Who is Trellis Company?
Trellis Company is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation focused on helping people leverage the power of post-secondary education and learning to improve their quality of life and the communities where they live.
For more than 40 years Trellis has served as a student loan guarantor, helping to provide trusted guidance and services that help student borrowers successfully repay their federal loans. In addition to pioneering several technologies and services along the way, we have invested in improving student success programs through numerous grants to colleges, universities, and research groups. This strong philanthropic heritage, which evolved into the creation of the Trellis Foundation in 2017, enables us to continually support the improvement of student outcomes, especially to underserved students, families, institutions, and the communities where they live.
Today we have expanded our services beyond higher education to include working with employers and community organizations who are focused on aligning the dreams, goals, and skills needs of employees and employers. Connecting these resources and learning pathways together with our expertise in improving student outcomes helps us all to create better and more predictable futures for those we serve.
More About Us
Do Well by Doing Good: We are mission-first. Improving the quality of life of those we serve is integral to Trellis’ growth and sustainability.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Define Us: We celebrate the inherent value of each individual…in their background, education, life and work experiences, choices, and perspectives. We find strength in our differences.
We Continuously Explore, Experiment, and Innovate: We are curious and investigative, empowered to take calculated risks, open-minded to alternative approaches, and data informed in our decision-making. We are evolutionary and transformative within our company so Trellis can continue to play a pivotal role in transforming lives.
Our Work Gives Us Fulfillment and Purpose: We are passionate about what we do and why we do it.
We Foster a Culture of Trust, Servant Leadership, and Integrity: We build up each other and those with whom we work to bring out the best in all of us. We are guided by a strong cultural compass that is powered through mutual respect, humility, open dialogue, and exemplary ethical standards.
We Succeed Because We Work Together: We are one powerful team with complementary talents and skills…collaborating to achieve remarkable outcomes through high performance and accountability.
Brand promises are important reminders of the company we are striving to be. They also serve as a commitment to our customers that we will always listen to their needs, value their input, and support their success.
- Debra Chromy, Ed.D. | President & CEO
- Tim Fournier, Ed.D. | Chief Operating Officer
- Dave Schwanke | Chief Financial Officer
- Bryan Ashton | Vice President, Community Investment & Government Affairs
- Greg Dickenson | General Counsel & Compliance Officer
- Linda Hackleman | Vice President, Human Resources
- Susan High | Vice President, Operations
- Jim Zimmerman | Vice President, Information Technology
Board of Directors
- Dr. Richard M. Rhodes (Chair)
- Mr. Renard Johnson (Vice Chair)
- Mr. Ivan A. Andarza
- Ms. Yvonne Batts
- Mr. Edward Escudero
- Mr. Dennis Moroney
- Ms. Dora Ann Verde
- Mr. Welcome Wilson, Jr.