Our Team

 

Angela Caban, MHRM

Angela Caban, MHRM
Director

Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, mom of two, and the Military Saves Director. She is responsible for directing and overseeing communications that effectively describe and promote the program and its services.

Prior to joining Military Saves, Angela was a Community Manager for USAA, where she was responsible for the strategic planning of the digital-based platform open to 11 million members.

In 2010, Angela founded a military support network to help bridge the gap between the active duty, National Guard, and Reserve communities. The Homefront United Network was named a top military support network by Joining Forces in 2014. Angela has been published in various print and online publications, with a writing focus on military lifestyles and financial readiness for everyday military families.

She is the former Vice President of the New Jersey Board of Education, where she was an avid advocate for military kids attending civilian schools as well as current issues affecting curriculum and regionalization of smaller school districts. She has also served on various advisory boards such as the Military Family Advisory Network and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Angela has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from DeVry University and her Masters in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Angela's Favorite Saving Tip: Have more than one savings account and name them based on what you are saving for. Example, "Vacation Money", "Emergency Fund", "New Appliances"... naming them to the specific goal you are saving for will make you think twice about dipping into savings if it isn't an emergency.

 

Lila Quintiliani, AFC®

Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Senior Program Manager

Lila Quintiliani is an Active Duty Army spouse, veteran, mom of two, and the Military Saves Senior Program Manager. Previously she worked as a Personal Financial Counselor on military installations worldwide and as a contracted subject matter expert for content for the Department of Defense’s Office of Financial Readiness. Lila also served as the Assistant Coordinator for the Military Saves program in 2012-2013.

A FINRA Military Spouse Fellowship recipient, Lila is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York City and a Master’s Degree in Chinese History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lila feels strongly about helping military families find financial success.

Lila's Favorite Saving Tip: When you pay off a monthly note, like a car loan, continue to save that amount in a savings account. Watch those savings grow!

 

Jackie Toops

Jackie Toops
Program Coordinator

Jackie Toops was an Army wife for 7.5 years, and is a freelance writer, content creator, media personality and the Military Saves Program Coordinator. 

Jackie has been published in print and online across numerous outlets to include Army Wife 101, NextGen Milspouse, Veterans Rideshare Inc., SoFluential Media, Wall Street International Magazine, Families Go Travel, and more.  

Jackie has overseen public relations, communications, and social media for museums, galleries, universities, and military spouse- and veteran-owned businesses. She proudly served on the board of the AUSV Veterans Awards, was the emcee of Vet Fest, and has been interviewed on various military-related podcasts. Highlights of Jackie’s career include being a volunteer radio co-host with the Armed Forces Network (AFN Wiesbaden), participating in a panel with Facebook’s VP of Marketing during a Boost with Facebook event, and meeting actor Chris Hemsworth at a Warner Bros. Pictures press junket.  

Jackie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Florida State University, a Graduate Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. 

In her free time, Jackie enjoys international travel, coffee, music, and spending time with her two sons.   

Jackie’s Favorite Savings Tip: Keep your eyes on the prize. When saving, consider the big picture and don't allow impulse purchases to detract from your larger goals. Focus on what you really want instead of what you want now. 

Tip of the Day

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Making Saving Automatic Leads to Personal Success

Written by Lila Quintiliani | May 27, 2020

Ryan’s savings journey started when he was an active duty airman. Frequent deployments and temporary duty assignments gave him the opportunity to save. By the time he transitioned out of active duty, he had built up a healthy rainy-day fund and had started to aggressively save for retirement.

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Living the Dream: This Military Couple Retired Early

Written by Jackie Toops | March 18, 2021

“Continuous dedication to financial peace pays off,” shares military couple, Denise and Jim. They would know, because at ages 52 and 53, they are already retired. The couple enjoyed life as an Army family for 32 and a half years and started planning for retirement decades ago. Denise shares, “We are not working a paid job, but are volunteering and meeting some personal fitness goals and enjoying some time together after many years spent geographically apart. It can be done!”

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Building a Six-Figure Savings While Enjoying Life

Written by Jackie Toops | November 13, 2020

Does the idea of saving up hundreds of thousands of dollars seem impossible? How about doing it while still living an enjoyable lifestyle?

For military spouse Martina and her husband, an E-5 in the Navy, accumulating a six-figure savings has become a reality. One might think that in order to save this much, it would take a great deal of sacrificing and forgoing a certain quality of life, but Martina and her husband would disagree. “Over the past few years (about five), we've managed to save almost $120,000 while mostly living on one income. We've learned so much about easy ways to save money and live a good life,” shares Martina.

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