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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

ssypien@familyfocusedfinancial.com

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.

Laura Dannewitz

Administrative Assistant

815-570-2283

ldannewitz@familyfocusedfinancial.com

Laura joined Family Focused Financial in the fall of 2021 after a successful twelve years of serving the medical community as a Lead Patient Service Representative at Edward Medical Group and as an Admin Ops Coordinator, the last five years, at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Prior to that she excelled in her position as a teller and personal banker. She is excited to take her skills to the next level as she embarks on her new journey with Family Focused Financial. 

Laura lives in Sandwich, Illinois with her husband Gerrad, and their dog Wrigley. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading a good book.