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Mary Anne Ehlert
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President and Founder, Protected Tomorrows, Inc.

Mary Anne Ehlert, CFP®, is president and founder of Protected Tomorrows—a business driven to help families plan a safe and fulfilling life for their loved ones with special needs or who is aging. She is highly regarded as a specialist in working with the growing number of families of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. Her expertise is driven by her relationship with her sister, an individual with disabilities. She communicates her knowledge at family and financial conferences; she also delivers important information to television and radio audiences, appearing on such shows as WGN-AM’s “The Steve Cochran Show” and Chicago’s ABC7 News. She has been featured in such publications and Internet sites as the Chicago Sun-Times,, Investment News and Financial Advisor. She has recently completed her book “The Gift I Was Given.”

Ehlert has served as a member of the Board of Directors of many organizations providing services to children and adults with special needs including Illinois Special Olympics, Gateway to Learning School for Special Needs, Clearbrook, the SEDOL Foundation (Special Education District of Lake County, IL), Opportunity, Inc., and St. Coletta’s Development Committee (WI). She is a member of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, ARC of Illinois, and the National Council on Aging. She has been honored for her contributions to the Lake County Advocacy Conference for Persons with Disabilities.

She speaks to conferences and other audiences on financial planning, and has recently completed her book, entitled “The Gift I Was Given.”

Ehlert’s sister, Marcia, was born with cerebral palsy and inspired Mary Anne’s dedication to helping others protect their children’s tomorrows.