April 15, 2017

About Ellen

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."  

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


I help women get their financial lives in order so they can relax. They gain confidence knowing what they put into place is cost effective and still accommodates their lifestyle. We get them set up with most of the pieces of their financial puzzle on autopilot, and they feel empowered knowing they will be able to make smart decisions in the future. 

My services are strictly personalized and I will be with you every step of the way. You're not just a file in my desk. My past clients will tell you that I take the extra steps to be sure you're secure.



I have been blessed over the years to have had the education and experience to understand the mechanics and details of most of the major financial issues for women.

It has become my mission to share as much as I can with as many women as I can, who have not been as lucky. No need for you to feel lost, concerned, or worried.

I can help guide you through whatever you need.


Joan Chachere Norton,

Parenting Expert and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children of Travis County Texas says of Ellen Wanamaker:

“Women want a detail-oriented person on their team. They also need someone who can see the big picture.

Ellen’s clients are lucky to have that - the best of both worlds. It makes them feel safe knowing they are in good hands.”


~   Aside from being a Women's Financial Specialist, my job is inline speed skating.

~   The amount of random baseball knowledge I have would scare you.

~   To this day I'm convinced my music theory classes made me a detail diva.

~   I have been told that my sweet tooth would terrify the Hershey family.

~   I grew up in a family of teachers and small business owners...  

               ...I never recovered from that mindset.


I've never understood how anyone can understand taxes. This is a clear, concise discussion that actually even I can understand. 

I've always been a teacher, But I don't have a left brain orientation so I don't understand taxes.

Thanks for sharing. It appears you'd be a perfect person to have on a business team. 

Janet McCrea Dieman



I finished college as a dental hygienist, married a professional student, and was suddenly earning money and paying rent, our auto and health insurance and for food and other general expenses. A few years later my husband and I purchased a dental practice and I was thrust into more financial stuff. I had to learn in the trenches, and without any help!

Fast forward... I had to learn to do our business tax returns, studied and got licensed and started my own tax practice. Not letting grass grow under my feet, I next got licensed to sell investments (mutual funds), and the following year, life and health insurance licenses. Three years later my divorce started and finally ended 4 years after that.

My divorce attorney told me I should go into the divorce field since I had prepared all my own documents and did all my own divorce financials for him. That was good advice and I did that in various capacities for close to 15 years.

But I knew I could do more... Something was missing. There was a huge void, like a vortex. One day while I was rolling around on my favorite rink on my inlines I realized what it was. Instead of focusing only on divorce, I could help more women by using the same step by step system I had developed and used for divorce... I could help women who just wanted to or needed to understand their finances in a non-confrontational situation. It would be comfortable, less stressful, and easier to do on their own time lines. That Saturday night, on my speed inlines, I crashed through my proverbial brick wall.

And that is what led me to Functional Financial Fitness.

Feel free to explore my Professional Credentials HERE.

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Ellen is a Women’s Financial Specialist and has been a federally licensed tax practitioner for more than 25 years. She has expanded from the divorce specialty to a broader financial practice, helping women in many stages of life set up their finances on autopilot. She is also the author of the popular e-book "Divorce Starter Tools Women Need."