About Us

Our Team

Blanca Sepulveda

Blanca has worked in the banking industry throughout her career and spent twenty years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She’s always been involved with community outreach. At eighteen she become a voter registrant and started volunteering with non-for-profits to give back to her communities.   Through the community outreach initiatives at the Bank, she got involved with various organizations and most impactful to her was Junior Achievement (JA) a non-for-profit organization that focuses on financial education for students.

She realized there’s a need for financial education and after she started surrounding herself with other entrepreneurs in finance she found a platform to pursue her passion. She became a financial coach, advocate for financial literacy and a business owner. She helps individuals from all walks of life prepare for an independent financial future. She also partners up with many community-based organizations and businesses to provide free workshops, implement financial strategies and provide solutions for families and individuals.  Blanca opened her 3rd office in Chicago’s West Loop area in 2019 and is the owner of Transformation Financial. She trains and develops others to become business owners in the financial services  industry. She attended and graduated from Morton Community College in Cicero and Depaul University Chicago. She loves traveling and spending time with her family.

Liz Todorovic

Liz was born and raised in Romania. She obtained a BA in International Relations and Economics, an MBA in Global Business and built a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. She volunteered at a domestic violence shelter and became very involved with various charities.

She found her purpose and realized she wanted to spend the rest of her life in the service of others and helping people. Today she serves on the Board of Directors of A Safe Place, also as Board Secretary and Committee Chair for various fundraising events. Her passion is working with single mothers, and overall women’s leadership and empowerment. This vision outgrew her corporate career, and in 2018 she set out on her journey as an entrepreneur to create a platform to create wealth to fund her own non for profit. LegacyWealth was the answer to her prayers. Liz is not only creating financial independence for herself but she helps others do the same.

Maria Puche

A proud University of Louisville alumni, Maria is an award winning financial professional with nine years of experience in Accounting and Finance. She started her career working for one of the largest accounting firms in the world, dealing with financial assessments, audits, mergers/acquisitions, and IPOs. Her passion for financial literacy has led her to starting her own firm with an emphases on giving back to her community by working one-on-one with individuals and business owners in helping them build a secure and strong financial future. During her spare time, Maria enjoys traveling and salsa dancing.

Martha Puche

Martha is a Licensed professional and one of the directors of the Louisville office. She leads financial seminars in her local community and across the city. Martha is a coach and a mentor.  Her background is health services. After many years in the medical field, an opportunity came to learn more about finances, not only for herself but she was able to teach it as well. She started this career working in the Louisville office along with her sister and together they started her own firm with an emphasis on giving back to her community. She not only helps individual families but also business owners and helps in providing a better future for them and their employees. She is currently working along with the Governors office in putting programs together to bring financial education to their staff. Martha loves to spend time with her family. She also loves to learn from her mentors and many leaders in the industry.

Karina Villafuerte

Karina, a life-long learner determined to succeed. She was born in Morelia Michoacán, Mexico; and proud to be a native Moroleon Guanajuato. At the age of six, she and her family embarked on a life-changing journey by moving to the United States in search of a better future. Karina earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Governors State University and has more than eight years of experience in the world of non-profit and leadership. Community work is very important to Karina and she continues to stay involved in projects to help the less fortunate. Her passion for serving others has led her to the financial services industry. Karina now servers her community members by providing financial education and guidance that can change their lives for generations. She believes her success is defined by the dreams, goals and opportunities she helps shape and plan, and also, to the bright futures she helps create! Her personal life motto is, inspire change and lead with a purpose.

Araceli Trujillo

Araceli was born and raised in the heart of Chicago by a single mother that descended from Durango Mexico.  With little education, her mother raised five resilient children. Early on Araceli was taught to work hard and make a good living for her family. She is happily married with three beautiful children.

Her background is in the Healthcare Insurance Industry. She is a licensed Health and Life insurance producer, licensed in multiple states. Most recently Araceli  worked for a third party brokerage firm that contracted with multiple insurance carriers.

In 2019 she was introduced to the Financial Services Industry and became a business owner. She saw an amazing opportunity to do more for families and individuals by educating them with financial concepts we didn’t formally learn in school. She’s empowering families to have a stable and strong financial foundation. Araceli likes to lead by example, is family oriented, loves to cook and travel.

Carol Montes

Carol was born in Morelia, Michoacán. She immigrated to the USA at the age of eleven. She is a proud Mexican-American living the American Dream and aspires to make a difference in the world. Carol graduated high school and married the love of her life. She worked in the banking industry for ten years; then 2016 she became a full-time stay-at-home mother of two wonderful children. However, in 2018 she discovered her true passion in the financial industry. She is now helping families and individuals have a better financial future. Carol’s ultimate goal is to continue to serve in financial education, make a difference in people’s lives, and to be inspiration to all women that once doubted their full potential. She wants to be a role model for all future generations.

Jose Valencia

Jose graduated from Richard Daley College in Chicago with an Associates degree and also holds a Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification. Jose is state licensed and has been in the Financial Industry since 2019. Having a background in technology, Jose interacted with customers on a daily basis for seventeen years. This gave him the foundation to build upon the customer service and listening skills that are very much needed in the Financial Services Industry.

With the job market being very competitive and changing at a fast pace, Jose decided to give Financial Services a try. He quickly realized the demand for this industry. He loves to help people in need and what better way to be of assistance than to provide information and resources that can positively change their lives. Financial Services is a whole different world that was previously reserved only for the wealthy. Jose wants to bring that to everyone he meets. Jose is happily married to his lovely wife Yoly with two beautiful girls and a handsome son. Away, from the business, Jose wants to focus on health and wellness. Loves the outdoor sports and camping.

Blanca Hines

Blanca is a wife, mother, financial coach, entrepreneur and women influencer with a background in corporate retail. As a buyer, her day-to-day life was very demanding. When she and her husband decided to have children, she knew she would need to make a change in her current work/life balance. As she always saw herself playing a large role in raising her children, being a full-time mom was a dream come true until the guilt of not having a career started to surface. After seeking answers and “counseling“ from other women, she came to the realization of how important it was to build friendships with other women, as they were the only ones who could understand all the thoughts and emotions she was going through.

She was introduced to the opportunity of becoming a financial coach during this time and knew she couldn’t pass up this career change -it made her feel the fulfillment she had missed career wise while raising children and allowed her to tap into her ultimate powerful self. The inspiration of organizing a business was born! She wanted to create an organization where women could connect with one another, feel empowered to find their inner “fierce” to fight, and reach their goals and dreams. She feels beyond blessed and now hopes to fulfill this purpose that God has called her to through SHE Influence NPR.