My Work: I wear many hats here at EWU, from working with families of incoming freshmen, to helping graduates plan for student loan repayment. I counsel, educate, encourage and motivate. My favorite task is creating and leading financial literacy workshops.
My Roots: I was born and raised in the beautiful Spokane Valley in Eastern Washington State.
My Passion: Teaching others the power of personal financial management.
My Hero: My mom, for showing me how to manage finances through the way she lived, without having to say anything at all.
My Favorite Quote: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt
My Favorite Personal Finance Tool/Resource: Spreadsheets! This tool makes it so easy to explore various budgeting strategies, forecast debt elimination and see if your goals are realistic.
My Advice to Someone Beginning the Journey of Financial Education/Wellness:
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what you know or how much you earn, financial wellness is yours for the taking. There are people like myself who are passionate about helping others achieve their own personal financial success.
My way of “Meeting People Where They Are”: Never be afraid to ask questions. I have the privilege of working with a diverse population of students. I love asking them about their experiences, beliefs and goals. They provide the best advice on how to reach others like themselves.
My question for Colleagues/Peers: What is your favorite success story related to your role as a financial counselor/educator?
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