Our Team

We Believe in Doing What's Right

At Core Financial Group, we take pride in being more than just financial professionals. We're builders, educators, and trusted advisors, committed to creating a better financial future for our clients. As fiduciary money managers, our top priority is to manage your money in a way that serves your best interests, not ours. We strive to create a welcoming and stress-free environment for you, where you feel heard, understood, and empowered.


We cherish our community and are always looking for ways to be more involved. Our partners are both proud members of the Kiwanis Club of Yuba City. We also sponsor a free annual community Shred Day event.

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Michael Critchfield, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

In 1991, Michael graduated magna cum laude with a degree in business administration from the University of California, Riverside. Michael focused his education on finance, with the long-term goal of starting his own brokerage firm. Today, Michael works as a financial advisor and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional.

During his professional career, Michael has served as the vice president for Blackburne & Brown Mortgage Company, where for a period of six years he helped individual clients invest money in commercial first trust deeds. After leaving Blackburne & Brown, Michael joined Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor in January 2005. During his tenure with Edward Jones, Michael assisted his clients with a broad range of investments and insurance products.

In November 2010, Michael realized his life's goal by becoming an independent financial advisor and joining forces with Woodbury Financial Services. In January 2023, Michael and his team made the move to Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Michael and his wife, Robin, have a daughter named Samantha. They reside on a 20-acre ranch in Browns Valley.

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Matthew DiGiacomo, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

Matthew grew up in the VERY small town of Taylorsville, CA. After high school, Matthew attended Feather River College for two years and transferred to California State University, Chico, to finish his degree. At CSU, Chico, Matthew worked on-campus in a computer lab to help finance his way through school. In 2001, he earned a BS in business with an emphasis in finance. Matthew had a long-term goal of working as a professional in some area of personal finance, and today he is furthering this goal as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional and co-owner of Core Financial Group in Yuba City. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations and CA insurance licenses.

Before starting Core Financial Group with Michael Critchfield in 2011, Matthew spent nine years as a financial advisor with Edward Jones, where he gained industry experience working with clients from around the country and in the Yuba/Sutter area. Today, Matthew helps a wide range of clients with many different personal financial planning issues. He is particularly focused on helping clients generate predictable retirement income.

Matthew and his wife, Shanna, have two daughters, Angelina and Isabella, who were born in 2013. Matthew enjoys traveling, tennis, hiking, and movies.

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Matthew Debiase


Matthew grew up and attended high school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. He studied economics at the University of Pittsburgh.  After graduation, Matthew moved to Sacramento to live with his girlfriend and began looking for work in the field of personal finance.  Today, Matthew works as a paraplanner at Core Financial Group.  He has been a member of our team since December 2020.

As a paraplanner, Matthew assists the firm's financial advisors to organize and assemble information they use to build a customized financial plan. This involves attentive listening and detailed research designed to help ensure every plan prepared by the advisors is constructed to accomplish each client’s financial goals.

Outside of the office, Matthew enjoys golf, movies, basketball, and traveling with his girlfriend, Natalie. He will continue his financial education with the intent of becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

BA in Economics, University of Pittsburgh
Licenses: FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations

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Evan Pugh


Evan Pugh, a dedicated professional at Core Financial Group, brings a blend of experiences and a commitment to helping others achieve their financial goals. His roots in Rocklin, California, have instilled in him a practical and grounded perspective.

Evan's path was shaped by his early engagement in coaching water polo and swim throughout high school and college. These experiences ignited his desire to support others in achieving their goals, and this passion ultimately led him to the field of personal finance.

With a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Evan established a strong foundation in the realms of monetary matters. Seeking to augment his experience, he pursued and successfully earned an MBA from CSU Chico. This educational trajectory enriched his understanding of strategic financial management. Committed to professional growth, Evan is actively working towards obtaining the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Evan is an integral part of the Core Financial team, collaborating to assist clients in securing their financial futures. His dedication to guiding individuals through savings, investments, and retirement planning is underpinned by a shared commitment within the company.

When he’s not delving into the world of finance, Evan finds solace in the great outdoors. During summer weekends, you'll likely find him water skiing on the glistening lakes, embracing the rush of the wind and water. As winter blankets the mountains, he trades his water ski for snow skis, carving his way through the snow-covered slopes.

BA in Business Finance, CSU Chico
MBA, CSU Chico
Licenses: Series 7 and 66 securities registrations

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Jen Wilson

Senior Client Service Associate

Jen is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Core Financial Group.

Jen was born in Yuba City and raised in Live Oak with a view of the Sutter Buttes from her back window.  Farm animals, mud pies, and all things outdoors were the setting of her childhood, and she couldn’t be more grateful.

After dabbling in college and earning an associate degree in early childhood education and an associate degree in paralegal studies, the stars aligned for Jen to start a family.  She was blessed with two wonderful sons: Wade who is 11 and Wyatt who is 8.  They are the lights of her life, and she loves being their mom. As the boys grew older, Jen decided it was time to go back to school, not only to achieve a goal of hers but also to show her sons that hard work and perseverance pay off.

In November 2020, Jen received her bachelor's degree from National University. Although Jen has an extensive background in teaching preschool, she felt the desire to make a shift in career paths while maintaining a connection with the people in her community.  Jen is a caretaker by nature and enriching life is a passion she carries.  She comes to Core Financial Group looking forward to learning a new industry and providing the best possible service to our Core family.

In her free time, Jen enjoys exploring new places or old favorites with her boys, reading, watching movies, learning, and trying new things and anything that involves her family.  Jen also enjoys supporting her community by volunteering at different events and leagues when the opportunity arises.

BA in Early Childhood Education, National University
AA in Paralegal Studies

Our Extended Team

Our affiliation with Commonwealth Financial Network® gives us access to teams of investment research specialists, retirement professionals, and advanced financial planning specialists, to help us better serve your needs. Use the link below to learn more about our support teams.

Our Broker/Dealer

Our Broker/Dealer

Commonwealth Planning Team

Commonwealth Planning Team

Our Broker/Dealer

Commonwealth Research Team

Commonwealth Planning Team

Commonwealth Retirement Team

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