Ethics Commission Members

Mary Sommers (Chair, 3-year appointment ends June 30, 2018)
Director of Financial Aid, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Mary Sommers is currently the director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She has been working in financial aid in Montana and Nebraska for 26 years. Prior to coming to UNK she was the director of financial aid and also admissions counselor at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT. Mary has served as a representative-at-large on NASFAA’s Board of Directors and as chair of NASFAA’s Task Force on the Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Principles. She is the proud recipient of NASFAA’s Meritorious Achievement Award. Mary has served on two occasions as president of the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; she was also president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA) in 2004. Over her career, Mary has presented at state, regional and national conferences on a number of financial aid and higher education topics.

Pam Fowler (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2018)
Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid, University of Michigan

Pam Fowler is the Executive Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and was the NASFAA national chair for 2011-12.  Pam has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in financial aid administration, having also served in senior financial aid management at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and Ivy Tech State College.  She has been active at the state, regional, and national levels in a wide range of advocacy roles, and has published several articles in the NASFAA Student Aid Transcript. A former MASFAA president, her MASFAA recognitions include the Purdy Distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award.  NASFAA recognized Pam’s service with their Regional Leadership Award, Meritorious Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards.  She has also been an active member of the College Board, the National Direct Student Loan Coalition, former national chair of the Coalition of State University Aid Administrators, and has served as a trainer and a negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education.  Pam brings a passion for the support of need-based financial aid, and has an inclusive outlook in her service to NASFAA as she identifies ways to support various types of institutions in managing the administration of financial aid.

Lisa Hopper (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2018)
Director of Financial Aid, National Park Community College

Lisa Hopper has been at the National Park Community College since 1998 and has over 22 years of experience in the higher education profession. Over the years she has been active in state, and regional professional associations.  She has been the recipient of several state awards including the AASFAA Distinguished Service award and the AASFAA Rookie of the Year award.  She is a former AASFAA President and Treasurer, has also served the southwest region on SWASFAA's Board of Directors as both a state president and a representative-at-large.  Hopper has served on the regional financial affairs and strategic/long range planning committees and the national code of conduct and ethics, board handbook, and nominations and elections committees.  

Brent Tener (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2019)
Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University

Brent Tener currently serves as director of financial aid and scholarships at Vanderbilt University and has worked in financial aid for over 25 years. He has presented numerous times at national, regional and state associate conferences, and was one of the main architects of Vanderbilt’s current progressive need-based financial aid program, Opportunity Vanderbilt. Prior to Vanderbilt, Brent worked at Wichita State University in Admissions and in Financial Aid.  He has been involved in varying capacities with the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), and NASFAA. Brent graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration.

Wayne Harewood (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2019)
Exec. Director of Enrollment & Financial Aid, Kingsborough Community College

Dr. Wayne Harewood is graduate of Houghton College for my Bachelor's degree. He has a master’s degree in social studies from Long Island University, and a master’s degree from Bernard Baruch College in Higher Education Administration. He has also earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland University College. Wayne has been working in the Financial Aid Office for 36 years--the last 18 years as director of financial aid at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. Wayne is currently the executive director of enrollment & financial aid. He has served on numerous college and university committees. He has also served on the NASFAA, EASFAA and NYSFAAA Boards.

Wynette Zuppardi (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2020)
Director of Financial Services, Brown University

Wynette Zuppardi has been at Brown University since 2006 and has over 20 years of experience in the financial aid profession. She has held been an active presenter, member, and board member for RIASFAA and EASFAA for many years, most recently completing a term as President of EASFAA. Wynette is the recipient of EASFAA's Leadership and President's Recognition for Service awards. She strongly believes participation in association work is vital to the strength of our financial aid profession.

Kay Lewis (3-year appointment ends June 30, 2020)
Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment, Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, University of Washington

Kay has worked in the financial aid profession since 1983. Currently she is an Assistant Vice-Provost, Enrollment and Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of Washington and has worked there for over 25 years. Prior to that, she worked at Whitworth College and Western Washington University. Her financial aid career really began as a work study student in the aid office at Centralia Community College. She is the past chair of the Coalition for State University Aid Administrators and the Higher Education Loan Coalition and remains active on these boards. Kay has participated in her state and regional associations and served on the CSS Western Regional Council. She served on the NASFAA Access and Diversity Committee, 2006 NASFAA Conference Committee, and is a former Representative at Large on the NASFAA Board. She has a BA and M.ED from Western Washington University.

National Chairs

  • Billie Jo Hamilton, 2017-18 National Chair
  • Lori Vedder, 2018-19 National Chair
  • Lisa Blazer, 2016-17 National Chair

NASFAA President: Justin Draeger, President & CEO, NASFAA
NASFAA Secretary: Beth Maglione, VP, NASFAA

Publication Date: 7/7/2017

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