Director of Admissions
Jacqueline currently serves as Director of Admission at Saint Michael’s College and has been inn admissions since 1976 and a Director since 1989. She attained a BA from Saint Michael’s College and her M.Ed from University of Vermont.
Affiliations: Saint Michael's College
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Affiliations: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
James’ background includes time as a secondary English teacher, co-founding a private Catholic high school, as a high school guidance counselor, a curriculum director, and as an independent counselor for the last 5 years. He is affiliated with HECA and RMACAC. Areas of expertise include evaluating student's transcripts and matching them up with an appropriate college placement and major.
Affiliations: Long Range Success
James Maroney, the owner and founder of First Choice College Placement, has more than twelve years of educational consulting and test preparation experience. In addition, he founded www.AdmissionHook.com andwww.CollegeTreasure.com where he offers students advice on the college essay and locating college scholarships. A 1996 graduate of Yale University, Mr. Maroney holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, was the Captain of the Varsity Track Team.
Affiliations: First Choice College Placement
Vice President of Higher Education
James M. Montoya is Vice President for Higher Education Relationship Development at the College Board in New York City. Before joining the College Board leadership team, Mr. Montoya served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Stanford University. He also taught for a decade at Stanford through the Center of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Mr. Montoya recently co-authored a chapter on the globalization of higher education for university student affairs chief officers, and he currently serves on the national advisory board of the Stanford School of Education.
Affiliations: The College Board
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
James G. Nondorf is Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining UChicago he served as Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previous to this he was Director of Student Outreach in Admissions at Yale University. He began his career at Cambridge Technology Group, culminating in his role as president, and was a founding member of a charter school in Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Yale University, and aMaster of Liberal Arts Degree in Ethics from Valparaiso University.
Affiliations: University of Chicago
Director of Counseling & College Guidance
Jan Pearson, is the Director of Counseling and College Guidance at Houston Christian High School. Her career spans 26 years in public and private schools as a both a teacher and counselor. Jan received her bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University, as well as additional graduate hours from the University of St. Thomas where she completed certification as an educational diagnostician. Her expertise lies in working with students and parents as they pursue and prepare for the college search and application process as well as presentations to parents on high school prep & survival, and parenting success.
Affiliations: Houston Christian High School
Dr. Jane S. Gabin has 10 years' experience in undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked as a college counselor in the NYC-metro area for 7 years. In addition to presentations at various professional conferences, she has published three books and numerous articles and encyclopedia entries, and contributes a bi-monthly college column at www.insideschools.org
Affiliations: New York City
Jane has a proven track record of providing personalized guidance to help students identify, apply and gain admission to the best colleges for them. Her experience working in the administration of three universities, graduate business education and natural tendencies to serve as a resource and demystify and empower have contributed to her success with her clients and their successful application and admission to colleges.
Affiliations: College Advice 101
Jane Klemmer is the founder of Klemmer Educational Consulting, LLC, a New York based firm that provides guidance and financial strategies for college and graduate programs through all phases of the admission process. Given her prior life experience as a professional musician, a corporate finance executive, and a parent of three, Jane brings creativity, as well as strategic and mentoring expertise to each student relationship.
Affiliations: Klemmer Educational Consulting
Jane S. Shropshire, Lexington, KY, has been an educational consultant since 1996. She brings significant admission experience to her advising (at Tufts, Brandeis, and WashingtonU. in St. Louis), and is especially accomplished at guiding students toward schools that are truly the right fit. Jane is an active member and past president of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and an active member of NACAC and its Kentucky affiliate, KYACAC.
Affiliations: Shropshire Educational Consulting LLC
Senior Class Counselor
Janet Elfers is the Senior Class Counselor at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a counselor in public high schools in Ohio for over 25 years. She has degrees from The Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University, with post-graduate courses from Xavier University and Miami University. Although Janet is knowledgeable and experienced working with all aspects of the college planning process, she is an expert at asking good questions, staying organized, helping students decide what information they should emphasize on their college applications, and sorting through the abundant amount of information about colleges in order to arrive at that which is most important to each student.
