Meet Our Staff and Volunteers!

Kate Larose, Director:  “With increasingly changing and complex systems, it’s tough to be a consumer of financial services these days.  We all want financial well-being, and yet it often feels like we’re doing the most we can just to survive.  Are you ready to create more financial freedom in your life?  Financial Futures is here to offer guidance and support along your journey!” ( or 802-860-1417 x112)



Forrest Gardner, Credit and Financial EducatorForrest Gardner, Credit and Financial Coach:  “I believe that progress towards long-term goals is made in small, steady steps forward and that with the right support it is possible to thrive regardless of one’s income.  I love my work with the Growing Money program because I get to help my clients take steps towards the goals that matter the most to them.” ( or call 802-860-1417 x119)



Gillian Franks, Credit and Financial Coach:   Gillian helps people grow money in all sorts of ways: she runs the IDA Program, teaches about credit (yep, it’s a way of saving too) and loves teaching the Spend Smart class. Her latest class, “To buy or not to buy…” is a starting point for people considering a car purchase. ( or call 802-860-1417 x113)



Asma Abunaib, New American Financial Empowerment Project Manager

In her role as Project Manager, Asma supports New Americans to envision and reach their financial goals through organizing interpreted classes , coaching meetings, financial house parties, and financial themed events.  ( or call 802-860-1417 x117)




Simeon Geigel, Micro Business Counselor

Simeon Geigel, Business Counselor: “While the process to start and grow a business takes hard work, focus, self-discipline, motivation and creativity it provides people with the potential for more income, greater control over their lives and a sense of personal satisfaction.   Who doesn’t want more of that in life??  I find it incredibly rewarding to help people navigate this process and work with them to live a more fulfilled life.” ( or call 802-860-1417 x116)



John Gergely, MBDP Counselor



John Gergely, Business Counselor: "CVOEO’s stated mission is to help you achieve economic independence.  If you dream of attaining that goal by creating or owing your own business, Simeon and  I stand ready to help you make that dream come true. Please call one of us soon for an appointment!" (, 802-860-1417 x120)



Manoj Sanghvi, Volunteer


Manoj Sanghvi, Volunteer:    “As a volunteer, I help in data entry: generating reports, generating brochures, etc for the various staff members as needed.  Hopefully, my work frees up time for the staff so that they can focus on more important tasks in helping their clients improve their financial outlook.”



Jim Dunn, Volunteer: “The old saying goes: Money can't buy happiness.  But getting control over your finances: expenses, budgeting and saving will remove negative stress from your life - and give you the freedom to focus on the things that do bring happiness.”






Marti Woodman, Volunteer:  "Volunteering gives me the joy of working with the great staff at CVOEO, and, even more, meeting the remarkable people who  have attended my class and from whom I continue to learn..."





Brendan Walsh, Volunteer: “In my professional life, I listen to the financial concerns of families and analyze their specific circumstances so I can help them understand how their money really works and where it's going. My goal is to dispel the myths and misinformation that have come to be considered conventional wisdom in the financial world.  I want to share what I know with anyone who really wants to learn, so volunteering with CVOEO seems a perfect fit as our passions are one and the same.”



Interested in volunteering?  Simply fill out this application and we'll be in touch!  Also, check out our specific volunteer opportunities at this United Way website!

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CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 20,000 individuals