Kathryn Greiner, AFC
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. In private counseling sessions, she teaches how to control spending, reduce debt, begin to save - and still enjoy life! With her unique blend of compassion, realism and humor she helps them find sensible, workable answers to their financial problems.
As a follow-up to the budget analysis, Kathryn 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. Ms. Greiner is the editor of ON MY OWN, a newsletter on the wise use of credit by and for high school students. Ms. Greiner provides a myriad of financial literacy workshops in a "lunch and learn format" throughout the area. She also teaches financial counseling skills to professionals through the Credit Union National Association.
Kathryn is an active member of Credit Professionals International, and serves as a local committee chair as well as an officer on the District level. In 2006 Kathryn received the prestigious International Credit Professional of the Year Award. Creditors International-Great North Central District presented Kathryn with a Distinguished Service Award in 2001 because of the credit education she provides.
Ken is the executive director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Family Service Association of Sheboygan, WI. Ken was the first Certified Consumer Credit Counselor in the State of Wisconsin, he served over 10 years as a trustee of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and is the secretary of the Wisconsin JumpStart financial literacy coalition. He 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 writes a weekly financial column "ASK KEN" for the local Sheboygan Press.
Ken received a Governor's Financial Literacy Award for his strong commitment to consumer education and financial literacy in the State of Wisconsin and has also been recongnized by the Wisconsin Credit Union League as a volunteer of the year.
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.