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What is Consumer and Family Economics?

Consumer and Family Economics (CFE) Extension programs target the financial concerns and issues facing Missouri consumers.  CFE programs focus on helping families master control of their financial resources, increase their skill in financial decision making , and expand their capacity to set and achieve financial goals.

Consumer and Family Economics Extension regional specialists provide leadership on a number of statewide educational programs:

  • Poverty Simulations, a collaborative effort with ROWEL (Reform Organization of Welfare) to give participants a brief experience of life in the state of poverty
  • Earned Income Credit (EIC) Campaign, an educational program to inform eligible Missourians about the EIC
  • High School Financial Planning Program, a curriculum on basic financial management directed toward high school juniors and seniors
  • Money Action Plans (MAP) -- Modules on spending plans, record keeping, credit, communication, insurance, shopping and financial counseling.
  • Building Strong Families -- Building Strong Families has a number of lessons, including identifying strengths, communicating, managing stress, child self-care, food and fitness, working, setting goals, parenting, spending, balancing work and family, being an alert consumer, healthy house and self-esteem.
  • Poverty at Issue, a newsletter for individuals concerned about poverty in Missouri

Regional Consumer and Family Economics specialists develop customized educational programs for a variety of specific audiences:

  • Teen parents
  • Dual-earner families
  • Community coalitions
  • Probation and parole clients
  • Human resource councils
  • Missouri Association for Family and Community Education
  • EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) paraprofessionals
  • Displaced workers
  • Parents of children/adolescents
  • Young adults preparing for financial independence
  • Young marrieds
  • First-time home buyers
  • Natural disaster survivors
  • Community action agencies
  • Young children and teens
  • Ministerial alliances
  • YMCA educational groups
  • Volunteers working with families living in poverty

Educational programs are offered upon request on the following consumer and family economics topics:

  • Consumer fraud/consumer scams
  • Advance directives
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Budgeting and cash-flow management
  • Household record keeping
  • Community capacity building
  • Insurance
  • Automobile buying/leasing
  • Time management
  • Educating children about money
  • Consumer protection
  • Home buying
  • Credit management
  • Financial planning over the life cycle
  • Decision making skills
  • Managing taxes
  • Savings and investments
  • Financing college
  • Selecting financial professionals

State Specialists

DR. JOYCE  CAVANAGH, CFCS STATE CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST and
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Department of Consumer and Family Economics phone: (573) 882-6289
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Outreach and Extension
University of Missouri-Columbia
e-mail: CavanaghJ@missouri.edu
BRENDA J. PROCTER ASSOCIATE STATE CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST and
INSTRUCTOR
Department of Consumer and Family Economics phone: (573) 882-3820
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Outreach and Extension
University of Missouri-Columbia
e-mail: ProcterB@missouri.edu 

Regional Specialists

KIMBERLY L. ALLEN CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Polk County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (417) 326-4916
e-mail: allenki@missouri.edu
CAROLE G. BOZWORTH CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Jackson County University Outreach and Extension Center - KC phone: (816) 482-5850
e-mail: BozworthC@missouri.edu
REITA BETH BURKE HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SPECIALIST
Atchison County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (660) 744-6231
e-mail: BurkeR@missouri.edu
CYNTHIA E. CRAWFORD CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Saline County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (660) 886-6908
e-mail: CrawfordC@missouri.edu
Position Open - Apply Today! CONSUMER EDUCATION SPECIALIST EXTENSION
Jefferson County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (314) 797-5391
NANCY FOWLER FLOOD CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Putnam County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (660) 947-2705
e-mail: FloodN@missouri.edu
SHERRON JEAN HANCOCK CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Taney County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (417) 546-2371
e-mail: HancockS@missouri.edu
Position Open - Apply Today! CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Phelps County University Outreach and Extension Center phone (573)-364-3147
VIRGINIA KAY HOPP HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SPECIALIST, Consumer and Family Economics
Webster County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (417) 859-2044
e-mail: HoppV@missouri.edu
JANET CAROL LAFON CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Jasper County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (417) 358-2158
e-mail: LafonJ@missouri.edu
CHRISTINE ETHRIDGE CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Cole County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (573) 634-2824
e-mail: EthridgeC@missouri.edu
JAMIE THOMPSON CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Benton County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (660) 438-5012
e-mail: ThompsonJa@missouri.edu
REBECCA J. TRAVNICHEK CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Andrew County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (816) 324-3147
e-mail: TravnichekR@missouri.edu
SUZANNE I. ZEMELMAN CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
St. Charles County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (573) 546-7515
e-mail: ZemelmanS@missouri.edu
SANDRA K. McKINNON CONSUMER AND FAMILY ECONOMICS SPECIALIST
Warren County University Outreach and Extension Center phone: (636) 456-3444
e-mail: McKinnonS@missouri.edu

History of the Consumer Economics Update Web Site

This web site was established in 1997 with the leadership of Kate Akers, Sandra McKinnon and Cynthia Crawford to expand the use of one minute radio cuts Crawford and McKinnon recorded for these radio stations:

  • KZZT -- 105.5 FM, Moberly/Columbia area

  • KLTI -- 1560 AM, Macon

  • KZBK -- 96.9 FM/1470 AM, Brookfield, Macon, Chillicothe, Marceline area

  • KMZU -- 100.7 FM, Western Missouri

  • WHB -- 810 AM, Kansas City

  • KRLI -- 97.5 FM, Marshall

In 1999 the web site was significantly expanded with the expertise and talent of Mark Belwood, webmaster.  State Specialist Joyce Cavanagh collaborated with those listed above and with all field staff to expand the subject matter content and CFE staff resources.


CEUpdate Web Site Leadership for 2001

Sandra K. McKinnon
East Central Region
Regional Specialist
Consumer and Family Economics
Warren County UO/E Center
107 W. Walton
Warrenton, MO 63383
Ph. 636-456-3444
McKinnonS@missouri.edu
Jamie Thompson
Central Missouri Region
Regional Specialist
Consumer and Family Economics
Benton County UO/E Center
119 West Main
P.O. Box 637
Warsaw, MO 65355
Ph. 660-438-5012
ThompsonJa@missouri.edu

CEUpdate Web Site Evaluation

Photo of Cynthia Cynthia E. Crawford
Central Missouri Region
Regional Specialist
Consumer and Family Economics
Saline County UO/E Center
Courthouse Annex
153 South Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
660-886-6908
CrawfordC@missouri.edu

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Web site coordinators:
Jamie Thompson
Sandra McKinnon
Site evaluation:
Cynthia Crawford
Last updated: March 09, 2005
Web site established by:
Kate Akers
Mark Belwood
Cynthia Crawford
Sandra McKinnon
Diana Hammond

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