Ilyce Glink is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask. Her nationally syndicated column, "Real Estate Matters," appears in more than 125 newspapers and Web sites, and her online "Ask Ilyce" columns are read by hundreds of thousands of people every month. She is a top-rated radio host on WSB Radio in Atlanta, the Home Equity blogger at CBS MoneyWatch.com, host of the Internet program "Expert Real Estate Tips," managing editor of the Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and publisher of ThinkGlink.com.
Janet Dedrick is a Strategic Consultant with the Equifax Analytical Center of Excellence. Janet covers US Consumer credit trends reporting and analysis in addition to supporting Equifax client analytical initiatives. Prior to Equifax, Janet worked in the financial services industry in various roles, including risk management and banking regulatory policy areas. Janet holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Diane Moogalian is Vice President of Operations for Equifax Personal Solutions with responsibility for operational strategy and execution in support of customer care and fulfillment of credit and identity-related products for consumers. Prior to joining Equifax in 2007, Diane held several strategic roles with leading financial services companies. Among her accomplishments, Diane led operational strategy for key growth segments; operationalized cross-selling in service channels; led the transformation to sales in Collections and Recoveries; and developed a manual decisioning platform to improve existing credit models and create models for new businesses. Diane graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Marketing and Economics) and earned a Certificate in International Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Linda Rey has a degree in business administration from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. She has worked in the insurance industry since 1985, when she began her career working in the family business, the Rey Insurance Agency, located in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Linda was named the 2010 Outstanding Member of the Year by the Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce. She was also named the 2006 Emerging Leader for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was honored as the 2005 Business Woman of the Year by the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Rey Insurance Agency has been featured in Fortune Small Business, Insurance Journal, Agent & Broker Magazine, Westchester County Business Journal, the Journal News, and, as well as local publications the Hudson Independent and Mahopac News. Linda is licensed as a property and casualty broker and a life & health insurance broker.
Eva Rosenberg is the Internet’s TaxMama®. She answers tax questions and provides a free daily TaxQuips podcast, a weekly Ask TaxMama® ezine, and a wealth of resources to help folks like you deal with your personal and business tax issues at TaxMama.com. In addition to this Equifax blog, Eva is a syndicated national columnist, writing for Dow Jones’ MarketWatch.com tax resource. She teaches tax law and representation to tax professionals at TaxMama’s IRS Exam Review Courses, www.IRSExams.com . A popular speaker at tax workshops for Internet businesses, organizations, and tax professionals, Eva shows you the fun side of taxes and the IRS, while saving you buckets of money. If TaxMama® doesn’t know the loopholes, who does? TaxMama® is a favorite guest of radio show hosts around the country, because she’s usually got an interesting and helpful twist on tax laws and strategies¬and what a voice! Eva holds a BA in accounting, an MBA in international business and is an Enrolled Agent, meaning she is authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Eva has well over 20 years’ experience solving taxpayers’ problems, doing tax returns, helping businesses, and teaching both tax pros and the public about taxes.
Jennifer A. Freeman is a writer and content editor. She specializes in search engine optimization and social media strategy. She was the editor-in-chief of Garnet & Black, the student magazine of the University of South Carolina, and has a Master’s in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Mechel Glass is the Vice President of Community Outreach for CredAbility. Since joining CredAbility in 2007, she has helped develop and implement CredAbility’s online education programs, making preventive financial education classes and materials available to people in all 50 states via the Internet. She is responsible for developing curriculum and educational materials for online classes including webinars, podcasts and listen-on-demand classes. She is also responsible for managing the agency’s community outreach programs and staff, including five financial education specialists, in a 14-county area throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Ms. Glass is an NFCC-certified Consumer Credit Counselor and Certified Consumer Credit Educator. She participates regularly in media interviews and speaking engagements to increase awareness of CredAbility programs and services. Ms. Glass has a BA degree in International Affairs with a minor in International Business from Kennesaw State University. She completed the project management curriculum from George Washington University and has her certification in Project Management. Prior to joining CredAbility, Ms. Glass served in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence analyst during the first Persian Gulf War. She was with IBM for 11 years during which time she held the position of educator and International Information Technology Project Manager, and completed IBM’s Leadership Training program. In 2005, she started the consulting services company Beat Debt, Inc., and developed educational games designed to teach concepts on reducing credit card debt and building up savings.
Jeff Rose is Certified Financial Planner recently founding his own investment advisory firm Alliance Wealth Management, LLC. He is the founder of Good Financial Cents (a top 20 finance blog according to Wisebread), Soldier of Finance – his upcoming book project that combines his military background with his financial planning knowledge, and Life Insurance By Jeff - a blog dedicated to helping families find affordable life insurance solutions.
Steve Cook is managing editor of Real Estate Economy Watch, which was recognized as one of the two best real estate news sires of 2011 by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Before he co-founded REEW in 2007, he was vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Realtors. In 2006 and 2007, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in real estate. During his 30 years in public affairs, Cook has been a broadcast news correspondent, served two Members of Congress as press secretary and was a senior executive in the world's largest independent public relations firm in Washington and Chicago.
