Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chair of the Advisory Committee, was appointed in 2012 by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve a term that expires in September 2016. Dr. Harper-Marinick is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona. She provides oversight for curriculum, academic research, student affairs, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness, university relations and transfer articulation, grants development, international education, faculty professional development, high school to college pathways programs, workforce development, and small business development. She also works closely with the Chancellor in three major areas: definition and implementation of the District's strategic plan and allocation of resources; leading initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and building the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on national and local boards and advisory committees including Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, Chair; National Community College Hispanic Council, President-Elect; Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, Chair-Elect; American Association for Community Colleges' Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity; American College & University President's Climate Commitment-Academic Committee; Arizona Business and Education Coalition; Arizona Higher Education Engagement and Communication Committee for PARCC; Arizona Public Engagement Task Force; Corporate Voices Community College Advisory Board; Florence Crittenton of Arizona; Getting Ahead Arizona, Policy Review Committee; Latino Advisory Committee and CTE Advisory Committee for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy; and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona as a LASPAU-Fulbright Scholar to attend Arizona State University (ASU). She holds a PhD in educational technology and an MA in instructional media from ASU.
Ms. Roberta Johnson, Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee, was appointed in 2013 by Senator Tom Harkin to serve a term that expires in September 2016. Roberta is Director of Student Financial Aid at Iowa State University, the first land-grant institution in the United States. She has over thirty years of financial aid experience, starting her career as a Loan Secretary and advancing to positions of Administrative Secretary, Loan Counselor, Loan Coordinator, Assistant Director for Student Loans, Associate Director, and Director. She has held the title of director since 2003. Her involvement in the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Direct Student Loan Coalition includes active participation in committees, leadership roles, and conference presentations. Roberta has a BS in Home Economics Education, a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Counselor Education all from Iowa State University.
Ms. Deborah Stanley was appointed by the Speaker of the House in 2010 to serve a term that expires in 2014. Ms. Stanley currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid Services at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. She was previously the Director of Financial Aid at the oldest historically black university in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country, Bowie State University, located in Bowie, Maryland. Ms. Stanley has more than 20 years of financial aid experience in both the private and public sectors. Over her career in financial aid, she has served in many capacities, including financial aid counselor, assistant director, and associate director at the University of Baltimore. She is an active member of DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Ms. Stanley received her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in administrative management from Bowie State University.
Mrs. Sharon Wurm was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2010 to serve a term that expires in 2014. Mrs. Wurm has had a lengthy career in student financial aid, and in June of 2011 rejoined the staff at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) as the Director of Financial Aid. In her current position, she oversees financial aid, scholarships, student employment, and veterans educational services. Mrs. Wurm has 22 years of experience in financial aid with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), most recently working for five years at the NSHE System Administration Office as Director of Financial Aid. Prior to working at the System Administration Office, she worked for ten years at TMCC and for seven years at the University of Nevada, Reno, all in financial aid. In addition to her financial aid responsibilities, she serves as the campus-wide functional co-lead for TMCC’s PeopleSoft system, as the Nevada State Liaison for Complete College America, and as a member of the Nevada Statewide ACT Council. She is a member of several financial aid associations, and volunteers with the local Boys & Girls Club, helping low-income youth access college and apply for financial aid and scholarships, as well as serving as a mentor under their “Be Great Graduate” program. Mrs. Wurm holds an MS in counseling and educational psychology and a BS in business administration (computer information systems emphasis), both from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been married for 28 years to her husband Mike, and they have two children, Megan, a college freshman, and Zach, a high school sophomore. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to sporting events, and is an avid reader.
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance
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