Young Americans Center for Financial Education

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Rebecca Slattery, Vice President/Finance
Start Date: 2017

As Vice President/Finance, Rebecca oversees the financial operations of Young Americans Bank and Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Prior to joining Young Americans in 2017, Rebecca worked at Sage Hospitality as the Vice President of Shared Services Accounting Organization and at Vail Resorts, overseeing multiple departments within the accounting organization. She has an MBA from Regis University, a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and she is a licensed CPA in Colorado. Rebecca is also an active volunteer with Denver CASA and the Adoption Exchange. She is the adoptive mom of a sibling group of three boys, all of whom participated in AmeriTowne (and loved it!).

Betsy Sklar, Vice President//Business Partnerships and Development
Start Date: 2014

Prior to joining Young Americans in 2014, Betsy was Director of Marketing for the national certification board for surgical nurses where she oversaw all marketing, communications, sales and public relations activities. Prior to that she worked at Sports Illustrated where she developed and managed sports marketing partnerships for major corporate clients. Betsy also established the Denver sales office of Time Inc.'s B2B marketing unit, Targeted Media Inc. Betsy began her career as a commercial banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC). In addition, she has worked in a variety of academic settings and volunteered for a number of charitable organizations including National Charity League, Boys Team Charity, JDRF, Meals on Wheels, and Children's Diabetes Foundation. Betsy received her MBA from Harvard University and BS in Finance from Georgetown University.

Tijuan Harvey, Vice President/Young Americans Bank
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Tijuan is the Vice President of Young Americans Bank. He manages and oversees banking and loan operations, compliance and community outreach programs. Tijuan has worked at Young American's Bank for more than ten years. He was previously Assistant Vice President of Operations for Young Americans Bank for seven years and Loan Officer for three years. Tijuan graduated from Fort Hays University with Bachelor of Science degree in Information Networking and Telecommunications with a minor in Mathematics. (Note: Young Americans Bank is a separate program and not a part of the 501 (c)(3) portion of operations. Bank staff works closely with the companion 501 (c)(3) to develop and deliver educational programming.)

Susan Euser, Vice President/Human Resources
Start Date: 2016

Sue Euser oversees all aspects of human resources for Young Americans including recruitment, policies, benefit and payroll administration, as well as general management in the areas of budgeting and stratetic planning as related to human resources. Prior to joining Young Americans in 2006, she served as director of administration for the American Indian College Fund. Euser holds a Master of Business Administration through the University of Denver, a certification in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a PHR Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Richard E. Martinez, Jr., President and CEO
Start Date: 1999

As President and CEO of Young Americans, Rich Martinez is responsible for managing and ensuring the success of Young Americans Bank and the nonprofit programs of Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Prior to becoming president in 2007, Martinez served as senior vice president and CFO, managing the bank's operations, regulatory compliance functions and investment portfolios, along with the information systems and technology functions for the organization. He joined the staff in 1999 after serving as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch. Martinez holds a Bachelors degree in Finance & Real Estate from CSU and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Regis University.

Amanda Krische, Vice President/Programs
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Amanda joined Young Americans in 2008 working in International Towne and Young AmeriTowne as a program assistant. She has advanced from Towne Director to Senior Towne Director and is currently Vice President of Programs. Amanda oversees all the programs at Young Americans, including International Towne, Young AmeriTowne, Young Entrepreneurs, and Money Matters.

Prior to working at Young Americans, Amanda graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Communication. Amanda worked for the YMCA of metro Denver running the 2nd largest summer camp in the city and the largest before-and-after school program for the YMCA. Amanda is a Colorado native and was lucky enough to have first-hand experience in Young AmeriTowne as a 6th grader at Henry Middle School. She also has two young children that she hopes will be experts on financial literacy and finances some day.

Anna Leer, VIce President/YouthBiz
Start Date: 2015

Anna joined the staff of YouthBiz 2013 as a program director and became a member of Young Americans staff in 2015, when Young Americans acquired YouthBiz, a long-time partner organization. In 2016, Anna was promoted to Vice President, and now oversees Young Americans' programming in youth entrepreneurship. She is an enthusiastic advocate of all students' access to quality education. Before joining the staff at YouthBiz to work with at-risk middle school students, she worked in higher education with Bridgepoint Education in California and Denver, collecting and analyzing student data to more effectively prepare incoming students for the rigors of college life. She also taught third grade with Teach For America (TFA) in Miami-Dade, Florida. During this experience, she accomplished significant achievement gains with her students, designed state level mathematics curriculum for TFA and conducted seminars around the state on effectively teaching elementary literacy. Anna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University with a BS in Business and Spanish. She holds an MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashford University.


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