Drawing on decades of diverse experience, our firm understands the complexity of financial issues and how strategic financial planning can enhance your future. We take great pride in the work that we do and truly value the relationships that we have with our clients. To learn more about our team, please click on the bios below.
Mike is an experienced Private Wealth Advisor and passionate leader of the firm. He partners with families, entrepreneurs, and their outside legal and tax advisors to create and implement customized personal and professional financial plans that support clients for multiple generations utilizing the expertise and resources of DJM Financial at each step along the way. With his holistic approach, Mike’s aim is to alleviate his clients’ stress about their finances and provide confidence in their future. His favorite moments during the planning process are deploying new concepts and strategies that can significantly impact the long-term legacy of his clients’ assets.
Mike began working at Northwestern Mutual in 2000 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in business institutions from Northwestern University. In 2006, he partnered with Private Wealth Advisor Kevin DuPree, and together they established DJM Financial. From the start, the founders have focused on building a firm composed of highly experienced and credentialed individuals. They have also fostered a culture where team members can reach their highest potential and become the best versions of themselves, with the goal of successfully leading clients through life’s major decisions and events.
Mike grew up in Mission Viejo as a competitive swimmer, ultimately completing his career as a co-captain of his collegiate team. He now lives in Irvine with his wife, Christa, and their two daughters. Outside the office, he loves cheering his kids on during swim meets and soccer games. He also enjoys sharing his passion for ocean sports and snowboarding with his children.
Mike is a supporter and advocate for JDRF, a nonprofit organization that funds Type 1 diabetes research, and first got involved with the organization after his daughter was diagnosed with the condition. His family also supports the PADRE Foundation, a local organization for Type 1 diabetes education and outreach.
As a seasoned private wealth advisor and leader of DJM Financial, Tim guides people toward achieving and sustaining financial independence. He advances the firm’s overall mission of integrating investment management with comprehensive financial and legacy planning built on a foundation of deep knowledge and understanding of every client. Tim relishes the opportunity to learn his clients’ stories, explore their financial challenges and opportunities with transparency and empathy, and craft planning solutions that enable clients to take control of their financial future.
Tim brings more than 35 years of experience to DJM Financial. He launched his practice in 1985 and joined the firm in 2019 as a senior partner, with many clients from the early years remaining active relationships today – a testament to the care and attention they have received over the years, as well as the progress and clarity of their financial planning under Tim’s guidance. He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and continually studies to stay current in all aspects of the financial planning discipline.
Outside the office, Tim is an accomplished musician, having earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Southern California. After completing his studies in the mid-1970s, Tim switched to a career in financial services and got his first break working as an intern at a Northwestern Mutual firm in New York City. He ventured to the West Coast from his native New Jersey and has lived in Southern California for 45 years. A resident of Irvine, he is a proud father of two daughters and grandfather of two granddaughters.
Tim is fond of quoting Plato, who is said to have treasured the study of music because “the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” To that end, Tim created and hosts a concert series featuring some of the most talented young musicians in Orange County, and he loves improvising on his 7-foot grand piano. Tim also serves on the Board of Directors for Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. Alongside his passion for music, Tim loves traveling to unusual places throughout the world, photography, hiking, writing, and reading — especially history and philosophy.
Matt believes there is much more to successful wealth and financial planning than the numbers. As a Private Wealth Advisor at DJM Financial, he focuses on building strong relationships with his clients, working to understand what is most important to each of them and what they wish to accomplish so that he can develop a holistic financial plan to meet their goals. Matt is passionate about delivering solutions that instill financial confidence and peace of mind by harnessing the integrated capabilities of the DJM Financial team and coordinating a client’s outside tax and legal advisors to ensure that planning solutions are comprehensive, customized, and fully integrated.
Matt began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2012 and has since worked diligently to become an impactful leader within DJM Financial. He works with his partners and the team to maintain and strengthen DJM Financial’s highly collaborative culture and singular emphasis on serving the best interests of every client. Matt is energized by being part of a wealth and financial planning firm that is bigger than any one team member and that is prepared to carry on the promises made to clients and their families over multiple generations.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Long Beach State University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, holds a California Life & Health Insurance license, and has earned his Series 6, 7, and 63 securities registrations.
