Candidate for  Board Member At-Large

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Arianna Gray

Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Veteran Services

Collin College



TASFAA Activities, including committee service and offices held

  • I am the Chair of the Legislative Issues Committee. I have served on the Training Committee for two years. I was a Trainer for the Regional Training Committee. I presented a NASFAA Credential class at the TASFAA Conference.

Other Professional Association Activities, including committee service and offices held

  • I have sat on professional boards in the community in various positions including Vice President and President related to the event planning industry (I have an event business). The most recent one was Collin County Event Professionals.

Campus Activities

  • For two years (2019/2020 and 2020/2021), I was the Recorder for our institution's Staff Council. I was chair of the Unsung Hero committee, which developed a recognition program for staff across the district. I also sat on the Professional Development and Meals on Wheels Committees. Outside of Staff Council, I was the creator and Chair of the Veterans Advisory Board for 2018 and 2019. I was the creator and Chair of the Veterans Military Appreciation Ball committee and managed the entire process of putting on the military ball for five years.




From the Candidate

I have been the District Trainer of Financial Aid & Veteran Services at Collin College since 2008. In most of my jobs, I was a trainer or teacher. I have presented to groups ranging from 2 people to over 500. At the heart of being a trainer is the ability to communicate. These experiences have allowed me to grow into an excellent communicator, not just with people from a narrow band of the population but with people from diverse backgrounds and differing opinions. I know how to explain ideas, recommendations, displeasures, frustrations, etc., so that people understand the issues. I have a talent for being able to convert difficult or complicated issues into easy-to-understand language. I enjoy being able to be a bridge for individuals as well as for groups. In my positions as Chair, Co-Chair, or Recorder on various committees, I have had to be exceptionally organized, efficient, and able to handle an ever-changing variety of demands, often in a very short timeframe. I believe I have the skills needed to represent the general membership of TASFAA in whatever ways I am called to do so. I would be honored to have this opportunity to serve our organization as a Member-At-Large.