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Caleb Silver

Caleb Silver

Caleb Silver is the Editor-in-Chief of Investopedia, an educational finance website that helps millions of readers to understand complex financial concepts, improve their investing skills, and learn how to manage their money.

Caleb began his career as a senior TV producer at Bloomberg. He then worked at CNN as a Senior Producer on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the Executive Producer of CNNMoney.com, and the Director of US business news at CNN.

Caleb provides markets commentary in his daily newsletters for Investopedia and hosts two podcasts: The Express, a weekly investing and business news show covering the stories that move markets, and The Green Investor, featuring interviews with the most influential executives, academics, investors, and policy makers in ESG, SRI, and Impact investing. He is frequently featured as a markets, economic and consumer trends expert on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business and ABC Radio.

Alana Sanders

Alana Sanders

Google Alana Sanders to find a plethora of links vouching for her character. She has been featured on CNN, BET, and NBC, nominated for “Who’s Who” in Atlanta 4 years in a row, and has been the featured presenter for many expos such as the “Ultimate Women Expo,” along with many notable conventions internationally. She is a former College Business Chair and is currently a University Professor teaching the art of Business and Marketing. She wrote the first college textbook on “Social Media Marketing” through Pearson Education, which included workbooks to help business professionals utilize the networks. Alana consults businesses on the most effective ways to engage their current and future clients. Receiving her undergraduate degree from Grambling State University and being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. she has always served in leadership positions and looked out for the best interest of her those she has managed and represented. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Human Resources, PhD Work in Leadership and Organization Change, and a certification in Paralegal Studies. Alana has also managed multimillion-dollar budgets and employees from various corporations. The achievement that outweighs all of her accomplishments is being the mother to her 17-year-old daughter, who takes after her energetic mom: She published her first book at 5, started her first business at the age of 8, has been taking college courses since she was 9, and took the ACT at 10. She is a Duke TIP and John Hopkins Scholar; alongside being a talented artist. Recently, her daughter accepted a full academic scholarship to study microbiology to become a Doctor of Immunology. (Immunologist) Alana is one proud mom!

Andrea Andzenge

Dr. Andrea Andzenge

Dr. Andzenge manages the monitoring, evaluation, learning, and accountability processes of the Center for Financial Stability at United Way Miami. Analyzing the social-economic sector, Dr. Andzenge translates raw data into insights and practices, ensuring efficient programs and impactful communication with stakeholders. Dr. Andzenge is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of individuals. She has a Ph.D. in Global studies, a master's in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a bachelor's in Archaeology. Participating in research and evaluation projects internationally, she has a keen interest in developing tools for socioeconomic change, advocacy, and conflict management.

Andrea Ferrero-Haggerty

Andrea Ferrero-Haggerty

Andrea Ferrero is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Pockets Change, building K-12 and college students' financial resilience through hip-hop education. She has spent the last two decades designing and leading award-winning programs for learners ages 6 to 60. Pockets Change received the 2022 Innovation in Financial Education Award from the Jump$tart Coalition. During the pandemic, Pockets Change reached 25,000 K-12 & college students. Andrea is also a board member of the California Jump$tart Coalition and has served as a delegate to the World Innovation Summit (Doha, Qatar); ASCD Supervision and Curriculum Development Delegation (China); Multi-Age Learning Institute (New Zealand); and Mozilla Open Leaders (England).

Anusha Gibson

Anusha Gibson

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Beth Kerr

Beth Kerr

Beth Kerr is the 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for UF IFAS Extension in Hamilton County, Florida. She provides financial literacy, workforce preparation, and career exploration programs for youth in her community. She has served in her current position for four years and is committed to providing financial education programming to youth from limited resource backgrounds. For the past six years, she has taught youth programs for both juvenile detention and residential populations. Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a M. Ed in Educational Business Administration.

Candice Treen

Candice Treen

Candice Treen is the founder and CEO of The Community Health Network Inc. The Community Health Network Inc is a community based nonprofit organization that aims to build individual and community capacity by increasing knowledge and selfsufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, case management and advocacy. Ms. Treen also proudly serves as a member on the city of Baltimore’s Mayor Scott’s Leadership Committee on Homelessness and Housing as well as Mayor Scott’s Committee on Rehousing. Additionally, Ms. Treen also serves as chair on the Employment Engagement Council for Saint Vincent De Paul where she is employed as a case manager in Baltimore city largest family shelter. Ms. Treen is actively participating in Urban Community Scholars Program at Morgan State University as a Student Research Assistant for the Perspectives and Service Needs of Low-income Families Project. She also partakes in a new initiative called the Social Justice Leadership Training Academy Fellowship, which is comprehensive fellowship that promotes the development of skills needed to lead community initiatives, create strategies for change, and conduct social work practice and research within the urban environment. Ms. Treen was inducted into the Delta Gamma Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society as well as Morgan State University’s School of Social Work's Phi Alpha Chapter Kappa Zeta Honor Society.

