2021-22 Slate of Candidates

 President-Elect

Terry BlandI am Terry Bland, and I am running for the position of President-Elect for the 2021-22 academic year. I currently serve as the Director of Financial Aid at Itawamba Community College. During my tenure in the Higher Education arena which began in 1994, I have served as a student loan lender, a secondary market/servicer, and now as a Financial Aid Administrator.  I love MASFAA. I cannot say enough about this organization and what it has given to me over the years. But nothing could surpass the love and support that MASFAA's members have shown to me, Jacob, and Abby since the passing of my wife in October 2020. It just proves that this is more than a professional organization... We are truly friends and family on whom each of us can depend.

I have served as Treasurer, Vice President, and Director. I have been on practically every committee at some point or another, and I look forward to serving as your President-Elect during the upcoming year. 


Vice President

Heather Dearman

I am Heather Dearman, and I am running for the position of Vice President for the 2021-2022 academic year.  I currently serve as the Director of Financial Aid at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where I obtained my associate degree. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Mississippi State University.  I 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 transitioning to Director of Financial Aid, Perkinston Campus four years ago. I was presented with the 2019 MASFAA Rookie of the Year Award and have had the privilege to serve as MASFAA Member-At-Large for the last two years. I served on state, regional and international housing and residence life conference committees for 11 years. I love music and have played guitar for 24 years.  I also enjoy playing tennis and serve as tournament director for the MACCC whenever possible. I am active an active member of Venture Church in Wiggins, MS where I serve in the children’s ministry and have traveled to 8 countries, mostly for mission trips to reach non-Christians. I am married to Jarrod Dearman and have 2 cats, Aslan and Thackery Binks. 

Jacquelyn LeSueur

I am Jacquelyn LeSueur, and I am running for the position of Vice President  for the 2021-2022 academic year. I was born in the beautiful and historically enriched city of Holly Springs, Mississippi. Upon graduating from Holly Springs High School, I attended Mississippi State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation, I began working as an Administrative Assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to hard work and a gift for helping students, I was asked to fill a vacant Financial Aid Counselor position at UTHSC. Although I did not know much about financial aid besides what I had learned as a student at Mississippi State, this position would spark the beginning of my love and passion for financial aid. I have had the pleasure of working in many capacities within financial aid having served as the Financial Aid Coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Scholarship Counselor at Mississippi State University, and now currently serve as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the Mississippi University for Women.

I hold two degrees from Ashford University: a Master of Art in Education specializing in Higher Education and a Master of Art in Organizational Management specializing in Public Administration. I am currently obtaining my Doctor of Education with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership & Management from Walden University. I have volunteered and served in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA), and the Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). I had the honor of being selected as one of six individuals across the United States for the 2019-2020 NASFAA Diversity Leadership Program where I served as the SASFAA Representative. Currently, I serve as the 2020-2021 Diversity Chair for MASFAA and serve on the 2020-2021 SASFAA Executive Board as the Diversity Leadership Taskforce Chair who aided in the creation of the SASFAA Diversity Leadership Program that has been launched just recently.

Outside of work, I have the greatest honor of being a mom and role model to my daughters, Taylor Elizabeth (11) and Aubrey Gabriella (6). I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, working in church ministry, dance, trying new restaurants, and watching football while enjoying a crawfish boil. One of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey is: “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service and working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” For me, being able to combine my love for helping people and my passion for financial aid makes waking up each day simply amazing. When asked, “What has been the greatest part about working in financial aid over these last eight years?” I have a simple reply: “I know that I am fulfilling my purpose.”  

Treasurer-Elect

Arlisha WaltonI am Arlisha Walton, Director of Financial Aid at Rust College and I am running for the position of Treasurer-Elect for the 2021-2022 academic year. I have worked in Student Financial Services office for over 25 years and have served on MASFAA Executive board for over two years.  I am a true and dedicated leader, an enterprising person, very receptive/adaptive to changes and passionate about the work I perform.  I am confident, adaptable, and motivating, embrace challenges and have the ability to get the job done.  When not at work, I enjoy volunteering, traveling, baking, and spending time with my family. 

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Treasurer Elect and look forward to the opportunity to serve MASFAA in new way. 

 

 

Surbrina CameronI am Surbrina Cameron, and I am running for the position of Treasurer-Elect for the 2021-2022 academic year. I have worked in Financial Aid for over 16 years. I started out as a work-study in the Financial Aid Department and upon graduation became a full time employee with Southwest MS Community College. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Leo University where I majored in Accounting and an MBA from Delta State in Business Administration.

Outside of work, I have the honor of being the mother of 5 beautiful daughters ages 27, 24, 22, 16, and 7, and the Yaya of two beautiful granddaughters age 3 and 4 weeks. I have served as the Bookkeeper for my church for 13 years and a freelance photographer.

It’s an honor and privilege to be nominated for this position. 

 Secretary

Vivian Rogers-Gulledge

I am Vivian Rogers-Gulledge, and I am running for the position of Secretary for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am currently employed at Rust College where I am the Assistant Financial Aid Director and Work-Study Coordinator. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Rust College and an MBA at Bethel University. I have more than fifteen years experience with an employment history ranging from such companies as Internal Revenue Service, Federal Express, Wesco Distribution Inc., Intercontinental Group and McDonald’s. I have 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. I currently serve as the Secretary of the local NAACP, Vice President of the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals Board of Directors and Parliamentarian, for the Rust College affiliate, and also serve on the Board of Directors for The Mississippi Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as the Chair of Audit and Finance Committee.  I have been the 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. I have been married to Darryl Gulledge, the love of my life, for an amazing 33 years. And to this union, two children were born, Darryl Andrew and Kimberly Nichole. My most proud accomplishment, is that I have been gifted the title of grandma to five grandchildren, Alaysia Kierre, Kameron DeAndrew, ZaKolby Mikel, Darryl Andrew and Kali Cheyenne.

“We need to move from competitive ideation, trying to push our individual ideas, to collective ideation, collaborative ideation. It isn’t about having the number one best idea, but having ideas that come from, and work for, more people.”

---Adrienne Maree Brown, Social Justice Facilitator

Member-at-Large

Jaime MissimerI am Jaime Missimer, and I currently serve as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Pearl River Community College.  I have just over five years of experience working in a financial aid office, but over sixteen years of experience in various areas of higher education.  

My broad range of experience across all major areas of student affairs gives me a unique perspective on assisting students navigate the financial aid process. 

If elected, the position of Member-at-Large with MASFAA will be my first leadership position within a professional organization.  Previously, I completed the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy in 2019, as well as the SASFAA Leadership Symposium in 2021.  I am looking forward to contributing to the success of MASFAA and collaborating with members throughout the state.

I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management & Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans (2003) and a Master of Arts - Education with emphasis on Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University (2017).

Director

Bob WalkerI am Bob Walker, and I currently serve as a Financial Aid Counselor at Mississippi State University.  I am a retired Director of Financial Aid, most recently having been at University of Montevallo. I have served MASFAA in many capacities ranging from Treasurer to President which makes me uniquely qualified to serve as Director.  

I hold a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and an MBA from The University of Mississippi as well as a CPA license. I practiced public accounting, including conducting governmental audits including Title IV prior to becoming the Financial Aid Director at Itawamba Community College and also worked as a subcontract Banner and student aid consultant at University of Alabama Huntsville after retiring from ICC.

I maintain my membership in MASFAA, AASFAA, and NASFAA and have previously served on the Mississippi Postsecondary Education Student Aid Board.