ACCIS 360 Review Team Members

The members of the ACCIS 360 Review Teams are intentionally diverse to offer wide-ranging expertise to your school. Below are the biographies of some of the 360 Review Team members.

Ashley Armato -- Palmer Trinity School, FL
Brennan Barnard - The Derryfield School, NH
Gretchen Bergill - Kents Hill School, ME
Dave Bonner - Culver Academies, IN
Sharonda Dailey - The Wheeler School, RI
Rhody Davis - Viewpoint School, CA
Heather Deardorff - The Potomac School - VA
Betsy Dolan - Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
Scott Herrmann-Keeling - Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School, MO
Julie Hertz - Shady Side Academy, PA
Peter Jennings - Concord Academy, MA
Elizabeth Jones - Hockaday School, TX
Sean Kennedy - Ravenscroft School, NC
Jamie L. Kim - St. John's School, TX
Nikki Magaziner Mills - St. Albans School, DC
Maria Morales-Kent - Thacher School, CA
Gunnar Olson - Kimball Union Academy, NH
Canh Oxelson - Horace Mann School, NY
Ethan Percy - Loomis Chaffee School, CT
Elizabeth Pili - Spence School, NY
Katie Ryan - Charles Wright Academy, WA
Jenny Schneider - San Francisco University High School, CA
Courtney Skerritt - Phillips Exeter Academy, MA
Tracy Stockard - Gilmour Academy, OH
Davirah Timm-Dinkins - The Hun School of Princeton, NJ
Sharon Williams - University of Chicago Lab Schools, IL

Ashley Armato
Ashley Armato is the Senior Associate Director of College Counseling at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida. She also leads the school’s diversity efforts as a Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion. She began her career in college admissions at Amherst College in 2008 and later joined the college counseling department at Palmer Trinity in 2010. Ashley has also coached cheerleading at Palmer Trinity since 2011. In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). Ashley is an active member of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today as well as both the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). From 2017 -2019 she served as Chair of the Latinx Special Interest Group for SACAC and joined the SACAC Board in 2019. In recent years she has presented at SACAC, FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) and the Global Educators Benchmark Group (GEBG). Ashley also works with the non-profit SCS Noonan Scholars as their Summer Academy Director. Ashley graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a BA in Spanish and concentration in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. She received her MS.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building from Florida International University in 2014.
2019-20 School Profile

Brennan Barnard
Brennan Barnard is the Director of College Counseling and Outreach at The Derryfield School, a coeducational, independent college preparatory school, grades 6-12 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Brennan also serves as the Director of College Counseling at US Performance Academy, an online independent high school for elite athletes. He has worked as teacher, dorm parent, advisor, coach, admission officer and student affairs administrator at a number of independent high schools and colleges, including Westtown School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Hyde School, Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Vermont. Among other roles, he has counseled students for college admission at the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program, The Royal Thai Scholars Program and New Hampshire's “I Am College Bound” initiative. Brennan serves on the Advisory Board for Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common project and the New Hampshire College and University Council’s New Hampshire Scholars Program. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Institute for Character in Admission and is a past Regional Council member for the College Board. Brennan presents regularly on athletic recruiting, mindfulness, discipline and other topics in college admission. He has written about college admission for the New York Times, Forbes, Washington Post, HuffPost, Concord Monitor, Journal of College Admission and other publications. He has also been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal and Associated Press and an occasional featured guest on New Hampshire Public Radio. Brennan was named a 2017 Professional of the Year by the New England Association of College Admission Counselors (NEACAC). A native of suburban Philadelphia and practicing Quaker, he is a graduate of Westtown Friends School. Brennan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. The father of two lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire where he is a volunteer firefighter.
2019-20 School Profile

