Katie joined the Tuition Grants Commission as Deputy Director in 2009, after having previously worked as a financial aid administrator since 1998. Katie was promoted to Executive Director effective June 30, 2017. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Oglethorpe University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Katie is an active member of the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Administrators (SCASFAA). The Association honored her with the Emerging Leader Award in 2010 and the Achiever Award in 2016. She has served SCASFAA as President and Secretary, in addition to volunteering for and chairing a number of committees since joining in 2002. She chaired the Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference in 2016. Katie has also represented the state of South Carolina on the Executive Board of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) and continues to be an active member of that Association. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) as Secretary, and she is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In 2015, at the invitation of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Education Initiative, Katie represented the state of South Carolina at a FAFSA convening of higher education administrators from across the country, which was held at the White House.
Earl has been a member of the Tuition Grants Commission staff since April 1995. He first served as Deputy Director from 1995 until October 2008 when he was promoted to Director. Earl resigned from his position as Director effective June 29, 2017, and will be returning to the Commission to serve as the Agency’s Deputy Directory for a second time. He has worked in the financial aid profession since 1985 serving previously at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken. He served as a Journalist in the United States Navy before obtaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Zachary joined the Tuition Grants Commission in November, 2016, after working as a Financial Aid Counselor at Winthrop University since June, 2014. In this position, he functions as the first point of contact for students and families throughout the state, as well as the primary liaison to the financial aid administrators at each of the program’s participating colleges. Zachary graduated from Winthrop University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music and History. During his undergraduate studies at Winthrop, Zachary was a very active student on campus; he volunteered with the Winthrop Ambassadors, worked as an Admissions Counselor Assistant, was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society, and served as Safe Zone Student Coordinator in Student Affairs. Since joining the financial aid profession, Zachary has been an active member of the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA), serving the Association on various committees. Zachary was also elected Member-at-Large for the 2016-2017 academic year, and is the Electronic Services Committee Chair for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is also a member of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA).
Gena was employed by the Tuition Grants Commission as a temporary employee in March of 1977 as a Data Entry Operator through the co-op work study program while attending the Business Education studies Department at Spring Valley High School. As a result of her exemplary job performance, the agency hired her as a permanent employee in August of 1977. Gena has assisted with many duties of the Commission throughout the years while observing the growth in the number of Tuition Grants recipients due to the importance of a quality education. Her studies of higher learning have included accounting and marketing at Columbia College and computer programming at Midlands Technical College. Gena is an active member of, and served four years as Secretary for, the Ladies Auxilary of Lake Wateree VFW Post. She has been a member of the SC Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA) since 1993 and is enjoying the opportunities recently provided for participation in the association by serving actively on multiple annual conference committees. She accepted her current position with the Tuition Grants Commission as the fiscal Technician in 1990, a position in which she handles the financial operations of the Tuition Grants Commission, which includes communication with the State Treasurer’s Office, Comptroller General’s Office, State Budget Office, the State Auditor’s Office and financial aid officials of the participating colleges.