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Current Student Profiles

Benjamin Strother
Benjamin Strother

Expected Graduation 2018

B.S. in Secondary Education, Hannibal LaGrange University, 2009

M.S. in Educational Administration, William Woods University, 2012

Ben currently teaches high school personal finance at Mark Twain High School, a rural community secondary school in Missouri.

Research Interests: Personal finance education in high schools; family financial literacy

Diana Yacob
Diana Yacob

Expected Graduation 2019

B.S. in Family Studies, University of Maryland-College Park, 2007

M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University, 2009

Diana is a financial coach with the financial coaching program created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She also has a continuing relationship with Extension programs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Research Interests: Estate planning, intergenerational wealth transfer, cultural differences in financial planning

Camila Haselwood
Camila Haselwood

Expected Graduation 2020

B.S. in Family Studies, Kansas State University, 2012

M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University, 2015

Camila is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Graduate School at KSU and is an instructor for the Introduction to Personal Financial Planning course. She is a Peer Counselor with Powercat Financial Counseling and serves as co-chair of their Student Advisory Board.

Research Interests: Finances of college-aged students and couples

Ed Coambs
Ed Coambs

Expected Graduation 2020

B.S. in Management, University of Houston Clear Lake, 2006

M.B.A. with Finance Concentration, Queens University, 2009

M.A. in Counseling, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2014

Ed is a marriage and family therapist in Charlotte, North Carolina, and practices an integrative approach of family and financial therapy. Previous work experience includes high net worth client services for Vanguard Mutual Funds.

Research Interests: Family systems, psychological trauma and recovery, life-space development, religion/spirituality

Shane Enete
Shane Enete

Expected Graduation 2021

B.S. in Finance, University of Southern California, 2002

M.S. in Mathematical Finance, University of North Caroline, Charlotte, 2010

Enete works as an assistant professor of finance at Biola University. His duties included valuing public stock securities, modeling asset allocations, and serving as a forensic accountant.

Research Interests: Sustainable and responsible investing, Optimal experience psychology, Behavioral finance

Juan Gallardo
Juan Gallardo

Expected Graduation 2021

B.A in Secondary Education – 8-12 Social Studies Composite, 2012

M.B.A. in Management, 2014

Juan works for his alma mater as the Student Success Coordinator for the College of Education and Social Sciences, an instructor of Management for the Education on Demand program, and the adviser for the Men of Honor and the Hispanic Student Association.

Research Interests: Financial Planning needs and behaviors of the Latino Community, Financial Literacy among new the newer generation of high school students

Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore

Expected Graduation 2021

B.S. in Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 2008

M.B.A. in Accounting, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2013

Christopher currently teaches financial planning courses at Texas A&M University and is a Supply Corps Officer in the US Navy Reserve.

Research Interests: Behavioral finance, Military financial readiness

Matthew Sommer
Matthew Sommer

Expected Graduation 2021

B.S. Finance, University of Rhode Island, 1992

M.B.A. Lubin School of Business, Pace University, 1997

Matt is Vice President and leads the Defined Contribution and Wealth Advisor Services team at Janus Henderson Investors.

Research Interests: Behavioral finance, Retirement income inadequacy, Advisor alpha

Wendy Usrey
Wendy Usrey

Expected Graduation 2021

B.S. in Marketing Management and B.S. in Economics, Missouri State University, 2009

M.A. in Economics, Colorado State University, 2012

Wendy is a faculty member in the Department of Finance and Real Estate at Colorado State University, teaching multiple courses across both disciplines. She is a licensed real estate broker in both Colorado and Missouri.

Research Interests: Connections between finance and mental health, Post financial-crisis financial planning related to real estate, Student loan debt

Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott

Expected Graduation 2021

B.S. in Finance, Quincy University, 2007

M.B.A. Quincy University, 2008

M.B.A. Finance, Southern Illinois University, 2012

Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is active in various professional organizations across the country.

Research Interests: Investment selection and analysis behavior, Financial literacy education, First generation college student financial behavior

Gina Hall
Gina Hall

Expected Graduation 2022

B.B.A. in Finance, Columbus State University

M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, Columbus State University, 2016

Gina is a CFP® currently employed as an Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Columbus, Georgia.

Research Interests: Personal Financial Planning, and the correlation of such; learning styles, behavioral finance and personality types

Derek Sensenig
Derek Sensenig

Expected Graduation 2022

B.S. in Human Resources, Park University, 2006

M.B.A. Webster University, 2008

Research Interests: Consumer debt elimination, retirement planning, military financial readiness, behavioral finance

Travis Sholin
Travis Sholin

Expected Graduation 2022

B.S. in Business Finance, Minor in Strategic Communications, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2014

M.B.A. Creighton University, 2017

Travis is a Financial Advisor at Keystone Financial who specializes in assisting young professionals across the country with retirement and life planning.

Bryan Skoruppa
Bryan Skoruppa

Expected Graduation 2022

B.S. in Agriculture-Business Management, Texas State University

M.S. in Personal Financial Planning, College for Financial Planning

Bryan works as a Wealth Manager and Financial Planner for a large financial company. He uses his 18 years in the industry and knowledge to better understand clients and help with their financial planning goals. He hopes to do Institutional Research for large firms and is interested the relationship between clients and their advisor/firm.

Research Interests: Client-Planner Trust; Correlation of Trust with Implementation of Recommendations and Risk Levels

Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh

Expected Graduation 2022

B.S. Finance, Valparaiso University, 2008

M.S. Financial Services, The American College, 2018

Brian leads financial planning and advice at SoFi.

Research Interests: Millennials, FinTech, Behavioral Finance

C. Ramel Strong
C. Ramel Strong

Expected Graduation 2023

B.S. in Business Administration, Florida A&M University, 2010

M.B.A. Florida A&M University, 2010

Research Interests: Client-Planner Trust; Financial plan execution; Estate Planning