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NFCC® Recognizes Exceptional Achievements of Individuals and Member Agencies

November 18, 2021

Honorees highlighted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® for innovation, professional accomplishments and achievement of personal financial goals

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) proudly honored six individuals and an NFCC Member agency for their accomplishments in pursuit of excellence and promotion of consumer financial health. The awardees were announced at the NFCC’s Awards of Excellence presentation, which was streamed live earlier today.

“Our 2021 award winners have overwhelmingly demonstrated what can be accomplished when we strive to do our best despite the challenges that lay before us,” said Bruce McClary, NFCC Senior Vice President of Membership and Communications. “Each recipient is a reflection of the core values shared by all NFCC Members and the people they serve as they work towards their financial goals and dreams.”

The following awards were presented to distinguished and deserving recipients:

Counselor of the Year – Credit Counseling
Lara Ceccarelli, American Financial Solutions (AFS)

Counselor of the Year – Housing Counseling
Monica Cunningham, Lifelines Counseling Services

Financial Educator of the Year
Matt Long, Take Charge America (TCA)

Outstanding Advocate
Omari Hall, GreenPath Financial Wellness

Agency Innovation Award
American Financial Solutions (AFS)

Brighter Financial Future Awards
Jennifer Myers, a credit counseling client of Money Management International (MMI)
Thomas McIntosh. A housing counseling client of CCCS MD

This year’s award presentations were accompanied by videos which will be available on the NFCC Connect Speaker Series website following the presentation. To learn more about how NFCC members deliver life changing financial guidance to millions of people each year, and to see what people are saying about how NFCC Certified Counselors helped them reach their financial goals, visit

About the NFCC
Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial well-being. With nearly 600 member offices serving 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, our NFCC Certified Credit Counselors are financial advocates, empowering millions of consumers to take charge of their finances through one-on-one financial reviews that address credit card debt, student loans, housing decisions and overall money management. Make one of the best financial decisions of your life. For expert guidance and advice, call (800) 388-2227 or visit today.