NASFAA Movers & Shakers

NASFAA members are always moving ahead, whether enhancing their skills in their current roles, accepting promotions or job changes, or discovering new pathways as retirees. Below are a few colleagues who were honored with awards or recognitions, or made changes in their professional lives, in 2021-22.

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Job Changes & Promotions

  • *NEW* November 15, 2021 - Sarah Loomis, formerly the financial aid director at West Penn Hospital School of Nursing, is now the director of financial aid at Allegheny Health Network - Schools of Nursing.
  • November 10, 2021 - Nathaniel Riddle, formerly the senior financial aid service coach at Regent University, is now the assistant director of financial aid at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
  • November 1, 2021 - Keith Williams was promoted from senior associate director to executive director of financial aid at Michigan State University. 
  • November 1, 2021 - Timothy Sampson, formerly the assistant director of financial aid production at Fayetteville Technical Community College, is now the director of financial aid and scholarships at University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • November 1, 2021 - Emily Montoya was promoted from associate director to director at New Mexico Highlands University.
  • November 1, 2021 - Dennis Moore was promoted from assistant director of client relations to associate director of financial aid operations and Support at New York University.
  • October 21, 2021 - Luke Hoey, FAAC®, was promoted from audit supervisor to audit manager at McClintock & Associates.
  • October 20, 2021 - Candace Henry-Schroder, formerly the financial aid advisor at Kirtland Community College, is now the director of financial aid at Gogebic Community College. 
  • October 18, 2021 - Sheryl Reinschmidt, formerly the associate/deputy director of university financial aid at Case Western Reserve University, is now the director of financial aid at Occidental College.
  • October 18, 2021 - Courtney Rust, FAAC®, formerly the assistant director of financial aid at SUNY Canton, is now the director of financial aid at SUNY Potsdam, where she began her financial aid career as a student worker. 
  • October 6, 2021 - Derrick Everhart, formerly the senior assistant director at University of North Carolina - Charlotte, is now the director of financial aid at Warren Wilson College.
  • October 4, 2021 - Alexis Brown, formerly the senior financial aid advisor at Northwestern College, is now the director of financial aid at Blackburn College.
  • October 1, 2021 - Lorena Rodriguez was promoted from financial aid compliance manager to associate director of financial aid at University of California - Santa Cruz.
  • October 1, 2021 - Timothy Sampson was promoted from senior financial aid technician to assistant director of financial aid production at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
  • September 27, 2021 - Michael Montoya, formerly the director of student financial assistance at Luna Community College is now the associate director at St. John's College.
  • September 24, 2021 - McKayla McCarty was promoted from specialist of financial aid to coordinator of work-study/outreach at Austin Community College.
  • September 20, 2021 - Sarah Kasabian-Larson, formerly the associate director of financial aid at Alma College is now the director of financial aid at Mid Michigan College.
  • September 13, 2021 - Brittany Harper was promoted to assistant director of financial aid at McKendree University.
  • September 7, 2021 - Thomas Zarkos, formerly the registrar at Manhattan School of Music, is now the director of financial aid at Teachers College of Columbia University.
  • September 7, 2021 - Jared Menghini, formerly the director of financial aid at King's College, is now the executive director of student financial services at Wilkes University.
  • September 1, 2021 - Samantha McCarron was promoted from associate director to director of financial aid at Northern Illinois University.
  • September 1, 2021 - Maria Shaulis, formerly the senior consultant at Financial Aid Services, Inc., is now the associate vice president of student financial systems at Briar Cliff University.
  • September 1, 2021 - Lori Lewis, FAAC®, formerly the director of financial aid at Warren Wilson College, is now the senior associate director of operations at Duke University.
  • August 25, 2021 - Steven Foster, formerly the senior associate director at Western Michigan University, is now the director of financial aid at Kettering University.
  • August 23, 2021 - Ashlea Buntin, FAAC®, is now the associate director of financial aid at Wake Forest University School of Business.
  • August 23, 2021 - Sara Donnelly was promoted from assistant director (interim director) to director of financial aid at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine.
  • August 16, 2021 - Lara Trujillo-Barela, formerly the associate director of financial aid at St. John's College, is now the financial aid director at Southwestern College.
  • August 16, 2021 - Anissa Damon was promoted from awards coordinator to associate director at Santa Fe College.
  • August 11, 2021 - Wanda Smith, formerly the assistant director of financial aid at Stevenson University, is now the associate director of financial aid at Morgan State University.
  • August 10, 2021 - Kim Lamborn, FAAC®, formerly the director of financial aid at University of Western States, is now the assistant vice president of enrollment management & director of financial aid at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy.
  • August 9, 2021 - Daniel Carlos was promoted from senior financial aid counselor to associate director at University of Idaho.
  • August 3, 2021 - Debbie O'Dea, previously the financial aid advisor at Oregon State University, is now the assistant director for compliance and operations at Portland State University.
  • August 2, 2021 - Melissa Allen, formerly the director of financial aid at Hartwick College, is now the director of financial aid at SUNY Oneonta.
  • July 19, 2021 - Belinda Pena was promoted from coordinator of work-study/outreach to manager of financial aid outreach and special programs at Austin Community College.
  • July 15, 2021 - Joy Thomas was promoted from associate director to director of student financial aid & scholarships at Prairie View A&M University. 
  • July 1, 2021 - Celena Tulloss, FAAC®, was promoted from deputy director to director of the office of financial aid and scholarships at University of Tennessee Knoxville.
  • July 1, 2021 - Sandra Jones was promoted from associate director to director of financial aid at McLennan Community College.
  • July 1, 2021 - Christian Zimmermann was promoted from director of financial assistance to associate dean of financial assistance and retention at College of Southern Maryland.
  • August 4, 2021 - Keri Gilbert, formerly the senior associate director at Missouri College Access Network, is now the director of financial aid at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
  • August 2, 2021 - Tiffany Mendez, formerly the director of financial aid at Occidental College, is now the director of financial aid at Pomona College.
  • August 2, 2021 - Lydia Cowher was promoted from financial aid assistant to financial aid manager at Penn State College of Medicine. She notes that she is happy to have been chosen to provide exceptional service to her students and is looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with colleagues around the country.
  • July 30, 2021 - Abril Hunt, formerly the director of financial aid at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) — who facilitated completion of PNCA's merger with Willamette University — relocated to Hawaii and is now the financial aid specialist, assisting with the financial aid centralization project at University of Hawai'i Community Colleges. 
  • July 19, 2021 - Glendi Gaddis, FAAC®, formerly the student services manager at Portland State University, is now the interim associate dean of financial aid at Clark College.
  • July 7, 2021 - Dr. Tom Stuart, FAAC®, formerly the director of financial aid at Grantham University, is now the assistant vice president of student financial services and director of financial Aid at William Jewell College.
  • July 1, 2021 - Leslie Hammes, FAAC®, formerly the associate director of student financial aid services at University of Idaho, is now the director of financial aid and student financial services at Central Washington University.
  • July 1, 2021 - Vanessa Thompson, formerly the financial aid advisor, was promoted to director of financial aid at Washington Adventist University.
  • Angela Jones was promoted from associate director to director of financial aid at Arkansas State University - Beebe.
  • Dixie Shearer was promoted from financial aid analyst to associate director of financial aid at Arkansas State University - Beebe.
  • Bethany Leary was promoted from senior financial aid counselor to assistant director of financial aid at Tiffin University.

