Meet NASFAA's MVPs

NASFAA's Most Valuable Professional is a series that features a brief Q&A with a different NASFAA member every couple of weeks. Do you know a financial aid colleague with something interesting to say? Send the names of potential future MVPs and a short note about why you're nominating them to news@nasfaa.org

  • MVP Brad Barnett
    October 31, 2016 -   Meet Brad Barnett, senior associate director of financial aid and scholarships at James Madison University. Brad started his career in financial aid while working his way through graduate school in 1994-95 as a graduate assistant ...
  • MVP Mary Nucciarone
    August 15, 2016 -   Meet Mary Nucciarone, director of financial aid at the University of Notre Dame. Mary started her career in financial aid more than 30 years ago as a temporary employee at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. Although s...
  • MVP Raul Lerma
    May 31, 2016 - Meet Raul Lerma, executive director of financial aid at El Paso Community College. Raul started his career in financial aid 30 years ago at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Although he initially applied for a position in the P...
  • MVP Angela Johnson
    May 18, 2016 - Meet Angela Johnson, executive director of enrollment and financial aid at Cuyahoga Community College. Angela got her start in financial aid in 1990 as a student employee at The Ohio State University. She later ...
  • MVP Rachelle Feldman
    April 26, 2016 - Meet Rachelle Feldman, assistant vice chancellor and director of financial aid and scholarships at the University of California, Berkeley. Rachelle got her start in financial aid in 2000 after leaving a position doing fin...
  • MVP Gina Soliz
    January 29, 2016 - Meet Gina Soliz, director of financial aid at Syracuse University's College of Law. Gina's career in financial aid started in 1992 by being in the right place at the right time. Find out her story, as well as what she would change ...
  • MVP Ben Burton
    November 2, 2015 - Meet Ben Burton, chief student financial resources officer at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. Ben began his 28-year long career with Ivy Tech as an internal auditor and later moved to oversee the state-wide In...
  • MVP Candi Frazier
    September 25, 2015 - Meet Candi Frazier, senior associate director of Financial Aid and Student Employment at West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Frazier's career in financial aid started with a work-study position in the summer of 1987, after sh...
  • MVP Lori Vedder
    June 25, 2015 - Meet Lori Vedder, director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan-Flint, in Flint, Michigan. Vedder started her 27-year career in financial aid as a temporary employee working on the Pell Grant program at UM-Flint, eventually working her way ...
  • MVP Myrna Perkins
    February 12, 2015 - Meet Myrna Perkins! Following an 11-year career in banking, Perkins started her career in financial aid 22 years ago when she responded to an ad in a newspaper. “Little did I know I would be applying for a job in a profession that would become my pas...
  • MVP David Sheridan
    December 18, 2014 - Meet David Sheridan! A 30-year veteran in financial aid, David began his career in 1984 at the Manhattan School of Music. Currently the director of financial aid at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, David is a former pre...
  • MVP Neville Brown
    September 8, 2014 - Meet Neville Brown! Following a career in financial services, Neville became interested in financial aid after working with a client to complete the FAFSA and Institutional Questionnaire. His interest in institutional methodology and the financial ai...
  • MVP Sara Beth Holman
    August 25, 2014 - Meet Sara Beth Holman! Sara Beth's financial aid career began when, as a new freshman at Northern Michigan University in 1991, she was assigned a Federal Work-Study position in the financial aid office.
  • MVP Shirley Ort
    March 20, 2014 - Meet MVP Shirley Ort! Shirley's career began as an employee in the student affairs office at a small college. "One day my boss walked up to me and said, 'We have just fired the financial aid director, and guess what – you’re it!'" sh...
  • MVP Lisa Koretoff
    February 4, 2014 - Meet Lisa Koretoff! Lisa's career in financial aid began in 1987 when, while enrolled in college, she found a part-time job with a now defunct financial aid consulting firm that worked with small proprietary colleges. Upon graduating in 1992, she fou...
  • MVP Brenda Brown
    January 3, 2014 - Meet Brenda Brown! Brenda began her financial aid career 25 years ago, in December 1988, as a Financial Aid Advisor at the University of Miami Office of Financial Assistance Services. While there, she held several positions at differing levels i...
  • MVP Tony Sozzo
    December 9, 2013 - Meet Tony Sozzo! Tony began his financial aid career at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY under the guidance of Richard Biondi. He previously served as chair of NASFAA's Graduate and Professional Issues Committee (GPIC) and currently serves as the mod...
  • MVP Tami Sato
    November 19, 2013 - Meet Tamo Sato! Tami has been in financial aid for 32 years and began her career after she answered an advertisement in the Pennysaver for an "assurate typist." Upon losing that position to someone else, she was offered a secretary position in t...
  • MVP Dan Davenport
    October 25, 2013 - Meet Dan Davenport! Dan, director of student financial aid services at the University of Idaho, began his financial aid career 34 years ago at Nebraska Western Community College in Scottsbluff, NE. He has served in leadership roles for several profes...
  • MVP Kay Soltis
    October 11, 2013 - Meet Kay Soltis! Kay, director of financial aid at Pacific Lutheran University began her financial aid career 42 years ago at Pierce College (formerly Fort Steilacoom Community College) in Tacoma, WA in 1971. She has spent many years involved in trai...
  • MVP Jim White
    September 30, 2013 - Meet Jim White! Jim, dean of student financial services at Gonzaga University, began his financial aid career as a work-study student working in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He ha...
  • MVP Brent Tener
    September 16, 2013 - Meet Brent Tener! Brent began his financial aid career 24 years ago at Wichita State University. He has been involved in varying capacities with the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA), the Southern Association of S...
  • MVP Clantha McCurdy
    August 28, 2013 - Meet Clantha McCurdy! Clantha, senior deputy commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, began her financial aid career in May 1978 as an Assistant Director at the University of Kansas Office of Student Financial Aid. 
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