MEFA was created
thirty years ago by the state
legislature at the request of Massachusetts colleges and universities, and our
work continues to be centered on promoting the economic development of the
higher education economy in Massachusetts. At MEFA, we are committed to
increasing college access and affordability for Massachusetts families, as well
as for students enrolling at Massachusetts colleges and
your School Support Team.
Director of Public
Martha joined MEFA in 2006.
She began her tenure at MEFA by providing direction for the College Services
Team, utilizing her extensive experience in higher education with a focus on
college financing. Prior to joining MEFA she worked for ten years at Nellie Mae
and Sallie Mae in a variety of capacities. Martha began her career in admissions
at Dean College and entered financial aid at Fitchburg State University where
she was the Director of Financial Aid for five years. She also served as
Director of Financial Aid at Harvard Graduate School of Education for seven
years and as Director of Admission for two years. She also was the Director of
Student Services at MGH Institute of Health Professions where she oversaw
Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar and Registrar. Martha has been very involved
in MASFAA in numerous capacities including as a member of the Executive Council,
and a member of the Early Awareness Committee, College Goal Sunday Membership
Chair, and as Chair and presenter of the Just the FACTS Training program for new
college financial aid administrators. Martha has presented on the national,
regional and state levels on a variety of topics related to higher
Director of Community Outreach
Stephanie Wells joined MEFA in 2001 and has over 20 years of experience in the higher education financing industry. As Director of Community Outreach she is responsible for working with colleges, high schools and community based organizations to further MEFA’s public mission of educating and supporting families on the college enrollment and financing process. Stephanie is co-chair of the MASFAA Government Relations committee. In addition, she and has volunteered her time to help promote college access in the community as a member of MASFAA’s Government Relations Committee’s Financial Aid Day at the State House, FAFSA Day, MEOA’s Scholarship Committee, and The First Tee. Stephanie received her B.S. Degree in Speech Communications from Bridgewater State University and has completed graduate study for a joint Masters degree in Public Administration and Political Science at Suffolk University.
Director of Integrated Communications
Meredith joined MEFA in July of 2012. As Director of Integrated Communications, she works within the Marketing Team to provide a comprehensive curriculum of education and guidance on the college enrollment and financing process to Massachusetts families and school colleagues. Before coming to MEFA, Meredith worked in finance and undergraduate financial aid for 10 years at Boston University. She has mentored high school and college students within the Posse Foundation, Bottom Line, and the Higher Education Resource Center, and is a certified volunteer tax preparer with the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition. Meredith serves as Tri-Chair of FAFSA Day Massachusetts and is a member of MASFAA’s Just the FACTS faculty. She received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston University.
Finance Associate of Portfolio
Meg joined MEFA in 2003
as a member of the customer service team. Meg is currently part of the finance
team on the portfolio originations side. As part of loan originations, she
works closely with schools and families throughout the application and the
certification process in an effort to make the process as smooth as possible for
both families and schools. Prior to MEFA, Meg worked at State Street in the
global securities operations area. Meg received her B.A. from Denison
University and her M.B.A. from Suffolk University.
Assistant Director of
Greg joined MEFA
in 2007 as a member of the Operations team. As part of the servicing team, Greg
works closely with both ACS Servicing and MEFA families to assist with customer
service and issue resolution. Greg also works with schools and MEFA Loan
Originations to support MEFA families during the application and originations
process. Prior to MEFA, Greg worked for American Student Assistance as a member
of the lender relations team. Greg received his B.A. from The University of
Massachusetts at Boston.
Early College Planning
provides expertise related to saving, planning and paying for college to
families, colleges and universities, and other organizations around the state.
From 2003-2007 Julie coordinated the College Board’s financial aid activities in
the New England region. She previously worked for Nellie Mae and American
Express Educational Loans. She also worked for thirteen years in financial aid
at Harvard University where she was Director of Financial Aid at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education. Julie has been involved with the MASFAA in a
variety of positions and committees since 1993. Her professional positions have
given her the opportunity to present to varied audiences at many conferences and
meetings throughout the New England region. Julie has been involved with FAFSA
Day Massachusetts, the College Goal Sunday program here in the state since the
beginning. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst
and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge.
Manager of Early
MEFA in 2006 as a member of the customer service team. She currently works on
the administration of our college savings programs, the U.Plan and the U.Fund.
She works with families by helping them enroll in the U.Plan program as well as
throughout the year assisting with questions on established accounts. Angelina
presents to families across the Commonwealth on the importance of saving for
college. Prior to MEFA, Angelina worked at financial aid offices at Regis
College and the Student Financial Services office at Babson College. Angelina
received her B.A and MPA from Regis College.