• “My family never talked about money, so I never learned how to leverage it effectively.”
  • “No one taught me about money in school.”
  • “My significant other manages our money; I don’t get involved.”
  • “I’m a successful businessperson, I work all the time yet don’t plan or save enough for the future.”
  • “I’m overwhelmed with financial information and I don’t know how it specifically applies to me.”
  • “I would love to retire, but it’s just not in the cards.”
Deborah Pratt Johnson Burns


Welcome! I’m Deborah, a Personal Finance Educator and Mentor, and Brand and Business Strategist. I have helped people just like you master their money and build wealth and a financial legacy they didn’t know was possible. Join me and learn how to gain more clarity around your personal and business finances, increase your financial knowledge, and begin to experience real financial freedom!

Throughout my life, I have had the great good fortune to have several mentors. In their own way, each of them encouraged, challenged, and most important believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.

My mentors were my “go-to” people who gave me a fresh perspective on what’s important, listening to and counseling me, without judgment. They were dedicated to helping me find my voice, pursue my passions, and become exactly who I wanted to be when I grew up. Their excitement about my progress was contagious and gave me confidence.

Literacy to Legacy Mentors is my commitment to paying it forward!

I am passionate about helping you identify your blind spots, old habits, and resistance around money. I will provide you with the necessary tools and resources to enhance your knowledge, build your confidence, and expand your financial options.

Your Financial Freedom Team

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Trusts, Estates + Elder Law Attorney

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School Renewal, and the Santa Fe Waldorf School community magazine. Cynthia specializes in educational communications and finance, creating, managing, and editing grants and educational communications and development materials, doing whatever it takes to celebrate innovation in all types of education. She delights in delivering compelling stories that engage and educate readers, while also positively impacting her clients’
bottom lines.

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Jodi Okun

Founder, College Financial Aid Advisors

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Jodi is known for her smart insight on a range of 21st-century topics, including social media, entrepreneurship, and, especially, college financing. She is a social media strategist, speaker, consultant, small business advocate, and founder of College Financial Aid Advisors. Channeling more than a decade of experience in the financial aid industry—specifically working in the financial aid offices of colleges such as Occidental and Pitzer—Jodi has used her simple and precise approach to successfully aid thousands of families in planning for and navigating the murky waters of the college financial aid process.

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Lansing Burns

Lead Education Advisor

Lansing Burns

Lansing is a lead education advisor for Literacy to Legacy Mentors. A veteran secondary school educator with more than 20 years’ experience, he knows just what is needed to convey key concepts in a clear, understandable manner, and how to develop compelling, entertaining, and motivating curriculum.

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Audrey Lansing Burns

University Education Ambassador & Advisor, Loyola Marymount University 2023

Audrey Lansing Burns

Audrey is the education ambassador and advisor at Literacy to Legacy Mentors. A Sophomore Theatre Arts Major at Loyola Marymount University, Audrey has been a private high school tutor and mentor for the past two years, working with disadvantaged young adults in the Los Angeles area. She relishes in helping young adults thrive through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. Audrey is also an independent contractor, creating multiple revenue streams to enable her to live the life she’s always dreamed about!

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