$tand By Me Coaches and Administrators

Meraris Aguilar is a $tand By Me® Child Care Financial Coach at the Latin American Community Center. Her background includes: intensive case management, prevention  promoter, community advocacy, community engagement, private banking and customer  service. She has five years of experience working in the human services field and four  years of experience in private banking. Fluent in both English and Spanish, her passion  is to help customers reach their personal and financial goals. With her skills,  enthusiasm, and commitment, she looks forward to serving and giving back to  communities in New Castle County.
Dalila Blanchard is a $tand By Me® Financial Empowerment Coach for the Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye initiative working in both Kent and Sussex counties. For more than ten years she has been working in the non-profit field in various positions such as, Workforce Development Specialist, Case Manager for the Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8, and Family Resource Coordinator for Head Start. Dalila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavior Science and an Associate Degree in Office Administration.  She is bilingual in Haitian Creole and English and  is very passionate about assisting others.  Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and family.
Patti Brosious comes to $tand By Me as a Fresh Start Financial Coach at Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County. She has over 15 years of experience in financial services, having a strong knowledge in both Insurance and banking products.  As a leader, she has over 20 years of coaching both individuals and groups of people to develop plans and execute those in order to exceed goals.  She enjoys volunteering with the Special Olympics and organizations that serve the homeless. In addition, she uses her crazy coupon ways to support many other non-profit programs.

Phone: (302) 650-5205

Damien Burke is an accomplished College Access Consultant with significant urban high school experience.  His work includes grant writing, program design, community outreach, project implementation, stakeholder alignment, strategic planning, and organizational metrics.  Damien focuses on creating and implementing sustainable solutions to eliminate achievement gaps.   Damien stays on the front-end of College Access research and is an expert at Summer Melt prevention.  “Summer Melt” occurs when a college-intending senior does not make her way on to a college campus after graduation.  This is a recently-recognized problem with research-driven solutions.   Damien has implemented landmark dual enrollment programs, increased college enrollment rates of first generation college-goers, and addressed student-level college barriers.  He is a student-focused consultant who promotes student voice at every opportunity.   He earned a B.S. (Chemical Engineering) from The University of Virginia and an Executive MBA from The University of Delaware.  Prior to consulting in Delaware, Damien worked for the Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia through a two-year fellowship with the Broad Foundation.
Jennifer Cholewa is a Financial Coach for $tand By Me at the Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus in Dover.  She is a Tax Specialist and an AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor).  Jennifer has over 8 years of experience working with the military.  From the University of Delaware, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics. She is excited to empower students towards their financial goals.

Phone: (302) 559-8288

Sally taught English, Journalism and Advanced Placement for 29 years at William Penn High School, served three years as Governor’s Education Policy Advisor to Governor Ruth Ann Minner and worked closely with the early SEED Scholarship program. Sally was previously Director of Development and Public Relations for Reading ASSIST Institute. She is excited to work with $tand by Me to bring financial aid information and programs to high schools throughout the state of Delaware.
Cory Dunt is the $tand By Me Financial Coach at the Delaware Tech – Owens Campus in Georgetown. He had previously worked at DTCC prior to joining the $tand By Me team allowing Cory to know the ins and outs of the campus community. He serves as the adviser for the MusicNotes student club, as well as being an adjunct faculty member. Cory is able to help students navigate life during the college experience. After receiving his B.A. in Christian Education from Lincoln Christian University, Cory taught in local Christian private schools, as well as in South Korea for two years. He will receive his M.Ed. in Applied Technology in Education from Wilmington University in June 2015. Cory brings to $tand By Me a desire to help people reach for and meet their goals.
Email: mary.dupont@state.de.us
Phone: (302) 255-9245

Mary is the Director of Financial Empowerment for the state of Delaware and runs $tand By Me®.  She joined Governor Jack Markell’s administration following a 30-year career in the nonprofit sector as an entrepreneur in high-impact financial empowerment programs. Since joining the Delaware state government in 2009, she worked with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and United Way of Delaware to develop and launch the unique program $tand By Me®, helping thousands of Delawareans to become more financially secure.

