14th Annual FPP Coalition 2022
Financial Capability Training Conference and Retreat
May 31 – June 3, 2022
Live Event: Westgate River Ranch and Rodeo, River Ranch, FL in Polk County
Virtual Elements: via Spondulics

Registration Details:

  • $149 for FPP Members through December 31, 2021 (a 50% savings to you with proof of confirmed Westgate River Ranch accommodations reservations!)
  • $149 for CPFinCap Candidates/Certificants through December 31, 2021
  • $249 for Non-FPP Members through December 31, 2021
  • $299 for All FPP Members after January 1, 2022, through May 20, 2022
  • $399 for All Non-FPP Members after January 1, 2022, through May 20, 2022

14th Annual FPP Coalition 2022 Financial Capability Training Conference and Retreat

Plenary Leader Bios

Josef Azam is the CEO and Co-Founder of Design Shopp International, a digital marketing agency established in 2007.

Josef has built Design Shopp from the ground up and is a specialist in creating marketing campaigns that generate positive ROI for both large and small companies.

To date, the Design Shopp marketing team has generated over a billion dollars in revenue for its clients. After the success of the viral video “From Struggle Comes Success,” Josef is a frequent public speaker.

In addition to working at Design Shopp, Josef teaches at John Abbott College, is the CEO of Imagination Holding Co., and is an Olympic freestyle wrestling coach.

He hones his message around what it takes to succeed in the digital landscape, in business and in life.

Recently, Josef has joined the Board of Directors of YES Montreal, and was recently named President of Cloverdale Multi Resources, an organization that helps low-income families get on their feet.

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Sarah M. Ellis, M.S., AFC©, is the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Citrus County, Florida. She provides practical education and information to motivate and empower individuals and families with the skills needed to live well.

She works to teach people how to effectively manage their money proactively and make appropriate, informed money management decisions based on their circumstances.

Born and raised by Dominican immigrant parents in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. She received a full scholarship to Brown University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011.

As a Teach For America corps member, Yanely taught third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and later received her master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013.

After paying off $20,000 of credit card debt, she discovered a passion for financial literacy and created an educational YouTube channel, called MissBeHelpful.

Yanely currently serves as the director of educational outreach at Next Gen Personal Finance. In her spare time, Yanely loves to listen to audio books and podcasts, dance, sew, and babysit her eight nieces and nephews.

Johanna Gómez is a Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty Extension Agent for the University of Florida/IFAS in Osceola County. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree.

Johanna possesses over 15 years of experience working with individuals and families in the community. Ms. Gómez manages and provides a variety of programs promoting financial education, wellness and housing workshops for potential homebuyers, current homeowners and assist families in preventing foreclosure or eviction, along with providing one-on-one financial counseling. She is dedicated in assisting clients to become stable and self-sufficient, her experience and efforts are in connecting people to develop innovative programs that make a difference in our communities and make an impact in the lifestyle of individuals with their families.

As part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives her programs offer education in Spanish, English and American Sign Language (ASL). She is Co-Chair for the UF/IFAS HUD Compliance Committee and the UF/IFAS Housing Steering Committee. She has been awarded several professional recognitions through the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Florida Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Dr. Esteban Leonardo Santis is a revenue and budget policy analyst with Florida Policy Institute (FPI). As an analyst, Dr. Santis’ research focuses on ways to improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians. To date, his key initiatives include the Working Floridians Tax Rebate (a state-level EITC), reforming Florida’s regressive tax code, and advancing social equity in administrative practices and budgets.

His work has appeared in academic peer-reviewed journals and local media publications like the Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, and Miami Herald. He has also served as an AmeriCorps Public Ally with the Heart of Florida United Way to promote EITC and VITA access.

Lastly, he is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Ph.D. in Public Affairs.

Scott E. Taylor is the Family and Consumer Science Agent in Hernando County. This position is directly responsible for leadership, development, management, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) to the residents of Hernando County.

Adult educational focus is in the following areas: financial management, housing education for homeowners and home buyers, (including local, state, and or federal housing initiatives), and sustainable living.

Financial education programs include: credit management, effective spending plans, and getting ready for retirement.

Sustainability programs include: energy efficiency, building with “Green” in mind, energy savings through renovating and upgrading, and disaster preparation.

Youth educational focus is in the following areas: developing good savings habits, Time Value of Money, and promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)

He holds the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) credential from AFCPE, and has been coaching individuals and families on money matters since 2009.

Katiya Xiong is an entrepreneur at heart with a human-centered and technology approach. She maintains a balanced state of mind by aligning all of her work-life endeavors with her vision to live deeply, and her mission to be the voice that influences people and companies to connect for powerful results.

To address some of the Covid-19 pandemic business challenges, she went on a fifteen-month journey to do pro bono work. This commitment contributed to one thousand hours of coaching lessons on success techniques in social selling, virtual-relationship-building, and workload management.

In addition to her business consulting and digital marketing services, Katiya is an advocate for disability, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nichols College. Katiya is an active communicator on LinkedIn, aiming to provide thoughtful and digestible content to her network. The most important job in her life is to be a good role model to her growing sons, Stark and Lex.

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