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 2023-24.

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Job Changes & Promotions

  • 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.
  • *NEW* May 1, 2024 – Adrian Martin was promoted from financial aid assistant to assistant dean of financial aid and diversity outreach at Amherst College.
  • *NEW* April 16, 2024 – Jennifer Fetters was promoted from program specialist 3 to associate director of financial aid at Bellevue College.
  • April 15, 2024 - Celena Tulloss, FAAC®, formerly the director of scholarship integration & operations (Utah) and the director of financial aid & scholarships (Tennessee) at the University of Utah and the University of Tennessee, is now the assistant vice president, enrollment management and executive director, financial aid & scholarships at Auburn University.
  • April 5, 2024 – Justin Rummel was promoted from assistant vice president, student financial services to vice president for enrollment at Susquehanna University.
  • April 1, 2024 – Katherine Hudson was promoted from assistant director of financial aid communications to associate director of financial services communications at Baylor University.
  • March 21, 2024 – Barbara Bargher was promoted from associate director to director at Ithaca College.
  • Month 11, 2024 – Ashlea Buntin, FAAC®, formerly the associate director financial aid at Wake Forest University, School of Business, is now the senior director financial aid at Bellevue University.
  • March 11, 2024 – Les Cintron is now the executive director, financial aid training and compliance at Ivy Tech Community College.
  • March 4, 2024 – Jennifer Behmer, formerly the associate director of financial aid at Elizabethtown College, is now the senior associate director of financial aid at West Chester University.
  • March 3, 2024 – Victoria Bowman is now the assistant director, one stop enrollment services at Rowan College of South Jersey.
  • March 1, 2024 – Holly Johnson, formerly employed at Discover, is now the regional manager, private student loans at Monogram.
  • March 1, 2024 – Sandra McComb was promoted from senior financial aid administrator to assistant director at the University of Michigan-Flint.
  • March 1, 2024 – Mary Booker, formerly the executive director, student financial services at the University of Delaware, is now the assistant vice president, financial aid and scholarships at Texas Tech University.
  • March 1, 2024 – Zuleymie Rodriguez was promoted from senior assistant director of financial aid to associate director of financial aid at Wesleyan University
  • March 1, 2024 – Meghan Palumbo was promoted from student loan officer to director of student financial aid programs at Allegany College of Maryland.
  • February 26, 2024 – Nathan Lohr, FAAC®, formerly the director of financial aid at the University of Indianapolis, is now the director of financial aid at Wabash College.
  • February 26, 2024 – Katrina Bennett, formerly the associate director operations - office of financial aid at Colorado State University, is now the director of financial aid at Champlain College.
  • February 25, 2024 – Casey Roeder was promoted from associate director of the student financial service center to director of the student financial service center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
  • February 19, 2024 – Shantell Coleman, FAAC®, was promoted from associate director of financial aid to director of financial aid at Wilberforce University.
  • February 16, 2024 – Sarah Christoffersen was promoted from financial aid specialist to director of financial aid at Southern Virginia University.
  • February 15, 2024 – Alex DeLonis, FAAC®, formerly the associate dean for enrollment management & director of financial aid at Wabash College, is now the assistant vice president for student financial services at Saint Louis University.
  • February 1, 2024 – Lyndsay Johnson was promoted from senior financial aid advisor to associate director at Stony Brook University.
  • January 29, 2024 – Kylie Libby was promoted from financial aid counselor to assistant director of financial aid at Husson University.
  • January 29, 2024 – Detra Hooper was promoted from associate director to director at Howard Community College.
  • January 17, 2024 – Jessi Asberry, formerly the financial aid advisor at Grand view University, is now the assistant director at Iowa State University.
  • January 16, 2024 – Robert Fishkind, FAAC®, formerly the associate director of auxiliary services at Texas A&M University College Station, is now the director of financial aid services at Southern Methodist University.
  • January 16, 2024 – Robert Hamilton was promoted from assistant director of student services to director of federal and state programs at Texas Tech University.
