MAFAA :: Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators

MAFAA Awards

MAFAA is grateful for the contributions made by it's members and constituents. As such, MAFAA recognizes significant achievements each year at the spring conference.

MAFAA Presidents

2016-2017

 

Gayle Yamry

2015-2016

 

Barbara Charboneau

2014-2015

 

M.E.G. Calabrese

2013-2014

 

David Vikander

2012-2013

 

Doug Minter

2011-2012

 

Jeff Aalbers

2010-2011

 

Lois Larson

2009-2010

 

Lois Larson

2008-2009

 

Kathy Ruby

2007-2008 

 

Scott Roelke

2006-2007 

 

John Pogue

2005-2006 

 

John Pogue

2004-2005 

 

Pam Engebretson

2003-2004

 

Jeff Olson

2002-2003

 

Jayne Dinse

2001-2002

 

Herald Johnson

2000-2001

 

Susan Neppl

1999-2000

 

Patty Holycross

1998-1999

 

David Dahlen

1997-1998

 

Cathy Lund-Ziebarth

1996-1997

 

Pat Berktold

1995-1996

 

Jim Schmidt

1994-1995

 

Karen Knighton

1993-1994

 

Christopher Halling

1992-1993

 

Daniel C. Nelson

1991-1992

 

Ronald V. Kraft

1990-1991

 

Herald Johnson

1989-1990

 

Roger O. Wiger

1988-1989

 

Dale Thornton

1987-1988

 

Robert I. Misenko

1986-1987

 

Gary Ness

1985-1986

 

Michael R. White

1984-1985

 

R. Blake Crosby

1983-1984

 

Paul G. Aasen

1982-1983

 

Frank E. Loncorich

1981-1982

 

Gordon J. Trisko

1980-1981

 

Orlo Austin

1979-1980

 

Richard D. Battig

1978-1979

 

Sister Anne Elise Tschida

1977-1978

 

Jon A. Griepentrog

1976-1977

 

Donald L. Johnson

1975-1976

 

John Schullo

1974-1975

 

Thomas Levig

1973-1974

 

James Hausman

1972-1973

 

Robert E. Frazey

1971-1972

 

David H. Anderson

1970-1971

 

Robert Matuska

1969-1970

 

Robert Matuska

1968-1969

 

Bruce Gray

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President's Award

The President's Award is presented to the MAFAA member who enabled the president to effectively perform the duties of the association president. Support provided could include clerical activities, special projects, or special committee assignments that benefit the association. The MAFAA president selects the winner.

2013-2014

 

Katie Hendrickson

2012-2013

 

LuGail Hamel

2011-2012

 

Paul Haugen

2010-2011

 

Metropolitan State University Financial Aid Staff
Scott Glime, Gayle Yamry, Laura Jensen, Jennifer Haavisto, Brittany Johnson, Aaron Berktold, and Krystal Gallegos

2009-2010

 

Nichole Lien

2008-2009

 

Tina Kukowski

2007-2008

 

Lois Larson

2006-2007 

 

Emily Dowdle, Ellen McCullough, Lynn Mens

2005-2006 

 

Tom Hansen, Marcia Hubner, Jessica Sidla

2004-2005 

 

Dick Battig

2004-2005 

 

Carol Dockendorf

2003-2004

 

Chad Nosbusch

2002-2003

 

Karen Kraft

2001-2002

 

Lynette Wahl

2000-2001

 

Jim Stiner

1999-2000

 

Jane Williams

1998-1999

 

Patricia Klicka

1997-1998

 

Patricia Fischer

1996-1997

 

Cal Johnson

1995-1996

 

Carolyn Zehren

1994-1995

 

Patty Holycross, Karen Knighten, Dan Nelson

1993-1994

 

Kay Grabarkewitz

1992-1993

 

Linda Lindseth

1991-1992

 

Christine Heiting

1990-1991

 

Christopher Halling

1989-1990

 

Daniel Nelson

1988-1989

 

Reed Carpenter

1987-1988

 

Sharon Harris

1986-1987

 

Shirley Buerkle

1985-1986

 

Paul Aasen

1984-1985

 

Patty Holycross

1983-1984

 

Mary Hershberger

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Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a MAFAA member whose years of service, highlighted by contributions made this past year, warrant recognition by this association. Nominations are sought from MAFAA members. A committee, comprised of the past five Distinguished Service Award recipients and chaired by the most recent recipient, reviews the contributions of nominees and selects the recipient.

