Why We Exist

98% of domestic abuse cases involve some form of financial abuse. Limited financial literacy is also a leading reason that survivors stay in or return to their abusive relationships.

Yet, few financial solutions exist to help survivors of abuse get back on their feet, financially. That’s where Shine comes in.

Our Approach

We meet our members “where they are,” emotionally, physically, and financially.
For every financial program we…


1. Partner with local emergency shelters and sites to help their members.

2. Meet members to determine their top financial concerns in 3 primary areas: budgeting, credit repair and job readiness.

3. Build monthly sets of classes based on concerns. Classes typically take place on a weekly or biweekly basis.

4. Deliver classes to members directly at the emergency shelter, center or housing site.

5. Revise classes based on feedback.

Sample Classes

Extra Credit: a discussion on what credit is and how to improve it

Money and Mocktails: a fun-filled financial literacy night where Shine’s volunteers engaged survivors in discussions on resolving their financial concerns

Savvy Savings: a sharing of budgeting tips and savings resources

Zumba and Savings: a program that incorporated savings tips and goal setting into Zumba workout classes

Meet the Team

We are a 100% volunteer-run organization of individuals of various backgrounds, but we share one common thread: our passion for helping abuse survivors.


Board of Directors

Jennifer Tan, MBA, MPH
Founding Chair

Tianna Rounds
Vice Chair & Secretary

Amal Mgaresh, MBA

Marshall Corey, MBA

Rachel Abramovitz, LLB, LLMC

Monica Lohr

Lisa Nann

Liz Park

David Owens-Callan


New York City Chapter

Lisa Nann, President
David Owens-Callan, Vice President
Aoyu Bai, Treasurer
My An Le, Volunteer Recruitment Director
Robyn Grant McCardel, Volunteer Development Director
Reginald Johnson, Public Relations Director
Sabrina Liu, Community Partnerships Director
Lydia Gray, Site Director
Dayvonne Smith, Digital Marketing Director