When I was growing up in Romeo, I never shied from leadership roles. I was involved in various youth organizations including Masonic, church, and various school groups. From playing the piano for seniors at the Romeo nursing home, to paper drives, and even participating in a 24-hour rocking chair marathon so our church youth group could travel to a national convention.
After meeting my husband on the Oakland University fencing team, we got married and left for New York to pursue our higher education goals. After achieving a degree at Stony Brook University, I entered the financial planning field. I quickly went into management, becoming one of Penn Mutual's first female sales managers. Over the next few years my career blossomed, eventually leading me to a very cool job where my office overlooked Times Square. Who would have thought that a little kid from Romeo, who had often been told by teachers to stop talking so much, would embark on a fabulous career advising clients on money--and spending a great deal of time talking every day!
But like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you start to realize that there is no place like home. In 2000, an opportunity to come home to Michigan presented itself, and we returned to our roots. While New York is exciting and taught us a lot, there is nothing like this great state of Michigan to raise a family.
In 2004, I launched The Athena Financial Group, an independent financial planning firm in downtown Rochester. My husband is now the Associate Dean of Math and Science at Macomb Community College and has been active in several organizations that are working to preserve and protect Macomb County's precious water resources.
I have been involved in numerous non-profit organizations, serving as the Treasurer of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Macomb Community College Comedy and Cocktails committee, Planned Giving Committee for Detroit Public Television, and currently serve on the board of the Financial Planning Association of Michigan. Previously, I served on the board of Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and Inforum: A Women's Leadership Organization, and the Rochester Rotary Charities Board.
We chose to move to Warren a few years ago so we could closer to Macomb Community College and Detroit but also because we loved the great mid-century homes and the wonderful feel of the neighborhoods. While we enjoy our community, we have not been too happy with the leadership in our new community. I think our city deserves to be represented by someone who will serve with integrity and respect.
Join me in helping to lead the City of Warren into a brighter future -- a future that improves the lives of all our residents.
Diane's Professional Experience
Diane Young began her financial advising career in the New York metropolitan area after graduating from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She headed up a broker/dealer and insurance agency, and in addition, ran a successful financial planning practice. Diane returned to her native Michigan in 2000 to take a position as Divisional Director of Financial Planning for a major global financial services company.
In 2004 she started an independent firm so she could focus solely on clients' financial needs instead of corporate sales goals. The firm has grown to four advisors and nearly $50 million under management.
Diane has taught Certified Financial Planning credentialing courses at New York University and presented educational workshops for Fortune 500 companies across the country.
Diane is also the author of “Owning Your Financial Success: A Savvy Women’s Guide to Financial Empowerment," a book designed to help women empower themselves and achieve financial success. She also writes a monthly column for Community Lifestyles Newspaper.
Diane's Non-Profit and Volunteer Experience
Financial Planning Association of Michigan
Board Member and Vice Chair of Education Committee
Democratic Warren Precinct Delegate
Elected in 2018
Women's Democratic Club of Greater Rochester
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan
Treasurer and Finance Chair
Macomb County Democratic Executive Committee
Macomb Community College Foundation Comedy and Cocktails Fundraiser
Detroit Public Television
Planned Giving Committee
Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Inforum (Formerly Women's Economic Club)
Planned Giving Committee
Rochester Rotary Charities
Rochester Rotary Club
Jane Austen Society of Michigan
Minister Search Committee Chair
Advisor Group Educational Committee
Women's Advisory Council-AXA
Diane's Personal Life
Diane met her husband Randy at Oakland University on the fencing team. Although it turned out Randy's family lived just six doors down from her and she used to ride the bus with his younger brothers, they didn't meet until college. They married in 1986 and left for Long Island for his graduate studies.
Diane worked her way through college by being the store manager for a Casual Corner at SmithHaven Mall on Long Island. She earned her degree in Anthropology and was recruited out of college to go into the financial planning field.
Diane and Randy enjoyed sailing on Long Island Sound and going to the beaches on the south shore. In the late 1990's they were both working in Manhattan and enjoying the opportunity to go to musicals, museums, and other cultural events. Diane's office overlooked Times Square where they ushered in the new millennium in 2000.
Their son Ethan and daughter Rachel were both born in New York City. But in 2000 Diane and Randy moved back to Michigan to be close to family. Randy is the Associate Dean of Math and Science at Macomb Community College and past board president of the Clinton River Watershed Council.
Both kids are grown. Ethan works in sales and Rachel attends College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
In her free time, Diane enjoys playing the piano, walking her dog, and reading Jane Austen.
....and she loves Star Wars...