Meet Our Experts

JILL SUSKIND, Financial Literacy Expert, Founder of Your Teen’s Money Skills

Jill, M.Ed. is a 25-year veteran public school teacher.  Since 2007, she has been working with parents and their teens, providing innovative, practical, and effective resources and guidance for preparing teens for adulthood with positive money habits and attitudes. In 2008, Jill founded WealthQuest for Teens, Ltd., and in 2012, she founded Your Teen’s Money Skills, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to serving parents of teens committed to thriving in life and making a difference in the world.

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LAURA ADAMS, Personal Finance Expert

Laura, personal finance expert and award-winning author of Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich, writes and hosts the weekly Money Girl podcast, a top-rated audio show with over 500,000 downloads per month. Laura is a blogger, speaker, spokesperson, and Certified Personal Finance Counselor who works one-one-one with clients as a financial coach.  To learn more about Laura, read her blog, or ask your money question, visit

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SHAWN BRIGHAM, Financial Literacy Expert

Shawn is a blogger, speaker, and Personal Financial Coach/Educator. He specializes in helping with motivation, family, and finances and he works one-one-one and with groups as a coach. He uses his degree in Secondary and Higher Education, in combination with his Master’s in Personal Financial Planning, in an alternative way to help educate the community on the importance financial literacy.  Follow Shawn on Twitter and Facebook , or contact him at

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 LESLIE DASHEW, Family Business Consultant

Leslie utilizes her background in organizational development, family therapy, and family business to help families establish healthy practices in order to navigate through life successfully.  Leslie also works with families of wealth, to help them identify strategies to optimize their potential.  To learn more about Leslie, read her blog, or learn about her services, visit

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LESA DAY, Parent and Family Coach

Lesa is an internationally known speaker, family coach, and author of “How to Get Your Child to Say Yes! I can! and I will!”.  As the founder and CEO of We Win Life Coaching, she works with families, individuals, and organizations, to help them reach their greatest potential.  To learn more about and follow Lesa, visit her website.

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NEALE GODFREY, Child and Family Financial Expert

Neale, author of #1 New York Times Best Seller “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children”, has worked in the financial field for over 30 years. She has developed LIFE, INC: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People, an award-winning, interactive experience that helps middle and high school students consider their future careers. Most recently, she has create ECO-Effect®: The Greening of Money, a fun, educational program that shows adults and children how they can save money while also saving the environment. Follow Neale on Facebook and Twitter.

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PAUL MCGUIRE, Parenting and Personal Finance Coach

Paul is the creator and curator of the Affluent Student where he provides parents with inspirational, informative, and educational content to enrich their children’s lives through proactive parenting. In addition to the website, you can connect with Paul on Twitter, at his Facebook Fan Page, or on Google Plus.

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JEAN HARRIS, Financial Training Specialist

Jean is currently a training specialist at Money Management International, where she delivers and develops curriculum for a number of counseling topics ranging from reverse mortgage to debt management. She has an immense passion for financial literacy education and is working on creating a workbook on how to develop healthy financial perspectives and behaviors to achieve personal goals. To contact Jean, click here.

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MELISSA PAZEN, Parenting Coach

Melissa specializes in coaching soon-to-be/new parents, as well as professionals who are undergoing a career change. She takes a thoughtful approach when considering the important lessons that parents must instill into their impressionable teens about money and money management. Follow Melissa on Facebook or contact her here. You can also read her blog.

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JAYNE PEARL and RICHARD MORRIS, Family Wealth/Financial Parenting Experts

Jayne and Richard help families navigate through the dysfunction that comes with having wealth. Part of this process entails teaching families how to analyze and understand their money values, something every family should do! For more information about Jayne and Richard’s work, visit their web site.

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JILL RUSSO FOSTER, Personal Financial Coach

Jill is an award winning author and nationally acclaimed speaker.  Her books – Thrive In Five: Take Charge of Your Finances in 5 Minutes a Day and Cash, Credit, and Your Finances: The Teen Years – help teens and adults understand the importance of personal finance. Using real world examples and her knowledge of the credit and loan industries, she offers information and advice that can be immediately put into action. Her websites are and

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LAUREN SCHIFFERDECKER, Licensed Professional Counselor and Life Coach

Lauren, mother of two kids and Youth Commissioner, loves working with teens. She has spent more than a decade combined studying psychology, counseling and participating in her own growth work. As a teen who attended counseling herself, Lauren knows firsthand what it is like to participate and how to empower adolescents in coaching.  To learn more about Lauren and her work, visit

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CHRIS SHANNON, Financial Literacy Consultant

Chris, educator for over twenty years and a mom of two young kids, spends most of her time as a financial literacy consultant for rAsa consulting. Chris has developed educational materials and trainings for the National Endowment for Financial Education, the National Jump$tart Coalition, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and many credit union organizations. She currently serves on VISA’s Educator Advisory Council.

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JENNIFER STREAKS, Financial Expert

Jennifer has developed programs teaching basic financial strategies through her new monthly blog, Dollars & Streaks. She is also a noted HuffingtonPost contributor and is writing her debut book titled Digging Your Dreams Out of Debt, a book that focuses on financial management and addresses credit issues, retirement and investing, and avoiding financial pitfalls.  For more information on Jennifer, please visit You can also follow her on Twitter @JStreaks.

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LAURA THOMAS, Financial Literacy Blogger

Laura is a mom, professional storyteller, writer, and money-conscious citizen with a vested interest in improving the financial literacy of Canadian families. She is the host and co-producer of Money Moment with Laura Thomas. She also writes a financial literacy blog called Money and Me for Canadian Families.

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