Leadership Conference Speakers

Learn more about the speakers we had for the 2022 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo. Stay tuned as the 2023 speakers will be announced soon.

General Session Speaker

AB StoddardA.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor and Columnist, RealClearPolitics

A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist with the political news site and polling data aggregator RealClearPolitics, and a contributor and guest host for SiriusXM's "POTUS" channel. She is known for her expertise as a political commentator and, since 2006, has appeared regularly on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is a former associate editor and columnist for The Hill newspaper. Her column with The Hill won first place Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists' Washington, D.C. chapter in 2010 and 2011.

In her talks, Stoddard — in a nonpartisan manner — addresses elections and the political landscape of the day. Frequently meeting with sources and politicians of all stripes, Stoddard has her finger on the pulse of Washington, D.C. as she offers detailed and smart political and electoral analyses. Her addresses frequently cover recent breaking news, the most up-to-date happenings between Congress and the White House, ongoing budget battles, and the electoral prospects for the two parties.

Stoddard had always wanted to be a reporter, and she caught the political bug watching Justice Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearings. She began her journalism career as a reporter for the Potomac News in Northern Virginia, and she has covered the U.S. Congress since 1994 as a reporter at The Hill and a Senate producer for ABC News. She returned to The Hill as a commentator and columnist in 2006.

Session Speakers

Keyimani AlfordKeyimani L. Alford, Ph.D. - Dean, Student Access and Success, Madison Area Technical College

Keyimani is a higher education professional serving as the dean of student access and success with Madison Area Technical College.  He is responsible for the oversight of various student services units such as  financial aid, veterans benefits, academic advising, career and employment, retention initiatives and student engagement programs, and directing the success of college-wide programs and initiatives such as Scholars of Promise, financial literacy, and emergency funding. Keyimani has achieved success with well-established institutions and associations such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA), the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid through leadership, training, and programmatic efforts. During the 2020-2021 term, Keyimani served as  President of WASFAA, leading the executive and strategic affairs of the association within Wisconsin. Keyimani holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a master's in business management from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Capella University. In his spare time, Keyimani enjoys traveling, fishing, listening to music, and spending time with family and his dog Max.

Brad BarnettBrad Barnett, FAAC® - NASFAA National Chair-elect, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, James Madison University

Brad is an accredited financial counselor and certified personal financial manager who works as the director of financial aid and scholarships at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. With over two decades of experience in the financial aid profession, Brad has been active in state, regional, and national financial aid associations as a presenter, committee member/chair, and elected officer. A past president of VASFAA and SASFAA, he has also served NASFAA in various roles, including treasurer, conference chair, Standards of Excellence (SOE) reviewer, SOE assessment leader, and a member of the Financial Affairs Committee. Brad has been honored for his work by receiving the VASFAA Lifetime Membership Award, VAFSAA Excellence Award, SASFAA Distinguished Service Award, and NASFAA Regional Leadership Award. In addition to his financial aid activities, Brad teaches personal finance courses (online and in person) at JMU and provides financial counseling services on a professional basis outside of his role with JMU.

Dan BarkowitzDaniel Barkowitz, FAAC® - Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, Valencia College

Daniel is the assistant vice president of financial aid and veterans affairs at Valencia College, a position he has held since July of 2017. While new to the Florida area, Daniel is not new to financial aid, having served nearly 30 years in institutions of higher education. Previous roles include director of financial aid at MIT, dean of financial aid/associate dean of student affairs for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York, director of operations and training for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, and assistant director of financial aid at Boston College. Daniel earned his bachelor's degree in history from Northeastern University and his master's degree in human resource education from Boston University. Daniel has led presentations on financial aid and college financing to many audiences (more than 500) ranging in size from two to 2,000. He has been interviewed for television, radio, and newspapers on the topic of financial aid. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in Orlando, and is a published poet, musical theater actor, and Tarot card collector.

