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Our Team

Russ Manners

Russ and the rest of his team joined D.A. Davidson in 2016 after the former SMITH HAYES merged with D.A. Davidson. Russ favors simple, conservative investment strategies that are sensitive to expenses and taxes while stressing discipline and patience. He works with clients to define their financial goals and constructs portfolios to help meet those goals. Russ began his financial services career in 1980 as a financial advisor with the Wall Street-based firm of Bache Halsey Stuart Shields and later joined Kirkpatrick Pettis where he became a First Vice President in Private Client Services. At previous firm SMITH HAYES, he was elected to the Board of Directors. Originally from London, Russ attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Omaha graduating with degrees in English and economics. Russ and wife Mary Ann have two sons, Ryan and Mark. In his spare time, Russ enjoys reading, sports and travel.


Susan Koesters

Susan’s background as an attorney, working mother, wife, and volunteer enhances her perspective when advising her clients. Prior to D.A. Davidson, she was an investment consultant at SMITH HAYES, and before that practiced law for nearly nine years in the areas of estate planning and representing closely held businesses. Susan graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha, cum laude, with majors in business finance and banking and financial markets, and received her law degree from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, with a concentration in business, taxation and commercial transactions. She also holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation. Susan grew up and still resides in Gretna, Nebraska. Susan and husband Jim have two children, Samantha and Bodey. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, audio books and her 5:00 a.m. boot camp class. She also serves on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations and has been a member of Rotary since 2011.


Kelli Damgaard

Prior to joining D.A. Davidson, Kelli began as an intern at SMITH HAYES in 1997. She is fully licensed with a Series 7, 63 and 65, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha where she majored in finance and minored in banking. Kelli resides in her hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She married her husband, Jeremy, in 1998 and they spend most of their free time parenting their children, Zohie and Bridger.



Jennifer Digilio

Jennifer has 20 years of experience in the industry, working for Ameritrade, Legent Clearing and SMITH HAYES prior to joining D.A. Davidson. She is fully licensed with a Series 7 and 66, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha where she majored in finance and minored in banking. Jennifer is originally from Elkhorn and currently resides in Omaha. She enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with friends and family as well as her cat, Buddy.