Board Member Bios

2015-16 Board of Directors

Officers (3)

Mr. Dan Mann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (National Chair) 
NASFAA University Credentials: Campus-Based Programs
Dan Mann is the Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he leads an operation that administered over $812 million in financial aid awards last year.  Prior to joining the University of Illinois in November 2004, Dan served as Director of Financial Aid at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has over 35 years of experience in the financial aid profession.  Over the years, he has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations.  He is a former MASFAA and ILASFAA (Illinois) President and has served on the NASFAA Board of Directors.  He has been the recipient of several awards including the ILASFAA Sustained Service Award and the MASFAA Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award.  He is a former national chair for the Coalition of State University Aid Administrators (COSUAA) and is an active member of The College Board.

Dr. Lisa Blazer, University of Texas at San Antonio (National Chair-Elect)
Lisa is the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She has been at UTSA in multiple roles for 14 years and has more than 25 years of admissions and financial aid experience.  She currently oversees Financial Aid & Scholarships, Admissions, Registrar, Orientation, the One-Stop Enrollment Center, the University Career Center and the Child Development Center.  She served as President of TASFAA and SWASFAA, and has served on several NASFAA committees including Association Governance, Finance and Research as well as the NASFAA Board for two years. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member and an advocate for professional development for her staff.  Lisa has a BA degree in Piano Performance, an MAA degree in organizational development and a PhD in Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership.

Ms. Eileen O'Leary, Stonehill College (Past National Chair)
NASFAA University Credentials: Campus-Based Programs
Eileen O’Leary is the Assistant Vice President, Student Financial Services at Stonehill College, where she has worked in financial aid for nearly 30 years. Eileen has also served in various state and national positions, including National Chair of the National Direct Student Loan Coalition (NDSLC) and current member of its executive board; NASFAA commission director 2011-2012, member of the NASFAA Reimagining Aid Delivery and Design (RADD) Task Force, the Award Letter and Consumer Disclosure Task Force, the 2001-2006 Reauthorization Task Force, and the NASFAA Federal Issues Committee from 2006-2008. In addition, Eileen has been the President of MASFAA (2000-2001) and a member of the MASFAA Government Relations Committee and its Executive Board. In addition, she has served as a non-federal negotiator on two Negotiated Rulemaking series that focused on federal student loan issues, and has presented on financial aid issues to members of the Massachusetts legislature, at U.S. Senate field hearings, as well as other public forums. Eileen is also a member of the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance advisory board.

Representatives at Large (6)

Mrs. Heather Boutell, Bellarmine University (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
NASFAA University Credentials: Student Eligibility
Heather Boutell has been the Director of Financial Aid at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, since 2005 and has over 22 years of experience in the financial aid profession. Over the years she has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations as a presenter, committee chair, and officer. She has been the recipient of several awards including the KASFAA (Kentucky) Distinguished Service award and the NASFAA Leadership Award from SASFAA. She is a former KASFAA and SASFAA president and has also served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as a regional representative. Heather has served NASFAA on various committees including Training and Professional Development (Chair), Conference, and Association Governance.

Ms. Paula Luff, DePaul University (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
Paula Luff serves as the associate vice president for Financial Aid at DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the nation. In her role, she oversees the Financial Aid Office which is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with all federal/state legislation and regulations, administering aid programs totaling over $430 million annually, and developing and evolving institutional policies regarding leveraging institutional grant funds to meet the enrollment management goals of the university. Prior to joining DePaul in 2003, Paula served as a financial aid administrator at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University. She also has experience at Carlow University, Seton Hill University and Carnegie Mellon University. Paula holds a B.A. in English/writing and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated cum laude. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public services from DePaul. Ms. Luff served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as a Commission Director in 2012-2013.

Mr. Craig Alan Slaughter, DePauw University (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
Craig Slaughter began serving as the Director of Financial Aid for DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) in 2008. He has worked for more than 20 years in the financial aid profession at institutions including the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA and Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Craig is a former MASFAA (Midwest region) Secretary and has held various volunteer and presenter roles with the College Board, ISFAA (Indiana), WASFAA (Western region) and NASFAA. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Indiana University. Craig continues to find an outlet for singing great choral works as a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Ms. Angela Johnson, Cuyahoga Community College (1st Year Rep-at-Large)
NASFAA University Credentials: Application Process, Campus-Based Programs
Angela Johnson serves as executive director for enrollment operations, student financial aid and scholarships at Cuyahoga Community College, the oldest community college in Ohio. In her role, she oversees the enrollment operations of college and financial aid office operations and services for four campuses and two additional sites. Prior to her current role, Angela has served as assistant dean of student affairs and campus director of financial aid both at Cuyahoga. She has also worked in financial aid at The Ohio State University and Bryant and Stratton College. She currently serves as Past President for the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and has also served on the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators board as state representative for Ohio.

