About Us

Meet the two women behind this site and the ebook Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights.

Gerri Detweiler

Known as a credit expert, Gerri has been helping consumers understand the confusing world of credit and resolve their credit problems for more than 25 years. She started her career as a consumer advocate in Washington DC, where she had the opportunity to testify before Congress on credit legislation. She written numerous articles, and has answered over 10,000 credit questions online. 

 Gerri is the author or co-author of five books for consumers, including: 

  • Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws To Protect Your Rights.
  • Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track
  • The Ultimate Credit Handbook (named one of the top five personal finance books of the year by Money magazine), 
  • Invest In Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life, Slash Your Debt, and Save Money & Secure Your Future

She has also been interviewed by countless media, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dateline NBC, and The Today Show.

Gerri was education director at Credit.com for ten years and also hosted her own radio show. In addition, she has developed consumer education programs for MasterCard, Bank of America and others, testified before Congress on consumer credit legislation, served on the Consumer Advisory Council of Experian, a national credit reporting agency, and on the board of the National Council for Consumer Education. She is a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit Heroes at Home, which provides free financial education for members of the military and their families. 

Currently Gerri works for Nav as its education director. The website provides business owners with simple tools to build strong business credit and financially healthy companies.

Mary Reed

Mary has worked with numerous attorneys and personal finance professionals for more than 30 years as the owner of MR•PRa national a public relations and marketing firm. Through that work she understands the challenges that consumers face when they are experiencing financial problems. 

Mary also writes about consumer money and legal issues as a ghostwriter or in her own name. To date, she has written or ghostwritten 24 books related to consumer financial and legal matters including four books in the popular For Dummies series. 

Mary is the coauthor of:

  • Managing Debt for Dummies
  • Good Advice for a Bad Economy and 
  • Divorce for Dummies

She was the ghostwriter for:

  • Law For Dummies
  • The Credit Repair Handbook, 
  • The Bankruptcy Handbook
  • Fresh Start!, and 
  • Beating the Paycheck to Paycheck Blues 

Mary has also ghostwritten numerous articles about financial and legal matters for Better Homes & Gardens, Credit.com and NextAvenue.com.

Prior to establishing MR•PR, Mary was vice president of marketing for a national market research firm, director of marketing for a women’s health organization, and public relations manager for Texas Monthly Magazine and Texas Monthly Press. She also worked as a legislative aide for an Austin, Texas city council member and as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. and for Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA.

Mary has a Masters in Business from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C.

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