Program Creators

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Mariana Falconier, PhD, LCMFT, LMFT

Project Director

Dr. Mariana Falconier is Associate Professor in the Master's Program in Couple and Family Therapy, Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and an affiliate faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was an associate professor, and clinic director of the Center for Family services first (2008-2016) and then director of the Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy (2017-2018). She completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her doctoral degree in Family Studies at the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on how couples cope with stress, primarily economic and immigration stress in Latino couples. She has developed and pilot-tested TOGETHER: A Couple’s Model to Enhance Relationship and Economic Stability. She is the Program Director and Principal Investigator of TOGETHER, an interdisciplinary program designed to help couples improve their communication, coping, and financial management skills.

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Jinhee Kim, PhD

Co-Project Director

Dr. Jinhee Kim is Professor and Assistant Director (Program Leader of Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Maryland Extension) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her main research areas are financial management, family well-being, and health outcomes. Her research also focuses on evaluating the impact of interventions aimed at improving financial security and family well-being. Dr. Kim published 3 book chapters, 50+ refereed journal articles and made 100+ invited and refereed presentations on workplace financial education, financial stress, family financial decision making, money and couple relationships, financial socialization, intergenerational transfers, savings behavior, asset ownership of immigrants, food insecurity, diet quality, and SNAP benefits. Dr. Kim is the TOGETHER Program’s Associate Director and Principal Investigator at UMD. She helped develop the TOGETHER curriculum utilizing her expertise on family financial management and well-being.

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Robin Brannan, LCMFT

Workshop Facilitator:

Relationship Expert / Supervisor

Robin Brannan is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Better Together Family Therapy in Kensington, Maryland.  She has been helping couples, families, and children to grow and thrive in the DC area for nearly 20 years. She joined the staff of the Together Program because she believes that a strong foundation in relationship skills and stress management can prevent future crises in marriages and in families. She loves the accessibility of this program for families of all income levels and cultural backgrounds and enjoys connecting with each couple she meets in the workshops.

Nikki Pruett

Workshop Facilitator:

Financial Expert /Supervisor

Nikki is a certified financial counselor and coach with the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education®.  She joined the Together Program because of her strong devotion to financial education and well-being.  Having this opportunity to provide financial awareness has furthered her appreciation for helping others as they work toward improving quality of life.

Program Staff

Sarah Fritz

Program Manager

Margaret Crosson

Case Management

and Sites Coordinator

Paige Frasso, MS

Marketing, Recruitment, and Communications Coordinator

Ann Pham

Case Manager and

Workshop Support

Victoria Ludwig

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Foss, M.S.

Data Consultant