Faculty

Resident Faculty

Martin Bonilla, Director of College Counseling

The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA
B.S., Economics, concentration in Organizational Behavior, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991

In July of 2006, Martin assumed the duties of Director of College Counseling at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. The College Preparatory School (CPS) is a coeducational, independent day school. The school's purpose is to prepare students for productive, ethical lives in college and beyond through a challenging and stimulating education in an atmosphere of consideration, trust, and mutual responsibility. From 2002-2006, Martin served as Director of College Counseling at the Ransom Everglades School in Miami. Prior to arriving in Miami, Martin was the Director of College counseling at the Saint Mark’s School of Texas, an independent, all–boys school in Dallas. He previously spent eight years as Senior Regional Director of Admission at the University of Pennsylvania. His duties included chairing admission selection committees as well as the recruitment of international students, underrepresented students, and student athletes.

Anne De Luca, Associate Dean

Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid Recruitment, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

Anne De Luca serves as Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid Recruitment for Harvard College, where she has worked since August 2016. In that role she coordinates communications and on- and off-campus outreach to prospective and admitted students, as well as communications for currently enrolled Harvard College students who receive financial aid. Prior to her time at Harvard, Anne served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment at the University of California Berkeley. In that role the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Office of the Registrar, and an administrative services one-stop shop were part of her Enrollment Management portfolio.

 

She has 25 years of experience working in higher education, including time spent in admissions and advising roles at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the University of Arizona. A first-generation college student, Anne holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in interdisciplinary studies, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, both from the University of Arizona. Her doctoral research focused on the institutional factors that help or hinder retention of African American, Native American and Chicanx students at predominantly white research universities in the United States.

William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College

Cambridge, MA  02138

 

 

Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral degrees:  Harvard University

Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at Harvard College since 1986; Executive Director of the Harvard College Fund 1984–86; Director of Admissions at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges 1975–1984 (Assistant and Associate Director of Admissions 1972–75; Acting Dean of Admissions 1981–82); Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University 1973–74; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA  1970–72; Instructor, Harvard University Extension 1976–78; Resident Proctor and Freshman Advisor 1968–70;  Former Staff Assistant, Office of the Harvard Governing Board; Former Trustee of the College Board; Member National Association for College Admissions Counseling; various research projects, publications, and professional activities on issues related to Admissions and Financial Aid.

Jacqueline Giordano, Senior Director, Higher Education Services

Senior Director, Higher Education Services, The College Board
New England Regional Office, Waltham, MA 02451

 

In her role at the College Board, Jacki leads a team working with colleges and universities in the east to help manage enrollment goals. She is a partner with her K-12 colleagues in the regions to promote educational opportunity for students. Jacki was a key player in the reinvigoration of the Financial Aid Institute and works with the Enrollment Leadership Academy and The New Chief Enrollment Officer Seminar.

 

Prior to joining the College Board, Jacki held a number of related positions across the region, including VP for Enrollment at Newbury College, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Babson College. She also held admission roles at Bentley University. Jacki has served on the Board of Trustees for Babson College, and is a past president of the Babson College Alumni Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Communication from Babson College and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Rachelle Hernandez, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

University of Texas at Austin

Rachelle Hernandez serves as Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Texas at Austin. Her portfolio includes the offices of admissions, enrollment analytics, financial aid, registrar, student success initiatives, and the college-to-career initiative. Ms. Hernandez is establishing and implementing student-centered policies and practices designed to improve access, affordability and student success. Her initiatives include the development of a new One-Stop Center to help students better access resources from across campus, the launch of a new financial aid program, Texas Advance Commitment, to provide additional resources to students with family incomes up to $100,000, coordination of a new First-Generation initiative to help these students engage and navigate campus, and a new Center for Career Exploration and Development.

Ms. Hernandez has worked in admissions and enrollment management for over 20 years. She served as the Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities before her move to UT Austin. Over the course of two decades, she developed a strong track record for implementing strategic programs and initiatives that support the achievement of student-centered goals. In her work at the University of Minnesota she led the creation of an enrollment management framework that engaged units and colleges across campus, resulting in the development of a coordinated campus-wide effort for new student enrollment and student success.

Ms. Hernandez is a frequent national speaker on admissions and access, student recruitment, enrollment management, and student access. She has served the higher education community in various professional association leadership roles and currently serves as co-director of the National Association for College Admission Counseling Chief Enrollment Management Officer Seminar and as a member of the SAT advisory committee, the ACT Higher Education Council, and the Access and Diversity Collaborative Advisory Council.

