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.

Meet …

Juan Acosta. Associate Director of College Guidance at Saint Andrew’s School (FL). This member shares how his previous work with Upward Bound has influenced his current work.​

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.

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.

Jeannie Borin.​ President and Founder of College Connections, LLC (CA). This member shares the opportunities and challenges of having an online presence in the college admission field.

Will Cardamone. Director of College Counseling at Manlius Pebble Hill School (NY). This member describes how his background in law has influenced his career in college counseling.

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.

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.

Nikki Danos. College Counseling Director at Rainier Scholars (WA). This member shares how high schools and universities can become more involved with college access programs.

Craig Dodson.​ Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at Mounds Park Academy (MN). This member shares how his experience in NACAC and affiliate ACAC leadership has affected his day-to-day work.

Jamila Everett. Director of Admission at Pitzer College (CA). This member describes the opportunities and challenges of working at a private liberal arts college.

Melissa Falk. Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Muhlenberg College (PA). This member shares advice for professionals who are just starting out in college admission.

Julie Fopma. Quad Cities Center Director at Upper Iowa University. This member shares how she balances her career and serving as a volunteer leader in the Iowa ACAC network.

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.

Kari Kolb.​ Associate Director of On Campus Recruitment at Transylvania University (KY). This member discusses the opportunities and challenges of working at a private liberal arts institution.

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.

Demisha Lee.​ Director of College Admission at Schuler Scholar Program (IL). This member shares her inspiration for her work in advocacy for first-generation, multicultural and low-income youth.

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

Rob Lundien.​ Professional School Counselor at Staley High School (MO). This member shares the opportunities and challenges he faces as chair of the Kansas City National College Fair.

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.

Steffany Perez.​ Co-Director of College Counseling at the Oakwood School (CA). This member shares the challenges and opportunities she faces in her day-to-day work.

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.

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. 

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.

Jeff Schiffman. Senior Associate Director of Admission at Tulane University (LA). This member discusses how Tulane University began recruiting differently as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

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.

Andrew Weiser.​ High School Counselor at International School Bangkok (Thailand). This member shares why it's important for NACAC to undertake international initiatives.