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Executive Team

James L. Preston is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Preston joined the Agency in April 2003. Mr. Preston served as interim President and CEO from October 2007 until March 2008. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Preston was Executive Vice President of Client Relations and Loan Operations.

Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Preston held various investment banking positions with L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, Bear Stearns and Co., and UBS PaineWebber.

Mr. Preston received his Master of Business Administration in Finance from State University of New York at Albany.

Stephanie Foltz is Vice President of Client Relations, Loan Operations and Client Contractual Testing. Ms. Foltz joined the Agency in 1988. Her responsibilities include managing all third-party external client relationships for nearly $60 billion in Federal and Alternative Loan assets, as well as overseeing systems provided to Remote Clients who service $22 billion in assets. She also oversees the operations for servicing these portfolios and the contractual testing associated with compliance of these responsibilities.

Ms. Foltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Albright College and a Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University.

Timothy A. Guenther is Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Guenther joined the Agency in 1994. He is directly responsible for all financial functions, including financial reporting, accounting, budgeting, credit, insurance, tax, public finance, treasury, and administration.

Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Guenther was a senior manager with KPMG where, in addition to traditional accounting and auditing services, he provided activity-based costing and business process re-engineering consulting services, as well as internal software development project management.

Mr. Guenther holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University and he is a Certified Public Accountant, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Nathan Hench is Vice President of Public Affairs. Mr. Hench joined the Agency in 2005 as Vice President of Legislative & Board Affairs. In his current role, he oversees the Agency's public relations, legislative affairs, marketing communications, public service and State Grant & Special Program functions.

Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Hench was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee. He began his career with the Finance Committee as a Research Analyst in 1999.

Mr. Hench holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Business Administration in Management from the Pennsylvania State University.

Brian Lecher is Chief Information Officer. Mr. Lecher joined the Agency in 1997. His responsibilities include managing the development, maintenance, and support of the Agency's data processing systems and technology infrastructure. In earlier roles at the Agency, Mr. Lecher served as Senior Vice President for Electronic Commerce and Vice President of Student Loan Guaranty Services.

Prior to joining PHEAA, Mr. Lecher served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and held various professional positions within the Pennsylvania state government.

Mr. Lecher holds Masters Degrees in Information Systems and Public Administration and is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO).

Scott E. Miller is Director of Federal Relations. Mr. Miller has represented the Agency in Washington, DC since 1998. He is the primary liaison between the Agency and the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies.

Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Miller held several senior positions in higher education and student aid-related organizations, including the congressionally chartered National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, the American Council on Education, and Sallie Mae.

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Todd E. Mosko is Vice President of Loan Assets Management. Mr. Mosko joined the Agency in 1986. He is responsible for all guaranty default prevention and post collection activities, as well as commercial collections and payment processing.

Prior to joining the Agency, Mr. Mosko worked for Beneficial National Bank in their consumer finance system.

Mr. Mosko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance and economics.

Matthew D. Sessa is Vice President & Program Director of FedLoan Servicing. Mr. Sessa joined the Agency in 1994. He is directly responsible for establishing FedLoan Servicing as one of only four U.S. Department of Education Title IV Additional Servicers (TIVAS) and manages its continued success. Mr. Sessa is also responsible for the generation of new business lines through the U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Sessa has more than 15 years of experience in the student loan industry.

His educational accomplishments include: Bachelor of Arts degree, West Virginia University; Master of Science in Information Systems, Pennsylvania State University; and Master of Business Administration, The Smeal College of Business of the Pennsylvania State University.

Jason L. Swartley is General Counsel for the Agency. Mr. Swartley joined the Agency in 1996. His current responsibilities include reviewing and approving all Agency agreements and managing all aspects of the Agency's legal and compliance initiatives.

Mr. Swartley is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College (Bachelor of Arts), The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (Juris Doctor), Temple University School of Law (LL.M. in Trial Advocacy), and The Smeal College of Business of the Pennsylvania State University (Master of Business Administration).