Ms. Hernandez holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

 

Kedra Ishop, PhD, is the first vice provost for enrollment management at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, reporting to the provost. She is a nationally-recognized expert and speaker on issues in higher education admissions and enrollment, serving on multiple national and international committees and advisory boards related to diversity, affordability, assessment, admissions, and enrollment. With responsibility at U-M for undergraduate admissions, financial aid, new student programs, and the registrar, Dr. Ishop leads a strategic enrollment management practice tied to the U-M enrollment vision. She holds three degrees from UT-Austin, where she began her career in admissions: a B.A. in sociology, a Master of Education in higher education administration, and a Ph.D. in education administration.

Jon McGee, Vice President of Planning and Public Affairs

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321
 

Jon McGee is Vice President for Planning and Public Affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He serves on the cabinet of both colleges and is responsible for research and analysis in support of enrollment and budget decision-making, state and federal government relations, and strategic planning. He has worked in higher education research and policy for 26 years. Prior to joining the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in 1999, he worked as a budget analyst with Minnesota’s Department of Finance and as Vice President for Research and Policy Development with the Minnesota Private College Council.

 

McGee is a frequently invited speaker nationally on demographic trends, the economics of higher education, and the intersection of mission, market, and institutional values. His book, Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education (published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2015), examines key forces of disruption in higher education and offers a framework to colleges and universities for addressing those issues. His new book, Dear Parents: A Field Guide to College Preparation (to be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2018), provides parents with insights and guidance about the value of college, educational preparation for college, college fit, finance, college choice, and the emotional process of transitioning to a new family and parental reality as children leave for college. McGee serves as a trustee of the College Board and is past-chair of the College Board’s College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid Assembly Council.

McGee is a 1984 graduate of Saint John’s University and lives in Cold Spring, Minnesota – a small town with a real hardware store, a small craft brewery, and a great bakery – with his wife and their four children. In fall 2015, he and his wife began 12 consecutive years of undergraduate tuition payments.

Maria Mendoza, College Counselor

G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Miami, FL 33185

For the past 27 years, Maria Mendoza has served as college and career advisor at Miami-Dade County Public School District in Miami, Florida, the fourth largest district in the nation. She is currently a member of the Student Services Leadership Team at the district level, training and mentoring new college advisors for future roles as such. In addition, Mrs. Mendoza has been featured regularly as a guest expert on Univision and Telemundo television networks discussing the college admission process along with insights into financial preparations for post-secondary education. These broadcasts focus on spreading awareness to a diverse community of Spanish-speaking students and parents at the local and national level.

Mrs. Mendoza believes that her truest accomplishments are those of the students themselves. During her career, Mrs. Mendoza has assisted over 25,000 students in preparing for higher education, which she considers to be her greatest accomplishment.

Logan Powell, Dean of Admission

Brown University, Providence, RI 02912

Logan Powell is the Marilyn and Charles H. Doebler IV Dean of Admission at Brown University He is responsible for the identification, recruitment, and selection of all undergraduates seeking entrance to Brown. Powell reports to Provost Richard M. Locke.

 

Powell works closely with students, faculty, staff and alumni to capture and convey to potential students and their families Brown’s distinctive approach to education, research and service. He partners with University leaders—including the dean of the College, dean of financial aid, vice president for campus life and student services, the provost and the president—to develop, implement and communicate admission priorities. He also serves as Brown’s representative for a number of professional organizations and committees, including the Ivy League Deans of Admission, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, Admissions Deans Committee, and the College Board.

Prior to joining Brown, Powell served as the director of admission at Princeton University. There, Powell was responsible for the overall office management and operations, supervising a team of 40 and directing a comprehensive student application review process. He led strategic planning to inform policy development regarding issues such as early action and standardized testing requirements, and partnered with colleagues in financial aid to develop strategies for low-income student outreach and enrollment. He also served on the Education Access Committee, dedicated to enhancing access and opportunity for low-income and first-generation students at Princeton. Powell worked closely with Princeton’s athletic department and has been a Princeton Faculty Athletic Fellow, serving as an advisor to student athletes. Previously, he served as senior associate dean of admission at Bowdoin College and senior admission officer at Harvard. He earned his master’s in education from Harvard, with an emphasis in higher education, and a bachelor of arts from Bowdoin.

