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Board of Directors

Justin P. King, J.D., CAE, Board Chairman, also chairs the Michigan Council on Economic Education (MCEE) Board and is President of the Education and Association Division of Global Behavior, Inc. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Michigan Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame honoree.

Ted Lakkides, CFP® is Founder and President of Cygnet Institute and Chairman of Cygnet Financial Freedom House. Since 2004, he has served as Director of the Community Services Division of the Michigan Council on Economic Education (MCEE). He has also taught at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and CFP® program at Walsh College.

David Dieterle, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics at Walsh College. He has taught at Central Michigan, Edgewood College, Northern
Illinois, University of Cincinnati, and University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Dieterle is past president and chief academic officer of the Michigan Council on Economic Education.

Julie Kowalski is Founder and CEO at Creative Partnerships, Inc. where she provides at-risk organizations with real-time, performance improvement solutions that equip leaders to reclaim their business and quickly get back on track. Julie is the best-selling author of “The Warrior’s Guide to Rescuing Your At-Risk Business.”

Brian Lakkides, AIF® Founder and Managing Director of Fiduciary Firewall Consulting, Inc. was one of the first 2,000 professionals in the USA to earn the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® certification from the Center for Fiduciary Studies and fi360. He is a frequent speaker on fiduciary governance issues, has been published in the “Journal of Pension Benefits,” and served as an external reviewer and contributor for the revision of the “Prudent Practices Handbooks for Investment Stewards and Advisors.”

Brian O’Connor is an award-winning personal finance columnist, founding managing editor of Bankrate.com and author whose nationally syndicated “Funny Money” column is a three-time National Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner.

Keith Moore, CPA is a leading member of the Audit and Assurance Department and a partner at UHY LLP. A licensed CPA (Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky), he helps develop and implement strategic plans to improve operating efficiencies, protect assets and increase profitability.

Jeffrey A. Hoover, JD is a partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC and works at the firm’s Royal Oak offices. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions and corporate matters, including: mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of business entities; corporate finance, commercial lending, and real estate. Performance in his two primary practice areas of Business & Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions has earned him the following recognitions: Michigan Rising Stars, 2011 – 2018; Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2018; DBusiness Top Lawyers, 2013 & 2014.