Michele Wetherald Named CFP Board's Managing Director of Examinations, Education, Talent

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Michele Wetherald Named CFP Board's Managing Director of Examinations, Education, Talent

Sep 08, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, September 8, 2009—CFP Board has named Michele W. Wetherald, Esq., as Managing Director of Examinations, Education and Talent.

Wetherald will provide oversight to CFP Board's continuing development of the rigorous CFP® Certification Examination; establish and enforce educational standards for enhancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of current and potential CFP® certificants, and the acquisition, retention and deployment of CFP Board staff.

Wetherald brings to this role a strong understanding of, and extensive experience in, education, examinations and human resources management. She brings this expertise from her past positions as executive director of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation, and Leadership and Training Institute; executive dean at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College; chief personnel officer at West Virginia Northern Community College; associate attorney at Newman, Olson & Kerr; adjunct faculty at Hiram College; and various human resources and labor relations positions at General Motors.

Wetherald is a past president of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Board of Directors. She holds a JD (Juris Doctorate) from the University of Akron School of Law, and a BA in Business Management from Hiram College.

Wetherald has been part of the CFP Board transition team for more than a year on projects related to the organization’s transition to Washington, D.C. from Denver.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Michele’s accomplishments and interests joining CFP Board’s leadership team," said Kevin R. Keller, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CFP Board. "She comes to CFP Board already well-experienced in our culture and operations, having served as Interim Managing Director of Education. Her unique combination of expertise in education, law, executive management and human capital management will be a tremendous asset to CFP Board as it pursues its mission of benefiting the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning."

“I look forward to building on the existing strong foundation that CFP Board has entrusted to me and which is so central to its ability to carry out its mission.” said Wetherald. “I believe that my broad background will inform and enrich the various aspects of my work in these positions, and help me continue to be a vital and productive member of the CFP Board leadership team.”

About CFP Board: The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board’s mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® certificants and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 60,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States. For more about CFP Board, visit www.CFP.net.

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