Policy Team Welcomes Mandy Sponholtz and Stephen Payne

NASFAA’s Policy and Federal Relations team welcomed two new members this month: Policy Analyst Mandy Sponholtz and Federal Relations Associate Stephen Payne. 

MandyMandy comes to NASFAA with over 10 years in financial aid and and higher education finance experience, having most recently served as a senior policy specialist with USA Funds. Prior to USA Funds, Mandy worked at The University of Kansas as an assistant director of financial aid. She has a sharp policy mind and will be supporting the senior policy analysts in their analyses of bills, regulation, and related proposals and task forces. 

StephenStephen recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in both educational policy and communication arts. In addition to studying education policy, Stephen served as an intern in the Office of Government Affairs at Penn State and also spent a summer in D.C. working on student aid issues with the federal relations team at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). 

Both Mandy and Stephen will be at the National Conference in New Orleans, so be sure to say hi to them then! We look forward to having both of them contribute to NASFAA’s policy effort. 


Publication Date: 6/24/2015

Steven J | 12/4/2017 1:14:32 PM

A hearty congrats to Mandy and Stephen! Mandy was the best when she shared the fall and spring workshops with USA Funds! Way to go, you two!

Justin B | 6/26/2015 12:13:45 AM


Dolly D | 6/25/2015 9:8:06 AM

Congratulations to NASFAA and Mandy both-What a great fit!! Mandy had been a great "go to" person while at USA Funds. Best Wishes!

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