Gretchen Bergill
Gretchen recently assumed the role of Director of College Counseling at Kents Hill School in Maine after 13 years working as an associate director at Phillips Exeter Academy. Interested in issues of equity and inclusion and environmental awareness, Gretchen supports ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today and has attended a number of diversity and inclusion conferences. In 2017, Gretchen rotated off the ACCIS Leadership Team after serving as Founding Schools Chair for four years. In August 2010 she was Director of the first-ever ACCIS Summer Colloquium; she also helped to plan the first two ACCIS Summer Institutes. Gretchen’s other professional experience includes four years at Sage Ridge School in Reno, NV, where she was the Director of College Counseling and at times Registrar and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid; eleven years working in retail management for Patagonia, and an early stint in college admissions at Colby, her alma mater. She is excited to join Kents Hill’s Leadership Team, to work with its dedicated college counseling office, and to help shape the school’s goal of capitalizing on its almost two hundred years of tradition while also embracing the opportunities offered by a forward-thinking 21st Century small boarding school experience. 

2019-20 School Profile

Sharonda Dailey
Sharonda Dailey (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of College Counseling and Student Support Coordinator at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI. In this role, Sharonda not only counsels a caseload of students but also develops college counseling programming that supports and encourages the success of traditionally underrepresented students in the Wheeler community. Prior to joining The Wheeler School in July 2018, Sharonda served as Associate Director of College Counseling at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. In addition to her college counseling responsibilities at Choate, Sharonda was a member of the Driving Equity at Choate committee, she co-founded and led an affinity group for young women of color, and she served as a live-in resident advisor in a dormitory. Previously, Sharonda was Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University, and she worked in admission at the University of Saint Joseph. She is also a former Teach for America corps member who taught first grade with Hartford Public Schools for three years. In the spring of 2018, Sharonda was elected to serve as an Assembly Delegate for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), and she is a long-term member of the organization’s Inclusion, Diversity, Education, and Access (IDEA) committee, through which she leads a subcommittee that develops equity-focused seminars for the Annual Meeting and Conference. In the summer, Sharonda regularly volunteers with the Camp College New England program. She has also voluntarily co-coordinated regional meetings for the ACCEPT Facebook group. Sharonda is currently serving a three-year term on the ACCIS Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and she is excited to assist the ACCIS 360 Review Team with its efforts to ensure that the college counseling programs at member schools are equitable and inclusive. Sharonda holds a B.S. in communication from Boston University and an M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University.
School Profile available upon request

Rhody Davis
With many years of experience in college counseling and college admissions, Rhody Davis has served as director of college counseling at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California since 2008. Ms. Davis’s previous positions have included director of international admissions at the University of Chicago, director of college counseling at the Latin School of Chicago, and associate director of college counseling and English teacher at The Kinkaid School in Houston. Ms. Davis has presented on a variety of topics at national conferences including NACAC, College Board Forum, SACAC, and WACAC. She has published articles in The Choice blog of the New York Times and in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. She was also interviewed on Access College, a Los Angeles-area NPR radio show KPFK (90.7 FM) that is dedicated to helping students and families gain better information about college admissions and improved access to higher education. Ms. Davis has held national positions in the profession that include chair of the Board for ACCIS and co-founder of the annual Clambake Institute. She also helps to lead the Direct Support Initiative of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today. Ms. Davis has participated in two audits and led one committee. 
2019-20 School Profile

Heather Deardorff
Heather joined the Potomac School, a co-educational day school in McLean, VA, in 2017 as the Director of College Counseling, where she is a member of the administrative team, the curriculum committee, and the AP Task Force, which recently made the decision to move beyond the AP curriculum. Prior to Potomac, Heather spent nine years at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, NH, where she served as associate director of college advising, head varsity softball coach, and director of a 30-girl dormitory. Over her 25-plus year career, she has worked on both sides of the proverbial desk: serving as an admission officer at both Gettysburg and Dickinson Colleges, and several years as a public school counselor. Most recently, Heather completed the college admission hat trick, having successfully navigated the college process as a parent. During her time in New England, Heather served as a faculty member for the Summer Institute and as an Assembly Delegate for the New England region. Heather is currently a member of NACAC, PCACAC, ACCIS, and the Washington Area Independent School Counselors group. Heather graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in American Studies and earned an M.S. in counseling from the University of Vermont. A two-sport athlete at F&M, Heather was an accomplished softball player.
2019-2020 School Profile

