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2019-2020 MASFAA Slate of Candidates

Good Morning MASFAA!

The Nominations Committee would like to present to you the slate of candidates for 2019-2020.

The slate is listed below.  Electronic voting will begin after opening session on June 19, 2019 and close the following afternoon, June 20, 2019.  An email will be sent when voting is open.  Procedures for voting can be found in Policies and Procedures manual posted on the MASFAA website.  An email will be sent out to the membership when voiting is offically opened.

The MASFAA Board would like to thank each of the nominees for their willingness to serve MASFAA!


President-Elect  -Renotta Shed

Vice President – Danny Thompson

Treasurer-Elect – Arlisha Walton, Katherine Stroup and Kimberly Mott

Secretary –  Vivian Gulledge and Gina Bray

Member-at-Large – Heather Dearmen

Director –Paul McKinney and Brenda Pittman

Candidate Bios:

President-Elect Candidate – Renotta Shed

Renotta Shed is a Program Administrator with the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. She is the proud mother of two children. She holds an associate degree in Office Systems Technology from East Mississippi Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Jackson State University. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and church on her spare time.  Renotta delights in helping students receive financial assistance and any information needed, to attend college and become successful. She has worked in higher education for 15 years and looks forward to being an addition to the MASFAA family.

Vice President Candidate – Danny Thompson

Danny Thompson is from Brandon, MS. He currently serves as Asst. Director of State Outreach in the Jackson Get2College Center. He holds a BS degree from Belhaven University (Computer Science). Danny has worked at Get2College for 8 years and enjoys helping students and parents navigate the entire college process. Danny is also a member of MASFAA, SACAC, and MCA!


Arlisha Walton is currently employed at Rust College as the Director of Financial Aid.  That doesn’t mean her job ends there.  “You’re so many things to the students.  You’re a mother, father, counselor, and mentor.  Students confide in you, and you have to earn their trust.

Arlisha has been in financial aid for over 20 years and loves helping students navigate the often labyrinthine world of financial aid.  Arlsiha has a specialty; it is helping students tap into overlooked sources of aid, including state and institutional grants for which they might consider themselves ineligible. Among the greatest challenges, is getting students and families to recognize the value of completing the forms properly and on time.  Arlisha served as Treasure for four years for The Desoto Central high school band.  She also serves as Education Ministry Leader and Youth Advisory Board at Brown Baptist Missionary Church.

“Be a blessing to someone today and leave a positive lasting impression”


Kimberly Mott is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at East Central Community College and Loan Counselor.  She began her career with ECCC in 1997 in the Alumni and Development Office. She then left to teach in the private school system and as adjunct instructor for MCC and ECCC for five years. She returned to ECCC in 2002 in the Financial Aid office dealing mainly with work study and the Pell grant. After four and one half years, she transferred to the Workforce Development office where she became the Marketing Specialist for eight years. She then returned to the Financial Aid office in 2014 where she began her current position.

She earned her A.A. Degree from Meridian Community College, her B.S. from Mississippi State University, and her M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also earned eleven different credentials from NASFAA University.

She is currently serving on the MASFAA Conference Committee.

Kimberly resides in Hickory, Mississippi with her husband John of almost 23 years and they have three children, Jacob 21, Joshua 18, and Jesslyn 8.


It is an honor and privilege to run as MASFAA’s Treasurer-Elect. I want to thank the Nominations Committee for considering me for this position.

My educational pursuits began in accounting. I received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Delta State University. I then completed a Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy at Delta State. After completing my degrees, I accepted a position as the Financial Aid Office Manager at my alma mater. Knowing I wanted to do more to help students, I accepted a Counselor position within our office. Today, I am now working as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Delta State where I counsel students and parents on Verification requirements, Federal Stafford & PLUS loans, and Alternative loans.

As MASFAA’s Treasurer-Elect, I will strive for best practice in my accounting duties, and also work to enhance my relationships among my fellow MASFAA members.

