Meet the Candidates for Secretary: Kristina Blanck and Rachel Touchatt

I am honored to be considered for the secretary position. In 2019, I started working at Manhattan Christian College, knowing very little about Financial Aid. My background is in non-profits, public relations and social work. A friend who worked for MCC talked me into trying it and I will be forever grateful. As a Student Financial Counselor, my main responsibilities are scholarships, packaging and meeting with students and their parents. Volunteering has always been very important to me. I began in KASFAA by serving on the Association News & Publicity committee because it seemed like a great fit for me. After Summer Institute last summer, I decided to join RMASFAA’s committee as well. For the past six months I have pulled double duty as co-chair for KASFAA and chair for RMASFAA.

KASFAA is a very impressive organization and the enthusiasm of its members is inspiring. There is still so much I have to learn and absorb; what better way than to be involved with this organization! Serving on other organizational boards in the past has given me a skillset that can only be improved upon with this position. I am looking forward to being a part of KASFAA’s future.

My name is Rachel Touchatt. I am the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at WSU Tech. I have worked in the Financial Aid industry for over 18 years. I have previously had positions as the Director of Financial Aid at the Columbia Area Career Center and at Stephens College, in Columbia, MO. I served four years as the Treasurer for the MASFAP Association when I was in Missouri. More recently I served two years with the KASFAA Archives Committee and won the 2021-22 Committee of the Year while chairing the Archives Committee. I have a passion for helping others reach their goals and dreams and have loved working in Financial Aid because of that. If I am elected, I will bring my passion for helping others, my enthusiasm for the KASFAA organization, and my love for writing and organizing. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to KASFAA and to build new friendships in the process.

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