Prior to her tenure with the State of Delaware, she was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Nehemiah Gateway CDC, a faith-based community development corporation in Wilmington Delaware. At Nehemiah, she started a statewide EITC Campaign which, in seven years, provided free tax preparation for over 54,000 low income taxpayers, opened 1400 savings accounts and CDs, and brought back $79 million in refunds. The champion of this effort was State Treasurer Jack Markell, who prior to his election as Governor, embraced the cause of financial inclusion for low-wage workers and financial literacy for all Delawareans. This initiative became the inspiration for the $tand By Me® financial empowerment program. She also spearheaded the organization of the Delaware Family Childcare Alliance, a statewide network of family childcare providers which grew to include 500 home-based providers serving low-income families.

Previously, as the Director of the Women’s Center for Economic Options at the YWCA, she launched the Working Capital Delaware program, a micro-loan program which served almost 1,000 micro-businesses and won a Presidential Award in Microenterprise Development in 1997 from President Bill Clinton. Before coming to Delaware, she ran a microenterprise program and worked as a community organizer for a faith-based network of community organizations in Philadelphia.

She also consulted nationally and internationally with the Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Grameen Foundation, and others on program design, evaluation, and industry development in asset building and microenterprise development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Social Administration from Temple University.


Phone: (302) 678-9400

Denise Freeman is the Program Manager for the $tand By Me® Program in Kent County. Denise has worked for NCALL Research in Dover for over fifteen years in Pre-purchase Homeownership and is the Director for Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy with extensive experience in credit and budgeting.  Her passion and drive has always been about ensuring access to resources and financial tools to achieve financial success.  The COACH model works for everyone and anyone who wants to achieve financial stability and peace of mind.  Denise is excited to help anyone ready to take charge of their financial future.
Phone: (302) 255-9319

Shay Frisby has a combined background of business, educational and legal experience. She currently provides coaching services to $tand By Me customers. Her role includes overseeing the $tand By Me® Child Care initiative.  Her responsibilities extend to establishing partnerships and coaching staff, families and directors of local child care facilities throughout New Castle County.

Shay’s prior professional experience includes,  being proprietor of  Forever Young Child business, Program Coordinator of the Delaware Family Child Care Alliance,  Parent Educator for the Christina School District’s Parents As Teachers Program, Organizer for AFSCME, and Paralegal for Legal Services Corporation of Delaware.

Shay holds a Masters in Administration of Justice and Leadership, a Bachelor Degree in Legal Studies and a certification in Financial Coaching.

Laura Gendreau is a $tand By Me Financial Coach and the Project Manager for the Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye program, a collaboration with the Delaware State Housing Authority. Previously, she was the Director of Community Services for an urban YMCA in New Jersey and director of a Latino based nonprofit social service agency.

Over the course of the last fifteen years she has spearheaded a variety of community based initiatives such as: bilingual bicultural therapeutic prevention programs; prenatal courses for undocumented mothers, home inspection prevention/advocacy activities; voter registration strategies among Latinos, and a number of preventative health screening opportunities for the uninsured.

She is an accomplished social service advocate with a specialty working with the Latino community. Her background includes grant writing, community advocacy, strategic planning and community building. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her three sons and husband.

Sue Getman was the executive director of the Wilmington Senior Center from 1996 until mid-July 2016 when she left to pursue new professional opportunities. During her tenure at Wilmington Senior Center Sue worked with board members, staff, volunteers and community stakeholders to sustain and enrich the lives of older adults. Results of these partnerships included creation of a Grandparent Resource Center for grandparents raising grandchildren, Caregiver Resource Center for family caregivers, and $tand By Me 50+, which provides financial security, benefits access and retirement preparation for seniors. Sue also led two multi-million dollar capital improvements projects that renovated the senior center’s headquarters and Lafayette Court Senior Apartments.

Sue has been a community advocate throughout her career. She is a founder and immediate past chair of the Delaware Aging Network, a coalition of senior services providers that has raised awareness of and funding for the needs of Delaware’s elderly population since 2006. She chaired the United Way of Delaware Council of Agency Executives and was a member of the UWD Women’s Leadership Council. Sue is also the immediate past chair of the National Institute of Senior Centers, the country’s only organization for senior center professionals.

Prior to joining the Wilmington Senior Center, Sue directed Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in counseling from Rider University. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, New Jersey. Sue and her husband, parents of three adult children, live in Wilmington.

