News & Announcements
Big thanks to Kent Larson, Sharon Robinette, Mike McKendrick
and Trudy Smith who are stepping down (or moving over) after
a great year's service to our UASFAA community!
Trudy Smith, retiring UASFAA membership chairman from Southern
Utah University, comments,
"It is always nice to work on the committees of
UASFAA. It is a great experience to see and work behind
the scene. I value the friendships, new and old, that
develop by being a part of a great organization such as
Thank you to the other members of the board for the
experience and to all members of UASFAA, and I look forward
to continued association with all of you."
Elected Officers, 2004
Todd Milovich, President
began working in financial aid about nine years ago, and
in that time has held various positions in the Utah State
University Financial Aid office including counselor, assistant
director and acting associate director. Currently he is
assistant director in charge of outreach activities. Outreach
at Utah State includes the America Reads and America Counts
Programs along with a variety of special programs.
Todd's involvement with UASFAA has included presentations
at several conferences along with a term as chair of the
Professional Development Committee. He has served as a trainer
for Decentralized Training twice and was winner of the RMASFAA
Diversity Scholarship to Summer Institute.
Todd is also actively involved in education through his
musical interests. He teaches a class at Utah's Fast Forward
(an alternative high school) and is co-founder of the Free
Academy of Creative Expression (FACE) which offers creative
arts programs to underserved youth. Todd spends his off
hours teaching guitar lessons at the KSM Sound Factory in
Cristi Easton is the new President-Elect
has worked in financial aid since 1984 when she began at
the front window at Utah Technical College at Provo, now
Utah Valley State College. She joined the Salt Lake Community
College as an advisor in 1988. In 2000, she became director
of Financial Aid at SLCC. She has volunteered her time with
UASFAA, RMASFAA and NASFAA on various committees. This past
year, she was the RMASFAA Training Committee chair and was
also a neophyte instructor at RMASFAA Summer Institute.
This year she will be participating in RMASFAA as a Membership
Committee member. As a member of the NAFSAA Diversity and
Multi-Cultural Initiatives Committee, she will oversee the
Carnival of Learning for the NASFAA Conference in Minneapolis,
Cristi is currently working on her master's of organizational
management and is finding new challenges being back in school.
And yes, she is applying for student aid! She reads constantly,
listens to all kinds of music (has anyone heard of Hoobastank?),
watches movies at home and in the theaters, and loves to
crochet and cross-stitch. Christi and Dale Easton have one
daughter, Jessica, who is 14 going on 25.
Marie Daley will be serving as Associate
is the Student Loan Sales and Marketing manager for Zions
Bank. She has been with the bank since March, 2003. One
of her duties here is to maintain client relationships for
the Utah and Idaho region on behalf of Zions Bank. This
includes school visits and presentations.
She graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's
degree in family finance and debt management. After that
she worked in the Financial Aid office at the University
of Utah for one-and-a-half years as a financial aid counselor
and then for three-and-a-half-years as the program manager
for the professional schools. During her time as program
manager, she worked mostly with law and medical students.
She misses her friends at the University of Utah, but loves
her new job at Zions Bank.
Marie was born and raised in Morgan, Utah. She currently
lives in Layton with her husband and new baby. She feels
that her greatest accomplishment up to this point has been,
"giving birth to my amazing little boy."
Steve Bang begins a two-year term as
was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his
undergraduate degree in economics from BYU in 1972, and
his MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. Steve
worked for three years in the corporate office of the Kroger
Company as their Drug Store Division accounts receivable
manager, and then began his 26-year career in financial
aid. He has served students for 11 years as a BYU financial
aid counselor and for 14 years at BYU-Hawaii, as director
of their Financial Aid office and assistant dean of students.
In 2002, Steve returned to BYU's Financial Aid office where
he is currently the assistant director.
Steve and his wife, LeeAnn, enjoy their two sons and two
daughters. In his spare time, Steve speaks French and loves
to read and collect baseball cards. He is also an avid baseball
Commissioner of Higher Education
E. Kendell is Utah's new commissioner of Higher Education.
He has done it all when it comes to education. After earning
his bachelor's degree from Weber State in 1969 and receiving
a teaching certificate from the University of Utah, he began
his career as a teacher at Ogden High School. His experience
at Ogden High galvanized his love for teaching and everything
related to education. "I would just sit at my desk after
school in a state of euphoria and shake my head in disbelief
and say to myself... 'I can't believe they're paying me to
do this,'" he said. After earning his Ph.D. in education,
he worked in higher education at the University of Utah and
then served as superintendent of the Davis County School District.
