Jerrie E. Merritt
Las Vegas, NV
Jerrie E. Merritt serves as senior vice president and community development manager for Bank of Nevada. Her banking career spans over 35 years. Jerrie’s responsibilities include development and coordination of all community development, acting as a liaison with state and local agencies, non- profit development groups, and other participants in community and economic development programs and projects, and working to strengthen existing client relationships and building strong community partnerships.
Jerrie has been recognized for her skillful leadership, stellar performance and undeniable contributions to the financial arena. A champion of education, she served on the State of Nevada Capital Investment Corporation, and has lobbied for the Glass Ceiling Act in Washington D. C. She has served as a distinctive District President of Financial Women International.
With a spirit of excellence she currently lends her experience and expertise to the Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of the board of directors, Links Incorporated, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Help of Southern Nevada, American Business Women Association, Workforce Connections and Trustee Board for The Champions Center Church.
No stranger to the community she loves, Jerrie is the past President for the Rape Crisis Center, Hannah Brown Community Development Center and is passionately involved with numerous philanthropic and civic originations.
Jerrie was awarded the Women of Distinction Award by the NAWBO and was featured as an Interesting Personality in the Inaugural Edition of Who’s Who In Black Las Vegas™. She has been married for 42 years and has one son.
Contact Jerrie at vice-chair @ womensmoney.org
Chairwoman of the Board; Development Committee Director
San Jose, CA; Reno, NV
Julie Macc, Certified Credit/Identity Theft Specialist and author of 10 Days to Fix Identity Theft and DIY Credit Restoration, is a recognized expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business credit scoring.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Julie is a trusted and acclaimed expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business scoring.
Julie serves as an expert witness/legal consultant for law firms practicing consumer credit law in both federal and state court. She has been retained as an expert witness for more than 200 consumer credit litigation cases.
She delivers keynote speeches at mortgage and real estate industry meetings for continued education training to educate and update legal and mortgage industry professionals on the current laws and reporting trends.
Contact Julie at julie @ womensmoney.org
National Nominations Committee Director
New York; Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV
Christine Parman (formerly Christine LoRusso) began her financial services career in 2005 with an internship at the New York Life office in Reno, NV, while completing her bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Nevada, Reno. With a long-held desire to run her own business, and having seen her uncle and grandfather have successful insurance and financial businesses, she quickly realized this career was the perfect fit, allowing her to become a trusted financial professional and friend to her clients and truly help people reach their goals.
Christine has quickly become a leader in the industry, having qualified for New York Life's Executive council in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and the elite President's council in 2011 and 2012. She has also qualified as a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, in 2009-2012. She is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. She holds her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation and has been published in USA Today.
Contact Christine at nominations @ womensmoney.org
Luwana Masteller established VastArray Advertising Design, a firm specializing in award-winning and strategic graphic design and marketing services. Prior to starting her agency, Masteller used her expansive work experience to appreciate every role within an agency so that VastArray clients would enjoy efficient, economic, and effective products and services. To that end, VastArray has earned the respect of several businesses and VastArray has enjoyed continued growth and prosperity with local and regional clients including Western Regional Center for Brain & Spine Surgery, Matt Smith Physical Therapy, Kinder Prep Academy, and Group Purchasing Alliance as well as numerous well-known advertising agencies.
Having attended college in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas then refining her expertise through experience and management education, Masteller has cultivated a reputation as a professional who can take a project from concept to completion. Under the auspices of VastArray, Masteller adeptly manages the often frenetic pace clients demand for high-caliber visuals that augment their marketing goals. Her proficiency with new technologies as well as talent with supervising other professionals from designers to printers has set her in good stead to competently complete even the most challenging assignments—in time and in budget.
As agency principal for VastArray, Masteller maintains final control in all aspects of client services. A designer herself, Masteller utilizes the latest technology in her work and is experienced with both Windows and Mac platforms. Her range of experience includes proficiency in high-end graphics and web development programs. Her firm has maintained its progressive nature by being one of the first local agency’s to offer clients all aspects of website consulting from domain set-up to custom content managed websites using cutting-edge programs and technology to social media program development.
Secretary - Treasurer
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66% (that's 2/3rds) of Household breadwinners and co-breadwinners are women. - The Shriver Report
1 in 3 women lives in or on the brink of poverty. - The Shriver Report
3 out of 5 women over the age of 65 (married or single) cannot pay for her basic monthly needs.
The median earnings for all women are $638 a week, compared to $798 for men–approximately 80% of what men earn on average - The Bureau of Labor Statistics
If Women were paid the same as men for the same job, poverty in America would be reduced by 50% - Women21.gov
Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases on everything from autos to health care including 89% of Bank Accounts. - Marketing to Women Conference
84% of Women feel misunderstood by investment marketers - Marketing to Women Conference
Fewer than two in 10 women feel “very prepared” to make wise financial decisions. Half indicate that they “need some help,” and one-third feels that they “need a lot of help.” - Financial Experience & Behaviors Among Women 2010−2011
Women own 40% of all stocks. - A.T. Kearney
The average woman spends 15% of her working years outside of the workforce caring for children and elderly parents compared to the average man’s 1.6%. - Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement and National Center for Women’s Retirement Research
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. women ages 40 to 79 have already dealt with a major financial “life crisis,” such as job loss, divorce, the death of a spouse, or serious illness. - AARP, “Understanding Women’s Financial Needs and Behavior,” 2007 survey.
80-90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives- mainly due to divorce and the fact that on average women outlive men by seven years - National Center for Women and Retirement Research
Even though women have a longer life expectancies, when asked how much they were aiming for in retirement savings, women aimed lower, with a median goal of $200,000 versus $400,000 for men. - Retirement Fitness Survey 2010
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*Statistics are drawn from the Census Bureau, WOMMA, BSM Media, The Shriver Report, Sheconomy, Wow Online, and the Gamma Report.
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