Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT
Financial wellness professionals deliver a wealth of programming to college students: budgeting, building credit, planning for large purchases, and much more. For as complex as these topics are, perhaps none are more complex than financing one’s higher education. As a result, this session will provide financial wellness professionals a clear set of lessons to pass onto college students as they attempt to understand their scholarships, loans, offer letters, and other financial aid communication.
Alyssa Takatori is the Assistant Director of the Student Financial Management Call Center with Georgia State University’s Student Financial Services. She also assists with many communication initiatives for Student Financial Services. Alyssa has 13 years of higher education experience and has been employed by DeVry University and Beulah Heights University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2007 from California State University, Northridge. In 2015 she received an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Karla Weber is Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the School of Human Ecology’s Human Development and Family Studies program. She made her professional home in the Office of Student Financial Aid, first as an Advisor and the Front Desk Supervisor and now as the Communications Manager. She recently completed her Master of Science degree in Communications & Public Relations through Purdue University (but she’ll always be a Badger first 😊). Outside of her professional life, Karla enjoys volunteering with organizations like Dane County CASA, Madison Parks, and PBS-Wisconsin. She can spend just as much time with her partner, Josh, and dog-child, Nellie Mae, loving the outdoors as they can on their couch watching Netflix/Amazon/HBO.
Dr. Zach Taylor is an Institutional Support Consultant at Trellis Company where he works to support Minority-Serving Institutions in the U.S. South. He has worked in education for almost 15 years with many of those years advocating for people with disabilities and their rights to secondary and postsecondary education. He has published over 100 articles, chapters, and conference proceedings in peer-reviewed journals and has made over 250 presentations related to higher education communications and digital accessibility for people with disabilities.