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Hero Award

  • Linda A Gaston - 2018
    Associate Director
    Mount Aloysius College

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Team Award

  • Government Relations Committee - 2018
    Regina M. Brinza
    Alyssa A. Dobson
    Linda W. Ebel
    John J. Falleroni
    Dr. Kimberly J. McCurdy
    Scott E. Miller
    Shelby M. Smith
    Donna M. Wilkoski

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Life Membership
The highest award that PASFAA has to bestow upon an individual is that of Life Membership. The award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to student financial aid.
  • Linda Anderson
    Retired/Director of Financial Aid
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bonnie Lee Behm
    Director Financial Assistance
    Villanova University
  • Marian V. Bonney
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh
  • William Burke
    Director of Financial Aid
    The University of Scranton
  • Representative Charlie Dent
  • Gregory L. Gearhart
    Director of Financial Aid
    Messiah College
  • Representative William Goodling
    U. S. House of Representatives
  • Dr. Kenneth Grugel
  • Patty Hladio
    Retired
  • Lucretia (Lucky) Hill
    Owner of Hill Associates
  • William A. Irwin
    Director of Financial Aid, Retired
    Lock Haven University of PA
  • Samuel Johnson
    Deputy Director for Federal & Public Relations
    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Mary Beth Kelly
    Special Assistant to the Executive VP
    State and Federal Programs - PHEAA
  • Rachael L. Lohman
    Past PASFAA, EASFAA, NASFAA President.
    Retired from Wilkes College and AES-PHEAA.
  • Gary Means
    Director of Financial Aid
    Westmoreland County Community College
  • Dallas Martin
    President
    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Mary Miller
    Retired
  • Scott Miller
    Director of Federal Relations
    PHEAA
  • George Murdoch
    Director of Financial Aid
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    PASFAA's First President
  • James Preston
    President and CEO
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
  • Donald V. Raley
    Director of Financial Aid
    Dickinson College
  • Kenneth R. Reeher
    Executive Director
    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Renee Saleh
    Director of Financial Aid
    Northampton Community College
  • Gary Smith
    Senior Vice President
    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Sally Stroup
    Minority Chief of Staff
    House Education & Labor Committee
  • Christine A. Zuzack
    Vice President, State Grant and Special Programs
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)

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Distinguished Service Award
The PASFAA Distinguished Service Award was created to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to PASFAA through their leadership, activities, and/or research in financial aid. The award recognizes service to the Association over an extended period of professional involvement, not a single event or activity, and is presented to an individual at the annual conference.

  • Marykay Klara - 2018
    Senior Associate Director of Financial Assistance
    Villanova University
  • Melissa Ibanez - 2017
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh - Bradford
  • Linda Anderson - 2016
    Retired
  • Carolyn A. Julian - 2015
    Student Aid Adviser
    The Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg
  • Dr. David Pearlman - 2014
    Director of Student Aid
    The Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
  • Daniel Wray - 2013
    Higher Education Access Partner - South Central Region
    PHEAA
  • Tonya R. (Anthony) Hsiung - 2012
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    Franklin & Marshall College
  • Greg Gearhart - 2011
    Director of Financial Aid
    Messiah College
  • Patty Hladio - 2010
    Director of Financial Aid
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Julie Salem - 2009
    Western Regional Manager
    AES/PHEAA
  • Joan Holleran - 2008
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Kutztown University
  • Gary A. Means - 2007
    Director of Financial Aid
    Westmoreland County Community College
  • Kenneth E. Grugel - 2006
    Director of Financial Aid
    Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Sheila E. Checkoway - 2005
    Vice President
    Key Education Resources
  • William R. Burke - 2004
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Scranton
  • Bonnie Lee Behm - 2003
    Director of Financial Aid
    Villanova University
  • P. Vincent Racculia - 2002
    Executive Vice President, State Grant & Federal Programs
    AES/PHEAA
  • Georgia K. Prell - 2001
    Director of Financial Aid
    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Betty Davis - 2000
    Assistant Dean of Financial Aid
    Community College of Allegheny County
  • John Pergolin - 1999
    Director of Financial Aid
    St. Joseph's University
  • Christine A. Zuzack - 1998
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Gary D. Smith - 1997
    Senior Vice President for State and Federal Programs
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
  • Mary Andrews Miller - 1996
    Director of Financial Aid
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Rachael L. Lohman - 1995
    Director of Financial Aid
    Wilkes University
  • Donald V. Raley - 1994
    Director of Financial Aid
    Dickinson College
  • William A. Irwin - 1993
    Director of Financial Aid
    Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Barry McCarty - 1992
    Director of Financial
    Lafayette College
  • J. Patrick Hayes - 1991
    Assistant Vice President
    PNC Education Loan Center
  • Renee Saleh - 1990
    Director of Financial Aid
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Catherine Kratzer - 1989
    Director of Financial Aid
    Northampton Area Community College
  • Vincent Femia - 1988
    Director of Financial Aid
    Villanova University