Kathy BialkKathy Bialk, FAAC® - Executive Director of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, University of Kentucky

Since fall 2019, Kathy has been serving as the executive director of student financial aid at the University of Kentucky. Previously, Kathy served at the University of Iowa for two years, during which time she joined the commission as the Midwest representative. Prior to that, Kathy served for almost a decade at Marshall University in West Virginia, where she earned her doctoral degree (Ed.D) in higher education leadership. Kathy has more than 30 years of progressively responsible financial aid and enrollment management experience at several public and private colleges and universities. Kathy has presented, provided training, published, and provided public testimony regarding higher education financing. Kathy has served on various committees and task forces at the state, regional, and national level. She served as president of NJASFAA and WVASFAA and was honored with the State Leadership Award for West Virginia by MASFAA in 2016, Neil E. Bolyard Meritorious Service Award by WVASFAA in 2015, and NJASFAA Lifetime Membership Award in 2006. Currently, she serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Student Financial Aid.

Kathy considers her career in financial aid to be her life's calling. As an experienced financial aid professional and a first-generation high school and college graduate, she understands first-hand the impact higher education has on individuals and society. Kathy believes in life-long learning and promotes educational access, opportunity, and success. She especially enjoys cultivating the professional growth of others aiming to develop the future leaders of the financial aid profession. Kathy enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband of 35 years, children, and grandbaby.

Heather BoutellHeather Boutell, Director of Financial Aid, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

​​Heather is the director of financial aid at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, a position she has held since January 2019. Heather has worked in financial aid for 30 years at various institutions and has been active in professional organizations throughout her career. She served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as the SASFAA regional representative, as a commission director, and a representative-at-large, and has served on numerous committees. She also served as president of SASFAA in 2008 and KASFAA (Kentucky) in 2004. She is the proud recipient of the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award (SASFAA), the SASFAA Distinguished Service Award, and the Herb Vescio Kentucky Distinguished Service Award. Heather is passionate about training, and has presented countless sessions at state, regional, and national conferences. She believes mentorship programs provide opportunities to allow aid professionals grow, and thanks all the people who believed in her and encouraged her to step up and volunteer. Heather is a proud mom to sons Jonah and Ben, and lives in Lebanon, Tennessee with her husband Steve.

Lindsey BridgemanLindsay Bridgeman, FAAC®, Chancellor, University of Arkansas Grantham 

Lindsay is the chancellor at University of Arkansas Grantham and a seasoned leader with over 20 years of higher education administrative experience in public, private nonprofit and for-profit institutions  With specialized experience in student finance administration, Lindsay has held critical roles with a variety of institutions, all of which were focused on enabling a positive student experience throughout the entire educational journey.  Since joining the university, she has served as compliance specialist, director of financial aid, and vice president of student financial services & university compliance. She earned a master's degree in business administration from Grantham University, a bachelor's degree in political science from Benedictine College and has earned the FAAC® designation.

Nathan BucheNathan Buche, FAAC®, Director of Financial Aid, Hutchinson Community College

Nathan Buche is currently the director of financial aid at Hutchinson Community College and has earned the FAAC® designation through NASFAA. He has been in his position at Hutchinson for eight years and in financial aid for about 10 years. Nathan also oversees the institutional scholarship program and all Veterans administration for the college. He graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelor of Arts in Publications and has a master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University also located in Wichita, KS.  Prior to being director at Hutchinson Community College he worked as an admission representative, financial aid clerk and assistant director of career services at other institutions.Nathan is a past president of KASFAA, he also has served as co-chair of the conference planning committee and the chair of the archive committee.  He has also been a presenter of topics in KASFAA. In RMASFAA he has been the state delegate for Kansas and served as a mentor in the leadership pipeline.

