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April 7, 2020


11:00 a.m. Central Time


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which in part provides institutions with funding to deliver emergency aid to students. In anticipation of this financial support, this webinar will cover best practices for administering these emergency aid programs and serving students in an effective, efficient manner.



An image of Bryan Ashton.Bryan Ashton, Vice President of Community Investment and Government Affairs, Trellis Company
Bryan Ashton serves as the Vice President of Community Investment and Government Affairs at Trellis Company (formerly TG). In this capacity, Bryan is responsible for leading the organization’s college/university support efforts, student support efforts (including student financial coaching services and financial literacy efforts) and higher education policy / research efforts. Additionally, Bryan is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance and formerly managed financial wellness initiatives at Ohio State University.

An image of Steve Smith.Steve Smith, Director of Student Success Initiatives, Trellis Company
Steve Smith has worked in higher education for over 30 years. He was an academic program administrator and financial aid officer at the City University of New York. Later he worked in public relations, policy and regulatory affairs, and strategic planning at Texas Guaranteed. From 2005 – 2017, he was vice president then president of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. In 2017, Steve came to Trellis Company as Director of Student Success Initiatives focusing on student retention and persistence outreach especially to minority-serving institutions.

An image of Sana Meghani.Sana Meghani, Program Manager, Trellis Company
Sana Ali Meghani is a Program Manager at Trellis Company. She works with the Student and Institutional Success team to develop and implement successful strategies and campaigns to improve outcomes for students at Minority Serving Institutions across the country. Prior to her role at Trellis, Sana worked in college access and success programs at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin, and UC San Diego. She is passionate about developing strategic, innovative, and forward-thinking initiatives to support and engage underrepresented minority students. Sana received a bachelor’s in Political Science from UC San Diego and a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy at UT Austin.

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