Michigan Jump$tart Executive Board

James Studinger, Chair
Author – Wealth Is a Choice
JPStudinger Group
100 W. Long Lake, Suite 120
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Email: james@jpstudinger.com
James recognized a swelling financial void as the shift away from pensions and social security put more dependence on individual wealth. Most are ill-equipped for that new responsibility. And yet, many resist reliance on a financial services industry wrought with sales and obscurity. James determined the answer would rest within the warm foundation of financial education.

He helped the passage of a new Michigan 529 plan, and became actively involved with increasing financial acumen opportunities inside our schools.

He is author of Wealth Is a Choice, and owner of the JPStudinger Group, a wealth-management company.

Amy Parten, Vice-Chair
Education Specialist
GreenPath Financial Wellness
36500 Corporate Dr. 
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
(248) 553-5400 ext 2121
Email: aparten@greenpath.com

Amy Parten is an Education Specialist with GreenPath Financial Wellness. She has been with the organization since July 2006, starting as bankruptcy counselor before transferring the Education department. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville as well as a Master of Arts in Education Technology from The University of Michigan- Dearborn. Additionally, she is a National Foundation for Credit Counseling Certified Financial Educator.  

Elliott H. Ring, Treasurer
13691 W. 11 Mile Road Suite 1040
Oak Park, MI 48237-1151 
(248) 827-7CPA
Email: elliott@elliottringcpa.com

Elliott Ring is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CFS (Certified Fund Specialist),  PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) , RFC (Registered Financial Consultant) and CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) .  He has over 25 years of experience in tax preparation for individuals, small business and estates, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn 


Martin Lavelle, Secretary
Senior Research Associate 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit Branch 
1600 E. Warren Avenue 
Detroit, MI 48207 
Email: martin.lavelle@chi.frb.org

Martin Lavelle is a senior research associate in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. Martin’s job responsibilities include economic research, education, and outreach. His research revolves around the Michigan economy and its impact on the District and national economies. Specific topics include the auto industry, consumer spending, business activity, and the U.S.-Canada border as well as working on the District’s contribution to the Beige Book. Also, he speaks to economics classes at area colleges and high schools. He has been an advisor and judge in the High School Fed Challenge Competition. In February 2012, Mr. Lavelle began a series of evening workshops for teachers and educators entitled, “Night at the Fed” in which attendees learned more about economic entities and concepts that can be incorporated into classrooms and seminars. Mr. Lavelle serves as a contact for Michigan partners in the District’s MoneySmart Week initiative, which promotes financial literacy and awareness among consumers. In addition to his Federal Reserve work, Mr. Lavelle teaches managerial economics at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and volunteers with Junior Achievement, teaching high school students about entrepreneurship. Lavelle received his B.S. in Business and M.A. in Economics from Miami University in Oxford, OH.


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