Dr. Ed Bush - President, Cosumnes Community College

Dr. Edward Bush has over 21 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Bush is the president of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. Prior to his position as college president, Dr. Bush served as vice president of student services for seven years, tenured associate faculty member in student life and leadership, the director of the Educational Talent Search federal TRIO grant, and dean of student services. Dr. Bush's leadership experience further includes his involvement on statewide committees and initiatives. Dr. Bush currently serves as the Area 2 representative for the California Community College League CEO Board, the CEO representative for the state's Chancellor Office Faculty Diversity Committee and the Chancellor's Office Student Success Metrics task force. Dr. Bush is an innovative leader who has been able to reimagine traditional institutional practices. His innovative approach, including the implementation of guided pathways, has led to improvement of student outcomes while reducing gaps in achievement for students of color and other historically marginalized student populations. Dr. Bush is a student success-focused leader with a clear vision and expertise in leading organizations through periods of change and structural disruption in order to meet the evolving needs of students and the communities in which they serve. Dr. Bush is a scholar practitioner who has served as an adjunct faculty member for several graduate programs. Moreover, Dr. Bush's academic achievements include: the co-authorship of two books, two book chapters, and 12 peer reviewed publications appearing in a variety of journals. Dr. Bush is a sought after speaker on issues relating to student success, equity, diversity, and leadership. He has been an invited presenter for numerous statewide, local, and national organizations. Dr. Bush received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside, a master's degree in public administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Claremont Graduate University in urban educational leadership. He and his wife Dr. Jenise Bush have a daughter who is a law student at the University of California, Irvine and a son who is a recent graduate of Morehouse College.

Parker CharltonParker Charlton – Supervisor, Financial Aid Compliance, McClintock & Associates

Parker joined McClintock & Associates in 2019, after working in roles of increasing complexity, including director of financial services and senior director of student financial services, with a four-year for-profit institution. Today, he assists postsecondary institutions with Title IV compliance audits and consulting, internal control processes and procedures, regulatory training, and Student Information System guidance. He is a member of NASFAA and PASFAA, along with serving on the supervisory committee for the New Alliance Federal Credit Union. Outside of the office, you might find Parker with his wife and two children or playing ice hockey and golf.

Shannon CrosslandShannon Crossland, FAAC® - Director of Student Financial Services, Frank Phillips College 

Shannon is the director of student financial aid services at Frank Phillips College in Border, Texas. Her primary responsibilities include student financial aid compliance and administration. Shannon received her associate degree from Amarillo College, bachelor's degree in agronomy (soil science) from Texas Tech University, and master's degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University. Shannon is actively involved with TASFAA, SWASFAA, and NASFAA. Shannon has served as past president of TASFAA and SWASFAA, and currently serves as Commission Chair of the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program Commission. In her free time, Shannon enjoys traveling, running, and crocheting.

Dr. Donna DavisDr. Donna Davis - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Houston Community College

Donna is responsible for the creation and implementation of programs to continue a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout Houston Community College. The DEI Office collaborates with faculty, talent engagement, institutional equity, and student services for a systemic approach to talent acquisition and compliance. Donna served as the director of institutional equity & Title IX coordinator at Kennesaw State University. She is a nationally certified civil rights investigator, diversity officer, executive coach, and holds multiple designations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has over 20 years of higher education, compliance, and DEI experience. She is a recognized presenter in the areas of cultural competency, implicit bias, privilege, and organizational development, and is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. She has also previously held positions with various universities as adjunct faculty, assistant dean, director, legislative counsel, and has participated as a board member with a range of professional organizations. She holds a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center, a master's degree in positive organization development & change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor's degree in business management from Dillard University.

Cathy DemchakCathy Demchak, M.Ed., FAAC® - Supervisor, Financial Aid Compliance, McClintock & Associates

Cathy has deep experience in researching and interpreting regulations that govern Federal Student Aid programs and brings that to her work in assisting postsecondary institutions with Title IV compliance audits, Title IV consulting and consumer information requirements. She joined the firm in 2020, after working as an associate director of student financial aid at a large, private not-for-profit university, where she managed various processes and procedures in the day-to-day operations of the financial aid office. She is a member of NASFAA and PASFAA, and has a master’s degree in higher education from Penn State University. In her free time, Cathy spends time with family and friends.

