Kathleen E. Keleher

Executive Assistant

Kathleen joined Dowling & Yahnke in 2019 and provides administrative support for Brett Pernicano. Prior to joining the Firm, Kathleen was an Executive Assistant to the CEO, CFO, and COO of the Independent Financial Group and simultaneously worked as the Assistant Artistic Director at the Dance & Company Performing Arts Studio.

Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Kathleen was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and is an avid New England sports fan. She relocated to San Diego in 2012 and currently resides in Pacific Beach.

What do you find most rewarding about working at Dowling & Yahnke?

At D&Y, it is most rewarding to be surrounded by a team of passionate, driven, and talented individuals. I currently serve as the Executive Assistant to two advisors who make every day different and exciting. I feel fortunate to work on a team where I am constantly challenged and motivated to exceed the expectations of clients and colleagues alike.

Why did you join Dowling & Yahnke?

I was immediately drawn to the unique culture of Dowling & Yahnke. Coming from a community business bank on the east coast, I had been searching for a firm with similar values; one that puts the interests of their clients and the community above all else. The culture of D&Y is something I believe in, stand behind, and am proud to be a part of.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot is Cape Cod. Growing up, my family and I spent every summer on the Cape and I have wonderful memories of these trips!

What is your favorite hobby?

Dance is my favorite hobby. After training for 15 years at a competitive studio, I had the privilege of dancing for the UNH Dance Company and was awarded the Jean Mattox Scholarship for Excellence in Dance. I now teach advanced jazz and tap at a local studio, where I am also the Assistant Artistic Director. Dance is certainly more than a hobby. It is my passion!

Do you have a secret hidden talent?

I am trained in aerial dance (trapeze, silk fabrics, lyra hoop, etc.). I began training in college as a member of the Aerial Dance Team, and immediately fell in love with the art!

I am happiest when:

I am with my family. It is really challenging to live across the country from my loved ones, and I cherish any time we get to spend together.


  • University of New Hampshire, BS Business Administration