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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 universities. 


Meet your School Support Team. 



College Outreach and Community Relations 




Martha Savery 

Director of Public Affairs 

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 education. 




Stephanie L. Wells 

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. 




Meredith Barnhart 

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.  



Loan Operations 




Meg Villavicencio 

Finance Associate of Portfolio Originations 

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. 




Greg Hargrave 

Assistant Director of Portfolio Servicing 

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. 




Saving and Early College Planning, U.Plan, U.Fund, Workplace Education 





Angelina Mancini 

Manager of Early College Planning 

Angelina joined 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. 



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