An Orange County native, Matt grew up and still lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Katie, their sons, Devin and Caiden, and their daughter, Madelyn. His hobbies include coaching his kids’ baseball teams and attending baseball games. While his wife is a Dodger fan, Matt grew up loving Chicago sports, so he and his kids root for the Cubs. When he’s not working on behalf of clients, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors exploring local parks, beaches, and the mountains with his family.
For more than two decades, Patrick Stoll has been making a difference in peoples’ lives by helping them achieve financial security. Since joining DJM Financial in 2019, he has contributed to the team’s depth of wealth management resources and breadth of planning expertise, coaching hundreds of clients toward their goals across all kinds of financial market conditions. Patrick’s specialty is pre-retirement and retirement distribution planning. He draws from his wide-ranging professional experience and broad industry knowledge to solve what are often complex, multi-layered planning challenges. Patrick’s goal is to help create peace of mind so that clients feel prepared for major inflection points in their financial lives and well positioned to pass on a legacy to the people and causes they care most about.
Patrick’s planning acumen is reflected in the portfolio of professional credentials that he has earned. Patrick is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the Chartered Life Underwriter®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Retirement Income Certified Professional® designations.
Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Patrick worked for a Fortune 500 chemical company specializing in water treatment consulting. Previously, he served in the United States Air Force as an officer for eight years, achieving the rank of Captain. In this role, he managed ballistic missile and space launch programs. Patrick is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he played on a nationally ranked football team that was subsequently inducted into the Air Force Academy Hall of Fame.
Fluent in German, Patrick completed fourth and fifth grade while living in Germany. He and his wife, Maria, are the parents of three boys. Just as he loves navigating a good financial challenge, Patrick enjoys mountain biking and sailing his Catalina 27 out of Dana Point Harbor and around the Orange County coastline. Patrick also values the opportunity to contribute something positive to the world. For about 15 years, he has been part of a group that buys, prepares, and serves brunch at the Isaiah House shelter in Santa Ana. More recently, he has also volunteered as a driver for Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente picking up food donations from local grocery stores.
As a private wealth advisor at DJM Financial, Nic works across the planning discipline to support the firm’s clients. He meets with them regularly to learn about their evolving financial circumstances, goals, and priorities, and creates highly customized plans that guide clients toward financial independence. Nic enjoys the breadth of his role but is especially energized by driving efficiencies in wealth accumulation and distribution strategies and solving for the intricacies of tax-efficient planning for individuals and business owners. He is enthusiastic about eliminating sources of financial anxiety for clients and relishes the opportunity to minimize any sense of burden that they might be feeling about their financial picture.
Nic was called to the financial profession at an early age, back when he first learned about the magic of compound interest — and realized that he could one day earn a living helping people protect and grow their assets. He began his career at DJM Financial in 2009, when he joined the firm as an analyst. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Nic earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He holds the Series 6, 7, and 63 securities licenses as well as the California Life and Health Insurance license.
A native of the Easy Bay area of Northern California, Nic currently resides in South Orange County with his wife, their twin boys, and their daughter. When he isn’t designing and optimizing his clients’ financial plans, Nic enjoys managing his kids’ soccer team and playing golf. He prioritizes spending time with his family and loves relaxing at the beach and volunteering in the community through his church, where he oversees an elder’s quorum that supports food banks and programs for single moms.
As Director of Employer and Participant Services, Elicia delivers exceptional strategy and service to business owners with qualified retirement plans. Her responsibilities include guiding the execution of trustee and enrollment meetings, conducting investment due diligence, and working to enhance clients’ overall satisfaction with their plans. Drawing on more than a decade of experience in the corporate retirement plan space, Elicia provides clients with the knowledge and advice they need to meet their fiduciary responsibilities with confidence at all steps in the planning process, from the optimal design of the plan to the creation of the right procedures that ensure compliance while supporting successful outcomes for plan participants. She joined DJM Financial in March 2021.
Elicia earned a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University, with a major in consumer psychology and a minor in marketing. She went on to work in sales and marketing at ADP for 11 years, where she specialized in crafting retirement plans that created efficiency, reduced risk, and benefitted plan participants. At ADP, Elicia honed her skills by helping business owners and HR professionals facilitate the overall management of their company retirement plans. She gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of retirement plan design and implementation, from start up, payroll integration, and benchmarking to conducting vendor reviews, plan transitions, and tax planning.
