Our People

Geary R. Axen,CLU®, ChFC®

Investment Advisor Representative, Employee Benefits



Direct: 630.406.9977 x1

Geary Axen,  CLU®, ChFC® is the President and co-founder of Timberland Financial Group, LLC.  He began his financial services career in June of 1985 after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College.  He holds numerous state insurance licenses and securities registrations through Ausdal Financial Partners, Inc.  Geary continued his pursuit for knowledge and professional accreditations by completing his CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) designation in 1994 and then completed his ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) designation in 2012.  Geary's primary focus is to educate, protect and consult with his corporate and individual clients to establish, achieve and maintain their long term financial goals and objectives.  Geary is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and a Shriner with Medinah Temple.  Geary has also served as a board member for the Geneva Academic Foundation, Fox Valley Hands of Hope and The Moose Charities Advisory Committee.  He resides in Geneva, IL with his wife, Valerie and has 3 children; Emily, Geary and Molly.


Christina D. Berru

Vice President, Employee Benefits


Direct: 630.406.9977 x3

Christina Berru is Vice President of Employee Benefits of Timberland Financial Group, LLC.  She began her Employee Benefits career in 1988 at Principal Financial Group, and moved to the brokerage side in 1991 working for a national brokerage firm handling large group, multi-state accounts. She is well versed in alternative types of funding, such as ASO, Minimum Premium and fully insured accounts. After moving with her family to the DeKalb, IL area in 1996, she began working with a variety of self-employed, small group and large group accounts, specializing in municipalities, school districts, union groups and corporate accounts.  Here she served on the Rochelle Historical Society Board of Directors and as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She now resides in St. Charles, IL after raising her two boys, and lives with her partner Jon, and 3 dogs, George, Charley and Harley.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and has become an expert in the Employee Benefits field.


Laura A. Lagger

Director of Client Relations


Direct: 630.406.9977 x4

Laura Lagger is the Client Relations Director for Timberland Financial Group, LLC.  Laura has been associated with the Financial Services Industry for over 25 years.  She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and earned her CPA designation.  She has worked in the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the community through a number of volunteer financial and general business positions.  Laura is married and resides in Geneva, Illinois with her husband and two children.