Our People

Shawn B. Young, M.A., M.F.A.


IMG_5990Recognizing the strong relationship among money, stress and health, Shawn B. Young created the Financial Health Institute. Shawn has devoted the last 7 years to delivering educational programs, seminars and workshops focused on life skill development, specifically targeted at helping people lead healthier lives.

In his effort to help people make changes to their financial and health behaviors, Shawn founded the non-profit organization Frontier Asset Building (2007), created the Colorado Asset Building Coalition (2008) and created the Bootstraps Asset Building Education Program (2009). He is the author of the Bootstraps Asset Building Education Financial Stability Workbook (2013), the Bootstraps Workbook for TANF (2013) and the blog “Meaningful Consumerism.” He has also worked with Joanne McLain to develop the Bootstraps Facilitator Training Program and the recently released Bootstraps Case Manager Training.

Over the last 6 years, Shawn’s organizations, programs and efforts have helped over 40,000 people across the United States. He has been a featured presenter for the AARP Colorado, the National Head Start Association and the Colorado Conference on Poverty. He has also been featured on two occasions at Forbes.com

Shawn and his organizations have been contracted or funded to create numerous curricula on topics like, Financial Literacy for Public Schools (State of Colorado), Finances and Health (Kaiser Permanente), Finance, Stress and Relapse Prevention (Salvation Army). He sits on several Boards for organizations focusing on personal economic development and has served as a consultant to many organizations working on life skills/financial education development.

Shawn has been recognized on multiple occasions for his innovation, service and dedication by organizations such as the National Disability Institute and the Internal Revenue Service.

Shawn holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University. He lives with his wife and three children in Louisville, Colorado.


Joanne McLain, PhD.

Director of Curriculum Design & Research

IMG_5983Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, curriculum designer and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. Her experience includes six years with a county Department of Human Services, where she was the Deputy Director and managed Family Programs including services for families involved in Child Welfare, Adult Protection, and all benefits programs. She has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, a volunteer fire department, emergency rooms and inpatient units. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Michael D. Kilgore, B.S.

Director of Program Delivery & Learning

IMG_5996Michael has over 25 years of experience in human service organizational development, education, and mentoring. He has served as Executive Director, Director of Finance and Operations, Vice Chairman, Board Member, and Ambassador while advancing national culture change organizations, creating successful educational programs, and mentoring disadvantaged teens and adults in personal economic growth. His engaging presentations skills and creative wisdom enable individual learning, employee operational efficiencies and sustainable organizational growth. Michael’s international, Cuba, Russia, and Uganda, national, and local diverse culture and military experience enhance his personable program and training delivery.