ACCIS Leadership Team


Board of Trustees

 

Emmi Harward
ACCIS Executive Director
ex officio member

Emmi Harward is the Executive Director of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). After serving in this role in a part-time, volunteer capacity for three and a half years, she became the Association’s first full-time employee in January 2017. As executive director of ACCIS, Emmi is tasked with day-to-day operations of the Association, whose mission is to support the essential role of college counselors as leaders in independent schools through professional development and support. She is a frequent presenter and panelist at regional and national conferences and speaker at professional meetings. Emmi’s experience in college admission and counseling spans more than 20 years in the profession. She learned college admissions during five years as a member of the undergraduate admission offices at Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Emmi moved back to her home state of Virginia and to Hampton Roads Academy for her first role in an independent school, serving as director of college counseling, government teacher, swim coach, testing coordinator, and "other duties as assigned." Emmi joined The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California in the fall of 2006, where she helped to grow the department from two co-directors to a team of four full-time college counselors; it was also at Bishop's where she began her involvement in ACCIS as a committee member, chair, and ultimately executive director. Emmi holds degrees from Emory University with a BA in Political Science and Psychology and an M.Ed. from The College of William and Mary. She is based in San Diego, California.

 

Gabrielle Dorsey
The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA

Gabrielle Dorsey joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2019. She is currently the Director of College Guidance at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. Prior to her move to Archer in 2017, Gabrielle served as Associate Director of College Counseling at Marin Academy.  She has served ACCIS on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Audit and Review committee in the past. She previously worked in college admission at American University and Rice University, tackling both domestic and international admission work.  

 

Vicki Englehart-Thompson
St. Mary's Episcopal School, Memphis, TN

Vicki Englehart-Thompson joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2018.  She began her role as Dean of College Counseling at St. Mary's Episcopal School (TN) in 2015.  Vicki served as Dean of College Counseling at Lake Highland Preparatory School (FL) for thirteen years.  She is a Past-President of SACAC and a former member of the NACAC Governance and Nominating Committee.

 

Aaron Fulk
Marin Academy, San Rafael, CA
Strategic Planning Chair

Aaron Fulk joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2017 and serves as the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Since 2016, he has served as the director of college counseling at Marin Academy (CA). Previously, Aaron worked as a college counselor and coach at St. Margaret's Episcopal School (CA) and Collegiate School (VA). Prior to working at independent schools, Aaron worked in admissions at Washington & Lee University and Stanford, and he spent a year serving low-income families at a non-profit housed at Foothill College.

 

Jeff Fuller
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, TX
Finance Chair/Treasurer

Jeff Fuller joined the ACCIS Board in 2019 as Treasurer. He currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. In this role, Jeff oversees all college counseling department initiatives while also leading a team of 5 professionals. Before joining Strake Jesuit in 2017, Jeff served for 24 years at the University of Houston in a variety of roles in UH’s admissions office ultimately serving as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions. Jeff has been actively engaged in both NACAC and Texas ACAC, serving as president of both in 2015 (NACAC) and 2007 (TACAC). Jeff previously served as NACAC’s Finance Committee Chair and TACAC Treasurer. 

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, MO
Governance & Nominating Chair

Scott Herrmann-Keeling joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently serves as the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.  He has been a College Counselor at MICDS in St. Louis since 2010. Before moving to the Midwest, Scott worked for ten years in the admission office at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Peter Jennings
Concord Academy, Concord, MA
Board Past Chair

Currently serving as past-chair of the ACCIS Board of Trustees, Peter has supported ACCIS as a member of the New Counselor Training and through participation in the ARC team.  After five-years in admissions at Pomona College, Peter worked at Harvard-Westlake School before coming to Concord Academy in 2000. During a 2009-2010 sabbatical, Peter joined the Tufts University staff as Admissions Officer and Counselor-in-Residence. Peter also serves on the board of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is a former member of the Common Application’s Outreach Advisory Group.

Claudia Jolivert
Ransom Everglades School, Coconut Grove, FL
Board Chair

Claudia Jolivert is the chair of the ACCIS Board of Trustees and previously served as its Treasurer. She is starting her 10th year in College Counseling at Ransom Everglades School. Prior to joining the counseling team at RE, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at her alma mater, Georgetown University. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Claudia is the mother of three and the proud owner of two rescue dogs named Picasso and Chuleta.

