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FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profiles

fellowship_hutchison.jpgAmy Hutchison
Norfolk, Virginia

“I love helping people. If the resources and assistance I provide to servicemembers and their families can make their day a little better, then I have done my job.”

As far back as she can remember, Amy Hutchison has always enjoyed working with and helping people. For much of her life, Amy was on the career track to become a psychologist, having earned her B.S. and M.A. in psychology. As she was training to be a clinical psychologist in a doctor of psychology program, Amy took a part-time job in the admissions/student services office. Amy said she was struck by the financial difficulties most students faced trying to pay for college.

During the next few years, Amy worked as an educational counselor with the Program for Afloat College Education with the Navy and as an assistant director for outreach in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Still enjoying her time as a counselor, Amy decided to take a few years off to be at home with her young boys.

It was during this time that Amy began to volunteer as a caseworker with the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), helping military families in financial need. Amy always had an interest in finances, however she never considered herself a "number cruncher." She said her experience at NMCRS was the perfect fit. Financial counseling at NMCRS allowed Amy to fuse her two interests: helping people and working with numbers.

Amy's work with the NMCRS, coupled with her training in the Military Spouse Financial Fellowship program offered by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, helped her to secure a position with the Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) of Hampton Roads. Amy started out at FFSC as an information specialist, but thanks to her training in the fellowship program, was hired as a financial educator. A few years later, she was promoted to Education and Training Supervisor. Today, Amy has continued her work in the MFLC PFC program both as a financial counselor and assistant to the program's operations.

Looking back on her experiences, Amy believes the fellowship program was pivotal in helping her gain the skills needed to take her career to the next level. The program has done more than just further her career, it has changed her life. Amy always had been careful with money and the fellowship program fine-tuned her financial management skills. Amy has integrated many of the financial lessons and tools into her own family life. Before the fellowship, Amy's husband managed the family finances; now Amy manages their money on a day-to-day basis.

Amy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but considers her hometown to be Baltimore, Maryland, where she lived during high school and college. Today, Amy and her husband of 19 years, Frank, and their two sons, Matt (13) and Ryan (10), live in McLean, VA right outside Washington, D.C.