Board Member Bios
2014-15 Board of Directors
Ms. Eileen O'Leary, Stonehill College (National Chair)
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.
Mr. Dan Mann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (National Chair-Elect)
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 $755 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 32 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 currently serves as the national chair for the Coalition of State University Aid Administrators (COSUAA) and is an active member of The College Board.
Mr. Ron Day, Kennesaw State University (Past National Chair)
Ron Day is Director of Financial Aid for Georgia’s Kennesaw State University and has worked in financial aid at a number of institutions in the South since he began his career in the financial aid profession in 1983. He has held various leadership positions in the South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia state associations and has served his regional association of SASFAA as President in 2003-04. Ron has also given back to his national association through his membership on the Board of Directors in 2003-05 and at the present time and through a wide range of committee work, ranging from AGMC to Awards to Finance to Leadership.
Representatives at Large (7)
Mr. Neville Brown, Eastern Connecticut State University (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
Neville Brown has been an aid administrator at Eastern Connecticut State University for the past 17 years. Prior to joining Eastern, he was an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, a corporate tax analyst and pension manager with CIGNA Corp., and a manager with Travelers Corp. Neville has served in numerous capacities for both his state (CAPFAA) and regional (EASFAA) financial aid associations--including as the 2010-11 EASFAA President. Neville also received the 2008 EASFAA Outstanding Volunteer Award and the 2009 CAPFAA P. Jerome Cunningham Award for distinguished service to the financial aid profession. Neville believes that his mission is to help students realize their college dreams. Several years ago, he established the ECSU Book Scholarship, in order to help students defray the high cost of textbooks.
Ms. Kay Lewis, University of Washington (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
Kay Lewis has worked in the financial aid profession since 1983 in a variety of institutions in the state of Washington. Currently she is an Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of Washington and has worked there for over 20 years. Prior to that, she worked at Whitworth College and Western Washington University. Her financial aid career began as a work-study student in the aid office at Centralia Community College. She is the current chair of the Coalition for State University Aid Administrators. She also serves as the Chair-elect of the National Direct Student Loan Coalition and has been a member of the Coalition¹s board since 2009. Kay has been active in state and regional associations and served on the CSS Western Regional Council. She served on the NASFAA Access and Diversity Committee and the 2006 NASFAA Conference Committee as well. She has a BA and M.Ed. from Western Washington University.
Ms. Lisanne Masterson, Blue Ridge Community College (2nd Year Rep-at-Large)
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) she has chaired the Audit, Conference, Membership, and Publicity/Publications Committees, and held the offices of President and Treasurer.
Ms. Paula Luff, DePaul University (1st 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 (1st 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.
Mrs. Heather Boutell, Bellarmine University (1st Year Rep-at-Large)
Mrs. 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. Boutell has served NASFAA on various committees including Training and Professional Development (Chair), Conference, and Association Governance.
Regional Representatives (6)
Mr. Jeff Jacobs, North Dakota State University (RMASFAA, 2nd Year Rep)
Jeff Jacobs has been in financial aid for over 25 years, and now serves as financial aid director at NDSU. Prior to NDSU, he worked at Bismarck State College (ND) since 2000. Jeff also worked in financial aid for the University of Mary, Minot State University, and Valley City State University. He earned his B.S. from Valley City State University and a Master’s in Management from University of Mary. Jeff has served in many capacities for the North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, including chairing committees and serving as the treasurer and president. Jeff’s work with the Rocky Mountain Student Financial Aid Administrators Association includes teaching at Summer Institute, chairing the annual conference and serving as Vice President and President-Elect positions. He has served as president and treasurer of the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars. Jeff is married with two grown children – Rosa and Jessica. He enjoys golfing, seeing theatre productions and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Zita Barree, Hampden-Sydney College (SASFAA, 1st Year Rep)
Zita Barree currently serves as Director of Financial Aid at Hampden-Sydney College and has worked in financial aid for 25 years. Prior to moving to the private college sector in 2009, she worked at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, and Edamerica. She has been involved in varying capacities in her state, regional and national associations. She is a former President and Treasurer of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) and served as SASFAA president during the 2013-14 year. She received the VASFAA Excellence Award in 2013. Zita holds a MBA and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Andrew Hammontree, Francis Tuttle Technology Center (SWASFAA, 1st Year Rep)
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.
