AccessLex Institute recognizes the need to provide graduate and professional students high-quality and timely information to help them fully understand the impact of the debt they incur, while in school and throughout their lives.
In an effort to fill that need, AccessLex Institute formed its Financial Education Advisory Committee in 2014. This Committee is critical in helping to address the unique and specific needs of this student population and will—through review, analysis and research—assist AccessLex Institute in meeting those financial education and literacy needs.
In its inaugural year, the Committee worked to better understand the financial education practices of schools serving graduate and professional students. Through the deployment of a qualitative survey to student financial aid offices, the Committee learned that schools are overwhelmingly providing financial education to the graduate and professional students they serve, but opportunities exist to expand access to meaningful, effective financial education.
The Committee is currently working to respond to survey findings and expand access to graduate and professional focused financial education. The Committee, comprised of the skilled leaders listed below, welcomes your input and suggestions.
Anna Oleksy, Committe Vice Chair
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Anna Oleksy joined Chicago-Kent College of Law (a part of the Illinois Institute of Technology) in 2006 as a financial aid counselor and has been the Assistant Director of Financial Aid since 2014. Anna started her financial aid career in 2002 at National-Louis University as a file clerk and chief FFELP certifying official. She enjoys seeing students through the financial aid process and coordinates financial literacy programs at the law school.
Illinois College of Optometry
Bryant Anderson is currently the Senior Director of Student Services at the Illinois College of Optometry. Prior to his work at ICO, Bryant served for 11 years at Benedictine University. Bryant holds a BS degree in Education from the University of Illinois and has also completed graduate courses at University of Illinois, Benedictine University and DePaul University.
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Trueshonda Carmicle began her higher education career in the Registrar’s Office before joining the newly formed customer service, one-stop at The Ohio State University in 2008. Expanding on her growing financial aid knowledge base, she transitioned to the Student Financial Aid Office in 2011. She has served as the Program Coordinator of Student Financial Services within The Ohio State University College of Medicine since 2013. Trueshonda is active in both her state and regional trade organization; holding executive board positions and presenting at several conferences. Currently, she is the Communication Chair and Diversity Committee Co-chair for the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and she recently participated in the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Leadership Symposium.
University of Virginia School of Law
Jennifer Markham Hulvey has served as the Director of Financial Aid at the UVA Law school for past seven years. She oversees all financial aid and student financials operations, assists the admissions office with student recruiting, and serves as a member of the Law School’s student services team. She has worked as a financial aid administrator since 1991. In addition to her experience as a financial aid officer for Southern Seminary College (now Southern Virginia University) and James Madison University, Jennifer has also worked in the student loan industry for Bank of America and for ELM Resources, and spent five years as a higher education software consultant, assisting with PeopleSoft student system implementations. She earned her B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech, and her M.Ed. from James Madison University.
Jessica Le Duc
Arizona Health Sciences Center
Jessica Le Duc is the Director of Financial Aid for the University of Arizona’s (UA) College of Medicine (COM) and has been an administrator since 2010. Prior to joining the UA COM, she worked in financial and mortgage services for 8 years. Her extensive financial services and financial aid administration experience provides a broad wealth of knowledge to draw from in providing optimal financial resources. Jessica’s mission is to empower medical students in making wise financial decisions through financial literacy and education initiatives. Her education has lent the expertise to explore her interest in the finance industry as conferred by her B.B.A. in Business Management from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and her intrigue with higher education led to her M.S. in Educational Technology from The University of Arizona (UA).
St. Mary's School of Law
Stephen Perez is an Instructor of Law Success, at the university. Before joining the law school, Mr. Perez was the Development Coordinator (2008-2010) and Director of Admissions (2004-2008) at the University of Idaho College of Law, and Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Texas Tech University School of Law.
While with the Univesity of Idaho Perez directed the law school's admissions, marketing, and recruitment efforts and created the College of Law alumni magazine. He was the only non-faculty member of Idaho Law's Second Century strategic planning committee charged with researching, planning, and implementing the opening of a branch campus of the College of Law in Boise, Idaho.
While at Texas Tech, Dean Perez has succeeded in enrolling two of the most diverse classes in the history of the law school (2011, 2012). Most recently he was selected from nominees across the university to be a part of the 2015 Presidential Leadership Institute.
Stephen Perez presents regularly on various aspects of law school admissions, including the 2013 Southwestern Association of Prelaw Advisors conference and the 2012 Electronic Services Conference (ESCon) hosted by the Law School Admissions Council. In 2008 he served on the faculty for the LSAC Newcomers Workshop, which is the annual workshop where new law school admissions professional receive training, and recently completed two years of service on LSAC's Misconduct and Irregularities subcommittee.
Cornell Law School
Bryan Vliet began his career at Cornell University in 2001. In 2015, he joined the Cornell University Law Financial Aid office as the Associate Director of Financial Aid. Prior to his employment at the law school, he worked in roles of financial aid counselor, finance manager and department administrator. Bryan has a B.S in Business Economics, Marketing and Human Resources concentrations, from The State University of New York at Potsdam. He enjoys the challenges of financial aid and student employment administration and continues to be gratified by the knowledge that he and his staff are helping students on a daily basis to obtain their educational goals.
Wendy Vonnegut is the Director of Legal Studies at Methodist University. She also serves as an Associate Professor and PreLaw Advisor. She is Chair of the Prelaw Advisors National Council. She has been recognized as one of the Women of Justice awards winners by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Campbell University School of Law and Mercer University School of Law Board of Alumni.
In addition to Methodist University, Ms. Vonnegut has taught at Saint Ambrose University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Webster University. She has taught more than 20 different courses to include Graduate courses across her career, and has led numerous seminars and presentations.
Prior to her career in higher education, Ms. Vonnegut served as a law clerk for three federal immigration judges, was a legal assistant at the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of N.C., and worked with Army career and alumni services.
Extremely active in her community and profession, Ms. Vonnegut is active in several legal and educational professional associations. From 2012-14 she served as President of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Ms. Vonnegut earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a J.D. from Mercer Law School.