Justin DraegerJustin Draeger - President & CEO, NASFAA

Justin 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 has testified in multiple Congressional hearings on student financial aid, college access, student loan policy, and the interplay between federal agencies and colleges and universities. He 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 serves on several boards of directors 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.

Tony ErwinTony Erwin, FAAC® - Principal Consultant, Blue Icon Advisors

Tony has more than 20 years of experience in student services and support, including financial aid, employment, billing, veteran affairs, immigration, enrollment management, and student affairs. As a Blue Icon consultant, Tony works directly with schools to identify and solve compliance and operational issues.

Prior to joining Blue Icon Advisors, Tony served as the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Merrimack College. Prior to Merrimack, Tony served as the associate vice president of enrollment and dean of student financial services at Northeastern University; associate director for student aid and finance at Stonehill College; and assistant director of financial aid at Berklee College of Music. Tony also worked as a school trainer for the U.S. Department of Education for 12 years.

Tony has been an active member of the financial aid community, serving as president of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). He has also participated in a variety of NASFAA committees and served as a regional representative on the NASFAA Board of Directors.

Tony graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication from Stonehill College and will soon complete his master's degree in leadership at Northeastern University. Tony has earned all 17 NASFAA professional credentials.

Rachelle Feldman
Rachelle Feldman, Interim Vice Provost of Enrollment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rachelle is the interim vice provost of enrollment University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Higher Education Loan Coalition and has served on NASFAA's Prior-Prior Year Implementation Task Force, Federal Issues Committee, Rapid Response Network and chaired its Program Integrity Task Force. Rachelle is a proud University of California, Berkeley alumna and advocate for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.  

David Futrell David Futrell, AskRegs and Knowledgebase Manager, NASFAA

David is the AskRegs and Knowledgebase manager at NASFAA. David began his career in financial aid in 1991 as a graduate assistant at The College of William and Mary, where he obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees. Since 2000, he has been with NASFAA providing training and regulatory assistance to financial aid colleagues. His training experience includes in-person classroom training, online facilitated instruction, webinars, and web-based course design. He has also served as a nonfederal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining NASFAA, he served as assistant director of financial aid at the University of Vermont and both associate and acting director of financial aid at American University. 

Rachel GentryRachel Gentry, Director of Government Relations, NASFAA

Rachel contributes to NASFAA's policy and advocacy efforts, representing the association before congressional members and staff and working to enhance the advocacy capacity of its members. Prior to joining NASFAA, Rachel worked in higher education policy analysis and research in Washington, D.C., and began her career in higher education as a high school college advisor assisting low-income and first-generation students through the college application and financial aid process.

Andrew HammontreeAndrew Hammontree, FAAC® - Director of Financial Aid, Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Andrew began his career in financial aid in 1998 at Oklahoma Christian University, where he served as a scholarship coordinator, a financial aid counselor, and as associate director. Since 2006, he has been the director of financial aid at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, where he specializes in clock hour programs. He is a past president of OASFAA (Oklahoma) and SWASFAA, and he has served on the NASFAA Board of Directors as a regional representative and as a commission director. He has also chaired several task forces for NASFAA, including the Thought Force on Under-Resourced Schools. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading, traveling to foreign countries, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Brenda HicksBrenda Hicks, FAAC® - NASFAA Past National Chair & Director of Financial Aid, Southwestern College

Brenda has served Southwestern College in both college admissions and financial aid since 1991 and is currently the director of financial aid. Over the years she has been active in state, regional, and national professional associations as a trainer, board member, and committee chair. She has been a recipient of the NASFAA Regional Leadership award and the KASFAA Meritorious Achievement award. She is a former RMASFAA and KASFAA president and has also previously served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as national chair, regional representative, and representative-at-large. She has also been a member of the NASFAA Association Governance Committee and has served on several task forces, including the NASFAA 50th Anniversary task force, the State and Regional Alliance task force, and the Enhanced Loan Counseling task force.

