NeASFAA Spotlight- Nebraska Movers and Shakers

Spotlight on Tom Ramaeker – Nebraska Mover and Shaker:

 An update from Tom Ramaeker – I wanted to update you on my recent change of employers from Access Group to Inceptia, a division of NSLP.  After 14 plus years with Access Group I felt it was time for a change of scenery and a fresh start so I recently decided to join the folks at Inceptia as their Sr. Strategic Business Director for Graduate & Professional Schools.  I will be traveling nationwide calling on Medical Schools in 2012 for the purpose of sharing with them our recently created Debt Management Program called Repayment Solutions for Medical Schools, their Students and Alumni.  Eventually the goal is to expand from medical schools to the entire graduate/professional arena but we have to take baby steps before trying to run.  If anyone has any questions I can be reached at (402) 598-5654 or

I hope to parlay my years at Creighton and Access Group into a successful next step in my career to assist students in their quest to achieve their educational goals.

Spotlight-Movers & Shakers-University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has had the good fortune of welcoming the following new staff over the last 18 months:  Andrea Quimby – Specialist; Joanne Puchalla – Scholarship Support; Gina Cooper – Specialist; Megan Morris – Specialist; Mary Lohse – Assistant Director; Jeff Espineli – Specialist; and Cara Bentrup – Processing Support.  In addition, Matt Petr has been promoted to Assistant Director.

We will also be wishing a fond farewell to longtime staff members Phyllis Bachmann – Processing Support and Caroline Routh – Assistant Director, as both have announced their retirements – Phyllis in April and Caroline in July.  We wish both of them the very best!

Spotlight on Sarah (Sell) Trausch

2011 was a very busy and exciting year for Sarah both personally and professionally. Sarah (with the help of others) created the new RMASFAA Exchange Blog and kept it going throughout the year. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the Oscar R. “Jack” Hendrix Award at the RMASFAA Fall Conference in Missoula, MT. The award will officially be presented to her at the NeASFAA Spring Conference in Norfolk, NE on April 19th.

That wasn’t the only great thing that happened to Sarah in 2011 – she also got married! Yep, she finally took the plunge on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) at 11:00 a.m. at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, NV in front of 30 friends and family (including her father, Randy Sell, Financial Aid Director at the University of Nebraska – Omaha). Although she wasn’t married by Elvis himself, there were many Elvis sightings throughout the duration of her trip! And, in honor of Elvis, she was sure to wear her Blue Suede Shoes with her wedding dress!

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