Called the "Budget Guru" by the Ann Arbor Observer, Kathryn has been helping people improve their budgeting skills since 1976. Kathryn provides budget counseling as a free service to members of the University of Michigan Credit Union. Trained and certified as a credit counselor, Kathryn developed a Credit Education Program to teach consumers the skills needed to establish workable budgets, avoid bankruptcy and improve creditworthiness.
She also provides a Money Management Skill Building Workshop, where clients learn a simple system for personal financial management. Participants receive Greiner's Bill Book, which guides them through the learning process and provides an on-going method for budgeting and bill paying. Kathryn hosted a call-in radio talk show called "Credit Line" on WAAM Radio for two years, has produced four credit education videos and her articles have been published in several credit union newsletters. She is also the editor of ON MY OWN, a newsletter on the wise use of credit by and for high school students.
Ken is the former executive director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Family Service Association of Sheboygan, WI. He was the first Certified Consumer Credit Counselor in the State of Wisconsin, served over 10 years as a trustee of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, and currently serves on the Governor’s Council for Financial Literacy. Ken served as a director of his credit union for over 19 years and is an instructor/facilitator and contributor to the CUNA Financial Counselor Certification Program. He received the Governor’s Financial Literacy Legacy Award for his years of dedication and commitment to consumer financial education and training in the State of Wisconsin. Ken is also a financial columnist and writes a weekly column “ASK KEN” for local papers.
Claudine is chief creative officer for her company, As If Productions. In her role, she customizes comprehensive and entertaining presentations on a variety of topics. Claudine's credit union affinity began in 1993. Her past employers include a CU software vendor, CUNA Mutual, and an Oregon credit union. She now partners closely with CUNA, CU conferences, many state associations and individual credit unions to develop their greatest asset. Her primary focus is to design and deliver CLEAR knowledge-transfer programs, namely; C - Creative and concise, L - Learner-focused, E - Engaging, A - Actionable, and R - Relevant.