Prior to joining GRASP, Phenie was Director of Financial Aid at Virginia Union University for more than 20 years. She retired from Virginia Union University in October 2006. Mrs. Golatt received her training in financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. She received additional training from the United Negro College Fund, the College Board, National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), District of Columbia, Washington, D.C, and United Student Aid, Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a financial aid administrator at colleges in North Carolina and Virginia. She has conducted financial aid workshops for parents and students in the state for more than 20 years. Mrs. Golatt received a B.S. in Business Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has done post graduate studies at NC Central University, NC State University, and Virginia Tech.