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Mary Lyn Hammer
PRESIDENT 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 complete 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 continues to be 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 2021 Ms. Hammer formed Champion College Solutions, a name that 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 during her 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 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 drive the agendas that threaten to annihilate American education ideals. (Read more about the special report Injustice for All.)
John White joined Champion as Sales Manager in 2013 and has built many strong relationships within the industry.
He studied communications at Arizona State University to start a fast-paced career in sales. With more than eighteen years of sales experience, he has held high-level sales positions at leading access control companies including PTI, Site Safe Security and CCS Connections—roles that provided him the expertise and high-level management skills required to oversee sales operations at Champion. Mr. White works hard to find the right solution for each school in order to meet the school’s goals and stay within budget. His optimism, enthusiasm, and positive outlook are contagious, which makes him a tremendous asset to the Champion team. Mr. White lives in the Phoenix area, and in his free time, you will find him spending it with his family, playing golf, coaching his son’s little league team, or DJing local events.
TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER
Ms. White started at Champion in 2003 as a Loan Counselor, bringing her financial collections experience to help struggling students with repayment options for their student loans. From there, she expanded her knowledge to include Quality Assurance and Auditing. She left Champion briefly in 2008 to gain knowledge in fraud and technology. Upon her return to Champion in 2011, she combined her student loan and technology expertise to improve system performance and business procedures as an Application Systems Analyst. In 2017, Ms. White was promoted to Technical Services Manager, where she continues to enjoy enhancing the system to improve interactions with students and clients.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Ms. White moved to Arizona in 1996. She now lives in Mesa with her husband Jeremy, son Logan (now in elementary school), and her Pitbull Kulu. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, spending time with friends, and in kickboxing class.
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Ja-lene Clark has the heart and drive of an entrepreneur combined with the spirit of a teacher and the learning style of a hands-on apprentice. She has served for over two decades as a publisher, developmental editor, writer, in marketing, graphic design, and web design (skilled in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and WordPress) with a focus on self-help and self-improvement subjects.
From 2009 to January 2016, Mrs. Clark served as a graphic designer of marketing and sales materials, website developer, and assisted Champion by performing publishing tasks on a consultant and freelance basis. In February 2016, she accepted a salaried position with Champion. She has since continued to develop marketing materials, writes, produces, and designs the graphics and web-based elements of online courses. Ms. Clark has developed and maintains five websites for Champion. Other responsibilities include writing, editing, and publishing press releases and white papers.
Ms. Clark works from her home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, assisted by her two beloved canine companions, Rosie and Toby. She and her husband Tom, enjoy traveling, time with family, and the precious responsibility of being full-time caregivers to two of their grandchildren.