Leadership

As a national, professional association, NASFAA is led by the financial aid administrators who make up the core of its membership. NASFAA institutional members may be elected to the Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the Association. The Board is vested with all powers to manage the Association’s business, property, and assets, and is responsible for hiring and reviewing the president. The president is responsible for NASFAA’s day-to-day operations and the oversight and direction of the association’s employees.

2017-18 National Chair Billie Jo Hamilton

Below is Billie Jo's address to the NASFAA membership at the 2017 NASFAA Conference in San Diego, CA.

Officers of the Board of Directors

Billie Jo HamiltonBillie Jo Hamilton, University of South Florida (National Chair)
Billie Jo Hamilton is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management at the University of South Florida. She supervises the offices of Admissions, Registrar and University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services. Her career has spanned 35 years and five states, including directorships at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Tennessee-Memphis, Missouri State University, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is a past state president (Kansas) and has held numerous elected and appointed positions in RMASFAA, SASFAA and MASFAA. She has served as NASFAA conference chair, NASFAA Leadership Expo chair, as a commission director, and has presented numerous times at the NASFAA Leadership Conference. She has also held a three year term as a Representative at Large on the NASFAA Board of Directors. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a masters in business administration from Pittsburg State University (KS).

Lori VedderLori Vedder, University of Michigan-Flint (National Chair-Elect)
Lori Vedder serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan-Flint, having served students and our profession for over 28 years. Over this span she has actively engaged in association work at the state, regional and national levels. Having chaired multiple committees, presented and moderated at many conferences, she is also a former President of MSFAA (Michigan) and MASFAA. Lori has also served NASFAA in various roles including Treasurer, Association Governance, and a member of the Statement of Ethical Principles & Code of Conduct Task Force. Lori has been honored for her work with several awards throughout her service in financial aid including the University of Michigan – Flint Staff Recognition Award, the MSFAA Henry Dykema Distinguished Service Award, MASFAA Leadership and Meritorious Service Awards, and the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award.

Dr. Lisa BlazerDr. Lisa Blazer, University of Texas at San Antonio (Past National Chair)
Lisa is the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been at UTSA in multiple roles for 14 years and has more than 25 years of admissions and financial aid experience. She currently oversees Financial Aid & Scholarships, Admissions, Registrar, Orientation, the One-Stop Enrollment Center, the University Career Center and the Child Development Center. She served as President of TASFAA and SWASFAA, and has served on several NASFAA committees including Association Governance, Finance and Research as well as the NASFAA Board for two years. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member and an advocate for professional development for her staff. Lisa has a BA degree in Piano Performance, an MAA degree in organizational development and a PhD in Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership.

President Justin Draeger

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  the American Council on Education (ACE), 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.

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