Hailing originally from Orange County, Elicia now resides in San Clemente with her husband Johnny and their three children, Drake, Mackenzie, and Cole. A soccer player during her college years, Elicia enjoys volunteering as an assistant coach for her kids’ teams. She also loves spending time outdoors, whether it’s camping, going to the beach, running in the hills with her dog, perfecting yoga poses, or snowboarding.
Alyssa began her career with Northwestern Mutual in 2015. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State University Long Beach, where she also played NCAA women’s soccer. Alyssa’s expertise is working with clients on their financial planning to help give them peace of mind as they navigate through life’s financial decisions. As a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) she uses a comprehensive and consultative approach while working with her clients. She believes that the more empowered people feel with their finances, the more confidence they can have in their overall life. On the personal side, Alyssa resides in Laguna Hills, California with her husband, Jimmy and their much-adored dogs, Nela and Cali. When she is not working, she can be found at home relaxing, checking out local food spots, or enjoying the afternoon at a winery.
As a financial advisor, I help my clients make sense of a complex financial world and create a plan to help achieve their most important financial goals now and in the future.
I'm a California native and moved from my hometown in San Diego to Orange County in 2013 to begin my financial planning practice with Northwestern Mutual. I've been expanding my business and striving to provide world-class financial services to our clients up and down the West Coast ever since. My wife Kassi and son Samuel live in Costa Mesa, CA and love being active with our church and in the community.
Jim Grefenstette specializes in investment strategy and portfolio management at DJM Financial, where he leads the firm’s Investment Committee. With more than 30 years of experience, he applies his extensive investment acumen to strengthen the firm’s planning, insurance, and advisory services. Jim focuses on making an impact for his clients by developing customized portfolios designed to help them achieve the financial goals that will carry them into, and through, retirement.
Prior to joining DJM Financial, Jim worked at PNC Wealth Management, where he advised high-net-worth individuals and families on building investment portfolios designed to help them meet their financial objectives. He previously spent more than 15 years as a Senior Portfolio Manager and ran two top-tier growth and large core equity mutual funds at Federated Investors, with more than $2.5 billion in assets. He was twice listed among Barron’s Top 100 Money Managers. Jim began his career trading Treasury notes and bonds at PNC Bank and worked in private equity and debt credit analysis at Westinghouse Credit Corp.
Jim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, the highest distinction in the investment management profession, underscoring his skills in advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University. Jim grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is proud of his hometown sports teams from the Steelers to the Penguins, and yes…even the Pirates. He now lives in Dana Point, California and loves spending time with his wife, Tess, and their four kids. When Jim is not developing investment portfolios and planning solutions for clients, he enjoys strategizing on his golf game and playing squash.
As a private wealth analyst, My specializes in coordinating the overall financial planning process for DJM Financial’s clients, including the construction and analysis of their financial plans. Organized, resourceful, and always working to anticipate client needs, My taps into her multifaceted planning experience to support advisors and analysts alike by coordinating the planning workflow, preparing cases for client meetings, and delegating tasks and post-meeting follow-up to ensure clients are thoroughly supported through all steps of the financial planning process.
My began her career at Northwestern Mutual in 2008 and worked at the downtown Los Angeles office prior to joining DJM Financial in 2013. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation, a Certification in Long-Term Care® (CLTC®), the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses, and the California Life and Health Insurance license.
My attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a B.S. in biology. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, she currently lives in Tustin with her husband, two children, and the family dog, a Brittany Spaniel. On weekends, My enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing, and organizing her home. In her free time, she loves to learn new strategies for being smart with her money.
As a private wealth analyst, Frank plays an instrumental role in creating and evaluating customized financial plans for clients to achieve their life goals. Frank graduated from UC Berkeley. He holds a Series 7, 66, and CIMA® (Certified Investment Management Analyst) designation.
Frank is drawn to DJM's team-oriented culture and commitment to helping clients achieve their financial goals. These values align perfectly with his aspirations for professional growth. With over two decades of experience in investment operations—working with companies like Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley—Frank takes a pragmatic and analytical approach to developing comprehensive plans that help clients attain financial prosperity.
When he is not working, Frank loves spending time with his wife, Laurali, and their children. His hobbies include playing golf and watching baseball.
