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Let’s Talk LIVE! So You Want to Be a Consultant

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Are you ready to share your passion for the financial aid profession as a consultant, but don’t know where to begin? Attend this session from Blue Icon Advisors, NASFAA Consulting, to learn what we look for in a new consultant. We will share our expectations when working with clients, the types of projects you can perform, and what you can get out of the experience.

Friday, June 30

9:45 am - 10:45 am

29 D

Session Speakers

Sarah Everitt

Sarah Everitt, FAAC

Director of Financial Aid, Associate Dean
Gonzaga University

Sector: Nonprofit

Sarah has worked in higher education since 2006 and is currently the Director of Financial Aid and Associate Dean of Student Financial Services Gonzaga University. In addition to her role at Gonzaga, she is a higher education consultant and active volunteer in the financial aid professional community. Through this work, Sarah has used her experience to advocate for students in the areas of college access and cost transparency. She loves the everyday challenges of higher education – especially leveraging technology to improve processes and service to students. Sarah is a Certified Financial Aid Administrator (FAAC ©), has a Certificate in Foundational Leadership, and earned her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga in 2010. She is also an avid runner, novice golfer, huge basketball fan (Go Zags!), and loves travel with her family.
Andrew Hammontree

Andrew Hammontree, FAAC

Director of Student Administrative Services
Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Sector: Community College

Andrew Hammontree is the Director of Student Administrative Services at Francis Tuttle Technology Center, a less-than-two-year public institution in Oklahoma City, where he oversees the financial aid office, registrar, and student information system. He is a Past-President of SWASFAA and the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and he served on the NASFAA Board of Directors for three years. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading crime novels and traveling the world.

Debra Knighten, FAAC

Director of Compliance Financial Aid
Dallas College

Sector: Community College

Jerry Martinez, FAAC

Associate Director of Financial Aid
Colorado School of Mines

Sector: Public 4-Yr


Session Moderators

Tammy Harrison

Tammy Harrison

Senior Business Development Manager
NASFAA

Sector: Unspecified

Tammy Harrison is a senior consultant with Blue Icon Advisors, NASFAA Consulting. She works with schools to identify and assist with operational improvements and compliance. Tammy has worked in higher education for over 30 years within the areas of financial aid, admissions, and IT application support. Tammy served as the assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services/director of financial aid at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was part of the inaugural leadership team that launched the University of Arkansas System eVersity -- a fully online institution and served as the associate dean of student financial services at Wilbur Wright College, within the City Colleges of Chicago. She served as president of the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) in 2013 and served on the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) Board. Tammy earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Science in education from Capella University, and a Noel-Levitz certificate in enrollment management. Tammy comes to us from City Colleges of Chicago's Wilbur Wright College where she served as associate dean of student financial services and director of financial aid. Prior to City Colleges, Tammy helped launch the University of Arkansas System eVersity - a new, fully online institution. Previously, while at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Tammy served as the assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services/director of financial aid. She served as president of the Arkansas association in 2013. She holds one NASFAA credential and is studying for several more. Tammy earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master's degree in education from Capella University and a Noel-Levitz Certificate in enrollment management. She looks forward to working with colleagues and providing services to help campuses.
David Page

David Page

Senior Business Development Specialist
NASFAA

Sector: Unspecified

David has worked in financial aid and enrollment management since 1993, and uses this experience to identify solutions to assist schools in all areas of financial aid administration. Prior to joining Blue Icon Advisors, David was the vice president for enrollment management at Dillard University in New Orleans. He also has leadership experience at the University of Tulsa and Philander Smith College. David has volunteered extensively in financial aid associations at the state, regional, and national level, including several terms on the NASFAA Board of Directors. He also served on the College Board annual HBCU program committee, and is an active member of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. David earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also completed the Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Program, which is a partnership between Arizona State University and Georgetown University and participated in the Student Success Analytics Certificate Program through California State University, Long Beach.



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