MVP Lisa Koretoff

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MVP: 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 

Lisa Koretoff
Director of Financial Aid at Guilford Technical Community College
(Jamestown, North Carolina)

/uploads/images/System/Images/mvpheadshots/lisa-headshot.jpgLisa's career in financial aid began in 1987 when, while enrolled in college, she found a part-time job with a now defunct financial aid consulting firm that worked with small proprietary colleges. Upon graduating in 1992, she found her first full-time financial aid job at the College of the Sequoias, a community college in Visalia, California where she served as a financial aid supervisor. After moving to North Carolina with her husband, she took a job as the director of financial aid at Guilford Technical Community College where she has been since October 1995. Lisa has served in several roles in the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) including vice-president, legislative chair, webmaster, two-time conference chair, and president and has served on the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) board and conference committee. Additionally she has served twice on the Journal of Student Financial Aid editorial board for NASFAA.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

I think I would enjoy being a forest ranger. I would love the chance to work in the national parks. Besides, there’s just something about those green polyester pants...

What profession would you not like to do? 

Sales. I would be the world’s worst saleswoman. 

One thing working in financial aid has taught me: 

It has taught me three things and these are the three things I pray for more of every morning: wisdom, patience, and compassion.

On my desk right now:  

My ever-present cup of McDonald’s unsweet tea. I can’t get through the day without it!  

Whom do you admire? 

My boss at the College of the Sequoias, J. Ronald Hays, who is now retired. He was one of the best financial aid administrators I’ve ever met. He was my mentor and he convinced me that I could do well in this profession. I also admire my current boss, Dr. Quentin Johnson, vice president of student support services.  His passion for students inspires me.

What is your greatest accomplishment? 

In my profession, my greatest accomplishment was serving as the North Carolina Association of the Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) president for the 2009-10 year. I was so proud to serve my state and my colleagues in that role.

What is a goal you've set for yourself for the upcoming year? 

We work four-day weeks during the summer so I’ve vowed to spend more time hiking and kayaking on those Fridays off and less time doing work from home.

What NASFAA service/product is most helpful to you?

NASFAA's Today’s News – so glad I get this in my inbox every weekday morning and don’t have to wait for the printed version to be mailed to me. Ah, the old days!

Favorite animal:

Bears. They can kill you, but they’re awfully cute!

I'm happiest when:

I’m with my co-workers (seriously!). I have such a hard-working and talented staff that it’s a privilege and a pleasure to work with them.

Want to say hello to Lisa or reply to something she said? Please leave your remarks in the comments section, below!  


Publication Date: 2/4/2014

Heidi G | 2/4/2014 5:8:57 PM

Hi Lisa,

Congratulations and great article... hope this e-mail finds you well! I remember you way back at the beginning of your career with the proprietary schools - you were a great asset to me then!

All the best,

Russell J | 2/4/2014 11:55:23 AM

Congrats Lisa ... you make all of us in the FA Profession proud ....

Betty W | 2/4/2014 11:22:16 AM

Congratulations! Thanks for all the times that you have helped me. I am proud of my "City girl". You deserve so much more!


Your "Country girl"

Candace C | 2/4/2014 11:11:05 AM

You go girl! You are the best FA Guru, I know. Thanks for all the FA wisdom you have shared with us over the years and the years to come!!

Lori B | 2/4/2014 10:46:15 AM

Woo-hoo Lisa! so proud of you and thankful to have you as a "NCCCS" neighbor.

Lori L | 2/4/2014 9:57:57 AM

Congratulations Lisa! You truly are most valued! You are always willing to help, advise, interpret, instruct, etc. and I appreciate you! Thanks!

Dori B | 2/4/2014 9:55:08 AM

Congratulations Lisa!! I can't think of a more deserving person. Lisa has always been gracious and willing to help with any question. Well done!

Jason J | 2/4/2014 9:30:09 AM

I have had two mentors in my financial aid career and I am glad to say that Lisa Koretoff is one of them. I know that with her guidance and friendship that I will become a good director somewhere. Congratulations Lisa - You deserve this!!!!!
Now - let the job offers pour in!!!! Just kidding

Jo-Ann C | 2/4/2014 9:25:56 AM

The pride of North Carolina! Congratulations, Lisa.

Melody L | 2/4/2014 9:21:55 AM

I don't know anyone more worthy. Lisa not only has a wonderful brain, she has a great heart. She always makes time to help anyone who needs it, and many times that has been me.

Angela G | 2/4/2014 9:16:05 AM

Congratulations to Lisa! She has helped me countless times which in turn has allowed me/our college to better serve our students. Her kindness is very far reaching. She always shows/shares wisdom, patience, and compassion to others and I am grateful. Lisa, thank you for all you have done and continue to do! You are making a positive difference in the lives of others!

Lester M | 2/4/2014 9:14:50 AM

Forest Ranger, bears and McDonald's unsweet tea...and to think I knew you pretty well! Way to shine for the profession Lisa! See you at SASFAA!

Sayward C | 2/4/2014 9:3:29 AM

Congratulations to Lisa! She has helped me several times. She is wonderful and I’m glad she’s in NC.

Andrea S | 2/4/2014 9:2:17 AM

Congrats, Lisa! You have made NC proud!! And I am totally with ya on those green pants!

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