Lighting Your Way

About Us

Lighthouse Financial Planners & Advisors LLC is headquartered in the heart of the beautiful Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.

Our mission is to light your way to purpose and prosperity with comprehensive financial planning & investment management that puts relationships first while creating a financial plan you can feel really good about. 

Lighthouse Financial Planners & Advisors LLC

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Heather Oynes

Budgeting Coach

Hi! I’m Heather Oynes, wife to Erick for 14 years and mama to three little boys ages 7 and under. Erick dubbed me the Penny Steward Mama because I have been the primary manager of our finances since we first got married (when it seemed we were most certainly only managing pennies!!)

We were married in 2005 with three years of college still to go and worked hard to become consumer debt-free. We achieved that in 2009 and haven’t looked back!

Over the years, I have begun to realize that financial things don’t come naturally to most people.

Certified as a Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach in 2019, my passion is to give others hope when it comes to their money! I am blessed to teach others to manage their money well, showing them how to break down their financial goals into bite-sized steps and take action.

As a Christian, I know that God has called me to steward my money and my life for His glory. And more recently, He has called me to serve YOU as a financial coach!! Whether or not you are a Christian, the principles I have learned throughout my life and certified financial coach master training can benefit you and your families.


Michal Slate, MEd, MBA, CFP®

President & Founder


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Michal helps her clients plan and manage financial resources from a holistic viewpoint. 

She holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations, as well as the State of Oregon and California Life and Health Insurance licenses.

As a financial advisor, Michal enjoys building relationships with her clients and helping them find the best financial solutions for their unique life goals. She is passionate about education and community development. She holds an MBA in Business Leadership as well as an education MEd in Curriculum Design. 

Michal grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and holds the status of Alumni Hall of Fame with Maria Carrillo High School.

Michal has been married to her husband, Travis for 15 years. 

You can find Michal spending her free time writing, teaching, taking additional college courses, and spending time with her dog Walter.



Client Experience Coordinator

Walter Payton Slate is a registered Emotional Support Animal & prides himself in his ability to promote client satisfaction.

He loves to  help reduce the stress that financial matters often bring to the surface. He enjoys being involved in client meetings and getting to know clients by greeting them at the door and thanking them for visiting our offices.

Walter is the official mascot of Lighthouse Financial Planners & Advisors. 

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Elena Voin

Licensed Sales Assistant

Elena has been in the financial services industry for over 40 years and loves it. She has been in Southern Oregon for 33 years and loves how it has always felt like "home" with all the mountains, rivers, and oceans close by.

Elena has known and worked with CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Michal Slate for more than 10 years.  

After she technically retired from many years working with large financial institutions, Elena missed connecting with clients but not the corporate world. She feels working with Lighthouse is an answer to prayer by allowing her to keep her connections without the pressure of a corporate job.

She is fully licensed with her FINRA Series 7 and 66, and State of Oregon Life insurance license. Elena enjoys helping clients find solutions to the financial problems we face every day.

When asked why she has stayed in the financial industry for so long and continues to work even though she could be retired, she said "I love helping people, not just with their finances but as a friend".

When Elena isn't working, she can be found, spending time with her family or practicing her culinary skills. When time allows Elena loves to learn new things such as a third language like Italian or playing the piano. 




James Slaughter

President & Co-Founder Sierra Ridge Wealth

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Financial professional James Slaughter started his career in the financial services industry in 2008 and holds his Series 7, 63, 65, and 24 licenses and his California Life insurance license. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from UC Davis.

James co-founded Sierra Ridge Wealth Management, a full-service financial firm based in Sacramento that aims to always work in the best interests of the advisors and their clients. In founding Sierra Ridge, he said that, while his memories of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Lake Tahoe are important to him, the metaphorical significance of climbing and descending a mountain is what truly inspired the firm’s name.

Slaughter lives in Dixon, CA, with his wife Chelsea. They enjoy entertaining guests with dinner parties and events at their home.


Giancarlo Fodi

President & Co-Founder Sierra Ridge Wealth

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Giancarlo has over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, working for such organizations as Wells Fargo, Ameriprise Financial, and Waddell and Reed. He holds his Series 7, 24, 66 and his California Life and Health insurance licenses.

He started Sierra Ridge, in large part, to avoid the restrictions large broker-dealers place on their representatives: “Our vision was to allow advisors to work with their clients the way they see fit and not to force them into doing anything they don’t want to.”

Giancarlo has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of San Francisco. He resides in Lincoln, CA, and enjoys travelling the globe and finding new places to ski or snowboard.


Melissa Smentek

Melissa is an experienced administrator with a passion for providing exceptional customer service. A California State University, Chico, alumni, Melissa resides in Sacramento with her husband and two children, Jacob and Kimber. Melissa loves to snowboard and bike with her family, and she has been a member of her volleyball team for several years.


Chelsea Slaughter

Chelsea has experience working in public relations and communications industry. She holds a Master’s degree from Sac State, in Political Science, with an emphasis in California Politics and its Environment. Chelsea resides in Dixon, CA with her husband James. She enjoys traveling with her husband and exploring new coffee shops.




Anna is insurance licensed in the states of Oregon and California.

She previously worked at a title company and still loves working with financial planning clients who are buying and selling homes.

Anna is a mom to 3 beautiful daughters and married to her life partner Isaiah. You can find Anna in her spare time gardening, taking college classes, or just enjoying the day with her family.