The Guidepost Awards recognizes financial counselors and the important roles they play in helping military families reach their savings or career transition goals. Made possible through the support of Navy Federal Credit Union, the program serves as a resource platform and highlights the work of financial and career counselors in defense communities and how their work contributes to the overall readiness of our armed forces.
Congratulations to the 2022 Guidepost Recipients
Fort Riley, Kansas
Ron Aylor has been a financial counselor at Fort Riley since 2008. Originally from Okmulgee, Okla. Aylor joined the Army National Guard in 1979—the summer before his senior year of high school. In 1986 he transferred into the active Army as a Finance Specialist. Aylor was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 and was deployed to Kuwait in 2001 during 9/11.
During his military career Aylor was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas; Leighton Barracks, Wurzberg, Germany; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Greely Alaska (twice); Fort Stewart, Georgia; Camp Doha Kuwait; and Fort Riley, Kansas. It was during his time in the service that he began to take an interest in personal finance and money management.
He retired from the Army in 2005 and became the Director of the Defense Military Pay Office at Fort Riley. Aylor has five children and lives with his wife in Wakefield, Kansas.
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
Antonietta (Toni) S. Geronimo is a Community Readiness Consultant for the Military & Family Readiness Center, 6th Force Support Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In this role, she provides essential personal and work life programs/services for a base populace of over 95,300 joint service active duty and civilian members, retirees and their families.
Helping others has been a key part of Toni’s career since the very beginning. She graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997. Her nursing career included working in the medical-surgical unit at two teaching hospitals in the Chicago area and as a Nurse Supervisor for a Humana Health Care Clinic in San Antonio. To this day, Toni continues to maintain her Illinois Registered Nurse Professional License.
Toni’s Air Force civil service career began in 2005 at RAF Alconbury. In 2007, she was awarded the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship and volunteered hundreds of hours at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) providing financial counseling and education within the military community. In 2009, Mrs. Geronimo accepted the position as a Community Readiness Specialist at the A&FRC at MacDill AFB, and in 2011, earned her Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Toni was hand-picked by HQ AFPC and currently serves on the HQ Business Planning and Advisory Team for both PFR and AFFF.
Toni is a proud military spouse and mom. She has been married 31 years to MSgt Ronaldo B. Geronimo (USAF, retired). Together, they raised four children, Brandon (SSgt, USAF), Nicholas, Matthew and Brianna.
Fort Carson, Colorado
Kathleen Spain is from Fort Carson, Colorado, where she currently serves as a Financial Advisor for the Soldier Family Assistance Center and the Survivor Outreach Services with Army Community Services. Previously, she was a Program Analyst in Bavaria, Germany and an Army Emergency Relief Specialist at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Kathleen has extensive experience in Financial Services and Human Resources. Budgeting, credit repair, debt-elimination, homebuyer’s education, Thrift Savings Plan and transition planning are a few of her specialties. She has over 13 years of mortgage lending and banking experience, prior to federal service.
She holds the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) ® certification and a Housing Essentials Badge with Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education ® and a real estate license in Missouri and Colorado—plus a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and an Associates in Business Management from Drury University. Kathleen is married and has three adult children.
Fort Riley, Kansas
Scott Wadeson enlisted in the Army after high school and served three years. After taking night classes while enlisted, he decided to leave the military and enroll in college at North Dakota State University. His departure from the service didn’t last long. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he reenlisted and went to flight school. During this time, he was stationed in Fort Drum, New York, South Korea and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and deployed to Somalia. He then decided to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky and worked as an economist with Wilbur Smith Associates in Columbia, South Carolina. Shortly after 9/11, Wadeson re-entered the Army as an Aviator and flew the UH60 Blackhawk while stationed at Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Riley. He deployed a few times to Iraq, flying air assault missions, and VIP missions throughout the country. During these deployments he earned Air Medals and one Meritorious Service Medal.
He currently resides in Junction City, Kansas, where he lives with his wife Jennifer. Together they have five children, three of whom are in the military (two in the Air Force, one in the Navy).