National Institute of Certified College Planners

Board of Directors

Rick Darvis

Rick Darvis


Rick is a co-founder and director of the National Institute of Certified College Planners. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in both the tax and college financial planning fields.Rick’s knowledge in taxes and college financial planning has enabled him to be invited to speak on the topic of college financial planning and income tax planning to his contemporaries at CPA and CFP® conferences in over 40 states.

He has provided education programs on tax and college planning for many financial service companies around the country, including Manulife, MFS, American Skandia, Franklin Templeton, Eastern Bank, US Bank, Linsco Private Ledger, Securities America, Genworth, Lincoln Financial, UBS, Wachovia, Smith Barney, John Hancock Financial Network, Legg Mason, Edward Jones, and Raymond James.

Rick has also been quoted in Forbes, CNN-FN, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Money, Business Week, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, NY Times, Smart Money, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg’s Personal Finance, Nation's Business, Financial Advisor, Dow Jones Newswire, On Investing, Knight Ridder News, Mutual Fund Market News, Research Magazine, Practical Accountant, Offspring, LIMRA's Market Facts, NAPFA Advisor, and AICPA's Planner.

Frank French

Frank French


Frank is the NICCP’s expert in student loans and debt management. He retired from senior management in the banking Industry with over 25 years of experience. During those 25 years he was involved in all facets of banking, including operations, lending, investments and capital management. Today, many community organizations currently use his banking and business expertise, including:

  • 12 years Board of Director of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Association
  • 4 years Chairman of the Board of Directors Sheridan Memorial Hospital Association
  • 2 years Organizational Board of Director of Sheridan Memorial Hospital & Nursing
  • 2 years President of the Board of Directors of the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • 4 years Board of Director on Finance Council of Diocese Great Falls/Billings
  • 20 years Chairman of St. Joseph Parish Finance Council
  • 25 years Treasurer of City of Plentywood

Frank graduated from Montana State University in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.