2017 ACCIS Elections

The link to the ballot will be emailed to each ACCIS school's primary member on April 3, 2017. Each school has one vote and may vote for one candidate in each applicable category, below. One vote will also be cast for the proposed bylaw changes outlined below. 

Candidates for elected Board positions; statements and bios linked, below.

Member School 
Wendy Chang
Aaron Fulk
Matt Mettille
Amy Wintermeyer

Founding School
Scott Herrmann-Keeling
Beth Slattery

Member School Board positions (vote for 3)

Wendy Chang – Director of College Counseling, St. John's School, TX (2015-present)

With 20 years of experience in the college admissions/counseling and education fields, I believe that every interaction one has in life makes one a better college counselor. No experience is too small or insignificant. I cherish the fact that I’ve worked in communities ranging from a 350-year-old all boys’ school in the heart of New York City to a brand-new school serving first-generation low-income girls in semi-rural South Africa. I’ve had the chance to publish articles, present to Boards of Trustees, and be sought-out as a consultant for schools and companies, but I’ve also met up with my students during Winter Break and gotten them chicken sandwiches while they finished their college essays and done the laundry of one of my students while she was in the hospital.

I only recently became an ACCIS member in August 2015, upon my return to the U.S., but I have quickly seized upon its value in our profession, not only for internal professional growth, but to leverage the privilege and resources that we as its members have at our disposal. Being an ACCIS member means constantly being a student and teacher of the profession, always seeking every opportunity in the interstices to grow and make an impact. Bringing deep and wide experience in traditional admissions and counseling roles, but always with an eye to change, to asking the question, “How can we make things better?” and to finding the answer, I believe I can add value to the ACCIS Board of Trustees.

Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education (1999); B.A. Harvard College (1993).

Previous Employment
Director of U.S. College Counseling, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (Henley-on-Klip, South Africa), 2010-2014; Director of College Guidance, Collegiate School (New York, NY), 2004-2010; Director of Teacher Placement, New York City Teaching Fellows (New York, NY), 2003-2004; Senior Admissions Officer, Harvard College (Cambridge, MA), 1994-2000.

Significant Professional Development and Experience
Memberships: NACAC 2004-present, OACAC 2010-present, ACCIS 2015-present, and others (College Board, TACAC, NYSACAC, NEACAC); Mid-Pacific Institute and EF International Academy consultant, 2015; Kenya Scholar Athlete Project (KenSAP) College Counselor, 2007 & 2008; Aga Khan Academy Mombasa (Kenya) College Advisor 2007; Duke University Alumni/ae Admissions Faculty, 2006 & 2007.

Aaron Fulk – Director of College Counseling, Marin Academy, CA (2016-present)

Since I started working at independent schools, ACCIS has been a significant part of my development as a counselor, relying on the member network to answer simple questions or approach the often complex and nuanced situations we regularly face. The constant support and advice from colleagues at similar institutions provides both professional support in addition to generous peers willing to lend an open ear. As a member, I have been able to contribute in a small way as I served as the chair of the Research and Data subcommittee, presented at two summer institutes, and, in partnership with Ann Wicks, helped to organize the Virginia Colloquium last year.

If elected as a board member, I hope to bring a unique perspective as a first generation, Pell­-recipient college graduate who cares deeply about diversity at our predominantly affluent schools. I have also worked at a variety of institutions­­ -- east and west coasts, PK­-12 and solely upper school, traditional and progressive­ -- ­and have experienced first­hand the different challenges we face in these environments. Finally, I have a genuine interest in how our families approach education and combining a more sophisticated use of data while still maintaining an emphasis on compassion and exploration. As ACCIS evolves and grows, I hope we can expand our impact in general policy discussions, both in admissions practices and for the broader counseling community, including our colleagues (read: heroes) at public schools. Oh, and I also just think our work is plain fun. So there's that.

B.A. in English from Washington & Lee University, 2008; MA Policy, Organization, Leadership Studies from Stanford University, 2011.

