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Speakers Announced for WAEPA’s Third Annual Member Meeting

WAEPA’s 3rd Annual Member Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Reagan National Building. This event will run from 8am to 1pm and includes topics surrounding personal finance, retirement planning, and financial wellness.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today.


Shane Canfield, CEO of WAEPA

Shane Canfield brings more than 25 years of experience in insurance and non-profit leadership to WAEPA.

Shane came to WAEPA in 2016 and served previously as Executive Director of the Council on Employee Benefits. He has spent most of his career in the pooled-risk group/affinity insurance industry. In his role as WAEPA CEO, Shane is responsible for strategic planning and leadership, managing stakeholder relationships, and serving our Board of Directors in organizational oversight. With extensive experience in coalition building, government relations, and reporting to Boards, Shane leads WAEPA by consistently prioritizing member satisfaction, membership growth and retention.

He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University, and is a board member for the Council of HR Management Associations, member of LIMRA, PIMA, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), and is a past board member of the ASAE Business Services Inc. Additionally, Shane holds various certifications, including CEBS, RHU, CAE, SPHR, and SHRM-SCP.

Plenary Speaker

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is quickly becoming America’s favorite, personal financial educator. The Budgetnista is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author (The One Week Budget and Live Richer Challenge), and a sought-after speaker of financial empowerment.

Tiffany recently helped to write law, A1414 (The Budgetnista Law), making it mandatory for middle school children to learn financial literacy in her home state of New Jersey.

Since 2014, The Budgetnista’s LIVE RICHER Challenge movement has helped over 700,000 women from 100+ countries, by inspiring and empowering them to achieve their financial goals.

Her financial advice has also been featured in The New York Times, the TODAY show, Good Morning America, CNN, TIME, and FORBES.

She also blogs about personal finance for The Huffington Post and co-hosts an award-winning podcast, Brown Ambition.
Learn more about Tiffany and The Budgetnista


Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006 and has been reporting on technology markets for more than 30 years.

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006 and has been reporting on technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Network, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.


Chris Kowalik is the founder of ProFeds, and a federal retirement expert and frequent speaker to federal employee groups nationwide

Chris Kowalik is the founder of ProFeds, and a federal retirement expert and frequent speaker to federal employee groups nationwide. In her highly-acclaimed Federal Retirement Impact Workshops and FedImpact Podcasts, she and her team empower employees to make confident decisions as they plan for the days when they no longer have to work. Chris’ candid and straightforward nature allows employees to get the answers they need, and to understand the impact these decisions have on their retirement. She knows first-hand the challenges that so many face as they plan for and approach retirement. She believes that helping employees to take ownership of their decisions is the first step to making progress in meeting their retirement goals.

With nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry, Chris has been a frequent contributor to national publications, such as My Federal Retirement, Fox Business, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Investopedia. Chris is a former active duty U.S. Marine and served as an Arabic Linguist and Signals Intelligence Analyst prior to starting ProFeds.

Nicole Ogrysko is a workforce and personnel reporter for Federal News Network.

Nicole Ogrysko is a workforce and personnel reporter for Federal News Network. She has been covering federal topics since 2013, starting out as a radio producer for 1500 AM. Prior to joining Federal News Network, Nicole was a digital writer for WTOP and a reporter for Radio Pennsylvania.

Brian J. Kurrus is a Certified Financial Planner® and has worked as a Financial Advisor with Signature Financial Partners, LLC in Tysons Corner, VA since 2002. He holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 & 65 professional licenses as well as life and health licenses. Working with families and small business owners, Brian’s mission is to provide his clients with a diverse range of wealth management solutions that will help assist in investing toward their family’s future, optimize retirement strategies, protect assets that have taken a lifetime to accumulate and reduce potential income or estate tax exposure.

Brian was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Chantilly, VA. In 2002 he graduated with honors from Virginia Tech University with a degree in Finance. In his free time, Brian enjoys golfing, hiking, travelling and spending time with his wife, friends and family.