Jackie Wiley-Sistrunk, 49
On a crusade since: 1994
Day job: Education and outreach coordinator, Seniors Against Investment Fraud
Achievement: Putting retirees on guard against con artists
Why she's a hero: Working at a state financial-protection agency, Wiley-Sistrunk often heard from seniors hit by fraud. After SAIF launched with a Department of Justice grant in 2001 -- enabling volunteers to teach peers how to avoid rip-offs -- she worked hard to spread its message; last year she spoke to 3,000 seniors herself.
SAIF is a model for agencies in nine other states.
"Some seniors are savvy. Some are sweet and trusting. That's why education is important," she says.
Economic self-sufficiency for women and protection against con artists are the missions of these two Money heroes.
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