Tuition Options' Executive Team is amongst the most experienced in the industry featuring specialists in private student lending, servicing, originating and regulatory support to Title IV and Non-Title IV post-secondary institutions.

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Management Team

Tim Fitzpatrick
Tim Fitzpatrick joined Tuition Options as Chairman & CEO in June 2009. Since May 2007, Tim has served as CEO of TLB Advisors, a consulting firm in education. He previously served as CEO and COO during his tenure at SLM beginning in 1997 through 2007. Prior to joining SLM, Tim served as President and CEO of Equity One, Inc.
Kate Cavataio
Kate Cavataio is Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Kate has over 10 years of data analytics experience in financial services measuring the qualities of private education loan portfolios. She is a Certified Public Accountant and was formerly employed by SLM Corporation and Arthur Andersen LLP.
TJ Fitzpatrick
TJ Fitzpatrick is Executive Vice President - School Operations for all lending programs to targeted schools. TJ served 8 years as Regional Sales Manager for SLM Financial focusing on the for-profit school market. He manages the company’s California office and is involved daily in every facet of the business including finance, servicing, customer service, system migrations and sales.
Jason Morgan
Jason Morgan is Executive Vice President - IT Operations and Product Development with over 10 years of student loan product management experience. Jason is responsible for defining and implementing strategic technology-related initiatives to build operational efficiencies and manage the company’s enterprise data management solution.
Tamela Butler
Tamela Butler is Executive Vice President - Administration and Compliance. Tammy is currently responsible for the overall daily office operations, human resources, legal and servicing agreements and compliance for the company. She has over 20 years of executive office expertise and was formerly employed by Sallie Mae, Host Marriott Corporation and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Jim Jackson
Jim Jackson is Executive Vice President - Servicing. Jim has spent 15 years in the student lending industry. Prior to joining Tuition Options, Jim was Managing Director in the Sales/Debt Management Division for Sallie Mae. He was responsible for managing the campus based collections division which provided 3rd party private and federal loan collection services to over 3,000 school clients. In his current role, Jim oversees Tuition Options’ servicing strategies by monitoring and leveraging collection analytics and creating servicing polices designed to maximize recoveries for school clients.
Craig LaBrot
Craig LaBrot is Senior Vice President-National Sales, and has over 15 years of experience in the student lending industry. Prior to joining Tuition Options in 2008, Craig served as the West Region Vice President for Sallie Mae’s private loan division-SLM Financial. Craig works with school executives across the country to help design effective, compliant student financing programs that meet the needs of schools and their students.
Leslie Nardozzi
Leslie (Canuso) Nardozzi is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Client Development. Leslie has over 12 years of account management and marketing experience in the student lending industry. Prior to joining Tuition Options in 2008, Leslie was a national corporate account manager at Sallie Mae. She currently oversees the Client Services and Account Management teams with a focus on the retention and growth of current school partners and the acquisition of new clients.
Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick is Senior Vice President - Analytics. Brian is responsible for purchase portfolio analytics, loan loss reserves analytics, credit facility financing and credit scorecard development. In addition, Brian manages underwriting and approval of student loans for targeted school clients.