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FASFAA would like to recognize and thank all our speakers, special guests and presenters for contributing to the success of our Annual Conference!

Speakers

Dameion Lovett, FASFAA President
Program Director, University of South Florida
Opening Session | Business Meeting | Awards Ceremony | Closing Session

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Dameion leads the financial aid office’s retention and graduation rate efforts related to financial aid for the USF Tampa campus. Dameion also manages the financial education program that oversees the financial literacy of the Tampa campus undergraduate students, guiding the program to be LendEdu’s #1 ranked Financial Aid Counseling Program for 2018 and #11 ranked Financial Literacy Program for 2019. Dameion also oversees the document intake for the main financial aid office, which includes document imaging and document upload via the student portal and has implemented two different document imaging solutions while at USF. Dameion also oversees all outreach activities for both University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services and the Financial Education Program and has worked in financial aid at USF since 1997 at various levels of progressive responsibility (graduate assistant to campus director).

Dameion established a chapter of the student organization Enactus in 2005. These students created the on-campus suit-lending store Suit-A-Bull. The organization won 17 national awards. Student members also implemented the Refill-A-Bull water stations in buildings around campus, saving students millions of dollars each year.

Dameion is the 2020-2021 President of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA). Dameion has provided numerous presentations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA), The College Board, and The Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit. Dameion has also served on the SASFAA 20/20 Diversity Committee. Dameion served a two-year term as the FASFAA Region IV Representative. Dameion also served a term as FASFAA Financial Literacy/Debt Management Outreach Coordinator.


Dr. Gordon Chavis, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services
University of Central Florida
Opening Session - Conference Welcome

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Dr. Gordon Chavis, Jr., was born in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended elementary, junior and senior high schools.

Dr. Chavis received his BA degree in American Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He worked in the field of Civil Rights law for 3 years after receiving his JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Chavis has worked in higher education for 28 years. In enrollment management, he has served as an assistant director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, as a regional director of admissions at Georgetown University, as an associate director of admissions at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as executive director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Central Florida, and now serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at the University of Central Florida where both undergraduate admissions and student financial assistance are units within his portfolio.

Dr. Chavis has been involved in many professional organizations and served on many committees, but most notably has served as a member of the College Board’s Southern Regional Council, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Government Relations Advisory Committee, a member of former Gov. Jeb Bush’s “Access and Diversity Commission”, as a member of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation--Selection Committee, a member of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation Selection Committee, a member of the ACT Regional Council, a Board member for ACCIS- Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools and a member of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Review Committee. He currently serves as a member of the US News and World Report-Admissions Deans Advisory panel. And, in Fall 2019, Dr. Chavis was named as a member of the College Board’s “Enrollment Leaders Group”.


Brittany Timmons, Director of Community Strategies and Initiatives
Community Foundation of South Lake
Opening Session - Charity Introduction | Closing Session

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Brittany Timmons joined the Foundation in 2015 to serve as the DREAM Scholarship Program Coordinator, and quickly assumed the role of Director of Community Strategies and Initiatives. She is a Florida native, born and raised in Eustis, but currently resides in Ocoee, FL. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Certificate in Substance Abuse from the University of Central Florida. She has also obtained a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College. Passionate about the well-being of children and families, Brittany began her career at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, where she spent over 7 years specializing in mentor and program management as the Director of Programs. Brittany currently oversees community initiatives, grant management and scholarship management at the Foundation. Brittany, her husband, and four beautiful children enjoy living in Central Florida. She believes her divine purpose and passion is to help youth and families thrive.


 Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President
Coppin State University (MD)

General Session - Keynote Speaker

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Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., became the 8th President of Coppin State University (CSU) on May 26, 2020. A respected higher education leader, he is an advocate committed to creating opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented communities.

He is a champion of public policy issues that foster meaningful dialogue within the landscape of higher education. Delivering dozens of keynote addresses to audiences across North America and China, his research, presentations, and publications have been focused on economic development, crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, funding higher education, mentoring, and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has worked to enhance the quality of the college experience for students.

