Sneak Peek at MASFAP Board Slate Of Candidates

It’s MASFAP Election Time!  The Nominations and Elections Committee is excited to announce an excellent slate of candidates who have agreed to run for an office!  The slate of candidates along with candidacy statements will be sent out soon to the MASFAP listserv, and voting will start on Monday, May 14. Here is a sneak peek of the candidates running for each position:


Crystal Bruntz

Matthew Kearney

Dena Norris

Vice President

Kim Cary

Alex Miller

Scott Young


Bridgette Betz

Jamie Davis

Laurel Miller


Keri Gilbert

Zach Greenlee

Tony Lubbers

Jim Myers

Ashley Richardson


Ashlea Buntin

Kimberly Meeker

Jennifer Moore

MASFAP LDP is in action today

MASFAP’s Learning and Development Program (LDP) group is at the MDHE offices today to learn about the state and federal legislative process, as well as the role of the MDHE and the MASFAP Legislative Committee. Updates and training from Leroy Wade, Assistant Commissioner, Financial Assistance, Outreach, and Proprietary Certification at the MDHE; and  MASFAP’s Legislative Co-Chairs Keri Gilbert and Will Shaffner. MASFAP President Kerry Hallahan and Past-President and LDP Leader Amy Hager are also supporting the group. Great day of learning and collaboration!

MASFAP’s March 2018 Hill Day

Yesterday, March 28, MASFAP members went to Jefferson City to increase awareness with legislators about important state financial aid programs and bills. Thanks so much to MASFAP’s Legislative Co-Chairs and Committee for putting together talking points /MASFAP Briefs on HB 2408, HB 1273, HB 1368, HB 1723, HB 1275 and HB 1744. Check out those briefs here: MASFAP Brief – March 2018

MASFAP in Jefferson City on March 28, 2018

Thank you to all of the MASFAP Members who attended – and please be on the lookout for more opportunities and events to participate in from the Legislative Committee!

Hill Day is Tomorrow, March 28! By Keri Gilbert

Currently we have 20 MASFAP members planning to attend tomorrow’s Hill Day in Jefferson City, and we have meetings set with 12 legislators. It will be a full day as MASFAP members attending Hill Day should arrive to the Capitol by 9 a.m. First, we will watch the House or Senate, and then we have meetings scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The House Higher Education Committee will be meeting at noon, and we are meeting with one of their members as well as three members of the Senate appropriations committee. It will be a productive day! If you are interested in attending tomorrow’s Hill Day, please email Keri Gilbert at

Keri Gilbert is MASFAP’s Legislative Co-Chair

Say yes By Kayla Klein

Have you ever been asked to present a financial aid session or a training? Picture this…  You sat through a class and learned all the information… you may have been in your current job for just a few months or even a few years. You took in all the information and got nervous as the test deadline approached. And then the day finally came and you did it, you passed the test! Next thing you know, you receive an email asking if you will teach others on this topic, helping them through the credential process. You take a deep breath, and do it. You respond yes. Now what?!

 This is where I was a few short weeks ago, and I felt a sense of honor being asked to and then teaching a credential.

 I sat at my desk and wondered… Where do I even begin? What if I forget something? Then I thought, it certainly can’t be any worse than taking the actual test. So I dove into producing a 241 slide presentation on Direct Loans to make sure that I had every possible note and answer. I took my note binder everywhere with me… It made the flight to Dallas so I could prep while I was not working and it also even traveled to Kansas City so I could study in between making floral arrangements for my cousins wedding. I was prepping like crazy, like I had to retake that test.  I had to knock this out of the ball park.. or at least give it a strong left field swing. Plus, depending on how Missouri does with credentialing, it’s possible we can retake the top spot from Georgia for the state with the most credentials, which would be exciting too.

 The day came, and it was time for me to do it. I was ready. It was time to share all that I learned and all that I studied. I had the floor from 10 am in the morning until 3 pm in the afternoon. It turned out it was Pi day, so I opened the session with having attendees share a Kahoot of their favorite pie along with asking  some interesting direct loan questions.  I spent the day with peers, navigating them through the process and the tons of information I had collected and studied. My goal was to get them ready to take the Direct Loans Test. The time went way faster than I imagined, and the next thing I knew we were done, the room cleared, and it was over! I walked away feeling good about those 241 slides… and it wasn’t so bad. I realized that my prep work gave me confidence… and “I swung for the fences” that day when I presented.

 So here’s my advice to my colleagues: I encourage you to say yes when asked to present a credential, or at a conference or a training. Helping each other makes us all better! And I now have this internal  badge of honor for teaching a credential, what a great feeling.


Kayla Klein is MASFAP’s Early Awareness Committee Chair