Ms. Sara Beth Holman, Lawrence University (MASFAA, 1st Year Rep)
Sara Beth Holman joined the financial aid office at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI in 2000, first as associate director and then as director in 2003. She has also held financial aid positions at the College of St. Scholastic and Duluth Business University. Sara Beth has actively served her state and regional organizations, as committee chair, member-at-large, and president of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as well as state delegate, committee chair, and president of MASFAA (Midwest region). She has served on the editorial board of both NASFAA’s Journal of Student Financial Aid and Student Aid Perspectives and contributed to NASFAA’s book, “You’re the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid.”
Mr. Frank Green, Travel Institute of the Pacific/Gros Bonnet Culinary Arts Academy (WASFAA, 1st Year Rep)
As president of The Travel Institute of the Pacific and the Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy since 1980, Frank has worked in financial aid for 25 years. He is a senior member of the Pacific Financial Aid Association (PacFAA) having served three terms as the PacFAA President and several other leadership positions. He serves as the Chair of PacFAA’s Financial Aid Nights; High School Counselor’s Training and has served as the Hawaii College Goal Sunday co-chair since 2001. He is a past president of the Western Association of Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) and has received the Meritorious Achievement Award and the President's Award twice from WASFAA.
Mr. Brian Lemma, Georgetown University (EASFAA, 1st Year Rep)
Brian Lemma is an Associate Director in the Office of Student Financial Services at Georgetown where he has worked for 14 years. Prior to his role at Georgetown he spent two years working in the financial aid office at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. A graduate of Elizabethtown College (PA), he is married and has two children, ages 15 and 12. Brian is the immediate past president of EASFAA. Prior to his role as president he served as EASFAA Secretary and chaired the Membership and Conference Committees. He was honored with the President’s Recognition and Outstanding Volunteer awards. A native of South Jersey, he loves all things Philadelphia, especially their sports teams.
ComMission Directors (3)
Mr. David Page, Dillard University
David DeMear Page is employed at Dillard University in New Orleans as Vice President for Enrollment Management. He has worked in the financial aid arena for more than 20 years at institutions including Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR, the University of Tulsa, and previously at Dillard. David has volunteered his time with OASFAA, LASFAA, AASFAA, SWASFAA and NASFAA, where he sat on the NASFAA Board from 2007-09 as the SWASFAA Regional Representative. He returned to the NASFAA Board from 2011 – 2014 as NASFAA Rep-At-Large. He also has previously served on NASFAA's AGMC, NASFAA's Presidential Search Committee, Nomination and Elections and other committees and commissions. From 2004 to 2006, David was a member of the Sallie Mae HBCU Initiative Board. David has been a mentor to several African American males attending college and he is an active volunteer in his community. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and his M.A. in Higher Education (College Student Affairs) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. David and his wife Dr. Yolanda Williams Page are the proud parents of William David and Brooke Alexis
Ms. Susan Murphy, University of San Francisco
Susan Murphy is the Senior Associate Dean, Academic & Enrollment Services, at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution. She is responsible for the University's Financial Aid Office, Office of Student Accounts, and One Stop Student Service Center. She has over 35 years of experience in financial aid administration and has been active in her state and regional aid associations, The College Board, and NASFAA. A Past-President of WASFAA, she has served as a trainer, served on and chaired committees for all the associations, and has served on the NASFAA Board of Directors. Susan is the recipient of the NASFAA Leadership Award, the WASFAA distinguished Service Award, and the CASFAA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.
Ms. Margaret Rodriguez, University of Michigan
Margaret Rodriguez is currently the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan and has over 25 years of experience in the financial aid profession. Over the years she has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations as a trainer, speaker, and committee chair. She has been the recipient of several awards including the MSFAA Distinguished Service award and the MASFAA Leadership award. She is a former Chair of the National Direct Student Loan Coalition and has also served on its Board of Directors. She has participated in the Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking committees, and is an active member of The College Board.
Ms. Lori Vedder, University of Michigan - Flint
Lori Vedder has served the financial aid profession since 1987, launching her financial aid career at the University of Michigan - Flint. UM-Flint, one of three campuses of the University of Michigan, is an urban regional campus serving approximately 8,300 students. Lori has served as Director of Financial Aid at UM-Flint since 2002. Prior to becoming director she served as Assistant Director. In addition to various conference presentations and committee work, Lori has been active at the state and regional levels. As a board member of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) she has served as Secretary, State Representative, Committee Chair, and Vice-President. As an active member of the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA), Lori held various MSFAA Board positions including Public 4-year Sector Rep., Vice-President, President and concluded her Past Presidency February 2013. She is a two-time recipient of the MSFAA President’s Award. Ms. Vedder previously served on NASFAA'S Board of Directors as a Regional Representative.