Previous Employment
Associate Director of College Counseling, Collegiate School (VA), 2014­-2016; Associate Director of College Counseling, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (CA), 2012-­2014; Associate Director, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College (CA), 2011, Seasonal Reader, Stanford University (CA), 2011, Admission Officer, Washington & Lee University, 2008­-2010.

Significant Professional Development and Experience
Member: NACAC, 2008­-present; Reader for QuestBridge (2008­-present); Various presentations at PCACAC, WACAC, & ACCIS; Completed coursework at the Hasso Platner Institute of Design.

Matt Mettille – Director of College Counseling, Menlo School, CA (2016-present)

The first ACCIS Summer Institute at Kenyon College was a professional turning point for me. I remember leaving Gambier feeling energized and excited by the conversations, the sessions, the roundtables, and the new friendships. The ACCIS Summer Institute quickly emerged as the most meaningful professional development experience I would look forward to each year. I’ve volunteered in several meaningful capacities with ACCIS over the years. Community outreach was my foray into the organization in a leadership role. Over the course of my tenure working with community outreach, I was able to see ideas turn into programming. An essay workshop in Nashville with the OASIS Center and a workshop in Minneapolis with Admission Possible were highlights of the work that we did, along with countless conversations with colleagues about ways we can share our knowledge with students outside of our school walls. In the summer of 2016, I served as the Co-Director of the ACCIS Summer Institute at George Washington University. I was fortunate to work with Nikki Magaziner-Mills and together we saw a conference resurrect from the ground up. Coming up with a theme and ideas for presenters, while combing through proposals and sorting out logistics, were all exciting parts of the conference. Most importantly, we kept coming back to the question of what will attendees take away from this conference. In a sea of professional development opportunities available to ACCIS members, we strived to make sure the Summer Institute at GW would leave our colleagues feeling inspired and energized about their work, while creating lasting friendships and connections with new colleagues from around the country. I wanted first time attendees to leave feeling the same way I felt after I left Kenyon many years ago. I’m interested in running for an ACCIS Board of Trustees position because it feels important to give back to an organization that I have gained so much from in my professional and personal life. As I enter my tenth year in college counseling, having worked at three ACCIS member schools, I feel I am at the point in my career where I have the time to invest and the perspective to offer in helping the organization grow.

B.A. Communication Studies-Public Relations, University of Northern Iowa, 2004 M.S.Ed. Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania, 2007.

Previous Employment
Associate Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Day School (DC), 2011-2016; College Counselor, Pine Crest School (FL), 2007-2011; Admissions Counselor, Beloit College (WI), 2004-2006; Admissions Intern, Grinnell College (IA), 2003.

Significant Professional Development and Experience
National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Member and Presenter at 2014 National Conference, 2004-present; Presenter at College Board National Forum, 2008, 2010; Presenter at SACAC Annual Conference, 2008, 2009, 2016; University of British Columbia (UBC) Counselor Advisor Team, 2015-present, Millsaps College Advisory Board, Member, 2014-2016; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Review Committee Member, 2015, 2016; Point Foundation, Scholarship Reader, 2012-2015; Duke Alumni Admissions Forum, Presenter, 2014; Penn GSE Education Alumni Association Board of Directors, Annual Giving Chair, 2011-2015; College Summit, College Coach, 2009-2010; Take Stock in Children Miami, Mentor, 2010.

Amy Wintermeyer – Co-Director of College Counseling, The Athenian School, CA (2008-present) 