Affiliations: Mariemont High School
Independent College Admissions Consultant
Janet Rosier is an experienced Independent College Admissions Consultant in Woodbridge, CT and the founder of Janet Rosier’s Educational Resources, Inc. Janet Rosier can help relieve the stress and lower the anxiety by directing students to appropriate college choices–schools that are an academic as well as a social and emotional fit. Janet works with a wide range of students–those who apply to the most competitive colleges as well as students with more modest academic aspirations, students who are athletes, actors, musicians and those with learning or attentional issues.
Affiliations: Janet Rosier's Educational Resources
Jean Ward uses her training as a licensed clinical psychologist with 26 years of post-doctoral experience to assist students in the college admissions process. Utilizing a "positive psychology" model that highlights individual strengths, her extensive background in psychological assessment and counseling with pre-teens, adolescents, adults and families enables her to establish rapport quickly, develop a profile of students’ core strengths, and help them to translate who they are onto a college application. This puts students in control in determining their best college matches.
Founder & President
Jeannie received her Masters Degree in Education and Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is Founder and President of the Los Angeles based independent educational consulting firm College Connections. She has an extensive educational background having served as counselor, school administrator, admissions director, teacher and curriculum supervisor for over twenty years in both the public and private sectors. Jeannie also mentored teachers through the UCLA teacher-training program, is state certified, and holds a teaching credential issued for life. Jeannie has over fifteen years of college admissions counseling experience, regularly attends professional conferences, networks with colleagues and visits colleges throughout the United States building contacts within the admissions staff.
Affiliations: College Connections
A former lead instructor at Kaplan Education, Jeff is passionate about education and making a positive difference in students' lives. He has researched, developed and implemented curriculums to help students maximize their educational success as well as taught numerous classes on topics including education, finance, and personal development. Jeff has taught students at both the domestic and international levels. Jeff received his college counseling education from the Harvard Institute on College Admissions (sponsored by Harvard University and the College Board), as well as at the Summer Training Institute on College Counseling from the Independent Educational Consultants Association. He also received additional education from the College Counseling program at UCLA. Jeff is currently an education columnist, college professor, 20-time international award-winning author, and consultant.
Affiliations: Maximize Your Education
Director of College Counseling
Jeffrey Makris has served as the Director of College Counseling at the High School of Economics and Finance, a New York City public high school located one block south of the former World Trade Center, since 2004. Jeffrey has been very active in the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling, and the College Access Consortium of New York, Inc. In June of 2009 he completed a three -year term on the Executive Board of NYSACAC as Co-Chair of the School - College Relations Committee. He currently serves as a Vice -Chair on CACNY, Inc.'s Board of Directors and a mentor for NYSACAC's Summer Institute. Each spring and summer Mr. Makris teaches Counseling the College Bound Student, a graduate level course introducing students to the college counseling profession, for the University of California Los Angeles through the UCLA Extension program. He earned his BS in Psychology from Binghamton University, S.U.N.Y. and his MSEd in School Counseling from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.
Affiliations: High School of Economics and Finance in New York City
Director of College Counseling
Jennifer is in her fifth year as the Director of College Counseling at The Putney School in Vermont, where she also serves as an academic advisor, faculty dorm head, and as the senior class Dean. Previously, she worked in college admissions as the Associate Director of Admissions at Marlboro College (8 years), and as Assistant Director of Admissions at Marist College (1 year). She was a psychology major as an undergraduate and her interest in admissions was piqued by her work study jobs in her college’s student affairs and admission offices.
Affiliations: The Putney School in Vermont
Counseling Department Chair
Jennifer L. Evans currently serves as the counseling department chair at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD. Evans has been a member of the counseling staff for eight years and was promoted to department chair in 2008. Prior to accepting the position at Broadneck High Schoo, Ms. Evans served for six years as admissions counselor and assistant director of admissions at Goucher College in Towson, MD.
Affiliations: Broadneck High School
Dr. Jill Greenbaum is the college coach who helps teens shift from anxious, confused, and overwhelmed to confident, organized, and successful in finding the colleges that are the right matches for them. Beginning her career as a teacher for students with special education needs in the New York City public school system, Jill became a principal and administrator. Her doctorate in curriculum development, from Columbia University, and her experience with her daughter’s college search inspired her to create a range of services for teens and families. Jill is passionate about supporting teens on their journey toward becoming independent young adults, and encouraging their parents to address change and transition in their family dynamics.
