the Client Service Specialist role, Ali acts as a liaison between the client and advisor. She’s able to leverage the advanced technology BlueSky utilizes to provide an excellent client service experience. She performs administrative portfolio activities and helps our clients with their day-to-day needs.

Ali started at BlueSky in January 2019 as an Operations Associate. She left BlueSky and North Carolina to return to her hometown in the Midwest. After a year apart, she re-joined the BlueSky Client Service team with a work-from-home position. Ali graduated from Southern Illinois University with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and Human Resource Management. 

Ali lives in DeWitt, Iowa with her daughter and two goldendoodles.

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky?

I enjoy collaborating with such an incredible team of people. We all come together from a variety of backgrounds to provide such a great environment to work in.

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

It means learning about each clients’ unique situation and customizing their financial plan to achieve their goals and overcome their challenges.

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

My family and friends! I am always chasing after my toddler and my siblings and I also get together every chance we can. I also enjoy reading and traveling to new places.


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Allison Gereighty Coles

Executive Assistant

ALLISON GEREIGHTY COLES

Executive Assitant

As Executive Assistant, Allison supports BlueSky CEO, David L. Blain, CFA, in managing day-to-day tasks and providing high-level support in the areas of scheduling, information, correspondence, and operational projects. 

Before joining BlueSky, Allison completed a Registered Nurse program and passed her NCLEX RN license exam. She went on to manage Electronic Medical Records software and Medicare Attestation for a local healthcare provider in New Bern, North Carolina. 

Allison has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. There, she was a student life coordinator for NSU, advising those in the emerging leadership program as well as in the fraternities and sororities on campus.  

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky? 

What I enjoy most about being a part of the BlueSky team is the friendly, warm environment and the dedication to our clients. The supportive atmosphere among team members here translates into successful outcomes for each of them.

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

I see how client needs are studied holistically followed by a strategy to improve the quality of their lives. We give them well-tailored plans while providing the support they need to achieve their goals.

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

When I am not at work, I love spending time caring for and “loving on” my four children. I am a New Orleans native and love to cook N’awlins-style cuisine.

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Haley Salmons

Administrative Assistant

HALEY SALMONS

Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant, Haley ensures that our office runs efficiently and smoothly. She strives to make every client feel welcome and prides herself on providing an outstanding client experience.

Before joining BlueSky, Haley worked for Easter Seals as a certified CNA providing care for a young adult on the autism spectrum. Haley is in her last year of earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Haley has served on many committees including Student Ambassadors.

What do you enjoy most about being part of BlueSky? 

I am continuously impressed by the professionalism of all BlueSky team members. I love the welcoming atmosphere and how dedicated we are as a company to serving our clients, our staff, and our community in everything we do. 

What does “improving the quality of our clients’ lives” mean to you?

It is important that each client feels welcome. I strive to make all of the administrative details as seamless as possible to allow our client's lives to be easy. 

What keeps you busy when you’re not working?

When I am not at work, I love spending time with family, friends, and my pets. I am also incredibly passionate about volunteering in our community and serving children and adults with special needs. When not in my hometown of New Bern, NC, I love to travel and learn about other cultures.

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