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We would like to recognize the Iowa Student Loan as our current Member Spotlight. Iowa Student Loan was established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit corporation, to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in post-secondary education. To date, Iowa Student Loan has helped nearly 400,000 students pay for college.
Iowa Student Loan’s nonprofit community reinvestment efforts provide more than $100,000 in scholarships and 529 savings plan deposits annually. Iowa Student Loan also offers private student loans for students who have exhausted other sources of aid, and reinvests funds in programs to benefit students and borrowers.
Based in West Des Moines, Iowa Student Loan and its subsidiary employ more than 200 people and manages $2.6 billion in student loans. The organization is self-funded and self-capitalized. It is governed by a board of directors, appointed by the governor of Iowa.
This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Megan Garrett. Megan has been with Iowa Student Loan as a Corporate Communications and Media Relations Administrator for almost two years. Part of her efforts have resulted in a much greater social media presence for Iowa Student Loan including launching their first blog that now includes submissions from other Iowa nonprofits, some of which are fellow Jump$tart members. Iowa Student Loan also now utilizes video and recently finished production of a second set of Student Loan Pro Tip videos promoting responsible student borrowing and financial literacy. Previously, Megan was a PR Specialist for Lake Regional Health System at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. In addition to Jump$tart, Megan helps represent Iowa Student Loan through its partnership with the I Have a Dream Foundation
Megan, who is a native Iowan, from Stuart, found happiness, a degree, and a husband at Northwest Missouri State University. Her husband Derek played on the Bearcat football team that started the incredible run of championship appearances NWMSU has enjoyed. They have a very cute darling 8 month old daughter named Emmie.
In her (seriously?!?) spare time, she teaches preschool- 2nd grade dance classes, works on restoring their 1890 home in Adel, and attends Bearcat and Chiefs football; and Royals baseball games. She’s big fan of music and attending concerts like Garth Brooks and Dave Matthews and you can follow her on Pinterest!
You may find more about this member at: www.iowastudentloan.org/
We would like to recognize EverFi in our current Member Spotlight. EverFi provides educators with engaging, online learning resources in topics such as financial education, digital literacy, STEM readiness, coding and entrepreneurship. EverFi partners with government entities, professional sports leagues, financial institutions and forward-thinking foundations to help bring the courses to schools at no cost. Over 400 schools and 20,000 students have participated in an EverFi course this year mostly through the Iowa Financial Literacy Program.
This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Lincoln Hughes. Lincoln is Everfi’s Senior School Manager with his office here in Des Moines. Lincoln earned his Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2012 graduating Magna Cum Laude. His BA is in economics and political science from Hamline University in St. Paul. In addition to graduating with honors, Lincoln was a standout on the Piper baseball team and took part in campus government.
Lincoln recently married Kayla. They are active members of the Plymouth Church in Des Moines. He is an avid cross-fit athlete and enjoys Yoga. Lincoln and Kayla are heading off on a vacation next week to meander through the Southern United States.
The Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB) is a state agency whose mission is to protect the interests of those doing business with Iowa chartered banks, licensed financial service providers, and licensed professionals through regulation that ensures safety, soundness, and adherence to laws and regulations. The IDOB consists of three functional areas: Bank Bureau, Finance Bureau, and Professional Licensing Bureau. Each functional area has three primary functions: Licensing/Chartering, Examining/Auditing, and consumer complaint investigation. The IDOB has provided funding for teacher scholarships to the Jump$tart national conference and is a proud member of the Iowa Jump$tart.
This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Rod Reed and Mary Sandvig. Rod Reed is currently the treasurer of Iowa Jump$tart. He has served on many committees and positions, including president. Rod was president when the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition received the State Coalition of the Year Award from the National Jump$tart Coalition in 2011. At the IDOB he is the bureau chief of the Finance and Professional Licensing Bureaus. Rod and his wife have two sons (one a recent ISU graduate employed as an engineer in Des Moines and the other still a student at ISU). Rod is a graduate of ISU. He and his family are proud supporters of ISU.
Mary is currently the president of Iowa Jump$tart and has participated in several committees for over 10 years, especially with web content. She has been with the IDOB as a systems analyst and developer for a little over 13 years. Her interests are quite varied. Two children, ages five and seven, keep her on the move. She loves music and is the drummer and marketing manager of the Iowa Falls-based variety band, the “Mudpuppies.”
You may find more about this member at: www.idob.state.ia.us
The Iowa Insurance Division has been a strong advocate for financial literacy since being a founder of the Iowa JumpStart Coalition in 2000. Representing the Iowa Insurance Division is Craig Goettsch, Education and Budget Director. Craig has served as Iowa JumpStart secretary for more than 10 years, and continues to lead JumpStart’s membership committee.
