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JA Volunteers make time COUNT

As a Wealth Management Advisor at McGladrey Wealth Management LLC, Mike Nicolini helps provide clients with a financial and investment design that offers peace of mind, including asset management, wealth transfer planning, asset protection, cash flow, debt and tax management, or retirement plan advisory services. 

“For over two decades, I’ve been privileged to work with some of the smartest business owners and affluent families in our community,” he says.  He also works with kids.

“I find time to volunteer for JA because it is very important for the future of our youth to develop business skills” tells Nicolini. “Investing time with our youth provides great satisfaction knowing that our community and world will be a better place to work, live, and play in the future.”

Heather Harrison has been a Campus Registrar at Harrison College for two and a half years with academic dean duties while assisting at-risk students. 

“I have a very full schedule. Our campus runs classes every six and 12 weeks so I am constantly consumed by scheduling and time management.  I serve on the JA Board of Directors, a classroom volunteer, creating an mentoring program within the school district my children attend, a member of the Elkhart Chamber Leadership Academy, and also working on my graduate degree.  

She says she found time for JA because of her “true love and passion in working with K-12 students.”

“I love teaching the students about economic awareness and financial literacy.  It’s a valuable program,” says Harrison.

Mike Steinau works in the Accounting Department at DJ Construction. Not only does his work keep him busy but home life does, too.
“My schedule has changed quite a bit in the last six months as my wife and I welcomed our first child back in April,” he says. “ I now find myself busy with trying to find the right balance between pursuing my professional goals and striving to be the best father and husband I can be.”

Still, Steinau chooses to volunteer for JA. 
“First, I feel it is important to give back to the community and the fact that I can do so by working with kids is awesome,” he explains. 

“It is a great feeling to see the kids get excited about learning and see the progress they make in just the short amount of time we get to spend with them,” says Steinau. “Second and most importantly, I believe in the mission of Junior Achievement and its belief in the importance of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  To think that we are empowering young kids to own their future economic success is rewarding.”

Junior Achievement of Elkhart County is looking for adults who will help kids learn about the “real world” of economics. For information, contact Menessah Nelson, Director, at (574) 293-4530  or


CAREER DAY Speakers are needed for the Chamber’s 8th grade Career Day. Volunteers are also wanted for the high school YEA! Program. For information contact Kathy Cardwell at

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