Client Solutions Staff | Scholarship America

Meet Our Client Solutions Team

Mike Nylund
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Solutions

Mike Nylund leads Scholarship America’s Client Solutions team, bringing more than 25 years of professional experience and a deep knowledge of financial aid policy and administration to our custom education program development process. Mike is a graduate of Michigan State University and a former recipient of the Medio J. Bacco Memorial renewable scholarship. When he’s not working, he enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with Diesel, his favorite golden retriever.

Kimberly Hanson - Senior Director, Client SolutionsKimberly Hanson
Senior Director, Client Solutions

Kimberly is passionate about education and has spent more than two decades in the areas of sales, operations and customer service helping a wide range of organizations meet their goals. Kimberly loves cooking, going to estate sales, hiking and exploring wine country in Oregon where she lives.

Marilee Hedberg - Director, Client SolutionsMarilee Hedberg
Director, Client Solutions

Throughout her career, Marilee has been a hands-on HR practitioner in areas such as compensation, benefits, staffing, performance management, training, and compliance. She fully understands the challenges HR leaders face, making her the perfect person with whom to discuss outsourcing your company’s education assistance program. In her spare time, Marilee is an angler-gatherer-gardener-cook who aspires to be a better golfer.

Cheryl Amundsen - Director of Scholarship AmericaCheryl Amundson
Director, Strategic Clients

With more than 30 years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education, non-profit management, and community youth development, Cheryl is well versed in matters of education access and student success. At Scholarship America, she advises and assists with program development and evaluation to ensure clients achieve their goals and objectives. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys playing the piano, fiber arts, golf and travel.

Christina Rose - Director, Strategic ClientsChristina Rose
Director, Strategic Clients

As a first generation college student, Christina has dedicated her career to helping students and families make post-secondary education obtainable and affordable. Christina utilizes her extensive financial aid knowledge to create programs that not only help students but also ensure organizational goals are accomplished.  In her spare time, Christina enjoys volunteering, reading, CrossFit, biking, and board game nights with her family.

Eric Wilner - Director, New Business DevelopmentEric Wilner
Director, Strategic Clients

An executive with more than 30 years of higher education finance experience, Eric believes that every person should have access to a post-secondary education. Utilizing a vast knowledge of scholarship, tuition assistance and student loan programs, Eric is a trusted advisor for all your organization’s needs. Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing golf, relaxing at the lake and spoiling his grandchildren!

Brandon Bachtle
Client Solutions Consultant

Having been in numerous roles within Scholarship America over the years, Brandon leverages his knowledge and experience within the organization, as well as his extensive background in customer service and management, to develop education programs that fit the needs of both new and existing clients. In his spare time, Brandon loves to golf, camp, spend time on the lake, cheer on his beloved Minnesota sports teams, and play fetch with his rescue dog, Charley.

Lauren Benike
Client Solutions Consultant

Lauren is passionate about expanding access and advancing equity in higher education. She has served as a volunteer and tutor, also spent a year in Chile teaching English classes to college students. At Scholarship America, Lauren’s experience working with diverse students has given her a deep awareness of the need for educational support. When she’s not facilitating educational support programs, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors, hanging out with her dog, cooking and dancing.

Cassandra Efta
Client Solutions Consultant

With eight years of customer service and administrative experience, Cassandra has served in a wide variety of roles with Scholarship America including customer service representative, program manager and now Client Solutions Consultant. She is dedicated to supporting students as they expand their education and strive to reach their career goals. When she’s not at work, Cassandra enjoys family time, sports, animals, crafting, concerts and volunteering in her community.

Jesse Hulseberg
Client Solutions Specialist

Jesse is on the front lines when it comes to facilitating partner and customer relations. He brings a wealth of experience in project coordination and customer service, and successfully managed his own small business for six years before moving to the corporate and the nonprofit worlds. Jesse is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and when he’s not working he enjoys cycling, reading and the outdoors (especially in the fall).