About Us



One pillar of our success has been the longevity of our working relationships. Founding Partners Chris and Ed have been working together since the year 2000, and Shawna joined them in 2006. Another pillar is the genuine care and compassion we extend to each and every one of our clients.

Chris Kenny CFP®

Managing Partner


Ed Christiansen, CPFA

Managing Partner


Shawna Shevlin Partain

Registered Operations Manager


Chris has 30 years’ experience managing wealth for individuals, families and businesses. In 1998, he earned his designation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional as awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Prior to co-founding Muirwood Private Wealth, he spent 14 years with Merrill Lynch and 13 years at Wells Fargo's Private Bank. Chris is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on several community boards. Chris lives in Danville with his wife, Paula, and they have three children.


After graduating in 1990 from California State University, Chico with a B.S. in Business Management, Ed was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, Infantry. After attaining the rank of Captain and having served several years abroad, Ed left the military and joined Prudential Securities, Inc. in Walnut Creek in 1994. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2006, he partnered with Chris Kenny in 2000 at Wells Fargo’s Private Bank. Together, they founded Muirwood Private Wealth in 2020. A 25-year industry veteran, Ed is a member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and involved in the community as Co-Founder and President of the Contra Costa Rugby Association (youth) and Director of Rugby at De La Salle H.S. in Concord, California. Ed also earned his designation as a CERTIFIED PLAN FIDUCIARY ADVISOR. He and his wife Theresa live in Clayton with their three children.


Shawna has over 20 years client service experience with Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo.  She has worked with Chris, Ed and their clients since 2006, as manager of service and administration. Shawna graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in English. She lives in Brentwood with her husband Tim and their two sons.


Melissa Dizon

Client Service Associate


Paula Kenny

Administrative Specialist


Melissa has over 20 years client service experience with the financial services industry, including Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. She joined the Muirwood Private Wealth team in August 2020. Melissa graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance. She lives in Walnut Creek with her husband Brian where they are members of the NorCal MINIs.


Paula recently joined the Muirwood Private Wealth team in October 2020. Her background includes administration, project management and marketing services. Paula is a 1988 graduate of University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Danville with her husband, Chris, and enjoys any opportunity with their three adult children.


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With more than 25 years of experience, we have deep knowledge and understanding of planning, investments, credit banking, and trust services. We can handle every type of financial matter or question you have.

Through the thoroughness – and thoughtfulness – of our process, we work to earn your trust. Our hope is that you’ll welcome us as your confidant, turning to us to discuss every financial matter that touches your life.

Through process, service and trust, we deliver peace of mind.

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As an independent firm, we have the freedom and flexibility to source best-in-class solutions from a virtually unlimited array of investment managers and service providers. We’ve selected Charles Schwab as our preferred custodian to safeguard our clients’ assets.

By surrounding ourselves with the right partners and tools, we are able to focus on your needs, serving you in a proactive, responsive relationship. We look to collaborate with you and your other trusted advisors to fully understand your complete balance sheet – assets, income, debt, etc. As a result, we are able to construct a comprehensive financial plan.



We have selected Charles Schwab as our preferred custodian and to provide back office support for Muirwood Private Wealth. In addition to the company’s strength, size and industry reputation, it was founded on the principles of safety and soundness and takes extraordinary measures to ensure client assets are secure. One of the largest and most trusted custody firms in the country, Charles Schwab has generated over $11 billion in net revenues and $3.6 trillion in total client assets. The United States government has deemed Charles Schwab one of the country’s nine systemically important financial institutions.

Defined by its unique open platform, Partnered IndependenceSM, Sanctuary Wealth is a hybrid financial firm with wholly-owned subsidiaries of Sanctuary Securities, Inc., a FINRA member firm and a member of Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC); and Sanctuary Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor. Sanctuary has developed an elite network of advisors who, like Muirwood Private Wealth, knew that independence was the best option for their team and their clients. Through Partnered Independence, we’ve gained the freedom, flexibility and control of an independent fiduciary, yet we have the support systems we need to keep our focus on our clients, and we have access to the best-in-class specialists and resources we need to deliver a comprehensive wealth management experience.

Another important aspect of our technology platform is Orion’s integrated solution for personalized reporting, trading and portfolio rebalancing. Their service is perfect for firms like ours because we tailor portfolios specific to each client’s needs. With unique tech capabilities like apps, video portfolio reviews and digitized reporting, we can implement our fully personalized wealth management process in a manner that is efficient and convenient for our clients. For more than 20 years, Orion has been helping advisors deliver custom financial solutions efficiently. Their relationships represent $650 billion in client assets among 1,500+ advisory firms across the country.

As part of our technology-enabled client experience, we use eMoney Advisor’s breakthrough software to help our clients maintain financial clarity. The platform includes an intuitive interface that you can view on any device, and planning and collaboration tools that help simplify the wealth management process. eMoney serves more than 2.9 million investors, tracks more than $2.0 trillion in aggregated assets and is used by 46 out of the nation’s top 50 broker-dealers.