Wondering how you could ever afford to retire? Get the financial advice you need

November 03, 2021

laptop screen open showing charts and graphsIt might seem far away, but most of us will retire someday. Whether you hope to retire in a few years or a couple of decades, how do you plan for something so life-changing? Education Counselors with the Texa$averSM 401(k) / 457 Program have the financial advice you need.

When it comes to retirement, most people find themselves either unprepared, wondering why they didn’t save more money, or confident with their money plan and ready for the retired life they always dreamed about. Here’s the secret: to be one of those people who is on track to reach their retirement goals, you must have a plan. 

Talk with a pro

A retirement plan gives you a path to the kind of future you want. But where do you start?

If just the thought of planning for retirement is a bit intimidating, that’s okay. Texa$averSM participants have access to one-on-one virtual meetings with Texa$aver’s Education Counselors, also known as Retirement Plan Advisors. These financial experts are available Monday–Friday and are licensed to help you create and manage an investment portfolio based on your goals. 

You can find the Texa$aver Education Counselors’ contact information in the profiles below and on the Education Counselors Map.

Meet the Texa$aver Education Counselors

Austin/Central Texas

Texa$aver Education Counselor Jennifer PrestonJennifer Preston, CFP
Retirement Plan Advisor
(512) 592-8654 or jennifer.preston@empower-retirement.com 

Jennifer is one of the Education Counselors serving Central Texas participants. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and a Bachelor of Science in Business degree as a Financial Services Major from Wright State University. 

Jennifer currently maintains the FINRA Series 6 securities registration and a Series 63 and Series 65 state securities licenses. She is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional. She earned her certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. in June 2010.

Jennifer is the proud mother of four fur-babies and one human child, her son William. She lives in the Austin area and has been a member of the Texa$aver team since joining Empower Retirement in November 2013.

Central Texas/San Antonio/Rio Grande Valley

Texa$aver Education Counselor Querube MontoyaQuerube Montoya
Retirement Plan Advisor
(512) 608-1977 or querube.montoya@empower-retirement.com 


Querube Montoya is the Education Counselor serving both Central and South Texas Texa$aver participants. After graduating with an Economics degree from Baylor University, she immediately started her financial career at an investment banking firm and has 7 years of industry experience.

She currently maintains the FINRA Series 7 securities registration as well as Series 63 and 65 state securities licenses. Querube loves assisting people achieve their retirement goals, and throughout her career has been able to help both English- and Spanish-speaking people with retirement planning.

Dallas/Ft. Worth/East Texas

Texa$aver Education Counselor Mike McLellanMike McLellan
Retirement Plan Advisor
(469) 350-8128 or michael.mclellan@empower-retirement.com 


Mike is the Education Counselor serving plan participants in Northeast Texas. He joined Empower Retirement in 2019 and has over 10 years of experience serving clients in the financial services industry.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri and currently holds a Series 7 General Securities license as well as a Series 66 Registered Investment Advisor Representative license. 

He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife and three children.

Houston/East Texas

Texa$aver Education Counselor John McCabeJohn T. McCabe, ChFC, CLU
Retirement Plan Advisor
(832) 799-9677 or john.mccabe@empower-retirement.com 


John serves participants in the Houston area. He joined Empower Retirement in July of 2019. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has his Master’s in Financial Services from the American College. 

John has over 30 years of industry experience in the financial markets. He also has his CLU, (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designations from the American College. John holds the FINRA Series 6 and Series 7 securities registrations and a Series 63 state securities license.

Lubbbock/El Paso West Texas

Texa$aver Education Counselor Antonio RiveraAntonio Rivera 
Retirement Plan Advisor
(512) 639-9601 or antonio.rivera@empower-retirement.com 


Antonio joined Empower Retirement in September 2019 and is the Education Counselor serving West Texas participants. He is passionate about helping participants achieve their financial goal. Antonio has 15 years of experience in the financial industry including holding positions as Bank Branch Manager, Private Banker and Financial Advisor to wealthy clients for some of Wall Street’s most prestigious firms such as JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch. 

Antonio earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas El Paso. He holds a FINRA Series 6 and 7 securities licenses and Series 63 and 66 state securities licenses. Antonio is currently is enrolled with Colorado State University to attain his Certified Financial Planner Certification. 

Take control of your future

Retirement planning is not an “old people” thing. It’s a smart people thing! Your goals and long-term dreams are too important to chase on your own. Get one of Texa$aver’s financial experts on your team to help you along the way.