Our Team

Our Team

We who work at The Financial Center, Inc., of Illinois (TFC) not only have the knowledge and experience to help clients pursue financial goals, but we very much enjoy assisting clients with wealth management planning, helping with retirement planning, encouraging them to stay on track with their plans, and, most of all, the pleasure of observing clients obtaining their financial goals. Our staff is always ready to address concerns, answer questions, and put clients at ease.

Edna Steidinger


Edna Steidinger is the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner at TFC and helps clients with investments, reviews insurance options, assists with creating trusts, and provides comprehensive wealth management as a whole. Edna founded TFC in 2002, coming from Bluestem Financial Services, Inc., where she assisted clients for more than 10 years. Edna obtained her FINRA Series 7 and 64 securities registrations (held through Commonwealth Financial Network®) and insurance license, and she furthered her credentials by earning her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner certification in 1998. 

In her spare time, Edna enjoys reading and spending time in the kitchen. She also enjoys traveling with her family and visiting friends and family far and near. She lives in rural Chatsworth and enjoys the peace and solitude of country living. She is very thankful to call the rural Midwest of the United States of America home. 

Edna’s greatest career enjoyment is building business and personal relationships with TFC clients. It is not merely a career for Edna; she is devoted to doing her best for her clients, working with clients who wish to work with her. She believes mutual trust is the key to a thriving, sincere relationship. 

Leaders Seal

Edna Steidinger is proud to have been recognized as a Leaders Level advisor for 2022—a distinction based on annual production that places her among the top 6 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Leaders Level advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Leaders Level advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Read a press release regarding this recognition.




James Schneider

Financial Strategist

James Schneider is a financial strategist and investment advisor at TFC, based out of the branch office in Salem, Oregon. James joined the firm in 2023 after an executive career in the agricultural industry. With over 13 years in the role of CEO, at two different firms, James enjoys utilizing his practical, real-world experience to help individual and business clients pursue their financial goals. James obtained his FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations (held through Commonwealth Financial Network®) in 2023.  

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his wife, Tonya, and three children. His best days are started with a beautiful morning run in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in Oregon's Willamette Valley, listening to teachings of the Bible. 

James, like Edna, finds his greatest career enjoyment in building business and personal relationships with TFC clients. He strongly believes that while there is much that technology can do, it can never replace human connection, which is the foundation of trust.