FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profile - Andia Dinesen
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"There is such a need for military families to be supported in so many different ways, and getting my accreditation was another way for me to support them and have a career."
Andia Dinesen is Vice President for Communications and Operations for the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA), a not-for-profit association of banks operating on military installations and banks not located on military installations but serving military customers. AMBA also includes military banking facilities designated by the U.S. Treasury.
Andia assists the President/CEO of AMBA in all aspects of communications and operations with a focus on providing support to AMBA members and associate members by creating and maintaining a public awareness campaign of AMBA and its members to the military community. Andia is responsible for ensuring relevant and up-to-date electronic materials reach intended users through the www.ambahq.org website. She is responsible for maintaining a social media presence and supporting AMBA members through multiple facets of electronic communication.
In her position, Andia ensures that AMBA sustains a close working relationship with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, and the Banking Liaison Officers of each service branch, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Reserve offices. She also works with the American Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers of America, Military Officers Association of America, Military Spouse Employment Partnership, National Military Family Association, Consumer Federation of America, and other partners in the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaigns.
Andia is responsible for assembling and tracking financial education materials and information that AMBA members use to support service members and their families. Curricula and training materials that support the financial education of service members and their families are a top priority for Andia and the association.
Formerly, Andia was the National Coordinator for Military Saves. Military Saves, a year-round campaign, is part of the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign. As Military Saves Coordinator, Andia managed the DoD-wide social marketing campaign designed to persuade, motivate and encourage military families to enhance their personal financial health and well-being through saving.
Prior to assuming her position as the Military Saves Coordinator, Andia worked at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, as a Personal Financial Counselor (PFC), where she worked one-on-one with active-duty military members, DoD civilians and their families to help them achieve their specific financial goals. In addition to her work as a PFC, Andia has more than 12 years of volunteer service in support of military families.
In 2010 she received a Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her work. Andia is certified as an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®). She completed a FINRA Investor Education Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship and was credentialed by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). In 2000 she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Andia has relocated with her family to seven installations since 2000, including two overseas assignments. She came to the National Capital Region the summer of 2011 with her husband Ian and their two daughters.