Peter Alepra, AWM, RICP®

Senior Vice President - Branch Director, Private Client Group, Accredited Wealth Manager

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Pete joined RBC Wealth Management in 1989 and has been a member of RBC Wealth Management’s President’s Council — which recognizes financial advisors who excel at providing client service — every year since 1998. He also holds the Accredited Wealth Manager professional designation specifically designed for RBC Wealth Management financial advisors. This academic program builds on the fundamentals of wealth management with a focus on advanced knowledge and skills necessary for working with high-net-worth clients. The high-impact curriculum is concentrated in the areas of estate and trust planning, insurance solutions and advanced investment strategies. He also is an arbitrator for FINRA which is the self-regulatory organization for the securities Industry. Pete graduated in 1986 from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business, finance and psychology.

Away from the office, Pete is active in the community and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children. When he's not coaching youth athletics, you may find him either enjoying a round of golf or reading about a broad range of subjects, including business, autobiographies and fiction.

William Happel, AWM

Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Consulting Group


Bill has worked at RBC Wealth Management as a financial advisor since graduating from college in 1986. He has passed the Series 7, 31, 63 and 66 exams and holds his life insurance/annuity license. He also hold the Accredited Wealth Manager professional designation, which is designed exclusively for RBC Wealth Management Financial Advisors. This rigorous academic program builds on the fundamentals of wealth management with a focus on advanced knowledge and skills necessary for working with high net worth clients. The high-impact curriculum is concentrated in the areas of insurance solutions, estate and trust planning, advanced investment strategies and retirement income solutions.

Bill was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship where he earned a degree in finance. While at Iowa he was named co-most valuable player of the 1985 Big Ten championship team as well as the winner of the Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. Bill was selected to the Big Ten second team and to the Academic All-American first team.

Bill married his high school sweetheart and are the proud parents of two daughters. We are also enjoying our new experiences as grandparents. In his spare time Bill enjoys exercising, playing handball, participating in the Iowa Football Club and spending time with friends and family.

James Vandenberg, CFP®

Vice President - Financial Advisor

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James passed his Series 7 and 66 exams and holds a life insurance/annuity license.  He also passed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ test in March of 2020 to become a CFP®.  Prior to his employment with RBC Wealth Management, he worked in agriculture as a regional sales manager for Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family- owned seed company in the country. 

James grew up in Keokuk, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa on a full football scholarship. He was a 4x first-team Academic All-American and two-year captain as well as being part of the leadership council all four years. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in integrated physiology.

James has been married to his wife Bre since 2014 and has two children, Poppy and Colt.  In his spare time, he loves to bowhunt, fish and golf.

Lisa Abel

Branch Service Mgr/Sr Registered Client Assoc


Lisa started at RBC Wealth Management in December 2002. Prior to that she worked at RW Baird for five years. She graduated from University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a business minor. She has been registered since 1997.

Lisa lives in Marion with her husband, two children (she also have a grown daughter who lives in Cedar Falls), and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, reading, attending kids’ sporting events, volunteering at her daughter’s school and helping animal rescue organizations.

Mary Komisar

Senior Registered Client Associate


Mary has worked for RBC Wealth Management since 2001. Prior to that she held various administrative positions in the surrounding communities. Mary passed the Series 7 and Series 63 exams in 2014.

She and her husband are empty nesters after raising two daughters and live in Marion. Mary is the proud grandma of one granddaughter and one grandpuppy! She stays active with yoga, strength training and travel. Mary and her husband are self-proclaimed foodies and enjoy local food favorites when visiting other parts of the country.

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