Government Relations

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Ryan Jensema

Government Relations Committee Chair

PASFAA Vice President (ex officio)
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Please click here to visit PASFAA’s Government Relations Resource Library.

Please click here to see our positions.

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Committee Members

Stephanie Zeppenfelt:  Community College of Philadelphia-member.
Alycia DiNardo: Villanova University
Ashling O’Connor Ursinus College
Alyssa Dobson:  Slippery Rock University-member.
Emiyaril Alvarez: Millersville University
Kenyan Cattell: Penn State Univesity
Regina Brinza:  University of Pittsburgh Medical School-member.
Jonathan Kirby:  University of Scranton-member.
Ryan Jensema: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Shelby Maguire:  Lafyette College-member.
Stella Smith: Butler County Community College
Cheri Lindsay:  Temple University

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) of PASFAA advocates for students, financial aid offices, and schools at both the state and federal levels. The committee monitors federal and state legislative, political, and regulatory matters that pertain to college access and affordability. Educating members on any changes to these matters is a crucial task of the GRC. Advocacy work is another major component of the GRC’s work. Members of the committee work at both the state and federal level to advocate on behalf of students, families, and financial aid administrators.

The Government Relations Committee also partners with other organizations in shaping our positions and agenda: PSCA, PACAC, the PA State Grant Programs, and more. We do not see our work, or the work of our partner organizations, as the only work do be done in this field though. For that reason, we strongly encourage students, families, and other members of the public to be advocates for themselves and to contact their legislators.

To find out more about our positions on major issues related to higher education access and affordability, visit our Positions Page. You can also visit our Resources for Students and Families page for more information.