Betsy Dolan
Committed to the field of education for over thirty years, Betsy's career is one of service to young people and their mentors. Betsy began her profession as a secondary school teacher and a coach at R.L. Thomas High School, in New York. She then completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychological Counseling from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, while earning a position on the United States Field Hockey squad. During graduate school, Betsy coached the university's field hockey and lacrosse team and acted as an athletic liaison to the admissions office. At the time, her clinical research, which focused on stress management for adolescents and young adults, became her hallmark as a therapist. Combining a variety of skills, Betsy then committed herself to college admissions at Tufts, where she remained for ten years. Becoming one of their senior associate directors, she was responsible for the development and implementation of policy, enrollment management and financial aid for their undergraduate admissions office. Now in her twentieth year at Phillips Exeter Academy, Betsy directs the College Counseling Office and is using her diverse experiences to make a difference at the independent school level. Beyond advising students, parents, faculty, alumni, and college admissions colleagues about the journey associated with the college admissions process, Betsy is one of the co-founders of the national organization ACCIS - Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. In 2014, Betsy was honored with the Marty Elkins Award for excellence in college counseling and supporting the growth and development of her professional colleagues by ACCIS. Whether conducting workshops or panels on the college admissions process at the national and local level, or participating in discussions about the developmental issues associated with adolescents, Betsy has established herself as an active participant in the lives of young people and their mentors.
2019-20 School Profile

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
Scott began at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in 2010. In addition to college counseling duties, he plays clarinet and saxophone in the pit orchestra for school musicals, serves as the AP Coordinator, and conducts admission interviews. He has also taught an Ethical Reasoning class, co-sponsored the Environmental Club, and has been the Site Coordinator for Global Online Academy. Prior to his move to St. Louis, he spent ten years in the admissions office at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where he was the primary liaison between the admissions office and the athletic department. There, he also chaired the admissions office's Social Media Outreach Group, dedicated to enhancing its presence on a variety of social networks, and was the Transfer Coordinator. Scott holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and an M.A. in Social Psychology, both from the University of Connecticut. Scott's work with ACCIS includes serving on three separate ACCIS 360 visiting teams and organizing a tour of Midwest colleges. He is currently chairing the Governance and Nominating Committee on the ACCIS Board of Trustees. 
2017-18 School Profile

Julie (Heitzer) Hertz
Julie joined the Shady Side Academy College Counseling office in 2008 and was named Associate Director of College Counseling in 2012. Julie was first bitten with the college counseling “bug” as a student worker in the admission office at Penn State University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. After college, Julie served as Assistant Director of Admission at Carnegie Mellon University.  Julie has also worked with the Tepper School of Business at CMU, reviewing applications for the MBA and Computational Finance Programs.  At Shady Side, Julie serves as an advisor, sits on the Independent Study and Senior Project Committees, and has coached cheerleading. Professional development has always been an interest, and Julie has served the Pennsylvania ACAC on the conference planning (registration chair and secondary school counselors chair), membership, and communications committees. Julie has also presented workshops at PACAC and PAISTA (Pittsburgh Area Independent School Teachers Association) conferences, and at the Pittsburgh National College Fair. A counseling-based, student-centered approach is very important to Julie, who has her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Duquesne University. 
2019-20 School Profile

Peter Jennings
Serving as Director of College Counseling at Concord Academy for two decades, Peter’s professional career has always centered on the transition to college. Beginning in the admissions office mailroom of his alma mater, Connecticut College, Peter’s career officially began with a five-year stint at Pomona College as Assistant Dean of Admissions. Peter followed that with three years as Dean of Juniors and Seniors at Harvard-Westlake School, where he also taught tenth-grade English and coached cross-country and track. In addition to shepherding students and families through the college process at Concord Academy, Peter has been active with coaching, serving as a residential house parent, teaching English, and helping with the International Student Organization and MUN. During a 2009-2010 sabbatical, Peter joined the Tufts University Staff as Admissions Officer and Counselor-in-Residence. Concord Academy’s college counseling program is distinguished by its consideration of economic equity in the college process, its on-going work with young alumni, and the prominence of students taking gap years (typically 10% of each senior class). Peter's ACCIS involvement includes serving as board chair, leading a visiting team of the Audit and Review Committee, and serving as faculty on the Training and Support committee.
2018-19 School Profile

Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Jones is the Director of College Counseling at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. She has worked at Hockaday since 2012 in multiple capacities, including Associate Director of College Counseling and Assistant Head of Upper School. Prior to Hockaday, Elizabeth worked at The American International School in Abu Dhabi, a K-12 International Baccalaureate school. She initially served this community as a College Counselor, and ultimately transitioned into the role of Assistant Principal. As a member of the leadership team in her latter role, Elizabeth supervised the Counseling Department, co-created the advisory curriculum, and spearheaded student leadership initiatives. Elizabeth began her career in college admissions as a Regional Director of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she managed both a domestic and international territory of secondary schools, chaired the admission committee for the College of Arts and Sciences, and served as a liaison for Penn’s Office of Student Financial Services. Elizabeth is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC). She currently serves as a Co-Chair for College Fairs on TACAC’s Executive Board. Previously, Elizabeth co-chaired TACAC’s Dallas Drive-In professional development program in 2013 and oversaw the organization of the program throughout the state in 2014. Elizabeth received TACAC’s 2014 Rising Star Award for creating professional development outreach opportunities for counselors in Texas. Elizabeth earned her B.S. in Education and Psychology from The College of New Jersey and her M.S.Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania.
2019-20 School Profile

Sean Kennedy
Sean Kennedy became the Co-Director of College Counseling at Ravenscroft School in 2014. After graduating from Chadwick School, an independent school in suburban Los Angeles, he earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to past service as Upper School Director at Forsyth Country Day School in North Carolina, Sean has been involved in college admissions for over 15 years with experience accrued at independent schools in California and North Carolina and at the University of California, Los Angeles as freshman application reviewer. He attends annual regional and national college admission conferences and has been a presenter and session presider at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conferences. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. Sean has been published in The Journal of College Admissions and was one of 70 independent school educators to receive the E.E. Ford Fellowship through NAIS in 2004.

2017-18 School Profile

Jamie L. Kim
Jamie Kim currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at St. John's School in Houston, TX. She started as a high school mathematics teacher in 2000 and has worked in public and charter schools in various capacities (teaching, counseling, dean of students) and in the undergraduate admissions office at Vanderbilt University. Most recently, Jamie was the Director of College Counseling at St. Agnes Academy, an all-girls Dominican day school. At St. John's, Jamie helped in starting Unity Council, an umbrella student organization for affinity groups, led faculty professional development programs related to diversity and inclusion, and is co-leader of the Faculty of Color Affinity Group. In the 2017-2018 school year, she was a member of her school's AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) Student Life Committee. Jamie recently joined the ACCIS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, presented at the 2018 and 2019 ACCIS Summer Institute, and served as a faculty member for TACAC's 2018 ACCI. Jamie earned her in mathematics and secondary education as well as her M.Ed. in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University.
2018-19 School Profile

Nikki Magaziner Mills
Currently the Director of College Counseling at St. Albans School, an all-boys independent school in Washington DC, Nikki Magaziner Mills has worked in the field of college counseling and admissions for her entire career. Prior to her arrival at St. Albans in 2005, Nikki was for seven years the Director of College Counseling and an English I teacher at TASIS, The American School in England, where she worked with both American and international students as they applied to universities all over the world. She has had the opportunity to serve on two different Curriculum Committees and on two school Administrative Committees, and she has presented at conferences in both Europe and the US. Before moving abroad, she was an Assistant Director of Admissions, supervisor of student recruitment services, and scholarship coordinator in the admissions offices of Rice University and her alma mater, Washington and Lee University. Although she has worked on both sides of the Atlantic ocean and on both sides of the college admissions desk, in both an international, co-ed, boarding school setting and in a single-sex day school setting, she has learned that when working with students applying to college, one thing always remains constant: the college search and application process works best when the student is empowered to take charge, engage, reflect, and grow.
School Profile available upon request

