Conference Speakers - Financial Aid

Financial Aid Speakers


Charles Elliot
Charles Elliott graduated from LaSalle University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major concentration of study in Accounting. He worked as a revenue examiner in the Department of Revenue and an economic crime investigation specialist in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.
Charles has written articles that have been published in the White Paper and the Pennsylvania CPA Journal and presents continuing education programs to CPAs, attorneys, and other professionals, including CPAs from Mongolia, in the areas of fraud, forensic accounting, and litigation services on behalf of the PICPA and the PBI.
He currently is a member of the PICPA Scholarship Trust. He is a member of the LaSalle University Advisory Committee on Fraud and Forensic Accounting and is a guest lecturer in the Master’s Program in Fraud and Forensic Accounting.


Yolanda Gallegos
Yolanda R. Gallegos established her firm, Gallegos Legal Group, in 1998 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Yolanda has a national education law practice, representing proprietary postsecondary colleges around the country and in Puerto Rico.  Yolanda focuses her practice on federal and state regulatory matters unique to the postsecondary sector, such as issues related to participation in the federal student aid programs, accreditation, and state licensing.  She has successfully defended dozens of institutions in program reviews and audits before the U.S. Department of Education.


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Elizabeth Herron

Elizabeth Keifer Herron is a founding partner of PEAC Student Loan Assistance and a member of the executive management team of CARS.  Ms. Keifer-Herron provides client services, community outreach and is the chief compliance specialist for the family of companies.  She serves on numerous committees for higher educational associations, presents at many workshops and conferences, and her presence in Washington, DC enables her to have up-to-the-minute information on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry.

Prior to founding PEAC in 1992, Ms. Keifer-Herron was the chief lobbyist for the Career College Association (now APSCU).  Ms. Keifer-Herron received her BA with honors in political science and economics from Douglass College of Rutgers University.



Peter Leyton
Peter S. Leyton is the president of the Washington, D.C. area law firm of  Ritzert & Leyton, P.C. (R&L) and head of the firm’s education practice group. Since 1980, Peter has represented many institutions of higher education, publicly traded companies, private investment groups and others with respect to resolving regulatory/compliance matters as well as with respect to achieving desired transactional results through mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. 
Mr. Leyton completed his second term on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities board of directors in June 2012 and is actively involved in advising APSCU on legislative, regulatory and litigation matters. Mr. Leyton received his law degree from Catholic University School of Law in 1980, a Master's in Public Administration from American University in 1974, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Antioch College in 1971.