Luke HoeyLuke Hoey, FAAC® - Manager, Financial Aid Compliance, McClintock and Associates

Luke works extensively with postsecondary institutions on a full range of audit and business consulting services related to Title IV compliance. He has been with McClintock & Associates since 2013 and was named a manager in 2021, bringing valuable knowledge in calculating awards and packaging, cash management, Gainful Employment and the Clery Act. Before coming to McClintock, he worked within the financial services department at a four-year for-profit institution. As a member of NASFAA and PASFAA, he is a regular participant at Federal Student Aid-related conferences and trainings. In his personal time, Luke spends time with his family and is a certified foster/adoptive parent, and he enjoys playing the guitar and learning new instruments.

Anne KressDr. Anne Kress - President, Northern Virginia Community College

Anne M. Kress is the sixth president of Northern Virginia Community College, also known as NOVA, a role she began in January 2020. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, having served as a tenured English professor, department chair, associate vice president, provost, and president at community colleges in Florida, New York, and now, Virginia.  Kress focuses on the role NOVA plays in providing meaningful access to equity in educational and economic opportunity for the full diversity of our region.

Kress recently co-chaired the Virginia Community College System's new six-year Opportunity 2027 Strategic Plan task force, which commits the system's 23 colleges to achieving equity in student outcomes. She serves on the board of the American Association of Community Colleges; the executive committee of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity; Jobs for the Future's Policy Trust and Community College Workforce Consortium; the Aspen Institute's Ascend Postsecondary Leadership Circle; and is a member of Excelencia in Education's Presidents for Latino Student Success. Kress is also on the boards of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area, and Generation Hope. She serves on Connected DMV's Regional Economic Development Strategies Steering Committee and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Kress is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and has been named to the Virginia Business Journal Virginia 500.

Kress earned two bachelor's degrees, in finance and English; a master's degree in English; and a doctorate in higher education administration, all from the University of Florida. She has been honored by her alma mater and other organizations, including Phi Theta Kappa, the New York State Senate, YWCA, the American Association of University Women, and the Rochester Women's Council. She has been recognized by both the Washington Business Journal and Rochester Business Journal. Kress is married to Ned Davis, and they have two children in college.

Lisa KriegLisa Krieg - Associate Vice President & Director of Enrollment Services and International Programs, Carnegie Mellon University

In her capacity as associate vice president, Lisa has led and participated in a number of strategic efforts, including those focused on undergraduate retention and persistence, preferred name guideline development, parental and family engagement, and Fulbright candidate interviews, as well as numerous other searches and committees. In 2020, Lisa was named co-chair of the Provost's Coronavirus Planning Committee on Academic Matters. As the director of international programs, Lisa will focus attention on establishing criteria and best practices for typical university engagements and partnered relationships, and helping document and implement current state and next-step directions. As the director of enrollment services, Lisa oversees the University Registrar, financial aid and student accounts, The HUB centralized student services unit, Summer Studies, the S3 student information system, and the Office of International Education (OIE). Lisa is a Fulbright International Administrators grantee (2005), a recipient of a Carnegie Mellon Andy Award for Outstanding University Citizenship (2007), and a nominee along with other S3 (Student Services Suite) team members for the Carnegie Mellon Andy Award for Innovation (2012). She is a member of an Association of American Universities (AAU) constituent group for senior enrollment managers. Her recent volunteer work has included serving on nonprofit boards for Contemporary Craft, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, and North Hills Community Outreach.

Aaron LaceyAaron Lacey - Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP 

The Chair of Thompson Coburn's Higher Education Practice, Aaron has two decades of experience assisting institutions to navigate complex legal and policy matters. He and his colleagues are valued for their deep understanding of the postsecondary regulatory framework, including requirements relating to the federal financial aid programs, accreditation, and state authorization. The host of Thompson Coburn's popular Higher Education Webinar Series, and editorial director of REGucation, the firm's higher education law and policy blog, Aaron is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to higher education policy and regulation. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and three kids, the world's greatest dog, and eight rowdy chickens.

Tim LehmannTim Lehmann - Vice President Student Financial Services, Southern New Hampshire University

Tim is an experienced higher education financing professional with over 35 years of experience in higher education financing. A common thread has been helping organizations to scale their operations, along with finding innovative solutions to assist universities. He has built a reputation as a thought leader in the area of technology and customer experience, as well as maintaining a commitment to compliance to help colleges and universities achieve optimization goals.

Beginning his career working in the nonprofit sector, he has worked for both for-profit and nonprofit institutions focused primarily on distance education. Tim has been the vice president for student financial services at Southern New Hampshire University for the past five years and has helped guide the institution through significant growth, and has assisted with improving the student experience by being relentlessly focused on creating and integrating the right technology to deliver a student experience that is optimized, scalable, compliant, and streamlined to achieve the university's goals.

Tim has a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Minnesota and an MBA from Capella University. He has been a presenter at numerous conferences and seminars on the topic of financing higher education.

Beth MaglioneBeth Maglione, Executive Vice President & Board Secretary, NASFAA

Beth is the executive vice president of NASFAA. She has worked for the association since 2008, and in the higher education space for more than two decades. She oversees multiple key functional areas at NASFAA, including communications, web, meetings, membership services and operations/accounting; she is also the secretary to the Board of Directors. In prior positions she has served as a reporter, editor, public relations and media relations strategist and spokesperson, and corporate communications manager. She earned her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from Georgetown University. Beth lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Karen McCarthyKaren McCarthy - Vice President of Public Policy and Federal Relations, NASFAA

Karen currently works in NASFAA's division of policy and federal relations, providing a financial aid administrator's "on the ground" perspective to federal student aid policy discussions and debates. She began her career in student aid working in the financial aid offices at several large, four-year institutions, including Boston University, Miami University of Ohio, and Ohio State University. She began work in NASFAA's training department in 1999 before joining NASFAA's policy team in 2010.

Anne McDermott - Director of Financial Aid, Salve Regina University

Anne is the director of financial aid at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the past president of the Rhode Island Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RIASFAA) and the current EASFAA president-elect. Anne also teaches a first-year experience course, as well as several online business courses. Anne graduated with a degree in marketing from Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida and an MBA from Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire. Anne has been working in higher education since 2001 and has been in a director position since 2007. Anne’s primary focus in the financial aid office are areas of efficiency, compliance, and customer service. She resides in Newport with her husband and two children.  

Christine McGuireChristine McGuire - Vice President and Associate Provost for Enrollment & Student Administration, Boston University

Christine oversees undergraduate admissions, student financial assistance, the university registrar, student employment, combined enrollment services, enrollment operations, the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, and the College Advising Corp. She also develops and directs the university's undergraduate enrollment strategies, oversees a wide range of student-related information systems, and coordinates functions and activities targeting undergraduate retention. Christine chairs the Classroom Renovation Committee; serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee; and is a member of numerous University decision-making groups, such as the Provost's Cabinet, the Administrative Council and the University Leadership group. Christine has a long career of enrollment management in higher education, including extensive experience in student financial aid, student employment, and customer service.  For six years, she served as associate vice president of enrollment and student affairs and executive director of financial assistance. Christine is a member of American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, NASFAA, the Enrollment Planning Network, serves on the board of the Higher Education Loan Coalition, and is a delegate to the College Scholarship Services National Assembly of the College Board. Christine holds a bachelor's degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In 2010, she completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Management and Leadership in Higher Education Institute.

Carla McKnight - Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources, Valencia College

Carla is the vice president of organizational development and human resources at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She is a speaker, educator, and consultant focusing on personal, professional, and organizational development. Carla has spent over 15 years working in higher education in staff, faculty, and administrative roles. She is certified professional in the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). Carla is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organization development and change at Bowling Green State University. She has an associate degree from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, of which she is most proud. She also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education and policy studies, both from the University of Central Florida. Carla's favorite pastimes include traveling, listening to live music, and working on jigsaw puzzles. She is an avid beach-goer and has recently developed a love for cycling.

