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City of Lansing

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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 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, as well as in Mason and Charlotte. You can make an appointment to see Jessica at Capital Area Community Services, by calling (517) 483-4550.

See what Jessica's clients are saying

Contact: jdexter@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 treasurer of Greater Lansing African American Health Institute. 

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: sruthi.naraharisetti@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.

Amber Paxton
Monday thru Friday, 9am - 5pm