The NFEC Announces Initial Financial Literacy Curriculum Advisory Board Members and Seeks Additional Applicants

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The National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) has announced initial board members and seeks additional advisors to guide development of youth financial literacy curriculum.

The National Financial Educators Council has selected the first twelve experts to be a part of the 2012 financial literacy curriculum advisory board. The NFEC is currently searching for additional board members that are experienced financial professionals, educators, and/or people with specialized personal finance knowledge.

The NFECs’ financial literacy lesson plans were designed by a team of financial professionals and educators to meet core educational standards while offering the ‘real world’ knowledge to help youth prepare for the financial realities of life. The financial literacy lesson plans are updated each year to incorporate timely information that can impact ones finances. To facilitate each annual update, the NFEC builds a financial literacy advisory board comprised of: financial advisors, Realtors, mortgage specialists, debt experts, personal finance professionals, and educators.

The NFEC has selected its first twelve financial literacy Curriculum Advisory Board members for 2012. Select members include:

  •     Diane Larsen was honored with the Jump$tart Coalition Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 2008. She is an award-winning economics teacher and was selected by the Council for Economic Education and the U.S. State Department to travel as an ambassador to South Africa.
  •     Laura Adams, MBA is a personal finance expert and the author of Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich. Ms Adams won 2011 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award from the Institute of Financial Literacy and is the writer and host of the weekly Money Girl podcast that has over 500,000 downloads per month.
  •     Peter W. Rasmussen is a bank auditor and was a former Program Director Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Mr. Rasmussen is passionate about sharing financial literacy with his community and is hosting Money Smart Week in La Crosse, Wisconsin the week of April 21- 28, 2012.
  •     Stan Webb, CFS Certified Fund Specialist, President of Stan T. Webb Cos. Inc., and co-founder of the 501(c)3 Minerva Foundation for Financial Literacy. Mr. Webb has hosted financial literacy town hall events throughout Kansas, initiated Money Smart Week in Wichita 2011 for which he received a city proclamation and shares his financial wisdom with youth across the state.
  •     Victor Ricciardi, BBA, MBA, APC is an Assistant Professor of Financial Management at Goucher College. Professor Ricciardi teaches personal financial planning, corporate finance, behavioral finance, and is the Coordinator of Behavioral & Experimental Research at the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
  •     Amy Jo Johnson is President of the North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition and is Director of Learning at Credit Union Association of the Dakotas. Ms. Johnson provides financial literacy resources to the credit union professionals across the Dakotas and has chaired the Jump$tart Coalitions annual financial literacy conferences.

The initial board also will also consist of the founder a debt consolidation company who has served over 100,000 people, a credit repair specialist and mortgage professionals that have funded over ten thousand loans.

The NFEC credits the success of the personal finance curriculum with the advice provided by brining educators and financial professionals together. The Chief Marketing Officer of the NFEC, Vince Shorb states, “The NFEC advisors are a tremendous asset, and they help us to ensure our curriculum provides ‘real world’ financial literacy knowledge while meeting educational standards. This satisfies the needs of the educators we serve and provides our students the life skills that can improve many areas of their life.”

Advisory board members that are approved possess an expert level of knowledge about personal finance topics. They share the NFEC’s desire to improve the financial literacy knowledge of the youth nationwide. Curriculum advisors review small portions of the NFEC’s financial literacy lesson plans. Board members add ideas and comments to assist in refining the high school financial literacy curriculum. Financial professionals, personal finance experts and educators may visit the curriculum advisor board webpage for more information.

The NFEC is a social enterprise organization with the mission to empower people with the financial knowledge needed to make effective financial literacy decisions that improve their lives and the lives of people they love. The NFEC’s collaboration with educators and financial professionals helps make the financial literacy curriculum practical for the youth that receive instruction.


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