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City of Lansing

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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero

Meet The Staff

Jim Crain, Financial Counselor

Jim Crain joins the Center after providing homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, credit repair and budgeting workshops as a Capital Area Community Services employee since 2009. You can make an appointment to see Jim Monday through Friday at the Capital Area Community Services site on Rensen, by calling 211 (or 1-866-561-2500)

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Sonia Diallo, Financial Counselor

Sonia Diallo joins the Center after working with the City of Lansing on the Homeless Management Information System and with experience providing counseling through local nonprofits. English is Sonia's seventh language, and she conducts counseling sessions in French and German! You can make an appointment to see Sonia Monday through Friday at the Capital Area Community Services site on Rensen, by calling 211 (or 1-866-561-2500).

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Kenyata Love Davidson, Financial Counselor

Kenyata Love Davidson joins the Center with 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. You can make an appointment to see Kenyata at the DHS building on Cedar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or at Tabernacle of David Church on W. Holmes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by calling 211 (or 1-866-561-2500)

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Rebecca Urban, Financial Counselor

Rebecca Urban joins the Center after serving as a homeless services case manager at Capital Area Community Services. You can make an appointment to see Rebecca at the Head Start on Grand River on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and at Advent House Ministries on N Martin Luther King Boulevard on Wednesdays and Thursdays, by calling 2-1-1 or 1-866-561-2500.

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Velma Kyser, Program Manager

Velma Kyser joins the Financial Empowerment Center after 33 years in the banking industry, where she was a tireless advocate for "banking the unbanked".  Velma is well-known for her community service efforts.  She and her husband have volunteered for the City's Mobile Food Pantry for the last seven years, and Velma is a member of the Allen Neighborhood Center board of directors and is the treasurer of Greater Lansing African American Health Institute. 

Penelope S. Williams, Outreach Coordinator

Penelope holds a Political Science and Pre-Law undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She also received a Master of Science degree in Intelligence and National Security Studies with focus on Latino Immigration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Penelope has worked in several projects within the Latino Community such the LSPI Pre-Law Institute at UTEP as an outreach minority coordinator for recruitment of young Latino and underrepresented minorities to participate in the pre-law institute and later access IVY league Law Schools all across the country. Under the Kauffman Initiative she worked as an outreach specialist for the Hispanic Entrepreneur Center at UTEP She is now a J.D Law candidate 2014 at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. At the Present time, she works for the Sixty Plus, Elder Law Clinic at Thomas M Cooley as an outreach coordinator for the Hispanic Community for the Elder Latinos at Cristo Rey Church. Penelope is fluent Spanish and speak French and Italian. Penelope has vast experience working for minority communities, specifically the Hispanic –Latino community through different outreach and community development programs.

Amber Paxton