University of Maryland Extension

2020 Speakers

Angela M. Antonelli is a Research Professor and the Executive Director of the Center for Retirement Initiatives (CRI) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.  She also is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

As the Executive Director of the CRI, Angela works closely with policymakers, states and stakeholders to strengthen retirement security by expanding the availability and improving the effectiveness of retirement savings, investment and income solutions for private sector workers.

Angela is relied upon for her insights and opinions on issues related to retirement security and savings, including options for plan design and related legal and regulatory considerations, appearing in the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesPensions & Investments and many other major news outlets.  She serves as an expert advisor to the World Economic Forum Retirement Investment Reform Project, is an invited regular contributor to and MarketWatch, and has served as a member or advisor to several state retirement task forces.

Prior to assuming her position at Georgetown, Angela served in senior positions in the government, consulting and nonprofit sectors, including as the Assistant Secretary & CFO for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with responsibilities for a $30 billion budget and implementing a range of economic policies and programs.  She has a B.A., summa cum laude, from Cornell University and an MPA with honors from Princeton University.


Marcy Einhorn, Esq provides conflict resolution services to elders and their adult family members and support team members. Marcy helps the parties find common ground in order to begin to move beyond their hardened positions, from conflict to resolution. 


Dr. Luke Erickson has worked for University of Idaho Extension teaching personal finance programs for 13 years. His main areas of interest include credit scores, children and money, scam prevention, financial goal setting, and preparing for financial emergencies. Luke also has interests in instructional design and innovative instructional strategies such as educational games. 

Christine D. Moriarty is a financial speaker, author and coach. She has been quoted extensively in publications including USA Today, Good Housekeeping, the Boston Globe and Fidelity Focus Magazine, as well as several books including Living Your Joy.  She has a monthly financial column in Vermont Woman and has been published in several periodicals and on-line publications. In addition, she writes a monthly newsletter, “My Peace on Money,” that reaches a growing list of over one thousand subscribers. In 2010, Ms. Moriarty co-authored Practical Freelancing: The Manual with Tim Brooks. She has taught at the college level for over twenty years. She earned a BS in Finance, MBA in Entrepreneurship and a Certification in Financial Planning.  She is dedicated to empowering others around their money so they can achieve their dreams.  She is living her dreams by residing in the Green Mountains and helping others make peaceful, practical, prosperous financial choices.    

Dr. Héctor L. Ortiz is Senior Policy Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans where he leads research projects on financial well-being, retirement security, housing, and elder financial exploitation. At the CFPB, Dr. Ortiz has co-led the development of several high impact educational tools and resources including the Financial Well-being Scale, and the award-winning Money Smart for Older Adults in Spanish, and the Bureau’s Planning for Retirement online tool. Prior to joining the CFPBDr. Ortiz worked at the Center for Benefits Access of the National Council on Aging, where he managed research and program evaluation on public benefits outreach and enrollment initiatives for low-income older adultsDr. Ortiz is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. 


Diana Varela began her career with the Social Security Administration as a Bilingual Service Representative in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 1995.  

She was promoted as a Title II Claims Representative on August 1999 and transferred to the Wheaton, MD Social Security field office in May 2000. She was appointed as a Bilingual Public Affairs Specialist in January 2003.  

Nicole Wipp is the founder and lead attorney of the Family & Aging Law Center PLLC, a highly successful boutique elder law firm. She has offices, and is licensed to practice law in, Michigan & Hawaii. Nicole has helped hundreds of clients protect their hard-earned assets through using the power of the law to their benefit.  To that end, Nicole is a sought after expert on numerous topics related to estate planning & elder law.  She has authored a number one bestselling book, “Dear Mom & Dad, Help Me Help You: An Elder Law Attorney's Guide to Smart Strategies & Difficult Conversations About Health and Money”, was a expert commentator in the book “Women With Money” by Today Show Financial Expert Jean Chatzky, and has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and podcasts on these topics.

More speakers to be announced!

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