NEFE High School Program Director Retires

Parfrey Concludes Six Years of Service with NEFE

Date: July 15, 2010

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

DENVER—The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) is the organization’s longest-running and most widely-used program. And for the past six years, John Parfrey has led the initiative through a revision and expanded the program to today’s cumulative impact, with more than seven million books into the hands of students in every state across the country.

"John came in during a time of great growth and awareness of youth financial literacy," says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. "He helped put the NEFE program into the hands of thousands of teachers and millions of students."

Parfrey has drawn on his previous experience as a high school teacher and financial educator to provide a valuable perspective to the HSFPP, and has been an influential voice in the financial literacy community. Following is a Q&A with Parfrey on his years with NEFE.

NEFE: How does your time with NEFE compare to the rest of your career?

Parfrey: Being director of this national program, and working with a national network of dedicated professionals, has been the most rewarding period of my entire career.

NEFE: How has the HSFPP evolved under your leadership?

Parfrey: During my time at NEFE, the program underwent the most extensive revision in its 26 year history. With that revision came a highly dedicated team of more than 150 individuals who have promoted the program in every state, trained thousands of teachers, and opened up many new opportunities for the program to reach more students. On a month-to-month basis, this easily is the most widely-used version of the program and very likely the most widely-used program out there.

NEFE: What are you most proud of?

Parfrey: I am proud of the near-unanimous level of acceptance by teachers and students. I never have heard a complaint about the program and have received hundreds of unsolicited e-mails and other messages from teachers, parents and financial professionals who say we have something here that can transform the lives of young people. But overall, I am proud that all of this has been a team effort. Everyone at NEFE was involved, and dozens of the most knowledgeable people from our national network partnerships came together to make this a collaborative effort on a major scale.

One of those collaborators was Jane Schuchardt, Ph.D., former national program leader at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the federal partner in the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. For two decades, Cooperative Extension has used the HSFPP as its premiere financial education program for youth.

"The NIFA highly values John’s abilities to gain results for youth through stellar leadership and effective collaboration with extension educators," Schuchardt says. "John’s passion for excellence and commitment to the financial well-being of youth has positioned the HSFPP for success far into the future."

NEFE: What do you see for the future of the HSFPP?

Parfrey: The demand is so great that the HSFPP needs to be positioned to reach even more young people. NEFE and the next director of the high school program would do well to engage with teachers and students around the country to learn how to improve what we have done and how to deliver it in new ways.

NEFE: What are your plans in retirement?

Parfrey: Nothing for a while! This is a very demanding job, and I am eager to rest and rejuvenate. Beyond reconnecting with Mary Ann, my very patient wife and best friend (who also is retiring, we’re just planning to take each day as it comes. Eventually, travel—domestic and foreign—is high on the agenda.

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