USA Funds Names New Team to Deliver Financial Aid Training.

USA Funds University offers student aid training in person and


INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — USA Funds announces its new

USA Funds University team, which delivers training programs to financial

aid administrators at the nation’s colleges, universities and

private career colleges.

“These USA Funds staff members combine extensive student aid

experience with a passion for serving the financial aid

profession,” said Denise B. Feser, USA Funds senior vice president,

School and Student Services. “The new USA Funds University team

will build on USA Funds’ tradition of delivering innovative

training programs to equip financial aid professionals with the

knowledge, information and resources they need to serve their students

and their institutions.”

For the past 20 years, USA Funds has supported a dedicated unit for

delivering training programs to promote best practices in and compliance

with regulations for the administration of federal student aid


Members of the new USA Funds University team include the


* Ron Lee Ronald (Ron) Henry Lee (born November 2 1952, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) was an All-American basketball player for the University of Oregon, and epitomized the “Kamikaze Kids” under coach Dick Harter with his all-out, fearless hustle and relentless desire to win. , director, USA Funds University. With more than 29 years

of student aid experience, Lee has served for the past five years as USA

Funds customer relations manager for California. He previously managed

the training and policy unit of EdFund.

* Barbara Thompson Barbara Thompson is the name of

  • Barbara Thompson (Mormon), American leader in the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
  • Barbara Thompson (musician), English jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer.

, manager, USA Funds University. Thompson’s

36 years of student financial aid experience include 29 years of service

at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the urban campus of Indiana University located in Indianapolis, Indiana. IUPUI offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from both Indiana University and Purdue University. , where her

responsibilities included directing student financial aid services.

Since 2003, she has developed new services and managed training program

development and delivery for USA Funds University.

* Kochie Vaughan, regional training executive, East region. Vaughan

offers 20 years of financial aid experience, including 10 years with USA

Funds University. She previously served as assistant director of

financial aid, Duke University School of Law The Duke University School of Law is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. . Vaughan serves campuses in

most of the Eastern states.

* Lissa Powell, regional training executive, South region. Powell

has provided training services through USA Funds University for the past

three years. Her career in teaching, training and financial aid spans

nearly 25 years and includes previous service as director of financial

aid at Samford University. Powell serves postsecondary institutions in

much of the South.

* Cheryl Foster-Hunt, regional training executive, West region.

Foster-Hunt offers more than 22 years of financial aid experience, most

recently with USA Funds University and EdFund. Her previous work

experience includes service at Azusa Pacific University External links

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University and Pacific Christian College. She provides financial aid

training services in the West.

* Mandy Sponholtz, regional training executive, Central region.

Sponholtz has provided training through USA Funds University for the

past three years. She previously served in several capacities, including

assistant director, in the student financial aid office of the

University of Kansas The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. The main campus resides atop Mount Oread. . Sponholtz provides training services to financial

aid administrators in the Central states.

* Mary Grundmeyer, training resources coordinator. Grundmeyer

coordinates USA Funds University national training programs and

publications that support those training programs. She has worked with

USA Funds University for the past three years.

USA Funds University delivers training for financial aid

professionals through in-person workshops, a comprehensive online

curriculum of student aid and professional development courses, and

through webcasts on timely financial aid topics. The fall series of USA

Funds University Financial Aid Workshops begins Oct. 12, with workshops

scheduled at 52 locations throughout the nation.

For additional information about USA Funds University staff and

programs, visit

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