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Tuesday, October 23rd at 12:00pm
The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold who will cover Staying Motivated in Times of Change. This motivational session will include principles of Challenge Management, including awareness, positive energy, creative solutions, stable goals and flexible plans, failing forward, thinking, and resilience.

Dr. Shaunna†Payne†Gold†is the Associate Director for Assessment Programs and Student Development in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education at the University of Maryland. Dr. Gold is a native of Southern Virginia. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University, a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis on Campus Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University, and a Doctor of Education degree from The George Washington University in higher education administration. In addition to her dissertation topic, "The Spiritual Development of Nonheterosexual Undergraduates," Dr. Gold also enjoys research concerning service learning, underrepresented student subcultures, first generation college students, and doctoral student support.

Dr. Gold is currently a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University in the Educational Leadership Masterís program. She is the former Director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center and co-director of the Student Transition Program at the University of Mary Washington. Dr. Gold also served as a campus minister at the University of Virginia.

Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00am
Have breakfast and learn about EASFAA from Sam Veeder, President of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Sam Veeder, Associate Dean of College Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid at University of Rochester, will provide an update on whatís happening at the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, including Tuesdays @ 2 webinars, other EASFAA training and professional development events, and volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30am
NASFAA Update from Justin Draeger, President and CEO of NASFAA.

NASFAA is the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C., and the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators in all sectors of post-secondary education. No other national association serves the needs of the financial aid community better or more effectively.

Justin Draeger is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justinís career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities.

Wednesday, October 24th at 11:15 to 12:15pm
Justin Draeger, President & CEO of NASFAA, and Brett Lief, Chief Strategic Advisor for Higher Education and Government Sectors, Windham Professionals will join NYSFAAA in a discussion on advocacy.

This session will feature panelists who have extensive experience in advocating for programs, policies and funding with Congress. With a new Congress taking office this past January and Reauthorization on the horizon, we will hear what these experts have to say about challenges and potential opportunities working in this environment. Panelists will also discuss the distinctions between advocacy and lobbying as it relates to the tax exempt status of individual institutions as well as professional associations. Registrants will come away from the session with information that will help them in engaging in their own advocacy with elected officials.

Brett Lief has†35 years of experience in higher education at the school, finance and association level.†He was a Board member and Strategic Advisor for the National Student Loan Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. For 16 years, Brett served as the President of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs and as a Vice President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of New Jerseyís Department of Higher Education and was a Board member of the National College Access Network. Brett began his professional career as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Monmouth College and Director at Brookdale Community College. Brett has a BS from the University of Wisconsin.

Justin Draeger is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Since 2002, Justin has been engaged in either administering, interpreting, communicating, or developing student financial aid policy. His prior experiences include working as a financial aid director, regulatory and policy analyst, and spokesperson. He has held senior positions overseeing government relations, communications, and policy work.