Nikki Magaziner Mills
St. Albans School, Washington, DC

Nikki Magaziner Mills joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2018. Since 2005, she has served as the Director of College Counseling at St. Albans School in Washington DC. Prior to St. Albans, she worked as Director of College Counseling at TASIS, The American School in England and as Assistant Director of Admissions at both Rice University and Washington and Lee University.

Matt Mettille
Menlo School, Atherton, CA

Matt Mettille joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2017.  He has been the Director of College Counseling at Menlo School (CA) since 2016.  Prior to his time at Menlo, Matt served in college counseling roles at Georgetown Day School (DC) and Pine Crest School (FL).   Before college counseling, Matt was an Admission Counselor at Beloit College.

Amy Rogers
Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT
Board Chair-elect

Amy was elected to the Board in 2016 and now serves as chair-elect of the Board of Trustees. She has worked in admissions and college counseling for over 20 years, at a variety of levels, including independent boarding and day schools, and higher education. She has worked with students in the college process at Taft, Chase Collegiate, and Miss Porter's School, where she has led the College Office for the past ten years. As a member of ACCIS, Amy has served as Co-Chair of the 2017 Summer Institute at Trinity College and served on the Finance and Governance & Nominating Committees of the Board of Trustees.
 

Jody Sweeney
William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Jody Sanford Sweeney joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2017. She has been an associate director of college counseling at the William Penn Charter School since 2010. Before college counseling, Jody worked in admissions at Marist College, Cornell University and Bryn Mawr College. At Bryn Mawr, she served as the director of admissions for five years.

Birage Tandon
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA


Birage Tandon has been the Chief Financial Officer at Lakeside School in Seattle since 2012.
 

 

Program/Operations Committee Chairs

 

Robert Awkward
Marin Academy, San Rafael, CA
Advisor to the Executive Director

Robert Awkward is the Advisor to the Executive Director of ACCIS, an appointed role that also serves as an Ex-officio Board Member. Before moving to California to join the college counseling team at Marin Academy, Robert helped to establish the college counseling program at The Post Oak School, an IB-Montessori, PreK-12 school in Houston, Texas. Previous to his work in independent schools, Robert worked in admissions at Southwestern University (TX) and his alma mater Earlham College (IN).

Sam Bigelow
Middlesex School, Concord, MA
Communications

Sam Bigelow has served as ACCIS Communications Chair since 2017.  He has been the Director of College Counseling at Middlesex School (MA) since 2012.  Prior to his time at Middlesex, Sam served as Senior Associate Director at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT).   Before college counseling, Sam was a Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Boston University (MA) and an Admissions Representative at Harvard University (MA).

Lisa Clay
Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota, FL
Summer Institute

Lisa Clay has served ACCIS as Summer Institute Chair since 2016, having previously served as chair of Organizational Advancement. She is currently the Co-Director of College Counseling at The Out-of-Door Academy (FL). Prior to her recent move to ODA, Lisa was the Director of the Center for College and Life Planning at Parish Episcopal School (TX) for two years and also served as the Associate Director of College Counseling for three years. Before arriving at Parish, Lisa served as a College Counselor at Casady School (OK). Before college counseling, Lisa was a Senior Admission Counselor at Texas A&M University (TX) and an Admissions Counselor at the University of Texas at Austin (TX).  

Michele Davis
The Walker School, Marietta, GA
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michele Davis is co-chair of the ACCIS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is the director of college counseling at The Walker School in Atlanta, was previously a member of the college counseling team at Hutchison School (TN), and has also worked in independent schools in Maryland and Georgia. Before stepping onto the secondary school side, Michele worked in undergraduate admissions at Emory University (GA) and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Canh Oxelson
Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
New Counselor Workshop and Series

Canh Oxelson began directing the ACCIS New Counselors Workshop in 2017 and its corresponding webinar series. He has been the Executive Director of College Counseling at Horace Mann School (NY) since 2011.  Prior to HM, Canh served as an Upper School Dean & college counselor at Harvard-Westlake School (CA) and in college admission roles at four different schools, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania.

 
 

Jessica Raab
Kent Denver School, Englewood, CO
Colloquia

Jessica Raab joined the ACCIS Leadership Team in July of 2018 as the Colloquia Chair. She is beginning her fourth year in the College Counseling Office at Kent Denver Schools. Prior to her time at Kent Denver, Jessica worked in college counseling at Phoenix Country Day School. Jessica spent the first half of her career working in College Admission, the majority of which was at Colorado College, and she started at Carleton College.
 

