Vickie Elisa



Vickie Elisa has nearly 30 years' experience in the field of health communication, social marketing and health program development. As a 16-year volunteer board president of Mothers' Voices Georgia, a non-profit organization working to improve the health and social status of women and their families, she has developed a wide array of health education programs, including Smart Women & Money, a financial literacy program developed and supported by the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER). Ms. Elisa has also served as the Accreditation Coordinator for the Dekalb County Board of Health near Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Elisa has created programs on Parent/Child Communication to discuss responsible sexual health. She developed Parent's Evening Out program to support single parents with communication, conflict resolution and violence prevention education for families. The Smart Women & Money program covers: emotional spending, budgeting, social security and retirement challenges, protecting assets, wills and estates, caregivers and retirement, current home ownership challenges and debt reduction.

An avid community advocate for women, Ms. Elisa was invited to present in regional town hall meetings for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, as well as introduce President Barack Obama at the national White House event. She has worked on the First Lady Michelle Obama's 2011-2013 Let's Move Campaign for DeKalb County. She is a 2011 - 2013 White House Community Leader on Policy Issues. She was the Georgia TV producer for a 2000 White House Teleconference on What Every Woman Needs to Know about Retirement, which was hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has worked with the Pew Charitable Trust on Social Security education for women. She was honored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau for her work in promoting the field of nursing through the GEM-Nursing Mentor program.

Ms. Elisa is a 2007 Redbook Magazine Heroes: Strength & Spirit winner for being a champion in creating a realistic economic empowerment program called, Women and Retirement and MV's Smart Women & Money that has reached more than 100,000 women nationally and internationally. Because of her economic empowerment work, she was honored by DeKalb County Government with her own day.

Ms. Elisa has also been named a Department of Labor, Women's Bureau National Women's Leader, a WISER - Woman of Vision Leader, a 2000 White House delegate on Social Security and Retirement issues. She is an advisory board member for Senior Connections, Inc. A member of the 2007 Leadership DeKalb class, a former 2006 - 2010 DeKalb County Planning Commissioner and a former member of the 2009 Georgia Association of County Commissioners Health Policy Committee member. Currently, she is a steward at Mt Zion AME Church.


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