After graduating from LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, LA, Denise earned her BS in Psychology from Tulane University and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her career began with 18 years of commercial banking in Dallas, Charlotte, and Lake Charles. In 2001 she founded Rau Financial Group, an independent financial services firm.
Denise is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Registered Representative with LPL Financial and holds the following registrations: FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Series 24. She also holds her insurance license in the states of Louisiana and Texas. She is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a Retirement Income Certified Professional through The American College.
Denise believes strongly in community, having served on numerous community boards/fundraisers over the years. She currently serves on the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Chamber Southwest Board, and as the Finance Liaison for the Community Foundation of SWLA. She is also a Sustaining Member and Past-President of the Junior League of Lake Charles. In 2016, Denise was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Chennault International Airport Authority.
Denise and husband Fred Rau have two sons, Derrick and David, both now at LSU. She says those three provide all the entertainment she can handle! An active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, she also enjoys football, puzzles, boating, and friends.