  • January 15, 2024 - Daniel Matamoros, FAAC®, is now the center director at Midtown Educational Foundation and continues to work part-time as a financial aid consultant at Higher Education Assistance Group, Inc.
  • January 10, 2024 – Cora Manuel, formerly the director of financial aid at Mills College at Northeastern University, is now the director of enrollment and marketing at California State University Maritime Academy.
  • January 8, 2024 - Thomas Ratliff, formerly the director of student financial services at Abilene Christian University, is now the associate vice president for student financial services at Hardin-Simmons University.
  • January 3, 2024 - Haley Lindsey, FAAC®, formerly the director of financial aid at Pratt Community College, is now the director of financial aid at Missouri Western State University.
  • January 2, 2024 - Allyson VanConant, formerly the student financial aid officer at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, is now the financial advisor II at Colorado Technical University.
  • January 1, 2024 – Oscar Ortiz, formerly the one-stop student services center senior advisor, is now the financial aid administrator at Adelphi University.
  • January 1, 2024 – Joann Maino was promoted from financial aid systems support and data coordinator to associate director of financial aid systems, quality assurance, and reporting at Adelphi University.
  • January 1, 2024 – Dawn Januszkiewicz was promoted from senior financial aid administrator to assistant director of federal aid programs at Adelphi University.
  • January 1, 2024 - Kaila Sharo was promoted from financial aid advisor to senior financial aid advisor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
  • January 1, 2024 - Monique Foster was promoted from senior associate director of financial aid to director of financial aid at the Erikson Institute.
  • January 1, 2024 - Heather Miller was promoted from financial aid counselor to senior financial aid counselor at Winthrop University.
  • December 21, 2023 - Lauren Pickering was promoted from financial aid advisor to senior financial aid advisor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
  • December 15, 2023 - Maureen Anderson, FAAC®, was promoted from executive consultant to vice president of consulting services at Financial Aid Services, LLC.
  • December 15, 2023 - Ervin Martinez was promoted from assistant director, need analysis to senior assistant director, need analysis at the University of Southern California.
  • December 14, 2023 - Rachael Kloke was promoted from assistant director, financial aid to assistant director, financial aid compliance at Linfield University.
  • December 11, 2023 - M. Nichole Pollard-Alford was promoted from financial aid director to associate vice president for student & financial support services at Frederick Community College.
  • December 4, 2023 - Matthew Nettleton, formerly the assistant vice president at Inceptia, is now the director of financial aid at Grace College and Seminary.
  • December 4, 2023 - Christine Forgie, FAAC®, formerly the financial aid specialist at Sussex County Community College, is now the assistant director of financial aid at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
  • December 4, 2023 – Sarah Freestone, FAAC®, formerly the director of student financial aid at Grand View University, is now the senior assistant director at Iowa State University.
  • November 17, 2023 - Joy Fisher, FAAC®, was promoted from financial aid officer III to assistant director - compliance at the University of California, Davis. 
  • November 16, 2023 - Marla Bush was promoted from director of financial aid to dean of student services and financial aid at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana. 
  • November 13, 2023 - Nicole Casey, formerly the assistant director, loans at the University of Nebraska Omaha, is now the assistant director of compliance at Kansas State University.
  • November 9, 2023 - Jewel Williams was promoted from vice president of regulatory compliance to vice president of regulatory compliance and financial aid at Post University.
  • November 6, 2023 - Chloe Sova, formerly the interim director of financial aid at Alma College, is now the assistant director of financial aid at Central Michigan University.
  • November 1, 2023 – Tricia Stouder was promoted from assistant director to senior assistant director at Iowa State University.
  • November 1, 2023 - Phyllis Torry, formerly the director of financial aid at Rust College, is now the director of financial aid at Christian Brothers University. 
  • November 1, 2023 - Edgar Martinez, formerly the compliance and training lead officer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is now the associate director of financial aid and scholarships office at California State University Channel Islands.
  • October 30, 2023 - Deborah Rezene was promoted from director of financial aid to associate vice president of enrollment management at Multnomah University.
