Meet the State Delegate: North Dakota

Greetings RMASFAA!

Karrie hMeet Karrie Huber, North Dakota’s state delegate on the RMASFAA Board of Directors. I’ve been happily employed at the University of Mary for seven years where I started my career in admissions. It didn’t take me long to see the light [insert angel choir] and transition to financial aid. I have served in my current role as the Director of Financial Aid for the last two years.

My year as NDASFAA president concluded this past April, when I passed the “gavel” on to the current NDASFAA president, Chris Meek from Dickinson State University.  After leaving my post, I did what any great leader would do—hopped on another great NDASFAA committee!

When not working, I enjoy tackling a DIY project or two with my husband Eli and answering endless important life questions like, “why we park on a driveway and drive huber homeon a parkway” for my 10-year-old twin daughters Layla and Sienna. I spend my summers at our family lake cabin and winters dreaming of warmer weather.



My higher education career has allowed me to work in advising, admissions, and financial aid. By far, financial aid is my favorite! This profession has help me cultivate friendships across the state and region.UofMaryFA

State of the State: North Dakota


NDASFAA held its 2019 Spring Conference at the Woodland Resort in Devils Lake on April 3 – 5.  The conference theme was “Opening the Door of Opportunity”.  The Woodland Resort provided a great venue with beautiful scenery.  As always, the conference was a great opportunity to network with colleagues, catch up with friends, and learn valuable knowledge from great sessions.

We were honored to have Rick Renshaw, FSA Training Officer from the Department of Education, join us to present on several topics including a Federal Update, Overawards & Overpayments, and Professional Judgment.  Rick was present for all of the conference sessions and was able to offer invaluable advice and insight on other topics as well.


We were also fortunate to have Ken Kocer, RMASFAA Past-President, attend and provide the group with a RMASFAA Update.  Ken thanked NDASFAA for its presence on RMASFAA committees and encouraged members to participate in events such as Summer Institute and Leadership Pipeline.  He also participated in a conference session as a member of the “Challenges in the FA Office” panel.

Other valuable conference session topics included; Having Fun in the FA Office, ND State Aid updates, How America Values and Pays for College, and Exploring Poverty Mind Sets.

This year’s recipient of the NDASFAA Philanthropy Project was the Lake Region Community Shelter.  The shelter provides food, temporary housing, and safety and protection for those in the region who need help.  We gained a better understanding of those living in poverty and the obstacles they face in their efforts to rise out of poverty.

At the conference annual business meeting, Karrie Huber, NDASFAA Past-President for the upcoming year, passed the gavel to Chris Meek, NDASFAA President.  During the meeting, each committee gave a summary of projects completed and updates for the upcoming year.  We are looking forward to the possibility of offering NASFAA Professional Credentials at the next fall professional development conference.

NDASFAA selected President-Elect, Marcia Pritchert from Valley City State University and re-elected Bethany Vincent from North Dakota State University as Treasurer.


On our closing evening together, the awards banquet was held to recognize years of service awards and honor our retirees.

The individuals with years of service awards include:

25 years: Shirley Hanson – Mayville State University and Wally Erhardt – BND

15 years: Kristin Ellingson – North Dakota University System

10 years: Megan Kragness – Rasmussen and Rachel Minske – UND

Retirees Honored:

Char Skjonsby (BND), John Kramer (BND), Wally Erhardt (BND), Sandra Brelie (UND)


B GunnBecky Gunn, Lynnes Welding, was awarded the Rookie of the Year award for her dedication to NDASFAA and tireless work on the new website.






NDASFAA is excited to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the 2020 Spring Conference on April 15th – 17th in Grand Forks, ND.

We wish you the best in the upcoming year!

Chris Meek, Dickinson State University

NDASFAA President

From the Desk of Mr. President-Elect: 2019/2020 Nominations & Elections

good morningRMASFAA!

I hope you are coming off of a wonderful holiday weekend and were able to become rejuvenated even just a little bit.


Nominations are being accepted for the next slate of RMASFAA Officers. This is your opportunity to nominate a colleague (or yourself) to run for a RMASFAA office. Your assistance in identifying RMASFAA members for these leadership positions is invaluable to our regional association and helps to ensure continued delivery of RMASFAA’s mission to our membership. Take it from me, getting involved or continuing to be involved can prove to be the birth of or development of wonderful experiences, relationships and yes, career development.

The following positions are open for nomination:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President-Elect
  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Associate Member Delegate


Duties of each position are outlined within pages 9-13 of RMASFAA’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

The elected candidates for the positions of President Elect, Secretary and Associate Member Delegate will serve on the Board of Directors in the 2019-2020 year (board year begins October 2019).

The Vice President-Elect serves concurrently as the Vice Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC), and automatically becomes Vice President and Chair of the FAC at the installation ceremonies to be held during the next annual meeting after the commencement of the term as Vice President-Elect. The Vice President-Elect is not a member of the Board of Directors nor Executive Council until their year as Vice President.

The Treasurer-Elect shall be mentored by the Treasurer and share responsibilities, with appropriate oversight. The Treasurer-Elect automatically becomes Treasurer at the installation ceremonies to be held during the next annual meeting after the commencement of the term as Treasurer-Elect. The Treasurer-Elect is not a member of the Board of Directors nor Executive Council until their year as Treasurer.

Nominations will be accepted through June 2019, and candidates must be current members.  The RMASFAA Election will be administered online, during the month of July.

Please email a nomination directly to me at  Please include an email and phone number as I will follow up with the nominee. Please give some thought to which of your colleagues you would like to see on this year’s RMASFAA ballot. I look forward to hearing from you.

elections ahead