I learned at an early age the importance of money and spending wisely. I was raised by a single mother who was able to support us through the help of government safety net programs so I understand just how important these services can be and how managing your finances can be difficult and overwhelming for anyone. For the past 6 years, I’ve been the Program Manager of the Financial Management program. I oversee the Representative Payee Program, the Community Trust Program and the Veterans Fiduciary Program. All combined, our programs help with managing finances and entitlements, budgeting, and providing fiduciary services to over 550 individuals with disabilities or who are veterans. For some, this can mean making sure rent is paid and they have a roof over their head, or are able to buy food and pay their bills. I’m so lucky because I get to come to work every day and help others get their lives on track by doing what I love which is managing money in smart ways. This past November, I celebrated my 25th year working at Federation. I get involved in as much as I can with the agency because I believe in what we do. I’m a member of the Safety Committee, the Incident Review Committee, and always volunteer to help out with fundraising and events. I am so proud of the work we do here and how our programs work collaboratively to help people rebuild their lives.