Eve Becker has been writing and editing about a variety of topics, from personal finance to health and medical issues, for more than 20 years. For the Equifax finance blog, she has written stories about retirement, child identity theft and family money issues. As Managing Editor of Tribune Media Services, Eve was responsible for 250 nationally syndicated columns and features, with topics ranging from banking and real estate to pets. She also is a former contributor to the Chicago Tribune’s Your Money section. Eve graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.
Teri Cettina is a personal finance and parenting writer/blogger. Her byline has appeared in publications such as Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, Parents, Parenting and Better Homes + Gardens. She also manages her own blog: Your Family Money. Prior to becoming a freelancer, she was an employee communications writer & editor for a large regional bank. She and her husband have two daughters. Follow her on Twitter: @TeriCettina.
Miranda Marquit is a freelance writer and professional blogger specializing in financial topics. She writes about personal and family finance, small business and entrepreneurship, and investing for beginners. Her work appears on numerous financial web sites, including, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider, MSN Money, U.S. News & World Report, and Wise Bread. Miranda has also covered science and technology for online and offline publications, including Discover magazine. In the past, Miranda’s writing has been linked to from the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Consumerist, and she has appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace. Miranda is the author of Confessions of a Professional Blogger: How I Make Money as an Online Writer and has her own financial blog, Planting Money Seeds.
Bill Nemeth, EA, is the immediate past president of the GA Assn of Enrolled Agents and a founding member of the GAEA Education Foundation. He is currently the GAEA Membership Chair as well as the Education Chair. He is active at the National Level as well (Affiliate Council Member of NAEA). He holds bachelors (Kettering Institute) and masters degrees (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing (Wayne State University). Bill and his wife Merry Brodie, EA, recently sold their franchise tax business which prepares up to 12,000 returns per year. With his strong focus on education, he creates and presents tax seminars at local EA chapter meetings. He promotes EAs through frequent appearances on a major Atlanta Radio talk show and tax seminars to numerous CDC Campuses throughout the Atlanta area. He has been interviewed by WSB TV for several stories on the Fiscal Cliff and Tax Identity Theft. Bloomberg has cited some of his tax articles. He worked with Prometric as an SME (Tax Subject Matter Expert) on the development of the IRS Preparer Gateway test, the RTRP (Registered Tax Return Preparer) exam. Bill and Merry are founding partners in Tax Audit Guardian, a new Atlanta business venture specializing in assisting troubled tax clients in representation, audit, and tax court matters.
Since 1990, Merry Brodie has served the tax and accounting needs of small business as owner and principal of Brodie Accounting Services. During this same 23-year period, Merry served as CEO and President of Tax Doctor, Inc., which owned multiple Jackson Hewitt Tax Service franchises. At its peak, Merry managed 24 offices and a staff of 160. In 2012, Merry and her husband successfully sold the franchises and became partners in Tax Audit Guardian, a group of professionals who assist troubled taxpayers. As an Enrolled Agent, Merry is licensed by the IRS to represent clients in all 50 states. She holds an accounting degree from Georgia State University and is a regular guest Sunday mornings on the Ilyce Glink radio program broadcast on WSB-750 AM answering tax questions from callers. She is a member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, past officer and director of the Atlanta Track Club, Georgia Association of Enrolled Agents and the National Advisory Council of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. Merry lives in Atlanta with her husband. She has three children and five grandchildren.
Michelle Stoffel Huffman is a researcher, writer and web producer with a background in online and print journalism. Prior to joining Think Glink, Michelle worked as a daily news reporter and community manager for the Chicago Tribune. She specializes in real estate industry news, consumer financial reporting and home design and decor. She is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.
Steve Repak, CFP®, is a Professional Speaker, Army veteran, and the author of Dollars & Uncommon Sense: Basic Training For Your Money. Steve was selected the 1995 Fort Bliss, Texas Non Commissioned Officer of the Year and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management Communications from Amridge University. Steve has been a frequent guest on Fox and Friends, Fox Business, 700 Club, and CNN Headline News. Steve has been interviewed on NPR, Bloomberg Radio, Market Watch Radio, Wall Street Journal Radio, and many other National and Regional Shows. Steve’s work has been featured in Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, BusinessWeek, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance & USA Today. For more information about Steve and his book you can visit www.dollarsanduncommonsense.com
Joslin Woods is a researcher, writer, and Web producer at Think Glink Publishing, with a background in print and digital media. Previously, Joslin worked as a news reporter for the international news agency Agence France-Presse and as a freelance reporter for the Sun-Times News Group. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University, where she received a master’s degree in journalism.
Marianne Cusato is an award-winning designer and author of the new book, The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving - or Just Dreaming – Find Your Perfect Match! (Workman Publishing).
