Member Spotlight

​Member Spotlights feature interviews with NACAC members who go above and beyond to make a difference both professionally and personally. If you would like to nominate an outstanding NACAC member to be featured in the Bulletin, email us.

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Leah Allman. Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College (IN). This member shares her perspective on the value of community college in today’s market.

Aaron Andersen. Director of International Recruitment at the University of British Columbia (Canada).  Interested in entering the field of international admission? This member shares his advice.

Doug Christiansen. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Vanderbilt University (TN). This member discusses the importance of educating NACAC members about international recruitment.

Chuck Bachman. Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Lafayette College (PA). Learn how he encourages students and parents to keep the college search process in perspective.

Francine Block. College Consultant at American College Admissions Consultants (PA). This member explains how she creates opportunities and helps others achieve goals through community service.

Gary A. Clark, Jr. Director of Undergraduate Admission & Relations with Schools at UCLA (CA). This member shares his experience at both large and small universities.

Katherine Cohen. CEO, Founder and Admission Counselor at IvyWise (NY).  This member has made multiple TV appearances. Find out what morning show she especially enjoys contributing to.

Maria Furtado. Director of Admission at Exckerd College (FL). See how this Former F.W. Woolworth store manager and employee at a family-run HVAC company was able to climb the ladder to director of admission.

Stephanie Hodge Gardner. College Prep Coordinator for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. This member describes the value of access and preparation in the college application process.

Harry Gong. Director of Admission at Niagra University (NY). Learn what initiatives this member uses when it comes to fundraising for the Buffalo National College Fair.

Louis Hirsh. Director of Admission at the University of Delaware. Hirsh discusses his role in the cancellation of early decision programs at the University of Delaware.

Nancy Icenhower. Director of College Counseling at the Hun School (NJ). In such a dynamic field as college counseling, she shares how to stay motivated.

Debra Landesberg. College and Secondary Education Consultant at My College Resource (FL). This member shares the opportunities and challenges she faced while transitioning from a school-based job to the independent sector.

Chat Leonard. Director of College Counseling at Metro Academic and Classical High School (MO). Learn why this member calls herself a “college geek.”

Erin Lyman. College Counselor at Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA). This member spent the summer travelling the US touring colleges and universities and blogging about her experience.

George P. Lynes, II. Retired Dean of College Admission. As a founding NJACAC member, he shares the large impact NACAC has made on his life.

Ray Marx. Director of College Counseling at Colegio Americano de Quito in Ecuador. This member shares his experience on working internationally.

Steve McGrath. Lead Outreach Advisor for the Educational Talent Search Program/TriO at the University of New Hampshire (NH). Find out why NACAC’s Imagine Fund has made such a large impact on this member’s life.
Katy Murphy. Director of College Counseling at Bellarmine College Preparatory (CA). NACAC’s president-elect discusses her experiences on both sides of the desk.

John O’Connor. College Selection Facilitator at Natrona County High School (WY). This member shares the opportunities and challenges he faces at a public high school.

Patrick J. O’Connor. Director of College Counseling at the Roeper School (MI). Learn more about the third college admission book this member is working on.

Joe Prieto. A retired Admission/Guidance Counselor. See how this active NACAC member continues to serve students and parents while enjoying retirement.

Chris Reeves. High School Counselor at Beechwood High School (KY). This member shares the impact that NACAC's Imagine Grant made on his professional life.

Jeff Rickey. Vice President and Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at St. Lawrence University (NY). This member discusses his thoughts on standardized testing.

Buck Rogers. Director of College Guidance at the McCallie School (TN). This adventure-seeking NACAC member relates to students and colleagues through outdoor activities.

Jessica Rowland. High School Counselor at Idaho Virtual Academy (ID). This member discusses the advantages and challenges of working as a virtual high school counselor.

Keyana Scales. Director of Undergraduate Admissions at North Carolina A&T State University (NC). This member shares her most gratifying experiences while working in college admission.

Luis Santiago. Director of Admission at Marist College (NY).  Not only has this NACAC member been an admission professional for 13 years, but he is also a professional wrestler. 

Steve Soud. Director of College Counseling at the Bolles School (FL). Soud explains the passion behind his medical mission to Mongolia.

Anna Takahashi. Director of College Counseling at Eastside College Preparatory School (CA). This member shares her experience working at a private school serving low-income, first-generation students.

Alice Tanaka. College Counselor at Holy Names Academy (WA). This member shares the opportunities and challenges she faces working at a high school that serves all young women.
Jennifer Thibodeaux. Senior Counselor/College Counselor at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge (LA). Learn how her involvement in the Baton Rouge National College Fair is helping Louisiana students find the perfect college.