About Us

Making money decisions can be simple and rewarding if you have the right information presented in the right way.

Who We Are

We’re personal finance geeks with decades of combined experience in writing and publishing information about how individuals should manage money and credit. What drives us is the conviction that consumers can make smart money decisions but don’t have the time to become a mini-expert in finance. So many sites publish generic information that skims the surface of a financial topic. We think there’s a better way.

Why We’re Here

When you’re trying to decide if it’s a good time to refinance your home loan or whether to pay down your student loans or credit cards first, what you really want is to make a sound decision, fast — and feel confident that it was the right choice.

Here’s what we offer: Explanations on money topics that go deep enough but don’t feel like reading a dry textbook. Step-by-step instructions and checklists. Calculators that actually tell you what’s going on with the numbers in plain English. Questions answered by industry experts. We want you to quickly figure out what’s best for your financial life, without muss or stress.

Our Team

  • lydia
    Lydia Poon EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    Lydia Poon has worked in online publishing and marketing since 2004. In the aftermath of the housing crisis, she led the editorial team for a portfolio of consumer financial services websites about mortgages, credit cards and personal saving. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale University.

  • Diana
    Diana Hembree SENIOR EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Diana is a multimedia journalist who has worked with outlets from the Washington Post and 60 Minutes to HealthDay and the Times of London syndicate. She was news editor of the Center for Investigative Reporting for eight years, a senior editor at Time, Inc. and editor in chief of Consumer Health Interactive, which reached 3 million readers in English and Spanish. She also worked as a business trends reporter for Blueshift Research and as associate producer for PBS Frontline’s “The Great American Bailout,” a documentary on the aftermath of the savings and loan debacle. She has won more than a dozen journalism awards for her reporting and editing.

  • Heidi
    Heidi M. Agustin Senior Editor

    Heidi has worked in online media since 2010, primarily in the education space where she’s written and edited hundreds of articles on financial aid and scholarships, online education, various degree programs and careers to help students through the entire student lifecycle and beyond. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco, where a firm understanding of personal finance is key knowledge for survival.

  • Grace Montgomery
    Grace Montgomery Senior Editor

    Grace has worked in online publishing since 2007, where she’s written and edited countless pieces of content on subjects ranging from women’s health to reviews of the latest pop hits. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Northern California with her husband and young son.

  • Chanelle
    Chanelle Bessette EDITOR

    Chanelle earned her two bachelor’s degrees, one in journalism and one in English, from the University of Nevada, Reno honors program. After college, she covered technology, finance and startups as a reporter for Fortune and Forbes in San Francisco, and she was a reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal before making her way into the world of content editing.

  • Alana
    Alana Biden EDITOR

    Alana has worked as a freelancer writer and editor for online media since 2013 on a range of subjects including music, social media, mental health and American culture. Most recently she held the position of Program Coordinator at the Los Angeles chapter of Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit that uses running as an instrument of self-actualization. She earned a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Conference.

  • Crissinda Ponder
    Crissinda Ponder Editor

    Crissinda started her career in the personal finance niche shortly after graduating in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining MoneyGeek, she covered insurance, housing and other consumer-facing issues as a reporter for Bankrate.com.

  • Gin-Garton
    Gin Garton COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

    Gin has worked in communications and online marketing since 2008. She has managed political campaigns, marketing departments and organized development funds for non-profit organizations. She earned a BS in Journalism from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.

  • justin
    Justin Asdourian Data Analytics

    Justin earned his master’s degree in philosophy in 2013, while studying computer science through courses offered by Udacity and Coursera. Since then, he has worked in consulting and has automated several methods of analysis essential to the work of his teams and clients. Justin leverages ever-growing data sets to help visitors to MoneyGeek.com make financial decisions.

  • Greg
    Greg Hamlin DATA ANALYTICS

    Greg has a passion for data-driven decisions and has been working in the world of digital media since 2007. Prior to that he consulted for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, building tools to help consumers with their biggest financial decisions. He has a BS in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Tanya
    Tanya Sachdeva SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

    Tanya earned dual degrees in Economics and Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. She has primarily worked in the consulting arena using her analytical abilities to provide data-driven solutions to clients. Leveraging her experience and large sets of data, Tanya develops tools to help MoneyGeek.com visitors make sound financial decisions.

Contributing Experts

  • Gina Pogol

    Gina Pogol writes about mortgages and personal finance for several national publications. Pogol is a licensed Nevada mortgage lender with more than 20 years of experience. She loves teaching and empowering consumers.

  • Sheree R. Curry

    Sheree R. Curry is a multi-award-winning personal finance journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting for Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, theStreet.com, AOL and many other publications. Curry has written more than 1,000 news and feature articles on home loans, property transactions and related issues. Follow her on Twitter @shereecurry

  • Marcie Geffner

    Marcie Geffner is an award-winning reporter, writer, and editor. Geffner’s current projects include stories and articles for real estate and mortgage websites and magazines. She has been writing about home loans and property transactions for more than 20 years.

  • Robyn A. Friedman

    Robyn A. Friedman is an award-winning freelance writer and copywriter who has been covering the real estate and housing industries for more than two decades. A former real estate attorney, Robyn has published over 1,100 articles in print and online in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes, NewHomeSource.com, Ocean Drive, the New York Post, Realtor.com, Bankrate.com and HotelNewsNow.com.

  • Joanne Cleaver

    Joanne Cleaver is a former deputy business and real estate editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and former content manager of several real estate brands for Tribune Digital. Cleaver has written and edited more than 400 articles and feature stories on home loans and property transactions, including BobVila.com.

  • Jeff Ostrowski

    SA veteran business journalist, Jeff Ostrowski writes about money for The Palm Beach Post in Florida. Ostrowski has written hundreds of news and feature stories about property loans and the housing market.

  • Joanne S. Liu

    Joanne S. Liu, a former real estate attorney, writes about history, travel, real estate, financial and legal topics for numerous publications — such as Credit Union Business Magazine, The History Channel and MotorHome Magazine — and has authored several books, including Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West. Learn more about her work at JoanneLiu.com.

  • Donna Fuscaldo

    Donna Fuscaldo is a freelance journalist hailing from Long Island, New York. She is a regular contributor to Bankrate.com, Glassdoor.com, SigFig.com and FoxBusiness.com who focuses on personal finance and real estate

  • Judi Kutner

    Judi Kutner is a mortgage industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience. She is the co-founder of CreativeMindManagement.com and has studied statistics and finance at Boston University.

  • Stephanie Taylor Christensen

    Stephanie Taylor Christensen is a freelance writer with more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry. Her work is frequently syndicated on national media outlets including USAToday, Fast Company, Real Simple, and Forbes.

  • Adolfo Pesquera

    Adolfo Pesquera has 32 years of news journalism experience. Pesquera has written more than 300 news and feature articles related to real property loans and transactions. His work has appeared in Hearst, News Corp., ALM and Freedom

  • Michael Galvin

    Michael Galvin is an award-winning author with extensive experience in real estate development, financing, marketing and sales. Galvin worked in real estate development for 20 years, and has written more than 1,200 news and feature articles on home loans and property transactions.

  • Lee Nelson

    Lee Nelson of the Chicago area writes for national and regional magazines, websites, and business journals. Nelson has written more than 200 news and feature articles on home loans and property transactions. Her work has recently appeared in Realtor.org, MyMortgageInsider.com, Nurse.org, Yahoo! Homes, and a biweekly blog on Unigo.com.

  • David C. Mully

    David C. Mully has 26 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He is a former loan officer and writes for newspapers, websites and social media blogs.

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