About Luesink Stenstrom Financial

Anja LuesinkAnja Luesink, MBA CFP® RLP® CeFT™

Anja Luesink is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, a Registered Life Planner ® and a Certified Financial Transitionist®. Prior to starting her own firm in 2008, she was a financial advisor at the firms L.J. Altfest & Associates and Francis Financial. In 2014, she partnered with Clare Stenstrom to form Luesink Stenstrom Financial.

As a Registered Life Planner® with the Kinder Institute of Life Planning Anja takes a holistic approach to financial planning and works to get a deeper understanding of her clients’ personal motivations, values and life goals. She also holds the Certified Financial Transitionist® designation from the Sudden Money Institute. This training provided her with the tools and skills to work with clients in emotional life-changing transitions, such as widowhood, divorce, loss of a job or the receipt of a financial windfall.

Anja is an active member of the Financial Planning community. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).  In 2012, she received the prestigious Heart of Financial Planning award from the FPA NY Chapter and from the national FPA for her role in the community. Through the FPA, Anja provides Pro Bono financial planning for low-income New Yorkers. She served for two years as the Director of Pro Bono on the FPANY Board of Directors and as a Chair for the National FPA Pro Bono Committee. As part of her Pro Bono work, she currently teaches Financial Literacy to foster children and to domestic violence survivors. She also mentors younger planners, develops financial literacy curriculum, participates in the FPA International Group and is active on the FPA Community Committee.

Anja has taught Retirement Planning at New York University (NYU) and often speaks to the public about budgeting, saving and investing, retirement planning, Social Security, Medicare and other financial topics. Together with Clare Stenstrom, she has taught a series of workshops especially for women, Women, Meaning and Money®.

Her financial advice has been quoted in Kiplinger, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Planning magazine, and Investment News, and her writing has been featured in the Journal of Financial Planning.

Anja received her MBA from Purdue University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Before she entered the Financial Planning profession she worked in International Business Development. Anja is a seasoned traveler and fluent speaker of many languages. She lives in Riverdale with her husband and two cats. On the weekends and in the summer, she can often be found in her garden in Upstate New York.


Clare HeadshotClare Stenstrom, CFP®CFT™

Clare Stenstrom is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) practitioner and a Certified Financial Transitionist™ (CeFT®). She provides comprehensive, holistic financial life planning and investment advisory services, with a focus on clients in the midst of money-related life changes. Clare achieved Mastery level with the Sudden Money Institute™ in her quest to coach her clients to successfully navigate life’s financial transitions.
In 2014, Clare partnered with Anja Luesink to form Luesink Stenstrom Financial, an independent fee-only financial planning and investment management firm. Prior to that, Clare was a partner at Bourne Stenstrom Lent Asset Management. For also worked for twenty plus years at the investment advisory firms, Parmelee Management Corp., where she was a principal, and the firm, Neville, Rodie & Shaw.
Clare is passionate about providing financial planning and financial literacy to those in need. She is the recipient of the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award, given by the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the first Heart of Financial Planning award given by the FPA’s New York Chapter (FPANY). As a past President of the FPANY, she created a program that provides pro bono financial planning services to the families of 9/11 victims. Out of this program, grew the Financial Planning Association’s national Pro Bono program, which exist today to provide free financial planning and financial literacy. She remains an active participant and leader in the FPANY and continues to work with people affected by 9/11. She also co-created multiple financial literacy programs, including the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) program, which prepares student ambassadors to be financially confident for the rest of their lives, and the MoneyWise program for domestic violence survivors that is now taught in several Family Justice Centers around the country.
Her expertise in investing, debt management, credit repair and basic financial planning has garnered her numerous speaking engagements and her advice is often quoted in the media.
Clare divides her time between New York and Melbourne Australia. With her husband and fellow Certified Financial Transitionist,™ she has launched the Sudden Money Institute Australia to train Australian financial planners in the art and science of financial transition. She also provides financial transition coaching to international clients.


IMG_3863Liz Sylvan

Liz strives to provide clients with unbiased and objective financial guidance that will enable them to achieve their financial and life goals. She advises in all areas of personal finance, including tax planning, retirement planning, investing, planning for the purchase of a home or investment property, estate planning, and education funding.
After more than a decade in the nonprofit sector, Liz sought to combine her passion for personal finance with her desire to help others. She received her certificate in Financial Planning from Northwestern University in 2015 and passed the Certified Financial Planner™ Certification Exam in March, 2016. In addition to her work at Luesink Stenstrom Financial, she is a member of the Financial Planning Association and has provided pro bono financial planning through the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
As a nonprofit professional, Liz most recently served as Director of Development at Sustainable South Bronx and previously held positions at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and DOROT, a social service agency for the elderly on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Liz received her BA from Wesleyan University and lives in Brooklyn.

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