Student Financial Services

Note: To prevent unauthorized access to confidential information, callers who want to discuss a specific student’s account or financial aid will be asked to answer a security question established by the student.

Office Staff

Student Financial Services staff bring their over 110 years of experience and their area expertise in service to you. SFS staff are also a diverse group of people with a variety of experiences, including studying or working in private and public universities, including two-year and four-year institutions; many were first-generation students, have rich cultural experiences, and come from a variety of socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds. Between the 19 full-time staff members, other than English, five languages are spoken – French, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.  Please see additional information about the staff, their roles, and fun facts below.

SFS Leadership and Administrative Team 

This team provides strategic leadership for SPU’s financial aid and student account programs, and ensures the smooth day-to-day functioning of the office.

Johanna Dwyer
Johanna Dwyer

Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services


Email: jdwyer@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

  • Enjoys kayaking, gardening, and thrift store shopping
  • Proud mother, and spends every Saturday watching two youngest sons play during college football season (Go Idaho Vandals and RMC Bears!)
  • First generation college student

 

John Middeljans
John Middeljans

Senior SFS Business Analyst


Email: jmiddeljans@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

  • Immigrant from Canada.
  • Married to an SPU professor.

 

SFS Counseling and Customer Service Teams

Who do you need to contact?

  • SFS counselors provide detailed, one-on-one guidance about financial aid options, eligibility, and offers of financial assistance.
  • SFS coordinators answer questions about all aspects of financial aid and student accounts.
  • The Office of Student Employment manages on-campus student employment and work-study programs.
Donna McLynne
Donna McLynne

Associate Director of Student Financial Services Programs


Email: dmclynne@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

•Enjoys studying the Bible, being with friends and family, and spending time at the beach, in the garden and baking!

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Gloria Rizo

Director of Student Financial Aid


(Serving students with last names beginning with E)

Email: gloriar@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

  • Originally from Nicaragua.
  • Enjoys spending time with family, doing crafts, and helping at church.

 

SFS Counselors

Student Financial Services counselors provide detailed, personal guidance about financial aid options, eligibility, and offers of financial assistance. They also give presentations at local high schools, to students considering SPU, and to new and current students on campus.

Lydia Florence

Student Financial Services Counselor II


(Serving students with last names beginning A-D)

Email: lydiaf@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Wife and mother of 6 beautiful children

• Originally from Florida

• Loves to sing and shop!

 

Barb Davisson
Barbara Davisson

Student Financial Services Counselor 


(Serving students with last names beginning Lb-Ri)

Email: barbara@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Grew up in the desert and LOVES Seattle rain!

• Worked as a telephone operator for 3 years. ‘Your number please’ was a phrase I said all day long.

• Has taken out a parent PLUS loan.

 

Carlie Curlee
Carlie Curlee

Assistant Director of SFS Counseling 


(Serving students with last names beginning Rj-Z)

Email: carlie@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Happily married, dog-mom with unicorn tendencies and a flair for adventure

 

Tanhia Spohn
Tanhia Spohn

Student Financial Services Counselor


(Serving students with last names beginning F-La)

Email: tanhia@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Loves to ride her bike with her son

• From the South of Mexico and speaks Spanish, English, and French.

• "One thing I cannot live without is cookies!"

SFS Coordinators

Student Financial Services coordinators help families navigate how to pay for SPU; explain the FAFSA/financial aid process, costs, and payment options such as payment plans, third-party billing, employer reimbursement, and tuition discounts.

Chris Landerdahl
Chris Landerdahl

Senior Student Financial Services Coordinator


Email: chrisjonl@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Seattle native and SPU alumnus.  

• Enjoy movies, gardening, baking and volunteering at church.  

• When it’s time for vacation, you will likely find him on a cruise, at the WA coast or at Disneyland.

Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young

Student Financial Services Coordinator II


Email: jenniferyoung@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Spends as much time as she can outside enjoying nature, camping, hiking, swimming and paddle boarding.

• Speaks Spanish and has studied, lived and worked in beautiful Costa Rica

• Is a first-generation college student, attended SPU and received a BA in Latin American Studies.

• Loves gardening and caring for houseplants, and the smell of old books and thrift shopping.

Student employment

Student Employment manages state and federal work study programs, including confirming and monitoring students’ eligibility. To contact the Office of Student Employment, email ose@spu.edu.

Kyla Zornes
Kyla Zornes

Student Employment Manager


Email: zornesk@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Born and raised in Washington, and is a SPU alum.

• Has a deep appreciation for Whidbey Island beaches and anything lavender.

• Loves finding new creative outlets — embroidery, cooking, gardening, the list goes on!

SFS Programs

Manages student account programs that need special attention, such as third party billing, employer reimbursement and study abroad. Also the liaison to resolve unique student account issues (e.g., registration, parking, health services, housing, athletics, and the private college 529 plan).

Donna McLynne
Donna McLynne

Associate Director of Student Financial Services Programs


Email: dmclynne@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

•Enjoys studying the Bible, being with friends and family, and spending time at the beach, in the garden and baking!

Collections

Provides repayment assistance and pursues collection of delinquent Perkins, Nursing, and SPU Institutional loans and student accounts.

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Vera Mosiychuk

Student Accounts and Loans Collections Manager


Email: vera@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Immigrated from Ukraine with my family. 

• Loves nature, reading and helping people in need

Loans and Operations Support Team

The Loans and Operations Support Team is responsible for the technical and reporting needs of the office. This team processes Direct, Grad PLUS, PLUS, and alternative loans, and are students’ liaisons with the lenders. They also provide Perkins, Nursing, and SPU Institutional loan documents.

Ben Lockyear

Assistant Director for Student Financial Aid and Loans


Email: seraph@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest

• SPU Alumnus twice over (BA and M. Div)

• A huge nerd who can talk your ear off on a lot of things – video games, theology, computers, etc.


Daniel Griffin

Student Loan Coordinator II


Email: griffd1@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• SPU Alumni

• Is a youth ministry volunteer

• Is passionate about music, teaching and is always ready to make a fool of himself for a humorous skit


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Erica Watt

Student Loan Coordinator 


Email: ewatt@spu.edu
Office: Demaray Hall 10

• Born and raised in Washington 

• Is a beekeeper

• Enjoys cooking and crafting

 

 

 

 

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