A champion for quality higher education, Jenkins has served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council, the National HBCU Presidential Leadership team, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and he has assisted members of Congress and the White House to successfully secure year-round Pell and USDA funding to HBCUs. He has also served as a board member for the West Virginia Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia National Guard, the Executive Committee of the Charleston Area Alliance, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston West Virginia and the West Virginia Business Roundtable, Inc.

He has been honored by several civic organizations and universities for his leadership on social change and community engagement. In addition, he has appeared on Maryland Public Television, Fox News, The Jim Strawn Talk Show, Hoppy Kercheval – WV MetroNews, IHeart Radio, WOLB, HBCU Digest, C-SPAN, The Box Podcast and NPR. He has been inducted into several of prestigious academic honor, business, and leadership societies in the nation, including Alpha Kappa Psi; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; Pi NU; and Order of Omega. The Baltimore Business Journal selected him in their 2021 cohort of “Faces to Watch.”

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between the nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a United States Army veteran who began his path to the presidency as a first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech.

He is married to Toinette Jenkins, and they have two daughters.


 Special Guests


Justin Draeger, President and CEO
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
General Session - NASFAA Update

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Justin Draeger is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justin’s career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities. Since 2002, Justin has been engaged in either administering, interpreting, communicating, or developing student financial aid policy.

His prior experiences include working as a financial aid director, regulatory and policy analyst, and spokesperson. He has held senior positions overseeing government relations, communications, and policy work. Justin is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, National Public Radio, APM’s Marketplace, Fox Business News, CNBC, and C-SPAN, and is often quoted in national news outlets. Justin currently serves on the boards of directors of Baker College, the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, the Northwood Education Foundation, and other organizations that promote health and education.

He earned his undergraduate from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Baker College. Justin lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife and three children, where he spends his free time shuttling children to various events, bicycling, motorcycling, playing racquetball, and running.


Trey Harrison, Training Officer
ED, Federal Student Aid
General Session | Concurrent Sessions

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Trey Harrison is a Federal Training Officer with the U.S Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid, where he is continuing a more than 15-year career in postsecondary education and federal student aid.

Prior to his work at the Department, Trey began his public service career as a Work-Study student at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. It was at this "part-time job" where a verification worksheet and a very inquisitive mind would lead Trey to develop a progressive passion for the profession. From his initial year as a Work-study student to Federal Student Aid leadership, Trey's mission has always been to make higher education possible for all students.

Currently, Trey is responsible for conducting and developing federal departmental training workshops on Fundamentals of Federal Student Aid Administration, providing regulatory updates, creating new innovative campus-based training products to support the Federal Student Aid community, and regularly assisting schools participating in the department's Ask-a-Fed service.


Pedro "Pete" Hernandez, Director of Outreach Services
Florida Department of Education, OSFA
General Session - OSFA Update

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Pedro “Pete” Hernandez is the Director of Outreach Services, Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Pete has been with the agency since 2009.

He has over 20 year's financial aid experience. His industry tenure started as a college work study student at Florida State University in the financial aid office. Throughout his experience, he has held positions as a financial aid officer, lender representative, and guarantor servicer.

He also has been active in many industry organizations such as local and national financial aid associations, (FASFAA) Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, (SASFAA) Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and (NASFAA) National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and (FAPSC) Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.

He graduated from Florida State University with a baccalaureate degree in International Affairs with an Emphasis in Economics.


 Chris Hessenberger, Special Agent

ED, Office of the Inspector General
General Session - OSFA Update

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Chris Hessenberger serves as a Special Agent in the Pembroke Pines Office of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General. Agent Hessenberger is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Center’s Criminal Investigator Training Program and Inspector General Academy. He possesses a degree in Business/Management from the University of Florida.

In 2005, he joined the Office of Inspector General as a Special Agent in Washington, D.C. In 2006, he relocated to the OIG office in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Prior to 2005, he served as a Federal Agent for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. He has conducted numerous Department of Education fraud investigations, which have resulted in successful criminal prosecutions, federal sentences, restitution orders, and civil recoveries. Many of these investigations involved Public Corruption, Charter Schools, Title I and Title IV programs. He is currently a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for the Southeast Region. Prior to 2005, he was a Special Agent with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID), where he successfully conducted numerous cases ranging from Capital Crimes (Homicide and Sexual Assaults), Drug Enforcement and Economic Crimes (Fraud).

