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

Founder/CEO

Recognizing the strong relationship among money, stress and health, Shawn B. Young has devoted the past decade to creating and delivering educational programs, seminars and workshops focused on life skill development, specifically targeted at helping people make changes to their financial and health behaviors. Based on extensive research into behavioral and neuro economics, and the physical and psychological effects of financial stress on individuals, families, and organizations, Shawn created the Financial Health Institute in 2012.

In his effort to help people make changes to their financial and health behaviors, he founded the non-profit organization Frontier Asset Building (2007), created the Colorado Asset Building Coalition (2008), and founded the Financial Health Institute in 2012.

Shawn has created numerous educational programs, including: Bootstraps Asset Building Education Program (2009), Financial Health for Case Managers (2013), and the Personal Economics Program (2015). He has published three books, Bootstraps Asset Building Education Workbook,” “Resolving Resolutions,” and the “Success Journal.” In the summer of 2016, Shawn led the development of “The Symposium on Scarcity,” a two-day educational program that explored the impact of organizational scarcity on client outcomes.

Over the last 11 years, his organizations, programs, and efforts have helped over 55,000 people across the United States. Shawn delivers keynotes and trainings to hundreds of agencies across the U.S. He has been a featured presenter for the AARP Colorado, the National Head Start Association, Region 8 & 10 Community Action Conference, SCSEP 50th Anniversary Conference, Colorado TANF Professional Development Academy, Colorado Family Support Council, Power of Partnership Conference, and regularly presents at 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), Introductions to Personal Finance (Community College of Denver), and ResourceAbility – A systemic approach to improving Financial Health in the I/DD community (Rocky Mountain Human Service). Additionally, 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.

He 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. In 2016, FHI received the “Right on the Money” Award from the Consumers United Association for FHI’s Personal Economics Program.   

Shawn holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University.  


Joanne McLain, PhD.

Director of Curriculum Design & Research

Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, writer and artist. She designs curriculum for online, in person, and blended courses. 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 rural 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 Operations and Program Delivery

Michael Kilgore

Michael has dedicated his career to human services and is passionate about providing opportunities for creative behavioral transformation. As a team member since 2015, Michael has facilitated hundreds of live classes and has contributed to the modification of FHI curriculum for veterans, teenagers, people in recovery, traumatic brain injury survivors, those incarcerated, and human services staff. He is FHI’s trainer of facilitators. 

Michael’s keen interest in supporting disadvantaged individuals was again demonstrated in 2017 with the launch of a customized program for the intellectual and developmentally disabled community. The ResourceAbility Program was created, through the collaborative efforts of the team, and continues to expand its reach by serving adults and transitioning young adults throughout the front range of Colorado. Michael is excited about ResourceAbility extending services beyond individuals with I/DD to the whole disability community.  

Michael previously served in multiple executive leadership roles where he advanced national culture change organizations, while creating successful educational programs, and personally mentoring disadvantaged teens and adults.  His engaging presentation skills and creative wisdom enable individual learning, employee operational efficiencies and sustainable organizational growth. Michael’s experience with international (Cuba, Russia, Uganda, and military), national, and local cultures enhance his personable training delivery.

 

Peter D. Johnson, B.S.

Operations Assistant and Facilitator

Having had an Accounting Practice for over 30 years and direct involvement in a number of businesses, Pete has a vast knowledge of business operations and organization. His teaching background began with the U.S.A.F Intelligence School and then nine years at Aurora Community College.

His passion for teaching is reflected in engaging and challenging classes with the FHI curriculum. He has a business degree in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado.

Kelley Presley, MLIS

Customer Service Specialist

Kelley was raised in a household filled with books, and as a result, she grew up with a great love of reading and learning. After earning her Bachelor’s, she spent a number of years working in a variety of organizations occupying administrative and customer service roles. Kelley is very skilled in an administrative function, as well as providing exceptional customer service to all. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San José State University’s online graduate program.

Kelley’s driving motivation in life is to help people. Kelley is an FHI-trained facilitator, and has facilitated a number of ResourceAbility trainings. In her online graduate program, Kelley worked with San José State University, training new incoming students on how to use the school’s preferred video conferencing platform. In addition to training new students, Kelley also worked with SJSU faculty to support their virtual live lectures in the video conferencing platform with live technical assistance. For her, working with FHI is the beautiful synthesis of her desire to help people and her love of learning.

Suzanne Laznicka

Program Development Specialist

Suzanne designs curriculum helping people learn how to create the life they want to live. She is  an evangelist for stress-free living, health, and prosperity. Currently her focus is partnering with I/DD community members in improving their financial health and providing program development support to the Financial Health Institute projects.

Suzanne has developed programs for nonprofits, government, human services, corrections, healthcare, small businesses, as well as fortune 500 corporations. Her educational background includes a masters’ degree in Human Performance Technology, a bachelors’ degree in Communication Disorders, and certification in Lean/Six Sigma. Additionally, she is a certified healthcare professional.

Barry Wilhelm, MEd, MA

Curriculum Development Specialist

Barry is a curriculum designer, soccer referee, and back in school for his masters degree in learning design and technology. He works closely with the FHI team to design, construct, and test online courses. While relatively new in the design world, Barry has experience designing educational programs for a variety of audiences, including higher education professionals, Colorado soccer referees, and obesity medicine specialists.

Barry prides himself on being a lifelong learner and finding meaningful ways – no matter how big or small – to grow as a person.  As such, he wants to use that enthusiasm and experience to create holistic and intentional learning experiences in the FHI curriculum he designs. 

Stephen Stewart, MA

Curriculum Development Specialist

Stephen is a curriculum designer, student advisor and doting cat-dad. He works closely with the FHI team to develop online, face-to-face, and blended courses. He has several years of experience as both a corporate training coordinator and a university instructor. Stephen gets excited about all aspects of learning – be it as the student, instructor, or researcher. He is fascinated by technology and is always looking for innovative ways to improve learning or other processes for everyone involved. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University.

Sondra Tribble-Bentley

Facilitator and Curriculum Development Specialist

Sondra has vast experience as a, Business Development Associate II, Case Manager, Residential and Substance Abuse Counselors, Sexual Abuse Counselor and a Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class. Her experiences have allowed her to work with many diverse groups of people. Sondra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Licensed Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling-LPC /LAC.

Chelese Ransom, B.A.

Curriculum Development Specialist

If Chelese could, she would be a “professional student” because she loves to learn and enjoys helping others to learn. She has a strong background in customer service and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Denver.

She has also worked as a corporate trainer for a major telecommunications company and completed an Advanced Certificate of Training at the University of Denver. She believes FHI is her “Spirit Organization” because it lines up with her values for life-long learning.

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Chris Mendenhall, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

Chris’s life has meandered far from her degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education from the University of Colorado. After 10 years as a stay-at-home mom raising two children and many years volunteering and working within the Boulder Valley School District, Chris now owns a freelance office services business.

She provides administrative, organizational, and bookkeeping services to a variety of clients, including Financial Health Institute. While she enjoys the diversity of all her clients, FHI is one that fulfills her desire to help make a meaningful impact in the world.

 

Mary Beth Faccioli, LCSW, MLIS

Consultant

Mary Beth Faccioli, LCSW, MLIS, is a licensed clinical social worker with decades of experience as a trainer and instructional designer. Mary Beth provides consulting services to support organizations with online learning for staff and clients.

Her background includes work with treatment centers, non-profits, government agencies, and academic institutions. Mary Beth specializes in strengths-based, person-centered services, while taking a broad view of involved teams, organizations, and larger systems that impact performance and learning