Independent Educational Consultant
Jill Madenberg has been a college admission professional in New York for over fifteen years, serving as a certified high school guidance counselor and independent college consultant in Long Island nearNew York City. She earned her bachelor’s from The George Washington University and master’s degree from New York University. Jill has worked with countless high school students as they take the journey through the exciting college planning and selection process! Services range from high school course selection, college selection, application preparation, essay review, extra-curricular activities, mock interviews and overview of scholarship opportunities.
Affiliations: Private Practice
Having grown up in a low-income family, Jim McCorkell founded Admission Possible in 2000 and is the CEO of this nationally growing nonprofit helping low-income youth achieve college admission and success. In 2006, Jim was inducted into the Ashoka foundation’s international fellowship of social entrepreneurs for his innovative college access model. His work was recognized in 2009 by President Obama in a speech highlighting innovative nonprofits that should grow and by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the National College Access Network (NCAN) with their 2009 awards of excellence. Jim received an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Carleton College with honors.
Affiliations: Admission Possible
Dr. Jim Overton was a guidance counselor at Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC for 25 years, where his seniors have been awarded over $30 million in scholarships since 1995. Following his retirement in June 2008, he founded College Consultants of South Carolina, LLC, an educational consultation firm that helps high school students in find colleges that fit and assists them in the entire application process and scholarship search. For the past 27 years he has been an adjunct faculty member at both the graduate and undergraduate level for a number of programs, including the University of South Carolina, Limestone College, Coker College, Southern Wesleyan University, St. Leo University and presently Troy University. In addition, he retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Affiliations: College Consultants of South Carolina
Director & Certified Educational Planner
Joan Bress, director of College Resource Associates, is a Certified Educational Planner who provides college and career advisory services to students and their families. Her experience includes more than twenty years experience in high school and college teaching, clinical social work, and college admissions consulting. Joan holds degrees from University of Pennsylvania, Simmons College School of Social Work, and Boston University.
Affiliations: College Resource Associates
Joan K. Casey is president of Educational Advocates College Consulting Corp., a college admission consulting firm in Brookline, Massachusetts that she founded in 2004. Casey holds a master of education degree in Mind, Brain and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has completed an advocacy-training program sponsored by the Massachusetts Federation for Children with Special Needs, and is trained in AD/HD coaching through the American Coaching Association.
Affiliations: Educational Advocates College Consulting Corp.
Founder & Director
Joan R. Koven, Certified Education Planner, founder and director of Academic Access, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from SkidmoreCollege and her certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She also studied at La Varenne Ecole de La Cuisine in Paris. Koven has spent most of her professional life as a manager, leader and marketing executive. Joan brings her talents to Academic Access in many ways. Her strength in pulling together a team of dynamic associates complements her expertise in organizing, marketing, and preparing students for a successful "Plan of Action" for college admissions. Her analytical and research skills ease the way for a student's entry into uncovering the colleges that are the "right fit". Joan has lived the university life as an academic spouse for over 29 years at HarvardUniversity, University of California Berkeley, VillanovaUniversity and now Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her academic family has given her first hand access to working with students and their specific needs. .She is a member of NACAC, PACAC, IECA, and HECA . She devotes over twenty percent of her time to visiting college campuses and is currently an instructor in the University of California, Irvine Certificate Program for Educational Consultants. She is teaching the course entitled Marketing and Public Relations for the Educational Consultant. This vast depth of professional marketing and promotional experiences make Koven the perfect instructor to bring real life stories to her students with a track record of success. Her college counseling practice has a waiting list of clients and with her abilities to market her talents she has been extremely successful. In 2007, Koven was featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer speaking about her practice and college admissions.
Affiliations: Academic Access
Director of College Counseling
Educated at Radcliffe College (BA, 1968) and the University of Pittsburgh (MEd, 1992), Joanna Schultz has spent over thirty-five years in education. She has taught English in grades three through twelve, has taught teachers how to teach English and how to counsel students, and, for the past fifteen years, has worked as the Director of College Counseling at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh. She has presented workshops at numerous national conferences, written journal articles, was instrumental in the development of an annual conference for college counselors from girls schools, and is currently the Director of Professional Development for the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling.
