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.”
May 13, 2014, at Felicia’s direction and assisted by a fabulously talented team, Rockin’ Finance launched its website and within just over two months has two self-published children’s books. Plans are well underway to roll-out 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 display “edu-tainment,” the combination of innovative education combined with entertainment.
Felicia runs her own CPA and fee-only investment advisory firms, specializing in strategic personalized tax and financial planning 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 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.
Brígida Ramos – Rockin’ Finance Lead Spanish Educator
“Rockin’ Finance is very beneficial for children. Our future is the children; this will make the world a better place! Translation into other languages will make this accessible to that many more kids around the world!” -Brígida
Excited to be a part of the Rockin’ Finance team, Brígida originally from Peru, has a Professional Degree in Early Childhood from Peru and a Master’s Degree in Spanish from Georgia Southern University. She has a great love for teaching and has been teaching Spanish for the past twelve years to Pre-K through 4th grade, as well as at the undergraduate college level.
Brígida currently lives in Grovetown, GA with her husband and 14 year old son.
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
“Personal finance is the key to success in anyone’s life. Rockin’ Finance makes instilling those values and foundations fun!” -Jason
Jason Winn is the award-winning director of the acclaimed feature film The Fat Boy Chronicles, released nationally by Melee Entertainment and Phase 4 Films. Adopted from the teen novel, the film is currently being used in schools around the country to help combat teenage bullying. Jason’s work includes the acclaimed narrative Last Bullet, which won Best Short Film and Best Director. Jason also directed Paula Peril: Midnight Whistle, the fourth in a series of comic book movies, and Boxes, a short film examining homelessness through the eyes of two young boys. His directing and producing credits include a pilot for Turner Television along with a national ad campaign featuring basketball legend Bobby Knight, NFL quarterback Vince Young and NBA stars Steve Nash and Carmelo Anthony.
Jason currently lives in Atlanta, GA and spends much time traveling directing on sets across the country.
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.
Fernanda Vasquez – Lead Spanish Translator
“Who would have thought you could teach young children about finances at such a young age and in such a fun way?! It is amazing to be able to read a fun story and learn along with your kids. I am delighted to be able to help provide this very special and helpful tool in Spanish.” – Fernanda
With a certification from the Bilingual Program with the University of Maryland, Fernanda has been an English language educator for children in her native Peru. Having extensive experience as both a translator and tour guide in the US, Fernanda has also been a project manager for a web design company responsible for developing an online presence to fit the needs of Spanish speaking customers. She has performed translation services and bilingual customer support for companies in both the US and abroad.
Fernanda currently lives in Augusta, Georgia.
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