About Us

The path to postsecondary completion and achieving big dreams is made easier with Attigo®. Our nationally recognized student debt letter, default management, financial literacy, and training for higher-ed professionals help schools drive student success initiatives to new heights.

Attigo is provided by Ascendium Education Solutions® (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation). For more than 50 years, Ascendium has made postsecondary education a reality for millions of people. We’re a nonprofit and the nation’s largest student loan guarantor, a provider of student success tools, and a philanthropy whose mission is to elevate opportunities and outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds. We believe in the boundless power of education and support big dreams.

Sales & Support Team

Attigo's well respected and knowledgeable sales and support team has decades of higher education partnership experience. From coast to coast, we've got you covered.

Meet Our Sales & Support Team

Leadership Team

headshot of Beth EricksonBeth Erickson
Vice President Repayment Solutions

Beth began her career at Ascendium in 1993 and has been a champion for schools and their students ever since. She's a shining example of the power of higher education. As a single mom going to college, she knew first-hand the struggle to juggle it all and succeed. Beth brings a "no student left behind" attitude in her leadership of the Attigo suite, its sales and support, and guarantor services including the day-to-day operations of call centers that support a $44 billion student loan portfolio.

headshot of Hannah AchtorHannah Achtor
Manager—Quality Assurance, Compliance, and Training

Hannah has trained more than 500 Loan Counselors with the motto “kill ‘em with kindness.” She's one of the reasons our customer satisfaction is unparalleled in the industry. 

headshot of Kristi BlabaumKristi Blabaum
Systems Integration Analyst

Kristi is our go-to person for product development, process improvements, and leadership. She thinks like a school, plans like an Information Systems developer, and always has the student in mind.

headshot Keeley GoldthorpeKeeley Goldthorpe
Manager—Call Center

People are Keeley's passion, and she's hooked on the “feel-good” reward of seeing the direct impact our work has on the lives of student loan borrowers. 

headshot of Brendan ShaughnessyBrendan Shaughnessy
Manager—Call Center Operation

Brendan's outreach specialties are late-stage and high-risk delinquency, and in-house default collections. His finely tuned contact center operations, data reporting, and analysis help to “bring home the success.”