2020 - 2021 WASEA Executive Board:

Kelly Wentz, President           

Job Title: Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Institution: Gonzaga University (Washington)

Contact: [email protected]

Shelby Bowman, President-Elect

Job Title: Director of Student Employment

Institution: Pepperdine University (California)

Contact: [email protected] 

Shelby Bowman currently serves as the Director of Student Employment at Pepperdine. She has been in the field of higher education for five years and served in Student Employment related roles for three years. Shelby earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University (CLU) and she moved on to complete her Master's Degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel also from CLU. Shelby has a background in career counseling and looks forward to working every day to support students with their career development and assist supervisors with mentoring their student employees. 

On the weekends, you can find her hiking with her chocolate lab, wine tasting, and trying out new recipes in her kitchen. She currently resides in Camarillo with her fiancé, 2 cats, and 1 dog. 

Tanisha Bradfield, Vice President of Finance

Job Title: Financial Aid Director

Institution: Orange Coast College (California)

Contact: [email protected] 

Tanisha Bradfield is the Director of Financial Aid at Orange Coast College. She has been in higher education since 2008 where she started in the Office of Instruction at Mt. San Jacinto College. After two years, working in various roles, she decided to go back to school and pursue her Master’s Degree; thinking moving into the Financial Aid Office while going to school would be a slower pace. Boy was she wrong! Although, this is where her love for financial aid began.

Tanisha received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration  from the University of LaVerne and an MBA from the University of Redlands. She has also earned several professional credentials from NASFAA U.  She currently serves as the Region VIII Segmental Representative for the California Community College Student Financial Aid Administrators organization. Also, Tanisha is a committee member for State and Federal Issues.

Tanisha resides in Southern California with her husband, four children, three dogs and one cat.

Angela Varner, Vice President of Professional Development

Job Title: Financial Aid Fiscal Specialist

Institution: Orange Coast College (California)

Contact: [email protected]

Angela Varner originally started her education wanting to be an elementary school teacher.  She graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies and her teaching credentials from Cal State Long Beach.  Angela obtained an hourly position in the Financial Aid office at Orange Coast College and has not looked back.  Angela has been working in Financial Aid for 9 years and has held many different positions. 

The positions that Angela has held include: Financial Aid Assistant, Financial Aid Specialist and Financial Aid Fiscal Specialist.  While in her role as a Financial Aid Specialist she was introduced to the Federal Work-Study program.  Angela gained a passion for student employment and helped her institution change and grow this very important program.

Angela has earned several professional credentials from NASFAA U and plans to earn a few more.  She currently resides in Southern California with her family.

Adrienne Burton, Vice President of Conferences and Awards

Job Title: Financial Aid Director
Institution: Golden West College (California)

Aurie Clifford, Secretary

Job Title: Assistant Director of Title IV Compliance

Institution: Pima Community College (Arizona)

Contact: [email protected]

Vacant, Vice President of Marketing & Membership