At our firm, we are committed to serving our clients' best interests, offering fiduciary advisory services, and maintaining a client-centric approach. Our passion for helping individuals and families plan for their financial future stems from seeing our loved ones struggle to find the right guidance. 

At our firm, we have the client—and only the client—in mind.

With our extensive knowledge of personal finance and experience as financial professionals, we strive to empower clients to pursue their financial objectives with ease. We are proud to have earned a reputation for providing clear and simple education to our clients to help them navigate the complex world of financial services. Our dedication extends beyond our clients to our community, and we support several charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Houston Hospice, among others.

We believe in a team approach to better serve clients with diverse financial needs. We provide undivided attention to every client, from planning to execution and follow-up. We proactively help clients develop a strategy that addresses their financial goals and objectives, utilizing the most efficient methods available.

Grace S. Yung, CFP®  ( She / Her / Hers )

CEO | FOUNDER | WEALTH ADVISOR

713-355-9833

713-355-9888

grace.yung@lpl.com

Grace S. Yung, CFP®, our CEO and Founder, has been providing trusted advice to individuals and families for over twenty years. Grace is dedicated to building and preserving a secure future for her clients and their loved ones by offering guidance throughout different stages of life. She understands that everyone has unique goals, dreams, and challenges, and strives to ensure each client's plan is tailored to their specific aspirations. Grace supports several causes close to her heart, and her fluency in two languages and passion for travel and the arts provide unique perspectives to her financial planning.

Among her accolades and honors, Grace has been a CFP Board Ambassador since 2021 and serves on the CFP Board Competency Commission (since 2023).  She is also a contributing writer for the monthly financial column for Out Smart Magazine and writes for a local newsletter, the Houston Medical Times. She co-founded an advisor-led roundtable of women leaders at LPL Financial, serves on the Advisor Inclusion Council (since 2021), and has been featured as a speaker for several of the firm’s advisor development programs. Her awards include the Five Star Wealth Manager Award from Texas Monthly (2012-2023) and the DiversityFIRST™ Leadership Award from the Texas Diversity Council (2015). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance & Management from the University of Houston.

Insurance licenses in Life, Health, and Accident & Sickness. Licensed to serve clients in several states, including AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, MD, NM, OH, PA, TX, VA, WI, and WV.

Diane Gardner, CFP®, CDFA®  ( She / Her / Hers )

Senior Vice President

713-355-8486

713-355-9888

diane.gardner@lpl.com

Diane Gardner is a highly skilled and experienced financial professional who has been helping individuals and families pursue their financial goals for over two decades. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), Diane possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of personal finance.

Diane earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University in 1998, and her MBA from Youngstown State University in 2001. She began her career in the financial services industry in 1998 and has been a valued partner with LPL Financial since December of 2010.

Throughout her career, Diane has been committed to providing her clients with personalized financial guidance that can help them understand and work towards their financial goals. She takes a collaborative and comprehensive approach to financial planning, working closely with her clients to develop customized strategies that are tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.

In addition to her financial planning work, Diane is an avid golfer, traveler, and community volunteer. She serves on several nonprofit boards and is deeply committed to giving back to her community.

Diane is licensed to practice in several states, including AZ, CA, FL, MS, OH, PA, TX, VA, WA, and WV. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, she is well-equipped to help clients from a wide range of backgrounds and locations achieve their financial goals.

Rhonda Barclay, CRPC® ( She / Her / Hers )

LPL Financial Advisor

713-355-9895

713-355-9888

Rhonda Barclay has been in the financial services industry for more than twenty years, initially with a small regional firm and two national, publicly traded firms. Rhonda graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and has taken several graduate courses at Rice University in financial planning. In 2009, Rhonda became an independent financial consultant, affiliating her professional relationship with LPL Financial.

As an independent financial consultant, Rhonda has access to some of the finest products and advice available - without being driven by any considerations other than her client's best interest. Because it is an independent broker/dealer, LPL Financial doesn't offer any proprietary investment products. Instead, it provides Rhonda and her clients with access to a large array of investment vehicles.

Liz Irvin, M.A. ( She / Her / Hers )

Executive Assistant

713-355-9894

713-355-9888

Liz grew up in Sugar Land, Texas. She and her husband have three daughters. Liz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology /Pre-Medicine from Baylor University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston/Clear Lake.

