Meet the Authors & Editors of You’re the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid

Director's ChairLearn more about the authors and editors of NASFAA's newest publication, You're the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid. These dedicated contributors' words of wisdom help guide readers in key areas such as leadership, long-term planning, budgeting, and much more. Read about their backgrounds and experience below, and then their advice and guidance in the book - available in both electronic and print formats.

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YTD_Sarah_Baumhoff  Sarah Baumhoff (author) is a senior administrator in the office of financial aid for Kennesaw State University. She previously led K-12 student outreach activities for the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Sarah has worked in senior-level positions in private institutions, a community college, and a public university. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Northern Illinois University.
YTD Lisa Blazer   Lisa G. Blazer, Ph.D. (author) is assistant vice president of financial aid and enrollment services for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and has 20 years of admissions and financial aid experience. She has served as the president of the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) and is currently the president for the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA). Lisa holds a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership.
YTD Linda Conard  Linda Conard (editor) is an international nonprofit communications consultant and freelance author/editor. She has served in student financial aid more than 30 years: 10 years with Temple University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, where she earned a master’s in educational psychology, and 20 years with NASFAA, where served as chief editor of Student Aid Transcript magazine, managing editor of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, and in the areas of training, communications, and fundraising.
YTD Eric Cooper   Eric K. Cooper, Ph.D. (author) is director of student enrollment services at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has 18 years higher education experience with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology. 
YTD Erika Cox   Erika Cox (author) is assistant director of student enrollment services at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She has 10 years’ experience in financial aid and has served on the Training Committee for the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA). Erika earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from UTSA. 
Ron Day  Ron Day (author) 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. He is NASFAA's 2012-13 National Chair. 
YTD Justin Draeger   Justin Draeger (author) is president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). He previously served as director of financial aid at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute and as lead analyst for the Michigan Guaranty Agency. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in planning and resource management, and a master’s degree in business and finance from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.     
YTD Pam Fowler   Pamela W. Fowler (author) is executive director of the office of financial aid for the University of Michigan and 2011-12 chair of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She has 37 years of management experience in banking and student aid. Pam has worked in two-year, proprietary, and four-year institutions in three states, and currently leads an office staff of 57 very diverse individuals
YTD Sara Holman   Sara Beth Holman (editor & author) is director of financial aid for Lawrence University. Sara has been in financial aid for more than 17 years in the public, private, and proprietary sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in organizational management. Sara is actively involved in her state, regional, and national financial aid associations and has previously served on the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee.
YTD Gigi Jones   Gigi Jones, Ph.D. (author) is director of research for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She earned her doctorate in education from UCLA in 2005, specializing in higher education and organizational change. Gigi has worked as a researcher in several Washington DC-based higher education associations since 2006.
YTD David Levy  David Levy (editor) has served as a financial aid administrator for more than 30 years at both public and private colleges and universities. In addition to being a member of the NASFAA Journal of Student Financial Aid and Student Aid Transcript editorial boards, he has been recognized with several state, regional, and national awards for his service to students and their families.
 YTD Lisanne Large   Lisanne Masterson (author) is director of financial aid for Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC. She has been in student aid for 29 years, has served as president of the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) and the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA). She holds a Master of Sciences in higher education administration from Western Carolina University.
YTD Dawn McCoy   Dawn McCoy (author) is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant, and author of Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider’s Guide to Success. She is president and founder of Flourish Leadership Group, LLC a leadership development communications firm based in Richmond, Virginia. Among her previous employers are Georgetown University Law Center Financial Aid Office, EDFUND, Educational Credit Management Corporation, and The College Board. For more information about Dawn, www.flourishleadership.com.
YTD Barbara Miller   Barbara Miller (author) is director of financial aid for Stevenson University in Maryland. She has worked in student aid for more than 18 years, and previously served in admissions. Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in administration science from Johns Hopkins University.
YTD Billy Satterfield   Billy Satterfield, Ed.D. (editor & author) is the executive director of financial aid for the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Billy has worked in financial aid for 10 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
YTD Doug Severs  Doug Severs (author) is director of financial aid and scholarships for Oregon State University. Doug is a past president of WASFAA and is currently writing a column for the WASFAA Newsletter about being a financial aid director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
YTD Barry Simmons   Barry Simmons, Ed.D. (author) is director of financial aid for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served as NASFAA’s 2009-10 National Chair and has published numerous articles on admissions, financial aid, and related issues. Barry earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at UNC-Greensboro with studies in higher education management, cognitive psychology, organizational development/training, and public policy accountability.
YTD Leslie Turner  Leslie Turner (editor & author) has served as a financial aid counselor at Indiana University Southeast since 2004 and has been a contributing writer and member of the Editorial Board for NASFAA since 2011. She is a freelance writer who has worked in IT as a communications and education specialist and business analyst, and currently blogs at www.healthy50s.blogspot.com. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Music from Indiana University. 
YTD Jim Trimboli  Jim Trimboli (author) is director of financial aid for Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY. He has been worked in the financial aid industry for the past 13 years, after eight years in consumer credit finance. He has been a financial aid director for eight years. He holds a master’s degree in applied economics from Buffalo State College.