2013

David Vikander

2012

Jeff Olson

2011

Jayne Dinse

2010

Bill Silva-Breen

2009

Anne Dahlen

2008

Carol Dockendorf

2007 

John Pogue

2006 

David Dahlen

2005 

Susan Brady

2004 

JoAnn Haynes

2003

Kay Rindal

2002

Karen Kraft

2001

Robert Krueger

2000

Jane Williams

1999

Karen Knighton

1998

Cal Johnson

1997

Diane Borchardt

1996

Kay Grabarkewitz

1995

Dale Thornton

1994

Daniel Nelson

1993

Shirley Buerkle

1992

Herald Johnson

1991

Dianne Danov

1990

Michael White

1989

Frank Loncorich

1988

Gary Ness

1987

Patty Holycross

1986

Paul Aasen

1985

Allen Rasmussen

1984

Donald Johnson

1983

Jon Griepentrog

1982

Sister Anne Elise Tschida

1981

Richard Battig

1980

Robert Matuska

1979

Robert Frazey

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Executive Council Award

The Executive Council Award is presented to a MAFAA committee whose exemplary performance served MAFAA in good stead the past year. Contributions benefiting the association, the financial aid community and constituents are evaluated. The MAFAA Executive Council selects the winner.

2014

Professional Development committee, chaired by Rachel Lykken & Jacquelynn Mol

2013

Web Development committee, chaired by Jesus Hernandez-Mejia & Bailey Staben.

2012

Policy & Procedures Review Task Force committee, chaired by Jeff Olson & Jillian Helloliod.

2011

Financial Planning Review work group, chaired by Stuart Perry.

2010

Leadership committee, chaired by Jayne Dinse.

2009

Review of the Financial Aid Profession Task Force committee, chaired by Jeff Olson.

2008

Conference Planning committee, co-chaired by Michelle Ahrendt and Nichole Lien.

2007 

Diversity task force, Debbie Velasco, Chair
&
Leadership committee, David Vikander, Chair

2006 

Corporate Support committee, David Dahlen, Chair
&
Professional Development committee, Scott Roelke, Chair

2005 

Early Awareness committee, Susan Prater, Chair

2004 

Corporate Support committee, David Dahlen, Chair

2003

Government Issues committee, Pam Engebretson, Chair

2002

Development committee, Richard Blatchley, Chair

2001

Professional Development committee, JoAnn Haynes, Chair

2000

Public Relations committee, Chad Nosbusch, Chair

1999

Government Issues committee, Paul Aasen & Susan Brady, Co-Chairs

1997

Professional Development committee, David Dahlen, Chair

1996

Public Relations committee, Carol Swenson, Chair

1995

Professional Development committee, Jeannette Maynard, Chair

1994

Association Services committee, Kay Grabarkewitz, Chair

1993

Government Issues committee, Jim Schmidt, Chair

1992

Conference Planning committee, Barbara Kowal, Chair

1991

Newsletter committee, Kay Rindal, Chair

1990

Budget and Finance committee, Michael White, Chair

1989

Federal Legislative committee, Larry Sonnek, Chair

1988

Archives committee, Herald Johnson, Chair

1987

Professional Development committee, Jane Williams, Chair

1986

Public Relations committee, Robert Misenko, Chair

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Special Recognition Award

The Special Recognition Award is presented to a person affiliated with the financial aid community other than a practicing financial aid administrator, who has consistently provided outstanding service to MAFAA in recent years. The fact that this award is not presented annually underscores it significance. The MAFAA Executive Council selects the recipient.

2014

Marilyn Kosir, Minnesota Office of Higher Education

2013

Baker Tilly Virchow & Krause LLP

2011

Cheryl Maplethrope, Globe University & Brad Riebel, U.S. Bank

2010

Diane Borchardt, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.

2009

Jessica Sidla, CitiBank

2008

LuGail Hamel, TCF Bank

2007 

Ken Wallace, Education Assistance Corporation

2006 

Ann Scott, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.