Cara Macksoud

Cara Macksoud

Cara Macksoud, FBS® is the Managing Director of Money Habitudes. She completed the Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate at Kansas State University and holds a BS in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business. She is a Certified Financial Behavior Specialist® and a member of the Financial Therapy Association where she serves on their business development committee. She is also a member of the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) and is an AFC candidate. Prior to joining Money Habitudes, Cara was the CFO/COO for The Animation Project, an incentivized workforce development program for at-risk youth. Before her time in the nonprofit sector, Cara was an ETF trader for 12 years and, at the time, the youngest female to be given a trading seat on the floor of the NYSE. Cara is the founder of Bank Roll’d, a financial literacy non-profit on a mission to provide education and mentorship to unbanked people who are being left out of the banking system. As a result of the disconnect between her modest lifestyle growing up in Brooklyn and the flashy, indulgent Wall Street lifestyle, Cara had to come to terms with very different attitudes related to money. She began running Relationship with Money workshops to help participants gain a deeper understanding of their own financial behaviors related to risk. It laid the foundation for Cara’s future career becoming more focused on the psychology of money to help people take control of their financial health. Cara resides in Florida with her husband and their five children enjoying the hot weather and hunting for shark teeth.

Carlene Ulacia

Carlene Ulacia

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Catherine Blanco

Catherine Blanco

Catherine is the manager of strategic initiatives for the Center for Financial Stability at United Way Miami. In her role, she helps manage the planning, implementation, and evaluation of capacity-building efforts. She is responsible for leading the design, piloting and evaluation of strategic initiatives at the Center. With a focus on Data, Catherine has helped build multiple programs and data systems to fuel the work done by the Center in the South Florida community. Catherine has a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Political Science and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida International University.

Chance Cessna

Chance Cessna

Chance Cessna was homeless and lived in her car. She grew up in a single-parent home. She was fired from six jobs. In her inspiring book, Chance reveals how she survived these trials, and shares wisdom on how the power of faith leads to a life of victory. Chance explains the core principles to success that will accelerate you in your purpose and position you to live life in full throttle! This book will light your inner fire, ignite your passions, and provide you with a clear action strategy to accomplish your dreams and career ambitions. From faith, family, relationships, and business, Chance gives you keys on how to expertly balance them all. Most importantly, you will learn how to fearlessly overcome difficult setbacks, build your vision from the ground up, navigate through life's detours, and unleash your divine power.

Chike Uzoka

Chike Uzoka

Chike Uzoka is a proud Christian and Financial Advisor. He provides personalized, faith-based financial guidance to teens, adults, and families looking for holistic financial advice.

Dyalekt

Dyalekt

Brian "Dyalekt" Kushner has been a hip-hop MC, theater maker, and educator for nearly 20 years. He’s the director of pedagogy at Pockets Change, where he uses hip-hop pedagogy to demystify personal finance and help students take control of their relationship with money. Dyalekt & PC are the recipients of Jump$tart’s Innovation in Financial Literacy award in 2022. He’s rocked (performed/taught/keynoted) everywhere from conferences like AFCPE and Prosperity Now, to stages like SXSW and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to classrooms that range from Yale & Harvard to your cousin’s living room. He also co-hosts the Brunch & Budget podcast, which discusses personal finance and racial economic inclusion. Dyalekt is proud to be the poetry writer for NYC DOE’s WORD UP program, where he converted phonics lessons into relatable rhymes. His latest jam is the Museum of Dead Words, an album/play/research presentation about words that turn conversations into fights.

Eric Reed

Eric Reed

Eric Reed is responsible for implementing policies and procedures that expand opportunities for accessing assistive technology devices as well as managing the dayto-day operations of the loan program. Under his leadership, the program continues to grow and evolve and offers services through four different loan options; assisting individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology and credit building opportunities they need for independence. Eric has worked in the financial field for over twenty years and combines this experience along with customer-focused management to the FAAST financial loan program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Auburn University and is a Certified Practitioner of Financial Capability. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife and two children. When not at work, Eric enjoys traveling with his family and cheering on his Tigers.

