ACCIS Leadership

ACCIS Leadership Team

as of January 2017

Board of Trustees

Renee Bischoff, Hawken School (Board, Treasurer)
David Burke, The Pembroke Hill School (Secretary/Board Chair-Elect, Strategic Planning Chair)
Emmi Harward, ACCIS Executive Director, ex officio member

Thomas C. Hudnut, retired head of school; Consultant, RG175 (Board, non-member expert)
Peter Jennings, Concord Academy (Board)
Claudia Jolivert, Palmer Trinity School (Board)
Larry Momo, Trinity School (Past Board Chair)
Gunnar Olson, Western Reserve Academy (Board, Governance & Nominating Chair)
Amy Rogers, Miss Porter's School (Board; 2017 Summer Institute co-chair))
Birage Tandon, CFO, Lakeside School (Board)
Ari Worthman, Lakeside School (Board Chair)

Committee Chairs/Leaders

Gretchen Bergill, Phillips Exeter Academy (Founding Schools)
Lisa Clay, Parish Episcopal School (Program co-chair)
Steve Frappier, The Westminster Schools (Deputy Executive Director)

Mary Hill, St. Paul Academy & Summit School (Program co-chair/At-Large member)
Randy Mills, Greenhill School  (Organizational Advancement)
Kelly Richards, St. George's School (At-Large member)

Thad Robey, Thayer Academy (Finance)
Jody Sweeney, William Penn Charter School (Communications)

Executive Director: Emmi Harward
Member Services Coordinator: Rhonda Collins
Bookkeeper: Michelle Niles 

ACCIS employs one full-time employee (Executive Director) and two part-time employees (Member Services Coordinator and Bookkeeper).  Aside from the Executive Director, all members of the ACCIS Leadership Team (Board of Trustees and Chairs) serve as volunteers on behalf of the Association.

Governance and Nominating Committee

Chair: Gunnar Olson
The Governance/Nominating Committee oversees the election and appointment of new members to the ACCIS Leadership Team. It makes recommendations and vets candidates for elections. This committee also administers the bylaws and other governing documents, ensuring adherence, recommending iprovements, and overseeing changes.

Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: David Burke
Subcommittee Chairs: Gretchen Bergill (Founding Schools), Aaron Fulk, Marin Academy, CA (Research)
The Strategic Planning Committee oversees and coordinates all research and education initiatives, conducts surveys to collect data about national and international issues in education, analyzes trends, disseminates conclusions, functions as a clearinghouse for related information, and maintains the document library on the website. This committee also develops long-range plans for ACCIS. The Founding Schools subcommittee, which represents the 42 Founding Schools of ACCIS is under Strategic Planning. 

Finance Committee

Chair: Thad Robey/Renee Bischoff
The Finance Committee advises the organization on budgetary policy and issues, revenue generation, and membership dues and fees. This committee recommends an annual budget to be approved by the Board of Trustees, assures the occurrence and quality of annual audits, and monitors the implementation and enforcement of investment strategies approved by the Board of Trustees.

Organizational Advancement Committee

Chair: Randy Mills
The Organizational Advancement Committee works to support and advance the work of college counselors, their schools, and the profession. Strategies include encouraging association membership and developing relationships with sponsors and organizations with services and offerings which would benefit the members of the association.

Program Committee

Co-Chairs: Mary Hill, Lisa Clay
Subcommittee Chairs: Amy Rogers, Ann Selvitelli, Suffield Academy (Summer Institute); Amy Wintermeyer, The Athenian School (Training and Support); Kelly Richards (Colloquia); Michele Davis, Hutchison School (Tours)
The Program Committee plans, coordinates and implements all institutes and workshops of the Association, including the annual Summer Institute, Colloquia, New Counselor workshop, ACCIS college tours, Community Outreach, and the Assistants’ program. The chair and subcommittee chairs coordinate on planning of programming, as well as with hosts and vendors at respective sites.

Communications Committee

Chair: Jody Sweeney
Subcommittee Chairs: Sam Bigelow, Middlesex School (Blog); Mindy Rose, Peddie School (Newsletter)
The Communication Committee oversees content development of major Association publications in print and electronic media. The committee provides a professional voice for the college counselors through conference presentations, journal articles, commendations on good practices, and media responses. The committee shall develop appropriate means of communication with Association members, and develop and manage communication using all available technology.


ACCIS Bylaws, as of January 1, 2017