February 13, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - Steve Lankerd Sr., a 30-year resident of Metlakatla, has accepted the position of financial counselor in a year-long grant program in that community with Tongass Federal Credit Union.
The grant is funded by the National Credit Union Foundation and the Alaska Credit Union League.
Lankerd was employed by Ketchikan Pulp Company for two decades, with 14 of those years as quality control supervisor at sawmills, the pulp mill and the Thorne Bay operation.
His job as financial counselor will be to work with participating households in developing budgets, learning money management, using internet banking tools, and improving or repairing credit.
Partners in the grant with Tongass Federal Credit Union are the Metlakatla Housing Authority and the Employment and Training Office.
"We're very excited about the program being developed and how significant this new resource can be in helping families better use their dollars," said Susan Fisher, CEO of Tongass Federal Credit Union. "Steve's personality, computer skills and willingness to coach others are all invaluable in getting this program off the ground."
Lankerd will be attending a financial counseling program in March. He and his wife, Norma, have an adult son. The Lankerds have a small business producing scrimshaw objects.
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