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Various educational workshops for consumers about personal finance taught by MSU Extension educators during Money Smart Week 2012.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Beth Stuever at 517-432-1555, ext. 105

 

Money Smart Week: MSU Extension Educators Available For Comment


Who: MSU Extension

What: Various educational workshops for consumers about personal finance taught by MSU Extension educators during Money Smart Week 2012

When: April 21-28

Where: All over the state

Why: Money Smart Week was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help consumers learn how to better manage their personal finances. It was designed to bring together a variety of organizations to help share expertise and pull together limited resources to provide money management information to consumers.

Additional information: The following experts are available to discuss their areas of expertise in relation to Money Smart Week. Some of our MSU Extension educators have written articles (linked below) that you can refer to or use.

Jean Lakin
lakin@anr.msu.edu
586-469-7609

Read her article: Be S.M.A.R.T. about financial goals

Description of expertise:

  • Goal setting - Making decisions about money by setting goals based on values and past experiences using the SMART Goal method.
  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Making decisions about money - The purpose is to identify goals that reflect personal values and to develop skills in making decisions and talking about money.

Joan Vinette
vinette@anr.msu.edu
906-387-2530

Description of expertise:

  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Advanced care directives - Legal documents to communicate your end-of-life wishes; documents include living will and durable power of attorney.

Dave Treul
treuld@anr.msu.edu
616-336-3212

Read his articles:

  • Having a budget is one thing—sticking to it is another
  • Recent study demonstrates the economic insecurity of many Michigan families
  • How generational poverty affects the management of money

Description of expertise:

  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Making decisions about money - The purpose is to identify goals that reflect personal values and to develop skills in making decisions and talking about money.

Brenda Long
longbr@anr.msu.edu
616-527-5357

Read her articles:

  • Protect yourself from identity theft by protecting your computer
  • Mortgage relief coming for some Michigan homeowners

Description of expertise:

  • Goal setting - Making decisions about money by setting goals based on values and past experiences using the SMART Goal method.
  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Home ownership - The purpose is to help potential homebuyers to understand the process of buying and keeping a home. This includes information about predatory and fraudulent mortgage lending.
  • Foreclosure - These workshops are for distressed homeowners who are worried about their mortgages and need to better understand their options to make an informed decision. It includes information about assessing the situation and working with a lender to obtain a loan modification, if available.

Terry Clark-Jones
clarkjon@anr.msu.edu
734-222-3943

Read her articles:

  • Know your rights when debt collectors call you
  • Finding dollars to save makes sense

Description of expertise:

  • Goal setting - Making decisions about money by setting goals based on values and past experiences using the SMART Goal method.
  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Saving - Ways to set aside money, how to find money for saving, importance of saving for emergencies and for future goals, short-/long-term saving plans.
  • Credit - Credit reports, scores, history, building credit and repairing credit.

Anne Lilla
lilla@anr.msu.edu
586-469-603

Description of expertise:

  • Saving money through energy efficiency and conservation - Saving energy and using resources wisely; includes home energy conservation and efficiency.

Vivian Washington
washi138@anr.msu.edu
313-494-4672

Read her article: Ways to teach children the value of saving money

Description of expertise:

  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.

Wanda Repke
repke@anr.msu.edu
231- 922-4836

Read her articles:

  • Specific protections for young adults from credit cards
  • Know the score: A credit score is vital to your financial health
  • Spending for your financial future
  • Saving versus investing: What’s the difference?
  • How to select a financial services provider
  • Read the fine print on credit cards before you sign up

Description of expertise:

  • Credit - Credit reports, scores, history, building credit and repairing credit.
  • Making decisions about money - The purpose is to identify goals that reflect personal values and to develop skills in making decisions and talking about money.
  • Investing – Selecting a financial services provider, investing while managing debt.

Helena Fleming
helena.fleming@macombcountymi.gov
586-469-7432

Description of expertise:

  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.
  • Foreclosure - These workshops are for distressed homeowners who are worried about their mortgages and need to better understand their options to make an informed decision. It includes information about accessing the situation and working with a lender to obtain a loan modification, if available.

Chris Venema
venema@anr.msu.edu
989-667-0341

Description of expertise:

  • Foreclosure - These workshops are for distressed homeowners who are worried about their mortgages and need to better understand their options to make an informed decision. It includes information about accessing the situation and working with a lender to obtain a loan modification, if available.

Debra Studebaker
debra.studebaker@macombcountymi.gov
586-469-7617

Description of expertise:

  • Goal setting - Making decisions about money by setting goals based on values and past experiences using the SMART Goal method.
  • Money management - Making and managing a spending plan, which involves tracking spending, balancing income and expenses, devising a method for paying bills, tracking receipts and learning how to adjust the plan.

Karen Giles
karen.giles@macombcountymi.gov
586-307-8932

Description of expertise:

  • Home ownership - The purpose is to help potential homebuyers to understand the process of buying and keeping a home. This includes information about predatory and fraudulent mortgage lending.