The Take Charge Advisory Board

Take Charge America Institute Advisory Board

The Take Charge America Institute fulfills its mission to create research-based educational programs that will improve personal financial education and ultimately shape consumer behavior. Overall Institute programming is guided by the Take Charge America Institute Advisory Board which meets twice a year.

Take Charge America Institute Advisory Board members include:


Alice Sweeney
Consultant, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
TCAI Board Member
20620 N. 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Austin DeBey
Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Mountain West Credit Union Association
2020 North Central Ave, Suite 530 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cathy Martinez, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director Arizona Cooperative Extension
Pinal County Cooperative Extension
820 E Cottonwood Lane, Building C
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Christie Barfoot

Director, Training & Education
Take Charge America Inc.
20620 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Dan McDonald, Ph.D.
Director, Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research
The University of Arizona
650 N. Park Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
David Richardson, CPA
CEO Take Charge America Inc.
20620 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Deborah Haynes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Health & Human Development Department
Montana State University
218 Herrick Hall
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540
Elena Zee
President & CEO, Arizona Council on Economic Education
16421 N Tatum Blvd. #123
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Jonathan Fox, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Iowa State University 
1317 Palmer, 2222 Osborn Dr. 
Ames, IA 50011
Lily Styrmoe, CFP
Senior Financial Planner, TCI Wealth Advisors
4011 E. Sunrise Dr. 
Tucson, AZ 85718
Matt Long
TCA Community Education Specialist
20620 N. 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Teejay Brown
Associate Director, Persistence & Completion Thrive Center
Transfer Student Center
The University of Arizona
Nugent Building, RM 3
P.O. Box 210040
Tucson, AZ 85721
Ex-officio Members:

Dr. Laura Scaramella
Director, John & Doris Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences
The University of Arizona

Mike Celaya
Director of Development, CALS Development and Alumni Affairs
The University of Arizona