Perhaps our greatest asset—and that of our school partners are the exceptional people who comprise the Champion team. Driven by their passion for helping students, it’s our people who set us apart from others.

Mary Lyn Hammer

marylynhammerPRESIDENT AND CEO

In January 1988, a private career school in Tempe, Arizona anticipated the importance that would be placed on student loan default prevention and hired Mary Lyn Hammer as a full-time Default Manager.

Coming from a banking background where the primary goal of servicing was to keep borrowers current and prevent foreclosures and repossessions, Ms. Hammer was appalled to find that fraud and abuse were rampant in the student loan industry.

Early on, Ms. Hammer realized that the only way to insure proper loan servicing was to intervene and act as a liaison between the borrowers and their servicers, a truth that remains today. The Champion program is based on essential, proven-successful “Hands On” techniques that were exceptional at preventing student loan defaults then, and remain just as effective now.

Numerous requests from schools needing assistance led Ms. Hammer to form Hands On Default Management, Inc. in January 1990.  Since then, many schools have experienced dramatic results by implementing this program.

In 2004 Ms. Hammer formed Champion College Services, a name which better represents the company’s objectives and goals, portfolio of offerings, and the relationships between ourselves and the clients whom we serve.  Our professional strategic partnerships coupled with our vision will propel our direction to continually improve our offerings and our relationships in the higher education arena.

Ms. Hammer has worked closely with congressional representatives and key staff at the U.S. Department of Education on many issues over her 25 year career in higher education. She remains politically active today as an expert advisor to Education officials, lawmakers, and industry liaisons in her drive to maintain student loan integrity and quality education for all students. It is through her vision and passion that Champion continues to lead the way in student loan management and default prevention.


On January 22, 2016, Ms. Hammer’s released a special report (made publicly available in book format) which provides well-documented evidence of the U.S. Department of Education’s consistent pattern of data manipulation, misreporting, and strategic lack of reporting that drives the agendas that threaten to annihilate American education ideals. (more about the special report Injustice for All)


Cheryl Kesson

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Cheryl.Kesson@ChampionCollegeServices.com

Cheryl came to Champion College Services in July 2006 after working as an Account Maintenance Specialist for Southwest Student Services where her primary duties were the approval and processing of forbearance and deferments for the company’s borrowers. She has also worked in Loan Originations for the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

After working as an auditor for the company, Cheryl was promoted to Client Relations Manager in June 2007 and to her current position as Operations Manager in June 2015. With over 10 years of experience in student financial aid operations and sales, her current focus is on building and maintaining effective business relationships with Champion’s clients and marketing the company’s related products and services to meet the current needs of the educational community. She works extensively with software developers, operations, management, client relations and in product development to insure quality products, services and reporting.

In December 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014 she was awarded the distinction of Manager of the Year.

Cheryl grew up in Connecticut and studied fashion design and merchandising. She worked for over 10 years in retail management and sales before moving to Arizona in September of 2002. Currently she resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her 16-year-old son, Spencer, and their two pit-bulls, Coraline and Barnum.  Cheryl and Spencer share a love of art and reading. They are also avid fans of video games, particularly Harry Potter and Star Wars.

John White

SALES MANAGER

John.White@ChampionCollegeServices.com

John joined Champion College Services as Sales Manager in 2013 and has built many strong relationships in the industry. He will work hard to find the right solution for every school so they can meet their goals and stay within a budget. His enthusiasm and positive outlook make him a huge asset to the Champion team.

John was born in Colorado before living for some years abroad in Germany. He can be found spending free time with his wife and kids, listening to music, coaching sports and working out.

Chris Cox

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Chris.Cox@ChampionCollegeServices.com

Chris has been in the student loan/school business for over 20 years. Right after studying at the University of Arizona, Chris started working in the financial aid office of a local trade school before eventually moving on to the Financial Aid Service Team at Mitchell Sweet and Associates. Chris grew up in the school industry and worked for Champion from 2001 to 2005, then worked for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools from 2005 to 2015, and rejoined Champion in March 2015. We are very excited to have him back! Chris will be managing the client relations team, focused specifically on meeting the needs of our client schools.

Chris enjoys basketball, swimming, reading, Game of Thrones and both watching and writing about movies. Every spring, he is a volunteer staff member at the Phoenix Film Festival, and he currently lives in Chandler, AZ with his silly dog, Emma.

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Champion College Services, Inc.
7776 S Pointe Parkway West, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: 480.947.7375
Toll Free: 800.761.7376

CHAMPION
contact list

Call 800.761.7376

Client Services Email

Student Services Email

New Client Assessment Email

General Questions Email

Perhaps our greatest asset—and that of our school partners are the exceptional people who comprise the Champion team. Driven by their passion for helping students, it’s our people who set us apart from others.

Mary Lyn Hammer

marylynhammerPRESIDENT AND CEO

In January 1988, a private career school in Tempe, Arizona anticipated the importance that would be placed on student loan default prevention and hired Mary Lyn Hammer as a full-time Default Manager.

Coming from a banking background where the primary goal of servicing was to keep borrowers current and prevent foreclosures and repossessions, Ms. Hammer was appalled to find that fraud and abuse were rampant in the student loan industry.