Nanci Glindmyer is a Financial Coach working in the 50+ Program in Kent and Sussex Counties. Nanci works directly out of the Goodwill Job Resource Center located in Bridgeville, DE. She also provides financial coaching out of Nanticoke Hospital’s Cancer Care Center in Seaford, DE to both staff and the general public.

Nanci’s career spans over three decades working in the banking, finance and customer service industries. Nanci relocated to southern Delaware from Vermont where she had a successful career in banking management. Nanci has experience in lending, cash management, credit and budget control.

Nanci is passionate about helping individuals navigate the complex world of personal finances.  She welcomes the opportunity to empower individuals to take control of their personal financial well-being.

Andréa Griffin is a $tand By Me Fresh Start Financial Coach at NCALL Research, Inc. She has over 15 years of combined financial experience working for fortune 500 companies MBNA America, Wells Fargo, and J.P. Morgan Private Bank dealing with mortgages, home equity loans, auto loans, unsecured loans, credit cards, checking and savings accounts, and investment accounts. She also worked at the Central Delaware Y.M.C.A serving the community for 12 years. She completed her bachelors of psychology at Wesley College and her graduate degree at Wilmington University in Management, Organizational Leadership; Sigma Beta Delta.  Andréa served as Lead Co-Chair of WIN’s (Women’s Interactive Network) networking and mentoring committee while at J.P. Morgan, creating new networking initiatives and platforms for women to succeed and grow in their career paths.  Her enthusiasm influences, motivates, and encourages people especially when enduring hardship.  She encourages people to see the BIG picture, a short term sacrifice can be a lifetime return.
Lisa Grinnage is a $tand By Me Financial Coach at the Food Bank of Delaware. She has over 30 years of business experience in finance, human resources, and administration. Sixteen years were in the banking field as a Business Analyst, Section Manager, and Associate in the Investment Management and Private Banking sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wilmington University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching from Liberty University in Virginia. Lisa is a certified Youth bowling coach through the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and Junior Achievement. Her most memorable volunteer position was in the Teach the Children to Save program where she went to various elementary schools in the state of Delaware to instill the importance of saving and understanding finances to the children. Her life’s goal is to empower individuals and families with the knowledge necessary to succeed in all endeavors.

Phone: (302) 540-1286

Jeffrey E. Hanson, Ph.D. is President and founder of Jeffrey Hanson Education Services, a company dedicated to providing financial literacy, borrower education and debt management programs and services to schools and other organizations for the benefit of students and recent graduates. These services include presenting educational seminars and conducting individual one-on-one confidential student advising sessions on all aspects of funding post-secondary and post-graduate education. He previously served as Director of Borrower Education Services for 14 years at Access Group, Inc. where he was responsible for developing programming and all associated materials used to educate students/borrowers on the fundamentals of education loans, money management, personal finance and debt management. Prior to working at Access Group, he was Director of Financial Aid on the Chicago Campus of Northwestern University. He also taught economics at Michigan State University. Dr. Hanson actively speaks to groups about debt management and personal finance. He has given presentations at numerous national, regional and state meetings, conferences, symposia, and workshops. He also writes on various topics including how students and their families can finance higher education. He earned a B.S. (Biology) from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. He also has a M.S. (Environmental Science), M.A. (Agricultural Economics), and Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics) from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.


Phone: (202) 236-0238

Under Johnette’s leadership at the National Disability Institute, the number of taxpayers with disabilities who receive free tax assistance increased from six to 14 percent. Since 2004, this work resulted in assisting 1.3 million taxpayers with disabilities receive more than $1 billion in refunds. Johnette pioneered a groundbreaking collective impact model that developed long-term strategic partnerships across both public and private sectors. Currently, she is the lead evaluator and core partner with a $25 million multi-year national initiative now in its sixth year to virtualize free Volunteer Income Tax Preparation as a viable option for free filing funded by the Walmart Foundation. In addition, Johnette is assisting states in adopting universal designed strategies for building inclusive financial capability across diverse public and private system to build sustainability and scale.

