Four MHS business teachers honored

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Four MHS business teachers -- Mary Breunig, Cherie Hellenbrand, Shane Leadholm and Holden Pratt, were among 18 individuals, businesses and organizations announced recently as recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.

“These individuals and organizations are to be commended for their dedication to helping citizens of all ages enhance their personal financial knowledge and skills,” Governor Walker said. “Financial literacy is about equipping people with the tools they need to be financially secure and achieve their goals.”

The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Capitol later this year. They were selected from 29 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria considered during the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards are:

Individual Category:

  • Cherie Hellenbrand, Mary Breunig, Shane Leadholm and Holden Pratt, teachers, Middleton High School
  • Kristi Paskey and Mitch Hauser, teachers, Lodi High School
  • Aaron Keith Bender, teacher, Hurley School District
  • Brenda Campbell, President and CEO, SecureFutures, Milwaukee
  • Joe Schlidt, SecureFutures Investment Conference, Milwaukee

 Organization Category:

  • Educators Credit Union, Sturtevant
  • National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy, Madison
  • Sallie Mae, “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour,” Newark, Delaware
  • UW-Extension Family Living Program, Madison
  • WaterStone Bank, Wauwatosa
  • Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt Inc., Madison

Legacy Category:

  •     It Make$ Cents!, Money Management Center, UW-La Crosse
  • Kevin McKinley, financial adviser, Eau Claire
  • Timothy G. O’Driscoll, Director, Center for Economic Education, Lakeland University, Milwaukee

The Legacy Award is given to an organization, business, or individual whose purpose and heritage is ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability. This lifetime recognition is intended to be conferred once to the recipients. Synopses of the recipients’ efforts can be found on the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) website.

The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April 2011. The mission of the Council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens. Council members include Chair Qilliam Wilcox, MCE, President of CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc., Madison; co-vice chairs Jay Risch, Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and Ted Nickel, Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance; and executive director David Mancl, Director of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy.

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