2014 Military Spouse Fellowship Awardees

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Fifty military spouses throughout the U.S. and overseas have been awarded the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's 2014 Military Spouse Fellowship. The fellowship provides spouses with the training they need to earn the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) designation. This accreditation will give these military spouses marketable job skills and the resources and expertise they need to help military families overcome financial obstacles.

The program, which began in 2006, is administered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Association. The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than 1,300 fellowships to military spouses across the United States and around the world.

The program continues to meet its goal of providing military families with the information they need to improve their financial readiness.

Recipients of the Military Spouse Fellowship commit to completing the courses of study and working in the financial counseling field serving their communities for up to two years. To date, spouse fellows have logged more than 375,000 hours assisting service members and their communities. Current accredited spouses serve as financial counselors at family readiness and support centers, credit counseling and tax centers, financial aid offices and local military credit unions throughout the U.S. and abroad.

“Military Spouse Fellowship recipients commit to completing the rigorous AFC® coursework, along with field experience through practicum work serving their military communities. The program is tailored to meet and support the needs of military spouses through instructional webinars, self-scheduled exams and flexible practicum opportunities,” said Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director of AFCPE®.

The program is open to spouses of active-duty or retired Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army or Air National Guard or reserve component service members, as well as to spouses of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration professionals.

Check below for the 2014 class of spouse fellows:

Katrina L Alexander, Army Spouse

Andrea Antion, Army Reserve Spouse

Kristine Austin, Army Spouse

Sandra Bean, Air Force Spouse

Jessica Biddix, Air Force Spouse

Whitney Brown, Navy Spouse

Mahailia Bruno, Army Spouse

Annette Carter, Army Spouse

Jennifer Cholewa, Air Force Spouse

Joani Colon, Air Force Spouse

Mary Crawley, Coast Guard Spouse

Angie Fair, Army Spouse

Luisa Fitzgerald, Navy Spouse

julie fugate, Air Force Spouse

LaToya Gaines-Plunkett, Army Spouse

Kirsten Goessman, Marine Corps Spouse

James Gregoire, Navy Spouse

Nimal Griffin, Marine Corps Spouse

Michelle Hartley, Air Force Spouse

Danae Hoekstra, Navy Spouse

Sarah Hoey, Navy Spouse

Alecia Hornfeldt, Navy Spouse

Rachel Kauffman, Army Spouse

Cindy Keller, Navy Spouse

Cristine Knapp, Air Force Spouse

Heather Kuhn, Navy Spouse

Margo Kwasnoski, Air Force Spouse

Virginia Leary, Navy Spouse

Joana Linares, Army Spouse

Sonia Lindsay, Army Spouse

Corrinne McKenna, Marine Corps Spouse

LaShawn Merceron, Army Spouse

LISA MILLER, Army Spouse

Emily Netteler, Army Spouse

Megan Nunez, Army Spouse

Tian Olson, Marine Corps Spouse

Meggan Orenstein, Army Spouse

Kelly Overstreet, Air Force Spouse

Carmen M. Perez, Air Force Spouse

Laura Roler, Army National Guard Spouse

LaVette Smith, Air Force Spouse

Hisako Sonethavilay, Marine Corps Spouse

Megan Stiles, Navy Spouse

Monique Street, Army Spouse

Christie Tornikoski, Navy Spouse

Alma Trejo, Air Force Spouse

Karla Venegas, Army Spouse

Sandra Vergara, Navy Spouse

Ginger Walker, Army Spouse

Rachael Yanvary, Navy Spouse

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