Nominations & Election

A few years ago my phone rang and on the other end of the line was Lisa Hopper, who at the time was SWASFAA’s past-president.   To my surprise she asked if I was interested in throwing my hat in the ring to run for SWASFAA’s president-elect.  Surely, I did not hear her correctly.  “Oh, boy, how could I be qualified?”    Way out of my comfort zone, like way out-in-left-field.   I took a huge leap of faith and said, “yes”

Looking back, I’m glad that I took the leap.  Having the opportunity to meet our SWASFAA members was definitely the highlight of 2016.  There is a reason why SWASFAA is a great organization, our members.  As president, I received tremendous support from past presidents, prior board members, and of course current board members.  Everyone “had my back”. Taking that leap of faith in spring of 2014 provided me not only tremendous professional growth, but a lifetime of wonderful memories.

If you’ve thought about becoming involved with the SWASFAA board,  please consider throwing your hat in the ring for one of the following positions:

  • President-Elect (Three year commitment)
  • Secretary (Two year commitment)
  • Oklahoma Delegate-At-Large (Two year commitment)
  • Texas Delegate-At-Large (Two year commitment)

The on-line Officer Nomination Form is available at the SWASFAA’s home page.  If you know a member who is interested in serving, but is shy about nominating herself/himself, please nominate her/him.  Of course, it would be a good idea to confirm with the member of her/his willingness to be nominated 🙂

If you have any questions about the commitment requirements for the open positions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any prior board member.   I have no doubt that current and prior board members will gladly share their experience.

Deadline for submission of nominations is June 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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About Janell Valdez

I'm honored to be the 2016 SWASFAA president! Financial aid has always been a part of my life. Starting as a work-study student at Washburn University in Topeka, KS to my current position as Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center, I've considered exiting this awesome profession. I look forward to meeting our SWASFAA members throughout the year at state conferences and of course the annual conference in Oklahoma City.

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