As the Director of Private Wealth Planning, Steve helps devise DJM Financial’s planning strategies and oversees the development and implementation of client financial plans. He also manages investment and insurance analyses for clients. Steve is passionate about getting to know his clients individually, partnering to help them achieve their goals, and working to protect their families and their legacy. He prides himself on providing exceptional, personalized service and is energized by the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on his clients’ lives.
Steve previously taught English in Thailand for one year and had a brief career as a winemaker. He joined Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor in 2011 and ran an independent practice. After forming a close relationship with DJM Financial’s co-founder, Kevin DuPree, who was his family’s financial advisor for more than 25 years, Steve joined the firm in 2016 and enjoys training DJM analysts. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. Steve holds the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. In addition, he has earned his Series 6, 7, and 63 securities registrations and holds a California Life & Health Insurance license.
A Southern California native, Steve grew up in the South Bay and now lives a block away from his parents in Hermosa Beach. He loves barbecuing, rooting for the Dodgers, and spending time with his wife, Kelley, and their sons, Logan and Weston. When he’s not creating strategies for DJM Financial’s clients, Steve can be found hitting balls out of the baseball park and planning his team’s next move on the field.
Peter Park brings more than two decades of diverse investment industry experience to his role overseeing DJM Financial’s investment operations. He is responsible for managing and reviewing client investment portfolios, driving tax efficiency, providing technical assistance to the team, and deftly handling complex portfolio management issues when they arise. Peter is dedicated to putting DJM Financial clients first and enjoys creating and supporting dynamic investment strategies designed to provide clients with a secure financial future and peace of mind for years to come.
Peter joined Northwestern Mutual in 2000 as an Investment Operation and Trading Desk Manager. In 2006, he transitioned to Branch Office Compliance Officer and was the fourth employee to join founder Kevin DuPree and the DJM Financial team. As a mentor and trainer, Peter is passionate about building DJM Financial into a multigenerational firm and passing its client-first philosophy along to the next generation of team members. Peter graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea, with a degree in international trade. He holds Series 7, 9 and 10 securities licenses.
A California native, Peter grew up in West Hollywood. He resides in Irvine with his wife, Christine, and their rescue dog, Latte. When he isn’t working on home improvement projects, Peter spends his free time discovering new travel and dining destinations. He gives back to his community by donating blood and plasma to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
As Director of Retirement Plans, Veronica oversees the operations of qualified retirement planning for business owners and individual clients at DJM Financial. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, she brings extensive knowledge and a unique skillset that enhance her ability to create holistic planning solutions, solving for challenges and providing guidance along the way. Proactive and dependable, Veronica enjoys building long-lasting relationships with the firm’s clients and serving as a resource on retirement planning best practices.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2001, Veronica worked in the fashion industry. Inspired by her best friend, who is a financial advisor, she embarked on a career change, working her way up from an entry level role at Northwestern Mutual. She joined DJM Financial in 2003. Veronica earned a degree in design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and later attended California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in business administration and marketing. Veronica holds the California Life and Health Insurance license, Long-Term Care Insurance license, and Series 6, 7, and 63 securities licenses.
A native of South Bay, California, Veronica now resides in Huntington Beach with her husband Tim. When she isn’t crafting retirement plans, she can be found on the tennis court perfecting her backhand. And Veronica’s love of couture endures: She follows all the latest luxury fashion news and enjoys watching her favorite fashion TV shows.
As a Private Wealth Analyst, Sarah serves as a liaison between clients and different departments within DJM Financial. She works to establish open lines of communication, ensures timely follow-up to client inquiries and requests, and helps integrate the use of financial planning software. Highly organized and approachable, Sarah’s favorite part of the planning process is the up-front discovery meeting when she has the opportunity to listen for what is most important to new clients and help lay the groundwork for the successful implementation of the financial plan.
Attracted to DJM Financial’s holistic, client-centered approach to planning, Sarah joined the firm in 2020 after spending six years in administration and operations support for wealth management teams at UBS Financial Services, where she was recognized with a leadership award. Sarah holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification as well as the Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in economics.
An Orange County native, Sarah grew up in Aliso Viejo and now resides in Laguna Niguel. In her free time, she enjoys fashion, cooking, and travelling. When she’s not supporting DJM Financial clients and advisory teams, Sarah loves decorating her home and spending time with her miniature schnauzer puppy, Toffee.
