Jerry Buchko

 

Jerry Buchko,  MA, AFC®, is a Counselor, Coach, & Tutor of Personal Finance who is pursuing a private practice serving clients using video conferencing and other online collaboration spaces. Prior to entering private practice, he worked for almost 14 years in the employee assistance field, providing financial counseling to clients from a diverse range of life circumstances and experiences, including military service members and their families. Jerry has a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and is an

Barbara O’Neill

Barbara O'Neill

Dr. Barbara O’Neill is Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Specialist in Financial Resource Management.  Barbara is eXtension’s leader for the Personal Finance Ask an Expert and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resources.

Dr. O’Neill earned her Ph.D. in Resource Management and Family Economics from Virginia Tech University. She also holds a master’s degree in consumer economics from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the State University of New York-Oneonta. Barbara holds numerous professional certifications including certified financial planner (CFP), …

Michael Gutter

Michael Gutter

Michael conducts research into factors that influence financial behaviors. He is particularly interested in how financial education and financial socialization are related to financial decision making. His goal is to help families achieve financial security.

Michael is an Associate Professor and Family Economics State Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences in the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Michael coordinates interactive learning programs for eXtension’s personal finance resource area, also know …

Erik Anderson

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Dr. Erik Anderson is Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at the University of Idaho. Erik develops web content for the Financial Security for All Community of Practice. He has been actively involved with the national eXtension initiative since 2005.

Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Idaho. He also has a master’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his 30-year career at the University of …

Cole Ehmke, University of Wyoming

In his work serving the citizens of Wyoming through the Cooperative Extension Service and the AgEcon Department, Cole covers agricultural entrepreneurship as well as personal financial resource management topics.

Projects have included
• coordinating and teaching in the Annie’s Project management training classes for women in agriculture,
• developing a manual for people starting community supported agriculture (CSA) ventures,
• presenting on money management topics, particularly for youth and women,
• developing Passing It On (a collection of materials on …

Sara Croymans

Sara is committed to assisting individuals develop critical life skills in financial capability. She has taught individuals, educators and community agency staff on a variety of topics including youth and money, decision making, tenant education, learning styles and financial recovery after disasters.

Sara is a Family Resource Management Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension. She received her B.S. in home economic education and extension from South Dakota State University and her M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. Sara became …

Barb Wollan

Barb Wollan, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Barb Wollan teaches families and individuals about personal finance. She is particularly interested in helping low-income families improve their finances and maintain their family stability. Working with a number of at-risk audiences has made Barb aware of the complex issues and constraints faced by many low-income families.

Barb is a Family Finance Program Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach where she provides financial education for nine central Iowa counties. She joined ISU Extension in 1995 after serving six …

Virtual Economics: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin

The myriad voices publicly explaining, debating, arguing, sniping, and prognosticating about the future of the new digital “cryptocurrency”  Bitcoin, propelled the virtual currency to a top spot among the hottest news topics of 2013, with little sign of cooling off.

Its advocates describe Bitcoin as the future of money, populist banking, decentralized trust, and the currency of social revolution that will enable global collaboration on an unprecedented scale.

Critics decry it as play money in a virtual casino, an …

Molly Herndon

Molly Herndon

  Molly Herndon is the Social Media Specialist for the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Concentration Area. Since 2011, she has managed her team’s social media presence and worked to create a network for Extension Educators and Military Personal Finance Managers by providing resources and information on personal finance topics through various social media outlets and the Military Families Learning Network Blog. She has also supported the efforts of her team by coordinating and promoting monthly professional …