Ms. Ellen Neel, Glendale Community College (1st Year Rep-at-Large)
Ellen Neel has been the Director of Financial Aid at Glendale Community College in Arizona since 1998. She has over 30 years of financial aid experience with 25 spent serving community college students in both Arizona and California. During her career she has been active in sector, state, regional, and national financial aid associations as session presenter, panelist, committee member, and committee chair. She is a former AASFAA President and also served on the WASFAA Executive Board. Ellen has been a member of various advisory groups, most recently as an inaugural member of the Federal Student Aid Information Center Arizona School Advisory Group.

Mr. Nick Prewett, University of Missouri (1st Year Rep-at-Large)
NASFAA University Credentials: Application Process, Campus-Based Programs, Cost of Attendance, Direct Loans, Federal Methodology, Federal Pell Grant, Packaging & Notification of Awards, Professional Judgment, Return of the Title IV Funds, Student Eligibility, Verification
Nick Prewett serves as the Director of student financial aid at the University of Missouri, where he has been a leader for over five years.  Nick began his career in financial aid 13 years ago at the University of Kansas.  Throughout the years, he has been active in association work through NASFAA, MASFAA, RMASFAA, MASFAP and KASFAA.  He strongly believes participation in association work and advocacy is vital to our profession and emphasizes that each financial aid professional must volunteer and serve as an active member to further the mission of each association.   He has been married for 16 years to Sara his high school sweetheart and has two rambunctious children ages 3 and 7.   

Regional Representatives (6)

Mr. Tony Erwin, Northeastern University (EASFAA)
Tony Erwin has 19 years of experience in the fields of student financial aid, employment, billing, veteran affairs and enrollment management. He is currently the associate vice president of enrollment and dean of Student Financial Services at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Tony was the associate director for Student Aid and Finance at Stonehill College and an assistant director of Financial Aid at Berklee College of Music. Tony also worked as a school trainer for the U.S. Department of Education for twelve years. He is currently the past-president of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Mr. Aaron Steffens, Luther College (MASFAA)
Aaron Steffens has been at Iowa’s Luther College since 2007 and has worked in the financial aid profession for 18 years. He has served as President of MASFAA and IASFAA, Treasurer of IASFAA and has chaired various committees for both associations. In his roles, Aaron has also served as a speaker and presenter. He has been the recipient of several awards including the MASFAA Meritorious Service Award, MASFAA State Leadership Award, MASFAA President’s Award, the IASFAA Distinguished Service Award and the IASFAA President’s Award.

Mr. Nathan R. Basford, Jr. Florida State University (SASFAA)
NASFAA University Credentials: Intermediate Student Eligibility, Intermediate Verification, Intermediate Campus-Based Programs
Nathan has been at Florida State University since 1981 and has over 31 years of experience in the financial aid profession. Over the years he has been active in state, and regional professional associations as a trainer, speaker, and committee chair.  He is the recipient of the FASFAA Distinguished Service award and is a former FASFAA President (3 terms) and the Immediate Past-President of SASFAA.  Nathan has made a special effort to address issues of diversity within his own state association as well as reaching out to other associations to celebrate the contributions of people from multiple backgrounds and cultures.  He continues to encourage all to be more inclusive and encourages quality training to ensure inclusiveness within the financial aid profession.

Mr. Andrew Hammontree, Francis Tuttle Technology Center (SWASFAA)
NASFAA University Credentials: Student Eligibility
Andrew Hammontree is the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, OK. He began working in financial aid as a work-study student in 1994 at Oklahoma Christian University. Andrew has served the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid as the Treasurer and President. He has also chaired numerous committees, including long-range planning, nominations and elections, and finance. Prior to his current role as president, he has served on the SWASFAA board as a state president, the Oklahoma delegate-at-large, and as the chair for the conference committee. Andrew is the recipient of the Philo Brasher Emerging Leader Award, the Outstanding New Profession Award in Career Tech, and the OASFAA Distinguished Service Award. He has a BA and an MBA from Oklahoma Christian University.

