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IFA: Faculty

 

Kathy Anderson
Director of Financial Assistance
Bentley University

Kathy has been at Bentley since December 2016, but has been in financial aid since 1992 when she started as a counselor at the University of Georgia. Kathy moved back to New England in 1997 to be the Director of Financial Aid at Suffolk University Law School.  From there she transitioned over to the financing side of financial aid, working at both Access Group and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). At MEFA she learned not just about paying for college, but also about college savings vehicles. She likes to say she has a 360-degree view of college financing. After realizing that she missed working with students, she got back into the college side of financial aid in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

At Bentley Kathy manages a staff of 14 and a financial aid budget over $75 million. She is also very involved with professional associations. She was the president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) from 2014-15, has chaired a number of committees, and has served as faculty for the MASFAA Boot Camp. She has also been active on the national level participating on a National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) task force and in the NASFAA’s Advocacy Pipeline.

Kathy has an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. She has also literally just completed the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Certificate in Enrollment Management through Bay Path University. Kathy lives in Belmont, MA with her husband and son.

 

Michael T. Albano

Michael T. Albano
Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
Wesleyan University

Michael T. Albano has worked at Wesleyan University since 2015. He began his career in financial aid in 2005 after being a work-study student in the financial aid office at his undergraduate institution or three years. Prior to joining Wesleyan Michael served in a variety of progressively responsible roles at Bay Path University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Amherst College.

Michael is active in various capacities within state (CAPFAA & MASFAA) and national professional associations. He currently serves as a member of the New England Regional Council of the CollegeBoard and is the Regionally Elected Representative to the CollegeBoard’s CSS/Financial Assistance Assembly. Michael is also a graduate of the CollegeBoard Enrollment Leadership Academy (ELA) and is a very proud graduate of the Institute on Financial Aid.

Michael has over thirteen years of professional financial aid experience. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Western New England University, Master of Education in Higher Education & Counseling from Springfield College, and is currently completing his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University.

In his spare time Michael is an avid traveler, fan of all things Broadway, cook/baker, and loves playing tennis.

 

Bonnie Lee Behm

Bonnie Lee Behm
Director of Financial Assistance
Villanova University

Bonnie Lee Behm is currently employed at Villanova University where she has worked since 1999. She began her career in higher education in 1978 as an Admission Counselor at Thomas Jefferson University and after 3 years in that capacity moved to Financial Aid and has remained in Financial Aid since that time.  After serving in a variety of progressively responsible roles in the Office of Financial Aid at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Allied Health Sciences, she was eventually promoted to Director of Financial Aid/Associate Director of Student Affairs and Services.  She left Jefferson in 1997 to oversee the Banner implementation at Swarthmore College as Banner Project Director.  In 1999, she moved to Villanova University as an Associate Director and eventually was promoted to Director in 2001.  She also served part-time as St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for ten years while at Villanova.

Bonnie was active in PASFAA serving in a variety of volunteer opportunities including Conference Committee, Hotline Chair, Secretary, Government Relations Committee and then was elected President of the Association.  She also was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for PASFAA.  She also was active in EASFAA serving on their Conference Committee and NASFAA serving on their Best Practices Symposium, Leadership Development Training and Conference Committee.  More recently she has been active in College Board activities serving as a representative to the Middle States Regional Council (2004-2007) and FASSAC (2014 -2017) and has been asked to rejoin FASSAC starting in the fall of 2018.

Bonnie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Thomas Jefferson University and her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Bonnie and her husband Bill live in Philadelphia but spend every weekend during the summer/fall at the Jersey shore enjoying the beach and an occasional round or two of golf. She is also on the Board of Director for her former high school, St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls.

 

Michele R Kosboth

Michele R Kosboth
Director, Student Financial Planning
Lasell College

Michele has been in financial aid since she was a graduate associate in the financial aid office at Ohio University while studying for her Masters in Education from 1989-1991, back in the dark ages of paper FAFSA forms and Pell grant payment forms that had to have the bubbles filled in before mailing them to CPS.  It was at that time that she discovered that the profession offered her the opportunity to put her psychology degree to work while helping people navigate the complicated world of financial aid, without the pesky commitment to years of therapy being a therapist would involve. It allows her to be creative within the boundaries of federal, state and institutional regulations and policies. From there she went on to work for a 2 year community college, two selective private colleges and for the last 14 years has been the director at Lasell College, a small, private college in Newton MA with an undergraduate population of 1600 and graduate population of 400. She has a staff of two people besides herself, which means she has a chance to literally do every aspect of financial aid processing. She also employs several work study students each year. She is proud to say that in her years in the profession she has managed to convert several of those work study students into full-fledged financial aid professionals, including a Business major, a Fashion Design major, a Criminal Justice major and an English major. She has her sights set on her current work study student as the next convert, although he may not yet be aware of his destiny. Training is one of her favorite aspects of the job.


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