As an associate financial planning analyst, Grace is responsible for supporting the team’s advisors with case preparations and building comprehensive financial plans that align with clients’ life stage, time horizon and goals. Grace is committed to fostering long-term relationships with DJM Financial clients and enjoys the process of bringing a financial plan together and delivering guidance that helps her clients see the value of a strategic approach to saving, planning, and investing decisions.
With interests in chemistry and mathematics, Grace was drawn to the precision of the culinary arts and previously worked as a professional baker and entrepreneur, having opened and run her own Pasadena-based establishment, Moyo, prior to joining DJM Financial in 2018. She attended the University of California, Riverside, and earned a diploma in baking and patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles. She holds a California Life and Health Insurance license as well as a Series 7 and 63 Securities Registration.
Grace was born and raised in Walnut, California and currently resides in Anaheim with her husband, Larry, and their daughter, Riley. When she’s isn’t developing financial recipes for DJM Financial clients, she loves creating culinary masterpieces and making arts and crafts projects with her daughter, who is an excellent assistant baker.
As a qualified plan associate at DJM Financial, Katie supports our qualified plans and retirement plan participants along their financial journeys, with a focus on education and engagement. Through Katie’s previous experience in building her own financial planning practice, she has developed both a passion and an acumen for helping others achieve their financial goals and is excited to broaden her impact with DJM Financial. She graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. She is also licensed in Life & Health and holds FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 registrations.
Katie leverages her broad range of interests and hobbies, as well as her dynamic personality, to effectively facilitate seamless connections between our firm, clients, and partners. Beyond her eclectic taste in music and insatiable appetite for reading, Katie enjoys fostering her intellectual curiosity in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics. You can also catch Katie taking a Peloton workout or enjoying the outdoors. Although she moved to California in 2021, she remains close to her family and friends in Northeastern Massachusetts and New York. Through her passion and involvement with various animal rescue organizations, she and her husband, Andrew, are fur parents to Louise (a rescued canine from Thailand) and Michael (a feline from the Bronx).
Thomas Cary oversees all day-to-day business and firm operations to ensure that DJM Financial consistently delivers an elevated level of service and that, with every interaction, clients feel fully supported along their path to financial security. With a background in non-qualified executive benefit planning and corporate-owned life insurance, Thomas also partners with the firm's advisors and their corporate clients to develop dynamic business planning strategies. He enjoys connecting with the team on a personal level and working together every day to help ensure the firm is positioned to positively impact clients' lives.
Thomas began his career in 2007 as a Financial Representative intern at Northwestern Mutual. Shortly after transitioning to a full-time registered Financial Representative role, he joined a consulting firm where he helped oversee service operations as the firm quadrupled in cash value insurance assets under management over a period of seven years. He subsequently joined DJM Financial in 2016. Thomas earned a B.S. in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.B.A. from Averett University. He holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses and the California State Life and Health Insurance license.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Thomas and his wife, Amanda, now reside in Long Beach, California, where they live with their beloved pets. Even though he has moved to the west coast, Thomas still enjoys supporting his alma mater's basketball team from 3,000 miles away. When he is not managing operations or engaging in strategic planning for DJM Financial, Thomas is making plans with Amanda to uncover their next travel destination.
Corey leads the risk management department at DJM Financial, managing and developing the firm’s insurance servicing team. With more than two decades of experience in all aspects of financial planning, she specializes in underwriting, advisor support as well as client support, applying her advanced knowledge to lead clients through the insurance underwriting process as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Corey is energized by the opportunity to bring clarity to complex insurance planning issues, such as business insurance cases that often involve many moving pieces and multiple parties. She is especially grateful for the opportunity afforded through her work at DJM Financial to provide a lifeline to all clients during life’s toughest moments.
Corey was hired by DJM Financial co-founder Kevin DuPree in 1999, went on to support Private Wealth Advisor Patrick Stoll, and joined the firm in 2019 when Patrick came aboard. Corey holds a California Life and Health Insurance license and the Certification in Long-Term Care (CLTC)® designation.
Corey grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and now resides in Irvine, CA with her partner Jeffrey, her son Nathan, and two dogs, Chloe and Ava. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and road trips to Arizona to visit Nathan at college.
