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Coaches

Network coaches are a key to the programs success. They are trained in trauma-informed, healing-centered approaches to support the development of Network members and ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all.

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Alie Huxta

As a coach, Alie provides a trauma-informed anti-oppressive approach to the Network's Financial SELF Empowerment sessions. She previously facilitated experiential learning and political consciousness with youth at the Freire Charter High School and later coordinated and built youth programming with the University Community Collaborative at Temple. In this time, she was trained to lead Transformational Social Therapy groups, a model that urges people across identities to share personal violences, hopes, and fears in order to reach collective intelligence and solutions. This work led her to pursue a clinical social work degree at Bryn Mawr's Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research where she studied the psychological effects of oppression as a counseling intern at Women Organized Against Rape. Alie also loves to backpack on the Appalachian Trail, cook with friends, and make songs.

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Brittany Nelson

Britany is a former Network member from cohort 36 and the first Network member to be hired by the Center. She looks forward to many other Network members joining her on the team in the future. Brittany has been a licensed life and health insurance agent for two years and has helped many families and children become financially secure for their future. She teaches the importance of proper financial planning for now and the future. She is a mother of three and credit repair is her specialty. She enjoys using her voice and experience to help others, in hopes that as many people as possible can overcome the obstacles preventing them from reaching their goals.

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Jenay Smith

Jenay is a graduate of Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) with a concentration in Community, Practice, Policy and Advocacy. At the Network Jenay is part of a training team developing onboarding material and training Network staff. In the classroom she is a SELF coach facilitating lessons and conducting one on one support with members after class. Jenay supports with grant research and implementation for the Network. During her time at Bryn Mawr, Jenay served as the president of Macro Social Work Student Network, was the student representative on the strategic planning committee and was selected by the Dean to serve as a Graduate Assistant for a national Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work. Jenay was also asked to participate in a panel for the Policy Practice Summit, hosted by the National Association for Social Workers, about social work education and its attention or inattention to policy. Upon graduation Jenay received the 2017 McPherson Award for excellence and service to the GSSWSR community.

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Keith Lee

Keith is a financial expert with two decades in the financial services industry. Over the years he has developed curriculum and taught courses in personal and spiritual personal growth and development and has taught pre-licensing courses in the insurance industry. He is a graduate of The American College of Financial Services in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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Kevin Thomas

Prior to joining the Center, Kevin was a highly decorated banker, working with industry giants PNC Financial Services and Commerce Bankcorp. He was also a recognized community advocate in the North and West Philadelphia sections of city. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Joseph's University and attained his Masters in Public Policy at Drexel.

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Molly Baird Ashodian

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Molly has spent the last decade working for non profits, city government, and most recently, a healthcare workers' union, advocating for and supporting the working poor in accessing services and living financially empowered lives. She completed a BA at the University of Vermont in 2010. She has previously led trainings on effective communication, collective bargaining and political advocacy. In her spare time, Molly enjoys cooking, experimenting with new vegetarian recipes and going on walks in the Wissahickon with her dog, Baxter.

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Raheem Stevenson

A native of Philadelphia, Raheem has over 12 years of extensive financial sales and management experience in numerous positions including financial planner, senior financial specialist, financial sales leader, district manager, and private banker. In 2009, he began the second phase of his professional career and opened his own business. Raheem is an alumnus of Virginia State University and a former varsity athlete who received athletic and academic honors from his alma mater. Raheem is truly involved in his community, serving as an ordained deacon and ministry leader at the Four Corner Crusade for Life Community Church and President of Peoples Unified Resource Center, an organization focused on the advancement and education of the African American community. Raheem volunteers with Big Brother and Big Sisters of Philadelphia and serves as a varsity football coach. He is a proud member of the Urban Financial Services Coalition and a dedicated father of three.