Faces of NEFE: Annette Fowler, eLearning Technology Director

Annette Fowler (bottom row, right) poses with other NEFE staff in support of her favorite team, the 2016 World Champion Denver Broncos

Annette Fowler (bottom row, right) poses with other NEFE staff in support of her favorite team, the 2016 World Champion Denver Broncos.

We are pleased to welcome Annette Fowler, one of Denver’s biggest Broncos fans, to the NEFE team. Fowler’s background in technology, website development and nonprofit organizations makes her an ideal addition to our staff. Her leadership has allowed NEFE to forge ahead on many website development efforts — and there is much more to come in 2016 and beyond.

NEFE: How would describe your job to a fifth grader?
AF: I help NEFE share important financial literacy information on 10 different educational websites. I work with each program manager to make sure that each website functions correctly and displays the material in the best way possible for various visitors and learners.

NEFE: Describe your previous positions and what led you to working for NEFE.
AF: I have worked with and for nonprofit educational organizations for most of my professional career. First I spent 10 years working in the information technology department for the business school of a private university. Then for the last eight years, I worked as a project manager for a commercial Web development firm based in Greensboro, N.C., where most of my clients were higher education institutions. These positions helped me develop a passion for the intersection between technology and education, a space where NEFE really excels. I look forward to being part of the NEFE team as we push even further into this arena.

NEFE: What accomplishment are you most proud of from your time at NEFE?
AF: A few weeks after I started, I was asked to oversee the completion of a large number of new Web development projects over a very short period of time. This gave me the opportunity to quickly familiarize myself with NEFE’s programs and people who I didn’t yet know very well. I’m happy to say that we were able to complete a substantial amount of work in a very short time frame, meeting both our time and budget goals. It was an amazing team effort, and I was very proud of what we accomplished by the end of 2015.

NEFE: What has been a memorable moment or experience at NEFE?
AF: At the start of each year our CEO, Ted Beck, meets with staff members individually to discuss their experiences and goals. A couple weeks after I had completed my interview, Ted stopped in my office to let me know that he received very positive feedback from other staff members about working with me. I was so struck by that moment — it was like a breath of fresh air. That kind of positive motivation is so important. It didn’t just make my day, it made my month.

NEFE: What would you most like to achieve while at NEFE?
AF: I want to become much more familiar with the educational resources that NEFE offers. I personally have not been exposed to a lot of formal financial education, so I would like to improve my own financial skills. I also want to learn more about the different audiences that we serve and go deeper into the content. I’ve always been very comfortable with the technology portion of things, and I am excited to expand my knowledge on the financial side.

NEFE: What project are you most excited about in 2016?
AF: I think that the Smart About Money (www.SmartAboutMoney.org ) website redesign is going to be one of our biggest achievements of the year. Not only will the initial launch be exciting, I am also eager to see how we can continue to build on SAM. I think it will be a website that can continue to grow with NEFE and I’m really excited for the future of that project.

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