Stacy Richardson
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, Washington, DC
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Stacy Richardson is the Co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is Director of College Counseling at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School (DC), where she has worked since 2015. Prior to her time at Visitation, Stacy served as a college counselor at Gonzaga College High School (DC). She has held numerous positions within higher education, including Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Recruitment at The College of William & Mary (VA) and Assistant Director of the College Park Scholars-Life Sciences Program at the University of Maryland.

 

Barbara Sams
Whitfield School, St. Louis, MO
Organizational Advancement

Barbara Sams has been director of college counseling at Whitfield School in St. Louis, Missouri since 2017. Prior to Whitfield, Barbara served as director of college counseling for thirteen years at Saint Louis Priory School. She has spent more than thirty years in the profession, including time in college admission, student life, and marketing.  

 
 

Janet Weller
Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, MD
Data Trends and Analytics Committee

Janet Weller serves as Chair of the Data Trends and Analytics Committee and has been involved with ACCIS as the former Data and Research subcommittee chair since 2017. She joined Roland Park Country School in 2009 as Associate Director of College Counseling after serving for six years as College Counseling Coordinator at Garrison Forest School, for two years as Media Relations Coordinator at Goucher College, and for three years as an education columnist and reporter for a weekly newspaper local to the suburbs north of Baltimore City. Janet is a member of the Current Trends and Future Issues Committee of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counselors. At RPCS, she also serves as Testing Coordinator and coaches cross country and track and field.

 

Staff

 

Rhonda Collins
Townsend, MA
Member Services Coordinator

 

Michelle Niles
Fitchburg, MA
Accountant

 

Katrina Proctor
Lunenburg, MA
Accounts Payable Specialist


ACCIS employs one full-time employee (Executive Director) and two part-time employees (Member Services Coordinator and Accountant). 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.


Board Standing Committees:

Finance Committee
Chair: Jeff Fuller
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 reviews, and monitors the implementation and enforcement of investment strategies approved by the Board of Trustees.

Governance and Nominating Committee
Chair: Scott Herrmann-Keeling
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 improvements, and overseeing changes.

Strategic Planning Committee
Chair: Aaron Fulk
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. 


Program/Operations Committees:

Communications Committee
Chair: Sam Bigelow
Committee members: Cristan Harris, Hawken School; Elizabeth Harris, The Urban School of San Francisco; Scottie Hill, Annie Wright School; Lesley Klecan, St. Mary's School; Kimberly Lord, Brookwood School; Samantha Schreiber, Milken Community Schools; Bartley Sides, Christ Church Episcopal School

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Chairs: Stacy Richardson and Michele Davis
Committee members: Samara Antolini, The Dalton School; Ashley Armato, Palmer Trinity; Emily Berty, Wellington School; Sharonda Dailey, The Wheeler School; Brittany Davila, Head-Royce School; Tim Doyle, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School; Lucas Frankel, Shady Side Academy; Jamie L. Kim, St. John's School; Linda Mathews, The Madeira School; Gregg Murray, The Hun School of Princeton; Ethan Percy, Loomis Chaffee School; Andrea Pien, The Bay School of San Francisco; Elizabeth Pili, Spence School; Veda R. Robinson, Edmund Burke School; Davirah Timm-Dinkins, The Hun School of Princeton; Khaliah Williams, The Berkeley Carroll School; Sharon Williams, University of Chicago Lab Schools

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DE&I) works to provide programming to support counselors with the tools they need to work with diverse populations, as well as taking shared responsibility to understand how to have complex conversations and effectively negotiate issues that impact diverse populations. 

Organizational Advancement Committee
Chair: Barbara Sams
Subcommittee chairs: Barbara Sams (Sponsorship); Amanda Kisselle, Casady School (Member Relations)

The Organizational Advancement Committee strengthens the work of the Association in two primary ways: the Member Relations subcommittee seeks to grow and sustain membership and to engage members in the work of ACCIS, and the Sponsorship subcommittee works to develop relationships with sponsors whose work has potential to help members as they serve the students and families in their schools.

Program Team
Lisa Clay (Summer Institute, with 2020 co-chair Blythe Butler, Catlin Gabel School); Canh Oxelson (New Counselors Workshop/Series); Jessica Raab (Colloquia); Steve Frappier (New Directors Workshop)

The Program Team plans, coordinates and implements all institutes and workshops of the Association, including the annual Summer Institute, Colloquia, New Counselors and Directors workshops, ACCIS college tours, and the Assistants’ program. The chairs coordinate on the planning of programming, as well as with hosts and vendors at respective sites.