October 25, 2017

List of Dept. of Education’s Borrower Defense Negotiators

This morning the Department of Education emailed to individuals selected for its negotiated rulemaking committee for borrower defense, and financial responsibility subcommittee, a list of all negotiators.  Here’s who the Department selected.

Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 2017-2018

Federal Negotiator

U.S. Department of Education




Annmarie Weisman




Non-Federal Negotiators


Community of Interest Primary Alternate
Students and former students




Joseline Garcia


United States Students Association



Stevaughn Bush


Howard University School of Law



Consumer advocacy organizations




Ashley Harrington

Special Assistant to the President and Counsel

Center for Responsible Lending



Suzanne Martindale

Senior Attorney

Consumers Union



Legal assistance organizations that represent students Abby Shafroth

Staff Attorney

National Consumer Law Center



Juliana Fredman

Bay Area Legal Aid



Groups representing U.S. military servicemembers or veteran Federal student loan borrowers





William Hubbard

Vice President of Government Affairs

Student Veterans of America



Walter Ochinko

Research Director

Veterans Education Success




State attorneys general and other appropriate State officials John Ellis

Principal Deputy General Counsel & Division Chief

State of Texas Office of the Attorney General



Evan Daniels

Assistant Attorney General, Government Accountability and Special Litigation Unit

Office of the Arizona Attorney General



State higher education executive officers


Position not yet filled. ED seeking recommendations.  Position not yet filled. ED seeking recommendations.
Accrediting agencies Michale McComis

Executive Director

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges



Karen Peterson Solinski

Executive Vice President

Higher Learning Commission



Financial aid administrators





Valerie Sharp

Director, Office of Financial Aid

Evangel University



Kimberly Brown

Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Des Moines University



General counsels/attorneys and compliance officers Aaron Lacey


Thompson Coburn LLP



Bryan Black




CFOs and business officers Kelli Hudson Perry

Assistant Vice President for Finance and Controller

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Dawnelle Robinson

Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration

Shaw University


Minority serving institutions





Robert Flanigan, Jr.

Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs & Treasurer

Spelman College



Lodriguez Murray

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs

United Negro College Fund



Two-year public institutions Dan Madzelan

Associate Vice President for Government Relations

American Council on Education



Barmak Nassirian

Director of Federal Policy Analysis American Association of State Colleges and Universities



Four-year public institutions







Alyssa Dobson

Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Slippery Rock University



Kay Lewis

Assistant Vice-Provost, Enrollment Executive Director of

Financial Aid and Scholarships University of Washington



Private, non-profit institutions







Ashley Ann Reich

Senior Director of Financial Aid Compliance and State Approvals

Liberty University



Gregory Jones


Compass Rose Foundation



Private, for-profit institutions with an enrollment of 450 students or less







Mike Busada

General Counsel and Vice President

Ayers Career College



Chris DeLuca

Attorney at Law

DeLuca Law LLC



Private, for-profit institutions with an enrollment of 451 students or more


Michael Bottrill


SAE Institute North America



Linda Rawles

Rawles Law



FFEL Program lenders and loan servicers Wanda Hall

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Edfinancial Services



Colleen Slattery

Federal Contract and Compliance Officer




FFEL Program guaranty agencies and guaranty agency servicers (including collection agencies)





Jaye O’Connell

Director of Collections and Compliance

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)



Sheldon Repp

Special Advisor and Counsel

National Council of Higher Education Resources




Financial Responsibility Subcommittee



Community of Interest  
Private, non-profit institutions


John Palmucci

Interim President, Chief Business Officer

Maryland University of Integrative Health




Private, for-profit institutions Jonathan Tarnow


Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP



Accrediting agencies Dale Larson

Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer

Dallas Theological Seminary



CFOs, business officers, bursars Dawnelle Robinson

Associate Vice President for Finance & Administration Shaw University



Associations or organizations that provide accounting guidance to auditors and institutions Susan M. Menditto

Director, Accounting Policy

National Association of College and University Business Officers




Certified public accountants or firms who conduct financial statement audits of Title IV participating institutions



Ronald E. Salluzzo






The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Jeffrey Mechanick

Financial Accounting Standards Board