Maria Morales-Kent
Maria is a graduate of Occidental College. She earned a BA in English and is also a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s Fellows Program in Public Policy in Los Angeles. She has served as Director of College Counseling for the Thacher School in Ojai, California since 1997. Prior to this, she worked for the University of Pennsylvania (1984-90) as an Associate Director and then Director of the Western Regional Office. From 1993-97, she returned to her alma mater as Director of Transfer Admissions. In Los Angeles, Maria worked for former Mayor Tom Bradley as a policy analyst and advisor, and she helped found College Marketplace, a nonprofit that developed a curriculum in college admission and counseling for inner-city schools. While at Thacher, Maria was also a founder of ACCIS – a national, professional organization for independent school counselors. Starting in 2014, she served on the Advisory Council for the National Merit Corporation for four years. She now serves on the Advisory Council for Colorado College and the University of Chicago. As Director of College Counseling at Thacher, Maria leads a small staff that is focused on guiding and supporting students through the often-daunting college search and application process. Her primary goals for this work are to help students find the right fit for their personal and educational growth beyond Thacher. Maria serves on Thacher’s Administrative Team, is an advisor for senior boys and Latinos Unidos, and is the school’s Ombudsman.
School Profile available upon request 

Gunnar Olson
In 2019, Gunnar Olson returned home to New Hampshire to become the Director of College Advising at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH after spending three years as the Director of College Counseling at Western Reserve Academy(WRA) in Hudson, OH. Prior to WRA, Gunnar served for 13 years as Director of College Advising at the Indian Springs School, an 8-12 grade day/boarding school outside of Birmingham, AL. In addition to his college advising duties at Indian Springs, Gunnar was the assistant PSAT/AP test coordinator and served on various committees, including the Academics Committee and senior administrative Cabinet. Additional duties have included coaching and serving as both grade team chairperson and as an admissions representative. Gunnar has served as Chairperson of the NACAC College Fair in Birmingham and consulted in the creation of a college advising program at a local private high school for students with learning differences. Before Indian Springs, Gunnar worked as a Dorm Parent and College Counselor at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, TX, and in the admission offices of Kalamazoo College in Michigan and Adelphi University in New York. A graduate of a boarding school in Maine, Gunnar has participated at various national and regional conferences and presented on such topics as college fairs, recommendation writing, and surviving board-mandated evaluation audits. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for ACCIS, where he chaired the Governance and Nominations Committee.  Gunnar holds a B.A. in German from Gettysburg College and an M.L.I.S. in Information Studies from the University of Alabama.
School Profile available upon request

Canh Oxelson
Canh Oxelson came to Horace Mann School (Bronx, NY) in 2011 as its third Director of College Counseling in 70 years. Tasked with modernizing a successful but somewhat outdated office, he expanded the staff to reduce counseling load, introduced new and invigorating program ideas, and using technology to streamline college counseling protocol. Now, as HM’s Executive Director of College Counseling, Canh is aligning HM’s college counseling program with the significant changes his school has adopted, including a shift to the semester system, the dropping of final exams, and a move away from the AP program. Canh began his college admissions career at his alma mater, the University of San Francisco, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. After short stints in admissions at USF, Saint Mary's College of California, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, he earned an M.Ed. in Educational Policy from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Afterward, Canh returned to admissions as the Director of Multicultural Recruitment for the University of Pennsylvania leading their effort to diversify Penn’s first-year classes. He is a member of the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFAOILSS) and is currently chairing the New Counselor Series & Workshop Committee for ACCIS. Canh has also served on admission advisory boards at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Francisco, and most recently, California Institute of Technology. Before coming to Horace Mann, Canh served eight years as Upper School Dean/College Counselor and Department Chair at Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, CA).
School Profile available upon request

Ethan Percy
Ethan Percy is an Associate Director of College Guidance at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Prior to that, Ethan spent eight years as the Director of College Advising at Baltimore City College High School, an International Baccalaureate magnet public high school in Baltimore, MD. There he also coached boys’ varsity soccer, taught IB Business and was a member of the admin team, serving on the curriculum and scheduling committees. Ethan is currently a member of the ACCIS Diversity and Inclusion Committee and sits on the Admissions Advisory Board for Ithaca College. Ethan began his career as an admissions counselor at his alma mater, Elms College, in Massachusetts and spent two years as the Director of Regional Recruitment for the University of Arizona. Ethan is a past member of PCACAC, PACAC and currently a member of NEACAC. Ethan has a B.A in Business Management from Elms College and M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
2019-20 School Profile