Agent Hessberger has conducted numerous Department of Education fraud investigations, which have resulted in successful criminal prosecutions, federal sentences, restitution orders, and civil recoveries.  Many of these investigations involved Public Corruption, Charter Schools, Title I and Title IV programs.  He is currently a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for the Southeast Region as well as an Alternate Evidence Custodian.  


Dana Kelly, Vice President of Professional Development

and Institutional Compliance
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
Concurrent Sessions

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Dana Kelly currently serves as the vice president of professional development and institutional compliance for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). In this role she oversees all products and services assigned to the training and regulatory assistance and certification and credentialing departments, supervises DC-based and remote training staff, manages the annual Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo, and develops session content for NASFAA's national conference. As a member of NASFAA's executive team, she is instrumental in ensuring NASFAA is working toward the vision, mission, and goals established by NASFAA's Board of Directors.

Prior to working at NASFAA, she held positions at Nelnet Diversified Solutions as a national trainer, at Nelnet as a regional director, and at High Point University as the director of student financial planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science in justice and policy studies from Guilford College, a master's degree from University of Phoenix in organizational management, and master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Celena Tulloss, SASFAA President

Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA)
Acting Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships, University of Tennessee Knoxville
General Session - SASFAA Update

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Celena Tulloss serves as the Acting Director in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of Tennessee. She has 20 years’ experience in financial aid, having served in community action scholarship programming, as the Executive Director of Financial Aid at Lincoln Memorial University, and in progressively responsible roles at Tennessee since 2008. She holds a BS and MS in Educational Leadership from Union College.

Celena is actively involved in leading professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of student financial aid, through training and advocacy. She has served in many roles, including the President of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) and is the current President of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) that encompasses 9 states- Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Celena also serves the national association (NASFAA) as a member of their Rapid Response team and an observer on the board of directors.


Other Special Guest Presenters


 Ashley T Brundage, Vice President of Diversity

PNC Bank


Ashley T Brundage is a Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for PNC. She self-identified during the interview process as a male to female transgender woman and subsequently was hired. Starting at PNC as a part time bank teller, she worked in various other lines of business before moving to her current role in D&I in less than 5 years. Ashley recently celebrated 19 years of marriage to her spouse Whitney, who together have two boys Bryce, 16, and Blake, 14.

Since beginning transitioning in 2008, she ahs worked tirelessly to promote awareness and acceptance of gender identity and expression. She works to accomplish this goal by volunteering in the community and holding educational sessions. She serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for the NGLCC-National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the past chair, and co-creator of their TGNC Inclusion Task Force. She chaired the successful bid to host the NGLCC convention in 2019, and Visit Tampa Bay named her their Tourism Champion for 2017. In 2018, she started serving on the board of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. In 2019, she was voted on the National Board of Directors for GLAAD. GLAAD works to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ+ Community through media advocacy.

Ms. Brundage speaks locally and nationally about her transition, workplace equality, leadership, empowerment, and diversity & inclusion. She has also been interviewed in several publications and media outlets, including Fox, ABC, CBS, The Business Journal, The Miami Herald, Las Vegas Review Journal, Milwaukee Biz Times, Tampa Bay Times, the Daily Beast, Fairygodboss, Bloomberg Businessweek, InStyle Magazine, and Forbes. Ashley also recently published her first book at the end of 2020.

Ashley has been recognized in many areas and has received numerous awards including: 2015 PNC Performance Award, PNC's highest employee achievement. Multiple Circle of Excellence and Market All Star Awards with PNC, The University of South Florida 2014 Community Pride Award, 2015 St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal, 2015 Commendation- City of Tampa, 2016 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year, 2016 Voice for Equality Award from Equality Florida, and LGBT Leadership Award from the Florida Diversity Council. In 2017, she was awarded a Leadership Award from Metro Inclusive Health. Also in 2017, she was a winner of the Inaugural People First Award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and the TBBJ Power 100 list, the most influential and powerful people in business. In 2018, she was given the Champion Award from the international non-profit Out & Equal as well as named one of Florida's Most Powerful and Influential Women from the National Diversity Council. In 2019, she was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 in the LGBTQ community nationally by Business Equality Magazine, TBBJ Outstanding Voice for the LGBTQ community and the Inaugural Transgender Rising Star by Trans New York.


