Our Team

Our Team

Malissia A. Johnson, CFP®

Founder/President

Malissia is the founder and president of Emerald Spectrum Advisory. She has been serving multi-generation families since 1998, having been in financial services since 1982. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner as well as an Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM and Chartered Mutual Fund CounselorSM. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the Financial Services Institute (FSI), and the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI). Malissia is also an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.

She is a Tennessee native and calls Brentwood home with her husband, Dennis, and their two orange tabbies, Clementine and Tangerine. Her daughter, Lauren, graduated from the University of Tennessee in spring 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. The Tennessee mountains just were not big enough, so Lauren is living in Denver and thoroughly enjoys many outdoor activities—summer and winter do not make a difference to her. Malissia’s stepson, Brian, shares her passion for financial planning. He is an associate advisor with Emerald Spectrum Advisory and focuses on assisting young health care professionals with their future family goals.

Malissia is passionate about helping families in all aspects of their financial lives. She enjoys helping them as they pursue their dreams and also in handling life’s speed bumps along the way. She enjoys spending time with her own family, traveling, what she refers to as “creative cooking,” reading, and working on projects around the house. She loves going to concerts of almost any music genre, the theater, plays, musicals, and attending football, baseball, and hockey games.

In 2011, she traveled with the FPA to China as part of a delegation of financial planners. She joined approximately 50 colleagues from around the world for this cultural exchange to foster international goodwill and professional development. Malissia was the only financial planner from the state of Tennessee. In 2018, she participated again as a part of a delegation of about 55 other planners, again the only one from Tennessee. In November 2020, she will travel again as an FPA delegate to South Africa. These have been unbelievably rewarding professional experiences, obtaining a better understanding of the practice of personal financial planning as well as the development of the financial planning profession in these countries. And sharing America’s financial planning practices with a country’s local planners and discussing the differences, the benefits, and the mutual discovery that the people we all serve are not that different in their dreams for a secure financial future for their families.

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Malissia Johnson is proud to have been recognized as a President's Club advisor for 2019—a distinction based on annual production attained by 13 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes President's Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. President's Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Brian M. Johnson, CFP®

Associate Advisor

Over the better part of the past decade, Brian has specialized in working with physicians and has expertise in the unique financial circumstances that surround the transition out of residency to being established in practice. He helps clients successfully navigate their career trajectory, beginning as early as residency, while planning for the future, including family, homeownership, partnerships, tax planning, estate planning, and retirement. He believes in providing a comprehensive, family-focused planning experience so that all aspects of a client’s personal and professional life can be prioritized to best meet his or her goals. He offers in-office, in-home, and virtual planning options to better accommodate busy professional schedules while assisting clients across the country.  

He has served as a board member of the Financial Planning Association of Middle Tennessee for several years. His professional interests include the intricacies of estate and tax planning, and he finds the most fulfilling part of his career is becoming an integral partner for his clients' families as he assists them in their financial needs. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.

He currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his wife, Mindy, and their two children. They love spending time outdoors as a family, enjoying hiking, biking, and running. They travel often, trying to include a trip to a national park each year, with the hope of visiting them all one day.

If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation introductory meeting with Brian via video conference to talk about how he may assist you, please click here.

Britt Myszka, FPQP™

Service Advisor and Investment Account Analyst

Britt has been part of the Emerald Spectrum Advisory team since March 2006. She earned the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ designation in 2008.

She has served in a number of roles and gained extensive knowledge throughout her tenure. As a registered service advisor, she participates in many client financial planning relationships. She also has focused her knowledge base in the areas of investment research and asset allocation strategies and serves as the firm’s investment account analyst.

Britt is fully licensed as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, having completed the NASAA Series 65 securities registrations. In addition, she holds a Tennessee life and health insurance license and is a notary public.

With a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Memphis, she has a deep appreciation for the various wonderful musical and visual arts organizations in Nashville.

Julia Humphrey, FPQP™

Support Advisor

As a Nashville native with many generations of her family rooted here in Middle Tennessee, Julia stayed close to home for higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in design communications with a minor in business administration from Belmont University in 2006. She worked in the graphic design industry before feeling compelled to seek a new career challenge. In early 2014, she joined Emerald Spectrum Advisory as our client services and operations support associate. An enthusiastic learner, she earned her Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ designation in early 2016, and, in 2017, she became licensed as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, having completed the NASAA 66 securities registrations.

She loves establishing and developing relationships, especially with our clients here at Emerald Spectrum Advisory. Her role has evolved into that of a support advisor working closely with Malissia in all areas of financial planning. She is a problem-solver and perfectionist with acute attention to detail.

Julia resides in Thompson’s Station with her husband, Joe, and their bulldog, Bosco. She values family above all else, and, in her free time, enjoys baking, cooking, nature, and animals (especially canines).

Sherrie Dickson

Client Experience Coordinator

Sherrie Dickson is also a Nashville native. She joined Emerald Spectrum Advisory in August 2016 as the receptionist and quickly developed her role into our official client experience coordinator. She is in charge of planning our annual client event and manages our client appreciation program.

She supports the entire team operationally and administratively and enjoys meeting our clients' needs, exceeding their expectations, and helping them be a part of our extended family.

Sherrie was an art and music major while attending Lipscomb University, before settling into raising three children. She now enjoys spoiling her two grandsons, who (thank goodness) live locally. She has more than 20 years of experience in administrative support in banking, trust, and business licensing. 

Sherrie resides in Brentwood with her husband, John, and enjoys singing in her church choir, playing the ukulele, and volunteering and fund-raising for several charities including Meals on Wheels.