About Us

Customer service for borrowers with private and federal loans is provided under the name Aspire Servicing Center by Aspire Resources Inc. employees.

Aspire Resources Inc. was originally created as ISL Service Corp. in 2001 as a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation, which now provides loans under the name ISL Education Lending. Aspire was created to perform functions not specifically included in our parent company's original tax-exempt designation. Aspire also provides customer service on behalf of its external business partners; disburses private student loans on behalf of its partnering lenders; transmits student loan data among postsecondary institutions and lenders; and resells the computer software it develops.

The Aspire board of directors is appointed annually by the directors of our parent company. All revenues beyond operating expenses and reserves are returned to our parent company to fulfill its nonprofit purpose to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education.

The Year in Review provides more information about our parent company, its programs and its educational resources.


Board of Directors

The Aspire board of directors provides oversight to work of Aspire employees, including those who perform customer service under the name Aspire Servicing Center.

  • Dr. John Hartung (chair), job coaching, placement and fundraising consultant
  • John Hintze (vice-chair), shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
  • Tammy Bramley, retired from Community Bank
  • Laurie Hempen, human resources director at Southeastern Community College
  • Steve Ollenburg, chief risk officer of Modern Woodmen of America

For more information, see the profiles for the board of directors.

Officers and Senior Management

The following officers and senior executives manage our employees.

  • Steven W. McCullough, president
  • Erin Lacey, executive vice president and corporate treasurer
  • Cindy Bartz, senior vice president of project management, chief information officer and corporate secretary
  • Joe Bird, senior vice president of business development and client relations
  • Chris Hammerstrom, vice president of operations

For more information, see the officer and senior management profiles.


See current openings on our parent company's website.