Kelly Liocano, assistant director of student financial services at Mercyhurst North East (MNE), received the Emerging Leader Award at a recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA).
The award recognizes an individual who, within approximately five years of entering the profession, has demonstrated consistent service to and involvement in PASFAA and its projects. Liocano has been active with PASFAA, including serving as chair of its finance and development committee and, now, as treasurer.
As a consequence of the award, Liocano will attend the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Leadership Conference Feb. 26-March 1 in Washington, D.C., where she will also visit Erie County’s legislators on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this year, Liocano was featured on the cover of the Greater Erie Community Action Committee’s annual report as one of its Upward Bound success stories. She wrote a testimonial about how GECAC assisted her as a first-generation student on the road to college and career success at Mercyhurst.