Elizabeth Pili
Going into her twentieth year of working in admissions and college counseling, Beth feels fortunate to work with very dynamic and committed educators. After serving as an Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Multicultural Recruitment for Barnard College (1999-2003), Yale University (2003-2005), and Columbia University (2005-2009), Beth worked in the college counseling office of Horace Mann School in the Bronx from 2009-2019.  While at HM, Beth assumed the role of Director of College Counseling Initiatives. In addition to working with a group of juniors and seniors, she oversaw programming for freshmen and sophomores and worked with the Deans Office in helping parents of underclassmen understand the college process. As of July 2019, Beth will be working at The Spence School as Co-Director of College Counseling. Since 2011, Beth has also worked with the Heckscher Foundation for Children as the Director of College Guidance, where she runs a college resource center for first-generation college-bound students from NYC public schools. As an educator, Beth has always been interested in issues of access, and she strives to level the playing field for students who attend under-resourced schools through her work at the foundation. In 1999, Beth became a member of the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Offices of the Ivy League and Sister Schools and she has remained an active member. She is also a member of NACAC and has served on the admissions advisory boards for Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, and the University of Chicago. At Horace Mann, Beth was one of the faculty advisors for the Asian-American student affinity group and she taught Seminar on Identity, a required class for all juniors. Beth is also a member of the ACCIS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and she is looking forward to the work they will do for our school communities. Beth received a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
School Profile available upon request

Katie Ryan 
Currently Director of College Counseling at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, Katie has over 30 years of experience in the field of college admissions and college counseling.   She began her career in education at her alma mater, Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she served as Assistant Director of Admission, then moved to Cate School in Carpinteria, CA where she was Associate Director of College Counseling.  In addition to college counseling at CWA, Katie has served as Academic Dean, assisting the Upper School Head with all aspects of the academic program including academic advising, scheduling, and curriculum.    She has also worked with admissions, advised the student council, and she runs the senior internship program.  Katie has been a member of NACAC and its regional associations for 30 years, served as Director of the Summer Institute in 2015 and is a former elected member of the Guidance and Admission Committee of the College Board Western Regional Council.
2019-20 School Profile 

Jenny Schneider
Jenny Schneider currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at San Francisco University High School, an independent day school for grades 9-12. She began her career working as an admissions officer at her alma mater, Middlebury College. She continued her journey at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning a degree with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology. She is also currently earning a Masters degree through Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. Jenny landed her first college counseling position at Thayer Academy in the winter of 2011, and during her three and a half years there, she also taught English and coached cross-country. At University High School, Jenny has worked to address equity issues around support for students applying from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly through the financial aid process and for students eligible for fly-in programs. Her counseling practice is undergirded by a desire to treat the college process as an important rite of passage, but also to address the common misconception that it is the most important one young people will experience.

School Profile available upon request

Courtney Skerritt
Courtney M. Skerritt joined Exeter’s College Counseling team after serving The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, for eight years, first as associate director of College Counseling before she was promoted to director of College Counseling in 2016. While at Hockaday, she oversaw a dynamic college counseling program that supported students from all over the world. Outside of her role as a college counselor, she served as an academic advisor and a member of the Intercultural Committee, ensuring the school culture met the needs of every family. Prior to Hockaday, Ms. Skerritt served as the director of College Counseling at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. She began her career in college admissions at Boston University before returning to her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, where she served as assistant director of Admission. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Mount Holyoke in 2001 and completed her master’s in Education Studies at Tufts University in 2008, focusing on social justice in education.

