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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero

Meet The Staff

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 Cristo Rey Community Center, by calling (517) 483-4550.

See what Sonia's clients are saying

Contact: sdiallo@cacs-inc.org

Jessica Dexter, Financial Counselor

Jessica Dexter joins the Center after serving as a Family Support Assistant at Capital Area Community Services . You can make an appointment to see Jessica at Capital Area Community Services in Lansing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as well as in Mason and Charlotte, by calling (517) 483-4550.

See what Jessica's clients are saying

Contact: jdexter@cacs-inc.org

Tammy Beckwith, Financial Counselor

Tammy Beckwith joins the center after serving as an Outreach Specialist for FEC. She was a liaison for LHC and FEC bringing the opportunities of FEC to the four LHC sites. You can make an appointment to see Tammy at Cristo Rey Community Center Monday-Friday by calling 517-483-4550.

Contact: tbeckwith@cristoreycommunity.org

Antonio Botello, Financial Counselor

Antonio Botello III joins the Center after serving as a family advocate at Capital Area Community Services Head Start. Antonio has served in the Lansing community since graduating from Michigan State University in 2013. You can schedule an appointment with Antonio at Cristo Rey Community Center Monday through Friday by calling (517) 483-4550.

Contact: abotello@cristoreycommunity.org

Terri Price, Financial Counselor

Terri Price joins the Center after serving with Capital Area Community Services. You can make an appointment to see Terri at Capital Area Community Services in Lansing on Monday, Thursdays, and Fridays, as well as in Clinton and Shiawassee County, by calling (517) 483-4550.

Contact: tprice@cacs-inc.org

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 Vice President of the Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan.

Contact: vkyser@cacs-inc.org

Sruthi Naraharisetti, Operations Specialist

Sruthi Naraharisetti joins the Center as an Operations Specialist after graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Policy and serving as Americorps VISTA member for the Center for a year. She is passionate about issues of economic equality and policy reform to support vulnerable families in reaching financial stability.

Contact: snaraharisetti@lansingmi.gov
(517) 483 - 4285
 

Madhu Iyengar, Intern

Madhu Iyengar joins the Center as an Intern for the OFE, after completing an overseas internship at a Regulatory and Market Analysis start-up company ECigIntelligence in Barcelona, Spain. She's currently a junior at Michigan State University majoring in Spanish and Mathematics She is passionate about issues of public health and safety and education.

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Amber Paxton
Director
Contact
517-483-4550
Monday thru Friday, 9am - 5pm
amber.paxton@lansingmi.gov