With July comes fireworks, parades… And our July Staff Person of the Month! Meet Ka Lia Smith! One of our Financial Aid Counselors and Student Service Coordinators, Ka Lia has been apart of the UWL family since 2010 when she entered as a Graduate student after finishing her undergrad at UW-Madison. However, it wasn’t until February of this year that Ka Lia joined the Financial Aid Office crew! When asked about her favorite part of her job, she had this to say, “I enjoy meeting with students and learning about their unique story while knowing that every day will be different.” When relaxing at home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, her two dogs, Sophie and Levi, and her cat Lionel. She also loves putting together a puzzle or two and visiting local rummage sales and thrift stores. (Don’t we all?) Interestingly enough, Ka Lia is the second youngest of ten siblings! What a full house! When prompted for an important piece of Financial Aid advice, Ka Lia said, “Utilize our office as a resource; we are here to answer your questions and to help you navigate the oftentimes confusing and overwhelming financial aid process.” Excellent advice Ka Lia! If you have questions about Financial Aid, come on in and talk to Ka Lia. She is primed and ready to help you find your way in the chaos that is college costs.