Meet Your New Money BFFs
I specialize in helping young professionals, entrepreneurs, and members of the LGBTQ+ community make sense of their finances, build wealth for the future, and grow thriving businesses. Together, we make your money work towards building a joyful, abundant, and giving life.
This journey has taught me two crucial things: 1. Until we're taught something, we can't possibly be expected to be good at it; and 2. WHO teaches us can often be just as important as what we're learning.
Young people don’t need their parents’ advisor, or some other old white man in a suit peddling products. They need financial advice from someone who is approachable, knowledgeable, and not going to talk down to them. My goal is to be that someone.
All that to say: if you're ready to get good with money, I'm ready to help!
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Meet the Young & Scrappy Team
Dani Herd (they/them)
First Tiger/Lead Storyteller
Dani is new to the money game, having spent the first decade of their professional life exclusively in the arts! Dani has a B.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing, and they think of themselves as a storyteller above all else. However, through working with Michelle, Dani realized their potential to use their openness, curiosity, and communication skills to help folks with their money. After working through the AFCPE’s independent study program, they became Michelle’s first full-time employee in June 2022. When not continuing their development as a money nerd, Dani is likely to be performing around Atlanta, reading/writing queer fanfiction, and taking naps with Clem, the best orange cat to ever live.
Oriana Falkowski (she/her/ella)
Grand Poobah of Getting S*** Done
Oriana considers herself a social worker at heart, with a B.S in Psychology and Sociology, and a M.Ed in Special Education. Prior to pivoting to financial coaching, Oriana taught students with visual impairments. She has been obsessed with all things personal finance since early 2016 when she decided it was time to stop just surviving and start thriving with her money. She is fascinated by the brain, human motivation, habits and how all of those things affect our relationship with money. Oriana is an Accredited Financial Counselor, AFC®, Candidate. When not nerding out on money topics, you can find her driving kiddos around, cooking up a delicious meal, or planning her family’s next adventure!
Mary Alves (she/they)
Master of Credits and Debits
Mary has worked in bookkeeping and accounting for nearly a decade. She started with an independent bookseller in 2013, and quickly became interested in the only books on the premises that weren’t for sale. After a few years working in the field, Mary supplemented their Bachelor’s in English Literature and Gender Studies with substantial post-baccalaureate coursework in Accounting. She has a sharp eye for process improvement, a drive to research anything she doesn’t understand, and a knack for wading through large datasets. Mary enjoys climbing on things, working with dogs, reading about whatever corner of science is most interesting today, and answering their preschooler’s weird and wonderful questions about the world around us.