MEET OUR TEAM
Get to know the team behind Sohum Global Foundation, Inc.. Since starting out in July 2019, we’ve built a reputation based on the hard work and dedication of our Board members and Officers. Behind every successful vision, there’s a talented group of special people who are highly committed to that success.
Founder & President
Devika is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who founded Sohum Financial Planning LLC in 2019 after moving her business from New York City to Pagosa Springs, CO. As a 20-year industry veteran, she focuses on complex financial planning issues for clients that cover estate planning; investment & wealth management; tax planning; insurance & risk management; college planning; retirement income and long-term care planning. For Business owners and corporations, services include employee benefits planning, key person bonus carve outs & insurance, group health insurance, retirement plans & business succession planning; During her tenure at Metlife she also completed certifications as a Special Needs Planner and is a staunch advocate for the special-needs community. She embarked on this mission by providing educational workshops to parents and caregivers of dependents with special needs through the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning in 2006. “The underlying aim is to provide a one stop shop for all financial planning needs that our clients have by partnering with Tax & Legal experts and being the quarterback and fiduciary to protect their interests.”
Devika was the President of the Financial Planning Association of NY (FPANY) in 2018 and was an active Board member since 2006. After a brief sabbatical as a board member she joined the NYC Board again in 2015 as the Director of the high-profile Annual Forum. She has volunteered at various non-profits to help spread financial literacy – these have ranged from giving pro bono financial education sessions at the NY Public Library to domestic violence shelters like Sanctuary for Families, and nonprofits like The Doe Fund and Project Renewal that helps the homeless in NYC. She has also conducted financial literacy workshops at Drug Rehab programs like the Samaritan Village in mid-town Manhattan. She was an active Board member of the NYC chapter of the Executive Women in Golf Association (EWGA) between 2014-2016 right after serving as the President of her Condominium Board in Harlem, NYC. As a Board member of the NY Chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS), she rang the opening bell at the NYSE to mark the 75th anniversary of the WIFS on December 27, 2011. Prior to that Devika also served on the Board of The South Asian Women's Leadership Forum (SAWLF).
Following her vision to serve the local community groups through financial literacy, Devika became a member of the Association of Financial Educators (AFE) in June 2020.
She completed her Bachelors in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women in India and got her MBA degree in Scotland from the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in 1998 before deciding to start her career in the financial sector in NY in 1999. She enjoys the outdoors & many sports while continuing her pro bono work helping local communities. She is currently creating programs that help non-profits collaborate more effectively and founded the Sohum Global Foundation in 2019 that focuses on women & children at risk, veterans with special needs and nature conservation efforts .
Vice President & Treasurer
Christopher Mott is the doctor of everything “Sprinkles!” He is an internationally renowned author, radio host, coach, trainer, and as he likes to say “The only Mottivational speaker on the planet.” Chris has spent the last three decades dedicated to the empowerment and happiness of others.
Prior to forming his own coaching and training company called Mottivation, Chris spent two decades climbing the corporate ladder of the property management/real estate industry. He started his climb at the ground level and ended his prestigious career leading one of the largest property management companies in the nation.
Chris has dedicated his career to the empowerment of others and is thrilled to contribute to the Sohum Global Foundation.
Yeun Fiedler grew up in South Korea and she is a mother of two sons. Yeun relocated to the United States of America with her husband Daniel Fiedler in 2013. Since her relocation she has been active within the community and enjoying the great state of Colorado. She has a long history of volunteering as detailed below.
2007 Street cleaning volunteer (S. Korea)
2008 Church pianist at Lutheran church of Pusan
2009 Junior Summer school teacher assistant volunteer
2013-2014 Church pianist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pagosa Springs
2000 to 2006 - Lincoln-way Central High school exchange student from S. Korea to US
2006 to 2008 - Yuil Girls High school in South Korea
2009 - Summer school teacher assistant at East North Lutheran Church in South Korea
2010 to 2012 - Studied International Relations in Pusan University of Foreign Studies in South Korea
2015 to present - Studying Psychology in Colorado State University
SGF is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID 84-2560434.