Zina Kumok Kicks it with Luke

For those of you who have been following along with the Kickin’ it with Luke series, welcome back! For those of you who haven’t, Personal Finance by Women is putting together a financial literacy gift basket to benefit the fight against opioid addiction in Dayton, Ohio — what was once the epicenter of the opioid epidemic before they instituted a compassionate system that treated addiction as a disease.

So far we’ve featured books by Lauren Bowling, Bola Sokunbi, Kristin Wong and Jackie Cummings Koski. Thank you to each one of you for contributing!

If you want to pitch in, too, here’s where you can do so.

Today I’m headed to Dayton for the event. While I’m there, I’m going to see the fantastic Zina Kumok. Zina is the driving force behind our contribution to Kickin’ it with Luke. She’s also a talented personal finance freelance writer and speaker.

I want to welcome her to contribute her thoughts and feelings on the opioid epidemic today, as someone who has seen it impact her own community.

Living in the Midwest, the opioid epidemic is a reality that goes past the daily headlines. It’s something that affects people on a day-to-day basis. But it can feel hard to see what an individual can do to stem the problem.

Being part of Kickin’ it with Luke is one way that you can support an organization doing its part. Everything I’ve heard about Brigid’s Paththe primary organization which benefits from Kickin’ it with Luke –is that they’re an organization that treats its patients and clients with respect. They understand their struggles and help them without judgment.

What’s especially great about Kickin’ it with Luke is that the fundraiser honors Luke and his memory with an activity he loved: kickball. Luke loved to play kickball with his friends and this tournament celebrates him and brings his loved ones together.

I’m so excited to see what the third year of this tournament brings and how many more people are helped by this group.

Final Book Contribution

The final book contribution to the financial literacy basket is The Feminist Financial Handbook by yours truly.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Li Cain

While The Feminist Financial Handbook addresses personal finance topics such as budgeting systems, investment options, and emergency funds, its unique value is describing the backstories of women’s financial lives. Chapter topics include: single parenting, gender income gaps, salary negotiations, financial account ownership, PTSD and depression, and domestic and financial abuse.

Skillfully combining political and historical insights, research findings, and real-life stories of women managing their finances, Conroy offers readers hope, support, and specific action steps at the end of each chapter. Women who desire financial security for themselves and others and financial educators, counselors, coaches, and planners who assist them will benefit greatly from the unique perspectives contained within this book.

Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®
@moneytalk1 and co-author of Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women

Learn more here!


Thank you so much to Zina! Learn more about Kickin’ It With Luke and how we’re using financial literacy to fight addiction in Dayton, Ohio.

If you’re interested in a financial literacy basket from Personal Finance by Women for your nonprofit’s event, or supporting future efforts, please do get in touch!


Brynne Conroy is a freelance writer, author and award-winning blogger in the personal finance space. Her work has a marked focus on women’s issues and intersectional oppression as it relates to the personal economies of Americans.

She loves baseball, linguistics and cultural studies. If you can’t find her behind a keyboard or calculator, she’s probably busy momming.