As a financial planning analyst, Sean supports our advisors in providing exceptional service to clients through every stage of the planning process. He is an ardent believer in leveraging his professional experience to help clients attain their life goals with utmost precision and dedication.
Prior to joining the DJM Financial team, Sean served the most sophisticated clients of First Republic Private Wealth Management as a senior advanced planning associate. During his 4 years with First Republic, Sean quickly learned the reward of building and maintaining relationships with clients, and of assisting them in achieving their most important life goals. In addition to his advanced planning expertise, Sean’s professional skills include financial modeling, data analysis, and streamlining processes. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Cal State University, East Bay.
Sean enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and taking his dog Bruce, a Great Pyrenees mix, to the local dog beach. He also loves playing hockey and is an avid Anaheim Ducks fan.
Mamie provides operational and financial planning support for DJM Financial’s advisors, performing essential tasks such as opening accounts, transferring assets, and keeping client plans moving forward. She prides herself on being responsive, flexible, and adaptable, and enjoys working within the broader team that orchestrates planning solutions and helps clients achieve their goals. Mamie is especially passionate about early financial education and dedicated to helping the next generation of investors secure their financial future.
Mamie has always had an interest in wealth management and financial planning and joined DJM Financial in March 2021. She began her career in the financial services industry 15 years ago, most recently serving as a client service analyst in the commercial banking division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mamie also worked on new business implementation for nonqualified executive benefit plans at Prudential Financial, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and Series 7 and 63 licenses as well as the California Life and Health Insurance license.
Mamie and her husband Bill reside in Orange County, where they raised their two children, Mackenzie and Jimmy. She enjoys spending time outdoors walking, hiking trails, and going to the beach. A travel enthusiast, Mamie recently went on a trip around the world and visited Italy, Spain, and Thailand with her family.
Sandra oversees DJM Financial’s marketing initiatives, including the management of the firm’s social media accounts, and coordinates a variety of special events for clients — from webinars on financial topics to family and community events. Across these varied initiatives, Sandra’s mission is to maintain the highest client experience standards in the industry.
Sandra brings significant marketing, operations, and program development acumen to DJM Financial. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Director of Special Events and Support Groups for the Pacific Symphony. For nearly 15 years, Sandra also worked for a large insurance company. She holds the Series 6 and 63 securities licenses, as well as the California Life and Health Insurance license. Sandra is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in economics.
A lifelong resident of Orange County, California, Sandra currently lives in Placentia and loves Southern California’s sunny weather and easy access to beaches, mountains, and the outdoors. When she’s not planning marketing initiatives or enriching events for DJM Financial’s clients and families, she enjoys yoga, cooking, reading, and traveling. Sandra frequently volunteers with the Junior League of Orange County; CASA of Orange County, which supports disadvantaged children; and the Global Center for Women and Justice, a nonprofit organization through Vanguard University that combats human trafficking.
Kenny manages the day-to-day operations of the investment department at DJM Financial. His primary focus is on supporting client services by opening accounts, moving funds, facilitating trades, and providing account maintenance. With careful attention to detail, he is dedicated to ensuring that all investment account transactions are executed expeditiously and accurately. Kenny appreciates the opportunity to contribute to clients’ financial strategies and play a part in providing the peace of mind that a carefully crafted financial plan and investment strategy can deliver.
Prior to joining the firm, Kenny spent 25 years in Tokyo teaching English and managing language centers at Berlitz Corporation. In 2015, Kenny moved backed to the U.S. and made a career change. He began working with his childhood best friend and DJM founder Kevin DuPree, attracted by the firm’s collegial atmosphere and culture of collaboration and support. Kenny earned a B.A. in social ecology with an emphasis in criminology from the University of California, Irvine and holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
The father of four children, Kenny lives with his family in Torrance, California, where he was born and raised. Outside of work, he enjoys exercising, watching his kids play sports, and relaxing on the weekends with family and friends.
As an Investment Operations Associate, Mac supports the implementation of client financial plans and investment strategies. He plays an essential role in assisting DJM Financial advisors with the account funding process and putting plans into action. Detail oriented and organized, Mac derives satisfaction from helping clients benefit from financial planning and seeing how their lives grow and change for the better because of the planning process.
