Academy Team

Richard Orlando, Founder & Instructor

For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Orlando has sat at boardroom tables and kitchen tables alike, advising high and ultra-high net worth client-families—many at the helm of a family enterprise—as well as training thousands of advisors to build upon financial advising to include the qualitative, multigenerational planning needs of their client-families.

Prior to founding Legacy Capitals, Dr. Orlando led Merrill Lynch’s Global Practice Management Consulting Group for fifteen years and served in Merrill’s Family Office. He has been referenced in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Bloomberg Business, and The Wall Street Journal online, among others.

His interdisciplinary background includes computer science, business, and psychology. After earning a Bachelor of Science in computer science and business from St. John’s University, he pursued a career on Wall Street, earning his Series 7 and 63 licenses. Returning to school, he received a master’s degree in counseling/theology from Trinity International University, then a doctorate in family systems from Seton Hall University with a dissertation on wealth management family teams.

Dr. Orlando is an approved instructor for the Investments & Wealth Institute’s Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) Certification Program, a faculty member of the UHNW Institute, holds a certificate in family wealth advising from the Family Firm Institute, and is certified as a professional coach from the International Coach Federation’s accredited program.

Additionally, he is the author of Legacy: The Hidden Keys to Optimizing Your Family Wealth Decisions and Love Your Clients: the tale of the Whole Family Advisor®. Dr. Orlando sits on the board of directors for Urban Hope in Staten Island. Born and raised in New York City, he resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

Kristen Heaney, Lead Consultant & Instructor

Kristen Heaney is a Wealth Legacy Coach and Consultant serving successful families and their advisors. Her passion for this work is colored by her own experience of being a young and unprepared inheritor after her father’s early death. Kristen’s training includes a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, a Board Certified Coaching credential, and a certificate in Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute.

Her book, In Three Generations: A Story About Family, Wealth, and Beating the Odd is a fictional family leadership story, offering a great starting point for those considering a more purposeful approach to handling family wealth. She has been a featured thought leader for the Purposeful Planning Institute, Family Firm Institute, as well as legal, financial, and philanthropic firms across the United States and Canada, focused on topics including rising generation preparation, effective family meetings, wealthism, entitlement, and more. Kristen was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, and currently lives with her husband and two sons in South Florida.

Celine Fitzgerald, Legacy Consultant & Coach

Celine is a G3 member of a successful family in which she helped her family build out their family office and has taken lead in their philanthropic efforts. More specifically, Celine has taken over her family’s donor advised fund and launched their family foundation.

Celine earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fordham University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Along the way Celine interned at the Loyola Family Business Center under the directorship of Anne Smart. During her internship, she engaged with many families, listened to their generational stories, and sat in on many family business seminars.

Celine’s real life family experience, degrees, and internship at the Loyola Family Business Center has led her to focus on serving other successful families, and in particular, a passion to empower, educate, and coach rising generation family members.

Celine resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and growing family.

Kaley Hudson, Associate Consultant & Membership Coordinator

Kaley Hudson leads Operations & Membership at Legacy Capitals. In her role, Kaley manages the Academy Membership, oversees internal operations, drives the team’s creative initiatives, and supports all client engagements. Additionally, Kaley is an associate consultant and individual coach, specializing in personal finance coaching.

Kaley Hudson graduated from the University of Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Communication Studies. Since then, she has continued her education outside of the classroom setting, completing a Personal & Family Financial Planning certificate program through University of Florida, an extensive coach training program through the CoActive Training Institute, and a Personal Finance Coaching certification through the Financial Coach Academy.

Hallie Gaudio, Internal Operations

Hallie Gaudio works with the Legacy Capitals team on administrative operations, membership development, and special projects. Hallie has a background in program management and marketing and enjoys using these skills to support the mission of Legacy Capitals.

Hallie graduated from Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Currently, Hallie is continuing her education at Florida State University and working towards her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing.


Lauren Blatz, Manager of Academy Platform

Lauren is the Manager of the Legacy Capitals Academy Platform. In this role Lauren is responsible for memberships, content development, and the overall online client experience.

During her almost ten years working at GenSpring Family Offices, Lauren worked with successful families to prepare their rising generation family members for various roles and transitions in life. Lauren developed and delivered educational programs focused on financial and wealth education, family communication, and personal and career development.

In addition to graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, Lauren is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and certified coach with the Co-Active Training Institute. Lauren and her family presently reside in Florida.