Johnette obtained her Ed.D. in Public Policy and Educational Leadership and her Master of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Vermont. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, from Trinity College majoring in psychology and gerontology. Johnette was a Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Congressional Fellow in the 107th Congress where she worked for Senator Rockefeller on behalf of individuals with disabilities in the reauthorization of welfare. In addition, she has published six books on coping with loss and a number of articles and research papers on the challenges of low to moderate income taxpayers in gaining access to the mainstream economy.

Johnette currently serves as President of the Shared Horizon’s Inc. Special Needs Pooled Trust in Washington, DC that assists 425 beneficiaries with over thirteen million dollars in assets. She previously served with the National Community Tax Coalition, Center for Economic Progress in Chicago, IL; Best Buddies; University of Southern New Hampshire, School of Community Economic Development; and the Special Education Advisory Board, State of Vermont.

Dr. Hartnett was raised by parents with disabilities and is dedicated to working on policy and research issues that forward the quality of life and the economic well-being of Americans with and without disabilities.

Chris is a $tand By Me Financial Coach with Telamon Corporation. Previously she was a Family Service Specialist for Telamon’s Head Start Program. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in General Business & Accounting. Confident in an individual’s ability to create change, she is eager to take the journey with the families to encourage the growth within each of us.
Nathaniel Horsey is the Financial Coach for the Fresh Start program serving Sussex County. Nathaniel is a U.S. Army veteran who proudly served his country for 15 years active duty. Nathaniel has been employed at NCALL Research for several years working as a Home Ownership Specialist. He is a Certified Housing Counselor and has worked as an IDA Counselor, Financial Fitness Instructor, and as a Foreclosure Prevention Specialist. Nathaniel believes that empowerment through financial coaching will give confidence and trust back to the families for a brighter financial future even during these tough economic times.
Lori Hurst-Farrell works as a Financial Coach in Kent and Sussex counties with The Delaware Early Childhood Center, First Start Delaware Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and The New Directions Early Head Start Program. Lori has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge including, working for 20+ years in the education field with special needs and behaviorally challenged students as well as 3-5 year olds in a Montessori program. Her background includes enrichment programs, educating parents in the “Boys and Girls Model,” and developing new educational materials. In addition, she was also a regional supervisor in the child care industry. Lori’s business acumen includes working 10 years in the retail and business world; owning an independent business; knowledge of marketing and advertising to increase income; and knowledge of debt to income.  She was the keynote speaker at the Military SEEDS conference speaking on “Exposure to Non-traditional Income Streams.” Lori is AMI certified as an International Montessori Teacher, has an A.S. in Business and Retail Management, an A.S. in Early Childhood Education as well as being a State Certified Sports Coach. Lori believes that knowledge is power and believes that individuals can become financially empowered by setting goals toward stability.
Geri Huss is a Financial Coach with Stand by Me 50+.  She has a wide range of financial experience, primarily in banking and attended Delaware Technical and Community College. Geri has coached associates in other organizations to help them progress in their careers.  She enjoys helping customers, going above and beyond to help them reach their goals.
Anthony Jacobs is the Financial Coach for New Castle County DHSS employees. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Criminal Justice from Springfield College. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in the Human Services field assisting individuals within the juvenile and adult justice system. With his experience as a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, trainer and volunteer, he looks forward to serving and giving back to communities in New Castle County.
Daneya Jacobs is a modern, enterprising, and enthusiastic native New Yorker, who brings a sharp wit and can-do attitude to her work.

Before moving to Delaware in 2009, Daneya had begun her pursuit in social-entrepreneurship with Youth Venture, a global non-profit community of young change makers. Daneya received $1,000 in start-up funding and technical support which she used to create fashion shows that promoted fashion forward and modest attire for teen girls. Daneya founded Just BE and continues to educate girls about harmful media messages and provides them with tools to create new and uplifting messages.  In addition, she recently worked with Children & Families First.

Daneya’s passion for issues related to women and girls and her experience provided her the opportunity to become a Commissioner for the Delaware Commission for Women. A combination of being a minority woman business owner and exposure to equal pay issues for women made her extremely interested in becoming a financial coach for $tand By Me. She wants to teach everyone—not only women and girls— how to be financially successful in business and life.

Daneya will be serving customers at the Del Tech Wilmington campus. She is excited to serve the students and the community.