Mac holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from San Diego State University. After working as an intern for the firm, Mac joined DJM Financial as a full-time employee in 2022, drawn by the firm’s deeply collaborative culture and commitment to the overall client experience. His goal is to continue growing and learning in his investment role to help drive the firm’s growth and provide the best possible support to clients. Mac currently holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Mac is a SoCal native growing up in Orange County where he played baseball and roller hockey until university. In his free time, Mac enjoys snowboarding, roller skating, hiking, and camping. On the weekends, Mac can be found working on his 1969 Chevrolet Nova or supporting his favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As the firm's primary contact for all client service inquiries, Victoria connects DJM Financial clients to the right team member to ensure specialized requests are addressed diligently and expeditiously. She is passionate about getting to know clients, matching DJM Financial planning expertise with client needs, and building enduring relationships based on a foundation of trust and empathy. Victoria is also responsible for managing communications among DJM team members and supporting the firm’s referral and growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2012, Victoria worked as an architect in South Africa for five years. After moving to the United States, she spent five years working in real estate before moving into a position in the financial services industry. Victoria holds a Life Insurance license and Certification in Long-Term Care (CLTC®). She attended the University of Johannesburg, earning a B.A. in architecture.
Born and raised in South Africa, Victoria currently resides in Yorba Linda, California. She was married for two decades to her late husband Josh and has twin sons, Holden and Aiden. She honors her husband’s legacy through her sons, and by serving as a trusted resource for DJM Financial clients who are experiencing loss or navigating life transitions. Inspired by the care and service that residents of Orange County provide to their community, Victoria volunteers locally through her church. She enjoys an active lifestyle that includes hiking, running, and attending spin classes.
Christa Jacob oversees DJM Financial’s strategic planning and priority initiatives. Leveraging her wealth of managerial experience in the financial services industry, she works across the firm to facilitate continuous evolution, with a focus on internal projects and operations. As a vital member of the DJM Financial leadership team, Christa is dedicated to the firm’s mission of improving the lives of clients today and for future generations.
Christa earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics and a minor in accounting with summa cum laude distinction from UCLA. Earning the Certified Public Accountant designation in 2002, Christa began her career at the firm Deloitte & Touche. Serving as a fund controller and most recently as an assistant vice president of investment operations, she spent more than 16 years at Capital Group, home of American Funds. During her time at Capital Group, Christa managed various teams that supported the operations, financial reporting, and tax strategies for several of the largest mutual funds in the world.
A native of Orange County, Christa resides in Irvine with her husband, Mike, their two daughters, and their beloved family dog. She keeps a healthy work/life balance by staying active and supporting her children’s sports and school activities. She also enjoys reading and traveling to new destinations, especially historic sites. Committed to giving back, Christa is dedicated to education, advocacy, and support for Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and is actively involved in JDRF and the local T1D community.
As an Investment Operations Associate, JJ supports the implementation of client financial plans and investment strategies. He plays an essential role in assisting DJM Financial advisors with account funding and putting plans into action. Detail oriented and organized, JJ derives satisfaction from helping clients benefit from financial planning and seeing how their lives grow and change for the better because of the planning process.
JJ holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from California State University – Los Angeles. He previously worked for Northwestern Mutual, where he helped clients envision their financial goals. In 2019, JJ made a lateral move and joined DJM Financial, drawn by the firm’s family atmosphere and deeply collaborative culture. His goal is to continue growing in his role to help drive the firm’s growth and success in supporting clients.
Born and raised in Texas, JJ lived in numerous cities across the United States before settling down in Santa Ana, including Atlanta, Raleigh, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. When he’s not busy helping to implement clients’ financial plans, JJ loves playing basketball, guitar, and violin.
As an operations associate, Ian is responsible for policy servicing, processing new business applications, and ensuring seamless operations within the insurance department. Ian began his career in the insurance industry in 2018, following his graduation from the University of San Diego with a degree in finance, and joined DJM Financial in 2023. His meticulous attention to detail and passion for his work ensure exceptional client satisfaction. Ian appreciates the strong camaraderie of the DJM Financial team as well as the dedication to individual and firm development, which collectively result in improved client service.
Ian enjoys hiking, kayaking and is an avid basketball fan. In addition, Ian is a big Disney fan and will take any chance to visit the parks as he can.