Regional Leadership Award

Nominations for this award category are only accepted from the six regional associations. The NASFAA Regional Leadership Award is presented to individuals, who need not be financial aid administrators, who have made outstanding contributions to the financial aid profession at the regional and state levels over a sustained period of time. Leadership at the national level is not a criterion for this award. Current members of NASFAA's staff and NASFAA's Board of Directors, including non-voting members, are not eligible to receive this award.

The individuals selected for this award must:

  • Exhibit high integrity and character
  • Have shown creative leadership
  • Have inspired and encouraged others to participate actively in professional development activities
  • Have continued active involvement in professional organizations after holding elected office
  • Have supported the goals and objectives of NASFAA.

The NASFAA Awards Nomination process is now open for member nominations until February 11, 2022. Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference

2020-21 NASFAA Regional Leadership Award Winners

One award is given in each of NASFAA's six regions. The following were awarded in 2021:


Kristi Jovell

Kristi Jovell
Director of Financial Services
Middlebury College


Kristin Bhaumik Kristin Bhaumik
Associate Director
University of Michigan


Ken Kocer Ken Kocer
Director of Financial Assistance
Mount Marty University


Zita Barree Zita Barree
Director of Financial Aid
Hampden-Sydney College


Lauren Jackson Lauren Jackson
Northwestern State University


Ashley Munro Ashley Munro
Associate Director
University of Alaska Fairbanks


Past winners list

Publication Date: 11/4/2021

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