Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.
“These individuals and organizations have a significant impact on citizens of all ages across the state by helping to enhance their personal financial knowledge and skills," Governor Walker said. “By developing their financial capabilities, our citizens become more savvy consumers, improve their quality of life, and, in the process, contribute to strengthening our economy.”
The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Capitol later this year. They were selected from 32 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
Recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards are:
- Olivia Dachel – Tomahawk High School, Tomahawk
- Jennifer Guenther – Early$tart = Money$mart, Hartford
- Beth Roehl – Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, Elkhart Lake
- Connie Umstead – Catholic Charities, Wausau
- Brown County Library – Green Bay
- Brown County UW-Extension – Green Bay
- Economics Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Financial Life Skills Program, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison
- Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation GL money$mart Initiative – Madison
- Park Bank – Madison
- Peoples State Bank – Wausau
- Summit Credit Union – Madison
- Rebecca Neumann – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
- Kelly Ostrander – Altoona High School, Altoona
- Cathie Tierney, CEO – Community First Credit Union, Appleton
The Legacy Award is given to an organization, business, or individual whose purpose and heritage is ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability. This lifetime recognition is intended to be conferred once to the recipients.
Synopses of the recipients’ efforts can be found on the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) website here.
The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April of 2011. The mission of the Council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens.
Council members include:
- Chair – William Wilcox, MCE, President of CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc., Madison
- Co-Vice Chair – Lon Roberts, Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)
- Co-Vice Chair – Ted Nickel, Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI)
- Executive Director – David Mancl, Director of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy.