Leadership Symposium Speakers

Maureen 'Mo' Amos - Executive Director of Financial Aid, Scholarship, & Student Employment, Northeastern Illinois University

Maureen AmosMaureen began her financial aid career after eight years in student activities and athletics at the community college level. The passion for access, creative learning techniques, assessment and working in multiple capacities keeps Mo engaged with Chicago Public Schools, admission, and registrar networks, as adjunct faculty at the community college level. Maureen began her financial aid career with immediate participation as a member of NASFAA committees and task forces. Further, Mo participated in the ILASFAA/ISAC telephone campaign for Financial Aid/Admission Awareness month that has grown into a nationwide College Goal Sunday program. Maureen is currently a commissioner with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, a member of the IPEDs Technical Review Team, and served on the Higher Education Committee of 50. Currently, Maureen is responsible for oversight of financial aid, scholarships and student employment at a four-year public university. This includes systems programming in Ellucian Banner modules (e.g. population selections, rules and SQL statements, workflow, self service and COGNOS reporting).

Shannon Amundson - Director of Financial Aid, Colorado College

Sharon AmundsonShannon Amundson is the director of financial aid at Colorado College where she has worked for almost five years. Prior to that, Shannon worked at Cornell College in Iowa for 17 years, both in financial aid and student accounts. She has a degree from Cornell College in psychology and politics and another degree from Mount Mercy University in accounting. Shannon is currently working on her MBA in innovation. She will tell you that no one grows up dreaming of working in financial aid, but she loves helping students every day. Sometimes that help is awarding funds and sometimes that help is life lessons about finance, but no matter what, she knows she loves working with young people trying to fund their education.

Daniel Barkowitz - Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program Commission Chair & Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, Valencia College
Dan Barkowitz

Daniel Barkowitz, FAAC®, is the assistant vice president of financial aid and veterans affairs at Valencia College, a position he has held since July of 2017. While new to the Florida area, Daniel is not new to financial aid, having served nearly 30 years in institutions of higher education. Previous roles include director of financial aid at MIT, dean of financial aid/associate dean of student affairs for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York, director of operations and training for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, and assistant director of financial aid at Boston College. Daniel earned his bachelor's degree in history from Northeastern University and his master's degree in human resource education from Boston University. Daniel has led presentations on financial aid and college financing to many audiences (more than 500) ranging in size from two to 2,000. He has been interviewed for television, radio and newspapers on the topic of financial aid. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in Orlando, and is a published poet, musical theater actor, and Tarot card collector.

James Broscheit - Director of Financial Aid, Montana State University - Bozeman

James BroscheitJames Broscheit, FAAC®, has been working in financial aid since 1986. He has spent all but approximately six months of that on the school side, early proprietary, and four-year public since. He is currently the director of financial aid at the Montana State University in Bozeman. He worked his way through most financial aid positions, with much of the more recent experience focused on office leadership and administration. James has enjoyed the privilege to spend time at several four-year public universities, and in that he has come to know that every campus has an identity, and in that identity, there is a place for every student. He thinks that part of our mission is to help the student find that right place for a successful investment in higher education. He has enjoyed serving in both state and regional associations and in getting to know so many wonderful people over the years.

Scott Cline - Vice President of Enrollment Management and Auxiliary Services, California College of the Arts

Scott ClineDr. Scott Cline is vice president of enrollment management and auxiliary services at California College of the Arts, where he oversees admissions, financial aid, student records, housing, dining, and parking and transportation. Previous to CCA, he worked at Stanford University and Chapman University. He holds a doctorate in education from San Francisco State University, a master's degree in education leadership and Administration, and a bachelor's degree in history from Chapman University.

He is past-president of both the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) and California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA). In addition to serving on many state, regional, and national committees and task forces, he served as the primary non-federal negotiator for financial aid administrators with the U.S. Department of Education on the Title IV Loans Negotiated Rulemaking committee in 2015.

Art Coleman - Managing Partner, EducationCounsel

Art ColemanArt Coleman is Managing Partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC.  He provides policy, strategic, and legal counseling services to national non-profit organizations and postsecondary institutions throughout the country, where he addresses policy and legal issues associated with student access, diversity, inclusion, expression, and success.  

Mr. Coleman previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, where, in the 1990s, he led the Department's development of the Department's Title VI policy on race-conscious financial aid, as well as OCR's first comprehensive Title IX sexual harassment policy guidance.

Mr. Coleman was instrumental in the establishment of the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative (ADC) in 2004, which he has helped lead since its inception.  With a focus on issues of diversity and inclusion, he has authored amicus briefs in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), Gratz v. Bollinger (2003), and in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (I and II, 2013 and 2016).  His advocacy work also includes the development of a federal amicus brief and strategy on behalf of transgender students in federal court litigation throughout the United States.

A former litigator, Mr. Coleman is a 1984 honors graduate of Duke University School of Law and a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia.  He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network); the Lab School of Washington, which serves students with learning differences; and a past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Mr. Coleman is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, where he teaches a course on enrollment management law and policy.

Megan Coval - Vice President, NASFAA

Megan CovalMegan is the Vice President of Public Policy and Federal Relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) where she oversees the Association's policy and advocacy efforts . Prior to joining NASFAA in the fall of 2010, she served as the Director of Government Relations for the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, where she contributed to several congressionally mandated reports on the postsecondary access and persistence of low- and moderate- income students. Megan began her career in higher education as an admissions counselor at Penn State University. She received a master's in higher education at Penn State and BA in political science from Allegheny College.

Justin Draeger - President & CEO, NASFAA

Justin DraegerJustin Draeger, is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justin's career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities. Since 2002, Justin has been engaged in either administering, interpreting, communicating, or developing student financial aid policy. His prior experiences include working as a financial aid director, regulatory and policy analyst, and spokesperson. He has held senior positions overseeing government relations, communications, and policy work. Justin is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, National Public Radio, APM's Marketplace, Fox Business News, CNBC, and C-SPAN, and is often quoted in national news outlets. Justin currently serves on the boards of directors of Baker College, the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, and other organizations that promote health and education. He earned his undergraduate from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Baker College. Justin lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife and three children, where he spends his free time shuttling children to various events, playing racquetball, running or swimming.

Rachel Gentry - Assistant Director of Federal Relations, NASFAA

Rachel GentryRachel Gentry is the Assistant Director of Federal Relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), where she works primarily on the Association's congressional advocacy and policy priorities. Before joining NASFAA in July 2019, Rachel worked in higher education policy at the Center for American Progress and the Institute for Higher Education Policy. She began her career in higher education as a college advisor at two public high schools in North Carolina, where she assisted low-income and first-generation students navigating the college application and financial aid process. Rachel received a master's in higher education from the University of Maryland - College Park and a BA in public policy and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brenda Hicks - NASFAA National Chair & Director of Financial Aid, Southwestern College

Brenda HicksBrenda Hicks, FAAC®, has served Southwestern College in both college admissions and financial aid since 1991 and is currently the director of financial aid. Over the years she has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations as a trainer, board member, and committee chair. She has been a recipient of the NASFAA Regional Leadership award and the KASFAA Meritorious Achievement award. She is a former RMASFAA and KASFAA president and has also previously served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as a regional representative and representative-at-large. She has also been a member of the NASFAA Association Governance Committee and has served on several task forces including the NASFAA 50th Anniversary task force, the State and Regional Alliance task force and the Enhanced Loan Counseling task force.

Scott Jaschik - Editor, Inside Higher Ed

Scott JaschikScott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon,and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

Tim Lehmann - Vice President Student Financial Services, Southern New Hampshire University

Tim LehmannTim Lehmann is an experienced higher education financing professional- with over 35 years of experience in higher education financing. A common thread has been helping organizations to scale their operations along with finding innovative solutions to assist universities. He has built a reputation as a thought leader in the area of technology and customer experience as well as maintaining a commitment to compliance to help colleges and universities achieve optimization goals.

Beginning his career working in the nonprofit sector, he has worked for both for-profit and nonprofit institutions focused primarily on distance education. Mr. Lehmann has been the vice president for student financial services at Southern New Hampshire University for the past five years and has helped guide the institution through significant growth as well as assisting with improving the student experience by being relentlessly focused on creating and integrating the right technology to deliver a student experience that is optimized, scalable, compliant and streamlined to achieve the university's goals.

Mr. Lehmann has a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Minnesota and an MBA from Capella University. He has been a presenter at numerous conferences and seminars on the topic of financing higher education.

Paula Luff - NASFAA Past National Chair & Vice President for Enrollment Planning & Management, Ball State University

Paula LuffPaula Luff is currently the vice president for enrollment planning & management for Ball State University. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a financial aid administrator and has worked with financial aid professionals across the country while serving in state, regional and national associations. Paula has served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as a representative-at-large and commission director and also sat on NASFAA's Association Governance Committee and Financial Affairs Committee. She is a past-president of ILASFAA at the local level and MASFAA at the regional level. Paula has worked with the U.S. Department of Education as an alternate on the Negotiated Rulemaking Program Integrity and Improvement Team and is a co-founder of the Illinois Private Aid Directors Consortium. Most recently, she was honored with the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award (MASFAA) in 2017.

Dan Mann - Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dan MannDan Mann is the associate provost for enrollment management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with responsibility for campus enrollment, undergraduate admissions, student financial aid, registration and records, enrollment management communications, data analysis and system services, and the Principal's Scholars Program. Dan served as the 2015-16 NASFAA National Chair.

David Page - Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dillard University

David PageDavid DeMear Page is employed at Dillard University in New Orleans as vice president for enrollment management. He has worked in higher education for 27 years at institutions including the University of Tulsa, Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and previously at Dillard. For 20 years he was a financial aid administrator and for the last seven years he has been in the enrollment management space. David has volunteered his time with OASFAA, LASFAA, AASFAA, SWASFAA and NASFAA, where he sat on the NASFAA Board of Directors from 2007-09 as the SWASFAA regional representative. He returned to the NASFAA Board from 2011-2014 as NASFAA representative-at-large. He also has previously served on NASFAA's Association Governance Committee, NASFAA's Presidential Search Committee, Nomination and Elections Committee, and Enrollment Management task force. He previously served as commission director in 2015 currently is commission director for the 2020-2021 NASFAA board where he oversees three national committees. David has been on the College Board's annual HBCU program committee for the last seven years. David has been a mentor to several African-American males attending college, and he is an active volunteer in his community through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. David is also a member of Franklin Ave. Baptist Church in New Orleans. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and his master's degree in higher education (college student affairs) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. David and his wife Dr. Yolanda W. Page are the proud parents of William David and Brooke Alexis.

Myrna Perkins - Chief Accreditation Officer/Director of Financial Aid, Barton County Community College (KS)

Myrna PerkinsMyrna is director of financial aid at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. She has worked in financial aid since 1992 and has been a peer reviewer with NASFAA's Standards of Excellence (SOE) Review Program since 2000. Myrna is also chief accreditation officer and accreditation liaison officer at Barton as well as an accreditation peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission. Myrna has also been the associate dean of student services overseeing not only financial aid but also admissions and enrollment services. Myrna earned a bachelor's degree in English from Kansas State University and a master's degree in higher education administration with an emphasis in postsecondary education from Fort Hays State University.

Dr. Michela Perrone - President of MMP Associates

Michael Perrone

Dr. Michela Perrone founded MMP Associates in 1993 in order to support the successful development of nonprofit organizations, their Boards and Chief Executives. Michela's experience and expertise enable her to be an effective teacher and facilitator,as well as a troubleshooter, a diagnostician of management and governance problems, a team builder and a problem solver, a competent trainer of Boards and executive coach of CEOs.

Michela is a faculty member of Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, a Senior Associate of BoardSource, and a consultant and trainer for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington D.C. She works with hundreds of Board members, organizations, and Chief Executives annually to support their development and increase their effectiveness.

From 1978 until 1993, Michela was the President of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a non-profit corporation with headquarters in Washington D.C. Under her leadership, the Kennedy Institute grew from a small school for children with intellectual disabilities, with 25 staff and a yearly budget of $400,000, to a multi-faceted organization, where, in over 50 locations, 300 staff serve nearly one thousand children and adults with disabilities, with a budget of over 8 million dollars. Michela trained hundreds of professionals in the USA and abroad in management skills and in the education of people with disabilities.

Between 1969 and 1978, Michela held positions of leadership for six educational and human service organizations in the United States and Europe. Throughout her career, she has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

A native of Italy, Michela holds Italian and American citizenship. She first came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship, and completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College and her graduate and doctoral work at the Union Institute and University. Michela speaks fluent Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Brad Pochard, Associate Vice President of Enrollment & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Furman University

Brad PochardBrad Pochard began his career at Furman University as director of admission in October 2008 and was promoted to associate vice president of enrollment & dean of admissions and financial aid in 2019. Brad previously served as director of admission at his alma mater, Wittenberg University, in Ohio, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science and also earned his MBA in 2004. Brad's wife, Brianne, is the associate director of grants at Furman, and together, they have two sons, JT (10) and Evan (5).

Mendy Schmerer - Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Mendy SchmererMendy Schmerer, FAAC®,  is the director of student financial aid at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and has been in financial aid for over 18 years. She has served in numerous volunteer roles at the state, regional, and national levels for a number of years and believes that associational involvement has made her a better financial aid administrator. In 2020, she served as the president of SWASFAA, the Southwest region, and has the unique opportunity to serve as president for a second consecutive term for the 2021 year.

Scott Skaro - Director of Financial Aid, United Tribes Technical College

Scott SkaroScott Skaro has been in financial aid for over 10 years and is currently the director of financial aid at United Tribes Technical College, which serves tribal members from all across the U.S. and Canada.

He has volunteered for committees at NASFAA and has been involved with the Diversity Leadership Program since its inception, and currently serves as the diversity officer at NASFAA. He advocates for the leadership of NASFAA, schools, and all other organizations to look like the populations they serve.

Prior to his career in higher education, he had almost 10 years of finance experience at two different Fortune 500 companies. In college he studied international business and Mandarin Chinese and even lived in Beijing. His hobbies include music, trivia, and tennis.

Craig Slaughter - Director of Financial Aid, Kenyon College

Craig SlaughterIn 2017, Craig Slaughter, FAAC®, began serving as the director of financial aid for Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and before that served in the same role at DePauw University since 2008. He has worked for more than 20 years in the financial aid profession at institutions including the University of Redlands in Redlands, California and (previously) at Kenyon College. Craig is a former MASFAA (Midwest) secretary and has held various volunteer and presenter roles with the College Board, ISFAA (Indiana), WASFAA (Western) and NASFAA - including serving on the NASFAA Board of Directors as NASFAA's Diversity Officer. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree in higher education (college student personnel administration) from Indiana University.

Mary Sommers - Director of Financial Aid, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Mary SommersMary Sommers is currently the director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has been working in financial aid in Montana and Nebraska for 30 years. Prior to coming to UNK she was the director of financial aid and also an admissions counselor at Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, Montana.

Mary currently serves on the NASFAA Leadership Symposium task force. She recently finished a term on the NASFAA Finance Committee and chaired the NASFAA Administrative Capability task force. Previously she served as a representative at Large on the NASFAA Board of Directors and as chair of the NASFAA Ethics Commission. She worked on the task force that updated NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct. She is the proud recipient of NASFAA's Meritorious Achievement Award.

