Stories of HOPE – Robin Gold

By Robin Gold, Vice President and Sonoma Branch Manager, HOPE Corps Volunteer  “I began my career in banking 30 years ago and have enjoyed living and working in Sonoma County. I joined Union Bank in 2011 and serve as the manager of our Sonoma Office. I was interested in coming to the bank because of its long-standing commitment to the communities that is serves through volunteer service and charitable grants....

Stories of HOPE – Sandra Rolens

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Sandra Rolens is committed to financial literacy and empowerment in more ways than one. To begin with, she has been a banker for 29 years. She has been with ANB Bank for 19 years and has held her current position as Project Manager for the last 5 years. As Project Manager, Sandra is in charge of integrating and implementing new products and services that ANB offers, as well as...

Stories of HOPE – Angie Toney

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Angie Toney knows a thing or two about finances. She was an internal auditor in the corporate world and is currently transitioning into entrepreneurship in the DC area. Her new business is Angel Financial Services LLC, an accounting/bookkeeping/tax practice. “While I am growing my practice,” she states, “I serve clients through speaking engagements and training events as a...

Stories of HOPE – Douglas Dillon

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Douglas Dillon lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, mother, and two sons aged 14 and 11. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Economics. He has been a banker for some 28 years in a number of places, including Chicago, Kansas City and Washington DC. Currently, Douglas is the Chief Lending...

Stories of HOPE – Cassandra Ilich

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow  Cassandra Ilich is the AVP of Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending at Colorado Federal Savings Bank. She develops and runs the bank’s financial services, investments and loans to the low- and moderate- income families and individuals of the Denver community.   Cassandra moved to Colorado four and a half years ago from Northern California for her work at the bank. In...

Stories of HOPE – Dexter Hopen

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Dexter Hopen grew up in the suburbs of central New Jersey, near to the Jersey Shore, to a family of artistic tendencies. “My dad is a computer animator, my mom is an architect, and my two younger sisters are pursuing similarly creative fields,” he explains, “I broke the family mold a bit by having more of an interest in math and science, and I ultimately decided to pursue a...

Stories of HOPE – Ellen Segal

By Sean Sallee, HOPE Corps Deputy Director, and Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow We have many HOPE Corps rock stars that remain continuously dedicated to educating this nation’s youth. They commit workdays, evenings and weekends to joining us in our mission to eradicate poverty, but every once and a while, we have a volunteer who goes so far above and beyond that they must be mentioned. Ellen Segal went to...

Stories of HOPE – Conor Ryan

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Conor Ryan grew up in Worcester, Pennsylvania, in a suburb about twenty miles from the city of Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, Conor attended Penn State University. In addition to his studies, Conor was also a member of the Penn State Crew, the club rowing team. After graduating in 2012, he was hired by an Investment Company in the Philadelphia area, where he has...

Stories of HOPE – Gilbert Maddock

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Gilbert Maddock was born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, where he currently resides. He began learning about financial responsibility at the age of eight, when he worked a paper route. “It wasn’t because I loved working,” he explains, “It was because my parents had their own issues with their finances and what they had learned about money growing up.”...

Stories of HOPE – Eric Smith

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Eric Smith was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Growing up, Eric has always been passionate about travel, sports, and food. After graduating from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, he came to a realization. “I realized I could enjoy the best of both travel and recreational activities by moving to Vail, Colorado,” he states.  Eric spent the last four years working...

Stories of HOPE – Sammy Ndiyo

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow  Sammy Ndiyo is more than just a volunteer. He is a recent Morgan State University graduate. He works currently as an accountant for MedStar Health. He was born in the United States, but his parents are both from Nigeria. He has both a brother and a sister. Sammy is also hearing impaired and has been wearing hearing aids since he was three years old. Sammy became involved with...

Stories of HOPE – Cesar Rascon

By Maurice Ayeboua, HBIAB/Casey Family Program Fellow Cesar Rascon was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 with his immediate family. He attended high school without knowledge of the English language and was thrown in an ESL class that did not have a strong program and didn’t care much about students learning the language. He then realized that he had to find his own way to...

Stories of HOPE – Cindy Butts

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Cindy Butts was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  After completing her degree at Loyola University Chicago, Cindy left for California.  She stayed in San Diego, California for thirteen years.  During this time, she married and had two children.  She then moved on to Colorado, where she has been since 1988.  While in Colorado, Cindy has worked as a freelance writer,...

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