Mirna Jenkins is the financial coach for $tand By Me Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye Initiative at West End Neighborhood House. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College in Health Policy and Management with a minor in Business Studies. Mirna has 8 years of experience working in the human service field and 2+ years of experience as a Personal Financial Coach with $tand By Me. Fluent in both English and Spanish, her passion is to help clients reach their financial goal of homeownership in a way that is culturally competent and tailored to the client’s individual needs.
Duniesky Landa is the Financial Coach for $tand By Me® Hispano at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington. Duniesky’s five-plus years of experience in community engagement and advocacy give him a deep knowledge of state and community resources. He is fluent in Spanish and has a broad understanding of the tools needed to successfully navigate the US financial system as a Latino immigrant. Duniesky’s passion and commitment is to provide financial coaching services that are culturally competent and tailored to the needs of the Latino population in New Castle County.
Allison Laurant is the Financial Coach for $tand By Me® at Delaware Technical Community College (Wilmington Campus). She previously worked at West End Neighborhood House as manager of their Lending Portfolio. Allison brings exemplary experience in real estate and mortgage financing, plus more than 15 years of customer service and networking expertise. She is eager to partner with customers to help them achieve their personal financial goals. Allison genuinely motivates her customers to reach beyond their expectations.

Phone: (302) 934-1642

Ximena Laz has been employed with Telamon Corporation for more than seventeen years.  Ximena began her career as an Early Head Start Teacher and has served the program in various capacities. Ximena currently holds the State Family Service Coordinator position and oversees the Family Service Component at 13 different Head Start Centers in Kent and Sussex counties. She is also the Program Manager for $tand By within Telemon. She graduated from Wilmington University and holds a Bachelor degree in Behavioral Science. Head Start has always been her life passion and she takes great joy in serving Head Start children and families


Phone: (302) 283-5562

Jude Liszkiewicz is the Program Manager for the $tand By Me® program in New Castle County. He also works as a Financial Coach at the Hudson State Service Center in Newark. Jude worked for West End Neighborhood House for three years in the Housing and Financial Management Department and enjoys working with families who want to increase their financial capability. He believes that the COACH model can work for anyone and has found that customers from all backgrounds can achieve success and financial empowerment when working with a coach. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Maria Luna-Medina, joined Service Source Delaware in April, 2013. Service Source is a non-profit agency dedicated to assist individuals with disabilities/special needs to find valued employment. Maria graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Services. Her passion in working with individuals with disabilities developed from work experiences throughout her college career. Over the past year, Maria has worked with individuals with disabilities in finding meaningful employment opportunities in their community. Through a new financial initiative program, Maria will be providing personal financial coaching and social security benefits counseling. This project will support and empower consumers to lead better financial lives as they transition into the work force. Her direct support to individuals with disabilities demonstrates her passion and motivation for helping others.
Amanda M. Nersasian, M.Ed., a DE. Certified School Counselor, is the newest member to the $tand By Me College Funding team.  In the year 2000, Amanda obtained a B.A. in Psychology, from the University of Delaware.  In 2007, she earned a Master of Education in Secondary School Counseling degree, from Wilmington University.  Having spent the past 10 years as a school counselor (Brandywine High School, Wilmington, DE.), Amanda is no stranger to the College Funding Project!   She has served as a College Application Month Coordinator, incorporating the various FAFSA workshops and assistance of the CFP team. Her primary focus has been placed upon the needs of all first-generation college and educational “at-risk” children. Amanda has obtained a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the specific post-secondary college/financial needs of all high school students.
José Martinez is the $tand By Me® Financial Coach at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway location. In addition, he‘s the $tand By Me® Hispano Financial Coach in Kent/Sussex Couny. This program targets the Spanish speaking community. José has more than 20 years of Banking and Financial services experience to assist and empower the $tand By Me® customers. He received a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Wesley College. He is fluent in Spanish and strongly believes that knowledge is power. His also adheres to Benjamin Franklin’s philosophy: “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Phone: (302) 294-0194

Charlotte McGarry is Programs Director at the Food Bank of Delaware.  She received her B.A. from New York Institute of Technology and her Master of Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix.  Before entering the non-profit sector, Charlotte was a Vice President in credit card banking.  She spent more than 15 years in the banking industry and her duties ranged from Customer Service to Internal Auditing.   Charlotte has been with FBD for eight years and currently manages Food Bank of Delaware Children’s Nutrition programs (SFSP, CACFP and Backpack), Hunger-Relief Partner programs and Community Supported Agriculture.


