My Team

As a Wealth Management Advisor & Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual - Chesterfield, Jim Zara provides innovative solutions for his clients’ personal and business needs. Jim doesn't do it alone. Here you will find a listing of the people who help make it happen.

If at any time you have a question, concern or need, please contact Jim or a member of Jim's team.

Dawn E Hansen

Dawn E Hansen

Associate Financial Representative
Office 314-744-5200

Dawn is native of St. Louis and joined the Zara Group at Northwestern Mutual in November of 2016 as Jim's Associate Financial Representative.  She is proud to bring 20 years of financial industry experience to the Zara Group.

Dawn has received her Missouri Life and Health Insurance License, Series 7 & 66.  Dawn takes pride in helping Jim's clients prepare and plan for their financial future.

Dawn is the lucky mother of two amazing daughters, Abigail and Isabella.  In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball.  Passionate about living a healthey lifestyle, Dawn enjoys working out at her favorite gym and participates in obstacle course racing and fun runs.

Darla M Patterson

Darla M Patterson

Agent Assistant
Office 314-744-5200

Darla joined Jim's team in September of 2017 as an Agent Assistant and her responsibilities include client service, application and underwriting processes, and medical scheduling.  She is from the St. Louis area and graduated from Maryville University with a B.S. in Business Management. 

She has an extensive background in customer service and finance, including a long career in commercial banking management at a local community bank.  Darla's goal is to assist you in any way she can and provide world class customer service.

Darla enjoys spending time with her husband Bryce and son Michael.  In her spare time, she helps manage her husband's painting business, Patterson Painting.  She is a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Wentzville, MO and enjoys designing jewelry, martial arts and fitness.  She is also a member of the Boone Trail Corvette Club. 

Toni C Pyatt

Toni C Pyatt

Office Manager
Office 314-744-5200

Toni was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and graduated from the business school at the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Marketing.  After many years in the medical industry, providing community outreach with a local hospital and being an Operations Specialist with another, Toni joined Northwestern Mutual in June of 2017.

Moving to St. Louis in 2000 with her husband Emmett, her son Jake and daughter Kasey.  Her children kept her busy throughout the years with many activities.  Toni was a founding member of the Chesterfield Football Association where she chaired the merchandise department for many years as her husband coached and her son played.  Working out and spending time with friends and family is how she spends her free time.

Toni is excited about the opportunities Northwestern Mutual provides for its clients in orchestrating their financial future.  Impressed by the commitment and integrity the financial representatives, she looks forward to a long future with the company.


Olivia N Dreste

Assistant Director of Campus Recruitment
Office 314-744-5221

Olivia was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  She graduated from Missouri State University in 2017 with a B.S. degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Advertising and Promotions.  She was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Joining Northwestern Mutual upon graduation, Olivia is excited to start her tenure introducing new people to a rewarding and fufilling career.


Sarah K Goris

Sales Execution Team
Office 314-744-5200

Katherine R Dries

Office 314-744-5200

James A Zara, CLU®, ChFC®
Wealth Management Advisor

The Zara Group


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