Tara Villalobos has been the Assistant Director with Women’s Money since March of 2013-shortly after its launch in 2012. Her involvement has been everything from conference planning, production of Women’s Money events and facilitation of the mentoring program to local, state and national outreach on behalf of the organization. She, herself has been a participant of the program and has gained first hand benefits as a result of the information that Women’s Money provides through its various events.
She currently facilitates one of the Women’s Money Mentoring and support groups in the greater Las Vegas area in partnership with the City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation department to promote financial health to women and families. Her connections and relationships in the Las Vegas community help provide resources for women on a variety of financial needs.
Tara is currently working in partnership with Nellis AFB to help bring financial education and resources to Military families through Women’s Money/Military Money and Life events and classes.
Jessica Castillo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Commercial Photography from the College of Southern Nevada. She is currently working at Holland Construction, Inc. in Long Beach, CA as a Project Management Assistant. She is aiding two teams in building two high-rise, multi-use towers in Downtown Los Angeles, currently scheduled to break ground in early 2016. A strong advocate for helping improve systems, helping create efficiency, and maintaining a work/life balance, she involves her co-workers and friends alike in a multitude of activities to foster personal growth and enjoyment of life. Jessica came to the Women’s Money Program in November 2013 and successfully completed Program One in April 2015. She became a Mentor in May of the same year and has enjoyed helping other women get organized and continue on the path to financial freedom. Jessica’s continued passion for wellness; physical, mental, and financial, is contagious and she hopes to continue to help people feel better about themselves, and their financial wellbeing well into the future.
Mckenzie Candalot is a recent graduate of the College of Idaho, with a B.A. for English Literature, and is currently working on a Masters in the Art of Teaching. When not studying for classes or blogging, she enjoys reading, walking her dog, and embroidery.
Gina Robison-Billups, is the president and founder of Women’s Money®, a unique, proprietary financial education, support and accomplishment system for women, girls and families.
The program was piloted in Nevada with two conferences and a support system in June 2012. Since the launch, Women’s Money® has hosted seven conference, expanded into Spanish, brought financial education to over 10,000 Nevadans, and has grown to deliver over 30,000 hours of financial education to people nationwide.
Gina is the founder and past-president of the National Association For Moms In Business representing the interests of more than 15 million entrepreneurial and executive mothers. Under her leadership the organization grew to ten locations nationwide, published Moms In Business Magazine, and produced several events including the Nevada Women’s Leadership Summit - the annual event celebrating the achievements of Nevada's Women and identifying high-growth opportunities in our state. During her tenure, Gina created the first national Crowdfunded Business Grant which generated almost $25,000 for micro-business Moms In Business Grant finalists. She is a recognized leader in microbusiness and microfinance issues. After the organization marked its 10th Anniversary, Gina's officially resigned from service to dedicate more time to Women’s Money®. Moms In Business has since been acquired by a new leadership organization.
Her work with home based business owners and mom business owners has earned her the title of the Home Based Business Advocate for the state of Nevada in 2003 and 2007 from the Small Business Administration, and she was named as a national finalist for The Women's Congress 2008 Champion for Women Awards, and a finalist for the ATHENA Leadership Award from the Nevada Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Gina has been named one of Vegas Inc.’s Women to Watch for 2012 because of these conferences and the unique and results-driven programming of the Women’s Money® Council.
Gina is the first Nevada woman appointed as a member to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC.gov), a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. For the first time, moms in business and micro-business owners had a seat at the table to advise the President, Congress, and the SBA via Gina's service to the Council. Gina has previously served as the Co-Chair of the National Healthcare Committee for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). She currently serves as WIPP's Nevada Instant Impact Leader and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Alliance for Nevada Non-Profits (ANN).
Books & Publications
Gina is the co-author of:
- Why 5% Succeed: The 5 Principles of Predictable Profit
- The Women's Money® Guide to Budgeting, Spending & Saving Money.
- The Accomplishment Journal for Working Moms
- The Accomplishment Journal for Women Entrepreneurs
- The Accomplishment Journal for Women in Sales
- Get More Clients! The Secrets and Strategies of Successful Marketing Through Giveaways
- The Complete No Money Marketing System: Breakthrough Business Tactics that Don't Break the Bank
- Marketing 2 Moms: How to Capture the Attention, Interest and Sales of America's #1 Consumer
As a state employee ASO, Audrey Brooks-Scott is responsible for fiscal oversight, budgets personnel and payroll. Prior to working for the state of Nevada, she was in the banking industry as a loan office and in-branch investment officer for almost seven years and licensed to sell annuities and mutual funds.
Married for 25 years to her husband Ron, a disabled Vietnam Veteran, she understands the challenges in life. Her personal journey regarding finances, debt, taking care of family and what it takes to manage your personal finances to become debt free- is a powerful testimony of hers.
Being a Women’s Money mentor, Audrey is empowering other women to take control and manage their finances and find their own journey as she helps facilitate a peer support group in Northern Nevada. She was recognized as "Mentor of the Year" by the Nevada Women's Money Council.
Julie Macc, Certified Credit and Identity Theft Specialist, Author, is a second generation Credit Specialist and a recognized expert on credit reporting for both consumer and business credit scoring.
Julie serves as an expert witness/legal consultant for law firms practicing Consumer Credit Law in both Federal and State court and has been retained as a expert witness for over 200 Consumer Credit Litigation cases involving Lender, and all 3 of the major Credit Bureaus and third party credit furnishers.
Julie has performed hundreds of credit score trainings to Mortgage, Banking and Real Estate Professionals as well as consumer clinics. She also frequently appears at Mortgage and Real Estate Industry meetings in the role of Keynote Speaker for CLE ( Continued Education Learning) to educate and update Legal and Mortgage Industry Professionals of the current laws and reporting trends.
Julie is the author of the upcoming books: 10 Days to Identity Theft Removal, How to Establish Business Credit With No Personal Guarantee, DIY Credit Restoration, and Building Your First Credit Score.