Ofelia Morales, University of Colorado Boulder, currently serves as the president of CAFAA. Here is a little bit about Ofelia:
Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born in Petaluma, California, but Pueblo, Colorado will always be home. I attended college at CSU-Pueblo, back when it was called University of Southern Colorado. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and an M.B.A. As a professional, I’ve been in the field for 24 years. It’s more if you count my work-study. I’m currently the Director of Financial aid at the University of Colorado Boulder.
How did you get your start in higher education?
My mom told me to go see Ms. Barbara, a close family friend, who was the receptionist in the Financial Aid Office. She told me that I could use my work-study to work there, so I’ve pretty much been working in financial aid since my very first day of college.
What is your favorite part about serving as CAFAA President?
I love getting to work with my colleagues throughout the state. We are all very passionate about ensuring underrepresented students have access to higher education in Colorado.
What makes you excited to go to work?
The financial aid process is often so complex for families to navigate, so I’m on a constant mission to remove barriers and to improve the overall student experience with the Financial Aid Office. But, what gets me excited to go to work is that I get to work on these issues with an absolutely brilliant staff.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I just recently applied for my very first passport. In December, my husband and I will be travelling to Thailand and it will be our first time leaving this continent. This wasn’t necessarily a place I dreamed of going, but we didn’t want our daughter to go alone. The things we do for our kids.