2022-23 Slate of Candidates

President-Elect

Heather Dearman

Hello MASFAA! I am Heather Dearman, candidate for President-Elect.  I have served as MASFAA Vice President for the past year (2021-22) and also served as MASFAA Member-At-Large from June 2019 until June 2021.  It is an honor to run for the President-Elect position for MASFAA because I have seen first hand the impact this association has on our profession.  It would be a privilege to be able to continue serving this state by bringing more opportunities for my financial aid colleagues to grow in their knowledge and passion for our profession.  The relationships I have made through MASFAA are ones that I hold in high regard and I hope to continue to meet new financial aid colleagues to call on to learn and grow from in my own professional development.

I am currently the Director of Financial Aid at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus and George County Center. I have served in that role for five years.  Prior to my time in financial aid, I worked in Residence and Student Life and Conduct at MGCCC, The Florida State University and Mississippi State University for thirteen years.  I hold an associate’s degree from MGCCC, a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University.  I am very active in my church, Venture Church in Wiggins, MS serving in the children’s ministry.  I love to travel and attend live music events as much as possible.  I am married to Jarrod Dearman and we have two spoiled cats, Aslan and Thackery Binks.

I would appreciate your vote for MASFAA President-Elect!

Vice President

My name is Clate Holleman, and I am running for Vice President. I've been the Financial Aid Director at Holmes Community College since August of 2019. Prior to Holmes, I worked at the Belhaven University Financial Aid Department for about four years. Then before Belhaven, I worked in the Ole Miss Financial Aid Department for about three years first as a Work-Study student then as a Financial Aid Advisor.  

I attended Ole Miss for undergraduate and graduate school and completed my doctorate degree (Ed. D) at Ole Miss in 2020. My dissertation explored the relationship between cumulative GPA and receipt of the MS-HELP Grant among graduating seniors at the University of Mississippi.   

I've been married to my wife Virginia since 2016 and we have two sons, John who is 4 years old and Ben who is 18 months old. I've enjoyed being a MASFAA member since my time at Ole Miss and am honored to be able to serve as MASFAA Vice President. 

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to serve MASFAA.

Director

LaShanda Chamberlain began her financial aid career in 1994 as a college work-study student at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.   After graduating, she moved to a full-time position in the financial aid office.  She has held various positions in the financial aid office before becoming the Director of Financial Aid at the Jackson County campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2004.  In 2018, she returned to the Jefferson Davis campus where she currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid (now known as the Harrison County campus). 

She is served both her state and regional financial aid associations in various capacities.  She has served MASFAA, Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, in various capacities in the past including Diversity Chair 2004-2005, Vice President for Training 2005-2006, MASFAA Fall Trainer in 2006, MASFAA Conference Committee Chair 2007-2008, MASFAA Member-at-Large 2011-2013, Legislative Chair 2019-2020 & 2020-2021.  She has served SASFAA, Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as a member of the Diversity Committee 2004-2005 & 2006-2007; member of the Legislative Committee 2018-2019 & 2020-2021; and a New Aid Officer Workshop Instructor 2020-2021 & 2021-2022. In addition, LaShanda has also served as a presenter at MASFAA’s annual conferences & FA 101 training workshops in the past. 

LaShanda is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, Class of 2005; the SASFAA Leadership Symposium, March 2006; the Midsouth Community College Fellowship Program in 2006; Mississippi Gulf Coast Leadership Experience 2010-2011; and the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy 2017-2018.  In addition, LaShanda has served on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Making Strides Against Breast Cancer committee since 2020.

LaShanda holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Business Administration from William Carey University & a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

In her spare time, LaShanda enjoys spending time with her family & close friends.  She is an avid sports fan with football being her favorite sport.  She is a proud member of the Who Dat Nation & a huge LSU fan, GEAUX SAINTS & GEAUX TIGERS!!!

 

Lekeisha Murry Hibbler is currently the Director of Financial Aid and School Certifying Official for VA at Northwest Mississippi Community in Senatobia, Mississippi. Originally from Wisconsin, Lekeisha moved to the south in 2011. She has been in Higher Education and Financial Aid for over 14 years. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in Illinois, Tennessee, and Mississippi. She is currently a member of the Mississippi Associations of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA). She is very passionate about helping students complete the financial aid process and gain the knowledge needed to succeed. Lekeisha has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at The University of Southern Mississippi and will graduate in July 2022. In her spare time, Lekeisha enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with her family and their puppy Hibb. Lekeisha resides in Olive Branch, MS with her husband Marco and two sons Ketrick and Kayveon.