Whatever Happened To… ep.1

From: Keith Fitzsimmons

There’s No Place Like Home…….

KASFAA!!!!!!  Oh, how I’ve missed you!  My last year in KASFAA was 2010.  Boy does time fly!  After 9 years (4 as a student worker and 5 on staff) at FHSU I left for the Big City in February 2010 and headed to work for the company formerly known as Perceptive Software.  Many of you know them because of their main software product ImageNow.

Kansas City has treated me well and somehow I’m already at 9 years here!  My work in Software sales didn’t last long and 13 months later I was hired on as the Director of Financial Aid at Avila University.  For those of you unfamiliar, Avila is a small private Catholic institution and it is literally just on the other side of the state line in Kansas City.  Kansas was less than half a mile away but that meant even though I was back in Financial Aid I was half a mile away from my KASFAA and RMASFAA friends!  No worries though, I picked up right where I left off and for the past 8 years have been heavily involved in MASFAP and MASFAA!  Believe it or not these Midwest folks are almost just as charming, friendly and fun as you Rocky Mountain folks are!

It’s been a wild ride personally for me this last year. At the 2017 FSA Conference in Orlando my boyfriend at the time surprised me with a ring and on October 27, 2018 I married my knight in shining armor!  We sold our house in Kansas City MO and jumped the state line back to KS and now are living happily ever after in Overland Park KS!  Times are a changing……….new husband, new house and I have one more NEW thing to announce too!  NEW JOB!!!!! (not a new baby for all you anxious friends of mine!)

As of February 11th I will be the new Relationship Manager Account Executive for Citizens Bank working with the student lending side of the house!  And I’LL BE BACK IN KANSAS!!!! I was so excited to learn that Kansas would be one of the states I’d be covering.  I’m a western KS girl born and raised and so many of you I’ve been able to keep in touch with over the years via social media, conferences, or even a happy hour now and then!  I’m excited for this transition and cannot wait to reconnect as well as meet many others that I haven’t crossed paths with yet!

Here’s to an exciting 2019!  I’m hoping each and every one of you is off to a great start this year and I can’t wait for the hugs and smiles each of us will share this year!



Crystal M. DeLong (Bruntz)

P.S. I don’t have my new work email address yet but my personal email is cbruntz03@gmail.com.


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