Kendell's diverse experience in secondary and higher education
led to his most recent appointment as the sixth Commissioner
of Higher Education in Utah, effective 17 November 2003.
His honors and awards include the Utah Education Association
Honor Roll Award, the Davis School District Hall of Fame
Award, Utah Superintendent of the Year, Utah Educator of
the Year and Administrator of the Year. Perhaps his most
lasting honor is the Davis School District Administration
Building, built in 1997, which is now called the Richard
E. Kendell Administration Building. Kendell has served on
many local, state and national committees including the
Governor's Commission on Education and Technology, the Utah
Public Education Strategic Planning Committee, and the National
Association of Federally Impacted Schools.
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Karen Bueler – Vice-Chair of
the Publications Committee
of the American Institute of Medical & Dental Technology
is vice-chair of the Publications Committee. She will step
into the editor position January 2005.
Karen Bueler is presently the campus director for the American
Institute of Medical-Dental Technology in St. George. She
has a BS in nursing from BYU and worked early in her career
with premature infants, doing research at Stanford Medical
Center, and setting up preemie intensive care units at Good
Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
She taught nursing for a short time at the University of
Cincinnati. The next 18+ years were spent being a mother
to seven sons. She returned to the working world as manager
of a dental practice in Arizona for several years and a
large group practice in St. George before joining the American
Institute. Financial aid is a big part of what Karen does
at the Institute. She attended the RMASFAA training and
leadership in Denver this past summer and learned more about
financial aid than she thought was possible.
Burton – Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee
Jan Burton, email@example.com,
financial aid advisor at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology
College is vice-chair of the Membership Committee.
Jan was born in Ogden, Utah, is married and has four children—three
daughters and a son. "My greatest accomplishment??
Getting them through college!" Two daughters have graduated
from BYU, one from Weber State, and her son is in his first
year at USU—no wonder she is such an expert in financial
aid!! She is also a proud grandma of two.
Jan has always worked in education. After attending USU,
she was the administrative assistant for the director of
secondary education in the Weber School District. After
a few years off to raise her family, she started again as
a secretary in the Ogden-Weber Financial Aid office. She
remembers telling her husband after her first day, that
the job would suffice until something else came along. Twelve
years later, she is still learning and loving the challenge
of being in financial aid! She has served as a financial
aid specialist/advisor for 10 years. One of her primary
tasks is administrating and expanding the scholarship program.
She also tries to keep on top of the forever changing EDE
requirements and updates.
"I am looking forward to being involved with UASFAA
and getting to know many more of you!"
Hazelgren – V.P. of Professional Development Committee
Jon Hazelgren, JHazelgren@utahsbr.edu,
is currently employed at UHEAA as the manager of Borrower
Services. He was formally employed at Westminster College
in Salt Lake City where he was the associate director of
Financial Aid. He has also worked in financial aid at Salt
Lake Community College, Brigham Young University and San
Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. Jon earned an undergraduate
degree in communications and advertising from Brigham Young
University and a master's in business administration from
Westminster College with an emphasis in information resource
on our ListServ Groups
The ListServ groups below have been created for our convenience
and to help us communicate quickly and effectively with
the right groups of people.
Only people who are members of each list can send emails
to the list. Thus, all UASFAA members can use the members
list; associate members can use the associate list, proprietary
directors, the proprietary list, etc. It is the desire of
UASFAA that the ListServ be used for professional UASFAA
information only. Members should feel free to use the lists
to distribute professional information, ask for professional
input, or request professional assistance.
The lists are only as good as the e-mail addresses that
are given to us. It is important that institutions keep
the membership directory current on UASFAA’s website
In addition, institutions should e-mail Nancy Caldwell at
to notify her of personnel changes, additions or deletions
that need to be made to the lists so they can be kept as
current as possible.
UASFAA appreciates UHEAA’s continued support in making
these lists possible, as well as the assistance of Nancy
Caldwell who has entered all of the email addresses and
strives to keep it current. That has to be a job! To give
her some help, if you send an email and receive a "returned
as undeliverable" email in response, please forward
that returned email to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional research.
Another thing you could do to for your personal convenience,
is to copy and paste these ListServ addresses into the body
of an email that you send to yourself, labeled UASFAA ListServ
Address (or whatever you wish) and keep it handy for future
reference. Some folks keep theirs in their email "drafts"
folder—it’s handy, yet not taking up space in
their Inbox. The idea is to keep it accessible so you can
use it when you need it!
– UASFAA 2003 Sponsors
The following have made contributions in many ways to
help UASFAA during 2003: UHEAA,
One, Key Bank
Mae. Thanks for your kindness, generosity and support!
Their websites can be accessed by clicking on their names.