AISAP Exchange Discussion

Introduce Yourself

  • 1.  Introduce Yourself

    Posted 12-10-2014 20:56

    Hi Everyone!

    We are all part of the same organization and some of us have met each other at various AISAP events or the Annual Institute, but I thought it might be nice to have a thread specifically for introducing ourselves, both professionally and personally. 

    I'll start! 

    Professionally, I've been in business administration for nearly 30 years now-my how time flies.  The entire time I've been an administrator or manager, I've been involved with the technology, starting way back with have a dual boot Apple back in college, then an 80-88 "laptop" in the early 90's and so on.  I remember DOS; I remember when Windows came along and Windows 3.11; and I remember when hard drives got a whole Gigabyte of memory.  My whole professional life I've been using software and building hardware so I'm very knowledgeable about systems and that's how I landed at AISAP.  I initially started coordinating the webinars--and through that met many of AISAPs presenters and champions--but I think Janice recognized that spark in me that I knew a lot more, so it grew from there!

    Personally, I'm the proud wife of a handsome man whom I call DD or Dear Hubby--he's a cross between Jerry Garcia and Santa.  DD and I are the proud parents of seven children: six boys and our youngest, a girl!  All of our children are grown and out of the house (our dear daughter just moved onto her university campus "on her own" this year), and about half of them are married.  All seven children took their own unique educational routes, as we allowed each child to be educated in a way that was best for their abilities and preferences.  Some were home-schooled and never set foot in a public school.  Some did charter schools.  Some were a mix of home and private schooling.  And one son just LOVED his Montessouri school, so that was my introduction to independent schools. 

    Dear  Hubby and I have three cats, are enthusiastic Seattle Seahawk fans, and in our spare time, we are gamer-geeks.  With my computer background I've played since Zelda was just blurry pixels, but currently we are playing Lord of the Rings Online (as we are big Tolkien fans).  We also love to read to each other and cook exotic recipes for the fun of trying something different.


    Cindy Taylor
    Systems Coordinator
    (971) 239-0191

  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 02-22-2015 10:24
    Hi friends, I'm Emily. I've worked in the independent school advancement field for my entire career. I was public-school educated, but my stepfather was an educational consultant for many years and introduced me to the world of independent schools. I spent three years doing admissions, financial aid, marketing, communications, and development at The Phelps School, a small boys boarding/day school, followed by five years in the development office at George School, a larger Quaker boarding/day school, and then following the birth of my daughter, moved to Kimberton Waldorf School. I have been the director of marketing and outreach for two years now, where I manage all communications, marketing strategy, and the admissions funnel. ------------------------------ Emily Shaker Marketing and Outreach Kimberton Waldorf School Phoenixville PA ------------------------------

  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 02-24-2015 12:28

    Wow, Cindy,

    You have quite an interesting re-introduction story. Great to hear it.

    My name is Portia. I have been working at Dore Academy/The John Crosland School for eight years. My role as Director of Admissions has expanded greatly over those years to encompass management of several departments/areas (i.e. financial aid, extended day program, registration). Since I have been here, I have had the authority to create many new programs that have actually stuck and flourished. There are some advantages to being at small independent schools.

    My son has had the experience of both private and public school settings. Both were beneficial for him in different ways.

    Personally, my passions lie in being a fiber artist, reading lots, and running (preferably outside). So I spend many hours of my time crocheting and painting, reading the next interesting thing and running.

    Portia Eley
    Director of Admissions
    The John Crosland School
    Charlotte NC

  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 09-30-2015 15:05

    Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself!  I'm new as the Director of Admission at Carolina Day School, but the school I used to work at in New York City was one of the founding members of AISAP.  I remember and miss Natasha Sahadi.  

    Before coming here, I worked at Columbia University as Director of the School and Child Care Search Service.  I was privileged to work with families who studied and worked at Columbia -- or were being recruited to Columbia -- and who needed help navigating the educational landscape of school options in the New York metropolitan area.  

    Helping these families motivated me to work again in an independent school.  I'm loving being in Asheville, North Carolina and am so happy to be at this wonderful institution.

    I look forward to sharing experiences with my colleagues across the country.

    Debbie Ashe
    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
    Carolina Day School
    Asheville NC

  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 12-09-2015 10:29

    Hi Everyone! So great to meet you all. I am currently the Assistant Director of Admission at Browne Academy in Alexandria, VA. I received a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in musical theatre from the Catholic University of America (CUA) and am finishing up my Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education, also at CUA. Prior to Browne Academy, I served as the Enrollment Coordinator at CUA’s School of Music for three years, recruiting high school students for the university’s prestigious music program. I grew up in the world of the performing arts and continue to immerse myself in that world today through occasional film and television appearances, as well as through my work with Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that brings interactive theatre to children in hospitals and other care facilities. Looking forward to growing in this community!

    Elise Morrow-Schap
    Assistant Director of Admission
    Browne Academy

  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 07-08-2016 20:59

    Howdy. Looking forward to meeting you all in Ft. Worth!