Gale B. Pinkston

Gale B. Pinkston Esq.,

Gale is a Managing Attorney with Bay Area Legal Services in the Plant City office, Hillsborough County. During her thirty-two years with Bay Area she has practiced in areas of civil law impacting those with low incomes. She has been responsible for oversight of various grants, and currently is the Program Director for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Ms. Pinkston earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from Florida State University and her law degree from The University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Genealogist and in her spare time enjoys researching family histories and genealogy.

Hassan R. Thomas

Hassan R. Thomas

Meet Hassan R. Thomas: Award-Winning Podcaster, Speaker, and CEO of financial literacy brand called FYI FLI (For Your Information, Financial Literacy & Investing), and the CEO of HRT Enterprises. If you look up the 2022 definitions of the terms motivated, visionary, and driven you will most likely see a picture of Hassan Thomas. A recent graduate, Hassan earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Maryville College (TN) with minors in Marketing and Accounting. He is passionate and energetic with a deep sense of responsibility and accountability – determined to create a positive impact in business as well as in communities that have been traditionally underserved.

Helene Raynaud

Helene Raynaud

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Janet Hamer

Janet Hamer

Janet Hamer is a principal in Hamer Consulting. She has over thirty-five years of experience in housing, community and economic development, and financial services. Prior to her current role, she was Vice President, Community Development Manager for TD Bank serving the north and central Florida markets. Additionally, Hamer was the Senior Regional Community Development Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for fourteen years specializing in small business and microfinance lending and access to banking and financial stability for LMI individuals and communities with responsibility for implementing the FRB mission of promoting effective community development lending and investment programs and fair lending throughout the Sixth District of the Federal Reserve. Hamer is an active volunteer with many local, state and national nonprofit organizations including past Board Chair and founder of the Florida Prosperity Partnership, past president of the Florida Community Development Association, board member of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition and Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations as well as a VITA volunteer, board member of the Volusia/Flagler Coalition on Homelessness and Housing and serves as Vice Chair of the Volusia Interfaith Natural Disaster Network. In 2011 Hamer received the Ron Smith Outstanding Accomplishment Award from the National Disability Institute for her work in improving the economic lives of Americans with disabilities. She served as the immediate past Board Chair of the National Disability Institute and has served on the board for the past eight years.

Jasmine Johnson

Jasmine Johnson

Jasmine Johnson is an Accredited Financial Counselor®, Entertainment Accountant, and Mental Health Advocate. For over a decade, Jasmine has helped many people shift their financial mindset and become Financially Independent. As a speaker on everything finances and mental health, she speaks from a personal and well-educated perspective. Jasmine grew up in extreme poverty and understands what trauma and mental blocks could develop from similar experiences. Her financial counseling time is split between her entertainment clients and non-profits that house individuals experiencing homelessness or youth who will soon age out of foster care. Her passion is to help others achieve Financial Independence by breaking emotional and mental setbacks so they can recognize their financial power to live the life they deserve.

Judy MacKenzie

Judy MacKenzie

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Karla Bachmann

Karla Bachmann

Karla Bachmann is the Vice President of Financial Wellness Services at Branches. Using a human-centered approach, she leads the development and implementation of transformative programs and services that promote financial opportunity and asset building. She is a firm believer in a family-centric and holistic approach of service delivery that promotes building social capital and integrates financial, education, and health services for participants to achieve true stability and financial success. Through the years, she has developed innovative service delivery models that have been recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The National Council of La Raza and Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Prior to joining Branches, Mrs. Bachmann worked at The National Council of La Raza (NCLR-Unidos Us), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States as their National Workforce Development Program Manager; and CLUES, the largest Latino non-profit organization in Minnesota, as Vice President of Programs. During her years at CLUES, she developed and directed programs that are both linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive with a holistic approach to family wellbeing. She established the organization’s first financial education program and VITA site, promoting financial capability and asset building strategies that are integrated across all programs of the organization. She remains tirelessly committed to building relationships, programs and opportunities that help families and individuals prosper. Karla has coauthored the book, “My Family, My Self,” The Latino Guide to Emotional Well-Being. Hazelden Publications, 2014.

Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin is a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for UF IFAS Extension in Suwannee County, FL. She provides health, wellness, and financial literacy programs to the community to help individuals improve their physical and financial health. For the past four years she taught economically disadvantaged youth financial literacy education in a variety of settings. She earned a Master of Public Heath degree from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida State University. four years she has taught economically disadvantaged youth financial literacy education in a variety of settings. She earned a Master of Public Heath degree from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida State University. Kim Griffin is a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for UF IFAS Extension in Suwannee County, FL. She provides health, wellness, and financial literacy programs to the community to help individuals improve their physical and financial health.