Joanne Cleaver doesn't just write about entrepreneurship and finance for national publications and websites. As a longtime freelance writer and editorial project manager, she lives it. Her most recent book is The Career Lattice (McGraw Professional, 2012), which shows how lateral moves power career growth.
Karen Skoler has been in the insurance business since 1969 with a background in marketing, claims, servicing, sales, and supervising with both insurance carriers and independent agents. She earned her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1994. Presently, Karen is employed as a commercial lines manager at Petschauer Insurance Agency in Ridgewood, NY. She often writes content for blogs in the interest of helping people understand insurance coverages they have either purchased or are contemplating purchasing. You can follow her blog posts at www.jpins.com.
Jamie Showkeir is co-founder and owner of henning-showkeir & associates, inc., an organizational development consulting business with an extensive and varied client list. He is co-author (with Maren Showkeir) of two books, Authentic Conversations: Moving From Manipulation to Truth and Commitment (Berrett-Kohler, 2008) and Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job (2013).
Diane Turner is a licensed psychotherapist, certified life coach, and author. In her book, Heart Wisdom, A Concise Companion for Creating a Life of Possibility (NightHorses Publishing, March 2013), Turner guides readers to acknowledge the past, focus on the present, and create what they want in their own lives through self-acceptance, personal responsibility, and focused intentions. Turner received her B.A. from Tulane University and her M.S.W. from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work. Her practice is based out of both Chicago and Tucson, and she has frequently lectured on “Living in Possibility,” including during regular guest appearances on Tucson’s “Circles of Change” radio show. For more information, please visit www.dianesturner.com
Dana Pieper, group exercise innovator, is the creator of Everybody Fitness, an intense total body workout that targets all major muscles and increases cardio endurance to deliver impactful results. Visit Dana’s blog for her “Move of the Week,” fitness tips, inspiration, and more! Follow Dana on Twitter , and “Like” her on Facebook
Heidi Petschauer Fox graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., in 1983 with a B.S. in management. She joined her late father’s firm, Petschauer Insurance , in 1982, became principle in 1995, and now shares ownership with her partner and cousin, Erwin Petschauer. She received her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1997. She currently facilitates the professional and creative development of the entire Petschauer team and manages the personal lines and social media departments.
Judy Coblentz is a seasoned and highly successful executive in the financial services industry. As the Chief Underwriting Officer for Select Accounts, the small commercial division at The Travelers Companies, Inc., Ms. Coblentz provides underwriting leadership and strategy for the business unit’s insurance portfolio. Travelers is a Dow 30 and Fortune 500 company.
Ian Smith is the author of Fulfilling the Potential of Your Business: Big Company Thinking for the Mighty Small Business, which won the Small Business Book Awards for Management in 2012. His blog, the Smith Report, focuses on ways to scale businesses. In 2010 he founded the Portfolio Partnership to help CEOs fulﬁll the potential of their businesses. As an ex-CFO, investment banker, venture capitalist and CEO, Mr. Smith has realized more than $400 million for shareholders over the past 25 years. Still competitive, Ian is ranked in the top 20 in the world at 400m on the track for his age.
Alanna McCargo is a housing and financial services executive and personal finance writer and advocate. She is a public speaker on hot topics in financial services and the housing market, and she writes a personal finance blog called “Matter of Money.” She is an active volunteer and serves on the board of directors for the Women in Housing & Finance Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing financial literacy, housing policy issues, and education programs for women, children, and under-served communities. Follow Alanna on Twitter @myhomematters.
Lara Levitan is a freelance writer and editor with more than ten years of experience writing about a variety of topics, from architecture to Zen Buddhism. She has served as the co-editor of The Remodeler's Journal published by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and as the marketing coordinator at an award-winning architecture firm. Currently she is the literary editor for GapersBlock.com, a popular Chicago-based website. Lara is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nell Merlino is founder, president, and CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million dollar enterprises. She is the author of “Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work,” from Broadway Books.
Stephanie Hardiman Simon is a freelance writer and social media professional in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Portland Press Herald, Nashville Business Journal, and Valley Business FRONT magazine, among others. She is a proud graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds a master's degree in journalism from DePaul University. Follow her on Twitter: @_StephSimon.
Elizabeth Abrams is a freelance writer and communications specialist. Throughout her 15 years working in public relations she has secured media placements in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and on CNN, to name a few. In addition to operating her own agency, Elizabeth Abrams Communications LLC, she has contributed to several media outlets including Yahoo! Homes, Chicago Parent Magazine, MOMeo.com and BabbaCo.com. Elizabeth’s writing focuses on information and experiences impacting parents, children and families.
Ellen M. Gilmer is a journalist based in Portland, Ore. She reports on a range of issues, including energy policy, personal finance and health and fitness. Her work has appeared in EnergyWire, Scientific American, Active Life DC, The New York Times, The Oregonian and more.
Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelancer who has covered personal finance for numerous publications including Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, Learnvest.com, Mint.com, and USNews.com. Find out more at www.susan-johnston.com.