  • October 27, 2023 - Garnet Tipton was promoted from associate director for graduate services to director for graduate services at Hanover College.
  • October 23, 2023 – Anthony Naro was promoted from assistant director of graduate financial aid to associate director of graduate financial aid at Wilkes University.
  • October 16, 2023 - Braulio Flores was promoted from financial aid counselor to project coordinator, client services at the University of Arizona.
  • October 16, 2023 - Tamika Bybee was promoted from director of financial aid services to associate vice president of enrollment services at Howard Community College.
  • October 10, 2023 - Stephanie Zeppenfelt was promoted from financial aid processor to director of scholarships & verification analyst at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
  • October 2, 2023 – Amber Johnson, formerly the one-stop student services center senior advisor, is now the senior financial aid administrator and TAP coordinator at Adelphi University.
  • October 2, 2023 - Justin Bohannon, FAAC®, formerly the assistant director of financial assistance services at St. Petersburg College, is now the associate director of graduate law and financial aid at Syracuse University.
  • October 1, 2023 - Dustin Zimmerman was promoted from associate director of financial aid to director of financial aid at Carl Sandburg College.
  • September 29, 2023 - Rodrick Andrews was promoted from director of admissions and financial aid to assistant vice president for admissions and financial aid at State University of New York at Oswego.
  • September 25, 2023 - David Smedley, formerly the acting director, compliance and training at The New School, is now the acting/interim director, student financial services at Marietta College.
  • September 25, 2023 - Deborah O´Dea, FAAC®, formerly the assistant director for compliance and operations at Portland State University, is now the director of financial aid at Pacific University.
  • September 25, 2023 - Casey Lehmann was promoted from financial aid advisor to financial aid manager at Nicolet Area Technical College.
  • September 25, 2023 - Gisselle Pacheco, formerly the senior financial aid specialist at Bergen Community College, is now the assistant director of financial aid at William Paterson University.
  • September 25, 2023 – Emily Keiter, formerly the assistant director of compliance and communication at Emporia State University, is now the financial aid advisor at Washburn University of Topeka.
  • September 22, 2023 – Amy Spence, FAAC®, was promoted from associate director of financial aid to director of financial aid at Saint Mary of-the-Woods College.
  • September 22, 2023 - Adeba Reza is now the assistant director of financial aid at Wesleyan University.
  • September 11, 2023 - Mershawn Gayden, formerly the financial aid officer III at Wayne State University, is now the assistant director of financial aid at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor-Ross School of Business.
  • September 11, 2023 – Jayme Jarrett, FAAC®, formerly the associate director of financial aid at Ohio Northern University, is now the director of financial aid at Bluffton University.
  • September 10, 2023 – Traci Wolff was promoted from senior tuition coordinator to scholarship analyst at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
  • September 1, 2023 – Maggie Bowers was promoted from assistant director of customer service to associate director of customer service and financial literacy at the University of Memphis.
  • September 1, 2023 – Brian Davidson was promoted from associate director of student financial aid and scholarships to deputy director of student financial aid and scholarships at the University of Memphis.
  • September 1, 2023 – Melissa Traynom was promoted from senior coordinator of HOPE scholarships to assistant director of scholarships at the University of Memphis.
  • September 1, 2023 – Cathy Nix was promoted from assistant director to associate director at Piedmont University.
  • September 1, 2023 – Sarah Benton was promoted from financial aid compliance specialist to assistant director at Piedmont University.
  • September 1, 2023 - Brian Drabik, FAAC®, was promoted from senior associate director to director of financial aid at Northwestern University.
  • September 1, 2023 - Tracy Rapp was promoted from senior director of financial aid to dean of student services at Haywood Community College.
  • September 1, 2023 – Jill Towns, FAAC®, was promoted from financial aid assistant director to financial aid director at Georgia Military College.
  • September 1, 2023 - Jonathan Mador was promoted from senior director of student financial services to assistant vice president of student financial services at High Point University.