Retirements

  • January 4, 2022 - Val Meyers, FAAC®, associate director at Michigan State University, will retire in January after 36 years in financial aid. She notes “I began work in the office of financial aid at Michigan State University in 1985 as a file clerk, and end as an associate director. In between, I oversaw processing, software systems, and customer service areas (at different times) before finally landing in the position of compliance officer. I feel that financial aid as a profession is both a calling and a service. I am from a family of seven and was the only one to finish an undergraduate degree, let alone a graduate degree. The path of my life has gone far afield from that of my siblings, and I am grateful every day for the financial aid and employee tuition benefits that I was able to access to get those degrees under my belt. It proved to me, over and over again, that education makes such a profound difference in the lives of our students. I feel this was a good use of the last 36 years of my life.”
  • December 31, 2021 - Kathleen Gentile, senior associate dean of financial aid at Amherst College, will retire in December after 43 years of working in financial aid.
  • October 31, 2021 - Kathryn Blaisdell, director of student financial services at Mount Holyoke College, retired in October after 23 years of working in financial aid.
  • September 3, 2021 - Wendell Schick, director of financial aid at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), retired in September. Wendell has spent 38 years of his life working in the financial aid arena, 18 of which spent at UNOH. Since 1985, he has been involved with the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), during which time he served in multiple committee positions and was elected president for the 2003-2004 year. Wendell also served as the Ohio State association president of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) and has volunteered his time and been appointed to various positions within the following organizations: Student Access and Success Coordinating Council of Ohio, Student Portal Web Development Committee of Ohio, Ohio Board of Regents Advisory Group, Great Lakes Higher Education Advisory Group, Ohio Student Loan Commission Advisory Council, Regional Chair of the Ohio Student Aid Commission, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Advisory Group, National Advisory Board of the Sallie Mae Loan Program, National Advisory Group of the Law Access Loan Program, the College Board, and the Lima Access Group. Prior to his time at UNOH, he worked in financial aid at Ohio Northern University for 20 years. Wendell has made an impact on the financial aid operations of UNOH that will last for many years to come, and his staff notes that they "could never thank him enough for his service to the University." Following his retirement, he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Diane and extended family.
  • September 1, 2021 - Caesar Storlazzi, university director of financial aid at Yale University retired after 43 years of working in financial aid.
  • August 31, 2021 - Joan Zanders, director of financial aid at Northern Virginia Community College, retired in August after 34 years in higher education.
  • August 2, 2021 - Deb Coleman, system analyst supervisor at University of Michigan - Dearborn, retired in August after 36 years of working in financial aid.
  • July 29, 2021 - Lisanne Masterson, director of financial aid at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina retired in July after 38 years in financial aid. Lisanne notes: "It has been my pleasure to work at two wonderful institutions, but the colleagues in my state, in my region and across the country that I have met along my FA journey have truly enriched my life as well as contributed to my lasting in this career for so long. Thanks to all ... I will miss the camaraderie and lively discussions!"

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Publication Date: 11/24/2021

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