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Collaborating to Create the Perfect Recipe for Success

Tarik J. Boyd, VASFAA President

 Greetings VASFAA!

I hope this letter finds you all doing well this summer and gearing up for fall registration as disbursement time awaits us! We had an unusually cold winter, let’s see what the remainder of the summer will bring.

I am excited to serve as your 2014-15 VASFAA President and proudly bring your greetings on behalf of the Board, Committee Chairs, and Volunteers for this year.  As President, I hope to “Collaborate to Create the Perfect Recipe for Success” with our Federal and State Government, Institutions, and Development Partners. 


I’ve already had a busy summer working toward this goal and I want to update you on some of my travels.  I met with the VASFAA Board and Committee Chairs in Roseland, Virginia at the Wintergreen Resort and we had a productive transitional board meeting.  I also traveled to sunny Florida for SASFAA’s annual transition retreat in St. Pete Beach at the Tradewinds Resort.  This was a really informative meeting where the Regional and State leaders came together to brainstorm and set goals for the upcoming year. A few short weeks later was the NASFAA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee at the Omni Music City Center. I enjoyed the conference as I networked with our colleagues and kept abreast of the ever changing regulations that govern us.  


While I’ve been busy, I’m not the only one at VASFAA working hard this summer!  As regulations change, be on the lookout for VASFAA’s professional development opportunities delivered by your 2014-15 Conference Chair (Vera Riddick) and Non-Conference Chair (Katie Garlow). Katie has already begun working on another exciting Fall Workshop at Liberty University (dates forthcoming).  Also, the Secondary School Relations Chairs (Dr. Pam Rambo and Debra Johnson) are hard at work securing sites for our annual High School Guidance Counselors Workshops. Stay tuned for more information regarding the event. 


Last, but not least, the Electronic Services committee is hard at work as well, with a recent upgrade to Wild Apricot - be on the look out for a VASFAA web page face lift by our Electronic Service Chair (Jane Moore). Also, for all of our creative members out there, please submit any suggestions for a new VASFAA logo to or


Keep in mind, all of these exciting upcoming events are not possible without our wonderful and dedicated volunteers.  I am thankful to be a part of an organization that promotes volunteerism and offers training opportunities to its members. I offer a sincere thank you to those of you who have already offered or committed your time.  If you haven’t already reached out to me to join a committee and volunteer, please do so! 


It is my privilege to provide you with the team of members that will be serving on the VASFAA Board for the 2014-15 year:


2014-15 VASFAA Executive Board Members:


Tarik Boyd

ECPI University

President Elect

Michael Farris

Randolph College

Past President

Ashley Reich

Liberty University


Kesha Wilson

Norfolk State University


Rick Gardner

James Madison University

Treasurer Elect

Mary Jean Sullivan

Hollins University


Patrice Johnson

Norfolk State University

Rep-at-Large/Information Services

Paul Farrar

SW VA Higher Ed Center

Rep-at-Large/Organizational Services

Chad Sartini

VA Western Community College

Rep-at-Large/Outreach Services

Heather Hollandsworth

Ferrum College


2014-15 VASFAA Committee Chairs:


Holly Rison

Randolph-Macon College


Paula Craw



Tierney McAuley


Budget & Finance

John Brandt

Southern Virginia University


Vera Riddick

Old Dominion University

Development Partners

Nanette White

Sallie Mae

Electoric Services

Jane Moore

George Mason Univesity


Mike O'Grady


Fund Manager

Vern Fairchilds

Life Member VASFAA

Government Relations

Chad Sartini

VA Western Community College


Biz Daniel

Great Lakes


Keshia Woodous

Hampton University


Shaune Gregg

Bryant & Stratton College

New Century

Matthew Chambers

Germanna Community College

Non-Conference Training

Katie Garlow

Liberty University

Public Relations

Stephanie Walden

Old Dominion University

SCHEV Liasion

Lee Andes


Secondary School Relations

Pamela Rambo

Rambo Research

Secondary School Relations

Debra Johnson

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Site Selection

Casey Wallen

American Student Assistance

Special Appointee

Melissa Barnes

Norfolk State University

Strategic Planning

Lisa Tumer

James Madison Univeristy


I am thoroughly excited about the collaboration that has taken place thus far in VASFAA, and I am confident that there are more exciting things to come. I look forward to working with and hearing from each of you.


In closing, thank you for your vote of confidence by electing me as your VASFAA President and for your part in “Collaborating for Success”!




Tarik J. Boyd

VASFAA President 2014-15

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