Our Team

No needs are more important than your own. We pride ourselves in making your needs and goals, our own. We don't simply work for you. We work with you to understand who you are as an individual and as an investor.
Our mission is to help you to define your financial objectives, and then use that knowledge to develop — together — a plan that is tailored to fit your unique needs and preferences, and is in your best interest. We’re proud to offer comprehensive financial planning resources, providing you access to education, advice, planning, and consultation.
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David P. DeGraff
Senior Vice President / Investments, Financial Advisor
About David

David DeGraff has a long and established history of providing his clients with personalized investment strategies for their diverse financial needs. Currently, David serves as Senior Vice President/Investments in the Hauppauge, NY, office of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, one of the nation’s oldest and largest, full-service, regional financial services firms.

Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University in 1986. After working for several years with two money management firms in Boston, he joined Janney in 1991 for the opportunity to work alongside his father, David DeGraff Sr. For 14 years, David gained invaluable experience working with his father—a successful and well-respected Financial Consultant who spent nearly 50 years in the industry before retiring in 2004—and it was under his guidance that David realized the founding principles of his practice.

David is dedicated to working with his clients and their families to meet their specific investment needs and guide them through the investment process. Supported by the expert team in Janney’s Philadelphia-based Wealth Management division, he offers his clients comprehensive wealth management and financial planning services. His primary business focus is to carefully establish a solid, diverse and well-balanced financial plan that can help move his clients toward their short- and long-term financial objectives, goals and dreams. Service is paramount; and David makes a commitment to providing his clients with the highest levels or respect, honesty and integrity, truly listening to understand all their financial needs and wants.

In 2006, David has completed the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor℠ program, a Wealth Management Certification Program offered by the Firm’s internal educational division, Janney University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and now holds the AWMA® designation. He is also an Investment Advisor Representative. In his time away from work, Mr. DeGraff enjoys sailing, boating, traveling and spending time with his family—wife, Laurie, and two sons, Reece and Connor, both of whom are in college currently.

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Steve Rivera, AWMA®, CLTC
Vice President / Investments, Financial Advisor, Satellite Branch Manager
About Steve

Steve Rivera began his career in the financial services industry with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in 1991. He has been the Satellite Branch Manager of the Hauppauge, NY office of Janney since 2011.

Steve addresses his clients’ entire financial well-being using a holistic approach, helping them to take the steps to achieve their goals and dreams. He provides a high level of service that separates him from many advisors in the industry and takes pride in educating and explaining to clients how markets work.

He manages accounts independently, using the research of Janney and our partners, as well as investment vehicles of his own choosing. His deep background includes focus in the areas of financial, retirement and insurance planning, as well guiding clients who prefer to invest in individual stocks and bonds. He also has experience advising large qualified plans—401(k), 403(b) and pension plans.

In addition to his years of experience, Steve holds his FINRA Series 3, 7, 9, 10, 63 and 66 licenses, as well as his New York State Life, Accident & Health, and Variable Life & Annuity Insurance Licenses. He holds the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor℠ designation (AWMA®) through the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Long Term Care Counselor (CLTC®).

Steve earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, Florida, Class of 1979. He is a trained percussionist and can be seen performing in several Long Island concert bands, including the North Shore Community Band of Wading River and the ‘No Doubt World Famous Monday Night Band’ of Riverhead. Outside of music, Steve enjoys staying active by biking, skiing, ice skating, running and hiking. He has three grown children and lives in Baiting Hollow, NY.

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Helen Fokianos
Senior Registered Private Client Associate
About Helen

Helen supports the team by enhancing our clients overall experience with Janney. Helen joined the Hauppauge office of Janney in September 2018. She is no stranger to the financial industry, having worked for over 30 years, offering clients outstanding service and dedication. Her previous roles included working with Financial Advisors at Smith Barney and Neuberger Berman Wealth Management in Manhattan. Helen resides on Long Island with her husband Peter. She is a proud grandmother who enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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Shawn Okula
Financial Advisor Associate
About Shawn

Shawn assists the team with the development of financial plans. His professional attitude and his commitment to success helps our clients to prepare for their financial future. He joined the industry in 2018 and has since acquired his Series 7 & 66 licenses. Shawn graduated college from Morrisville State College with a bachelor’s degree. Outside of the office, you can find him at a race track where he is a part of the pit crew for Gershow Motorsports on the Nascar Whelen Modified Tour. He also loves hiking on trails and enjoying all nature has to offer.