Early on, Ms. Hammer realized that the only way to insure proper loan servicing was to intervene and act as a liaison between the borrowers and their servicers, a truth that remains today. The Champion program is based on essential, proven-successful “Hands On” techniques that were exceptional at preventing student loan defaults then, and remain just as effective now.

Numerous requests from schools needing assistance led Ms. Hammer to form Hands On Default Management, Inc. in January 1990.  Since then, many schools have experienced dramatic results by implementing this program.

In 2004 Ms. Hammer formed Champion College Services, a name which better represents the company’s objectives and goals, portfolio of offerings, and the relationships between ourselves and the clients whom we serve.  Our professional strategic partnerships coupled with our vision will propel our direction to continually improve our offerings and our relationships in the higher education arena.

Ms. Hammer has worked closely with congressional representatives and key staff at the U.S. Department of Education on many issues over her 25 year career in higher education. She remains politically active today as an expert advisor to Education officials, lawmakers, and industry liaisons in her drive to maintain student loan integrity and quality education for all students. It is through her vision and passion that Champion continues to lead the way in student loan management and default prevention.


On January 22, 2016, Ms. Hammer’s released a special report (made publicly available in book format) which provides well-documented evidence of the U.S. Department of Education’s consistent pattern of data manipulation, misreporting, and strategic lack of reporting that drives the agendas that threaten to annihilate American education ideals. (more about the special report Injustice for All)


Cheryl Kesson

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Cheryl.Kesson@ChampionCollegeServices.com

Cheryl came to Champion College Services in July 2006 after working as an Account Maintenance Specialist for Southwest Student Services where her primary duties were the approval and processing of forbearance and deferments for the company’s borrowers. She has also worked in Loan Originations for the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

After working as an auditor for the company, Cheryl was promoted to Client Relations Manager in June 2007 and to her current position as Operations Manager in June 2015. With over 10 years of experience in student financial aid operations and sales, her current focus is on building and maintaining effective business relationships with Champion’s clients and marketing the company’s related products and services to meet the current needs of the educational community. She works extensively with software developers, operations, management, client relations and in product development to insure quality products, services and reporting.

In December 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014 she was awarded the distinction of Manager of the Year.

Cheryl grew up in Connecticut and studied fashion design and merchandising. She worked for over 10 years in retail management and sales before moving to Arizona in September of 2002. Currently she resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her 16-year-old son, Spencer, and their two pit-bulls, Coraline and Barnum.  Cheryl and Spencer share a love of art and reading. They are also avid fans of video games, particularly Harry Potter and Star Wars.

John White

SALES MANAGER

John.White@ChampionCollegeServices.com

John joined Champion College Services as Sales Manager in 2013 and has built many strong relationships in the industry. He will work hard to find the right solution for every school so they can meet their goals and stay within a budget. His enthusiasm and positive outlook make him a huge asset to the Champion team.

John was born in Colorado before living for some years abroad in Germany. He can be found spending free time with his wife and kids, listening to music, coaching sports and working out.

Don Dimaano

IT MANAGER

Don.Dimaano@ChampionCollegeServices.com

Don joined Champion College Services as an IT Specialist in March of 2003. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at AMA Computer College in the Philippines. He started his career in programming and development, and software engineering. He then decided to change his career path to engineering and architecture of IT systems, networking, security, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Champion College Services, one of Don’s accomplishments was building the IT infrastructure of the Department of Motor Vehicles (Philippines) from scratch; it was composed of hundreds of servers and workstations, dispersed in different geographical nationwide locations. Despite seemingly insurmountable challenges, Don was persistent in getting the job done. He is highly dependable, especially when it comes to “crunch time.”

Don’s 15 years of earned knowledge and experience, including Microsoft products implementation, and his technical prowess are the foundations for making Champion College Services IT infrastructure and operations adhere and comply with its internal high-quality standards.

Don enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids. He is a great supporter of the Second Amendment and an advocate of firearm safety; he is a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association). During his free time, he shoots competitively with well-known names in the sport, and he hopes to be well-known as a marksman in the future.

Chris Cox

SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Chris.Cox@ChampionCollegeServices.com

Chris has been in the student loan/school business for over 20 years. Right after studying at the University of Arizona, Chris started working in the financial aid office of a local trade school before eventually moving on to the Financial Aid Service Team at Mitchell Sweet and Associates. Chris grew up in the school industry and worked for Champion from 2001 to 2005, then worked for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools from 2005 to 2015, and rejoined Champion in March 2015. We are very excited to have him back! Chris will be managing the client relations team, focused specifically on meeting the needs of our client schools.

Chris enjoys basketball, swimming, reading, Game of Thrones and both watching and writing about movies. Every spring, he is a volunteer staff member at the Phoenix Film Festival, and he currently lives in Chandler, AZ with his silly dog, Emma.

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Champion College Services, Inc.
7776 S Pointe Parkway West, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: 480.947.7375
Toll Free: 800.761.7376

CHAMPION
contact list

Call 800.761.7376

Client Services Email

Student Services Email

New Client Assessment Email

General Questions Email