Collector- June 2018 - 8
Navient Foundation Supports College
Tour for At-Risk Youth
avient Foundation, the
philanthropic fund of the ACA
International member company,
recently provided a $7,500 grant to support
Duffy's Hope annual cross-country college
tour. The nonprofit encourages Delaware's atrisk youth to learn outside of the classroom.
"Thanks to Navient's support, we've made
a difference in the lives of several students
from the city of Wilmington and surrounding
areas," Allen "Duffy" Samuels, founder and
CEO of the nonprofit Duffy's Hope, said
in a news release. "Students will have the
opportunity to see colleges and universities in
other states. For many of them, this is the first
time they've left Delaware."
Born and raised in Wilmington, Samuels
graduated from Glasgow High School and
attended a junior college in Maryland.
Two years later, he continued his higher
education with the help of a basketball
scholarship. Using his abilities as a topperforming basketball player, Samuels
joined a professional team in Europe. After
touring for six years, he came back to his
roots and made a commitment to help
"The Duffy's Hope college tour offers a
fun and engaging way for students to explore
their options," Patricia Nash Christel, vice
president for Navient, said in the news
release. "We're proud to support these young
people, many of whom will be the first
in their family to pursue post-secondary
education, on their journey to succeed in
college and a future career."
The annual tour had its beginnings in the
spring of 2013. This year, 15 students will
participate in the college tour, including 13
from Wilmington. The students completed
the tour in early April and visited universities
in Delaware at the end of the month.
ACA Members Discuss Industry
Issues with State Legislators
everal ACA International members with the Missouri Collectors
Association spent the day at the state capitol in Jefferson, City, Mo., in
March to connect with their legislators and discuss industry issues.
Kevin Baich, an ACA International board member and vice president of Day
Knight & Associates in Ballwin, Mo.; Bonnie Baker, president of Hawthorn
Recovery Services in Columbia, Mo.; Debra Frank, CEO of Credit Bureau Services
LLC in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Megan Frank, sales and marketing at Credit Bureau
Services LLC ; Al Jones, vice president, business and development at Shaffer &
Associates in Columbia, Mo.; and Scott Walterbach, attorney at Bessine Walterbach
LLP in Kansas City, Mo., attended the event.
The group also met with staff from the state attorney general's office to discuss
how to handle consumer complaints it receives and improve outreach to people
most vulnerable to scams, particularly the elderly.
Al Jones, Shaffer & Associates, with U.S. Rep. Sandy Crawford.