By: Betty Lochner, Director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program & CSPN Chair
January 6, 2014

Happy New Year! The holiday season has come to a close, but I love this time of year, because no matter how trying the past 12 months have been, you can focus on looking forward to what’s ahead. This year, I’m especially excited and honored to take on a new role as the CSPN Chair.
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It’s been my privilege to be a member of CSPN since 2000. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the CSPN Program and Communications Committees, and was the CSPN Vice-Chair for last two years. I’ve been continually amazed by the great things that CSPN leaders, members and affiliates have done to establish CSPN as the leading, objective and comprehensive resource on 529 plans. I look forward to the challenge of furthering that effort, and am excited to introduce the rest of the team that will help lead that charge. It’s my pleasure to announce the 2014 CSPN Executive Board:

Chair: Betty Lochner, Director, Washington GET Program
Vice Chair:Hon. Young Boozer, Alabama State Treasurer
Past Chair:Hon. Michael Fitzgerald, Iowa State Treasurer
Treasurer: Mary Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Co-Chair of the CSPN Federal Initiatives Committee)

Treasurer Members:
Hon. Ron Estes, Kansas State Treasurer
Hon. Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer
Hon. John Perdue, West Virginia State Treasurer
Hon. Rich Sattgast, South Dakota State Treasurer

Program Managers:
Jim DiUlio, Director, Wisconsin 529 College Savings Program
Co-Chair of the CSPN Member Relations Committee
Kathleen McGrath, Director, PA 529 Savings Program
Co-Chair of the CSPN Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee
Paul Paeglis, Executive Director, Ohio Tuition Trust Authority
Co-Chair of the CSPN Partnerships Committee
Lynne Ward, Executive Director, Utah Educational Savings Plan
Co-Chair of the CSPN Communications Committee

Corporate Affiliate Representative:
Patricia Roberts, AllianceBerstein, Chair of the CSPN Corporate Affiliates Committee & Co-Chair of the CSPN Partnerships Committee

I’m honored and excited to be working with this dedicated group and look forward to another successful year of furthering the national college savings cause! For more details on the CSPN Executive Board and to review our 2012-14 Strategic Plan.

About the Author:
Betty Lochner is the Director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program. Under her leadership, the GET program has grown from 7,900 to over 153,000 accounts, with a fund valued at over $2.55 billion. Washington is unique in that their only 529 plan offered is a prepaid tuition plan. Lochner currently serves as Chair of the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN).