NASFAA Movers & Shakers

NASFAA members are always moving ahead, whether enhancing their skills in their current roles, accepting promotions or job changes, or discovering new pathways as retirees. Below are a few colleagues who made changes in their professional lives in 2019-20.

Have you changed jobs recently? Are you newly retired? Have you won an award, or started a new initiative on campus? Let NASFAA and your colleagues know about your career developments in 2019-20 by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form. We'll review your submission and then post your update below for all to see.

"Movers and Shakers" form

Awards, Recognitions, & Other

  • October 16, 2019 - Joseph Sciame, vice president for community relations at St. John's University, was recognized for his work with the St. John’s University Queens Community Dialogue Group. Joseph served as the 1987-88 NASFAA National Chair, was the 1988 Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award winner, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
  • July 11, 2019 - Terri LeGrand, associate director of systems and compliance at Wake Forest University, was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The State Education Assistance Authority provides a number of services to the state of North Carolina, including administering inter-institutional programs of student financial assistance created to help North Carolinians meet the cost of higher education, promoting access to financial aid opportunities through outreach activities with school counselors and financial aid administrators, and assisting state government officials, the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in various matters pertaining to financial aid.

Job Changes & Promotions

  • September 27, 2019 - Adam Colvin, formerly the financial aid compliance specialist at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College, is now the associate director of student financial services at Lindenwood University.
  • September 9, 2019 - Chuck Knepfle, formerly the associate vice president for enrollment management at Clemson University, is now the vice president for enrollment management at Portland State University.
  • September 9, 2019 - Pamela Fowler, formerly the executive director of financial aid at University of Michigan will be the executive director at Missouri College Access Network. 
  • September 5, 2019 - Amanda Esposito was promoted from administrative assistant to assistant director at George Washington University.
  • September 1, 2019 - Karen Fobert was promoted from associate director to senior associate director of financial aid at Lewis & Clark College.
  • August 10, 2019 - Catherine Jones was promoted from financial aid coordinator to director of financial aid at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
  • August 1, 2019 - Nishia Ikezoe Heard was promoted from process improvement coordinator to interim director of financial aid at Moraine Valley Community College.
  • August 1, 2019 - Joseph Donlay was promoted from interim director to director of financial aid at Colorado State University.
  • July 22, 2019 - Tarik Boyd, formerly the associate director of financial aid at Norfolk State University, is now the director of financial aid at Morehouse College. 
  • July 22, 2019 - Carrie Short, currently the associate director of verification and packaging at the University of Akron, will be the director of financial services at Lorain County Community College.
  • July 16, 2019 - Matthew Dallaire, formerly the associate director of student accounts, credit, and collections at Southern New Hampshire University, is now the director of student financial services at Plymouth State University.
  • July 22, 2019 - Michele Kosboth, formerly the director of student financial planning at Lasell College, is now the director of financial aid at Oberlin College.
  • July 1, 2019 - Chantel McMahon, formerly the assistant director of financial aid operations at Western Washington University, is now the executive director of student financial resources at Bellingham Technical College. In 2017, Chantel one of only six recipients selected to receive a Dallas Martin 50th Anniversary NASFAA Scholarship, a one-time, need-based scholarship, funded by donations from NASFAA Past Presidents and National Chairs. She earned her master's of education in adult and higher education from Western Washington University.


  • December 20, 2019 - Deb Henriksen, currently the director of student financial aid at Black Hills State University and formerly the director of student financial aid at Dakota Wesleyan University, Presentation College, will retire in December after 36 years in financial aid. Deb notes that financial aid has been a wonderful experience helping students reach their goals in life and she will miss the students, families and peers that she worked with throughout the years.
  • November 1, 2019 – After 30 years of working in financial aid, Judy Cramer, director of financial aid at Salem State University will retire. Having also worked at Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Broward Community College, University of Massachusetts Boston, and University of Nevada Las Vegas, she is excited to return to Virginia and be near her granddaughters, to volunteer in her community to help kids go to college, looks forward to being a NASFAA Retiree, and staying in touch with the many friends she has have made on her fulfilling and rewarding career path. 
  • August 31, 2019 – After more than 35 years as director, David Krause has retired from St. Mary's University and looks forward to his new roles as Santa Claus and grandpa at the North Pole of South Texas.
  • July 1, 2019 - Dr. Robert Parisi, dean of student services at Allan Hancock College, retired after 36 years professional years in financial aid. He started as a financial aid student intern at California State University–Sacramento and was actively involved with many California financial aid associations and the NASFAA Research Committee.

"Movers and Shakers" form  |  2018-19 Movers & Shakers

Publication Date: 10/23/2019

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