Who we are
The Financial Literacy Institute serve as a bridge connecting communities to resources. We believe creating a learning environment that provides support to our citizens to positively impact communities. Our Institute is committed to helping citizen strive for excellence and achieve success on their life journey. How will we help our surrounding communities achieve these goals? Our Institute will provide financial literacy teachings that educate clients with understanding financial behavior, with varies financial stability factors for a healthy financial well-being.
Our Mission: To educate communities by equipping them with financial literacy teachings, college readiness skills, and workforce development tools, to impact their overall socio-economic status.
Our Vision: To see all communities flourishing and regaining control of their financial well-being.
Founder and CEO
Angela Howze brings more than 12 years of experience in business and community development to her role as Founder and CEO of the Angela Howze, Student Loan Expert, LLC and Financial Literacy Institute, Inc), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides networking opportunities, education, resources and financial literacy support to leaders who are committed to serving communities.
Prior to launching the FLII, Angela Howze, Student Loan Expert LLC, a consulting company that assists student loan borrowers by sharing techniques and strategies which improve their financial health. Angela studied Economic Workforce Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. During her studies, Angela grew passionate about student loan debt and its impact on borrower’s lack of economic growth. As a result, she became certified by the Financial Educators Council as a Financial Literacy Instructor.
Kinina Mallett is the President of PYCES ITS HEALTHCARE, LLC where she coordinates, leads, trains and staffs Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nurse Assistants to facilities who need them due to staffing shortages.
Before becoming a Nurse Staffing Business Owner, Kinina spent 21 years as a nurse for Hospitals and Travel Agencies. She is among one of the most distinguished in her field. Kinina is a mentor and enjoys spending time with her family and developing community empowerment. A Registered Nurse from Kosciusko, MS. Married mother of 3 and retired Veteran from U.S. Army of 12 years. I am ready to serve.
STEM – Human Resource
Deirdra Johnson is a native of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Deirdra recently graduated from George Mason University with a MBA. Deirdra is currently an active duty U.S. Army officer who has served in the military for 10 years. She has held several leadership positions starting from platoon leader to company command to Small Group Instructor and Division Chief of the U.S.
Army CBRN Basic Officer Leadership Course. Deirdra is a member of a several leadership and business organizations to include MBASA, NBMBAA, and the ROCKS Inc. She has received several academic and military awards throughout her career to include graduating Cum Laude and military awards such as Instructor of the Quarter and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Deirdra currently resides in South Korea. She is married to her husband; Daniel and they have four children together.
My interests include spending lots of quality time with my family. I am married with 4 children, Daniel (husband 5yrs), Camren (15), Iyana (13), Joshua (9), and Jonathan (2). My kids are my world. They participate in a variety of sports from basketball to track to field hockey. In my spare time, I love to read and go to church. I have taught youth Sunday school and was in charge of the youth choir and dance team at my last church. I believe it is very important to be spiritually, physically, and emotionally balanced.
My career covers 37 years at 3M Company holding several positions within the company, most of which in the Chemical field. However, during my early years there I held position as an Environmental Assistant following environmental regulations in Air, Water, Solid and Hazardous Waste as it effects how products are manufactured and sold. The following are other responsibilities I held:
Emission Control Monitoring
Hazardous Waste Management
3) Transportation of Hazardous to US and International Companies
Workplace Monitoring (Performance Standards)
Chemist in Research and Development Laboratory
Conducted performance testing on end-use products for the Textile and Carpet Industries using our Performance Materials.
Championed several Laboratory Testing techniques for the Textile and Carpets Companies.
Research and Development on Nonwovens for Pampers (Kimberly Clark)
Leandra Young is the Quality Engineering Supervisor at Corning Optical Communications – Hickory Manufacturing and Technology Center, where she supports the Quality Management System, along with her team of quality engineers and technicians. Leandra joined Corning Life Sciences – Oneonta in 2014 as a Quality Engineer, supporting efforts such as project team management, customer complaint activities, quality metric analysis and validation support.
Before joining Corning, Leandra worked in various positions at Verizon Domestic Telecom – NY/NJ (supporting outside plant engineering, installation & repair and switch complex translations) and as a chemical process engineer at Interface Solutions and CeramTec in upstate NY.
Leandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s and MBA in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
In her spare time, Leandra enjoys working out, singing 1st soprano on the Praise and Worship team at First Baptist Church – Statesville, NC and spending time with her husband, John and three children: Anjana (“GeeGee”), Xenia and John, III (“Trey”). She also coaches and mentors several younger engineers and technicians in the plant/manufacturing environment and serves as a board member of Women in Manufacturing (WiM) – North Carolina chapter.