FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profiles
Aviano Air Base, Italy
"Military families need to have their finances in order. There are many reasons why we need to have money in the bank, a plan for the future and a path to financial stability."
Financial education starts early if Kimberly Henne is your instructor. The mother of two and Air Force spouse teaches military servicembers and their families—from 10-year-olds to servicemembers preparing to retire—about personal money management.
Kimberly works at the Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Tax Center at Aviano Air Base in Northeastern Italy—the seventh base that Kimberly and her husband, MSgt. Andrew Henne, have moved to in more than 19 years of marriage.
Kimberly identifies herself as a "typical military spouse" who has remade herself with each move. The Suffield, Connecticut, native has dedicated much of her career to the military community, volunteering in various capacities, including working as a registered emergency medical technician in a base clinic, assisting with deployments and serving as a financial readiness program manager. Kimberly earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Michael's College and a master's degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.
"I've always been interested in personal finance," Kimberly said. "I wanted to learn more for my family and help others better manage their finances."
When a peer told her about the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program, Kimberly immediately applied. She found the program to be very military-spouse friendly and flexible. The lessons she learned through the program inform her daily interactions with military servicemembers and their spouses.
Kimberly is currently employed at the Airman and Family Readiness Center as a community readiness specialist. At the Tax Center, she processes taxes, refers clients to other programs on base and counsels clients on the importance of budgeting, skills she obtained with help from the Military Spouse Fellowship Program.
During the recent Military Saves Week, Kimberly co-taught Money Matters, a class for the Aviano Youth Program. She plans to continue to expand her career in financial education and counseling.
"Military families need to have their finances in order," said Kimberly, who has lived on five overseas bases. "Typically, military families are not based near where they grew up, and don't necessarily have a strong family structure to rely on; there is a very steep learning curve for servicemembers who are young and overseas. There are many reasons why we need to have money in the bank, a plan for the future and a path to financial stability."