UNC Financial Aid Staff

Marty Somero

Director of Financial Aid
Email: Marty.Somero@unco.edu

Marty Somero Iíve been assisting families for more than 30 years get through this ever so important government ďmazeĒ of financial aid. Iíve been helping students obtain financial aid ever since I started my graduate school internship at Central Michigan University back in 1981. CMU is where I obtained my MA Degree. Prior to that, I received my BA from Michigan State University. For the past 18 years, I was Asst Dean\Director of Student Financial Services at Western State College in Gunnison. Even though I loved my time in the mountains, Iím thrilled to be a part of the UNC community where there is such a positive energy and optimism.

 

Mary Bray

Scholarship Admin AssistantJill Conner
Email: Mary.Bray@unco.edu

I have lived in Greeley for over 20 years, and have worked in Financial Aid since the fall of 2010. Having a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about UNC. However, I love it here! We have a wonderful campus, a friendly community, and some of the best academic programs in the state.  I hope you enjoy being a Bear, and I look forward to assisting you with your scholarship questions.


Jill Conner

Counselor
Email: Jill.Conner@unco.edu

Jill ConnerI am so excited that I became a part of the UNC team in September 2009! I love everything about UNCóthe beautiful campus, the educational opportunities, & all of the people who make it thrive! It is a great pleasure to work with students & determine the best way to help them pay for their education.

I was born & raised in Iowa, & that is where I began my financial aid career. I started as a work study student while working on my Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education at William Penn College. I taught high school English & Speech for several years in Iowa before moving to Colorado in July 2002. I returned to the financial aid world in August 2003 & have never looked back. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns regarding your financial aid.

 

Justin Davis

Counselor
Email: Justin.Davis@unco.edu

Justin DavisHaving lived in WA, MI, PA, & MN, Iím thrilled to have found a home for myself in Colorado. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. Working at UNC, I have come to greatly appreciate what a smaller university has to offer students both academically & socially. Working with the ever-expanding study abroad program, itís great seeing students expand their horizons & experience the world from a new perspective. Aside from being one of the greatest experiences in my life, college opened up many doors for me & I strive to make it available to everyone.

 

 

Fabian Garcia

Counselor
Email: Fabian.Garcia@unco.edu

Fabian Garcia I was blessed enough with the opportunity to attend UNC starting in the spring of 2009 as an undergraduate student.  I quickly fell in love with UNC and the surrounding community.  As a recent UNC graduate, I have decided to make this community my home.  I have a passion for higher education and serving others.  I especially enjoy working with underrepresented populations.  Being a first-generation student, I understand how complicated and confusing financial aid can be.  My goal is to make the financial aid process as easy and stress free as possible.  I would be glad to answer any questions you may have in Spanish for you and your family.  I am really proud and fortunate to call UNC my home!

Go Bears!

 

Kaitlyn Hecht

Counselor
Email: Kaitlyn.Hecht@unco.eduKaitlyn Hecht

I started out at the University of Northern Colorado in 2007 as a student who needed a work study job and was warmly welcomed here in the Financial Aid office. I continued to work here the four years I was a student; and Graduated in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English. I left the office for about six months to pursue teaching but was called back to financial aid by my passion for helping students reach their academic goals and dreams.  Here in the office, I am in charge of the Student employees and the phone bank. I look forward to talking to you and helping you with any problems that may arise.

Welcome to UNC, GO BEARS!


Rhonda McCracken

Systems Manager
Email: Rhonda.McCracken@unco.eduRhonda McCracken

I am a proud UNC graduate & absolutely love working here at UNC. I may not work with the students directly, but love being a big part of helping them achieve their dreams and goals.  Thank you for choosing UNC!  The friendly people, welcoming atmosphere, and beautiful campus will make you feel at home.

Go Bears!!

 

 

Donna Munch

Counselor
Email: Donna.Munch@unco.edu

Donna MunchI began my employment at UNC during 1987. During these past years I have had the opportunity to work within different positions at UNC. Starting my employment at UNC, in what was at one time known as the Teacher Education Center, I enjoyed working with students as they prepared to become teachers. Within three years an opportunity of employment was offered to me in the Office of Financial Aid. Here I am years later! There have been many changes, challenges & opportunities during these years. I believe I have remained in the same department all these years because of these constant changes & challenges which occur daily. I need change, I like change & I do not want to become “stagnant” in a job. I like to be challenged. Because of this personal need to be challenged I have held different positions within this office. I have worked in the file/tracking area, Assistant to the Director, customer service area & now my current position as Loan Processor. With each position I had the opportunity to learn many aspects of the ins & outs of financial aid, work directly with staff, students & outside entities. I believe to be good at your job you must be able to reach out & accept change, learn as much as you can when opportunity presents itself, & most of all treat others with respect.


Chris Peterson

Associate Director of Financial Aid
Email: Chris.Peterson@unco.eduChris Peterson

I am a UNC graduate & have worked for UNC for 17 years. I enjoy working with students & that is what keeps me excited about coming to work every day. Thanks for choosing UNC & I look forward to working with you in the future.

Go Bears!!





 

Roxye Rea-Arellano

Roxye Rea-Arellano

Assistant to the Director
Email: Roxye.Arellano@unco.edu

I started at UNC in 2009 in the Office of Financial Aid. I am an inaugural journalism graduate of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  I enjoy working directly with helping students and parents navigate through the financial aid process as well as enjoy taking classes on campus.
Go Bears!

 


 

Debbie Rhoads

UNC Foundation Scholarship Coordinator
Email: Deborah.Rhoads@unco.eduDebbie Rhoads

I have worked at UNC for 15 years. I started at the health center when it was in Decker Hall. I was the upstairs receptionist. I worked there about a year & a half before I applied in financial aid. I have worked in financial aid ever since in the scholarship area. I enjoy my job because it is fun to be able to inform a student of a scholarship they have been offered.

I am married with three grown children. I am now a grandmother too. I am still in shock.


 

Aimee Rogers

Assistant Director
Email: Aimee.Rogers@unco.edu

Aimee RogersHello and Welcome to UNC!
My name is Aimee Rogers and I am currently the Assistant Director for the Office of Financial Aid. I oversee Student Employment, Satisfactory Academic Progress, AmeriCorps and Financial Aid Outreach. I am a proud Bear, and also the parent of a proud Bear! I graduated from UNC with both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. UNC is absolutely one of my favorite places to be. The campus is gorgeous, the staff and students are amazing and our programs are second to none! My door is always open, please feel free to stop by anytime.  GO BEARS!

 

 

Mandee Wagner

Counselor
Email: Mandee.Wagner@unco.eduMandee Wagner

I am a local lady, born and raised in Eaton, Colorado. I graduated from Colorado State University where I made Fort Collins my home for 13 years.  I have recently found my way back to Weld County and I am very excited to be working at UNC.  For me college was a life changing experience and I look forward to helping other students in this exciting adventure; while assisting them through the financial aid process and helping them understand what it entails.