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 2024-25.

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This Week's Movers & Shakers

Traci Armes

*NEW* July 12, 2024 – Traci Armes, FAAC®, formerly the deputy director at the University of Texas at Austin, is now the assistant vice president for financial aid and scholarships at the University of South Florida.

James Kellam

*NEW* July 1, 2024 – James Kellam was recently elected to be the 2024-25 president of SCASFAA (South Carolina). James is also the South Carolina representative on the executive board of SASFAA. He is currently the associate vice president for student financial services at Converse University.  

*NEW* July 1, 2024 – Susan Stephenson, formerly the enrollment management executive director at Western Nebraska Community College, is now the higher education consultant senior manager at Eide Bailly LLP.

*NEW* July 1, 2024 – Yesenia Esposito was promoted from associate director to senior associate director at Columbia University.

*NEW* July 1, 2024 – Mia Myers, FAAC®, was promoted to associate managing director at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Job Changes & Promotions

  • July 1, 2024 - Jenn Toomey was promoted from assistant director of financial aid and financial wellness advisor to director of financial aid at Case Western Reserve University - School of Medicine.
  • July 1, 2024 – Dr. Christina Tangalakis, FAAC®, formerly the associate dean of financial aid at Glendale Community College, is now the interim director of financial aid at Wake Forest University.
  • July 1, 2024 – Katie Conrad, FAAC®, formerly the senior associate director of financial aid at Florida International University, is now the executive director of scholarships and financial aid at Georgia Institute of Technology.


  • July 1, 2024 - Billie Jo Hamilton, associate vice president of enrollment planning and management at the University of South Florida, has retired after 43 years working in financial aid.
  • July 1, 2024 – Tami Gilbeaux, currently the assistant vice president of business development at Inceptia, will retire in July after 45 years of working in financial aid.

Awards, Recognitions, & Other

Publication Date: 7/10/2024

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