Balancing work and family life, she devotes her time as an active parent volunteer at her children's schools as well as several other community programs. A cancer survivor, she also continues to support the causes that are near and dear to her heart including MD Anderson, The Young Survival Coalition, “Hope for Two the Pregnant with Cancer Network” and her Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, Advisors for A Cure.

Liz's work background was in the field of social services as the Director of Admissions for a United Way Agency that provides residential and vocational opportunities for individuals with special needs/developmental disabilities. Liz switched careers and joined the financial services industry and brings service-centric focus, attention to detail and resourcefulness from her previous experiences to Midtown Financial Group, LLC.

Catherine Allred ( She / Her / Hers )

LPL Registered Administrative Assistant

713-355-9886

Catherine is an LPL employee and is part of the Admin Solutions program that supports multiple advisors' businesses. She has an extensive background in the financial services industry. Prior to joining our team, she was a Senior Registered Associate at Morgan Stanley providing concierge level service to clients of both individual advisors and advisor teams. Through her 11 years with Morgan Stanley, she navigated the system and procedural changes that took place during the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture transition.

She spent 10 years working in various roles at Lincoln Financial Advisors, from a smaller branch office in the capacity of Office Manager and IT support, to a Regional Finance position, culminating her commitment as Branch Office Manager in one of the larger branch offices. She started her industry career at a Transamerica General Agency office where she was responsible for all the agency operations and administrative tasks.

Catherine holds Series 7, 66, 6, & 63 registrations with LPL Financial as well as Life, Accident, Health, and Variable Products licenses with LPL Financial.

Catherine enjoys rock carving as well as various other artistic methods of expression and is a huge fan of road-tripping adventures.

Brett Rowe ( He / Him / His )

Financial Assistant

Brett, in his role as a Senior Plan Manager at LPL Financial, plays a key part in supporting Midtown Financial Group.  As a valuable member of the LPL Paraplanning Services team, Brett collaborates closely with advisors to deliver essential back-office planning support.  This involves conducting detailed data analysis and crafting comprehensive planning strategies to aid clients in achieving their financial goals.

Brett's journey in the financial services sector began in 2016 when he served as a Senior Client Success Coach at eMoney Advisor.  In 2022, he brought his skills and experience to LPL Financial.,  Brett is distinguished as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, reflecting his commitment to professional excellence.

Originally hailing from San Diego, Brett moved to Lexington, KY, to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of Kentucky.  Eventually returning to San Diego, he now resides there with his wife Ashley and their children, son Peter and daughter Elliott.  Beyond his professional commitments, Brett finds fulfillment in activities such as hiking and coaching his kids in various sports.  Family movie nights are a cherished tradition for the family.  Notable, Brett is a devoted college basketball fan, with a special passion for supporting his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.



Leon Rafou ( He / Him / His )

CFO Strategist for the LPL Business Strategy Services Team

Leon Rafou is a CFO Strategist for the LPL Business Strategy Services team. He provides advisors with actionable insights based on Financial analysis and strategic planning to help drive higher practice valuations.

Leon has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry including positions in Business Banking, Private Banking, and Wealth Management.  Most recently, he served as a Wealth Management Banker with U.S. Bank and managed a high net worth book of business with several partners including Wealth Management Advisors and Wealth Strategists.  Leon brings a great deal of industry experience with a focus on relationship management, financial planning, and analytical insight

Leon received a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses and also maintains his California Life and Health Insurance designations.

Leon is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife.  In his free time, Leon likes to stay active by going to the gym and playing hockey.  He also enjoys traveling and spending time a the beach.  True to his Michigan roots, he is a diehard fan of the Michigan Wolverines and enjoys watching football and basketball primarily.

Henri Louis Vuitton Yung ( He / Him / His )

CCO Chief Comfort Officer

A native Houstonian, our Chief Comfort Officer is responsible for hugs, kisses and sometimes shenanigans. His role is to bring a smile to your face.

In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, playing with his toys and barking at other dogs.  He is small in stature, but huge in personality.  That is why he is a great addition to our team here at Midtown Financial.

Client Centered

Client Centered

Whether you are investing to build wealth, protect your family, or preserve your assets, our personalized service focuses your needs, wants, and long-term goals.

Our team of professionals have years of experience in financial services. We can help you address your needs of today and for many years to come. We look forward to working with you.