Meet NASFAA's MVPs

NASFAA's Most Valuable Professional is a series that features a brief Q&A with a different NASFAA member every couple of weeks. Do you know a financial aid colleague with something interesting to say? Send the names of potential future MVPs and a short note about why you're nominating them to news@nasfaa.org

  • MVP Theresa Lavin
    August 4, 2021 - Meet Theresa Lavin. She began her career in the profession as a financial aid administrator at the University of Denver before moving to the Community College of Denver as an Enrollment Services Specialist. From there, she worked her wa...
  • MVP Angelika Williams
    July 12, 2021 - Meet Angelika Williams. Angelica first began her financial aid career by consulting at Global Financial Services, where she got a thorough understanding of financial aid processing and federal regulations. "I started out in review and c...
  • MVP Elijah Herr
    June 9, 2021 - Meet Elijah Herr. Elijah has worked in financial aid for more than 10 years after previous careers as an illustrator and graphic designer and then a brief stint as an economist. "No one plans to be in financial aid. We just all kind of ...
  • MVP Sarah Baumhoff, FAAC®
    May 11, 2021 - Meet Sarah Baumhoff. Now approaching her 25th year working in financial aid, Sarah said she credits her start to the profession to a work-study job in junior college that helped her complete her postsecondary education and led to a care...
  • MVP Erika Cox
    April 15, 2021 - Meet Erika Cox. Erika has worked in financial aid since completing her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where a work-study job helped her pivot to financial aid as an enrollment services officer at her alma ...
  • MVP Aaron Steffens
    March 23, 2021 - Meet Aaron Steffens. Aaron has been in financial aid for more than 20 years and got his start in the profession by accident. While working as an admissions counselor, he served on a search committee for a new financial aid counselor tha...
  • MVP Christina Tangalakis
    January 21, 2021 - Meet Christina Tangalakis. While Christina originally foresaw herself as an English professor at a community college, she found her way to financial aid after a brief stint in the student employment office at Central Washington Universi...
  • MVP Wayne Kruger
    December 14, 2020 - Meet Wayne Kruger. Wayne has worked in financial aid for 20 years and got his start in higher education as a Federal Work-Study student in the admissions office during his undergraduate years at Sacred Heart University. He then found hi...
  • MVP John Falleroni
    November 25, 2020 - Meet John Falleroni. After completing his undergraduate work at the University of Dayton and graduate work at Duquesne University, John began his career at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but following a roughly six-year stint at th...
  • MVP Delisa Falks
    October 15, 2020 - Meet Delisa Falks. After graduating from college, Delisa knew she wanted to work at Texas A&M University and decided to apply for a job in the financial aid office. "I guess you can say 'the rest is history,'" she said, noting that ...
  • MVP Alicia Keaton
    September 16, 2020 - Meet Alicia Keaton. Alicia has held various roles in financial aid for more than 25 years and currently serves as the director of financial aid at the University of Central Florida. "It's been seven years and I honestly can't imagine be...
  • MVP Cheryl Lyons
    August 24, 2020 - Meet Cheryl Lyons. Cheryl is the director of financial aid at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). She has been at UCA for 21 years and has worked in the financial aid world throughout her career, with stints at the financial aid o...
  • MVP Jennifer Cobb
    July 2, 2020 - Meet Jennifer Cobb. Jennifer is the associate director for Student Financial Planning at Stetson University College of Law, a private university in Deland, Florida. She has held the role at Stetson for more than ten years, the latest st...
  • MVP William R. Burke
    May 21, 2020 - Meet William R. Burke. William is the director of financial aid at the University of Scranton, where he has worked for over 35 years in various financial aid roles. He was first introduced to the world of financial aid as an intern duri...
  • MVP Christopher Pollard
    March 19, 2020 - Meet Christopher Pollard. Christopher has worked in financial aid for 14 years — beginning as a student customer service representative in the financial aid office at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during his freshman ...
  • MVP Howard Leslie
    February 12, 2020 - Meet Howard Leslie. Howard has worked in financial aid for 43 years. After graduating with three undergraduate degrees in music and theater and a master's degree in psychology, Howard got his start in the profession as a guidance counse...
  • MVP Francisco Valines
    January 13, 2020 - Meet Francisco Valines. Francisco has been a financial aid professional for 38 years, getting his start as a graduate student at the University of Florida in 1982. Since then, he’s worked in the financial aid offices at large publ...
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