Scott OwczarekScott Owczarek - Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and University Registrar - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scott serves as the university registrar and in this role helps oversee, develop, and deliver crucial services, programs, and guidance related to student enrollment, curriculum management, classroom scheduling, and grading services. He also assists with strategically managing and supporting campus partnerships regarding enrollment management, the Student Digital Ecosystem, the Student Information System, and the Online Undergraduate Degree programs. With a strong emphasis and belief in collaboration, he supports his staff to deliver the highest quality of service to students, faculty and staff, and other campus partners in these areas. As a member of AACRAO, IMS Global, and many other state, national, and international organizations and programs, Scott has positioned himself to be an ambassador for bettering the campus community through the services the Office of the Registrar provides. His participation and leadership within these organizations provides a broad perspective on higher education, expanded knowledge, and compassionate understanding for the effect the Office of the Registrar has on campus culture and success.

Michael PerroneDr. Michela Perrone - President of MMP Associates

Dr. Michela Perrone founded MMP Associates in 1993 in order to support the successful development of nonprofit organizations, their boards, and chief executives. Michela's experience and expertise enable her to be an effective teacher and facilitator, as well as a troubleshooter, a diagnostician of management and governance problems, a team builder and a problem solver, a competent trainer of boards, and executive coach of CEOs.

Michela is a faculty member of Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, a senior associate of BoardSource, and a consultant and trainer for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, D.C. She works with hundreds of board members, organizations, and chief executives annually to support their development and increase their effectiveness.

From 1978 until 1993, Michela was the president of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Under her leadership, the Kennedy Institute grew from a small school for children with intellectual disabilities — with 25 staff and a yearly budget of $400,000 — to a multi-faceted organization where, in over 50 locations, 300 staff serve nearly 1,000 children and adults with disabilities, with a budget of over $8 million. Michela trained hundreds of professionals in the United States and abroad in management skills and in the education of people with disabilities.

Between 1969 and 1978, Michela held positions of leadership for six educational and human service organizations in the United States and Europe. Throughout her career, she has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

A native of Italy, Michela holds Italian and American citizenship. She first came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship, and completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College and her graduate and doctoral work at the Union Institute and University. Michela speaks fluent Italian, English, Spanish, and French.

Nick PrewettNick Prewett, FAAC® - Director of Financial Aid, Stony Brook University

Nick has worked in financial aid at large, public Association of American Universities (AAU) institutions since 2003. He has earned all 17 NASFAA professional credentials and has been very involved in state, regional, and national financial aid associations, including the NASFAA Board of Directors and as the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) president. He believes that through training, financial aid administrators he can help reduce barriers for students pursuing higher education. He has an Ed.D from the University of Kansas. 

JoEllen PriceJoEllen Price, FAAC® - Executive Director of Financial Aid, Houston Community College

JoEllen started her career in 1988 and became a financial aid director in 1992. She currently serves as the executive director of financial aid at Houston Community College, which is made up of over 70,000 students across 20 campuses. She has worked for colleges and universities in four states and consulted with colleges and universities throughout the United States. Positions held include executive director of student financial programs; assistant vice president of enrollment management overseeing admissions, financial aid, and marketing; director of financial aid; interim director of institutional research; and registrar. JoEllen also served as the vice president of operations for a full-service financial aid consulting company working with over 50 colleges and universities providing a variety of consulting and remote processing services. JoEllen earned a bachelor's degree in business, an MBA, a master's degree in information technology, and is currently working on her doctorate in higher education.

Scott SkaroScott Skaro - Director of Financial Aid, United Tribes Technical College, NASFAA Diversity Officer

Scott has been in financial aid for over 10 years and is currently the director of financial aid at United Tribes Technical College, which serves tribal members from all across the U.S. and Canada.