  • August 21, 2023 – Kari Difonzo, formerly the director of student financial services at Wellesley College, is now the director of undergraduate financial aid at Yale University.
  • August 21, 2023 – Becky Saunders was promoted from financial aid counselor to director of financial aid at Lake Erie College.
  • August 21, 2023 – Douglas Wilson, formerly the associate director, financial aid compliance at Delaware State University, is now the director of financial aid at Kean University.
  • August 21, 2023 - Keri Weber-Davies was promoted from assistant director for student employment to medical school financial aid director at the University of Michigan.
  • August 13, 2023- Alicia Martinson was promoted from scholarship analyst to associate director of financial aid scholarships & state grants at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
  • August 1, 2023 – Celina Moses was promoted from financial aid officer to assistant director of financial aid at Fort Scott Community College.
  • August 1, 2023 – Keegan Davis, formerly the financial aid technician at Washtenaw Community College, is now the financial aid processing specialist at Eastern Michigan University.
  • August 1, 2023 – Anna Johnson, formerly the associate director of financial aid, compliance at Grand Valley State University, is now the associate dean, financial aid at Wake Tech Community College.
  • August 1, 2023 - Thomas Sparrow was promoted from loan coordinator to assistant director of student awards at Stanford University.
  • August 1, 2023 - Veronica Decena was promoted from assistant director, scholarships & fiscal operations to director of fund management & analysis at Southern Methodist University.
  • August 1, 2023 - Riley Cooper, FAAC®, was promoted from senior assistant director, eligibility to associate director, need analysis at the University of Southern California.
  • July 31, 2023 - Grace Moylan was promoted from associate director to senior associate director at Adelphi University.
  • July 31, 2023 - Stacey Harris was promoted from lead financial aid specialist to director, student financial aid at the University of Oklahoma.
  • July 31, 2023 - Tirzah Knight, formerly the senior analyst for student services at old Oklahoma Wesleyan University, is now the director of financial aid at Black Hills State University.
  • July 24, 2023 – Terri LeGrand formerly the director of enrollment integrity and optimization at Wake Forest University, is now the senior functional consultant at Workday.
  • July 24, 2023 - Emily Keiter was promoted from administrative specialist to assistant director of compliance and communication at Emporia State University.
  • July 10, 2023 - Sophia McGee, formerly the coordinator, financial aid customer service at Houston Community College, is now the manager, financial aid services at San Jacinto College.
  • July 10, 2023 - Alethia Shipman was promoted from associate director of financial aid to director of financial aid at George Mason University.
  • July 10, 2023 - Bob Voytek, previously the director of student financial aid and veteran services at Coconino Community College, is now the director of business and educational partnerships in the office of economic mobility and social impact at Northern Arizona University.
  • July 6, 2023 - Chad Olson, FAAC®, was promoted from director of financial aid operations to director of student financial aid at Iowa State University.
  • July 3, 2023 - Rebecca Gusler, formerly the director of operations, student financial services at University of the Arts, is now the director of financial aid compliance at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
  • July 3, 2023 - Ciara Morrison, formerly the financial aid leader at Paul Mitchell Schools, is now a financial aid counselor at University of California San Diego.
  • July 3, 2023 - Dustin Zimmerman, previously the financial assistance and veterans affairs coordinator at Illinois Central College, is now the associate director of financial aid at Carl Sandburg College.
  • July 1, 2023 – Patrick Barnes was promoted from financial aid coordinator to financial aid counselor at the University of Portland.
  • July 1, 2023 – Darla Hopper, FAAC®, was promoted from associate vice president for financial aid/admissions to interim vice president of enrollment management at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
  • July 1, 2023 - Patrick Barnes was promoted from financial aid coordinator to financial aid counselor at the University of Portland.
  • July 1, 2023 - Patrick Moore was promoted from director of financial aid to assistant vice president of financial aid & data governance at Scripps College.
  • July 1, 2023 - Alex DeLonis, FAAC®, was promoted from director of financial aid to associate dean for enrollment management - director of financial aid at Wabash College. Alex is a current member of NASFAA's Board of Directors and was a participant in the 2020-21 Diversity Leadership Program Class.

