Meet NASFAA's MVPs

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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 Neville Brown
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 aid process led him to apply for a position at Eastern Connecticut State...
MVP Sara Beth Holman
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
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!'" she said. "There is nothing like a little success early in one’s career to encourage pers...
MVP Lisa Koretoff
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 found her first full-time financial aid job at the College of the Sequoi...
MVP Brenda Brown
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 including Financial Aid Advisor, Delivery and Scholarship Coordinator, and ...
MVP Tony Sozzo
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 moderator for NASFAA's Graduate/Professional listserv. He also moderates...
MVP Tami Sato
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 the financial aid office and has remained in the field ever since. Tami has...
MVP Dan Davenport
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 professional organizations. Dan has served as president of WASFAA and IASFA...
MVP Kay Soltis
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 training at the state, regional and national level, including being a non...
MVP Jim White
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 has been working in the field for 28 years now-- 32 years if you includ...
MVP Brent Tener
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 Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), and NASFAA. As part of h...
MVP Clantha McCurdy
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.