Howard Leslie, Vice President of Financial Aid
Berkeley College (NY & NJ)
Concurrent Session

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Howard Leslie, who has been in financial aid for 44 years and is currently the Vice President of Financial Aid compliance at Berkeley College and the immediate Past President of NYSFAAA.

Howard has performed consulting for several institutions, worked with the Department of Education as a federal trainer, served on the original NSLDS and GAPS Projects, and participated in several other high-level initiatives for the department and NYS Higher Education Services Corporation. He has been part of many initiatives we all take for granted today – two of those being the first person in the nation to certify a federal electronic loan and being the creator of the PLUS Preapproval Process.

Howard is happily married 42 years to his lovely wife Lisa; has one son and three grandchildren ages 14, 13 and 9.


Robert T. Muhammad, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Howard University (DC)
Concurrent Session

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In August 2020, Robert joined Howard University after serving as director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina since 2011. Before his tenure at Winston-Salem State, Muhammad served five years as associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Prior to this role, he held the position of assistant director in the Office of Student Financial Aid at UNC Charlotte from 2003-2006, where he managed various scholarships, grants and specialized programs.

He began his career in higher education working with the Upward Bound Program (Federal TRIO) and in Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

He has served as a member on a variety of professional associations including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA), Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), the UNC Financial Aid Advisory Group and the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee, among others. He served in 2019-20 in a leadership role as NCASFAA President.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Business Administration from Winston-Salem State.


 Craig Slaughter, Director of Financial Aid

Kenyon College (OH)
Concurrent Session

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In 2017, Craig Slaughter began serving as the Director of Financial Aid for Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and before that served in the same role at DePauw University since 2008.

He has worked for more than 20 years in the financial aid profession at institutions including the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA and (previously) at Kenyon College.

Craig is a former MASFAA (Midwest) Secretary and has held various volunteer and presenter roles with the College Board, ISFAA (Indiana), WASFAA (Western) and NASFAA-including serving on the NASFAA Board of Directors.

He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science in Higher Education (College Student Personnel Administration) from Indiana University.


Steve Smith, Director of Financial Aid
University of West Alabama (AL)
Concurrent Session

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Steve is the Director of Financial Aid at The University of West Alabama.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, and a Masters of Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL.  Steve was also a certified computer technician, and worked in the field for several years before migrating into financial aid.  This background allowed him to gain proficiency in Banner, PowerFAIDS, and Colleague platforms very quickly. 

While holding various different offices in the state associations of Mississippi and Alabama, he has provided supervision, mentoring, and training to many colleagues and coached individuals on a student-centered and service-oriented approach to administering aid.  Steve is currently the Immediate Past President for the Alabama Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and current Service Project Coordinator for the Rotary Club of Sumter County Alabama.

 A resident of East Central Mississippi for most of his life, Steve enjoys the outdoors and is a bit of a “Foodie”.  When he is not at work or helping others, you can most likely find him fishing, hunting, golfing, or just enjoying time outside in general. 


Kimberley Willis, Director of Financial Aid

SUNY College of Brockport (NY)
Concurrent Session

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Kimberley has over 20 years of progressive higher education administrative leadership experience in administrative, student and academic services. She is a passionate, service-oriented leader who consistently offers strategic leadership, and collaborates well with peers, students, faculty, administrators, stakeholders and other leaders to advance the goals and objectives of the organization. She has a proven track record of successful staff supervision and development, collaborative leadership, strategic analysis, operational planning, program implementation, and commitment to quality. She is a respected professional who works effectively across organizational boundaries and levels to implement innovative solutions focused on student and institutional success.

Since 2020, she has been serving as the Director of Financial Aid at SUNY College of Brockport.  Before that she served as the College Registrar at SUNY Geneseo from 2015-2020.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester.  From 1999-2015 she served in various roles at Monroe Community College that included Acting Director, Campus Events; Acting Director Registration and Records; Associate Director, Registration and Records; and Assistant Director, Student Accounts.  


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