In her state and region, Mary has served on two occasions as the president of the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She was the 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.

Mary has a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska.

William Spiers - Director of Financial Aid, Tallahassee Community College

Bill SpiersBill Spiers, FAAC®,  has two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree from Jacksonville University. He has been in financial aid since 1983 when he became the director of student financial assistance at Jacksonville University. In 1997 he became the director of financial aid at Tallahassee Community College. Currently, he serves as the immediate past president of SASFAA after serving as president. He has served as president of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, chaired the former Councils of Student Financial Aid Advisors for the state of Florida, served on numerous committees for NASFAA, SASFAA, FASFAA, served on the College Board CSS Assembly, chaired the TG Council, served on the US Department of Education Student Aid Advisory Committee, and serves as the Treasurer for The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. He has been published in the College Board Trends, Inside Higher Ed, and The Greetree Gazette. He has also appeared on NPR and various local media outlets. He is married to Terrie Williams Spiers and has three children and one granddaughter.

Forrest Stuart - Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid, Lafayette College

Forrest StuartDr. Forrest Stuart is the associate vice president for financial aid at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Lafayette in January 2019, Forrest served as associate vice president for enrollment management and director of financial aid at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, as director of financial aid at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and as assistant director of admission, assistant director of financial aid, and ultimately director of financial aid at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. In all, Forrest has 30 years of higher education administration experience.

Forrest holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Clemson University, concentrating in higher education administration. His dissertation, entitled Sustainable Enrollment Management: A Dynamic Network Analysis, focused on enrollment management as a complex adaptive system and examined the dynamic network structures of a current enrollment management department, how those structures can be optimized for efficient information diffusion, and how enrollment management leaders can enable a sustainable enrollment management system. Forrest is also interested in the law of contracts and agency as they pertain to admission and financial aid.

Christina Tangalakis - Associate Dean of Financial Aid, Glendale Community College

Christina TangalakisChristina Tangalakis, Ed.D., FAAC®,  is currently the associate dean of financial aid at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. Previously, she was director of financial Aid at Hispanic Scholarship Fund, associate director at the University of Southern California, assistant director at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a financial aid counselor at Central Washington University. Affordability, access and diversity are the issues central to her daily work and professional interests. In December 2018, Christina was named one of the six members of the inaugural class of NASFAA's Diversity Leadership Program.

As a member of the LGBTQ community with Latinx heritage, Christina explains that diversity is more than just a passing phase—it is a way of life, an aspiration, and a motivation for creating change. Christina is currently a member of the advisory council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and sits on the board of directors of the Foundation for the AIDS Monument. In the future, Christina wants to continue to advocate for marginalized populations' college access and affordability, and to mentor a new generation of financial aid leaders who will be ready to shape the industry's future.

Celena Tulloss - Deputy Director of Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Celena Tulloss

Celena Tulloss serves as the deputy director in the office of financial aid and scholarships at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and holds a master's degree in education leadership. Prior to joining the team at Tennessee, Celena served as the executive director of financial aid at Lincoln Memorial University.  Celena has held many different leadership positions in the state and regional financial aid associations, including electronic services chair, conference chair, new aid officer workshop Instructor, and Tennessee president, and vice president. She currently serves as SASFAA president and an observer on the 2020-21 NASFAA Board of Directors.

Jim White - Dean of Student Financial Services, Gonzaga University

Jim WhiteJim has been dean of student financial services at Gonzaga University for the past 10 years. Prior to this role, he worked at Seattle University for 22 years in financial aid and enrollment management. Jim has been active and has held leadership roles in national, regional, and state financial aid associations for over 30 years. He serves as a financial aid peer teviewer in the NASFAA Standards of Excellence Program and is a consultant for Blue Icon Advisors. Originally, from New Jersey, Jim's bachelor's degree is from the Catholic University of America, and he has a master's degree in education administration from Seattle University.

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