He has volunteered for committees at NASFAA and has been involved with the Diversity Leadership Program since its inception, and currently serves as the diversity officer at NASFAA. He advocates for the leadership of NASFAA, schools, and all other organizations to look like the populations they serve.

Prior to his career in higher education, he had almost 10 years of finance experience at two different Fortune 500 companies. In college, he studied international business and Mandarin Chinese and even lived in Beijing. His hobbies include music, trivia, and tennis.

Mary SommersMary Sommers - Director of Financial Aid, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Mary is currently the director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has been working in financial aid in Montana and Nebraska for 30 years. Prior to coming to UNK she was the director of financial aid and also an admissions counselor at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Mary currently serves on the NASFAA Leadership Symposium task force. She recently finished a term on the NASFAA Finance Committee and chaired the NASFAA Administrative Capability task force. Previously, she served as a representative-at-large on the NASFAA Board of Directors and as chair of the NASFAA Ethics Commission. She worked on the task force that updated NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct. She is the proud recipient of NASFAA's Meritorious Achievement Award.

In her state and region, Mary has served on two occasions as the president of the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She was the president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA) in 2004. Over her career, Mary has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on a number of financial aid and higher education topics.

Mary has a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska.

Christina TangalakisDr. Christina Tangalakis, FAAC® - Associate Dean of Financial Aid, Glendale Community College

Christina is currently the associate dean of financial aid at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. Previously, she was director of financial aid at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, associate director at the University of Southern California, assistant director at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a financial aid counselor at Central Washington University. Affordability, access, and diversity are the issues central to her daily work and professional interests. In December 2018, Christina was named one of the six members of the inaugural class of NASFAA's Diversity Leadership Program.

As a member of the LGBTQ community with Latinx heritage, Christina explains that diversity is more than just a passing phase — it is a way of life, an aspiration, and a motivation for creating change. Christina is currently a member of the advisory council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and sits on the board of directors of the Foundation for the AIDS Monument. In the future, Christina wants to continue to advocate for marginalized populations' college access and affordability, and to mentor a new generation of financial aid leaders who will be ready to shape the industry's future.

Brent TenerBrent Tener, NASFAA National Chair, Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University

Brent is currently the director of student financial aid and scholarships at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has over 30 years of experience as a financial aid administrator and has worked with financial aid professionals across the country while serving in varying capacities in state, regional, and national associations. Brent has served on NASFAA's Board of Directors as the SASFAA regional representative, commission director, and representative-at-large. He is a past president of TASFAA at the state level and SASFAA at the regional level, and was one of the main architects of Vanderbilt's current progressive need-based financial aid program, Opportunity Vanderbilt. He was honored with the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award (SASFAA) in 2010 and the SASFAA Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Brent started his financial aid career at Wichita State University.

Karla Weber WandelKarla Weber Wandel - Communications Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karla is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the School of Human Ecology’s Human Development and Family Studies program. She made her professional home in the office of student financial aid, first as an advisor and the front desk supervisor and now as the communications manager. She recently completed her master's degree in communications & public relations at Purdue University (but she’ll always be a Badger first).

Art YoungArt Young, FAAC® - Executive Director of Financial Aid, University of Arizona

Art serves as the executive director in the University of Arizona's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA). He has a wide educational and professional background, including work and leadership experience in almost every sector of the financial aid industry (public, private, proprietary, and student lending). In a prior life, he taught high school for seven years, a foundation which continues to underscore his passion for education, access, and supporting student success. A former president of both the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA) and the Utah Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (UASFAA), Art has trained and mentored colleagues and students across the country and in a variety of settings. He has served twice on the Board of Directors of NASFAA and is proud to have earned all 17 NASFAA professional credentials and be recognized as an FAAC®. Art received the UASFAA Outstanding Service Award in 2009, RMASFAA's Oscar R. "Jack" Hendrix Award in 2010, the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award in 2018, RMASFAA's Ron Smout Award for Teaching and Mentoring in 2019, and the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) in 2021.

Publication Date: 2/14/2022

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