Peter Dolkart, JD

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Peter M. Dolkart serves as the Community Development regional manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for Maryland and West Virginia. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2015, Dolkart served as the director of Legislative Affairs for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. His previous experience also includes serving as the special assistant for legislation at the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development and in a dual appointment as assistant state’s attorney and special assistant city solicitor. Dolkart’s work in the field of affordable housing and community and economic development spans more than 15 years and has included overseeing the successful passage of state and local legislation to streamline housing finance programs; identifying strategies to stabilize neighborhoods and reduce blight; and expanding resources to mitigate the impact of mortgage foreclosure on homeowners and communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2004. In addition to being a graduate of Leadership Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Committee, he is a board member of the Community Development Network of Maryland.


Luke Erickson, PhD, AFC

University of Idaho

Dr. Luke Erickson is the personal finance Extension Specialist for the University of Idaho. Dr. Erickson has a particular interest in youth financial education, happiness and money, housing, and financial technology.


Marsha A. Goetting, PhD, CFP, CFCS

Montana State University Extension

Dr. Marsha Goetting is a Professor and Extension Family Economics Specialist at Montana State University in Bozeman. During the pandemic years 2020 and 2021 her virtual seminars reached over 7,450 Montanans. She received the 2022 Western Region Distinguished Team Award, from Epsilon Phi. Dr. Goetting is a member of the Montana Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s Workgroup. She received her PhD from Iowa State University and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University.

Jinnifer Ortquist, MS, CFLE, CHRS

Michigan State University Extension

Jinnifer Ortquist is a Senior Extension Educator with Michigan State University Extension and is approaching her 18th year within the organization. She is a member of the Financial and Homeownership Education Work Team and provides financial capability and homeownership education regionally and statewide. She has completed the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling Certifications in: Financial Capability, Pre-Purchase, Post Purchase, Homeownership Counseling and Foreclosure and Default Counseling. She is also a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, Certified Family Life Educator and has served as Principal Investigator on numerous Federal and State grants. Ortquist has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University.


Mia Russell, MBA, PhD, AFC

Johns Hopkins University 

Mia Baytop Russell, MBA, AFC ® , Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University Center of Leadership Education. She also serves as the Director of the Clark Scholars Program. Grounded in principles and processes of leadership, entrepreneurship, and communication, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses designed to help   students succeed and lead in a wide range of professional settings. Her courses include Adulting 101: Managing Your Personal Financial Wellness, Foundations of American Enterprise, Engineering Leadership and Management, The Leadership Challenge, Leading Change, Leading Teams, Professional Communication: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap, and Managing Personal Finances.

She has over twenty-five years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Mia was the Program Lead and Vice President for Financial Education and Youth Financial Health Philanthropy at the Wells Fargo Foundation. In this role, she was responsible for national financial education efforts as well as the philanthropic strategy for youth (K-College). She also served as an Extension Educator at the University of Maryland Extension leading financial education programming and community outreach in Central Maryland. In this role, she served on the Health Insurance Literacy Initiative (HILI) team and developed an award-winning youth entrepreneurship program.

Mia prioritizes service and currently serves on the WSSC Federal Credit Union Foundation Board. She also served on the Board of Directors (and Treasurer, 2021-2022) from 2019-2022.

As a contributor to the field of financial education and organizational behavior, Mia has developed financial education programs for a variety of audiences, published several articles, and conducted numerous domestic and international presentations. Her practice and research interests focus on financial well-being and work-related well-being.


Becky Smith, PhD, FFC

Mississippi State University Extension

Dr. Smith is an economist and financial coach for the Mississippi State University Extension with responsibilities in the areas of economic education, financial literacy, and community and economic development. She is the State Specialist in Family Resource Management and directs the MSU Extension Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy. Her work helps individuals improve the quality of their lives and increase assets for individuals, families, firms, and communities across Mississippi. Becky helps people identify and reach values-based goals through becoming more conscious of their relationship with time, energy, and money. She helps employers identify and improve practices to reduce turnover and improve employee financial stability. She helps communities improve dialogue processes to build trust resulting in community economic development. Becky has three children, Carter (21), JG (19), and Winnie (17) and rescue dogs: Festus, Jenga, and Finnie and one rescue grand-cat King Louie. She loves to run, cycle, swim, practice yoga, hike, fish, golf, listen to live music, root for the MSU Bulldogs, and cook for large groups. Dr. Smith is a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader.