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2014 Spring Conference

-- Download the Conference Program --

When: April 23 -25, 2013; Executive Board will meet on April 22nd
Where: The Battle House Hotel and Spa
    Mobile, AL

Reserve your room by 12:00 a.m., MARCH 21st today by clicking this link

$94/nt Deluxe Room Rate**
Valet Parking is $17/day + tax

A parking garage is a block down with a current price of $14/day.

**Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14%) in effect at the time of checkout. The above rate is the current federal per diem for Mobile. Should the per diem increase, the room rate will increase accordingly. The hotel will not guarantee this rate (with the above exception) after March 21st when the room block will be released.

-Guest room includes complimentary in room and lobby area Wi-Fi (not in meeting space), 20% off Spa Services during the meeting dates, pool and driving range.

AASFAA Presenter Bio's

Lissa Powell:
Lissa has worked for the last 7 years as a Regional Training Executive with USA Funds, providing training to schools in the southern US. Prior to joining USA Funds, Lissa was the Director of Financial Aid at Samford University, and has over 25 years of experience working in financial aid. Lissa lives in Birmingham and has been a member of AASFAA since 2002.

Zita Barree:
Zita Barree is the Director of Financial Aid at Hampden-Sydney College, an all-male liberal arts private college located near Farmville, Virginia. She has worked in the financial aid profession in Virginia for over 25 years. She is a former President of VASFAA and is currently serving as SASFAA President. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree and her Master's of Business Administration degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her husband, Michael, also worked in financial aid for over 30 years and still does some consulting now and then. They met in the Financial Aid Office at VCU! They have a four legged daughter named Thia who rules the house! Zita's current interest outside of financial aid is running - ½ marathons are her favorite but she would like to complete at least one marathon in her lifetime.

Buddy Jackson:
Buddy is the Director of Financial Aid at Faulkner University and has been in his position for 20 years. Prior to this position, he spent 23 years in the banking profession.

David Bartnicki:
David has worked for the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Office for over 19 years. He has served as an Institutional Review Specialist, Institutional Improvement Specialist (IIS), Branch Chief for Contract Compliance and a Federal Training Officer. David has recently been promoted to Compliance Manager within the Atlanta School Participation Division.

As a Compliance Manager, David will oversee a team in the Atlanta Regional Office charged with providing Title IV oversight to over 750 schools in a 6 State area. His team will conduct program reviews, resolve annual school audits, review financial statements, oversee heightened cash monitoring and approve school eligibility actions.

While in FSA, David has helped redesign the FSA Assessment Modules, developed the popular "Ask A FED" booth at the annual FSA Conferences, and developed the Department's compliance review process for ED's private collection agencies. David has served on the Private College and Career Schools' Conference Team, the Training Topics Report Team, and the National Verification Team.

In addition, David has received several financial aid awards including the 2013 FSA Award for Most Innovative Team, 2013 FASFAA Distinguished Service Award (FL), 2013 TASFAA Distinguished Service Award (TN), the 2012 SASFAA Distinguished Service Award (Southern Regional), the 2012 AASFAA John H. Buchanan Distinguished Service Award (AL), 2012 MASFAA Special Recognition Award (MS), the 2011 Kentucky "Admiral" Award, 2010 FSA Award for Best Mission Results, the 2005 Florida Public Career Technical Center's Merit Award, the 2003 SCASFAA Distinguished Service Award (SC), the 2003 AASFAA Award of Merit (AL) and the 2001 NCASFAA Award of Merit (NC).

When not working, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Christy, and sons Luke (14), Adam (13), and Ethan (9).

Joan B. Waters:
Director of Financial Aid at Chattahoochee Valley Community College since 1975.
Previous additional positions/titles/duties: Director of Student Services, Recruitment & Admissions
BS and MS Degrees - Troy State University


AASFAA 2014 Conference Presentations

The table below lists the sessions presented at the 2014 Conference. The presentations and accompanying samples, letters, etc., can be downloaded by clicking on the icons in the right column.

 PDF document

Presentation Title Presenter Document
Clock-To-Credit Hour Conversion David Bartnicki
Federaul Update David Bartnicki
R2T4 David Bartnicki

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