Counseling Department Chair
Dale Ford has been an international counselor for over 20 years. He currently coordinates an 8 person counseling team at the Singapore American School, the largest single-campus international school in the world. He is Past-President of the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling.
Affiliations: Singapore American School
Director of Recruitment and Communication
Dan Parish has worked in the field of college admissions since 1991, serving as both an admissions officer and as a college counselor. Dan's professional interests include expanding access to higher education, helping recruited athletes navigate the admissions process, working with alumni volunteers, and applying new technology and social media to the work of college admissions officers . A graduate of Dartmouth and of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dan returned to Dartmouth in 2000 and was promoted to Director of Admissions Recruitment and Communication in 2007.
Affiliations: Dartmouth College
Director of College Counseling
Danny began his admission career at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. At Georgetown he chaired the School of Business Admission Committee in addition to chairing the committee on transfer admission to the College of Arts and Sciences. During his five years at Georgetown, he coordinated the admission process for international students and traveled extensively throughout Europe recruiting students for the University. After leaving Georgetown, he served in the admission office of Florida International University, a public university of 35,000 students in Miami, Florida. At FIU he was the liaison from the admission office to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Currently, he is the Director of College Counseling at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, an independent school of 650 students, where he has worked for the past 17 years.
Affiliations: Palmer Trinity School
Sr. Associate Director of Admissions, Coordinator for Multicultural Admission
Darryl is in his 26th year in admissions, all at Gettysburg College, and is currently Senior Associate Director of Admissions/Coordinator for Multicultural Admission/Intercollegiate as well as the Athletic Liaison. He is a volunteer Assistant Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Varsity Track and Field Coach and advises several clubs and organizations on campus. He is a frequent presenter at public and private schools nationally as well as at state, regional, and national conferences.
Affiliations: Gettysburg College
Director of College Advising
After spending over a decade in college admissions at the University of Delaware, Dave Hamilton has been active in the college advising community at two different high schools since 1997. He has visited over 190 different colleges and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2005, he attained the status of being a Certified Educational Planner. CEPs are recognized for their knowledge and strong commitment to the education advising profession. Mr. Hamilton is one of only 178 individuals in the entire country who have received this designation and one of only 20 who are based at the secondary level.
Affiliations: St. Mary's Ryken High School
Director of College Counseling
David Miller, Director of College Counseling and English teacher, has taught secondary school for 41 years, 23 years at a large, lower middle class mixed race public school where he served as English Department Chair, President of the Faculty Council, Head of the Gifted and Talented Program, Head Football Coach, and began a school within a school during his tenure. He has taught, coached, and provided college counseling at this private school for eightteen years and has been Director of the College Counseling program for the last fifteen. Throughout his career he has served his alma mater, Princeton University, as an Alumni Schools Committee Chair and interviewer.
Affiliations: Stevenson School
Admission Strategist & Founder
For college-bound students, David Montesano is an internationally-recognized college admission advisor who provides strategic coaching that results in a higher percentage of successful admissions, scholarships and awards for students. Over the past 10 years, David Montesano, Admission Strategist and Founder of College Match US (www.CollegeMatchUs.com) has offered individualized counseling and a summer College Application Academy for seniors-to-be ( http://www.collegematchus.com/caa2010.html). In 2010, 96% of his clients gained admission to at least one of their top choice colleges and a majority of his clients won merit scholarships, averaging $57,000 over four years. David gets consistently high approval ratings from his clients and has been profiled by Washington Post education writer, Jay Matthews and is a frequent contributor to articles in publications including, US News & World Report, CBS Money Watch, and The Daily Beast.
Affiliations: College Match US
Assistant Director of Admission
Debs expertise lies in her genuine belief that the college admission process should be reflective, goal-oriented, well planned AND fun and enjoyable. She makes presentations to students and parents about how to go through the process in a mindful and educational way using humor and often helps students who are not even applying to UMF.
Affiliations: University of Maine Farmington
Independent College Search Consultant & Transfer Admissions Advisor
Deborah Shames has been a college advisor for nearly 20 years, working in high school settings, as well as privately and in the not-for-profit sector. She is a Certified School Counselor in NY and NJ and is a member of NACAC, HECA, NJACAC, BCSCA, and NCAG. She has worked with numerous students applying to college as both freshmen and transfer students. She is also the Transfer Admissions Advisor for the Kaplan Leadership Program in NYC. Ms. Shames earned her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University and her graduate degree in applied psychology (with a concentration in Counselor Education) from NYU. She has been featured in NJ newspapers and national blogs as an expert in her field and leads workshops in her local community, as well as occasional webinars for a national audience.