Greg Roberts, Dean of Admission

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904
 

Greg W. Roberts was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Virginia in 2009. Dean Roberts served as the Associate Dean of Admission at UVA from 2003-09. Prior to arriving in Charlottesville, Greg served as the Associate Director of Admission at Georgetown University and as the Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Emory University. He has over twenty years of experience in the field and holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Education from Wake Forest University.

 

As Virginia’s Dean of Admission, Roberts serves on the President’s Committee on Financial Aid, the President’s Athletic Advisory Committee, and is a University Legislative Advisor for the Virginia General Assembly. In 2006, he co-authored the first guaranteed admission agreement for transfer admission between the University and the Virginia Community College System and he served as a member of the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for six years. Dean Roberts is the past chair of the Admission Practices committee for the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counseling and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Common Application. He is a member of the University of Cambridge U.S. Higher Education Advisory Committee and serves on the selection committee for the Robert Byrd Scholarship and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Scholarship.

Rick Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

 

B.A., History, Dartmouth; M.A., Education and Certification in Guidance and Counseling, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Richard H. Shaw has been at Stanford as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid for over ten years. Previously he served at Yale in the same role, 1993 – 2005; as Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan from 1988 to 1993; Associate Director of Admissions and Records at the University of California-Berkeley from 1983 to 1988 and in various admission and residence positions at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1972 to 1981. He is a member of—and has served in leadership positions for—several national admission groups. Dean Shaw is married to Delphine Red Shirt, Ph.D., a lecturer at Stanford and has three children in California.

Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling

Milton Academy, Milton, MA 02186

A.B., English, Harvard College, 1976; Ed.M., Harvard University, 1980; Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1977–1980.

Rod has just completed his eighteenth year at Milton Academy. Part of a team of five counselors, he shares responsibility for counseling 190 seniors. In his 35+ years in secondary education, Rod has worked at schools in Boston, Connecticut, California, and Florida. During those years he has coached football, wrestling, lacrosse, and soccer; sponsored on-campus singing groups; run dormitories; chaired curriculum committees; taught English, European history and ethics; organized Special Olympics basketball tournaments; written on educational matters for alumni magazines and other journals; and served, at various times, as Upper School Principal, Dean of Students, and faculty trustee. Rod has also chaired the NACAC and NEACAC Admission Practices Committees and has served on the board and the executive committee of the Common Application. While in Florida, he directed the SACAC Summer Institute for Secondary School Counselors. Presently, Rod teaches on the faculty of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, chairs the oversight committee and advisory board of the Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, and serves as a board member at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Amy Staffier, Director of Financial Aid

Simmons College, Boston, MA

Amy is the Director of Financial Aid at Simmons College in Boston where she serves their undergraduate, graduate and online students. Prior to Simmons, she spent 21 years working in the Admissions and Financial Aid office at Harvard College, most recently as the Associate Director of Financial Aid, Admissions Officer and University Director of the Federal Workstudy program. Amy firmly believes in sharing the knowledge she has. She has spent the last 18 years volunteering her time helping families navigate the financial aid process through presentations at local high schools, FAFSA Day workshops and simply sitting down one on one to personally walk them through applying for aid and comparing offers.

Guest Faculty

Mary Ellen Auriemma

Executive Director, State and District Partnerships, The College Board - New England Regional Office

Mary A. Barrows

Senior Director, Learning Strategies and Student Success Northeastern University

Susan Bartzak‐Graham

Project Director, Student Services, University of Massachusetts Boston

David Coleman

President and CEO, The College Board

Sally Donahue

Senior Admissions Officer and past Griffin Director of Financial Aid, Harvard College

Eric Furda

Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania

Ara Gershengorn University Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Harvard University
Anesha Grant Site Director, College Track

Stacey Kostell

Vice President for Enrollment Management, The University of Vermont

Jessica Marinaccio

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Columbia University

Col. Deborah J. McDonald

Director of Admissions, United States Military Academy

Matt McGann

Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Amherst College

Benjamin C. McNamee

Student Services Specialist, College of Management, University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Cal Mosley  Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University (Retired)

Amee Naik

Senior Director of High School Programs, Breakthrough Greater Boston

Lucerito Ortiz

Consultant, Promise54

Steven Pereira

Executive Director, Accessibility Policy and Compliance and Services for Students with Disabilities, The College Board 

Matthew T. Proto

Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Colby College

Steve Prudent

Director of High School Partnerships and College Pathways, Bunker Hill Community College

Stuart Schmill

Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emily Singer

Director, College Success Initiative, City of Cambridge, MA

Joy St. John

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Wellesley College