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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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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 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. 

Sruthi Naraharisetti, Operations Specialist

Sruthi Naraharisetti joins the center after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Social Policy and interning with the Asset Independence Coalition. She is passionate about issues of economic equality and financial empowerment.

Johan Papa, Intern

Johan Papa joins the Center as a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in Economics, graduating in May 2015. He has been an intern since November 2013. Johan assists the Financial Counselors, taking an active role in creating debt relief strategies for clients. Johan is a Manager at MSU Greenline, a telemarketing organization at Michigan State University that raises three to four million dollars annually that benefits students. After graduation, he will to pursue a career in financial advising to help middle class families save for college and plan for retirement.

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