Phone: (302) 255-9621

Izzy is inspired by all forms of creativity from the arts to financial empowerment. She values being a part of a team that seeks to create innovative and compelling programs that have a positive effect on people’s lives, especially those that empower others.

She is a liaison for $tand By Me’s work on marketing and communications. She is also involved in initiatives related to volunteer participation, staff training, collaborations with financial experts, community outreach, and special events. She was one of the team members involved in the preliminary design meetings before the program’s launch.

Prior to joining $tand By Me®, Izzy spent several years working in the arts for the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts holding a variety of positions in marketing, communications, fundraising, gallery management, and program development. She volunteers with Great Dames and the Delaware Division of the Arts.


Phone: 302-504-1731

Patti Ann Mengers began her career at Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County in the spring of 2011 as the Job Resource Center Coordinator.  Since arriving at Goodwill, Patti has opened the three of four Job Resource Centers and is now a Regional Workforce Development Manager and manages seven different programs, including Stand By Me in Sussex County. Prior to joining Goodwill, Patti worked in the Insurance Industry and most recently in Human Services as a Job Developer for Ex-Offenders.  Patti graduated from Montgomery County Community College with and Associates Degree in General Studies, with a concentration in Business and then studied at Kutztown University for her Bachelor of Arts.

Camille Moman is the Consumer Services Program Assistant at NCALL Research. Camille initially came to NCALL Research as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in 2009 and was then hired as a Financial Literacy Specialist. With more than 20 years in the banking industry, she brings a wealth of experience in the areas of credit restoration and household budgeting. Camille is excited to be able to utilize her expertise and skills to assist/train $tand By Coaches in Kent and Sussex Counties.
Manoj Philip is the Financial Coach for the Christiana Care network of hospitals. He has an extensive background in real estate and multiple business concentrations. He brings a great deal of personality, financial ability, and compassion to his position. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Email: candace@standbymede.org
Phone: (302) 689-3303

With 20-plus years of experience in post-secondary preparation Candace Powell-Kinard is an Educational Consultant inspiring students and their families to bring their educational dreams to life. Formerly employed by the Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program as the Managing Director, Candace was responsible for program coordination, new college access initiatives and the supervision of school based practitioners. In her previous role as the Associate Director, she also managed one of the program’s College Access Centers. She has provided direct service and guidance to middle and high school students and adults. Both her bachelor degree and her work in college admission hail from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College). She is an active member and has presented at NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PACAC (Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling) conferences and served as a NACAC delegate for four years. Recently profiled in PACAC’s newsletter the PACER, she has been chairperson for the Philadelphia NACAC National College Fair and has been a faculty member in the PACAC Summer Institute. Her passion for the issue of access to higher education can be seen through her work with the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, a networking organization for college preparatory professionals, Villanova’s Undergraduate Advisory Board, several higher education advisory committees and her work as a consultant.

Paula Puello is a Financial Coach at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Previously she has worked as a Family Service Specialist for Telamon Head Start. Paula holds an Associate Degree in Social Work and is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Eva Ramos is a $tand By Me Fresh Start Financial Coach at Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware.  Her background includes more than 20 years of case management and counseling in the non-profit organization sector.

She has thirteen years of experience as a Certified Housing Counselor in homeownership, post purchase and foreclosure/default intervention counseling.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Eva enjoys working with individuals and guides them to reach their goals.  She believes that a person should be given a second chance—A Fresh Start in life.

Email: dinie58@gmail.com
Phone: (410) 658-1585

As a single parent of three children, Dinette Rivera launched The Rivera Business Development Group with less than five hundred dollars in 2008. Her strong belief that entrepreneurship education can provide the means to rise above one’s circumstances has led her to develop programs serving the economically disadvantaged across the state of Delaware. Dinette is often invited to speak on matters of entrepreneurship education and training for the “at risk” population.

