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Prior to joining CCCS Greater Fort Worth in 1992, Ms. D’Aquila had over 20 years’ experience in the credit industry. She was the National Director of Credit Sales and Operations at Hartmarx Specialty Stores (the retail division of Hart Schaffner and Marx) from 1986 to 1992. From 1979 to 1986 she worked for Zales Jewelers at their credit centrals in California, Arizona, and finally the World Headquarters in Irving, Texas. Prior to that, she held various management positions in the Sears Roebuck Midwest Credit Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Ms. D’Aquila served on the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling for ten years and was the Chairman of the Board. She served on the International Credit Association Board of Directors and was a member of the Executive Committee. Additional past professional affiliations include State Education Chair for the Texas Retail Credit Executive Group, Merchants Research Council, National Retail Federation, Chair of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of Certified Credit Executives. She is a member of Rotary International and the University Area Kiwanis and has previously been recognized as the Kiwanian of the Year.
Ms. D’Aquila has had articles published in national magazines including Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Spirit, Bureau of Business Practice, Credit World and Credit and Collection Manager’s Magazine. She has made television appearances on several shows, including Good Morning America.
The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.
Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.
The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.