Our Team

Our Team


The financial advisors who work at Provident Financial Group, LLC, not only have the knowledge and experience to help you pursue your financial goals, but they also care about you! 

Our group was founded on the idea that individualized strategies are required to effectively meet the financial objectives of all of our clients. Many firms may say that, but we believe it—and live by it.

Our experienced staff has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of financial planning services and strategies.

  • Financial Strategies. Estate and inheritance issues, income tax issues, retirement, education funding, socially responsible investing, charitable gifting, and qualified plans
  • Financial Planning. Education funding, estate, insurance, retirement, succession, and taxes 
  • Retirement Vehicles. 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457 plans, IRAs, Keoghs, profit-sharing plans, rollover IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEPs, and SIMPLE IRAs

Our staff of professional financial advisors is always ready to address your concerns, answer your questions, and put you at ease. Give us a call or send us an e-mail today.

Eric Boland, CFP®, AIF®

Managing Partner

"I believe in taking an in-depth, strategic approach to financial planning. I seek to solve the financial challenges my clients face as they relate to retirement, inheritance, education, insurance, and investing. Above all else, I observe the highest professional and ethical standards, act in my clients' best interests, and constantly strive to improve my abilities."

Eric Boland is one of the four founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC, and brings 15 years of financial services industry experience to the partnership. As a financial advisor to a wide range of clients, Eric works hard to identify the immediate and long-term needs of his clients and helps them prepare a financial plan to achieve their goals.

Eric is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) practitioner. He has also received the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies, a specialized program of study focused on 27 prudent investment practices. Eric earned a BA in business management from Monmouth College. 

Eric is an active member of his community and served as board president of Family Service of Champaign County as well as on the United Way of Champaign County Emerging Community Leaders. He currently serves as a board member for Illini Rebounders. Eric and his wife, Jill, have a son, Trevor, and a daughter, Abby. When he isn't actively planning for his clients, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, coaching Little League baseball, and reading.

Starla Carr, CRPC®

Managing Partner

"My main objective is to help create and manage wealth. Service, information, and advice will be of foremost importance to attain and retain clients. I assess clients' needs and successfully place strategies for those needs."

Starla Carr is one of the four founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC. She has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Starla works closely with her clients in formulating appropriate strategies, and her expertise lies in selecting investments that match each client's specific goals and objectives. She earned her BS in marketing from Southern Illinois University. Starla also holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations as a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. In addition, she holds Illinois life and health licenses and has earned the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation.

Starla is an active member of the community, serving on the United Way Finance Committee and Presence Planned Giving Committee. She is married to Matt, with whom she has one son, Mitchell, and one daughter, Allison. In her spare time, Starla enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, and attending Illinois sporting events.

Robert Meyer, ChFC®

Managing Partner

"One of the key things for me is to make sure that I develop an appropriate financial strategy for my clients, and they understand why I make a particular set of recommendations. Each of my clients has put his or her faith in me and my expertise. It is my job to prove that my clients' faith is not misplaced."

Robert Meyer is one of the four founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC, and brings 25 years of financial services industry and business management experience to the partnership. Rob adheres to established investment strategies while he keeps a close eye on the latest innovations in portfolio management. The range of clients he works with spans from those seeking aggressive growth, to those who want capital preservation near retirement. Rob is a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®).

Rob earned his BS in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is active in community-related activities and recently served as president of Rotary of Savoy and as a deacon in his church.

Charles O. Lee IV, CTFA, AIF®

Managing Partner

"Because I strive to build long-term relationships with my clients, I need to provide long-term strategies that are flexible enough to address the changes clients experience over time. My focus on retirement planning and execution strategies is concentrated on the individual needs of  each client."

Charles O. Lee IV (Chuck) is one of the four founding members of Provident Financial Group, LLC, and brings more than 30 years of client-focused financial services industry experience to the partnership. Chuck has a strong reputation for providing in-depth strategic planning to the complex issues surrounding retirement income planning, portfolio management, education planning, insurance requirements, and estate planning.

Chuck earned his BA from Anderson University and his master's degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a general banking diploma from the American Bankers Association, as well as the CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor) designation fr

Melinda Taylor

Office Manager

Melinda Taylor joined Provident Financial Group, LLC, in May 2009 just after it opened. She brings more than 20 years of customer service experience to the Provident team, which includes 15 years in the financial services industry. As the first face our clients see, Melinda ensures that everyone receives the highest level of service. Melinda performs a wide variety of office functions, and she is an assistant to each of our advisors. Melinda earned her BS in finance with an accounting minor from Illinois State University.

Melinda and her husband, Greg, have two sons, Zachary and Jacob. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, anything outdoors and reading.