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We collaborate with other Janney specialists, as needed, who have in-depth experience in specific disciplines. Together, we can assess your unique situation, analyze difference strategies, and develop a plan fit for your unique needs and goals.

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Debra Roey
Vice President, Retirement Plan Services Director
About Debra

Debra S. Roey joined Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in November 2006, as Janney Retirement Plan Services (JRPS) Manager. JRPS was founded in 1982 to provide Janney’s Corporate Retirement Plan Clients with support in plan design analysis, proposal procurement and review, investment fiduciary services, technical expertise, and problem resolution.


Debra has over 30 years of experience in the Retirement Plan arena. Prior to joining Janney, she served as Regional Director with Union Central Life Retirement and Investment Services. During her tenure, she received numerous sales awards including qualification for the company’s highest society membership. She also served on several corporate committees involved with Strategic Planning and Product Development.


Debra earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

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Guy LeBas
Chief Fixed Income Strategist, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Director, Custom Fixed Income Solutions, Janney Capital Management
About Guy

Guy LeBas is Janney’s Chief Fixed Income Strategist, as well as Head of Fixed Income for Janney Capital Management. As Strategist, he is responsible for providing direction to the Firm’s clients on the macroeconomic, interest rate, and bond market investing climate.


Guy authors bond market periodicals, which provide relative value recommendations across the fixed income spectrum. With Janney Capital Management, Guy is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s discretionarily managed bond portfolios, which take a client-tailored approach to generating consistent income across interest rate environments.


Guy joined Janney in 2006. Prior to joining Janney, Guy served as Interest Rate Risk Manager for U.S. Trust’s bank asset and liability portfolios, a role in which he oversaw risk and return on $20 billion of bank assets and derivatives.


Guy is also a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, as well as a regular speaker at financial industry conferences. He received his education from Swarthmore College, holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and is a CFA Charterholder.


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Mark D. Luschini
Chief Investment Strategist, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC President and Chief Investment Officer, Janney Capital Management
About Mark

Mark Luschini is the Chief Investment Strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, leading the Investment Strategy Group. In that capacity Mark is responsible for establishing the Firm’s broad outlook relating to conditions in the capital markets and the economy and to develop investment strategies that align with the best interest, goals, and objectives of individual and institutional clients. He also establishes the Firm’s asset allocation models used for portfolio construction and financial planning.


As Chief Investment Strategist, Mark serves as the Janney's investment spokesperson, offering national market commentary and developing asset allocation models and investment strategies. He chairs the investment committee and actively interfaces with both current and prospective clients.


Additionally, Mark directs Janney Capital Management, the Firm’s discretionary investment management division. Under his leadership, Janney Capital Management has delivered competitive investment results across multiple strategies. The total assets under management has grown to more than $4 billion, with nearly $3 billion in traditional equity and fixed income assets, and over $1 billion in various strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies utilizing exchange-traded solutions and mutual funds. Mark served on the Board of Managers for Janney, and currently serves as a Trustee for the Firm’s Pension & Profit Sharing Plan. He is a member of the Janney Wealth Management Department’s Mutual Fund and Alternative Investment Committees.


In Janney Capital Management, Mark chairs the Investment Committee which sets asset class and sector policy and directly participates in managing the equity, fixed income, and asset allocation strategies under its advisory. Mark has spent more than 30 years in the investment industry. He utilizes that experience to speak on topics related to macroeconomics and investment management at seminars and conferences.


His comments and written articles have been circulated in numerous publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s to the New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, and Money magazine. He has appeared in various media outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business News, and CNN.


He has a BA and MBA from Gannon University and holds the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation from the Market Technicians Association

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