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Meet Consolidated Credit’s Financial Advisory Council

Americans owe over $800 billion in credit card debt as of the first quarter of 2022. More concerning is that one in four Americans believe they don’t have anyone they can ask for financial guidance.[1] A key part of Consolidated Credit’s mission is to help individuals and families build financial literacy through education. Our Financial Advisory Council was created to do that.

Personal finance isn’t something that most of us were taught in school and it is only now becoming mandatory in many states. For those of us long past grade school, however, it can be tough to find the information you need. That’s what the Financial Advisory Council hopes to remedy, bringing innovative and impactful resources to underserved communities. Advisory Council members will be ambassadors at the myriad financial education events Consolidated Credit hosts, sponsors, or supports.

“Financial education is one of the most important topics Americans need to master,” says Consolidated Credit President Gary Herman. “With more than a century of experience among the council members, we’re going to devise innovative ways to spread financial education and crucial knowledge about financial stability.”

Financial Education’s Core 13

Consolidated Credit is proud to introduce our panel of financial education experts. This Financial Advisory Council was put in place to combat the financial education crisis that we see today. They will help Consolidated Credit develop innovative new education programs and expand on existing ones.

Financial Advisory Council members include:

Business Development Manager, Community & Affordable Lending at Chase Bank, Amadeo Marino

Business Development Manager, Community & Affordable Lending at Chase Bank

Amadeo Marino

Throughout his 23 years in the financial sector, Amadeo has consistently shown his strengths as a manager and someone whom people rally behind.

KOFE Relationship Manager at Consolidated Credit, Ana Maria Ceballos

KOFE Relationship Manager at Consolidated Credit

Ana Maria Ceballos

Ana Maria Ceballos is skilled at developing, implementing, and evaluating cross-functional workforce management decisions that help organizations to meet set objectives, goals, milestones, and targets.

Director of Education and Communications at Consolidated Credit, April Lewis-Parks

Director of Education and Communications at Consolidated Credit

April Lewis-Parks

With more than 20 years in the financial sector, April Lewis-Parks is dedicated to creating educational programs and promoting financial literacy.

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility/CRA Officer at Valley National Bank, Charles W. Keys III

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility/CRA Officer at Valley National Bank

Charles W. Keys III, MBA

Having over 25+ years of experience in financial industries, Charles aims to make a positive impact on society by promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Executive Director of the Community Reinvestment Alliance of Florida, Cornell Crews Jr.

Executive Director of the Community Reinvestment Alliance of Florida

Cornell Crews Jr.

After serving our country for over 20 years in the Army, Cornell’s 20+ years of experience in finance have allowed him to have a hand in affecting people’s lives in a different way.

Community Outreach Manager at Consolidated Credit, Giovanna Gilliotti

Community Outreach Manager at Consolidated Credit

Giovanna Gilliotti

Giovanna is a dynamic bilingual relationship builder with proven experience in establishing and nurturing community relations across multicultural markets.

Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at NSU, Jim Hutchens

Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at NSU

Jim Hutchens

Responsible for providing strategic leadership in addition to general administration of NSU’s libraries, Jim Hutchens is a strong advocate of Consolidated Credit’s mission to promote financial literacy in children and adults.

Sr. Mortgage Specialist at South State Bank, Karen Dorsey

Sr. Mortgage Specialist at South State Bank

Karen Dorsey

Karen Dorsey has been in the Residential Mortgage industry since 1992, working in all aspects of helping to secure a mortgage. But even after 30 years, her passion for helping clients hasn’t waned in the slightest.

Senior Vice President, Director CRA at City National Bank, Michele Edwards-Collie

Senior Vice President, Director CRA at City National Bank

Michele Edwards-Collie

With over 20 years of management experience, coaching and growing successful teams, Michele is passionate about serving our community. She is also a proven community leader working with various local banks on the Community Reinvestment Act.

Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President at TD Bank, Mikesha Murray

Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President at TD Bank

Mikesha Murray

Having demonstrated a vast history of working in the banking industry, Mikesha has shown strong administrative skills throughout her career. Demonstrating a strong work ethic, she has worked her way up to Assistant Vice President.

External Affairs Market Manager for Florida at Comerica Bank, Monique Corker

External Affairs Market Manager for Florida at Comerica Bank

Monique Corker

Monique Corker is a financial community advocate and leader for young people, as well as a business and marketing strategist with a passion to change one heart at a time.

Director of Housing Counseling & Community Outreach at Consolidated Credit, Sandra Tobon

Director of Housing Counseling & Community Outreach at Consolidated Credit

Sandra Tobon

Sandra Tobon has more than 18 years of experience in growing social-economic programs from inception to completion. Sandra lives for what she does, making an impact in the community and on the individual lives she comes in contact with.

Community Development Manager for the South Florida Region at Truist Bank, Tari Boldin

Community Development Manager for the South Florida Region at Truist Bank

Tari Boldin

Tari has been a banking professional for over thirty years, having the privilege of helping numerous people get into new homes. “My purpose is to serve and add value to all that crosses my path to be better.”  

Sources:

[1] 47+ Fascinating Financial Literacy Statistics in 2022 (annuity.org)