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Who We Are 

Who We Are 

We typically work with those who are experiencing a change of seasons in their lives. Whether they are nearing retirement, going through a divorce, a job change or experiencing the loss of a loved one. We have found regardless of the situation; the challenges are similar. They come to us overwhelmed with making money decisions, afraid of making a mistake and just not sure where to start. We have been able to help by using our Financial Fulfillment Program to help identify their goals, put an actionable plan in place, and help gain clarity, control, and confidence with their finances.

Align your vision & values to help reach your goals. 

Meet Our Team

Shelly Sypien

Founder & Financial Advisor

(815) 712-5686

A motivated and dedicated individual, Shelly Sypien has almost three decades of professional experience in the financial services industry. In 2020 she founded her own financial business, Family Focused Financial, in which she helps generations create, preserve and build wealth. As a client first and family oriented business, Shelly focuses on getting to know her clients on a personal level. Part of the planning process includes understanding what is important to the client, meeting the client where they are and then creating a tailored financial plan to work toward their goals. Shelly helps her clients in all personal and professional areas, from preparing for retirement, helping create an income strategy, working toward growing their financial portfolio and protecting what her clients have worked hard to save.

Shelly entered the financial services industry as a Sales Assistant with EF Hutton in Chicago, IL. After ten years and several mergers Shelly joined Morgan Stanley where she obtained her securities licenses and began helping clients manage their investment portfolios. She spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley before joining a team at a Registered Investment Advisory firm where she took on the role of Operations and Compliance Manager. After seven years with the Registered Investment Advisor firm, she decided to move back into a client focused role and joined Edward Jones in 2015. All this experience has prepared Shelly for her current role as a Financial Advisor with Family Focused Financial. Shelly has helped clients through several market downturns and many economic cycles.

Shelly grew up in the small town of Bourbonnais, IL before meeting her husband, David. They eventually found the perfect small town to raise their family and have lived in Sandwich, IL for 22 years. Shelly loves to spend time with her family including their loyal dog, Guinness. She is a member of the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, and 100+ Women Who Care. In her free time Shelly likes a good book, boating and traveling to new places.

Gabriella Chalfin

Administrative Assistant

Gabriella Chalfin is an Administrative Assistant at Family Focused Financial. As an integral part of the firm’s daily operations, Gabriella assists Shelly with day-to-day client relations, tracks the firm’s internal goals, and completes many of the essential administrative duties. Prior to making the leap to the financial services industry, Gabriella served in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Maintainer and was the first woman to hold this position at Beale Air Force Base in California after the reestablishment of the 940th Air Refueling Wing in 2016.

Prior to her career in the military, Gabriella received a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work from Grand Canyon University. With a background in social science, Gabriella prides herself on being able to talk to anyone which allows her to build long-lasting relationships with clients. Gabriella is currently in her final semesters of completing her Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in Forensic Social Work. Family Focused Financial has given Gabriella the opportunity to expand upon her knowledge by helping others within a small community. Although Gabriella is originally from Texas, her family moved to Illinois when she was eight years old. She currently lives in Sandwich, IL with her husband, Matthew, her daughter Sophia and two dogs, Mason and Lucy. Gabriella’s mission in life is to live judgement-free and accept others as they are so that more people can feel loved and heard. In her free time, Gabriella enjoys spending time with her supportive family, reading good books, running, and weightlifting.