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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 21,000 free tax returns for low-income Marylanders, bringing in $32 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 16 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 Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). She tweets about policy and broader financial security issues @Maryland_CASH.

 

Sue Rogan, Director of Financial Education:

Sue Rogan has been dedicated to helping consumers and those in need of consumer and financial education for the past 25+ years. She specializes in helping low-income residents by providing access to the tools, education and support they need to drive their financial success. As the Director of Financial Education at Maryland CASH Campaign, she manages our team who provides financial education and staff training via the MD CASH Academy program, financial coaching via the MyBudgetCoach program and special initiatives such as Passport to Prosperity, Gaithersburg Financial Navigators program and the PROMISE program. Prior to MD CASH, she spent 19 years advancing the rights of consumers as an Investigator/Communications Manager at the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection.
Sue serves on Consumer Action’s Advisory Board, the Maryland Council on Cyber Security and is staff to the Financial Education and Capability Commission. She also provides direct financial education and coaching to clients in substance abuse recovery programs, domestic violence shelters, community colleges, and other community-based settings. Sue obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County and is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) with AFCPE. Sue resides in Anne Arundel County, MD with her husband and two dogs, all of whom enjoy spending time on the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Francesca Jean Baptiste, Senior Program Manager:

Francesca Jean Baptiste is the Senior Program Manager at the Maryland CASH Campaign. Francesca provides training and technical assistance to a network of free tax preparation partners servicing 18 of the 24 counties in Maryland.  In addition, Francesca manages the Maryland Community Fellows Program, a program that places graduate students as well as undergraduate juniors and seniors in community action agencies across the state to help increase their capacity to provide free tax preparation and asset building services and leads the Schedule C Step Up, a program designed to educate low income entrepreneurs and small business owners about their tax compliance requirements.  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 is to assist with Financial Education development and delivery. He also helps maintain the Maryland CASH Campaign’s online presence via websites, monthly newsletters and social media.  Nick helps run the Maryland CASH Campaign’s Coaching Program and provides support to existing and new partners. Prior to working with Maryland CASH, he attended college at Towson University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

Jodie Zisow-McClean, Program Manager, PROMISE:

Jodie Zisow-McClean is the Program Manager for the PROMISE initiative, which supports the education and work goals for youth with disabilities and their families. MD CASH provides financial education, coaching, and counseling to participants. Jodie does overall program management, client tracking, and individual counseling work. Jodie most recently worked for the Ryan Dorsey City Council Campaign. For the past 15 years, Jodie Zisow-McClean has worked with nonprofits and the Baltimore City Public Schools as educator and trainer, specializing in popular and participatory education.  Prior to joining Maryland CASH, she was the local Director of a Jewish Social Justice fellowship, Repair the World, and worked for seven years in the Education and Training Department for Planned Parenthood of Maryland as an educator, trainer and project manager.  Jodie serves on the local advisory board for Baltimore’s chapter of Jews United for Justice, organizing local Jewish communities to support campaigns for rent court reform and police accountability.  She earned a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies at Goucher College, with a minor in Spanish, and is fluent in Spanish after living and working in Chiapas, Mexico for three years after graduating.

Holly Mirabella, Policy Intern:

Holly Mirabella is a Policy Intern at the Maryland CASH Campaign. Holly’s focus includes research on financial stability and workforce development issues faced by low wage workers and those experiencing barriers to employment.  Holly is a dual-degree student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law earning a JD/MSW. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Accounting from the University of Saint Joseph – Connecticut.

 

Adrien Bristol, Financial Education Intern:

Adrien Bristol is a Financial Education Intern at the Maryland CASH Campaign. Adrien has 13 years experience in banking finances. She has held many positions in the past, including as an Author and a former Assistant Vice President of a local financial institution in the Washington DC area.  Adrien is student at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work earning a MSW. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.