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Who We Are

We are a women based business here to support and simplify your financial life while providing you with the best knowledge, assistance, and overall experience so you can focus on your passions and be confident about your future. 

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 registrations 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.

Ciara Jarrard

Admin/Operations Specialist


Ciara Jarrard joined Family Focused Financial in 2024 as the Administrative/Operations Specialist. With a background in operations and property management, Ciara brings a wealth of organization and interpersonal attributes to assist our clients. Ciara is committed to continuous learning and improvement and is excited to expand her knowledge in financial planning services. Ciara is committed to providing top tier support to Family Focused Financial clients. It is important to her that our clients are confident with their choice choosing Family Focused Financial to lead their financial journey.

Ciara is New York raised and educated at Stony Brook University on Long Island where she met her husband. Professional development brought the East Coasters to the Midwest where they’re now happily settled in Newark, IL. Ciara is active in the training and rehabilitation of rescue dogs and often refers to her two adoptees, Winston and Bradley, as children of her own. Ciara also enjoys gardening, learning new recipes, and a good movie on a Friday night.

Nikilett Peters

Client Experience Coordinator


Nikilett has a passion for building and maintaining lasting connections. You will be welcomed to Family Focused Financial by Nikilett, our Client Experience Coordinator. Her goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for your first visit and to be the familiar face and friend every time you return. 

Nikilett has a long and successful history in client relations, event planning, and administrative operations. She enjoys both the clerical side of maintaining the business behind-the-scenes as well as the forward-facing role of engaging with and supporting client needs. Nikilett strongly believes in the importance of not only life-long learning but also the opportunities of new experiences and looks forward to combining the best of both with personalized events throughout the year for clients to enjoy and take part in.

 On the weekends you can find Nikilett either cheering her daughter on in gymnastics, professionally planning weddings, or enjoying as many small-town festivities as possible.