About Us

A wholly owned subsidiary of Iowa Student Loan, which has more than 35 years of experience in the student loan industry, Aspire is constantly growing to provide more services to assist clients. Iowa Student Loan, an Iowa-based nonprofit, was established in 1979 and began servicing federal student loans in 1981. Aspire, which was established in 2001, performs functions outside of Iowa Student Loan’s tax-exempt designation by providing services to employers, lenders, secondary markets and postsecondary institutions.

Since 1992, Iowa Student Loan has been involved in the funding and delivery of private student loans. Aspire employees provide servicing for these and federal loans as well as loans owned by other lenders.

In 2006, Aspire developed its first complete online application and automated underwriting systems.

In early 2014, Aspire launched its refinance/consolidation application system to meet the growing needs of the company's customers and clients.

In 2017, Aspire launched College Finance Benefits, a comprehensive suite of services for employers to assist employees.

Officers and Senior Management

Steven W. McCullough


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Erin Lacey

Executive Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

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Cindy Bartz

Vice President of Project Management and Chief Information Officer

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Joe Bird

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations

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Mary Kay DeBolt

Senior Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary

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Board of Directors

Dr. John Hartung


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Dr. Norm Nielsen

Vice Chair

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Catherine "Kay" E. Beyerink

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Juan Garcia

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John Hintze

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Tony Kaska

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Steve Ollenburg

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Open positions are listed on the website for Aspire's parent company, Iowa Student Loan. See current openings at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/Careers.