Craig has been actively involved in nearly every JumpStart initiative, including funding programs, speaking, serving on committees, being an officer, drafting policies and by-laws, and providing counsel. He has been a leader and advocate for all of JumpStart’s annual conferences for teachers and for the annual Money Smart Week Iowa. In addition, Craig is a founder and trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, served as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association, served on numerous NASAA committees and on the Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Iowa law school, Craig has also served as an adjunct professor and taught securities law at Drake Law School and the University of Iowa Law School. Under Craig’s direction, the Iowa Insurance Division has raised awareness for financial literacy across the state, with major initiatives for numerous programs in schools, educational organizations and nonprofits, and collaborations with other government agencies.
Find more information about the Iowa Insurance Division at: http://www.iid.state.ia.us/
The Iowa Jump$tart coalition would like to thank Veridian Credit Union for its generous $1,000 award to help support Iowa Jump$tart financial literacy initiatives. The award was recently presented by Veridian to Iowa Jump$tart Coalition President Mary Sandvig (pictured left).
We would like to recognize Simpson College as our current Member Spotlight. Simpson College has been a supporter of Financial Literacy for many years. They have hosted the 2009 Jump$tart Personal Financial Literacy conference and have participated in many volunteer activities to promote financial literacy.
This long-time member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Heather Gaumer, assistant director of admissions and financial assistance at Simpson College. She has been an integral part of the coalition and has participated as a member of the Marketing Committee as the Facebook administrator.
Every year at Simpson, Heather presents around 10 financial literacy workshops to students. The topics range from budgeting to financial aid and from student loan repayment to managing expenses after college.
Simpson also utilizes an online product called GradReady, located online here. With this product, students are able to create an account, take personal finance quizzes, watch videos and track their student loan records.
During the month of February Simpson also hosts an all student event on campus to raise awareness about financial assistance in honor of Financial Aid Awareness Month. This past February, the event was “Pirate” themed and included a financial aid scavenger hunt and an opportunity to “walk the plank” by correctly (or incorrectly) answering personal finance questions.
Simpson’s Student Support Services office hosts a variety of events and activities on campus in April for Financial Literacy Month, including guest speakers and other activities with students.
You may find more about this member at: http://simpson.edu/.
Katherine Currier, an eighth grader at Goodrell Middle School, has won the statewide financial literacy essay contest for Money Smart Week Iowa and has been named Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid. Currier was recognized April 24 at Goodrell Middle School. Currier will also receive a $1,000 Certificate of Deposit sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.
“Financial education is an important subject for students to learn early, and it is exciting to see these students’ learning more about real-world applications and solutions to help with saving,” said Lori Ristau, vice president of marketing and communications at the Iowa Bankers Association. “Iowa banks are committed to helping Iowans reach their financial goals, and providing access to financial education resources through programs like Money Smart Week is just one of the many ways banks can help. That is why we are happy to sponsor this fun and educational opportunity for Iowa students on behalf of our member banks.”
Approximately 229 students from across the state participated in the essay contest. To be eligible, students had to be in grades seventh through eleventh and submit a 300-word essay. The essay asked students to describe the biggest obstacle to saving money and what technological and/or banking solutions might help them (and their friends) begin to save. The top six essay finalists also participated in an interview with contest judges. From those finalists, Katherine Currier was selected to be the 2015 Money Smart Kid.
“For the second straight year, we have had over 200 essays from bright students across Iowa,” said Matt Brown, chair for the Money Smart Youth Outreach Committee. “This year’s question placed a fundamental financial concept–saving–in front of middle and high school students, and we got a glimpse of the future by reading their creative ideas for technological and/or banking solutions. I could not be more pleased or hopeful for Iowa’s future.”
Currier wrote in her award-winning essay, “Many people start saving money, but soon quit because the urge to spend gets the better of them. The sooner kids are encouraged to save, the sooner they develop good habits for balancing wants and needs.”
Currier is the daughter of Larry and Vona Currier. As Iowa’s 2015 Money Smart Kid, Currier will serve as a spokesperson promoting financial education during Money Smart Week, April 18-25, in communities across the state. In addition to Currier, the five essay finalists were: Samantha Dilocker (Red Oak), Laura Stowater (Algona), Rachel Kerger (Ankeny), Andrew Wise (Johnston) and Christian Elliott (Bettendorf).
More information about Money Smart Week is available at www.moneysmartweek.org.