Conference Task Forces

2016 National Conference Program Task Force

The National Conference Program Task Force was chartered with the goal of ensuring quality educational sessions are offered at the conference. The educational sessions reached the various interests and sectors of the NASFAA membership.

Task Force Members
  • Taina Savoit, Director of Financial Aid, McNeese State University, SWASFAA, Chair
  • Andrew Hammontree, Financial Aid Director, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, SWASFAA Vice Chair
  • Joan Bailey, Associate Director, University of South Florida College of Medicine, SASFAA
  • Ron Diaz, Director of Student Awards, Stanford University, WASFAA
  • Pam Fowler, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid,University of Michigan, MASFAA
  • Ken Kocer, Director of Financial Assistance, Mount Marty College, RMASFAA
  • Jason Marrujo, Manager, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, SWASFAA
  • Rebekah Melville, Director of Financial Aid, Yale University, EASFAA
  • Kay Soltis, Director of Financial Aid, Pacific Lutheran University, Commission Director, WASFAA
  • Jennifer Jackson, Director of Meetings & Live Site Events, NASFAA, Staff Liaisons
  • Dana Kelly, Chief Training Officer, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
  • Debra LaGrone, Training Specialist, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
  • Mary Nokes, Exhibitor, Advertising and Meeting Coordinator, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
 
2016 National Conference Local Arrangements Task Force

The Local Arrangements Task Force helped solicit volunteers for packet stuffing and registration, helped manage the conference registration counter and information desk, provided local information for posting to the NASFAA website and for inclusion in Today's News, and assisted with on-site performers, as needed, in Washington, D.C.

Task Force Members
  • Brian Lemma, Associate Director, Georgetown University, EASFAA, Chair
  • Karen Hanley, Director of University Financial Aid Compliance, Georgetown University, EASFAA
  • L. Beth McSweeney, AVP/Campus Relations Manager, PNC Bank Education Loan Center, EASFAA
  • Christopher Pollard, Assistant Director, Medical School Financial Aid, The George Washington University, EASFAA
  • Meredith Schor, Director of Financial Aid, The George Washington University, EASFAA
  • Travis Sturlaugson, Financial Aid Counselor, Montgomery College, EASFAA
  • Jennifer Jackson, Director of Meetings & Events, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
  • Mary Nokes, Exhibitor, Advertising and Meeting Coordinator, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
 
2016 Conference Mentor Task Force

While NASFAA has always hosted a welcome reception for first-time attendees and other networking events, we continue to look for creative ways to help first-time attendees connect with colleagues. The 2016 Conference Mentor Task Force was responsible for creating that first-time positive impression.

Task Force Members
  • Mendy Schmerer, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, SWASFAA, Chair
  • Kay Soltis, Director of Financial Aid, Pacific Lutheran University, WASFAA, Commission Director
  • Shana Gore, Director, The University of West Florida, SASFAA
  • Howard Leslie, Vice President of Financial Aid, Berkeley College, EASFAA
  • Peggy Loewy Wellisch, Director of Financial Aid, Los Angeles Harbor College, WASFAA
  • Jason Marrujo, Manager, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, SWASFAA
  • Nelly Minor, Financial Aid Advisor, Arapahoe Community College, RMASFAA
  • Matthew Newlin, Assistant Director Financial Aid, Washington University in St. Louis, MASFAA
  • Dana Kelly, Chief Training Officer, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
  • Beth Spenard, Membership Services Coordinator, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
  • Mandy Sponholtz, SOE Review Program Administrator, NASFAA, Staff Liaison
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