Felicia Voloschin, CPA, CFP®, IAR, Rockin’ Finance CEO
Passionate about education, Felicia has been conducting finance seminars since 2007. It all started when she was asked to give a presentation to her son’s kindergarten class for career week. Knowing that her calculator was no match against the doctor’s stethoscope or the contractor’s building tools, Felicia planned an elaborate, interactive presentation about “Kinder Parkway” where the 5-year olds were asked to share their dream jobs, drive to work, earn money and problem-solve real life financial scenarios. She made the complex and boring subjects introduced, fun and easy to grasp. It made a big impression on the 5-year olds, and an even bigger one on Felicia. As news of the Kinder Parkway presentation spread, requests for presentations for all ages grew. By 2009 the groundwork was laid and Rockin’ Finance was born. Parents and teachers then asked if Felicia could de-mystify some of their financial problems with interactive seminars for adults. By integrating music, sports, fashion and games Felicia has found a way to reach all types of learners, breaking down the barriers for both kids and adults who used to say, “Finance is just not my thing.”
In addition to our self-published children’s books, plans are well underway to roll-out a variety of interactive tools to make financial literacy possible for children and adults at every age. Our up-coming coordinated books, magazines, family board games, video games and online interactive audio/visual programs, truly strive to maximize the use of “edu-tainment,” the combination of innovative education combined with entertainment.
Felicia runs her own CPA and investment advisory firms, specializing in strategic personalized tax, and business planning, along with advisory services for individuals and small to mid-sized businesses across the United States. Originally from New York, Felicia obtained her BBA in Accounting and MS in Taxation. She is a Certified Financial Planner certified in long term care insurance as well as holds life insurance sales license in several states. She worked for large international accounting and financial firms before diving into her first entrepreneurial ventures in real estate investment, a limousine service and then launching her first series of live seminars that were recognized by the New York Times (1997).
Felicia currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her two children Arie and Datya.
Stacey Katz Shapiro – Rockin’ Finance Lead Educator
“Rockin’ Finance takes complicated topics and makes them developmentally appropriate for young children. Parents are able to learn as they teach their children, topics with which they are not always comfortable. Everyone benefits!!!” -Stacey
An enthusiastic educator for over 20 years, Stacey Shapiro has taught in classrooms with students from preschool through college. Having worked as an education administrator in both public and private programs, Stacey brings an educator’s eye to Rockin’ Finance. As the hands-on director of The MJCCA Weinstein Preschool in Atlanta, GA for 5 years, Stacey worked closely with students and teachers and understands the real impact both curriculum and method of delivery have on the way children learn. Stacey currently works at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf as the Director of Student Services and Outreach.
Stacey lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Eric Shapiro, Esq and her two children Ben and Zoe.
Dr Thomas F Rhoden – Director of Philanthropy
“Helping youth really understand finance now—making it fun, simple, and applicable to their lives—will be key to success in so many other areas of their adulthood. I love being in a position to support an activity that I believe in and can use with my own children as well.”
Passionate about giving back to the community, Thomas has a background in international development, political science, and managing philanthropic efforts. Some of his most memorable and meaningful activity in this space has included being a Peace Corps Volunteer (2005–07) along the Mekong River, focusing on community-based organizational development, and a Refugee Camp Volunteer (2009–10) in camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, working on resettlement-focused education and skill building.
These days, Thomas and his family call Atlanta, GA their home. He is keen on leveraging those philanthropic efforts for our community here.
Andrew Greenberg – Rockin’ Finance Lead Game Developer
“Traditional education methods have not served subjects like financial literacy well. Rockin’ Finance uses 21st century tools to teach a topic people need now more than ever.”-Andrew
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer gaming with role-playing capabilities, is the lead developer and co-creator for the upcoming Fading Suns: Noble Armada mobile and tablet game. Original developer of White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade, he has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. Andrew brings to Rockin’ Finance his experience from working on role-playing games for large companies, including “Star Trek Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine,” “Dracula Unleashed,” “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy,”” Emperor of the Fading Suns,” “Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation,”” Merchant Prince II,”” Mall Tycoon,”” Dungeon Crawlers,”” Dungeon Lords,”” The Virtual World of Kaneva,”” Railroad Tycoon Mobile” and “The Global Agenda MMO.”
A fellow with the Mythic Imagination Institute, Andrew is President of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).
Andrew currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife.
Jason Winn – Rockin’ Finance Lead Producer & Creative Director
Director and Producer and content creator best known for such works as the critically acclaimed feature film The Fat Boy Chronicles and Documentary Spiral Bound about the defunding of arts education in America.
Winn has over 20 years experience in Marketing and Advertising and Brand content creation.
Renée Lux – Rockin’ Finance Lead Editor
“I have two children, 7 and 13, so when it comes to teaching the basics of financial literacy, I’m in the trenches everyday! The products and ideas coming from Rockin’ Finance makes those lessons fun and so easy to understand.” –Renée
Renée Lux is a freelance writer who uses her love for well-crafted words to help entrepreneurs and business owners with their communications needs. Those needs include writing press releases, editing marketing material and creating web content. Renée is a graduate of Northwestern University and spent more than six years in television news working for ABC, CBS and FOX News affiliates.
Renée currently lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two children.
Valerie Mears – Graphic Designer – Rockin’ Finance
Proud mother and grandmother, Valerie Mears began her career in the business world and changed course to follow her dream of pursuing a life of art and design. Valerie has a varied background, from creating 3D street art pieces for festivals to custom mosaic tile work. She has adapted her love for traditional fine art to the world of gaming by pursuing a specialty in digital technology. Earning a Bachelors degree in game production and design has opened up for her a whole new and exciting world of digital adventures. Valerie has worked on projects such as re-creating 3D historical sites and graphic design work with an emphasis on making fun and educational games.
Mears currently lives in Acworth, GA with her husband and daughter.
Andre McIntosh – Illustrator Rockin’ Finance
“ Very excited to be part of a team that helps promote financial growth and literacy to children.”
Andre’ McIntosh graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in Dec of 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Media Arts and Animation. Shortly after he was hired as the Communications Assistant and Graphic Designer at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and has also completed a variety of freelance work ranging from illustrations, website design, print design and promotional video editing.
Andre currently lives in Sandy Springs, GA.
Rob Hassett- Rockin’ Finance Legal Advisor
“I love the way Rockin’ Finance teaches kids the principals of business and finance in seminars, and am happy to be involved in offering tools to educate that can impact even more children through books and gaming.” -Rob
Rob Hassett is an attorney in corporate, technology and entertainment law at Casey Gilson P.C. in Atlanta, GA. In his industry, Rob is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for copyright law, while Super Lawyer Magazine has – on multiple occasions – listed him as one of its Super Lawyers. He has taught many classes in the Professional Education Program at Georgia Tech. and is the General Counsel of the Georgia Game Developer’s Association. Rob has been in charge of the annual SEIGE Investment Conference for each of the past three years.
Rob has written numerous legal articles appearing in over 10 different major publications, as compiled on InternetLegal.com. He is also a co-author of Volume 5 on Internet and Interactive Media law of LexisNexis’ ten-volume treatise on Entertainment Law entitled Entertainment Industry Contracts. He is the owner, manager and regular contributor on the site TellMeSomethingIDontAlreadyKnow.com