Karen Chan was an Extension Educator in Consumer Economics with University of Illinois Extension for eighteen years. After retiring in 2012, she returned to Extension on a part time basis works. She now works on special projects with the Consumer Economics team, including the Plan Well - Retire Well blog and the 2016 revision of the All My Money: Change for the Better train-the-trainer curriculum. She chaired the team that created the original All My Money curriculum in 1997, and has trained hundreds of individuals to use that curriculum with their clients. Chan holds a master's degree in family and consumption economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech. Chan received the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2009. She was named the 2007 Educator of the Year by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and received the 2003 Professional Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, the Financial Planning Association, and the Family Economics-Resource Management Association. She is an academic affiliate with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.