When I attended the Harvard Summer Institute in June 2004, I remember feeling both excited and surprised by how much the world of college counseling seemed to be a perfect match of my skills and interests as an educator. Students had always been at the center of my work as a teacher and dean, but the college admissions world afforded me the opportunity to grow as a leader and educator, while remaining student focused. What I did not fully grasp at the time, was how much the friendships and professional connections I made during that conference would serve to support my growth as an educator for years to come. When ACCIS formed in 2007, those connections grew exponentially, especially given the opportunities it created for me to connect with like-minded educators who work in similar environments, with similar constituencies. I am forever grateful to Tracy Stockard and Peter Jennings who pulled me in to join their Training and Support group in 2013, because the opportunity to volunteer and work on a deeper level with professional colleagues has renewed and deepened my interest and passion in our field. Mentoring new professionals in our field through the monthly conference calls and annual Pre-Institutes has been incredibly gratifying, affording me the chance to give back and reminding me of why I went into teaching in the first place. It also harkens me back to that summer of 2004 when I made friendships that are now thirteen years richer, and I love watching new college counselors develop their own cohort of friends and professional colleagues. ACCIS has been a source of renewal and growth for me professionally and I would be honored to serve on the Board and continue to help this invaluable organization flourish and make a difference in the world of independent school counselors.
B.A. in French from Wellesley College, 1993; Teaching Credential from Wellesley College, 1995; Masters of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2000.
Previous Employment
The Archer School for Girls, Director of College Guidance 2007-2008, Associate Director of College Guidance 2004-2007, Grade Level Dean 2001-2006, French Teacher 2000-2004; Minuteman Regional High School, World Language Teacher 1996-1999; Lycée Agora, English Teacher, 1995-1996; Dana Hall School, Dorm Assistant/French Student Teacher 1995-1995.
Significant Professional Development and Experience
Member NACAC, 2005-present; Member Western ACAC 2005-present, Presenter WACAC 2010; ACCIS Training and Support Presenter 2013-present, Chair 2015-present; ACCEPT Bay Area Member 2016-present; Member Bay Area Independent School College Counselors (BAISCC) 2008-present; Member Los Angeles Independent School College Counselors (LAISCC) 2004-2008.

Founding Schools Board position (vote for 1)
If the proposed amendment to the bylaws regarding the Founding Schools category passes, the Founding School Board members will become Member School Board members. Because this amendment has not yet passed, we still vote for a Founding School member on this ballot.

Scott Herrmann-Keeling – College Counselor, Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (2010-present)

A formula I’ve found invaluable in all almost all areas of life: 1) ask good questions, 2) listen to the answers, 3) repeat as necessary. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Working with students and parents day in and day out as we do, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that they’re all bringing different backgrounds, biases, and life experiences to their college searches. One student’s dream college is another’s unacceptable backup plan. For others, merely going to college at all is a victory. Taking the time to step back and understand what each student and each parent needs – from me, from the search itself – at the beginning of the relationship builds trust and helps ensure I give the best advice I can.

I'm running for the Board of Trustees because I have found ACCIS to be an invaluable resource to me both professionally and personally. I have been involved around the edges of the organization for years, attending a number of Summer Institutes and the 2016 Colloquium at Salve Regina. My work as part of three college counseling office audits through the Audit Review Committee and by facilitating a college visit tour scheduled for fall ‘17 has helped me grow. I’ve learned a lot through my involvement with ACCIS. It’s time I start giving more back. I’d begin by asking good questions and listening to the answers.

B.A., Psychology & Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1993; M.A., Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1996.
Previous Employment
Associate & Assistant Director of Admissions & Transfer Coordinator, Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 2000-2010.

Significant Professional Development and Experience
Member NACAC, 2000-present: Attended NACAC Conference in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2003; Member New England ACAC; Member Missouri ACAC: Attended conference in 2010; Member ACCIS 2010-present: participated in three college counseling audits as part of the Audit Review Committee; planning a Midwestern college tour set for Fall 2017; attended 2016 ACCIS Colloquium on Mindfulness, and Summer Institute in 2014, 2013, 2011. Other conferences attended: Blackberry River 2012, ISACS 2013, Fitzwilliam 2001.

Beth Slattery – Upper School Dean Harvard-Westlake School, CA (2005-present)

