Financial Aid Team

The Financial Aid Office of Truckee Meadows Community College is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals who are committed to providing the best service possible. You may contact any of our team members who will be glad to assist you. See the directory below for more information about each team member.

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Leslie Anne Jia

Leslie Jia

Director

Provides leadership, and using best practices, designs, develops and delivers a comprehensive and efficient array of financial aid services in support of the College's mission, core themes and strategic initiatives. The position contributes to the strategic enrollment goals of the College and ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal financial aid regulations. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Program Director for Student Services Systems

Coordinates all technical aspects of department, including electronic communication with U.S. Department of Education, PC maintenance and set-up, software installations and upgrades, report generation. Acts as department liaison with NSHE Computing Services Center and TMCC Information Technology staff. Monitors electronic financial aid processes including packaging and disbursement. Serves as PeopleSoft functional expert for Student Services. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

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Kelly Brisbois

Admin Assistant 2

Serves as receptionist, answering phones and providing general financial aid information to students. Supervises Financial Aid student workers.

Debra Buringrud

Debra Buringrud

Student Loan Coordinator

Manages student loan programs, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Parent PLUS Loans, Private Education Loans and Emergency Book Loans. Monitors, packages, processes and disburses student loan monies to students.  Processes Return to Title IV Funds, Ward of the Court and other dependency override documents. Counsels students regarding financial aid and assists with default prevention procedures.

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Susan Elbe

Financial Aid Coordinator for Special Populations and Veterans Advisor

Serves as liaison between Financial Aid and Academic Advisement. Main financial aid contact for Success First/Summer Bridge students, students with disabilities and students in the GRS cohort. Processes Consortium agreements and income reviews. Serves as financial aid representative at orientation/advisement workshops, counsels students with regard to financial aid. Serves as Veterans advisor.

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Kelvin Howell

Coordinator

Monitors office compliance with institutional, state and federal regulations. Oversees verification and return to Title IV funds processes. Monitors incoming ISIRs and reviews as necessary. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

Ashley Juvera

Ashley Juvera

Admin Assistant 4

Performs verification duties such as reviewing submitted documents, contacting students if additional documentation is required, reaching out to students who have not enrolled and who have not submitted verification documents. Advises students and parents regarding aid eligibility and application status, calculates applicable charges, and reconciles accounts as well as providing customer service at the front counter.

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Valerie Lambert

Program Officer for Student Employment

Responsible for all aspects of work study, including federal, state and community service work study. Packages, monitors and disburses work study funds. Oversees student employment payroll processing. Manages the Regents Award Program and Federal Work Study Literacy Program at TMCC. Coordinates the financial aid appeal process and counsels students with regard to financial aid.

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Cindy Martin

Admin Assistant 4

Shari Mathiesen

Shari Mathiesen

NSHE Specialist 2

Performs default prevention and debt management activities. Coordinates letters, email and phone communication with current and previous borrowers. Assists the Student Loan Coordinator in processing student loans, emergency loans, and aids students with loan issues. Manages the Financial Literacy and Money Education by Students (FLAMES) program.

Elisabeth Saldana

Elisabeth Saldana

Financial Aid Coordinator for Scholarships and Outreach

Coordinates the TMCC Foundation and Financial Aid Scholarship program, TMCC Americorp, WICHE grants, homeless youth and Tribal scholarships. Responsible for providing a variety of general services to students and potential students of TMCC. Represents TMCC at outreach events and presents information on admission to the College, obtaining financial assistance to attend college, and program offerings available at TMCC. Maintains department Financial Aid Office's web content, and counsels students with regard to financial aid.

Sharon Wurm

Sharon Wurm

Executive Director

Oversees Financial Aid, Scholarships, Student Employment; Veteran Services; Academic Advisement/Transfer/International Student Services; and Access, Outreach and Recruitment. Administers student financial aid including federal, state and institutional funds. Interprets and applies federal laws and regulations; college policies and regulations; and state regulations relating to the delivery of student financial assistance. Develops and directs financial aid strategies within the framework of federal and state regulations that are consistent with the enrollment management objectives of the College and support student success and completion. Counsels students regarding financial aid.