National Foundation for Credit CounselingⓇ Names New Board Members

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The National Foundation for Credit CounselingⓇ (NFCCⓇ) welcomes two new board members.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Their knowledge and experience in matters impacting student loan borrowers, the military and seniors will further advance the work and services delivered to millions of people each year by NFCC members.

The National Foundation for Credit CounselingⓇ (NFCCⓇ) is pleased to announce its Board of Trustees has elected Deborah L. Bianucci, President and CEO of Bank Administration Institute (BAI), and Melvin T. Stith PhD, Dean Emeritus, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University as its newest At-Large members.

“I am pleased to welcome Deborah Bianucci and Dr. Melvin Stith to the NFCC,” said the Honorable Nelson Diaz, chairman of the NFCC board of trustees. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us remain true to our mission as we expand the scope of our services.”

As BAI's President and CEO, Deborah Bianucci is an influential leader dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to provide high-value, objective information and education to the financial services industry. Bianucci has over 30 years of experience related to financial services, and has held senior positions with several major financial services companies. With over 20 years at BAI, she is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored numerous books and articles on financial services topics. Bianucci received an M.B.A and a B.A. in Journalism, both from Drake University.

Dr. Melvin Stith served as Dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University until June of 2013. Until his retirement in December 2014, he was a professor of marketing in the Whitman School of Management. From 1991 to 2004, he was dean and the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at The Florida State University and previously was associate professor and chair of the marketing department at FSU. He is also dean emeritus at Florida State University. From 1982 to 1985, he was a visiting professor in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University. He served as associate dean and assistant professor in the College of Business at the University of South Florida from 1977 to 1982. Stith currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the following public corporations: Synovus Financial Corp., Aflac, and Flowers Food Corporation. He also serves as a director for AARP Services. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Pathways Commission. In Syracuse, he is a member of the Crouse Hospital board of directors. He is president of the Crouse Hospital Foundation and a member of the advisory board of Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the local professional theatre, Syracuse Stage. He is a founding member of the board of directors, Jim Moran Foundation.

“Deborah Bianucci and Dr. Melvin Stith are joining a seasoned and experienced board that over the last several years has led changes with new strategies to reach financially vulnerable consumers,” said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the NFCC. “Their knowledge and experience in matters impacting student loan borrowers, the military and seniors will further advance the work and services delivered to millions of people each year by NFCC members.”

The NFCC is developing best-in-class services designed to reach the most vulnerable Americans and support NFCC members as they help those struggling to get to a better place financially. Anyone in need of assistance with credit card debt, mortgage repayment, student loans and budget advice can reach out to an NFCC Certified Credit Counselor. To be automatically connected to the closest NFCC member agency dial (800) 388-2227, or to find an agency online, visit http://www.NFCC.org.

Final member ratification of the announced board appointments will take place at the NFCC’s 2016 Annual Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. this fall.

For a complete list of the NFCC board members, visit https://www.nfcc.org/about-us/nfcc-board-of-trustees/.

About NFCC

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial well-being. With 600 member offices serving 50 states and Puerto Rico, our NFCC® Certified Consumer Credit Counselors are financial advocates, empowering millions of consumers to take charge of their finances through one-on-one financial reviews that address credit card debt, student loans, housing decisions and overall money management. Make one of the best financial decisions of your life. For expert guidance and advice, call (800) 388-2227 or visit nfcc.org today.

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