Mr. Art Young, Brigham Young University (RMASFAA)
Art Young is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His previous experience includes Financial Aid Director at Provo College, Relationship Manager for KeyBank, and Financial Aid Counselor at Utah State University. He has a wide educational and professional background, including seven years teaching in Utah’s public schools. Art has volunteered at RMASFAA’s Summer Institute for several years and has served on a variety of other UASFAA and RMASFAA committees. He received the UASFAA Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and RMASFAA’s Oscar R. “Jack” Hendrix Award in 2010. He is a former president of UASFAA and the 2014-15 RMASFAA President.

Mr. Kevin Jensen, College of Western Idaho (WASFAA)
Kevin has been at the College of Western Idaho since 2008 and has nearly 15 years of experience as a financial aid administrator.  Kevin is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA), and chair of several WASFAA committees including the Jerry R. Sims WASFAA Management & Leadership Institute.  He has also served as the chair of the WASFAA Federal Relations Committee, and was recently a primary negotiator on the US Department of Education's Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.  He is a former President of the Idaho Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA), former member of the College Board Western Regional College Scholarship Service (CSS) Committee, served on the College Board PowerFAIDS National Advisory Board as well as the National CSS Nominating Committee.

Commission Directors (3)

Ms. Lisanne Masterson, Blue Ridge Community College
Lisanne Masterson is the Director of Financial Aid at Blue Ridge Community College. Prior to moving to the community college sector, she worked for over 26 years at Brevard College (a small, Methodist-affiliated, four-year college). She holds a BA in Mathematics from UT – Knoxville and a MA in Education (Educational Administration emphasis) from Western Carolina University. Previous NASFAA positions include serving on the Board as a regional representative, three years on the Leadership Development and Professional Advancement Committee (one year as chair), two years on the Nominations & Elections Committee, and one year on the Finance Committee. She has been active in both her state and regional financial aid organizations in a variety of positions, serving as SASFAA President (2007-2008), Conference Chair, New Aid Officer Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, and Site Selection Chair. In her state association (NCASFAA) Lisanne has chaired the Audit, Conference, Membership, and Publicity/Publications Committees, and held the offices of President and Treasurer.

Ms. Kay W. Soltis, Pacific Lutheran University
NASFAA University Credentials: Professional Judgement, Verification
Kay Soltis has served as Director of Financial Aid for Pacific Lutheran University for 24 years, and been in the financial aid office of Pacific Lutheran for 30 years (formerly as Associate Director). Kay has been an active member of the Washington State Association (WFAA) and served as that group’s president in 1996-97. She has also served the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) including serving as the president in 2011-12.  She has served NASFAA in many capacities over the years including Board of Directors as a Rep at Large, a Regional President and served on a number of committees.  She has also been an active participant with the College Scholarship Service, the Washington State Governing Board of Dollars for Scholars, and has served as a non-federal trainer for the U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Keith Williams, Michigan State University
Keith Williams, associate director of financial, has been employed at Michigan State University since 1993 and has over 20 years of experience in financial aid. He has been active in state, regional, and national financial aid associations as a presenter, committee member, committee chair, and elected representative. He has received several awards including the MASFAA Distinguished Service award and the MASFAA Meritorious Service award.  He is a former MASFAA vice president and has also served on NASFAA's Technology & Initiatives and Access & Diversity committees.  Keith continues to be a strong advocate for student financial aid and believes finances should not be a barrier to any student achieving his/her educational goals.

Treasurer (1) 

Mr. Brad Barnett, James Madison University
Brad Barnett is an Accredited Financial Counselor and Certified Personal Financial Manager who works as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships at James Madison University. With almost 20 years of experience in the financial aid profession, Brad has been active in state, regional, and national financial aid associations as a presenter, committee member/chair, and elected officer. A past president of VASFAA and SASFAA, he has also served NASFAA on the Financial Affairs Committee, as Conference Chair, and as a Standards of Excellence Reviewer. Brad received the VAFSAA Excellence Award in 2010-11 and teaches two personal finance courses. In addition to these activities, he also provides financial counseling services on a professional basis outside of his role with JMU.

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