James H. Steeley is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Steeley joined the Agency in November 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In February 2018, he was also named Chief Operating Officer (COO), then Interim President and CEO in July 2018. He took on the official role of President and CEO in January 2019.
Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Steeley was Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., the Assistant Vice President of Finance at the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) and a Senior Manager in Financial Services Practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Mr. Steeley is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Elizabethtown College.
Judith S. Bines is Senior Vice President of Internal Audit. Ms. Bines joined the Agency in 2016. Her responsibilities include serving as an independent resource for conducting internal audits and advisory services projects, as well as coordinating various external audit activities.
Prior to joining the Agency, Ms. Bines held Chief Audit Executive positions at FleetBank Boston and StoneMor Partners and was the Director of Information Security at AmerisourceBergen.
Ms. Bines earned her BS in Accounting and Business from Arcadia University, her MBA in Finance from LaSalle University and her MS in Taxation from Philadelphia University and holds CPA.CITP, CISA, CRISC, CFSA and CIA certifications.
Michael A. Garman is Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Garman joined PHEAA in December 2011. He is responsible for leading all facets of human resources by providing human resources expertise and best practices to deliver quality programs and initiatives that support the organization's business model. He is also responsible for overseeing the Agency’s facilities, mail services, and security operations.
Mr. Garman retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major after 21 years of service. Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Garman served as the Human Resource Director for the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and previously served in a variety of human resource positions within PA state government. He began his post-military career as a Training Manager for a third-party logistics provider.
Mr. Garman holds a master's degree in Human Resources from Webster University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Nathan Hench is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs. Mr. Hench joined the Agency in 2005 as Vice President of Legislative & Board Affairs. In his current role, he oversees the Agency's public relations, legislative affairs, marketing communications, public service and State Grant & Special Program functions.
Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Hench was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee. He began his career with the Finance Committee as a Research Analyst in 1999.
Mr. Hench holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Business Administration in Management from the Pennsylvania State University.
Stephanie Martella is Senior Vice President of Client Relations, Loan Operations, and Client Contractual Testing. Mrs. Martella joined the Agency in 1988. Her responsibilities include managing third-party external client relationships, including Federal and Alternative Loan assets, as well as overseeing systems provided to Remote Clients. She also oversees the operations for servicing these portfolios and the contractual testing associated with compliance of these responsibilities.
Mrs. Martella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Albright College and a Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University.
Andrew Mehalko is Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Mehalko joined the Agency in 1988 as the Accounting Manager for Student Loan Financings and later served as PHEAA’s Vice President of Public Finance. He is responsible for financial and servicer reporting for PHEAA’s Revenue Bond Program, as well as PHEAA’s Public Finance Department, which includes management of tax-exempt and taxable financing, covenant compliance and reporting, loan acquisition and portfolio maintenance. Mr. Mehalko is also responsible for developing PHEAA’s lending and secondary market strategies.
Mr. Mehalko holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Elizabethtown College.
LaWanda Morris is Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Ms. Morris joined PHEAA in December 2018. Her responsibilities include the Agency's risk management operations, including managing, reporting, and overseeing the firm's risks externally and internally to the organization.
Prior to joining the Agency, Ms. Morris provided consulting services focusing on the areas of risk management, finance, and accounting. Ms. Morris was Senior Vice President and Head of Capital Management for TD Bank and Senior Manager in Financial Services and the Consumer Finance Group for PricewaterhouseCooper LLP.
Ms. Morris holds a M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Florida A&M University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Todd E. Mosko is Senior Vice President of Loan Assets Management. Mr. Mosko joined the Agency in 1986. He is responsible for all guaranty operations including default prevention, collections and claim processing, as well as collection activity for all servicing, both commercial and federal.
Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Mosko worked for Beneficial National Bank in their Consumer Finance system.
Mr. Mosko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance and economics.
Kathleen A. Smith is Senior Vice President and Director of Federal Relations. She joined the Agency in April 2019. Ms. Smith represents PHEAA in Washington, DC and serves as the primary liaison between the Agency and the U.S. Congress, along with other federal agencies.
Prior to joining the Agency, Ms. Smith held several senior positions in higher education and student aid-related organizations, including the role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Federal Student Aid, Special Assistant to the Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U. S. Department of Education, as well as roles within the Office of Postsecondary Education under multiple administrations. Ms. Smith has held positions with both the U.S. House and Senate Education Committees, beginning her career as a Financial Aid Administrator for D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT, and a Master of Arts – Communications: Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, DC.
Jean Svoboda is Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Svoboda joined PHEAA in March 2019 as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary. Her responsibilities include overseeing and managing the Legal Services Division and serving as PHEAA's Board Secretary.
Prior to joining PHEAA, Ms. Svoboda was in-house counsel for several financial institutions including M&T Bank, Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., and Sterling Financial Corporation. She was also a partner at the law firm of Shumaker Williams PC.
Ms. Svoboda previously focused her practice areas in transactional matters, particularly mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, securitizations, fintech, financial reporting, public disclosure, corporate governance, risk management, regulatory affairs and compliance. Ms. Svoboda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and her Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law.