Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Finding ways to integrate financial management with other family and consumer sciences is a priority for Connie Kratzer, new family resource management specialist with New Mexico State University's Extension home economics department. Kratzer, who began work July 5, is based in Las Cruces with statewide program responsibilities.
"My vision of family and consumer sciences is that all the fields are interconnected. You can't isolate finances from other family issues like nutrition and parenting," she said. "I want to look for ways to work with other Extension specialists to help families in New Mexico."
Since 1992, Kratzer had been an assistant professor and Extension specialist in family financial management at Virginia Tech, where her responsibilities included tax education, the "Money 2000" program and training for volunteer financial counselors. She has been a faculty member for Northeast Missouri State University and Michigan State University's Okinawa Community Services Project at Kadena Air Force Base.
Kratzer serves as treasurer of the Association for Financial Counselors and Planning Educators. She won the 1998 research article award from the Certified Financial Planner Board.
She has a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Iowa State University, a master's degree in management and family economics from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in family ecology from Michigan State University.
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