FCAA Announces New Combined Board and Officers

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The recent merger of the Association of Credit Counseling Professionals, Inc. and the Financial Counseling Association of America has resulted in a combined board of directors for FCAA.

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"This is a dedicated group that I am thrilled to work with as FCAA continues to improve on its mission to advocate for consumers." -Kevin Weeks, FCAA President

The recent merger of the Association of Credit Counseling Professionals, Inc. and the Financial Counseling Association of America has resulted in a combined board of directors for FCAA. The combined board will remain in place and work together over the next 18 months.

“This is a dedicated group that I am thrilled to work with as FCAA continues to improve on its mission to advocate for consumers,” said Kevin Weeks, president, FCAA. “The combination of our boards will help to assure a smooth transition.”

Christopher Viale, Cambridge Credit Counseling, and Judith R. Sorensen, Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling d/b/a National Foundation for Debt Management, will serve as co-chairs of the board. In addition to Viale and Sorensen, the following persons will make up the combined Board of Trustees for FCAA:

Rick Cluny, Family Financial Education Foundation
Brian Delaney, Consumer Credit Nationwide
Sam Hohman, Credit Advisors Foundation
Todd Ossenfort, Pioneer Credit Counseling
Melissa Pearson, Debt Reduction Services
Kevin Porter, Alliance Credit Counseling
Hilton Sher, Consolidated Credit Counseling

Serving as officers will be:
Todd Emerson, Vice President, Springboard Non-profit Consumer Credit Management
Russell Graves, Vice President, Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling d/b/a/ National Foundation for Debt Management
David Richardson, Treasurer, Take Charge America
Sheldon Smith, Secretary, Family Financial Education Foundation

As previously announced, Weeks will continue as FCAA president with Lori Pollack serving as executive director. Weeks and Pollack will work together with the board and officers, exploring opportunities for FCAA and its members.

Weeks is also charged with the role of Creditor Relations for FCAA. As creditors are instrumental in helping to get financially distressed consumers back on track, it is important for FCAA to maintain strong working relationships with the creditor community.

Pollack will be working with Weeks to bring new ideas to members. No stranger to the credit counseling conference circuit, she is currently focused on planning FCAA’s upcoming conference, April 25 – 27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This is an exciting time for our association,” said Pollack. “The services our members provide to today’s consumers are needed more than ever before.”

About FCAA: The Financial Counseling Association of America was founded in 1993 as the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. FCAA is a national membership organization established to promote quality and professional delivery of financial counseling services. FCAA and its members are focused on financial education, efficient processes and advanced technology to best serve consumers. FCAA members are independent agencies that advocate for debtors and annually counsel more than 600,000 consumers. Visit http://www.fcaa.org for more information.

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