Client Centered

Wendell Charles Financial is an independent financial services firm providing a custom experience for each individual, family, or institution. WCF was founded in January 2011 by Evan Kirkpatrick and named for his grandfather, Wendell Charles Kirkpatrick, a retired physician and philanthropist. Evan works directly with clients to develop holistic financial plans and investment strategies.

Evan Kirkpatrick

CEO & Wealth Manager

(888) 701-7305 ext. 500


Prior to founding Wendell Charles, Evan began his career at a global Fortune 100 firm & ran the investment division of a boutique wealth management & corporate benefits company. In addition to previously writing his “Influential Capital” column at Forbes, Evan’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Entrepreneur, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, & on CBS radio. He was a scholarship basketball player at Northwest University & a McDonald’s All-American nominee in high school. Evan is also passionate about philanthropy, previously serving as a board member and overseeing the launch of Two Feet Project, a non-profit aiding & equipping underprivileged youth in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, Evan serves as a member of the board of trustees at the Northwest University Foundation, his alma mater. Evan Kirkpatrick holds his series 7 & 66 securities registrations with LPL Financial and CA Insurance License #0M55126.

Evan has been married to his wife Jessica, a practicing estate planning attorney, since 2017. They have two beautiful daughters and a rescue dog named, Cali. 

Josh Youngblood CFP®

President & Wealth Manager

(888) 701-7305 ext. 502


Josh Youngblood, CFP, joined Wendell Charles Financial after five years as a wealth manager with Northwestern Mutual and has built many wonderful relationships throughout the financial services industry. Prior to NM, he managed endowments, raised money, and funded programs for various non-profit organizations.  While earning an MA in Leadership, he also coached college basketball.  Josh grew up with both city and rural experiences – spending summers on his grandfather’s farm and visiting family in the Chicago area.

Mr. Youngblood manages our Chicago office and services our clients in the Los Angeles area throughout the year in person and by video conference. In addition to comprehensive financial services, Josh’s areas of focus and interest are in risk management, special needs planning, philanthropy, and helping clients reconcile multiple financial goals.

Kayla Shay

VP, Client Services

(888) 701-7305 x510


Kayla leads our client services team assisting clients with new and ongoing account operations in our Davenport, Iowa location. With a background in administration within a major health system, Kayla brings a detail-oriented approach to our team. Kayla is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and is married with 3 beautiful daughters.

Cary Garcia


Cary is an LPL employee and  comes to us through the LPL CFO Solutions team that supports multiple advisor's businesses and is an incredibly valuable part of our company. He provides WCF with actionable insights based on financial analysis and business plans to help drive higher practice valuations. Cary’s financial accounting career spans over 20 years working with several large accounting firms as well as for non-profit organizations. Cary's dedicated to helping clients achieve business
success by helping them establish practical financial processes. Originally from Cuba, Cary attended Marymount University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, as well as an MBA from
Georgetown University. Cary is also a CPA. 

Jeff Silvernail

AVP, Insurance Specialist

(800) 877-7305 ext. 515


Jeff joined our team in early 2023 after the insurance consultancy he founded, Silvernail Insurance Group, was acquired by our subsidiary, Wendell Charles Insurance Group, LLC. Prior to founding his own agency, Jeff spent 15 years in the insurance and risk management industry, most recently at a Fortune 100 firm where he won numerous awards. Mr. Silvernail is a graduate of Washington State University in Economics and is married with two children. He volunteers as a coach for their teams and enjoys playing guitar and golfing in his spare time. 

LPL Research Team

We have partnered with LPL Research to perform due diligence and make recommendations on a wide range of investment products and strategies. Consisting of more than 35 seasoned and accomplished industry veterans, LPL Financial Research employs the largest independent research team in the nation. 

LPL Financial Planning Group

Through the LPL Financial Planning Group, we receive access to a dedicated team of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Practitioners to review plans and discuss unique client cases and questions. In the ever-changing world of financial advice, the LPL Financial Planning Group serves as an extension of our team to discuss topics such as social security, retirement planning, stock options, charitable and estate planning, and more.

LPL Insurance Associates  

LPL Insurance Associates provides us access to a wide selection of name-brand insurance carriers and products to address our clients’ risk management needs. We partner with LPL Insurance Associates for expertise in case design, carrier selection, new products, and policy reviews. While our advisors will communicate directly with our clients, LPL Insurance Associates dedicated support team of former case managers and underwriters provides us support of all back-office functions including setting up medical exams and other underwriting requirements.

LPL Private Client Consulting Team 

LPL Private Client empowers LPL Financial Advisors to compete for, win and retain business with high-net-worth clients and institutions. This is achieved by providing centralized access to specialized experts who can offer advice and implementation strategies across the spectrum of wealth management needs. 

Private Trust Company

LPL provides trust services through its affiliate, The Private Trust Company, N.A. (PTC), allowing us to offer trust administration services to our clients. We work in collaboration with experts in the implementation of trust and estate plans to help our clients gain peace of mind knowing that trust accounts will be handled by our dedicated wealth managers.