Dr. Rita W. Green has been part of the faculty at the Crews School of Accounting at the University of Memphis for the last five years following her tenure as assistant professor of consumer economics and state specialist for family financial management at Mississippi State University. She holds a doctorate in higher education as well as masters and bachelors of business administration, each with concentrations in accounting. Her research has explored financial wellness for consumers seeking bankruptcy protection and her outreach efforts are focused on personal financial empowerment. She holds several certifications, including certified personal and family finance educator, certified housing counselor, and accredited financial counselor. Dr. Green was recently appointed to the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and has also served on the Community Development Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.