Author Bios

Jason Alderman Jason Alderman

Jason Alderman is Senior Director, Global Financial Education with Visa, Inc. Follow Jason Alderman on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PracticalMoney.

 
Matt Bell Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, including Money and Marriage. He leads workshops at churches and universities around the country, and serves as Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, America’s best-selling investment newsletter written from a biblical perspective.

 
Chris Birk Chris Birk

Chris Birk is director of content and communications for Veterans United, one of the nation’s leading financial services providers for service members and their families. He is a former journalist and author of “The Book on VA Loans: An Essential Guide to Maximizing Your Home Loan Benefits.” Connect with Chris today on Google+.

 
Carla Blair-Gamblian Carla Blair-Gamblian

Carla Blair-Gamblian is a credit expert, and featured author for Smart Military Money – a personal finance blog dedicated to the military lifestyle. Carla comes from a military family, and helps veterans and active service members develop plans to rein in their debt, repair their credit, and get on the path to loan prequalification. Follow Carla on Google+.

 
Karen Carlson Karen Carlson

Karen Carlson is the Director of Education and Creative Programs at InCharge Debt Solutions. Carlson is an Emmy-winning television producer, and her financial advice has been published in Time, US News & World Report and Fox Business News. InCharge Debt Solutions is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Jana Castanon Jana Castanon

Jana Castanon is the Media Relations/Outreach Manager for Apprisen. Apprisen is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Kimberly Cole Kimberly Cole

Kimberly Cole is Education Outreach Coordinator with Novadebt. Novadebt is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Shannon Doyle Shannon Doyle

Shannon Doyle is a Certified Financial Counselor with LSS Financial Counseling. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Gail Cunningham Gail Cunningham

Gail Cunningham is Vice President of Membership & Public Relations with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Gail Cunningham Mark Foster

Mark Foster is Director of Education with Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA). CCOA is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Donna Freedman Donna Freedman

Donna Freedman won regional and national prizes during an 18-year newspaper career and earned a college degree in midlife without taking out student loans. She now writes the Frugal Nation website for MSN Money, blogs at DonnaFreedman.com, and freelances for national magazines.

 
Morgan Gee Morgan Gee

Morgan Gee is a Certified Credit Counselor with Chestnut Credit Counseling Services. Chestnut Credit Counseling Services is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Sara Gilbert Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert is group manager for the Colorado branch of GreenPath Debt Solutions. GreenPath Debt Solutions is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Neale Godfrey Neale Godfrey

Neale Godfrey is the New York Times #1 Best Selling author of 27 books, and financial literacy curricula for kids and parents. She created the topic of “kids and money” while President of The First Women’s Bank when she opened up The First Children’s Bank, and an Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship in Harlem in 1988.

 
Ashley Hagelin Ashley Hagelin

Ashley Hagelin is a Certified Financial Counselor and Reverse Mortgage Specialist with LSS Financial Counseling. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Mary Hunt Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt is the founder of DebtProofLiving.com and author of 23 books, including her latest, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning or Retirement.

 
Malcolm Johannessen Malcolm Johannessen

Malcolm Johannessen is a US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Certified Housing & Foreclosure Prevention Counselor with LSS Financial Counseling. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Stacy Johnson Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson is a personal finance author, speaker, and television news personality. His Money Talks News series has aired for more than 20 years on dozens of network affiliates nationwide. In addition to MoneyTalksNews.com, his personal finance articles and videos appear regularly on MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Readers Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, The Street.com and many others. Johnson has been awarded two Emmys and written three books, including Life or Debt, and Money Made Simple.

 
Drew Kessler Drew Kessler

Drew Kessler is Vice President of Marketing & Communications with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Mary McKeague Mary McKeague

Mary McKeague is a Certified Credit Counselor and Certified Foreclosure Prevention Specialist with LSS Financial Counseling. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Barb Miller Barb Miller

Barb Miller is a Certified Financial Counselor and Bankruptcy Specialist with LSS Financial Counseling. She specializes in blogging about bankruptcy, student loans, and financial education. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Melinda Opperman Melinda Opperman

Melinda Opperman is Senior Vice President of Community Outreach & Industry Relations, Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc; and Executive Director, Springboard Education Foundation. Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Sarah Clark Oster Sarah Clark Oster

Sarah Clark Oster is the Director of Marketing and Education Outreach at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tennessee River Valley, a non-profit organization committed to helping individuals resolve their financial difficulties. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tennessee River Valley is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Sarah Packingham Sarah Packingham

Sarah Packingham is a Debt Management Specialist with LSS Financial Counseling. LSS Financial Counseling is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Kimberly Rotter Kimberly Rotter

Kimberly Rotter is a debt management expert and personal finance writer. She is a regular featured contributor on Credit Card Insider, Manilla and Credit Sesame, and her work has appeared on numerous other personal finance sites including Yahoo! Finance, LearnVest and Business Insider.

 
Erica Sandberg Erica Sandberg

Erica Sandberg is editor at large for Bankrate’s Credit Card Guide, columnist and features reporter for CreditCards.com, and the consumer protection spokeswoman for Western Union. She is a contributing personal finance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle’s online edition, and author of Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families. Prior to her work as a national money and credit expert and journalist, Erica was affiliated with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco for 10 years.

 
Lauralynn Schueckler Lauralynn Schueckler

Lauralynn Schueckler is the Online Marketing Specialist at Advantage Credit Counseling Service. She is the author for Advantage CCS’s Blog called Dollars & Sense. Advantage Credit Counseling Service is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

 
Gary Silverman Gary Silverman

Gary Silverman is the owner of Personal Money Planning, the retirement planning and investment management firm he founded over 15 years ago in Wichita Falls, Texas. He holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation, and earned his Financial Services MBA at the University of Dallas’ Graduate School of Management. Silverman has regular columns in the Times Record News and is the host of Money Cent$, a televised financial talk show. Silverman is a contributor to the Journal of Financial Planning, serves as a mentor for the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Wi$e Up financial education project, and has taught a variety of finance and business courses at several universities.

 
John Ulzheimer John Ulzheimer

John Ulzheimer is a nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring, and identity theft. In addition to being a contributor for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, John is also a credit blogger for CreditSesame.com, Mint.com, CreditCardInsider.com, and VantageScore Solutions. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. You can follow John Ulzheimer on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/johnulzheimer.

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