Karlyn Borysenko is the force behind Zen Workplace. An organizational psychologist and executive/performance coach, she helps individuals find greater happiness and fulfillment in their professional lives, and works with organizations to help create amazing environments for their teams that drive productivity.
Karlyn's approach is grounded in organizational and positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques applied in a highly practical way. She holds an MBA and a PhD in Psychology, is an experienced trainer and facilitator, author, and award-winning speaker. She is based in the greater Boston area and serves clients all over the world.
Justin Draeger, NASFAA President
Justin Draeger is President and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justin’s career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities. Since 2002, Justin has been engaged in either administering, interpreting, communicating, or developing student financial aid policy. His prior experiences include working as a financial aid director, regulatory and policy analyst, and spokesperson. He has held senior positions overseeing government relations, communications, and policy work. Justin is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, National Public Radio, APM’s Marketplace, Fox Business News, CNBC, and C-SPAN, and is often quoted in national news outlets. Justin currently serves on the boards of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), Baker College, the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, his local PTA board, and other organizations that promote health and education. He earned his undergraduate from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Baker College. Justin lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife and three children, where he spends his free time shuttling children to various events, playing racquetball, running or swimming.
Lori Vedder, NASFAA National Chair
Lori Vedder serves as the Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan-Flint, having served students and our profession for over 28 years. Over this span she has actively engaged in association work at the state, regional and national levels. Having chaired multiple committees, presented and moderated at many conferences, she is also a former President of MSFAA (Michigan) and MASFAA. Lori has also served NASFAA in various roles including Treasurer, Association Governance, and a member of the Statement of Ethical Principles & Code of Conduct Task Force. Lori has been honored for her work with several awards throughout her service in financial aid including the University of Michigan-Flint Staff Recognition Award, the MSFAA Henry Dykema Distinguished Service Award, MASFAA Leadership and Meritorious Service Awards, and the NASFAA Regional Leadership Award.