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Robin McKinney, Director:

Robin McKinney is Director and Co-Founder of the Maryland CASH Campaign, a nonprofit that promotes financial security for working families.  The Maryland CASH Campaign’s statewide network of partners annually prepares over 18,000 free tax returns for low-income Marylanders, bringing in $30 million in tax refunds, and provides free financial education classes through the Maryland CASH Academy, an on-line resource for classes statewide.  For the past 11 years, Robin has worked in the field of asset building, engaging in fundraising, advocacy, and program and coalition management, including for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  She has a BA in Social Work from Elizabethtown College and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work.  Robin is a board member of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition and the Rural Maryland Foundation.

 

Sue Rogan, Director of Financial Education:

Sue R. Rogan, AFC, has more than 20 years experience in training, communications, and outreach on consumer protection topics. As Director of Financial Education at Maryland CASH Campaign, Ms. Rogan creates and provides practitioner training and financial education curriculum development for a wide range of constituencies including counselors on military bases, social workers in child welfare agencies, financial institutions, and community-based organizations. Ms. Rogan also provides direct financial education and coaching to clients in substance abuse recovery programs, domestic violence shelters, community colleges, and other community-based settings. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She blogs at pennywiseconsumer.blogspot.com and tweets for the Maryland CASH Academy @MDCASHAcademy.

 

Francesca Jean Baptiste, Senior Program Manager:

Francesca Jean Baptiste is the Senior Program Manager at the Maryland CASH Campaign. Prior to working with Maryland CASH, she worked as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program site manager with the Baltimore CASH Campaign.  She has several years of experience in tax research and preparation.   She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Legal Studies from CUNY – New York City College of Technology and Juris Doctor from the Washington & Lee School of Law.  She is currently working towards her LLM in Taxation at the University of Baltimore.

 

Nick Melefsky, Program Associate:

Nick Melefsky is a Program Associate at the Maryland CASH Campaign. His role at the Maryland CASH Campaign is to assist with Financial Education development and outreach. Prior to working with Maryland CASH, he attended college at Towson University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

 

Hye Mi Ahn, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator:

Hye Mi Ahn is the newest member of MD CASH Campaign through the Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps program. Her role as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator is to strengthen and standardize the volunteer programs within MD CASH Campaign’s coalition.  She will help implement a formal volunteer screening process, recruit more volunteers, develop program materials, develop community partnerships, and support the training of online financial coaches.  Her volunteer experience includes being a Peace Corps Community Development volunteer in Moldova, a Volunteer Services Overseas organizational development adviser in Cameroon, and co-founder and secretary of Kare Project Voice.  She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and is currently pursuing her M.A. in sustainable development at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute.

 

Alexy Abramson, Policy Research and Advocacy Intern:

Alexy Abramson is the Policy Research and Advocacy Intern for the Maryland CASH Campaign. Alexy conducts research for new state policy creation and expansions to existing state policies so the state of Maryland can further assist its low and middle-income families and ensure that Maryland remains a state with the best policies for promoting financial opportunities. He is currently a student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies in the Spring of 2015.