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David Faerber – David has spent the last 19 years of his 34 year teaching career in the East Baton Rouge Public Schools. David is a past President of the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies, an office that he first held in 2002. In 2004, David was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies. Since 1999, he has worked with the Louisiana Council for Economic Education as the Stock Market Game Coordinator. He worked to revise the state Free Enterprise Comprehensive Cirriculum and later worked on a committee to revise the Civics Grade Level Expectation (GLE's) when the Free Enterprise course was merged into the Civics cirriculum. David has conducted workshops for teachers around the state, and at state, regional and national conferences. After receiving his B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, David earned a M.A.Ed. from Southern University in Baton Rouge, and an M.A. in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Delaware.
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Claire Loup – Claire is an Economic and Financial Education Specialist at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Since 2002, she has worked to further the Bank's district-wide strategies in promoting economic and financial education. She joined the Branch in 1999 as a HR Training Specialist. A New Orleans native, Claire attended the University of New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Business Administration.
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Layne McDaniel – Layne is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and President/CEO of Noesis Data, Innovative Analytics, and Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation. He serves on numerous Boards including the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy; Louisiana Dream Teachers; Manship Theatre; and Big Buddy Program. He also serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a member of the Louisiana Society of CPA's Financial Literacy Committee.
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Dr. Tracy Scott-McLemore – An educator for twenty-five years, Tracy has a B.S. degree in Criminal Science from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA; an M.A. degree in Experimental Psychology from McNeese State University; and a Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and Adult Education from University of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. She holds a lifetime teaching certificate in Secondary Education: Grades (6-12) from Louisiana and have taught in the Louisiana Public School System (K through 12) from 1986 to 2003. From 2003 to the present Dr. McLemore has taught in the Teacher Education Department at McNeese State University and serves as Associate Professor in the Burton College of Education.
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Phyllis Phillips – Phyllis has been the Executive Director of the Louisiana Association for Personal Financial Achievement (Achieve) since 2011.  Achieve is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the lives of individuals in Louisiana by providing the training, skills, and tools needed to help its citizens manage their personal finances.  In a relaxed classroom environment she teaches the concepts that will enable participants, regardless of age, to achieve the level of understanding necessary to make progress toward their financial goals.   Phyllis’ knowledge of financial management systems, basic savings and investing, budgeting, and credit are delivered with ease and with the goal of meeting the objectives of her clients.
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Janet Simmons – Janet has 32 years of experience in the nonprofit industry both professionally and as a volunteer and has been the President and CEO of HOPE Ministries since 2012. In 2004, she began working at HOPE Ministries as their Volunteer Coordinator and subsequently as HOPE’s Program Director and Operations and Social Enterprise Director. In 2006, Janet’s business experience was crucial in the development and implementation of HOPE’s Understanding the Dynamics of Poverty six-hour professional development workshop. Since its implementation, HOPE has trained over 860 professionals from 181 organizations and corporations. Janet's passion for the impoverished and the desire to help people move forward began at an early age. She was born and raised in Japan as the daughter of missionaries. She credits her faith as a Christian as the motivating factor in her work.
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