The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) Announced 2022 Award Recipients Impacting the Personal Finance Field

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, December 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) recognized 11 individuals, organizations, special projects and initiatives that expand access to resources and personalized education across the country as part of the 2022 AFCPE Awards. More than 20 were awarded awards reviewed, and given special awards for innovation, excellence and leadership in addressing community needs.

“Today, our nation faces unique fiscal challenges that require Americans to make financial decisions every day to stretch the dollar,” said AFCPE Executive Director, Rachel DeLeon. “Thankfully, AFCPE members, partners, and community members have stepped up to ensure that Americans have access to financial advice, tools, and resources to to help them make the best decisions for their financial futures. We are honored to recognize those who go above and beyond.”

The 2022 honors are based on South Dakota, Washington, Texas, Maryland, new Yorkand Pennsylvania, with national goals and impact, focusing on underserved and underserved populations who benefit most from a secure personal income stream. The group included teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, couples, and non-profit leaders who focused on reducing racial disparities in financial management, aligning financial conversations, improving financial readiness -money in personal work, and the topic of financial skills.

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The 2022 awardees include:

Outstanding Associate Award: Dr. Dottie DurbandAFC®, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty/Professor of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. Among his many professional achievements, Dr. Durband started a peer-based counseling group Texas Tech, known as Red to Black, and served as the lead author of the most innovative financial advice book in use in the industry today. He has been a member of AFCPE for over two decades and recently helped build the organization’s financial and interview database.

Educator of the year: Dr. Axton Betz-HamiltonAFC®, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Consumer Affairs Program in the School of Health and Consumer Sciences at South Dakota State University. Her primary research focuses on financial abuse within families, including family identity theft. His personal experience is detailed in his book, Fewer people know us.

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Counselor of the Year: Robyn MroszczykAFC® since 2008. Its focus on military finance has provided support to over 2,500 survivors, 10,000+ soldiers during Individual Training, received over 7 million views be #AskRobyn for a Blended Pension System and make a lasting impact of over 1. Millions of soldiers and their families with the first standard regular military training and must be financially ready.

Special Funding Organizations or Planning Centers: Brunch & Budget®, founded by Pamela CapaladaAFC®, CFP®, offers financial planning and training with an ethnic focus and a mission to make planning accessible to the communities that need it most.

An exceptional educational program: AccessLex Institute’s MAX from AccessLex®, the first multidisciplinary personal finance curriculum for law students.

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Unique customer information: “The Paycheck Power Booster®” slide calculator, an educational tool for organizations and individuals that shows the amount of small purchases over time. It has been shared over 4 million times since 2001.

Outstanding Research Journal of the Year: Can workplace financial counseling help low-wage workers improve credit outcomes? Volume 32, Issue 3: Mathieu R. Despard, Yingying Zeng, Sophia Fox-Dichter, Ellen Frank-Millerand Michal Grinstein-Weisse

To find out more about the AFCPE awards and visitors, visit

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At the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education® (AFCPE®) our mission is to ensure the highest levels of knowledge, skills and integrity in the personal finance profession through credentialing, connecting and supporting diverse and skilled professionals to serve global communities. The Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) credential is recognized by the NCCA. Visit to learn more.

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