Our Financial Expert Review Board
At Bankrate, we take the accuracy of our content seriously. Many of our articles are reviewed for accuracy and relevancy by a panel of financial experts. They hold us accountable for publishing content that’s objective, balanced and worthy of your trust.
Financial information you can trust
How does the review board work?
Meet our panel of experts
Review board members
Casey Fleming is an expert who helps clients understand how the mortgage industry and loan products work, and how to get the best mortgage for their specific needs.
Chris Birk is a former contributor at Bankrate. He is the Vice President of Mortgage Insight for Veterans United Home Loans and author of “The Book on VA Loans: An Essential Guide to Maximizing Your Home Loan Benefits.”
Courtney Mihocik is an editor at Bankrate Credit Cards and CreditCards.com specializing in credit card news and personal finance advice. Previously, she led insurance content at Reviews.com and worked as the loans editor at The Simple Dollar.
Jason Steele is a professional journalist and credit card expert who has been contributing to online publications since 2008. He was one of the original contributors to The Points Guy, and his work has been appearing there since 2011. He has also contributed to over 100 of the leading personal finance and travel outlets.
Jeffrey L. Beal, president of Real Estate Solutions, has 40 years’ experience in multiple phases of the real estate industry.
John Stearns, CMC, CRMS is a Senior Mortgage Loan Originator with American Fidelity Mortgage.
Kenneth Chavis IV is a senior wealth manager who provides comprehensive financial planning, investment management and tax planning services to business owners, equity compensated executives, engineers, medical doctors and entertainers.
Malcolm Ethridge, CFP®, is an executive vice president and fiduciary financial advisor with CIC Wealth Management, based in the Washington, D.C. area.
Malik S. Lee, CFP®, CAP®, APMA®, is a financial expert with nearly two decades of experience and is the Managing Principal and Founder of Felton & Peel Wealth Management.
Mark Kantrowitz is an expert on student financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, 529 plans, education tax benefits and student loans.
Rebekah Hovey is an editor with nearly a decade of experience creating and shaping content in finance-related and health care fields. Rebekah holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Communication and English.
Robert R. Johnson, Ph.D., CFA, CAIA, is a professor of finance at Creighton University and chairman and CEO of Economic Index Associates, LLC.
Sally Herigstad is a personal finance writer, columnist, author and retired CPA. She wrote a CreditCards.com column called “To Her Credit” for 10 years, answering readers’ questions about credit, debt, finances and family relationships, and more. With a background in public accounting, she joined the personal finance team at Microsoft in 1998. She has been working to help people take control of their finances ever since.
InstaMortgage (formerly Arcus Lending) CEO Shashank Shekhar is a top 15 loan officer and has been named the No. 4 broker in the country.
Stephanie Zito is a professional traveler, self-employed humanitarian consultant and collector of credit card points. She shares savvy travel tips that she’s learned firsthand circling the globe for more than 25 years. She’s a backpacker, expect and premium traveler who’s visited more than 130 countries and all seven continents. Her life motto is “See the world, change the world, have fun doing it!” and her mission is to inspire others along the journey.
Steve Ellis, CPCU, AIC, MBA, is a 30 year veteran of the insurance industry. His experience extends into training, operations, quality improvement, audit, compliance, claims technology, and data & analytics.
Suzanne Hollander is the City of Miami’s Director of Real Estate & Asset Management.
As an author, speaker, financial educator, and education manager for the Money Fit Academy, Todd Christensen develops financial education programs and provides credit and debt counseling for individuals and groups around the country.