Director of College Counseling
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (TX)
As a former president of NACAC, you probably have many stories about the association. How has NACAC played a role in your career?
As a young admission professional, I credit NACAC and Texas ACAC with the single professional development opportunity that led me to know this is the work I need to be doing. Often, I found the involvement in NACAC to help me be a more effective admission director and now college counseling director. Finally, my experience and advocacy of transfer students, first-generation, and diverse students allowed me to raise their voices within NACAC and the profession.
You’ve been a big supporter of the Imagine Fund. Why do you choose to give to NACAC?
I truly feel that once everyone gives NACAC can accomplish so many things that we, as professionals, want to achieve. I felt like, as a former member of the board and president, I needed to not just ask others to give but to demonstrate this myself.
How did you become the director of college counseling at Strake Jesuit?
Wow, this is a story that is probably too long for this spotlight. But, I had been contemplating leaving my former institution for some time and I had two opportunities before I saw the position at Strake Jesuit. As a former admission director, I was keenly aware of the amazing academics and tremendous community that lives within Strake Jesuit so I figured, why not apply. In the matter of a few weeks after I applied, I was interviewed and then I scurried back to my office where I was greeted with a call to come to campus for a final interview. During my final interview, I became more interested in the position and I was offer the job at the end of my final interview. I must admit that one of the compelling pieces why I was offered the job was my involvement with NACAC and serving as NACAC President.
What made you decide to get into this field?
My initial passion was television news and journalism. However, after doing that for a year I realized my heart wasn’t in that field. Like many, I was a campus tour guide and I enjoyed it so I interviewed for a job as an admission officer and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is working with students and families in charting their four years after high school – and beyond.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
Travel, spend time with my wife and daughter, and connect with friends.
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Sherlock Homes. I think I am a detective at my core and I love solving mysteries.
Describe yourself in five words.
Passionate, energetic, loud, loving, and compassionate.
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