A regular presenter at state, regional and national conferences, Ms. Skerritt is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), The College Board and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). She most recently served as co-chair of the ACCIS Summer Institute while completing a four-year commitment as professional development co-chair for the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC). For the latter, she was honored with the NACAC Rising Star Award for her work on a professional development webinar series and the TACAC Founders Award recognizing “contributions to the Association and the profession that are above and beyond the call of duty and exemplary of exceptional talent and devotion to students.”
2019-20 School Profile

Tracy Stockard
Since 2010, Tracy Stockard has served as the Director of College Counseling at Gilmour Academy, an independent, Catholic, co-educational, day/boarding school. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of College Counseling at Hawken School, a neighboring independent school, both located in Gates Mills, Ohio. Graduating with a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Tracy knew she wanted to work in higher education and accepted a position in the Office of Admissions at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio as an Assistant Director.  Within seven years she worked her way up to Senior Associate Director and eventually transitioned to the college side so she could focus on building relationships with families and helping each student with his/her individual college process. In addition to supporting her students, Tracy loves to travel to colleges and her Pinterest Board documents her visits to almost 150 colleges and universities across the country and abroad. While in college counseling, she was an inaugural member of the ACCIS Training and Support Committee where she helped create the curriculum and co-lead the New Counselor Workshops and monthly sessions pertaining to our field.  Tracy earned her undergraduate degree in English from Allegheny College and her master’s degree from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.  She resides in the Cleveland area with her husband and six-year-old daughter. 
2019-20 School Profile

Davirah Timm-Dinkins
A member of ACCIS and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Davirah is an Associate Director of College Counseling at the Hun School of Princeton. In addition to her college counseling role, Davirah serves as a grade-level advisor, Black Student Union Advisor, and an active member of Hun’s Cultural Competency Committee. Before her career at Hun, Davirah worked as the lead counselor at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School in Downingtown, PA. Prior to her fifteen-year tenure in secondary education, Davirah worked in higher education and served in many roles, including the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Arcadia University and the Special Assistant of Multicultural Education at Penn State University's Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies. At Arcadia University, she was responsible for providing institutional leadership for campus diversity and developing and implementing related programs and services for students. At Penn State’s Great Valley Campus, she assisted the Campus Executive Officer with strategic goals and practices related to multiculturalism, as well as developed and delivered campus programs. Davirah earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She also holds a Secondary School Counseling Certification from West Chester University and has completed doctoral coursework at Widener University. A past member of PACAC and a current member of NJACAC and its Inclusion, Access, & Success Committee, Davirah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, who are both in college.
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Sharon Williams
A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Black Studies, Sharon parlayed her college work-study position as a campus tour guide into an Assistant Director of Admission position at Binghamton University, the flagship state school in Binghamton, NY. There, she was responsible for overseeing admissions to the Educational Opportunity Program and the talented admissions process, as well as supervising the tour guides. She later moved on to the University of Rochester, beginning as an Associate Director of Admissions for Minority, Transfer, and International Admissions. During her time on the college side, Sharon was an engaged member of SUNYCAP and NYSACAC as co-chair of the Human Relations Committee. After working 11 years on the college side, Sharon made the transition to the high school side at Elgin Academy, a PS-12 coed day school in a suburb of Chicago, where she was both a college counselor and social studies teacher for 16 years. In addition to those responsibilities, Sharon served as the junior class dean, Student Council sponsor, and coordinator of an international spring break service trip. When the opportunity to move into a leadership position was offered, Sharon took full advantage and in 2013, she assumed the Director of College Counseling role at Chatham Hall, an Episcopal boarding school for girls in grades 9-12 in Chatham, VA. As a member of the administrative leadership team at Chatham Hall, Sharon led the college counseling program for 140 girls grades 9-12, coordinated the junior class sponsor team, served as a mentor to the Cultural Expressions Club, and co-chaired the Faculty Committee on Equity and Inclusion. After a year in a similar position at Maret School in Washington, DC, Sharon chose to return “home” and joined the college counseling team at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. “Lab” is an independent, coeducational day school serving grades N4-12, located on the campus of the University of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood. She rejoined IACAC where, as co-chair of the College Access and Preparation committee, she helped to found IACAC’s Camp College in 2011 and also previously served a delegate. Sharon currently serves ACCIS as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
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