President-Elect Candidate: Angela Karlin
I’m honored to have the opportunity to be nominated for President-Elect for the 2020-2021 year for RMASFAA. The association is nationally known for our training, continual investment in our membership and caring culture. When I moved to RMASFAA more than three years ago, I was welcomed with open arms and was excited to join the association. Not one to shy away from a challenge, my first volunteer opportunity with RMASFAA was teaching Summer Institute! Experiencing the energy and intense passion that our members have for each other and the industry gave me a renewed sense of purpose.
As we move forward as an organization, it is critical for us to continue to embrace and enhance our place as a national leader for training and development. As President, I would continue to rely on our membership to guide our path for training and networking. Our delivery may look different, and we may have to wait to more than we’d like to get and give in person hugs, but make no mistake – we will continue to show the nation our resilience and ability to develop the best FAAs in the nation.
As a 26 year veteran in higher education, I realize that the only constant is change. Our current reality is pushing the aid community to change in a matter of minutes (CARES Act anyone?) and in an environment that has not been seen before in our lifetime. RMASFAA’s role during the pandemic and economic downturn is to continue to be the place for strong relationships, networking, and education. I hope to have your support to continue the amazing work that defines RMASFAA and would be honored to lead this organization.
Vice President-Elect Candidate: Justin Chase Brown
I am honored to be a nominee for the Vice President position on the RMASFAA Board of Directors and would be eager to serve our regional association in a position that requires great responsibility, communication, and passion for service. In a time of financial uncertainty due to COVID-19, this is an important role for the financial security of our association.
I began my financial aid career in RMASFAA while at the University of Kansas and appreciate the training and camaraderie from KASFAA and RMASFAA. Our regional association is a pillar of support for so many financial aid administrators and boasts programs that have been emulated by fellow state and regional financial aid associations, including Summer Institute and Leadership Pipeline. These are two exemplary programs that demonstrate RMASFAA’s value in training and leadership preparation provided to our members that enable you to lead, serve, and administer financial aid effectively to support our students throughout the region.
RMASFAA instilled in me a spirit of volunteerism and provided me with experience and knowledge to advance in my career to not only succeed in aid administration but also to serve in leadership roles on state and regional association committees and boards. It is with great fortune that I returned to this region that played such a pivotal role in establishing my career when I joined the University of Nebraska.
I am deeply committed to excellence in our profession and in advocating for high-quality training, leadership, professional development, and support for evidence-based innovation. Responsibility for the association’s stability and posterity is a significant charge of our regional association leadership, especially in this time of economic austerity. Our association will endure and thrive for years to come without sacrificing the strengths of our organization. The changes we have been experiencing in the financial aid industry only deepen the importance of a strong regional association. It is more important than ever that, as financial aid professionals, we stay connected to our colleagues at all levels of governance.
As our profession moves forward and overcomes the challenges presented by university budget shortfalls and shrinking resources, we must remember the qualities and characteristics that make us strong in supporting the growth and development of our profession and in advocating for college access and affordability for our students. Our members and institutions across the region are diverse and have their own needs yet each contributes in unique and significant ways to strengthen our association and profession. I will support the vision and mission of RMASFAA and the efforts of the Board of Directors to implement our goals and objectives for the region and for financial aid administration.
It would be a privilege to serve as your RMASFAA Vice President.
Secretary Candidates: Ashley Jost & Vanessa Martineau
I am the Financial Aid Communications Manager at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. I studied business and Spanish at Emporia State University, while working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Distance Education. I hold an undergraduate and master’s degree in Business Administration from Emporia State. After a few years working at the University, I expanded my business expertise in the insurance and restoration industries. My passion for higher education led me back to JCCC in 2012.
In my current role, I love finding new ways to be creative and innovative while making the financial aid process easier and communication clearer for JCCC students. My most favorite part of my job are the financial aid outreach events. I enjoy every opportunity I have to work with students and families one-on-one.
I was proud to serve as KASFAA Welcome Committee Co-Chair, then Chair from 2016-17. I promoted the 2017 RMASFAA Annual Conference in Wichita, as Publicity Co-Chair and presented at the 2018 Conference. Recently, I was a member of the Spring 2018 KASFAA Conference Planning Committee, then KASFAA Secretary, and just ended my term as KASFAA Vice-President. I am currently serving on the 2021 KASFAA Conference Planning Committee.
My involvement at the local and regional level has continued to be an incentive to become better professionally and as an advocate for the Financial Aid profession. I know how amazing RMASFAA is – thank you 2019 Summer Institute! As RMASFAA Secretary, I promise to use finely-honed skills in minute taking and will work hard for the group, taking copious notes. I look forward to having an opportunity to be involved on the RMASFAA Board!
Outside of financial aid, I love to spend time with family, travel, and entertain. My husband and I are parents to two precious girls; Adrianna and Alexandra.
My name is Vanessa Martineau, and I am running for RMASFAA Board Secretary. I currently serve as the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Western Governors University (WGU). Before starting at WGU in January 2019 I worked in financial aid for just over five years at Neumont College of Computer Science, most recently as the Associate Director of Financial Aid. My professional association experience includes currently serving as the UASFAA Co-Chair for the Professional Development/Training Committee, and volunteering on a NASFAA Online Technology Review Group. Outside of financial aid I have served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Arts Alliance for nearly eight years occupying the roles of Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair (current position).
I am thrilled for the opportunity to get more involved in RMASFAA, an association that has provided me with so much including a strong network and professional development. I hope to be able to use my experience and willingness to learn to give back to this organization.
Associate Delegate Candidate: Nick Martinez
Hello friends, I am truly honored to be nominated & look forward to seeing you all again soon. I remain passionate about finding strategic solutions to the problems facing challenges within today’s financial aid offices. As Inceptia’s AVP of Business Development, I stand ready to tackle challenges hand-in-hand with my school partners in order to ultimately help guide students towards financial success. My background includes more than 23 years in higher education and I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
I serve institutions across New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
For this election, we were unable to secure candidates for the Treasurer-Elect position. After meeting with the Association Governance Committee and the Executive Board, Merrill Worthington –Treasurer and Lindsey Benson – Treasurer-elect have agreed to serve in their current roles for another year.
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Christal D Williams, RMASFAA President-Elect