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 2022-23.

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Job Changes & Promotions

  • *NEW* September 19, 2022 - Shawn Morrissey, formerly the director of financial aid at UMass Chan Medical School, is now the director of college relations at MEFA. 
  • September 19, 2022 - Shannon Muraco, FAAC® was promoted from senior accountant to audit supervisor at McClintock & Associates.
  • September 1, 2022 - Rebecca Dobry, formerly the assistant director at University of Nebraska - Kearney, is now the area director of financial aid at Central Community College.
  • September 1, 2022 - Christian Ramirez was promoted from assistant director of financial aid to associate director of financial aid systems management at Teachers College Columbia University.
  • September 1, 2022 - Alyssa Timko was promoted from associate director of financial aid to senior associate director of financial aid at Teachers College Columbia University.
  • August 15, 2022 - Christopher Rodriguez, FAAC® was promoted from campus director to director at Rowan College of South Jersey.
  • *NEW* August 8, 2022 - Caroline Hernandez, formerly the campus financial aid supervisor, is now the regional director, financial aid campus operations/outreach at Austin Community College.
  • August 3, 2022 - Chad Olson, FAAC®, was promoted from senior associate director to director of financial aid operations at Iowa State University.
  • August 1, 2022 – Roxana Zeledon was promoted from senior financial aid counselor to associate director of financial aid at Middlesex Community College.
  • July 29, 2022 - Maria Sager was promoted from senior director of financial aid to assistant vice president of financial aid services at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
  • July 18, 2022 - Kerstin Alston, formerly the associate director of financial aid at York Technical College, is now the senior director of financial aid at Columbia College.
  • July 15, 2022 - Christie McDonald was promoted from associate director to director of financial aid at Northwood University.
  • July 11, 2022 - Dr. Rob Kniss, formerly the executive director of student financial aid and scholarships at University of Memphis is now the executive director of student financial aid and scholarships at Texas Tech University.
  • July 11, 2022 - Daniel Barkowitz, FAAC®, formerly the assistant vice president of financial aid and veterans’ affairs at Valencia College, is now the assistant vice president of financial assistance and student employment at the University of Miami.
  • July 5, 2022 - Reilly Watanabe is now the assistant director financial aid compliance & operations at Colorado Mountain College.
  • July 1, 2022 – Andrew Hammontree, FAAC® was promoted from director of financial aid to director of student administrative services at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.
  • July 1, 2022 - Alexandria Jackson was promoted from manager of financial aid services to associate director of outreach and development at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
  • July 1, 2022 - Dr. Alexander Jordan was promoted from assistant director of compliance & awarding to executive director at Ashland University.
  • July 1, 2022 - Katie Cooper was promoted from director of financial aid to assistant vice president of enrollment management at West Liberty University.
  • July 1, 2022 - Alyssa Corvi was promoted from assistant director to senior assistant director of financial aid at Wesleyan University.
  • Amber Yocom, formerly the director of financial aid at Northwest State Community College, is now the Banner financial aid support specialist at Terra Community College. Amber also recently earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from Bellevue University.

Retirements

  • *NEW* December 31, 2022 - Cheryl Lyons, currently the director of student financial aid at University of Central Arkansas, will retire in December after 37 years of working in financial aid. Cheryl previously worked at East Central University and Murray State College.
  • October 31, 2022 - Ruth Cramer, currently the senior associate director of financial aid at Dickinson College, will retire in October after 40 years of working in financial aid. Ruth also previously worked at Wilson College.
  • August 1, 2022 - Roberta Johnson, executive director of student financial aid at Iowa State University, has retired after 40 years of working in financial aid. She notes "I will be working with Chad Olson, who was recently named director of student financial aid operations throughout the next year. Thanks to NASFAA's Succession Planning track at the NASFAA Leadership Conference in February for making this transition possible!"
  • July 1, 2022 - Diane Ray, most recently the associate director of financial aid at Walsh University has retired after working in financial aid for over 30 years. She also previously worked at Mercer University and The Ohio State University.

2021-22 Movers & Shakers

Publication Date: 9/28/2022


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