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Faces of Nelnet: Raina Chezem, Midwestern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

June 30, 2010

Raina Chezem, Midwestern Regional Director (IN, IL, MN)


Jim: What area do you cover for Nelnet?

Raina: I work in the Midwest covering Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois.

Jim: Where do you live?

Raina: Carmel, Indiana.

Jim: How many years have you worked in the financial aid industry?

Raina:  I have worked in the industry for 19 years, and I have been with Nelnet since 1995.

Jim: What previous positions have you held?

Raina: I was a School Relations Representative for EFS and Call Center Trainer and Representative for USA Group.

Jim: Are you a member of any financial aid industry associations?

Raina: I am a member of the state associations in my region as well as MASFAA and NASFAA.

Jim: What is your educational background?

Raina: I have a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Purdue University.

Jim: Raina, tell me about your family.

Raina: My husband’s name is Andrew, and I have three children: Sam (10), Gabe (6), and Abby (3).

Jim: What are some of your interests outside of work?

Raina: I like to spend time with my kids, exercise, hike when I get the chance, and I have an interest in photography.

Jim: Tell me one thing about you that many people may not know.

Raina: I was born in Seoul, Korea, and lived there until I was adopted at five years old. I played basketball for my junior high school, which may be surprising as I am shorter than most people. When I grow up, I would like to be an elementary school teacher.

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