Mary Lyn is the President and CEO of Champion College Services, Inc., formerly Hands On, Inc. She founded Hands On in 1989 to provide default management services based on essential "Hands On" techniques that prevent student loan defaults. Since then numerous career colleges have experienced dramatic results by implementing her innovative default prevention programs. Mary Lyn has conducted training sessions and workshops for state, provincial, regional, national, and private associations in both the U.S. and Canada in a continued effort to share her experiences and knowledge of default prevention techniques and cohort appeal procedures. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Career College Association (CCA) and received CCA's National Achievement Award in 2005 for the Allied Member of the Year.
Mary Lyn has actively worked with the U.S. Congress and the Department of Education on every "Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act" from 1988 to date. She has helped to write the regulatory criteria for schools' default prevention programs and her work has been recognized by the Department of Education for its remarkable results. She served as a negotiator in the 1999/2000 Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking sessions as a representative of CCA and its 1200 member schools. Mary Lyn's belief that education is the vehicle for making dreams come true has led her in a passionate fight for identifying problems in the higher education industry and finding solutions to insure future participation for all students.