Affiliations: The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA
Creator & Founder
Joanne Levy-Prewitt is an independent college advisor working with high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. A former teacher, Joanne is also a short-fiction writer. She wrote a weekly, nationally syndicated column (Universal Press Syndicate) called “College Bound”. Joanne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, and her teaching credential from St. Mary’s College of California. She completed her certificate in College and Career Advising at the University of California, Berkeley. Joanne is co-founder of Get Going College Admissions Workshops, and is the creator and founder of CollegeMapp, the first iPhone app to help high school students organize their college applications. Joanne has one son who is in graduate school, and she lives with her husband in the Bay Area.
John Carpenter is the owner of askjohnaboutcollege.com and has advised students and families for more than 30 years in both public and independent schools, both in the US and abroad. He has presented with colleagues on college admissions-related topics at many venues including NACAC national conferences, ECIS European conferences, MOACAC state meetings, OACAC and ACCIS. He was a founding Executive Committee member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. His book Going Geek: The Really Smart Kid's Guide to College Admission will be ready for publication soon, and he is listed as resource for parents on the website College Money Insider under "Blogs We Like." His own blog for high school students is updated weekly at www.askjohnaboutcollege.com
Counseling Department Chair
John has served as a high school counselor for 23 of his 32 years in education. He also has two years experience as an elementary school counselor. In addition to working in Hudson he has worked in the Akron Public Schools, and Maple Heights City Schools districts. He currently serves as an Executive Board Member of OACAC. He is also an adjunct graduate instructor for The University of Akron.
Affiliations: Hudson High School
Founder & Director
Jolyn Brand is the founder and director of Brand College Consulting, a college advisor, and educational consultant (www.BrandCollegeConsulting.com). She was an award winning educator who now helps students through the college search, application, essay and admissions process. She is also the Houston College Admissions Writer on Examiner.com.
Affiliations: Brand College Consulting
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Policy & Planning
Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for Enrollment Policy & Planning, has been with DePaul since 2002, leading efforts in undergraduate enrollment planning, as well as freshman and transfer admissions and financial aid. Jon has 27 years of enrollment experience, and is most interested in the ways in which higher education institutions balance market realities and mission aspirations. Before coming to DePaul, Jon worked at Mount Mercy and Grinnell Colleges in Iowa, the University of Dallas in Texas, Communicorp (a marketing consulting firm working with not-for-profits) in Atlanta, and St. Bonaventure University in New York, where he spent seven years as dean and then vice president of Enrollment Management.
Affiliations: DePaul University
Founder & CEO
Jordan Goldman is the author of Students' Guide to Colleges 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, from Penguin Books. He is also the founder and CEO of Unigo.com, which The Wall Street Journal called "a college resource built for the age of YouTube and Facebook", The New York Times called "vivid in a way no guidebook can match," and Always On named "One of the 100 Private Companies with the Biggest Impact on the Public Sector." Through an exclusive partnership with The Wall Street Journal, Jordan created a new brand - WSJ On Campus - which produces journalism about college admissions and college life. Though an exclusive partnership with McGraw Hill, he helped create original curriculum on college and career readiness taught in high schools throughout America. He has been an education expert on more than 50 episodes of ABC News, has moderated live events for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. He is currently co-authoring a white-paper, titled "What is the Purpose of High School", with McGraw Hill. Jordan has been featured in The NY Times, The NY Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Time, Forbes, Newsweek, Inc, Wired, Entrepreneur, USA Today and The Washington Post, and has been a guest on ABC News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business Channel and Bloomberg News. He is 28 years old.
Founder & Educational Consultant
Joyce Reed, founder of College Goals, served as Assoc. Dean of the College at Brown University for fourteen years and has run an education consulting practice for eight years, focusing on international and American students with a variety of academic strengths. Her expertise includes not only college admission but also college advising and students’ success.
Affiliations: College Goals
Julia Surtshin, a Ceftified Educational Planner and independent college counselor in Portland, Oregon, has been helping students and families navigate the transition to college since 1995. She offers workshops and writes freelance articles on college search, writing effective admission essays, and understanding the financial aid process.
Affiliations: Surtshin College Counseling
Julie A. Manhan, founder of College Navigation, has been an educational professional for over 25 years. She has worked with students of all academic abilities and backgrounds in a variety of roles and is acutely aware of the needs of the students and parents when it comes to navigating the college application process.
Affiliations: College Navigation