Joann Melancon

The reason I got into this profession

Several years ago, when my husband and I divorced, I had to start managing the family finances. I still remember rifling through the stacks of bills, bank statements, savings bonds and loan documents in our home office, and feeling the weight of my situation sink in. Rather than neatly filed papers and well-organized finances, I was left with messy, confusing accounts and debts. Up until this point I had trusted my husband to take care of our finances and I was in the midst of facing not only what seemed like a disaster, but also my complete lack of knowledge around our finances. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I had to do something. Before I could begin rebuilding a life for our kids and myself, I had to confront my fears and anxieties and figure out where I stood.

I sought the advice of professionals, like those I work with now, and was able to figure out what it all meant. I was finally able to see the big picture and gain clarity around my finances. It wasn’t all pretty, but organizing and defining all the moving pieces helped me to understand the steps I needed to take to get back on the right path. Having a plan is empowering!

I’m so proud of the work we do. When I see someone in need come to Abacus, trying to sort through the mess and uncertainty, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to reach out a helpful hand, because I know what it’s like to be in their shoes.

What I am doing to help the environment

I drive a hybrid electric car and power my home with solar panels.

Outside of work, my passions include

Gardening, renovating and decorating my mid-century modern home.

One goal I am saving for

My life after work, including travel and more time with my kids and grandkids.

The primary ways I’m advancing my career knowledge are

Reaching out to colleagues with questions, listening to TED talks and enhancing my skills with online tutorials.

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