2005 

Carol Swenson, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.

2004 

Richard Battig, Academic Funding Group

2003

Joe Aitken, Minnesota Indian Scholarship Programs

2002

Clark Wold, Education Assistance Corporation

2001

Ginny Dodds, MHESO

2000

Jamie Malone, U.S. Department of Education, Region V

1999

Tom Hansen, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

1997

State Representative Lyndon Carlson

1996

Jan Borra, MAFAA List Serv Developer;
State Representative Gene Pelowski

1995

Congressman Tim Penny;
State Senator Steve Murphy

1994

Kurtis Kindschi, American College Testing

1991

Richard Leighninger, MHECB

1989

Dan Reyelts, TCF Bank

1988

William Howie, Higher Education Assistance Foundation

1984

Milt Hilary, American College Testing

1983

Martin Jagodensky, Higher Education Assistance Foundation

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Special Achievement Award

The Special Achievement Award is presented to a person, committee, task force or other entity that has made a significant contribution to the financial aid profession in Minnesota. The fact that this award is not presented annually underscores its significance. The MAFAA Executive Council selects the recipient.

2013

Shannon Nealy, Minneapolis Community & Technical College

2011

Cappy Breuer, Normandale Community College

2010

John Pogue, Inver Hills Community College

2009

David Vikander, Southwest Minnesota State University

2008

Corporate Support Committee, chaired by Jayne Dinse, South Central College

2007

Frank Loncorich, St. Cloud State
Patty Holycross, Itasca Community College

2006

College Goal Sunday Task Force, Judy Swanson, Chair

2005

John Gust, St. Cloud State

2004

Fin Aid / Admissions Relations Task Force, Lu Gail Hamel, Chair

2003

Financial Structure Task Force, John Pogue, Chair

2002

Futures Committee, Patty Holycross, Chair

2001

Early Awareness Task Force, Brad Riebel & Sandy Sundstrom, Co-Chairs
Technology Task Force, Tim Lehmann, Chair

2000

Barb Fahnhorst, Membership Coordinator

1998

Technology Task Force, Nate Emerson, Chair
Distance Learning Task Force, Fran VanSlyke-Zeslofsky, Chair

1995

Leadership Symposium Development Team, Jim Schmidt, Chair

1994

Shared Responsibility Task Force, Daniel C. Nelson & Chris Halling, Co-Chairs

1992

Kennon Rothchild, Northstar Guarantee Inc

1991

Student Loan Task Force, Dianne Danov, Chair

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Outstanding New Professional Award

The recipient of this award must have made outstanding contributions to his/her institution, the financial aid profession, and the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators. The criteria are based on significant contributions over a period of time and are not typically given for a single contribution. The recipient must hold regular membership in MAFAA and have been in the financial aid profession for less than 5 years. The MAFAA Executive Council selects the recipient.

2014

Jana Koehler

2013

Rachel Lykken

2012

Jesus Hernandez-Mejia

2011

Jayne Deis

2010

Kerri Schmidt

2009

Katie Hendrickson

2008

Kerry Lurken

2007 

Jarod Paulson

2006 

Nichole Lien

2005 

Dan Vega

2004 

Jessica Sidla

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NASFAA State Awards Won by MAFAA

There are four categories in which state awards are given. They are: Service to the Financial Aid Profession; Service to Other Constituencies; Service to Parents and Students; and Service to Advancing the Goals of Access and Diversity. These awards are presented by NASFAA to recognize individual state associations that have developed outstanding projects that contribute to the financial aid profession.

2006

Service to Students, Parents and Families,
Early Awareness Committee, 
Susan Prater, Chair

2003

Service to the Profession,
Master's Leadership Task Force,
Dan Nelson, Chair

1996

Service to Other Constituencies,
Professional Development Committee,
David Dahlen, Chair

1994

Service to the Profession,
Leadership Symposium Development Team,
Jim Schmidt, Chair

1993

Service to Other Constituencies,
Government Issues Committee,
Jim Schmidt,  Chair

1990

Service to Other Constituencies,
Professional Development Committee,
Dianne Danov, Chair

1988

Service to the Profession,
Professional Development Committee,
Dianne Danov, Chair

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Statement of Purpose

“The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons.”