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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.

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MAFAA Presidents

 2017-2018    Gayle Yamry    1992-1993    Daniel C. Nelson
 2016-2017    Gayle Yamry    1991-1992    Ronald V. Kraft
 2015-2016    Barb Charboneau    1990-1991    Herald Johnson
 2014-2015    M.E.G. Calabrese    1989-1990    Ronald O. Wiger
 2013-2014    David Vikander    1988-1989    Dale Thornton
 2012-2013    Doug Minter    1987-1988    Robert I. Misenko
 2011-2012    Jeffery Aalbers    1986-1987    Gary Ness
 2010-2011    Lois Larson    1985-1986    Michael White
 2009-2010    Lois Larson    1984-1985    R. Blake Crosby
 2008-2009    Katharine Ruby    1983-1984    Paul G. Aasen
 2007-2008    Scott Roelke    1982-1983    Frank E. Loncorich
 2006-2007    John Pogue    1981-1982    Gordon J. Trisko
 2005-2006    John Pogue    1980-1981    Orlo Austin
 2004-2005    Pam Engebretson    1979-1980    Richard D. Battig
 2003-2004    Jeff Olson    1978-1979    Sister Anne Elise Tshida
2002-2003    Jayne Dinse    1977-1978    Jon A. Griepentrog
 2001-2002    Herald Johnson    1976-1977
   Donald L. Johnson
 2000-2001    Susan Neppl    1975-1976    John Schullo
 1999-2000    Patty Holycross    1974-1975    Thomas Levig
 1998-1999    David Dahlen    1973-1974    James Hausman
 1997-1998    Cathy Lund-Ziebarth    1972-1973    Robert E. Frazey
 1996-1997    Patricia Berktold    1971-1972    David H. Anderson
 1995-1996    Jim Schmidt    1970-1971    Robert Matuska
 1994-1995    Karen Knighton    1969-1970    Robert Matuska
 1993-1994    Christopher Halling    1968-1969    Bruce Gray


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.

2017
   Bridget Johnson   1999
   Jane Williams
2016
 Jacquelynn Mol Sletten   1998    Patricia Klicka
2015    Rachel Lykken    1997    Patricia Fischer
 2014    Katie Hendrickson    1996    Cal Johnson
 2013    LuGail Hamel    1995
 Carolyn Zehren
2012    Paul Haugen   1994    Patty Holycross, Karen Knighton,
 & Daniel C. Nelson
2011
 Metropolitan State University Financial Aid Staff:
  Scott Glime, Gayle Yamry, Laura Jensen, Jennifer Havisto,
  Brittany Johnson, Aaron Berktold, Krystal Gallegos
   1993    Kay Grabarkewitz
 2010    Nichole Lien    1992    Linda Lindseth
 2009    Tina Kukowski    1991    Christine Heiting
 2008    Lois Larson    1990    Christopher Halling
2007    Emily Dowdle, Lynn Mens, & Ellen McCullough    1989
 Daniel C. Nelson
 2006    Marcia Hubner, Jessica Sidla, & Tom Hansen    1988    Reed Carpenter
 2005    Dick Battig    1987
 Sharon Harris
2004    Carol Dockendorf    1986
 Shirley Buerkle
 2003    Chad Nosbusch    1985    Paul G. Aasen
 2002    Karen Kraft    1984
 Patty Holycross
2001    Lynette Wahl    1983    Mary L. Hershberger
 2000    Jim Stiner  
   

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.

2017    Doug Minter   1997    Diane Borchardt
2016    Valerie Knopp    1996    Kay Grabarkewitz
2015    Mike Uran   1995    Dale Thornton
2013    David Vikander    1994    Daniel C. Nelson
2012    Jeff Olson   1993    Shirley Buerkle
2011    Jayne Dinse   1992    Herald Johnson
2010    Bill Silva-Breen    1991    Dianne Danov
2009    Anne Dahlen   1990    Michael White
 2008    Carol Dockendorf   1989    Frank Loncorich
2007    John Pogue   1988    Gary Ness
2006    David Dahlen   1987    Patty Holycross
2005    Susan Brady   1986
 Paul G. Aasen
2004    JoAnn Haynes   1985    Allen Rasmussen
2003    Kay Rindal   1984    Donald L. Johnson
2002    Karen Kraft    1983    Jon A. Griepentrog
2001    Robert Krueger    1982    Sister Anne Elise Tshida
2000    Jane Williams   1981    Richard D. Battig
1999    Karen Knighton   1980    Robert Matuska
 1998    Cal Johnson   1979

 Robert Frazey


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.

2017
Outreach & Early Awareness committee, chaired by Oana Zayic & Borr Vang
2016
Newsletter, Carol Swenson
2015
Conference Planning committee, chaired by Lindsay Adams & Bailey Staben

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

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, chaired by Michelle Ahrendt & Nichole Lien

2007 

Diversity task force, chaired by Debbie Velasco
Leadership committee, chaired by David Vikander

2006 

Corporate Support committee, chaired by David Dahlen
Professional Development committee, chaired by Scott Roelke

2005 

Early Awareness committee, chaired by Susan Prater

2004 

Corporate Support committee, chaired by David Dahlen

2003

Government Issues committee, chaired by Pam Engebretson

2002

Development committee, chaired by Richard Blatchley

2001

Professional Development committee, chaired by JoAnn Haynes

2000

Public Relations committee, chaired by Chad Nosbusch

1999

Government Issues committee, chaired by Paul Aasen & Susan Brady

1997

Professional Development committee, chaired by David Dahlen

1996

Public Relations committee, chaired by Carol Swenson

1995

Professional Development committee, chaired by Jeannette Maynard

1994

Association Services committee, chaired by Kay Grabarkewitz

1993

Government Issues committee, chaired by Jim Schmidt

1992

Conference Planning committee, chaired by Barbara Kowal

1991

Newsletter committee, chaired by Kay Rindal

1990

Budget and Finance committee, chaired by Michael White

1989

Federal Legislative committee, chaired by Larry Sonnek

1988

Archives committee, chaired by Herald Johnson

1987

Professional Development committee, chaired by Jane Williams

1986

Public Relations committee, chaired by Robert Misenko



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.


2016
Jana Vanderah, Wells Fargo
2015
Sara Edwards, Inceptia

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



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.

2017
Carolyn Zehren , Minnesota State University Moorhead
 2016 Ginny Dodds , Minnesota Office of Higher Education
 2015 Shannon O'Brien, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Jeff Olson, Bethel University

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


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.

2017

Thomas Lorendo

 2010  Kerri Schmidt

2016

Soledad Kern

 2009  Katie Hendrickson

2015

Jacquelynn Mol

 2008  Kerry Lurken

2014

Jana Koehler

 2007  Jarod Paulson
2013
Rachel Lykken 2006
 Nichole Lien
2012
Jesus Hernandez-Mejia 2005
 Dan Vega
2011
Jayne Deis  2004  Jessica Sidla

Ginny Dodds Lifetime Achievement Award

The Ginny Dodds Lifetime achievement award is MAFAA’s most prestigious awards. It is presented to a MAFAA member whose has a lifetime of continuous contributions and support of financial aid for the students of Minnesota through advocacy, the ethical administration of financial aid programs, and for service to the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators association.

 2016 Ginny Dodds , Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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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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