Presidents Update from the Washington State Conference

Jack Edwards
WASFAA President

Good day from Wenatchee, Washington.  

This week I am attending the Washington State (WFAA) Conference in Wenatchee, Washington.  It is great to back in Washington seeing former colleagues and friends. The conference kicked off yesterday with an opening keynote speaker and lunch. Nancy “Lynn” Palmanter-Holder of the Confederated Tribe of the Colville Indian Reservation provided the attendees insight into tribes focus on the importance of education but also pride in heritage.  After lunch we headed into sessions.  The agenda is packed with topics focused on many of the issues we are faced with today; Verification, Veteran Benefits, Reauthorization and Professional Development for ourselves. So there is a lot to choose from all competing for my attention.  What to do?  

WFAA is delighted to have Ron Day, NASFAA National Chair attending this year’s conference.  He presented a session yesterday to a packed room on the NASFAA Award Letter Recommendations and also touching base on many of the other Consumer Information issues being thrown around in Washington DC.  There are many more sessions today to choose from.  I will be presenting two sessions, one on a discussion on Private Loans vs. Plus Loans and a session on Financial Literacy: A Different Approach.  I am looking forward to listening in on the Reauthorization session and hearing what the concerns of WFAA members are. 

As I said it is nice to be back in Washington, in Wenatchee, “Apple Capital of the World.” 



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About Zack Duffy

By day Financial Aid Counselor at the University of Oregon by night Communications Chair for WASFAA somewhere in between husband. I'm also the Vice President of the Leadership Board for Big Brother Big Sisters of Lane County and creator of Live Like a Duck a financial literacy program for students at the University of Oregon. Living in the Northwest allows me to enjoy summers.

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