 SECRETARY CANDIDATE – Vivian Rogers-Gulledge

Vivian Rogers-Gulledge is currently employed at Rust College and works as the Assistant Financial Aid Director and Work-Study Coordinator. Vivian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Rust College and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Bethel University. Mrs. Gulledge adds fifteen years + experience to the office with an employment history ranging from such companies as Internal Revenue Service, Federal Express, Wesco Distribution Inc., Intercontinental Group and McDonald’s. She has worked very closely with the Marshall County School System serving as PTA President at a county high school, being a strong advocate for public education. She currently serves as the Secretary of the local NAACP, and Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals and serves as Long Range Planning, Chair, for the Rust affiliate. She also serves as Youth Director at St. Paul M.B. Church for more than fifteen (15) years and a volunteer to the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum as an Administrative Assistant. Vivian has been married to Darryl Gulledge the love of her life 32 years. And to this union, two children were born, Darryl Andrew and Kimberly Nichole. She has been gifted with the title of grandma of which she proclaims as her most proud accomplishment to four grandchildren, Alaysia Kierre, Kameron DeAndrew, ZaKolby Mikel and Darryl Andrew.

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford


Gina Bray, Northeast Mississippi Community College, I have been a member of MASFAA since 2012, since becoming a member I have worked on several committees. I have also served as member-at-large serving on the executive board. I love MASFAA and have enjoyed everything that I have been a part of involving MASFAA.

Director Candidate – Paul McKinney

I have been in financial aid for 23 years and currently serve as the Director of Financial Aid at Mississippi State University. I am a past member of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. I have been married for 22 years and my wife and I have two sons. Our oldest son currently attends the University of New Mexico and our youngest son is in the Air Force.

Director Candidate – Brenda Pittman

To my MASFAA colleagues, thank you for considering me for the position of Director.  It is truly an honor.  I am the Associate Director of Financial Aid at William Carey University where I have worked for 28 years starting out as Administrative Assistant.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership both from William Carey.

I have been a member of MASFAA for 28 years and SASFAA for 14 years.  During this time I have served on the MASFAA Conference Committee numerous times, the High School Relations Committee, and State Aid Committee.  I served as your Secretary and Archives Chair for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and as MASFAA’s Vice-President and Chair of the Training Committee for 2013-2014 and 2016-2017.  My service has been an enjoyable experience that I will never forget.  When you join MASFAA, you become part of an enormous family that cares way beyond the Financial Aid office. I have gained lasting friendships with people that I know I can go to if a problem arises and for this I am truly thankful.  It’s a great feeling to know that you are just a phone call, email or text message away if I have a question or problem.  I have also served on several SASFAA committees and moderated numerous sessions.

As I have stated before, I took a job in the Financial Aid office because I needed a job at the time.  However, it didn’t take me long to realize that I had found what I was supposed to do with my life.  I fully believe financial aid is a calling. The world of financial aid can be so frustrating at times with our ever changing regulations but, it is so rewarding for a student to drop by just to say thanks or even years later just to let you know they are achieving their dreams and feel that you helped them along the way. My husband, Fred and I live in Ellisville.

MASFAA is a great organization and as we look to the future, I ask that you allow me to serve you again as Director.  Thanks again to the MASFAA membership.

Member-at-Large Candidate – Heather Dearman

  • Associate’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in PR from Southern Miss
  • Master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Mississippi State University.
  • She worked in housing and conduct at The Florida State University before coming back to MGCCC to work in Residence and Student Life for 9 years. She transitioned to Director of Financial Aid, Perkinston Campus two years ago.
  • Heather has served on state, regional and international housing and residence life conference committees for 11 years.
  • Heather loves music and has played guitar for 22 years.
  • She has traveled to 8 countries, mostly for mission trips to reach non-Christians.
  • She is a member of Venture Church in Wiggins, MS where she serves as team leader for the children’s ministry.
  • She is married to a MGCCC police officer, Jarrod Dearman and they have 2 cats, Aslan and Thackery Binks.


Nominate Colleagues for MASFAA Awards by March 20th

Good afternoon MASFAA Family!

Each year, MASFAA recognizes outstanding members and other higher education stakeholders for their achievements and contributions to the financial aid community, students & families, and/or MASFAA!

Nominations for the following awards are now being accepted:

Jack Woodward Award  (All individuals being nominated must be a current member of MASFAA)

Honorary Lifetime Membership (Nominees cannot be current members of MASFAA)

Award winners will be announced at our annual conference held at the beautiful Pearl River Resort, June 13-15, 2018.

Thanks to each of you in advance for your nominations!



Stacy N. Walker, M.B.A., C.P.F.M.

Associate Director of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi Medical Center

2017/2018 MASFAA President

2500 N. State St.

Jackson, MS 39216

T: 601-984-1117  F: 601-984-6984



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