FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow Profile - Kimberly Henne
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Fort Meade, MD
"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 when Kimberly Henne is your instructor. The single mother of two teens teaches military servicemembers and their families—from 10-year-olds to servicemembers preparing to retire—about personal money management. Kimberly works for the U.S. Army, 1st Recruiting Brigade located on Fort Meade in Maryland and has been there for more than two years.
Kimberly was a "typical military spouse" who remade herself with each move. The Suffield, Connecticut native has dedicated much of her career to the military community. She has volunteered in various capacities that include 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 user-friendly and flexible. The lessons she learned through the program inform her daily interactions with military servicemembers and their spouses.
"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."