Dinette is a University of Delaware Certified Personal Financial Coach Train the Trainer. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Delaware. Ms. Dinette serves on the Board of Directors of ASPIRA of Delaware and served as Vice-President New Castle County for the Hispanic Business Association.

Phone: (302) 651-3401
Kathleen Rupert has joined the staff of the Wilmington Senior Center as the Director of $tand By Me® 50+.  Kathleen was previously the Director of Delaware 2-1-1.  She also managed the Pencader Career One Stop at the Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training.  Her other work experience includes 17 years with the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Social Services.
Michele Skinner is the Financial Coach for Kent and Sussex counties for DHSS employees. She has extensive experience in Banking, Compliance and Education. She had a successful career working at MBNA Bank/Bank of America in a variety of leadership positions in Customer Service, Marketing and Compliance. Most recently, she was a Bank Examiner with the Office of the State Bank Commissioner’s Office where she conducted field examinations of financial institutions throughout the State of Delaware. In addition to coaching, she teaches at Delaware Technical Community College, primarily Economics courses. Michele received her MBA from Wilmington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware. She is passionate about teaching financial literacy and empowering individuals to take control of their financial future.

Phone: (302) 737-8927

Peggy is an educator, teacher, coach and trainer who has helped others communicate more effectively throughout her career in the private and public sectors. When she is not training $tand By Me® coaches she conducts seminars for the University of Delaware Professional and Continuing Studies Department, and teaches at Delaware Technical Community College. Prior to working for 16 years in sales at the DuPont Company and Agfa Corporation, she served as a training specialist for the Engineering Division of DuPont, the training director of Peace Corps Nepal, and a teacher in the New York City public school system. Peggy holds advanced degrees in education and counseling from Saint John’s University and New York University. She is the founder and principal of Smith and Associates, a firm focused on consulting and training.

Ronald Sudler is the $tand By Me® Financial Coach for the WONDER Program in Kent and Sussex Counties. WONDER works with local partners in providing job training and intensive case management to those who receive food benefits to move people into employment. Ron is a United States Air Force Veteran who proudly served his country for 25 years. He brings exemplary experience in Human Resources Management plus 25 years of customer service and networking expertise.

He obtained an Associate Degree in Human Resources from the Community College of the Air Force. He is committed to being a part of an empowerment program that uses financial coaching to break the chain of doubt and encourage individuals to make financial decisions and reach their financial goals.

Karen is the coach at the $tand By Me® Financial Empowerment Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Stanton. She brings over 20 years of experience in Education, Banking, Finance and Case Management to her job. She has worked as an elementary and adult teacher for Colonial School District and Sylvan Learning Center, and has experience working in college admissions, as well. Karen also has a background in the banking and lending fields as a Small Business Relationship Manager for Wilmington Trust. Most recently, she has been a Case Manager, IDA Counselor and Family Resource Coordinator for West End Neighborhood House, where she teaches Financial Literacy. Karen is available to provide workshops and one-on-one coaching at Delaware Technical and Community College – Stanton Campus for the students, employees, and the general public. She is enthusiastic about positive change and knowledgeable about resources available to those who want to work towards their financial goals. Karen has obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from Wilmington University.

Phone: 302-762-0300

Cindy Sterling is currently the Director of Employment Services for the ServiceSource Delaware Regional Office headquartered in Wilmington, DE.  ServiceSource is non-profit organization providing training and employment connections for persons with a disability. Cindy has 20+ years non-profit community-based organizational management experience.  She attended West Chester University and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.

Cindy is a VCU certified Social Security Work Incentives Benefit Counselor (CWIC) and Financial Coach.  She oversees and supports the $tandbyMe Delaware Bridges Program;a new service providing financial coaching and SSA benefit counseling for Delawareans with Disabilities. In her free time Cindy enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, hiking and shopping.

Additional ServiceSource programs include: Material Handling and Forklift Certification Training, Computer Skills Training, Hospitality Training in partnership with Embassy Suites, REDI – Retail Training in partnership with Walgreen’s, Career Exploration, Job Placement Assistance, Job Retention Supports, Day Habilitation & Community Inclusion supports, FrameWork for Success School to Careers Transition Services for Youth 18 to 21, Social Security Benefits Counseling & Staffing Services for Businesses and interested Job Applicants.