Our mission is to value and protect, above all things, the trust that our clients have placed in us. We do this by acting with integrity, always being accountable for our actions, and consistently applying and expanding our expertise.

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Our mission at Northstar is to value and protect, above all things, the trust that our clients have placed in us. We do this by acting with integrity, always being accountable for our actions, and consistently applying and expanding our expertise. Our team of professionals has been dedicated to this mission since our founding in 1996. Everything we do, from financial planning to investment management, is driven by our client’s needs. Helping them to define their most important goals is our main focus.

Our clients often have complex financial lives that require an experienced hand for guidance and execution. They place trust in our entire team because we work as one unit, with the capability to service and support the financial concerns of a variety of clients.

Professionals, executives, and business owners use our services to organize and monitor their financial lives. Our experience with pensions and governmental plans helps us provide planning services to both active and retired military members. And our level of expertise allows us to guide the financial decision making for trusts, qualified plans, and nonprofits.

Steven B. Girard

Steven is the CEO and principal of Northstar Financial Companies, Inc. His long-term approach to financial planning and investing has helped numerous clients achieve their goal of a life lived well. As the leader of our firm, Steven is responsible for developing the planning strategies used by our clients as well as our firm’s overall philosophy and guiding initiatives.

Before founding Northstar in 1996, Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire and began his financial services career at MetLife. Wishing to provide his clients with independent thinking and personalized strategies, Steven decided to create his own firm focused on delivering tailored financial services in an ethical manner.

He is currently studying and fulfilling requirements for the rigorous Certified Financial Planner™ certification.

Julia Randall
Financial Advisor/Chief Compliance Officer

Julia is a financial planner and a registered Investment Advisor Representative with Northstar, providing clients with day-to-day support and enabling them to maintain or modify their plans as situations dictate. A detail-oriented individual, she guides clients through a high level of active communication. Julia believes that consistent monitoring and making timely adjustments is an important part of a successful plan.

Julia earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and English from Temple University. A 20+ year veteran of the financial industry, she brings both management experience and hands-on investment knowledge to the Northstar team. She often coordinates with attorneys on complex estate plans and gifting strategies for high level executives. Her goal is to help bring clients confidence in their planning and a greater understanding of the financial system.

Julia lives in Pennsylvania and enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, kayaking and generally spending time outdoors with her husband Jeff, her two grown boys and her friends.

Andre Ratkai, CFA

Andre (Andy) Ratkai, CFA is a Consultant with Northstar.  He started with Northstar in January 2023.

Andy received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.  He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1990.  He then went on to found Praxis Advisory Group in 1992.  He was President, Chief Investment Officer and provided portfolio management and asset allocation services for stock, bond and mutual fund investors.

Alex Bastron, CFP®
Financial Advisor

Alex is a Certified Financial Planner and asset manager with Northstar. He believes that everyone’s situation is unique and requires a customized solution in order to achieve financial independence and other important life goals. Alex strongly feels that effective and ongoing communication is paramount in any relationship. Beyond that basic relationship need, confidence and comfort in an investment plan and investment portfolio can only happen through proper communication.

Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa and has been working in the industry for more than 15 years. He and his wife, Tasha, enjoy all the activities that the Colorado mountains offer and love their dogs, Chloe and Titus, more than they should. They also enjoy spending time with family and attending concerts and sporting events.

Thomas Tuskey, CFP®
Financial Advisor

Thomas is registered with Northstar as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) and currently serves as an Advisor in the Pennsylvania office. He is a member of our Investment Committee, and has grown further into an Advisory role upon becoming a CFP® Professional in 2022.

After graduating from The Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick, Thomas began his professional career with Northstar in 2018 as a Client Service Specialist. He prides himself on relentless attention to personalized client service. Thomas loves cultivating new relationships so please feel free to say hello!

Currently residing in Pennsylvania, when he is not working you can usually find Thomas back in New Jersey spending time with his family and friends, cooking something delicious, or studying the financial markets.

Melissa Gemmell
Operations Manager

Melissa is the Operations Manager at Northstar and is a member of the Compliance Committee.   She is responsible for managing all the day-to-day needs for the office and staff including record keeping, software systems, custodian relationships, vendor management and staff training.  Additionally, Melissa works closely with advisors on life insurance cases and is the primary contact for a number of our industry relationships including brokers and general agents.

Melissa graduated from Rivier College in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development in 2010.  She began her career with Northstar shortly after and has been a part of the team since April 2010.

Melissa resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Rob.  She enjoys yoga, going to the beach, walks, and spending time with her husband, friends and family.

Jovante Anderson
Operations and Compliance Coordinator

Jovante is the Operations and Compliance Coordinator at Northstar, and is a member of the Compliance Committee. In this role, he works closely with the Operations Manager to strengthen his understanding of the day-to-day needs of the company, as well as with the Chief Compliance officer to develop a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s many intricacies. As the needs of the company grow by the day, he aims to combine his expanding knowledge of the industry and his strong familiarity with technology to offer new perspectives on operational/compliance processes with the aim of ensuring everything continues to run smoothly.

Jovante joined the Northstar team in 2021 as a Client Service Specialist following his time working at H & R Block. His experience in the tax preparation industry provided him with unique perspectives and problem-solving skills that he utilized during his time as CSS, and he seeks to further hone in his current role.

When he isn’t at work, Jovante can be found biking around his neighborhood, cooking for his family, or playing video games.