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Monique Carswell

Leadership Council Director

Monique Carswell

How did you hear about WOM and what made you get involved?

  • I learned about WoM through its founder, Ms. Sabrina Lamb. After hearing her testimony and watching one of the institutes recap videos, I was eager to contribute.

What is your occupation? What does a typical day look like for you?

  • I’m Director of Regional Marketing at Teach For America. Because I work with regions all across the county crafting and implementing their marketing strategies, I spend A LOT of time on the phone, either consulting, kicking-off a project, debriefing, checking-in, etc. I also spend an equal amount of time working with my creative team on design pieces.

What do you like to do for fun?

  • I love to travel and explore different cultures. If I could guarantee a jaunt to one destination it would be Antarctica. One of my long term goals is to visit all seven continents. Antarctica is the one place I’m most mystified by regarding the how and when. So far, I’ve been to four continents. I’m on track to conquer the fifth (Asia) this summer with WoM, thus leaving Australia and Antarctica…Australia being much easier to wrap my head around.

What do you hope to gain from your volunteer experience with WOM?

  • Aside from the pleasure of witnessing the transformational experience both the youth and parents gain as a part of the program, I have met some incredible people through my participation with the organization. Serving as the head of the Leadership Council, I hope to impart organizing and leadership skills upon our members as well.

What has been your most fulfilling moment in volunteering with WOM?

  • The Washington D.C. tour with the youth and parents was exhilarating. Sharing a full day with the students taking in some of our country’s most prolific sites was so moving, motivating and rewarding.

 


Joseph Edmondson, CPA, CFP®

Financial Presenter
Leadership Council Membership Committee Chair

membership council

1. How did you hear about WOM.org and what made you get involved?

  • I found out about WOM in 2008 from my colleague, Ilyas Akbar. He was scheduled to present to the students, but had a last minute emergency. He asked me if I could step in for him. I enjoyed the experience so much and have been involved ever since. Currently I am a Financial Presenter during the summer Financial Institute, Parent Money Matter Matters Forum one day session, and the Membership Chair of the Leadership Council.

2. What is your occupation? What does a typical day look like for you?

  • I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Capital Management Group of New York. A typical day for me involves a lot of phone calls and meetings with clients and referrals. It seems like the day tends to go by too fast. Most of this time is spent discussing financial goals, making recommendations, and implementing the appropriate strategies. I also spend a portion of my day running financial planning scenarios for clients. I love what I do because I get the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life on a daily basis.

3. What do you like to do for fun?

  • I’m a simple person, so I enjoy just hanging with friends and family, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

4. What do you hope to gain from your volunteer experience with WOM?

  • My main goal is to be a role model and make a positive impact on each student that comes to the program. I also want to be involved expansion of the organization so that more students can benefit for the priceless experience.

5. What has been your most fulfilling moment in volunteering with WOM?

  • My most fulfilling moment(s) have been getting emails from some of the students and parents explaining to me how much they learned the various presentations I have done throughout the years
  • I also had the opportunity to travel to China this past summer on an Educational tour with some of students and their parents. We learned so much about the culture, and I was great to see the students soak up the experience.

 


Kevin Scelfo

Leadership Council Secretary

Kevin Scelfo

How did you hear about WOM and what made you get involved?

  • After having taught personal finance to elementary and middle school children for over a year, I went in search of other organizations with similar missions. I came across WOM through the United Way Boardserve program and knew it was a perfect fit.

What is your occupation? What does a typical day look like for you?

  • I work for an Endowment Fund and focus on private equity and real estate investments. We have a multi-billion dollar portfolio to invest on behalf of the organization; half of my day is spent analyzing new investments and the other half is needed for managing our existing investments.

What do you like to do for fun?

  • I love to run and compete in endurance races. I'll race a half dozen times annually and plan on running three marathons and three triathlons this year. I played college golf and try to get out on the course at least once a month. Where time allows, traveling is my number one activity. I've visited 48 countries and will hit 50 by year's end.

What do you hope to gain from your volunteer experience with WOM?

  • Spreading knowledge of personal finance is very important to me; in my opinion it's a life skill that's not focused on nearly enough. Many of the country's financial problems could be mitigated if prudent financial planning started at an early age. I'm hoping to help, if even in a small way, to put the children on the right path.

What has been your most fulfilling moment in volunteering with WOM?

  • By far interacting with the children during our Amazing Race event last year. Watching as they reasoned through the scavenger hunt questions was really impressive for how young they are, I was nearly a full decade older than them before I could answer those questions! It really proved how powerful and effective the WOM program can be.

 


Taahira Maynard

Leadership Council Social Media Committee Chair

Taahira Maynard

How did you hear about WOM and what made you get involved?

  • One day I came across a Facebook post that appeared on my timeline about an upcomingWorldofMoney.org event. The post piqued my curiosity, so I then searched the organization via the web. My discovery of the organization was rather timely. I am a huge proponent of financial education for all, but particularly for many communities of color that rarely have access to such information at a young age. Not only was I looking to become involved with a non-profit organization, but wanted to be affiliated with one of which I had a personal connection to and that filled a clear and urgent need to the communities I hoped to serve. After browsing the website, I knew I had to take action so simply sent an inquiry as to how I can become involved. Shortly thereafter, I received a personal email from the CEO, Ms. Sabrina Lamb followed by an e-introduction to the then newly appointed Director of the Leadership Council, Mrs. Monique Myles-Carswell. Truly, the rest is history and here I stand today, an LC member. I believe in our youth and I believe in the mission of WorldofMoney.org.

What is your occupation? What does a typical day look like for you?

  • I currently work as a higher education administrator. I am currently the Student Services Life Specialist & CUNYCAP Coordinator at Hunter College of CUNY. In summary, my roles are to manage several projects and programs including program assessment, the part-time student support scholarship program, CUNY assistantship program, as well as assist with a host of initiatives aimed at improving the delivery of services to students.

What do you like to do for fun?

  • I enjoy traveling, online fashion browsing, attending educational/social events, workshops, and festivals in NYC (and beyond), organizing and planning gatherings, connecting and re-connecting people, and helping others brainstorm and troubleshoot. I have recently challenged myself with boxing and kickboxing classes, and hope to continue participating in races. Hopefully, one day in my lifetime I’ll be able to say I ran a marathon (or at least a half)!

What do you hope to gain from your volunteer experience with WOM?

  • I hope to gain an opportunity to spread the message of financial empowerment to my peers, community, family, and friends about the essential role of making smart financial decisions and building healthy relationships with our money. Encouraging the youth to gain this knowledge from a young age is not only the right thing to do for that child, but also for many generations that will follow.

What has been your most fulfilling moment in volunteering with WOM?

  • Thus far, my most fulfilling moment (or rather moments) occurs whenever I hear from a student’s mouth how much he/she has learned from participating in WOM, along with the gratitude and excitement expressed on their faces that such an organization exists just for them.

 

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