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About Us

Caring, professional guidance for your financial needs

Your FS Financial Strategies team

Robin Gruber

Robin Gruber believes clients want and need an advisor who is looking out for their interests. She has been a financial advisor since 2001 and earned credentials as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) in 2003, one of the first advisors to be certified in Washington state. Her commitment to providing her clients with the best possible advice leads her to attend training sessions and classes in various financial advisory areas throughout each year.

Robin often works with people going through a divorce who then become long-term clients for financial planning, investment planning and retirement planning. Many of her clients are post-divorce single women managing their investments for the first time, but she also serves many married couples, single men, and single women who have never married. By taking a long-term, big picture view of each client's financial life, Robin keeps an eye on current trends and potential future issues.

A long-time Edmonds resident, Robin lives with her husband, two college-age children, and two dogs and one cat. She loves working and living in the same town, especially one as lovely and active as Edmonds.

Dean Hatt

Dean Hatt has been in the financial service industry since 1975. His goal with each of his clients is to develop long-term relationships by designing, implementing and monitoring customized financial programs for them. He works closely with each client to best design a financial plan that meets their own special individual needs.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University in 1975, Dean entered his career in the life insurance and financial services industry. For more than three decades, Dean has worked with hundreds of clients to help them achieve their financial and retirement goals.

With the ever changing world of technology and its information overload and the constant changes in tax law and financial markets, Dean helps his clients to sort out what is suitable to their unique circumstances. Dean is a registered representative with Lincoln Investment and holds a life, health and disability insurance license.

Dean and his wife Cathy reside on South Whidbey Island. They have three grown, married daughters and two grandsons. Dean has a great passion for coaching high school track and cross country and volunteers his time coaching those teams at the local high school. He enjoys singing in his church choir, fishing and golf.

Marilyn Harrett

Marilyn Harrett provides a friendly welcome to every client, in person or on the phone. She has been working as the FS Financial Strategies office manager since 2004, and is usually your first point of contact. Marilyn sets up appointments, provides initial information about the company, and keeps track of pretty much everything.

As mother of three and a grandmother to two, Marilyn enjoys working with clients and getting to know about their lives and their families. She previously had a long career with the phone company (with it's ever-changing name and organizational structure) and graduated from Western Washington University.

Marilyn and her husband, and their youngest child live in Everett with three cats she has somewhat reluctantly acquired from her other children.


FS Financial Strategies, LLC, provides personalized, confidential financial planning, retirement planning and divorce planning to individuals and couples. The company is headquartered in Edmonds, Washington, just 3.5 miles north of Seattle. Founder Christine DeRuiter began doing business as Financial Strategies in 1996 and was joined by Robin Gruber in 1997. Together they formed FS Financial Strategies in 2004 as a full-service financial advisory consulting firm. Robin became the managing member with Christine's retirement in 2010.

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