Strategies to Improve Consumer Economic Outcomes
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Strategies to Improve Consumer Economic Outcomes


Date: September 21, 2012

Time: 02:00 PM ET - 03:00 PM ET

Type: Webinar

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Older adults with limited resources are facing increasingly daunting and complex financial challenges in this current economic climate. While older adults grapple for assistance, many community organizations find themselves stretched to help clients with hard to solve financial problems, such as threats of foreclosure or eviction, high credit card debt, leveraging home equity, and a pervasive and growing sense of economic insecurity.

The National Council on Aging and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling are hosting a webinar to share concrete tools and strategies for providers to use, like BenefitsCheckUp®. In this webinar you'll:

  • Learn more about the issues facing older Americans and what you can do to help them access benefits and services to help increase their economic security.
  • Hear firsthand from leaders in the field of aging and consumer credit counseling assisting with debt management, leveraging home equity, foreclosure mitigation, and property tax/insurance mitigation.


Ram Mayekar, Apprisen, Cleveland, OH
Ram Mayekar is the Division Manager at Apprisen. Mayekar has been with Apprisen for over six years and manages offices in Beachwood, Cleveland, Parma, and Rocky River. Ram is certified through the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and has extensive knowledge of the credit card industry with his previous work experiences working for a credit card company for nine years in various capacities.  

Maja Debeljak, Cleveland Department of Aging, Cleveland, OH
Maja Debeljak, MSS is the Project Coordinator of the Economic Security Project for Cleveland Seniors with the Cleveland Department of Aging. Originally from Sweden, Debeljak’s experience includes working for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the United Nations Association of Sweden, in the health care industry, and in community development. Debeljak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Växjö University, Sweden. Debeljak brings extensive international, community development and nonprofit work experience to her position with the Economic Security Project.

Ramsey Alwin, Senior Director, Economic Security Team, NCOA
Ramsey Alwin is responsible for launching and leading a national, multi-site direct service demonstration that focuses on putting vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults on a pathway to economic security using an integrated service delivery approach. Alwin’s efforts inform NCOA’s public policy agenda and have resulted in the creation of NCOA’s Savvy Saving Seniors™ financial education lessons and the development of a new online tool titled, "EconomicCheckUp™."

Rhonda Paul Ashburn, National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Rhonda Paul Ashburn is Director of Partner Relations for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.  Rhonda is originally from Oklahoma.  She moved to the Washington, DC area many years ago after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education and Community Services.  She later obtained her nonprofit executive management certificate from Georgetown University.  While living in the Washington, DC metro area, Rhonda has worked for an Oklahoma Congressman and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a nonprofit career and technical student organization. 

About the Webinar Sponsors

The Cleveland Department of Aging is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Cleveland seniors through advocacy, planning, service coordination, and the delivery of needed services.

Apprisen works to help people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach and financial education. For over 55 years, Apprisen has helped thousands of people learn to manage money, balance budgets, and get out of debt through confidential, comprehensive credit and housing counseling. 

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc.® (NFCC®) promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and builds capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members represent accredited agencies with high standards, ethical practices, certified counselors, and policies which help consumers achieve financial stability.

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