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Financial Success Educators

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Financial success looks different for everyone. Our team of educators are committed to helping you get there, whatever your goal may be. Whether you're saving for your first car, getting ready to pay for college, or paying off debt, we got you. With over eight decades of combined experience, our Financial Success Educators bring their expertise to our Virginia schools, businesses, libraries, and more. Let's start your path to financial success.

Meet the team

Cherry Dale

Cherry Dale

Vice President Financial Education

During her 15 years at Virginia Credit Union, Cherry has developed and laid the groundwork for the financial success team. As a Certified Teacher with a Master's in Education, Cherry has robust experience helping learners of all ages be the best they can be. Under her direction, our financial education programs reach over 60,000 annually


Sylvia Watford

Sylvia Watford

Adult Education

With a wealth of knowledge in the financial services field, Sylvia is an invaluable resource on everything money. Naturally curious, Sylvia enjoys the psychology behind why we interact with money the way we do. This research and personal, real-life examples help Sylvia teach money management skills in an easy, non-intimidating way. Additionally, Sylvia has earned designations as an Accredited Financial Counselor and Financial Fitness Coach.


Monica Van Arsdale

Monica Van Arsdale

Grades 9-12 & Young Adult Education 

Monica brings a refreshing, honest, and relatable voice to money management. Working under the approach, "take control of your money, and it won't control you," Monica meets students wherever they are in their financial journey, setting them up to confidently enter the real world armed with the financial knowledge needed to succeed.


Tori Filas

Tori Filas

PreK - Grade 8

With 27 years in education under her belt, Tori Filas is an accomplished teacher passionate about helping students make intelligent decisions while spending, saving, and managing their money. Her lessons range from elementary basics to middle school concepts, each centered around Virginia's SOLs for economics and personal finance. For Tori, financial success for students should be realistic and attainable, no matter their background.


Just a few ways our team is impacting our community

  • 35,000+ adults reached annually
  • 25,000+ kids and young adults reached annually
  • Literacy programs from preschool through high school
  • Local library programs for kids
  • Education classes for incarcerated individuals
  • Training teachers in personal finance teaching
  • Financial wellness endowment and programs at VCU
  • Lessons through nonprofits, government organizations, and colleges and universities

Watch our on-demand resources

SMART Money Goals

  SMART Money Goals

Find the goals that match your values, and help you plan to meet those goals.

The Ultimate Spending Plan

 The Ultimate Spending Plan

In this 10-minute webinar, we'll help you create an optimized budget that meets your unique needs.

How to Get Out of Debt

  How to Get Out of Debt

Learn how to start cutting down debt with tried-and-true strategies from our team of experts.

Learn more

Contact our team today to schedule a program customized for your classroom or group.