Photo of Shanon Adams Shanon Adams FMA Board Member – Houston

Favorite Books/Hobbies Count of Monte Cristo & my favorite hobby is to workout.

Favorite Movies The Accountant, Catch Me if You Can, Good Will Hunting, Legend of Bagar Vans and The Devil Wears  Prada.

Favorite Restaurant Avesta Persian Grill on 2691 Wilcrest Dr Houston TX 77042.…


Jessica has taught communication applications, freshman college counseling, Texas History, World Cultures, and U.S History. She also serves at the Greater Houston Burmese Refugee Church as a children’s instructor.

Jessica was a Real Life instructor from 2010-2013. She has spent many hours helping develop curriculum for the Game of Real Life and brainstorming new ways to increase the effectiveness of the Real Life program.…

Photo of Kenneth L. Decker , CPA-PFS, CFP Kenneth L. Decker , CPA-PFS, CFP Treasurer FMA

Favorite Books/Hobbies Books on investing, Biographies, History and Mysteries.

Favorite Movies Palfrey at the Claremont, Somewhere in Time and Documentary on Gore Vidal.

Favorite Restaurant  Main Street Steakhouse and Bar in Danbury, TX. Leon’s World’s Finest BBQ in Galveston. Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant on W. TC Jester in Houston and Bubba’s Shrimp Palace in San Leon, TX.…

Photo of Lorraine Decker , CLU, ChFC, MSFS Lorraine Decker , CLU, ChFC, MSFS PRESIDENT FMA

Favorite Books/Hobbies Illusion, Atlas Shrugged, A Prayer for Owen Meaney, One Hundred Years of Solitude and the ability to escape with Orson Scott Card.

Favorite Movies Somewhere in Time, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Man on the Train (Foreign), Twilight Zone TV series.

Favorite Restaurant Swinging Door – Richmond, Texas.…

Photo of Eric Donnelly Eric Donnelly FMA Board Member – Houston
(817) 656-5153

Favorite Books/Hobbies Any non-fiction book about political leaders or historic events. For example, I’m currently reading Paris 1919. I am an avid music fan, golfer and love to spend time with my family

Favorite Movies Godfather Trilogy, Wall Street and Fletch

Favorite Restaurant Alina – Chicago

Why did you choose FMA to support? 


Favorite Books/Hobbies I love photography, mission work and reading suspense and mystery novels.

Favorite Movies I enjoy political movies and those that support positive thinking.

Favorite Restaurant My new favorite restaurant is Brasserie 1895 in Friendswood, TX.

Why did you choose FMA to support? 

Photo of Kim Fontenot Kim Fontenot FMA Advisory Board

Kim and her husband Mitch, a high school history teacher, have supported Real Life since inception in 2007 and have witnessed first-hand that Real Life changes lives. Kim is Assistant Vice President with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, providing investment and financial planning services to executives, their families and to business owners.…

Photo of Robert L Ford , PhD Robert L Ford , PhD FMA Advisory Board

Dr. Robert L Ford is CEO of DRF Industries LLC, Vice President of Global Business Roundtable Houston, and a Citizens Schools Teacher, having developed an America: A Smart Energy Society Apprenticeship at Patrick Henry Middle School. Dr. Ford is a board member of Bridging the Digital Divide, Inc., and STEM Advisory Board for the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Houston Chapter and a recent AdvancED K-12 External Reviewer.…

Photo of Pinaki Ghosh Pinaki Ghosh FMA Board Member – Austin

Favorite Books/Hobbies I have read thousands of books so identifying a favorite is very difficult. I have many hobbies including gardening

Favorite Movies I do not enjoy movies because life has always been more interesting than movies.

Favorite Restaurant A small nameless place in the east coast of Canada near Baddek – they smoke the best fish on earth.…

Photo of Yvonne Green , LMSW Yvonne Green , LMSW FMA Advisory Board

Yvonne brings her passion for people, collaboration, financial coaching, homebuyer education and over 20 years of volunteer and social service experience to FMA’s Board.

Yvonne has served in the community in several capacities such as a Policy Analyst in the 83rd Texas Legislature in the Office of State Representative Garnet Coleman, has served on the Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County Family Selection Committee, and has served as a member of HISD’s Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee.…

Photo of Mr. Keith Hofmann Mr. Keith Hofmann FMA Board Member

Why did you choose FMA to support? Several non-profits today treat symptoms of social economic challenges…  I choose FMA because it offers a cure through financial literacy.

Favorite books or hobbies? So many but the two that come to mind are The Son by Philipp Meyer and Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway.…


Favorite Books/Hobbies Physical activity to try to stay in shape – occasional very bad golf, sports fan – attempt to read a number of publications on a regular basis – have no “favorite” books but do believe that certain writings including “The True Believer”, “The Myth of Sysiphus” and “Crime and Punishment” are important writings.…


Caryn embraces the mission of FMA and the importance of guiding all students in sound career and financial education. She is a professional accountant, serving as the Capital Project Manager for the City of San Diego, CA where she overseas an annual budget of $100+ million.

She lives in Point Loma San Diego and is actively involved in engaging community leaders to bring Real Life to underserved teens.…

Photo of Teresita Pedroza Teresita Pedroza Board Member – Houston

Favorite Books/Hobbies My favorite book i…., I love spending time over the weekend with my family. I lead a healthy life style doing exercise and eating healthy food. I am also very involve in the community supporting nonprofit organizations who are working on areas such as leadership, education and financial literacy.

Favorite Movies The Rise

Favorite Restaurant Pappadeaux is Houston Texas

Why did you choose FMA to support? 


Favorite Books/Hobbies I enjoy spy novels and new business start-ups (I’m a business coach at Texas’s largest business/technology incubator (Houston Technology Center)

Favorite Movies I love anything produced by Pixar

Favorite Restaurant No question: Churrascos (Houston)

Why did you choose FMA to support? 

Photo of Jandro Riveron Jandro Riveron FMA Board Member – Dallas

Favorite Books/Hobbies Books: Animal Farm, 1984,  The Things They Carried, All the Light we Cannot See, The Catcher in the Rye, Watchmen, The Unbearable Lightness of Being,  On The Road, The Call of The Wild, Lawrence in Arabia, Guns Germs and Steel, The Great Gatsby, The Martian, When Breath Becomes Air, Great Expectations

Hobbies: Traveling and basketball

Favorite Movies Good Will Hunting, The Departed,  A Few Good Men, LA Confidential, The Godfather, The Silence of the Lambs, Forrest Gump, Gladiator, The Truman Show, Se7en, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, anything by Quentin Tarantino

Favorite Restaurant Pecan Lodge in Dallas, Tasty Greek in Carrollton, Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Torchy’s Tacos, Chipotle

Why did you choose FMA to support?

Photo of Mr. Dennis Warner Mr. Dennis Warner FMA Board Member

Dennis Warner is a certified Salesforce administrator and developer for Celltex Therapeutic Corporation, with a degree in psychology from University of Houston – Downtown.

Since Dennis has joined the FMA board in July 2017 he has:

Created custom forms for employee requests

Constructed and updated our knowledge base for common issues, automated time-intensive repetitive processes, ensured data integrity through the appropriate use of de-duping, loading and exporting tools, created custom reports & dashboards to aggregate and analyze purchase order requests & delinquent accounts, integrated Microsoft Outlook & Gmail into Salesforce platform to eliminate the need to log onto SF directly.…