When I first heard about ACCIS over 10 years ago, I remember thinking it would be wonderful if this organization could maintain the mission of both serving the independent school population and advancing access for those who don’t have the privilege of attending or working at schools like ours. Ten years later, I am happy to say that ACCIS has been more than I could hope for in a professional organization. In addition to providing me with incredibly practical tools in my every day work through the ACCIS Summer Institute and ACCIS listserv, ACCIS has routinely been involved in educational policy and advocacy that has made me proud to be a member. While I have mostly admired this work from afar, I am finally in a position to get significantly involved in the work ACCIS does, which is why I have chosen to run for the Board of Trustees. My oldest child is headed to college this fall and my youngest is finally self-sufficient enough that I have the time and mental bandwidth to contribute to the larger admission and college counseling community. In particular, I have real strengths in organization, writing, and planning that have been honed during the past 5 years as Department Chair for our office. Working in admissions and college counseling for almost 20 years has also made me keenly aware of the issues facing independent schools and our profession as a whole, so I believe I can contribute to discussions of policy and philosophy. I pride myself on being both analytical and empathetic, thinking about the larger implications of what we do and the individual impact on kids and families. My own K-12 education in a diverse public system, as well as my upbringing as the daughter of public school educators has made me deeply interested in equity issues and ACCIS seems like an ideal place to advance those interests. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to engaging in the work that ACCIS does, whether as a Board Member or in another capacity.
B.A. in English, Georgetown University, 1994; M.A. in Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997; Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005.
Previous Employment
Associate Director of Admission, University of Southern California, 2001-2005; Senior Associate Director of Admission, Scholarships, University of Southern California, 1998-2001; Communications Associate, Southwestern University School of Law, 1995-1998; Career Placement Assistant, Georgetown University; 1994-1995.
Significant Professional Development and Experience
ACCIS Member, 2007-Present; NACAC Member, 1998-present, WACAC Member, 1998-Present; LAISCC (Los Angeles Independent School College Counselors) Member, 2005-present; USC File Reviewer, 2012-Present; UCLA Admissions Reader, 2006-Present; USC Rossier School of Education Masters in Counseling Advisory Board, 2007-2012; “Self-Esteem and the Transition from Single-Sex to Coeducation”, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools College Counselors Forum Keynote Speaker, 2008; “Telling a More Inclusive Story: How to Improve College Admission Presentations,” WACAC Annual Conference, 2007; “How Did That Kid Get In?: Demystifying the Selective Admission Process,” WACAC Annual Conference, 2004.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Please review the two proposals, explained below. Actual text of the current and proposed bylaws is linked here

Elimination of the Founding Schools Membership Category

ACCIS is forever indebted to the vision and generosity of our 42 Founding Schools, each of which contributed $9,000 to launch the Association.To ensure these schools had a voice in stewarding these resources, the Founding Schools category was established, requiring that two Board members be elected from and by these schools.

The voices, resources, and service of these Founding Schools have been vital in enabling us to grow into today’s thriving Association. Because ACCIS is now made up of nearly 550 member schools and more than 1600 counselors, many of whom regularly volunteer for the Association’s various initiatives, the Board -- including the Founding Schools members currently represented -- feels that our 10-year anniversary is the appropriate moment to sunset the Founding Schools membership category.

The bylaws currently delineate two categories of full membership: “Founding Schools” and “Member Schools.” The proposed changes below will result in one Member Schools category, while maintaining recognition for Founding Schools on our website and in our history.

Should these proposed changes pass, the Board will work with the Founding Schools in making sure their contributions are appropriately preserved as part of the history of the Association.  
By voting “yes” to the first proposal, you are voting to eliminate from the bylaws the Founding Schools category and Board positions. Henceforth, there will be only one category of full membership known as Member Schools.

By voting “no” to the first proposal, you are voting to retain the Founding Schools category and the two Board positions limited to members in that category.   

Changes to the At-Large and Founding School Chair positions
The bylaws currently state that three positions, a Founding Schools Chair and two At-Large members, must be elected to the ACCIS Leadership Team. These are not Board positions, but volunteers to support the ED in the operation of the Association.

The Board believes that our first full-time ED can lead effectively only if she has the capacity to appoint committee members and volunteers best suited for their designated roles. The proposed changes below would empower the ED to appoint these positions and name them at his/her discretion.  

Please know that through the elected Board positions, the membership will continue to have an active voice in the leadership and direction of the Association.

By voting “yes” to the second proposal, you are voting to empower the ED to appoint the three aforementioned Leadership positions -- the Founding Schools Chair and the two At-Large positions -- and to name them as needed.

By voting “no” to the second proposal, you are voting to retain the three aforementioned Leadership positions, which will be selected through the election procedures outlined in the current bylaws