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Guest Speakers

October 13, 2011 (Thursday)

6:00 PM  at CSD Student Development Center (SDC)-Room 2405




Stephanie Summers, RFC, MBA

Financial Advisor

"Investments 101"

Stephanie Summers is the first and only deaf woman to hold a Series 7 General Securities Registration license.  Shes works with deaf and hard of hearing clients as well as hearing clients all over the US through Kramer Financial.  She joined Kramer Financial firm in 2006 to serve the increase demands of clients, especially to those who have desired to work with a female advisor.  Stephanie received her BS degree from Gallaudet University and her MBA from George Mason University.  She comes with much financial experience after working for Sallie Mae for 15 years in the corporate financial planning department.  She and her husband have 11 years old twin boys and they reside in Maryland.

October 27, 2011 (Thursday)

4:00 PM at CSD Student Development Center - Room 1310




Honorable John C. Ninfo, II

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

"Dangers of Credit Card Abuse"

 John C. Ninfo, II received his B.S. in Psychology Degree from Georgetown University in 1968 and J.D. Degree from Boston University Law School in 1973. He was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York in January, 1992. He served as a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Second Circuit for the four years it was in existence, as a member of the Bankruptcy Committee for the Second Circuit and a seven-year term as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York. For 18 years prior to taking the bench, Judge Ninfo was with the law firm of Underberg & Kessler in Rochester,New York where his concentration was in the areas of bankruptcy, banking and commercial law.

Judge Ninfo served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 - 1970 and was Chief Legal Clerk to the Judge Advocate General of the 4th Marine Air Wing.

In the Fall of 2002, Judge Ninfo founded the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program (, a personal finance literacy education outreach program that provides interested and caring judges, trustees, attorneys and court staff members from the Bankruptcy Community to high schools and colleges to share with students their unique knowledge and experiences and to provide them with lessons, tactics and techniques they need in order to help them lead a financially responsible, consumer debt-free life. As of February 2008, the CARE Program has a presence in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

December 8, 2011 (Thursday)

4:00 PM at CSD Student Development Center (SDC) -Room 2405




Jennifer L. Gravitz, J.D.


"How to Make a Will"

Jennifer L. Gravitz, J.D. is an associate professor in the NTID Department of Liberal Studies.  Professor Gravitz graduated twice from RIt (BS in Social Work and MS in Instructional Technology) before graduating from Albany Law School in 1984.  In addition to teaching a wide range of law related courses in the Criminal Justice Department, she continues to practice law in the Rochester area, focusing on adoption, real estate and estate planning.  She is particularly excited about presenting at the Ellie Rosenfield Personal Finance Student Club because Ellie was Professor Gravitz’s first boss and life long mentor!

January 11, 2012 (Wednesday)

4:00 PM at CSD Student Development Center (SDC) - Room 2102




Patti Durr

Associate Professor at NTID Cultural and Creative Studies Department

"Occupy Wall Street:  Cultural - Financial - Historical Aspects"

Professor Durr teaches Deaf cultural studies courses and social science courses.  Durr has been involved in Deaf theatre, Deaf View / Image Art (De'VIA), Deaf cinema and Deaf people during World War II.  She is also involved in activism for social justice.

February 1, 2012 (Wednesday)

4:00 PM - CSD Student Development Center (SDC) - Room 2102




Cynthia A. Rohlin, C.P.A.

Certified Public Accountant

"Be Ready for this Tax Season!"

Cynthia A. Rohlin was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended School #31, which is now School #1. She mainstreamed at Greece Arcadia High School and graduated from there. Then she went to Rochester Institute of Technology and majored in accounting. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.She has worked in many different jobs throughout the years. In the 1980s, she worked for HR Block. In 1987, deaf/hearing impaired people began asking her for help preparing their tax returns. The number of people who see her began to increase every year. She developed her own tax practice "Rohlin Tax Service."In 1998, she became a Certified Public Accountant. She takes courses every year to update herself on recent tax law changes, which are a yearly requirement for her license.


October 26, 2012 (Friday)

1:00 PM at the NTID Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hall - Room 1480





Michael Serve

NTID Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budgeting

"One Credit Card Okay to Have BUT...."

Mike believes that today's students need to start building credit histories for future purposes of borrowing money from the bank for a car, leasing an apartment from a landlord, and beginning a lifetime of conservative spending.  A way to start your credit history to own a credit card with a limited credit (i.e., $200). 

November 29, 2012 (Thursday)

7:00 PM at the CSD Student Development Center (SDC) at Room 1445





Art Moore

President of "Deaf Wall Street Club", an investment club

"Hooking Up with Wise Investment Decisions" 

Art, president of an investment club called "Deaf Wall Street", explains his experience running the club the last fourteen years and its ups and downs.  The club is affiliated with the National Assocation of Investors Corporation (

January 10, 2013 (Thursday)

7:00 PM at the CSD Student Development Center (SDC) at Room 2102 





Gary Meyer

Owner of Deaf - Hard of Hearing (DHH) Insurance Agency

"Why Do I Need Insurance . . . What For?"

Gary Meyer (RIT BS, 1981 and MS, 1995) has been in the insurance business for over 28 years.  Since 1999, Gary started his own agency - DHH Insurance Agency - which then merged with CH Insurance Brokerage in 2005. 

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