Affiliations: Kaplan Leadership Program
Independent College Consultant
Diana is an independent college consultant who is committed to helping students and their families prepare for college and discover the college or university that best meets their needs. Since beginning her practice in 2005, Diana has worked with students from all walks of life and from all kinds of educational backgrounds, assisting them in every aspect of the college process and helping them find their future. With a background in writing and editing, as well as teaching writing skills, Diana is an expert essay adviser and editor with BA and MA degrees in English from UCLA. She also has the Certification in College Counseling from UCLA.
Affiliations: College Mentors
Don Fraser, Jr.
Director of Education and Training
Don Fraser, Jr. is the Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in Arlington, VA. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Boston College, his Master's of Education in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts and is working on his Doctorate in Leadership in Urban Schools. Don is a passionate educator who began his career as a guidance counselor at a public high school in the Boston area and worked as Program Specialist for Harvard University's GEAR UP program in Boston’s second lowest performing public high school. Most recently, Don was the Director of College Access and Transition at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, an innovative urban public school serving over 700 students and 120 faculty and staff in Providence, RI. In that position, Don was named the 2010 Rhode Island Counselor of the Year. In addition, Don has developed curriculum for Harvard University’s critically acclaimed Crimson Summer Academy and served as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University where he taught two courses in their School Counseling program.
Director of College Guidance
A first generation college student from Philadelphia, Donnamarie Hehn began her career in education as a high school English teacher at All Saints Cathedral School in St. Thomas, USVI for six years. She then moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she has been employed by Canterbury School of Florida for the past twenty years. Holding various titles as English teacher, Upper School Dean, and Academic Dean, she was able to build Canterbury’s college guidance program and has been Director of College Guidance for the past fifteen years. Donnamarie has served as SACAC Conference Registration Chair, on the SACAC board as Membership Chair, NACAC Tampa Convention Planning Committee, and as a NACAC delegate.
Affiliations: Canterbury School of Florida
Doretta Katzter Goldberg established College Directions, LLC in 2004 after practicing law and working with Brown University admissions for almost twenty years. Since that time she has quickly gained recognition on both the local and national stage as a singular voice capable of providing the antidote to the frenzy that the field of college admissions has become. She has contributed articles to books and websites on college admissions and has written columns for a variety of publications. Her Letters to the Editor have appeared in Smart Money and the New York Times. Her opinions have been sought by a diverse cross-section of media outlets ranging from Newsday to the student run Daily Pennsylvanian to The Erie Times. Ms. Goldberg has spoken before business, student and parent organizations on the admissions process, writing college essays and choosing college majors. Though her professional focus is working closely with her clients, much of her time is also devoted to researching schools, visiting campuses and attending conferences with colleagues and college admissions’ personnel.
Affiliations: College Directions
Director of Adventures in Math and Science
Doris Clark Sarr is currently director of the Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) I & II Programs (two Upward Bound Math and Science Programs) at Murray State University. She received her Bachelor’s in Marketing, Masters in Public Administration and Masters of Science in Organizational Communication from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Doris received her Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Doris served for 10 years as a public elected official, two years as President of the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling, and two years as President of the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
Affiliations: Murray State University
Since 1990, Dorothy Missler has offered students and parents a practical approach to the college application process. Her background as the former Director of the College and Career Center at Jesuit High School and current position as the California Admissions Officer for Drew University, a liberal-arts college located in Madison, New Jersey, as well as a part-time counselor at American River College, gives her intimate knowledge from all perspectives. She has visited over 600 campuses and has extensive experience in all facets of this process.
Affiliations: Drew University
Director for College Readiness Programs & Initiatives
Dorothy Styles currently serves as the Project GRAD Atlanta Director for College Readiness Programs and Initiatives. Dorothy has significant programmatic and project management experiences as the leader of the College Readiness department and has served in the capacity of College Readiness Coordinator, Team Leader, Program Manager and was appointed the Director of College Readiness Programs and Initiatives in 2008. Her area of expertise in college readiness focuses on providing information and exposure to students and parents about the college admissions process, college affordability, academic preparation, and socialization necessary to be successful in college.
Affiliations: Project GRAD Atlanta