About Family Investors

Family Investors Founders
Owners: Peter J. Chemidlin, President and Darraugh A. Valli, Vice President

Leadership and Experience

Peter J. Chemidlin, President

Peter has been involved in the securities industry since 1994. He teaches financial adult education classes at local high schools and colleges in addition to actively servicing his clients' investment and financial needs.

Matthew P. Chemidlin, Account Executive

Matt has been with Family Investors Company since 1998. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for several years in the mortgage industry. He has taught investment education classes at local high schools and colleges and considers it an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to help his clients, family and friends simplify, consolidate and most importantly, gain a better understanding of their investment portfolios and overall financial needs and objectives.

Susan Tomljanovic, Financial Operations Officer

Susan joined Family Investors in May of 2019.  She is very excited about the new opportunity.  Susan grew up outside of Saratoga, New York.  She moved to New York City, and later began her financial career at Citicorp Investment Management as a securities analyst and assistant portfolio manager.  She received her MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  After taking some time off to raise her children, Ellen and Peter, she returned to work part-time as a substitute teacher in the Scotch Plains school district.  She later went on to return to full time work in financial operations for small businesses in the area.  Susan lives locally in Plainfield, NJ with her husband and dogs, Bingo and Lily.  She is an active volunteer in Netherwood Heights Neighbors community group, and Roots and Wings, NJ.  Susan and her husband are members of St. Bartholomew Parish.  She enjoys gardening and spending time with her family at the beach.

Janet Lesce, Office Administrator

New “Family” member Janet Lesce joined Family Investors in September of 2014.  After being home for 16 years raising her two daughters aged 16 and 19, she is excited to return to the work force.  Before raising her children she worked for JP Morgan Chase as a human resources generalist in the Trading Operations and Technology Department.

Fred J. Chemidlin, Jr., Founder

Fred founded Family Investors Company in 1960. A long-time active member of many civic and church groups, Mr. Chemidlin's dedication to his clients' needs is exemplary of the ideals Family Investors Company stands for. "Personalized service and balanced investments is the key to financial peace of mind."

Darraugh A. Valli, Vice President of Operations

Darraugh has been with Family Investors Company since 2000. Before joining the firm, she worked for Lord Abbett & Company for more than 10 years and was Director of Sales Support while there.

Steve Goldberg, Account Executive

Steve has been with Family Investors Company since 2000. An active member of the community and frequent speaker, Steve uses his 20 + years of industry experience, in addition to a customer service mindset, to help his clients meet their financial goals by providing them with appropriate investment and insurance products and advice.

Lynn Bjorklund Galgano, Advisor Assistant

Lynn joined Family Investors in June of 2014. She had been at home for nineteen years raising her two girls, now 17 and 20.  Before leaving to raise her children she worked in New York City in the financial services industry. She was an arbitrage trader for several years and then moved to mergers and acquisitions financing as well as bankruptcy financing. She has been credit trained and holds the series 7 brokerage license.  While at home with her children she tutored mathematics, volunteered at local schools and worked part time helping local businesses with marketing.

We Are The Family Difference!

At Family Investors Company, we offer an approach to financial management that we call the Family Difference:


  • We Listen We know the right questions to ask. Your answers provide us with in-depth information about your priorities and investment goals.
  • We Advise We provide our clients with straightforward recommendations. These practical recommendations identify and structure investment strategies that are both realistic and achievable.
  • We Perform Once your investment strategy has been approved by you, we put it to work. We try to be flexible to changing market conditions and inform our clients of new opportunities as they arise.
  • We Care That's why we make every effort to be accessible and responsive to your needs. We want you to become part of our "Family," for it is this close relationship that will enable us to provide you with the best value and service possible.