Get to Know AFCPE’s New Board Members!
Welcome, Ann Lentell, CFA, AFC®, CFP®
My Work: My work is to end asset poverty for families with low incomes and narrow the racial and gender wealth divides.
My Roots: Radio reminds me of my home far away – West Virginia.
My Passion: Asset-building.
My Favorite Quote: Do you want to be comfortable, or do you want to grow? Because you can’t do both.
My Reason for Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors: I love the AFCPE because of what it stands for – ensuring that all people, regardless of income or background, are empowered to achieve lasting financial well-being. I currently serve as Chief Program Officer for a nonprofit, Compass Working Capital, where I lead a team of financial coaches who serve primarily Black and Latinx women with low incomes across the country. As an Accredited Financial Counselor myself, I know how much our clients need trusted, quality financial education and counseling, and I hope to bring that perspective in my service to the board.
My Advice for Someone Beginning the Journey of Financial Education/Well-being: No matter where you are in your journey – whether you’re just starting out, deep in a financial crisis, or on your way to financial freedom – just the fact that you have taken a step to pay attention to your finances means you’ve already succeeded. Things don’t move in a straight line – they move up and down and backward and forward and all sorts of ways. Don’t get discouraged. The worst thing you can do is stick your head in the sand. Focus on what you’ve already accomplished and build on those strengths. Just by showing an interest in your financial well-being means you’re already a triumph.
Welcome, Michael Roush, AFC®
My Work: I am the Director of the Center for Disability-Inclusive Community Development at National Disability Institute.
My Roots: My roots are grounded by my faith and service to others.
My Passion: All forms of creative art and cooking.
My Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
My Reason for Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors: I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the AFCPE Board of Directors because I believe strongly in the work that AFCPE does to build a better financial future for all. My life’s work is grounded by giving of my time, talent and treasures and AFCPE’s mission aligns with my personal and professional beliefs in service.
Welcome, Sasha Grabenstetter, AFC®, CFP®
My Work: Internal and External Financial Wellness Thought Leadership through eMoney Advisor
My Roots: = Banking + Debt Collection + Financial Counseling + Extension
My Passion: Creating financial education content
My Favorite Quote: “…Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” – by Mumford and Sons, Awake My Soul
My Reason for Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors: I want to be a connector for AFCPE – whether that’s getting students move involved in our association, bridge the gap between financial advisors, counselors and therapists, examining technology solutions for financial counselors, as well as creating stronger bonds between all of our different constituencies.
My Advice for Someone Beginning the Journey of Financial Education/Well-being: Become a sponge! Learn all that you can, but also remember to reflect on your knowledge, and use it in your own life too! Also, every member of AFCPE is warm and welcoming. If you want to connect and learn from someone, don’t hesitate to ask for a quick chat.
Welcome, Andia Dinesen, AFC®
My Work: I work for the Association of Military Banks of America, a trade association for military banks that are located both on and off installations serving military and veteran families.
My Roots: I have been married to the military for more than 22 years and have moved 11 times, living in 13 different homes.
My Passion: Serving the military and veteran families and communities who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.
My Favorite Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Reason for Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors: Being a part of the AFCPE community for the past 12 years has brought me professional growth, an extended family, and a focused way to serve military families. Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors is a way for me to give back and further the mission of AFCPE.
My Advice for Someone Beginning the Journey of Financial Education/Well-being: Sometimes financial education does not offer a clear career path, but that can also be the amazing thing about it, you can make it what you want it to be. Also, never stop learning. Read more, ask others about books, materials, and tools they love and then check them out for yourself.
Welcome, Jacquie Carroll, AFC®
My Work: I work with primarily law students who are trying to navigate not only repaying their student loan debt but trying to learn how to live their best lives within the means that are available to them.
My Roots: My work in human resources helped me realize that many individuals struggle with money, regardless of educational attainment or salary level, and that there is a lot of personal and social shame needlessly associated with that.
My Passion: I am on a mission to get individuals excited about learning & using that knowledge to make a positive impact in their lives.
My Favorite Quote: This applies to both presentations as well as educational sessions. “Have the confidence to pull it off, but have the humility to prepare.”
My Reason for Serving on the AFCPE Board of Directors: I believe that AFPCE today is at the optimal position to become a major leader as our nation finally openly grapples with issues relating to personal finance. Although we are becoming more comfortable having conversations about race and gender, we still don’t feel comfortable addressing ‘class’, financial inequity, and other issues relating to money. We can be the facilitator of that national conversation and help mitigate the national contradiction of being one of the world’s wealthiest nations, and at the same time possessing on of the fasted-growing poverty rates.
My Advice for Someone Going Through the AFC® Program: Throughout your life, you will have undoubtedly learned quite a bit about finances, in particular since you are getting ready to become an AFC. My advice is to pre-test yourself—identify what you know already, and then focus on studying and learning what you don’t know.