Retirements

  • May 31, 2024 – David Sheridan, director of financial aid at Columbia University, will retire at the end of May after 40 years in financial aid.
  • May 10, 2024 – Gregory Thornburg, currently the director of financial aid at South Louisiana Community College, will retire in May after 41 years of working in financial aid.
  • March 15, 2024 – Debra Turner, currently the director of student financial aid at Augusta University, will retire in March after 35 years of working in financial aid.
  • March 1, 2024 - Pamela Palermo, currently the director of financial aid at Hawaii Pacific University, will retire in March after 32 years of working in financial aid.
  • February 29, 2024 – Christina Felcyn, FAAC®, formerly the financial aid officer/advisor at Oakland Community College, retired in February after 10 years of working in financial aid.
  • October 13, 2023 – James White, currently the dean of student financial services at Gonzaga University, will retire in October after 42 years of working in financial aid, including 4 years as a work-study student.
  • September 18, 2023 – Carmen Colby, currently the director of financial aid at the University of Michigan Medical School, will retire in September after 42 years of working in financial aid.
  • September 13, 2023 – Robert Shorb, currently the executive director/CEO at The Tuition Exchange, Inc., will retire on June 30, 2024 after 47 years of working in higher education administration.
  • September 5, 2023 – Clara Capron, currently the assistant VP enrollment & student services, financial aid at Western Washington University, will retire in September after 41 years of working in financial aid. Clara also previously worked at Umpqua Community College and the University of Oregon.
  • September 1, 2023 – Kathryn Chand, currently the senior assistant director at Adelphi University, will retire in September after 47 years of working in financial aid.
  • August 31, 2023 – Donna Shelby, formerly the relationship manager at Citizens Student Lending, retired in August after 28 years working at Citizens Student Lending.
  • August 16, 2023 – Cindy Small, currently the financial aid director at Montana State University Northern, will retire in August after 25 years of working in financial aid.
  • July 14, 2023 – Robin Filippone, currently the director of financial aid at SUNY Erie Community College, will retire in July after 25 years of working in financial aid.
  • July 1, 2023 – Sue Minzlaff, currently the director of student financial services center at the University o Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will retire in July after almost 38 years of working in financial aid.
  • July 1, 2023 – Lisa Hopper, FAAC®, currently the dean of student financial services at National Park College, will retire in July after 25 years of working in financial aid. Lisa plans to continue working as an independent consultant with Blue Icon Advisors.
  • July 1, 2023 – Joe Myers, currently the executive director of financial aid at Motlow State Community College, will retire in July after 34 years in higher education and 24 years of working in financial aid.

Awards, Recognitions, & Other

  • *NEW* April 30, 2024 – Angelika Williams, FAAC®, assistant vice provost for student financial services at the University of San Francisco, will be honored with the 2023-2024 Provost Awards Ignatian Service Award. This prestigious award is bestowed in recognition of a remarkable dedication to serving students, the university, and the community, all while upholding the values and principles inspired by the religious and moral teachings of St. Ignatius.
  • September 1, 2023 - Tonya Richardson-Dean, director of financial aid and veteran services at Trinity Valley Community College, was recently appointed to be a member of the Financial Aid Advisory Committee with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She will serve on the board from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2026.
  • 2023 NASFAA Awards Announced in San Diego

2022-23 Movers & Shakers

Publication Date: 4/17/2024


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