Meet the Committee – Outreach Training

Outreach Training

Responsible for providing training to high school counselors and other partners to support efforts for annual completion of the FAFSA. These efforts include train the trainer events and updating a constituent resource page(s) on the KASFAA website.

Danielle Sullivan – Chair

Johnson County Community College

What their position entails/ what they have done for and with the committee Outreach Training Chair  –  Organize work of entire Outreach Training Committee providing accountability and leadership, plan 2 in person training events throughout the state of Kansas for High School Guidance Counselors, TRIO/GEAR UP, and other college access professionals, schedule Outreach Training Committee planning meetings, communicate activities to KASFAA, attend KASFAA board meetings.

How long they have been with KASFAA 12 years

What position they hold for their job and how long they have been thereFinancial Aid Advising Supervisor JCCC, 4 months; Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships University of Kansas, 11 years

How long in financial aid – 16 years

Why they chose to join this committee – I love doing presentations and connecting with those who are on the ground helping students first-hand. I enjoy providing training, and meeting with people in our communities.

 

Whitney Asher – Co Chair, Barton CCC

 

Laura Allison

Johnson County Community College

What your position entails/ what you have done for and with the committee. This is my second year as a member of the Outreach Committee. Each year I have helped present as a community college representative at the training.

How long have you been with KASFAA? I have been a member of KASFAA since 2016.

What position do you hold for your job and how long have you been there? I have been the Financial Aid Director at Independence Community College since March 2016.

How long in financial aid? I have been in financial aid since March 2016.

Why did you choose to join this committee? I chose this committee because I like to spread our wealth of knowledge to people outside financial aid who aren’t familiar with the financial aid world or who might feel intimated by navigating the financial aid process.

Chantelle Arnold FHSU

 

Gary Bateman Ottawa

 

Tara Brinkoetter

Baker University

What your position entails/ what you have done for and with the committee. I have helped with the registration process for our committee, through emailing out counselors and helping update information on the people who might be interested in attending the workshops.

How long have you been with KASFAA? I have been with KASFAA for about a year.

What position do you hold for your job and how long have you been there? I am a Financial Aid Assistant at Baker University, and I have been in this position for a year and a half.

How long in financial aid? A year and a half.

Why did you choose to join this committee? I chose to join this committee because I remember what it was like going through the financial aid process, and how hard it could be to get assistance with applying for and understanding financial aid. This committee seeks to help train counselors and other professionals who might give incoming students information about financial aid, so that they can be ready to answer questions and offer assistance, and I wanted to be a part of it since I remember how stressful learning about financial aid could be as a student who didn’t have access to people with financial aid training.

 

 

Diane Lindeman KBOR

 

Vaine Lutz

Friends University

What their position entails/ what they have done for and with the committee I have assisted with the Fall 2019 KASFAA training for counselors with the Wichita site location and set up and was the site coordinator for Wichita. I am also assisting with the KASFAA Spring 2020 training for counselors for the Wichita site and am the backup coordinator.  I will be co-presenting for the spring training.  I have assisted with updating the KAASFA site information about KS colleges FAFSA priority deadline to ensure accurate deadline dates and making sure that the schools site are correctly linked to the school.

How long they have been with KASFAA 6 years

What position they hold for their job and how long they have been there Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 2 years at Friends University

How long in financial aid maybe 7 years

Why they chose to join this committee I chose to join the outreach and training committee, because I was interested in learning about more what this specific committee does.  After being a part of this committee, it definitely provides valuable information to outside sources.  There’s a lot of work that goes into this committee and I have a deep appreciation for what this committee does. 

 

Leah Nicholson KU

 

Yuliana Reyes ESU

 

Regina Tolbert

Emporia State University

What your position entails/ what you have done for and with the committee. Member, Outreach Training site coordinator and presenter!

How long have you been with KASFAA? 2 years

What position do you hold for your job and how long have you been there? Scholarship Coordinator at ESU  — 2 years

How long in financial aid? 2 years

Why did you choose to join this committee? I enjoy helping others learn about financial aid. Financial aid is often a stressful task for students and families. I want to get information out to them to decrease that stress!

 

Jamie Whitmore

Kansas Board of Regents

What your position entails/ what you have done for and with the committee.  For this past year’s training, I put together the Save the Date postcard for the training sessions we put on across the state.  I also helped with registration and attendance for the Topeka site.

How long have you been with KASFAA? This is my third year of being in KASFAA, but only my second volunteering on a committee.

What position do you hold for your job and how long have you been there?  I work in Student Financial Aid at the Kansas Board of Regents, issuing the scholarship funding to the colleges on behalf of the state of Kansas.  I’ve been in this position for three years now. 

How long in financial aid?  Just three years.

Why did you choose to join this committee?  Originally, I joined the outreach training committee because my boss Diane was the chair and she asked for my help in some of the technical work (registration, emails to counselors, sending the save the date postcard, etc.)  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but it turned out to be a pretty good time and I think my amateur design skills were really appreciated, so I stayed on for a second year.  Aside from that, I think this committee is great because it’s a chance to see the ways KASFAA helps people outside our immediate organization.  It’s taking the best of our combined knowledge and passing it on to the public where it’s needed most, which is more rewarding than some of the other options (looking at you, Archive Committee). 

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