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PASFAA President's Award
The President's award is given to an individual or individuals who provided exemplary leadership and or service to the Association over the last year and whose actions supported the goals and objectives established by the PASFAA president and council.

  • Historian Committee - 2018
    Joseph Alaimo
    Linda M. Anderson
    Regina M. Brinza
    William R. Burke
    Gregory L. Gearhart
    Joan L. Holleran
    Margaret F. Hynosky
    Gary A. Means
    Arianna E. Mears
    Mary E. Miller
    Clarke M. Paine
    Rebecca Schreiber-Reis
    Heidi Sisson
    Daniel M. Wray
    Sherry A. Youtz
    Christine A. Zuzack
  • Stacy Schenk - 2017
    Director of Financial Aid
    Mount Aloysius College
  • Dan Wray - 2017
    Higher Education Access Partner - South Central Region
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
  • Joe Alaimo - 2016
    Director Of Financial Aid
    LaSalle University
  • Tonya Hsiung - 2016
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    Franklin & Marshall College
  • Melissa J. Ibanez - 2015
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburg - Bradford
  • Alyssa Dobson - 2014
    Director of Financial Aid
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Richard Esposito - 2013
    Director of Financial Aid
    Duquesne University
  • George Santucci - 2013
    Director of Financial Aid
    Saint Vincent College
  • Linda Anderson - 2012
    University Director of Student Financial Aid
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • David P. Pearlman - 2011
    Director of Student Aid
    Penn State at Altoona
  • Mary Kosin - 2010
    Director of Financial Aid
    Luzerne County Community College
  • Keri Neidig - 2009
    Senior Account Executive
    SallieMae
  • Kathryn Griffith - 2008
    Former Training Manager at AES
  • Mary Ellen Duffy - 2007
    Director of Financial Aid
    Albright College
  • Scott E. Miller - 2007
    Federal Relations Director
    AES
  • Daniel M. Wray - 2006
    Director of School Relations
    College Loan Corporation
  • Marijo Elias - 2005
    Coordinator Freshmen Financial Aid
    King's College
  • Julianne E. Louttit - 2004
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Butler County Community College
  • Gary A. Means - 2004
    Director of Financial Aid
    Westmoreland County Community College
  • Sheree Fetcho - 2003
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    California University of PA
  • Jean M. Walker - 2002
    Director of Financial Aid
    Butler County Community College
  • George M. Gerhart - 2001
    Aid Representative
    Penn State University - Shenango Campus
  • M. Clarke Paine - 2000
    Director of Financial Aid
    Elizabethtown College
  • Ronald Dawson - 2000
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Philadelphia University
  • Joan Holleran - 1999
    Assistant Director
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • George Walter - 1998
    Director of Financial Aid
    Villanova University
  • Ruth Cramer - 1998
    Director of Financial Aid
    Wilson College
  • Christine A. Zuzack - 1997
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Leadership Award
The Leadership Award was created to recognize an individual who has provided outstanding leadership to the Association.

  • Linda W. Ebel - 2018
    Financial Aid Director
    Citizens School of Nursing
  • Kelly Liocano - 2018
    Senior Associate Director
    Ashland University
  • Dan Wray - 2017
    Higher Education Access Partner - South Central Region
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
  • Laura Papcunik - 2016
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Saint Francis University
  • Betty A. Casale - 2015
    Director of Financial Aid
    Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business
  • Amy L. Dullinger - 2015
    Financial Aid Manager
    Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
  • Amanda Scheler - 2014
    AVP/Campus Relations Manager
    PNC Bank
    Patty Zink - 2014
    Financial Aid & Admissions Officer
    The Washington Hospital School Of Nursing
  • Stacy Schenk - 2013
    Director of Financial Aid
    Mount Aloysius College
  • Carolyn Julian - 2012
    Student Aid Adviser, VA Coordinator
    The Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg
  • Colleen W. Coudriet - 2011
    Financial Aid Advisor
    DuBois Business College
  • Ragan Griffin - 2010
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 - No Award Given
  • Brandi Darr - 2008
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
  • Tonya R. Anthony - 2007
    Federal Grants Coordinator
    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Sheryle A. Proper - 2006
    Director of Financial Aid
    Allegheny College
  • MaryKay Klara - 2005
    Associate Director of Financial Assistance
    Villanova University
  • Mary C. Kosin - 2004
    Director of Financial Aid
    Luzerne County Community College
  • Scott E. Miller - 2004
    Federal Relations Director
    AES/PHEAA
  • Barbara L. Schmitt - 2003
    Director of Financial Aid
    Johnson College
  • Kenneth E. Grugel - 2002
    Director of Financial Aid
    Clarion University of PA
  • Julie A. Salem - 2001
    Director, Student Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Sally Ann McCrea - 1999
    Counselor, Financial Aid
    Harrisburg Area Community College

Emerging Leader Award
The award will be made to an individual who, within approximately five years of entering the profession, has demonstrated consistent service to and involvement in PASFAA and its projects. Examples of service and involvement include: committee membership, Hotline participation, assistance with the Newsletter, presenter or moderator at conference or training programs, presenter or registrar at High School Guidance Counselor Workshops, etc. Nominees for the award must be current Active or Associate PASFAA members.

  • Regina M. Brinza - 2018
    Financial Aid & Admissions Administrator
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Rebecca Schreiber-Reis - 2018
    Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
    Pennsylvania State University (The) - Dickinson School of Law
  • Michelle Jackson - 2017
    Associate Director of Financial Aid for Operations and Compliance
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Kelly Liocano - 2016
    Assistant Director of SFS
    Mercyhurst University
  • Shelby M. Smith - 2015
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    Lafayette College
  • Henry Crawford - 2014
    Financial Aid Counselor
    Robert Morris University
    Meghan Petsko - 2014
    Associate Director
    Villanova University
  • Alyssa Dobson - 2013
    Interim Director of Financial Aid
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Miller - 2013
    Financial Aid Administrator
    Conemaugh School of Nursing & Allied Heath
  • Kim Uphold - 2013
    Financial Aid and Records Assistant
    Reading Area Community College
  • Sue Bloom - 2012
    Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh - Titusville
  • Joni L. Trovato - 2011
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Cathy Poiesz - 2010
    Senior Financial Aid Counselor/Coordinator of Loan Processing
    Messiah College
  • Denise Nuccio - 2010
    Financial Aid and Enrollment Generalist
    Montgomery County Community College
  • Mysti Dinger - 2009
    Student Services Coordinator
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Academy of Culinary Arts
  • Michael DeGroft - 2008
    Director of Financial Aid
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Jonathan D. Kirby - 2007
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    The University of Scranton
  • Jamie S. Kosh - 2006
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Saint Francis University
  • Patty Cegelka - 2005
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    University of Scranton (The)
  • Sheryle A. Proper - 2004
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Allegheny College
  • Donna Cerza - 2003
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    College Misericordia
  • Brian K. Blackburn - 2002
    Financial Aid Counselor
    Widener University
  • Jennifer S. Liedtka - 2001
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Lebanon Valley College
  • Elizabeth McCloud - 2000
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Elizabethtown College

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Retirement Recognition Program
Recognition provided to Active or Associate members who have provided approximately 25 years of service to students and families, colleagues and their institutions in the area of financial assistance or the financing of post secondary education. Persons to be recognized must be current members of PASFAA who are retiring within the year.

  • Dennis Correll - 2018
    Associate Dean for Enrollment Management/Financial Aid Director
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Ethel Desmarais - 2018
    Director of Financial Aid
    Bryn Mawr College
  • Anna Griswold - 2018
    Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director for Student Aid
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Richard Heckman - 2018
    Director of Financial Aid
    Dickinson College
  • James Preston - 2018
    Chief Executive Officer
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
  • Patty Zink - 2018
    Director of Financial Aid
    Washington Hospital School of Nursing
  • William Brown - 2014
    Dean of Administration & FA
    Leebanon Valley College
  • Cindy Davis - 2014
    Legal & Compliance Service
    PHEAA
  • Maryann Dudas - 2014
    Director of Financial Aid
    Seton Hill University
  • Patricia Hladio - 2014
    Director of Financial Aid
    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Edward Harmon - 2014
    Special Programs Administrator - Financial Aid
    Robert Morris University
  • Helen Nunn - 2014
    Director of Financial Aid
    Susquehanna University
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Stuyvesant - 2014
    Student Loan Specialist
    Thiel College
  • Dan Johnston - 2011
    Regional Director
    AES/PHEAA
  • Mary Miller - 2011
    AES/PHEAA
  • Rachel Lohman - 2011
    AES/PHEAA
  • Jim Cardinale - 2011
    Regional Director
    AES/PHEAA
  • Mike Nolan - 2011
    Assistant Vice President
    AES/PHEAA
  • Vee Blaine - 2011
    Director PHEAA Regional Offices
    AES/PHEAA
  • Bruce Diefenderfer - 2011
    Regional Director
    AES/PHEAA
  • Judy Viveralli - 2011
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Annette Kelly - 2011
    Financial Aid Advisor
    Delaware County Community College
  • William Srsic - 2011
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Marcy Boyd - 2009
    California University of Pennsylvania
  • Jan Kuzio - 2009
    Assistant Director
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Vincent Racculia - 2007
    Executive Vice President, State and Federal Programs
    AES/PHEAA
  • Richard B. Irvin - 2007
    Vice President, Development and Regional Services
    AES/PHEAA
  • Lucretia K. Hill - 2007
    Owner
    Hill Associates
  • Vali Heist - 2006
    Alvernia College
  • Robert Latta - 2006
    Director of Financial Aid
    Westminster College
  • William A. Irwin - 2005
    Director of Financial Aid, Retired
    Lock Haven University of PA
  • Joyce E. Spencer - 2005
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    California University of PA
  • Lucille Bavaria-Kozsey - 2005
    Assistant Director of Financial Aid
    Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Frank M. Dutkovich, Jr. - 2004
    Director of Financial Aid
    Duquesne University
  • Joyce Lattig - 2004
    Manager
    AES/PHEAA
  • James A. Treiber - 2004
    Director of Financial Aid
    Gannon University
  • John Southwood - 2002
    Senior Regional Account Executive
    Educaid
  • Frederick A. Joseph - 2001
    Director of Financial Aid
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • William E. Stanford - 2001
    Director of Financial Aid
    Lehigh University
  • Renee Saleh - 2000
    Director of Financial Aid
    Northampton Community College
  • John McKeown - 2000
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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