Professional Development & Training Committee


The Professional Development & Training Committee is planning on a number of timely workshops as needed by the entire MASFAA Community. With budgets tightening across the board, one overall goal of our committee is to be responsive to the training needs of our colleagues. PD&T will work closely with other committees to maximize training opportunities and minimize expenses for the upcoming year. PD&T, including MASFAA’s Leadership Academy and Just the FACTS, will provide comprehensive training for all professional development levels and be the foundations for training events in Massachusetts.

Special Note

Please be aware that you must be a MASFAA member in order to participate in these events (except the Support Staff Workshop). We encourage you to establish/renew your membership by clicking: Establish/Renew Membership

Non-MASFAA members who register for an event will be expected to pay the $50 membership fee on the day of the event.

PD & T Master Training Calendar

  • Just the Facts – 9/27/17, 10/4/17, 10/11/17, 10/25/17, 11/1/17
  • Tax Workshop – TBD
  • Support Staff Workshop – TBD


The Committee is composed of three appointed Co-Chairpersons as well as volunteer committee members.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Create a diverse and nurturing learning environment for the MASFAA membership
  2. Effectively manage PD & T budget
  3. Maintain our commitment to excellence through consistent & relevant training and educational outreach efforts
  4. Continually seek out feedback from the MASFAA membership (Executive Council, other committees and the membership at large)
  5. Take greater advantage of regional and national training resources

Committee Members

Julie Lawton
Cognition Financial/ SunTrust

Lauren Sullivan
Bentley University

Beth Feinberg Keenan
Bright Horizons College Coach

Nicole Cunningham
College of the Holy Cross

Ken Korzeniowski
Northeastern University

Colin Kelly
Northeastern University

Erin Hanlon
Laboure College

Christina Coviello
Boston University

Maureen Fagen
Sallie Mae

Kristin Hawley-Johnson
Sallie Mae

Susan Sullivan
North Shore Community College

Meredith Stover
Babson College

Somaly Heang
Babson College

Despina Lambropoulos
Northern Essex Community College

Jennifer Muldowney
Bay State

Just the Facts! Subcommittee


Educating new members of the Financial Aid Profession.


The subcommittee is chaired by three tri-chairs and is comprised of volunteer committee members.


1. Recruit active, enthusiastic members of MASFAA who have extensive experience in financial aid to serve as faculty for the program.

2. Plan and administer a planning workshop for approximately 15 faculty members/presenters.

3. Provide NASFAA Core materials and the previous year’s MASFAA Just the Facts Power Point slides to each presenter. These materials will be used to create customized and updated presentations following the NASFAA module topics.

4. Plan the training series to occur over a 5-week time span. Sites must be as accessible as possible, ideally including access to public transportation. Student trainees should have no more than 2 years’ experience in financial aid. Students are responsible for attending the sessions, reading the NASFAA material in advance, and reviewing whatever other material and assignments are provided by the faculty.

5. Announce the workshop series to the MASFAA membership; anticipated participation not to exceed 40.

6. Faculty and students receive free e-copies of the NASFAA CORE Training Modules, giving them access to a major compendium of information.

7. Collect evaluations after each session and plan an end-of-the-year debriefing for faculty of the program.

8. The MASFAA Just the Facts program is not a replacement for NASFAA University. It is a complement to that program, providing personal networking and learning in a personal interactive learning environment.

Annual Committee Reports

Committee Members