For Immediate Release
November 5, 2013

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NH Bankers Association Chief Elected To NH Higher Education Loan Corporation Board

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO) recently elected Christiana Thornton, President of the New Hampshire Bankers Association (NHBA), to its board of directors. NHHELCO is a nonprofit lender and holder exclusively for student loans. In June 2013, NHHELCO re-entered the national private student loan marketplace, launching EDvestinU, a competitive alternative loan for undergraduate and graduate students.

“As head of the NHBA, a nonprofit trade association representing all of New Hampshire commercial and thrift banks, both state-chartered and nationally-chartered, Christiana brings banking and policy experience which will forward the mission of NHHELCO,” stated René Drouin, President & CEO of NHHELCO. Christiana joined the NHBA in 2008 as Vice President of Government Relations, before becoming president on January 1, 2012. Prior to joining NHBA, she served for six years as a staff member for former Senator John E. Sununu, both in NH and in Washington, DC. She worked as a Legislative Aide focusing on banking and housing policy issues. Christiana graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Political Science and Minor in Communications. She lives in Manchester with her husband, Jeff, and two children.


New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides students and families with the resources and funding to pursue higher education aspirations. NHHELCO is one of three active nonprofit companies that comprise The NHHEAF Network Organizations. Funds generated by the Organizations make its charitable mission possible as student loan earnings are reinvested in programs and services that benefit citizens of New Hampshire.