Meet OUR PANELISTS
Donna Alston, CPA, MBA
She has a passion for financial literacy since working as a credit analyst at American Express 25 years ago. She has worked in the biotech industry the past 15 years in finance and data management roles. She holds degrees in electronic engineering technology, accounting and business administration and is also a Certified Public Accountant
Pieter De Graaf ca (SA)
He is a Finance Director at Procter & Gamble where he has worked for 25 years. Prior to that he worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers for four years. He holds a master's degree in finance and accounting and is a registered chartered accountant. He has taught finance at college part time and has actively participated in the Ohio CPA Chapter "Accounting for Kids" program.
He has worked in financial services since 2008 and graduated with a double major in finance and marketing from Lehigh University. He currently works for Fidelity Investments with a focus on educating clients interested in financial planning. He holds his series 7 and 66 licenses and is an avid soccer fan.
Jarell moten, MBA, MSA
He has an undergraduate degree in Agriculture Business Management with a minor in Accounting from North Carolina State University. He completed a Masters of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University and has obtained professional experience in the financial industry as a Leader/Manager and Financial Analyst III. Jarell passed the FINRA Series 7, 63, 9, and 10 exams, and all four sections of the CPA exam. He completed a second Masters degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the founder of The Financial Shack Inc, a non-profit organization focused on career development and financial literacy for minority and low income populations. Jarell also is the owner of a small accounting services organization, Shack Accounting Services, LLC.
Dawn Mabery Chestnut, CFEI
She is the founder of Mabery Consulting which was started 10 years ago and provides comprehensive personal financial planning education. Her work stems from the belief that personal money management is a basic yet vital life skill that should be available to everyone. She is also the author of curriculum that helps individuals with strategies and tips on finance. She has a Certificate of Financial Planning from Georgetown University including her Series 65/Uniform Investment Advisor License and Certificate of Financial Education Instruction. She is a proud Spelman College graduate and enjoys gardening, cycling and jogging with her husband in DC.
TOM BARONE, MBA
He has an Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA in Finance – both from Purdue. Tom has worked at Procter & Gamble in a variety of finance roles over the last 23 years. As a father of three teenagers, he has a passion for helping kids learn the fundamentals of personal finance!
He is a forward-thinking, hardworking, outgoing student at NYU studying Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. He is the recipient of the MLK Jr. Scholarship and founded the Organization for Melanin Empowerment and Ahia Solutions. He is passionate about empowering underrepresented businesses and ultimately wants to go into the field of Quantitative Research to fulfill his dreams of solving the world’s problems through mathematics and artificial intelligence.
He is a philanthropist, father of 4, pharmacist, inventor, entrepreneur, mentor, and founder of CoolKids.org