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a wealth management office providing financial services to households. She is a CFP® and a member of the Central Ohio Financial Planning Association where she serves on the Public Relations and Pro Bono committees. Her M.S. degree in Family Financial Management is from The Ohio State University where her research interests centered on the investment decision making process of individuals and households, specifically within their qualified retirement plans. As a graduate teaching and research assistant, she studied consumer behavior and assisted in federal initia- tives regarding the use and improvement of investment disclosures at The Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. She currently teaches retirement planning courses through the Financial Educators Network, and her interests include retirement plan design and family healthcare plan- ning.

Barbara O'Neill, Book Review, You Can Do It: The Boomers Guide to a Great Retirement and The Citi Commonsense Money Guide for Real People, holds the rank of Professor II at Rutgers University and is Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Specialist in Financial Resource Management. She also provides national leadership for two Cooperative Extension financial programs, Investing for Your Future and Small Steps to Health and Wealth™, and directed the 5-year MONEY 2000™ savings and debt reduction campaign in the 1990s. O'Neill has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 100 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial plan- ner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), and certi- fied housing counselor (CHC). O'Neill has held various leadership roles in state and national professional associa- tions and served as President of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® in 2003. O'Neill is the author of two trade books, Saving On a Shoestring and Investing On a Shoestring. She has also written three financial case study textbooks and six book chapters and co-authored three books. O'Neill received her Ph.D. in Family Financial Management from Virginia Tech and holds a Master’s degree in consumer economics from Cornell University. She has received over two dozen awards from national professional organizations and over $325,000 in funding to support her financial education programs.

Jennifer Hobbs Plantier, Assessing the Use and Usefulness of Current Financial Resources for Civilian Military Spouses, is a Visiting Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. She received a Ph.D. in Consumer Economics from Texas Tech University and holds a M.S. degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University. Her research interests include financial and consumption behaviors of military spouses, consumption of cosmetic enhancements on young adults, and financial behaviors of gang and at-risk youth.

Deanna L. Sharpe, Is Time Running Out? Savings and Investments of Renters Nearing Retirement Age, is an Associate Professor in the Personal Financial Planning Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned a Master’s degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Family Resource Management from Iowa State University. She holds a Certified Financial Planner™ des- ignation and is the Certified Financial Planner™ Program Director and Director of Graduate Studies for the depart- ment. Her courses at Missouri focus on the impact of eco- nomic and social trends on household economic well- being; income tax planning, employee benefits, and retire- ment planning; and family economics. Four times she has received an outstanding paper award for her research. Her research interests include factors affecting later life eco- nomic well-being, family resource use, expenditure analy- sis, retirement planning, and labor market issues. She is a past board member of the American Council on Consumer Interests and the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education®.

Cong Wang, The Risk Tolerance and Stock Ownership of Business Owning Households, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Consumer Sciences Department at The Ohio State University and a statistician at the Convergys Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. She won the American College Best Paper Award for a paper presented at the 2007 meeting of the Academy of Financial Services. She has published in Consumer Interests Annual and the Proceedings of the Academy of Financial Services. She received a Master's degree in Public Finance in the Department of International Trade and Economy at Nankai University in China.


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