Lori Auxier

Lori Auxier

Lori is Educational Credit Management Corporation’s (ECMC) Director of outreach: has more than 28 years of higher educations experience and possesses an in-depth knowledge of college access, financial aid, and financial literacy on both secondary and post secondary campuses. AS a first generations student who earned her MBA from ST. Leo University, Lori is passionate about helping others pursue their higher education goals and dreams. Lori is also an Accredited Financial Counselor® and through AFCPE® and loves volunteering with her local pet rescue.

Lesley Mace

Lesley Mace

Lesley Mace serves as Secretary and a member of FPP’s Board of Directors and is a Senior Outreach Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Birmingham Branch, where she serves educators in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Prior to joining the Fed in 2010, she was an Instructor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Auburn University Montgomery and a high school economics teacher. A native of Auburn, Alabama, Lesley holds a B.A. in Economics and Foreign Language and a M.S. in Economics from Auburn University.

Lisa Mifflin

Lisa Mifflin

Lisa provides Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) technical assistance and community development resources to bankers, agency staff and community stakeholders in Florida and Oklahoma. Lisa began her career with the OCC as a financial examiner in Tampa, Florida. She has expertise in CRA, fair lending compliance and holds the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the American Bankers Association. In her community, Lisa serves on the advisory board of the Hillsborough County Schools Academy of Finance, a high school program that supports career exploration in the financial services industry. Lisa is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Mallory Center

Mallory Center

Mallory Center is the owner of Morphing Minds Adolescence Health & Well- Being Coach. Mortgage lending professional, finance account management and human resource professional. Teaching teens how to THRIVE in the 21st Century and educating them how to have a voice and advocate for real life issues they are facing in the world. She helps parents understand behaviors and understand the developmental stages adolescents go through. Graduated from Huston–Tillotson University with a B.S in psychology and will continue her education journey getting her masters in neuroscience. She is a mental health first aider for adults and teens as well as a crisis interventionist.

Margie Genter

Margie Genter

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Michael Roush

Michael Roush

Michael Roush, M.A., AFC® is the Director of the Center for Disability-Inclusive Community Development at National Disability Institute and serves as a subject matter expert on financial capability strategies for adults and youth with disabilities. He provides training and technical assistance on financial coaching/counseling, financial education, public benefits, VITA, tax credits, employment, housing, asset accumulation and community development strategies to empower individuals, organizations and other stakeholders on the importance of economic empowerment for persons with disabilities. Michael is the co-author of multiple financial education/asset building curriculums for students and adults with disabilities including NDI’s Financial Wellness for People with Disabilities, Bank of America’s Achieving Financial Independence lessons with Special Olympics and AFCPE’s Financial Inclusion Essentials. Michael has provided training and technical assistance on financial education to teachers across the county that include each of the top twelve school districts in the United States. Michael was the creator of the Building Economic Strength Together (B.E.S.T.) and Financial Success Collaborative initiative that has been implemented in college-based programs for individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. Michael has trained over 3,000individuals on how to integrate the various curriculums into organization’s delivery of service. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of AFCPE and Bank On Suncoast Task Force. He is an Accredited Financial Counselor and a Community Partner Work Incentives Counselor. Michael has a Master’s degree in Human Behavior.

Dr. Nicole King-Smith

Dr. Nicole King-Smith

Dr. Nicole King-Smith is founder of NK Enterprise Consulting, LLC. This results-driven professional consults organizations on how to achieve their desired results and overcome cultural workplace differences. As an expert in her field education is one of the many driving forces of her success. Dr. King-Smith has worked with top Fortune 500 organizations and numerous community organizations. She is highly committed to developing professionals, mentoring, creating relationships and partnerships. She is an award-winning professional who makes waves international with her dynamic speaking ability on leadership and inclusion

Pamala Capalads

Pamala Capalad

Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor™ and has been in financial services since 2008. She founded Brunch & Budget to help people who felt ashamed or embarrassed about money have a safe place to make real financial progress. Pam has been featured in the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Vice Magazine, and was named New York Magazine’s Best financial planner of New York 2019.

Patrick Crissy

Patrick Crissy

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Patrick Eichholtz

Patrick Eichholtz

Patrick recently completed a thirty-one-year career in the mortgage banking industry, including a decade at JP Morgan Chase, where he worked closely with community stakeholders as a Relationship Officer in Chase’s Community Engagement Division. Patrick has participated in hundreds of first-time homebuyer and financial education workshops over his career and focuses heavily on affordable lending. He currently serves as the Chair of the Palm Beach Affordable Housing Collaborative and the Broward Affordable Housing Task Force, and is a strong advocate for financial learning and the vital role it plays in financial access, financial capability and wealth building. Patrick’s Bank On introduction occurred while at JPMC, where he participated in several Bank On Coalitions. Immediately an advocate, Patrick integrated Bank On into the financial learning sessions he facilitated in communities and the technical assistance training provided to non-profit partners. Building awareness of Bank On became a cornerstone of his strategic plan to increase Financial Capability in underserved communities. He is excited and eager to serve as Director of Bank On Florida and seeks to be a catalyst for the increase of newly banked individuals throughout the State of Florida.

Phillip Dituri

Phillip Dituri

Philip Dituri, Ph.D., has taught and inspired educators and children for over 20 years. He is currently an educational consultant to various schools, districts, and organizations, and the Director of Education at the not for profit, Financial Life Cycle Education. He served as a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, and was a teacher, mathematics instructional coach, and chairperson of the mathematics department at New Design High School in Manhattan. While in public school, he was a three-time Math for America Master Teacher and a Big Apple Award finalist. Phil has a B.A. in Mathematics from NYU and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University. His research interests include proof and reasoning, problem solving, collaborative learning, and personal finance.

Rich Rollason

Rich Rollason

Rich Rollason joined Florida Community Loan Fund in March 2009. As the Development Officer he expands relationships with financial institutions, foundations and religious organizations, evaluating opportunities to reach mutual community development goals in Florida. Mr. Rollason is responsible for assisting the CEO in securing capital required to ensure the success of FCLF’s Community Development and Florida Preservation Fund programs, including meeting with representatives of banks and foundations, writing grant applications and requests, and participating in outreach workshops. After more than 15 years of sales and management experience in manufacturing, Rollason transitioned into nonprofit management serving as director of operations of a sizeable church, providing strategic planning and overseeing the capital campaign for funding the successful completion of an $8.5 million dollar education building. A native Floridian, Rollason remains active in the community, volunteering on various service projects and coaching youth sports. Rollason is a graduate of Valdosta State University.

Dr. Robert McLaughlin

Dr. Robert McLaughlin

Dr. Robert McLaughlin (Bob) is co-founder of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity(www.diitalequity.us), bringing to this work several decades of experience in education, STEM educational reform, educational policy analysis and innovation, and designing and leading large-scale technical assistance initiatives. Bob for several years chaired the Association of Teacher Educators’ National Commission for Technology and the Future of Teacher Education, administered the evaluation and approval of New Hampshire’s educator preparation programs, and for nearly a dozen years conceived and led a nine-state consortium of state and local educational leaders undertaking systemic STEM educational reform and education technology integration at the school and preparation program levels.

Ronda Little

Ronda Little

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Sarah M. Ellis

Sarah M. Ellis

Sarah M. Ellis, AFC Community Engagement Impact Analyst at SouthState Bank. Previously with UF/IFAS Extension where she developed and implemented educational programs with a focus on financial management as well as had an integral role in the outreach and awareness of the programs and services offered through IFAS Extension. She is also an accredited financial counselor and HUD certified housing counselor and possesses extensive experience in financial counseling and a passion for serving our communities.

Sharon D. Bundrage Esq.,

Sharon D. Bundrage Esq.,

Sharon is a trial lawyer with experience in criminal and civil law. She currently works as a Staff Attorney at Bay Area Legal Services in the Plant City office under the Lawyers Helping Kids grant. As a former police officer and criminal defense attorney, Sharon made the decision to represent the underserved and disenfranchised population as her career choice. She has litigated, mediated and assisted low-income clients with housing, consumer, probate, and family law cases throughout her career. Ms. Bundrage earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University and Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University. She is a member of the Florida Bar and Georgia Bar (currently inactive status.

Stephaine McMinds

Stephaine McMinds

Stephanie McMinds, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with UF IFAS Extension Citrus County. She develops and implements educational programs on a variety of topics relating to health and wellness including financial management

Suleyma Hernandez

Suleyma Hernandez

Suleyma has served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Bay Area Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic for the last seven years. Ms. Hernandez has a BA in Public Administration and experience in the public sector with public benefits. Ms. Hernandez primarily focuses on outreach to the English as a Second Language communities along with other underserved communities. Ms. Hernandez has fostered relationships with community partners and agencies through various networking and community events. These relationships have benefited clients by providing opportunities to obtain further assistance on the road to a stable and safe environment to live and thrive.