Penny Forward Inc
Blind People Building Bright Futures One Penny At A Time
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Penny Forward Inc
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Founder and CEO
Mr. Chris Peterson
Chris was born blind and raised with the expectation that hed lead a successful life. He has a Bachelors in computer science from Southwest Minnesota State University, a Masters in software engineering from the University of Minnesota, and has worked as a software developer for IBM, Lenovo, and Thrivent Financial.
Throughout his adult life, Chris has learned a great deal about managing his finances, mostly from accidental successes and mistakes he has made along the way. In 2020, he decided to make it his mission to teach other blind people some of the things he had to learn the hard way. Knowing he couldnt do it alone, he began building Penny Forward, a community of people who are blind, their families, and friends, who share his interest in financial independence.
Penny Forwards mission is to help people build the knowledge to confidently navigate the complicated landscape of personal finance through education, mentoring, and mutual support.
Liz Bottner is the vice president of the Penny Forward board of directors and the co-host and co-producer of the Penny Forward podcast. She is a certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS) and Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT), Liz credits her initial interest in the blindness rehabilitation field to those positive blindness rehabilitation professionals she had in her life early on who helped set her up for success in terms of being able to effectively navigate through the world despite having vision loss.
She received her Masters degree in Blind Rehabilitation Teaching with a specialization in Assistive Technology from Northern Illinois University and currently workas as an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Library of Congress (National Library Service).
Penny Forward IncOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
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