    Danny Kahalley
    Director of Admissions
    Saint Thomas' Episcopal School
    Houston TX

  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 08-22-2016 11:40

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Will, from Austin Texas and I'm very excited to be a part of this community!

    Will Greenwell
    Sales Director
    Austin TX

  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 09-07-2016 09:15

    HI. My name is Andy Ferrara, and I have just started my tenure as Assistant Director of Admission at Fay School, in Southborough, MA. Primarily, my job at Fay School is to help oversee day school admission, with a specific focus on our Primary and Lower School enrollment.

    I have worked in independent schools in and around the Boston area for the past 20 years, where I have held positions as Associate Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions, history teacher, advisor, coach and Middle School Dean. Although I have worked in the field of admissions for three years,  I have only recently discovered a way to become more fully invested in the industry. Thus, I am excited to join AISAP and begin the certification process. My first exposure to AISAP was through attending a conference in Fort Worth, TX this past July. There, I found like-minded professionals, who cared deeply about the role that an office of admission plays in the overall life of a school. Certification seemed like the next logical step in my professional development. 

    I look forward to learning so much more about the field of admissions from the collective minds of AISAP members.

    Andrew Ferrara
    Assistant Director of Admission
    Fay School
    Southborough MA

  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 09-08-2016 12:21
    Andrew and Will,

    Welcome to AISAP! We are so pleased to have your enthusiasm, passion and involvement. We look forward to your active participation and hope you enjoy the journey with the association. Enrolling in the CAEP Level 1 is a magnificent start to this process. Congratulations, Andrew, on taking that step. 

    Best wishes,

    Gretchen Lurie
    Director of Admissions
    Chandler School
    1005 Armada Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    626-795-9314 x177

  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 05-18-2017 12:02
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    Howdy!  I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization.


    I have worked in Enrollment Services, Higher Education Consulting, and Paying for College organizations for two decades. In 2014 I joined Hockaday as an Associate Director of College Counseling, after serving as Director of Texas Regional Recruitment at The University of Georgia.  After two years in College Counseling, I  transitioned to Admission, as Assistant Director of Middle School Admission at Hockaday.

    I am a member for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), The Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), The College Board and the Association for College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). While at TACAC I served as Co-Chair of the Conference Planning Committee and served as Co-Chair of the Drive-In Workshops throughout Texas.  As a Regional Recruiter,  I served as Secretary of the Dallas Admission Regional Network for two years, and I am looking forward to becoming involved with the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP).


    I was born in Colombia, South America, consider Houston my hometown, and currently live in Richardson, Texas with my husband (Eric), son (Aiden, 9 year old), and our beloved Labradoodle puppy (Draco, 1 year old). We enjoy outdoor adventures, travel, and board games. I also consider myself an amateur photographer and I look for opportunities to document special moments.

    I look forward to getting to know the organization and its members better in the years to come. 

    Adriana White
    Assistant Director of Admission, Middle School
    The Hockaday School
    Dallas TX

  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 08-10-2017 12:57
    Hi Friends!

    Thank you for starting this thread, Cindy. My name is Susan and I just relocated from Los Angeles, CA to West Hartford, CT. My path to the admission office is rather unique, where I started as an IECA consultant, transitioned to help start a boarding school in Downtown Los Angeles, and recently (as of August 2017) landed in a traditional New England day school. I look forward to learning from you all and tapping into this "hive mind" as we adapt and change with the demands of the admission office!

    Susan Emery
    Senior Associate Director of Admission
    Kingswood Oxford School
    West Hartford CT

  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 09-06-2017 15:06
    Hello Everyone!

    I've recently started as an Admissions Associate at The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. My job is three-part: To increase awareness about our school and the programs we offer, to lead our Cicerone (student tour guide) program, and to act as the admissions liasion for our equestrian program.

    After graduating from Walker's, I received my B.S.B.A. from Elon University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing/Sales. Prior to Walker's, I worked in digital content marketing and advised startups on business planning, development, and marketing strategies.

    I'm hoping to learn as much as I can and I look forward to getting to know everyone.

    Elizabeth Greenberg
    Admissions Associate
    Ethel Walker School '10

  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 09-06-2017 15:10
    Welcome Elizabeth mand congratulations on your new position!

    Joanne Karow
    Director of Admissions

  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 11-03-2017 05:10
    Dear All
    I'm so happy to be a part of this community. My name is Naia Helweg and I'm the Admission Officer at Rygaards International School in Denmark. We don't have that many international schools in Denmark which means that we are not that many Admissions offices in Denmark. So I dont have that many to bounce ideas of with and network with. So I look so much forward to use this forum and benefit from all you wonderful peoples experience.
    Have a wonderful day
    Kind regards

    Naia Helweg
    Admissions Officer
    Rygaards School

  • 15.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 06-10-2019 10:15
    Hello AISAP Community!

    I just joined Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA as the Director of Admission, and wanted to follow-up to introduce myself to everybody. Although I am new to independent schools, I have worked in enrollment management for 15 years, serving various colleges and universities in Philadelphia and New England as an Admissions Director and VP along the way.

    I sincerely believe in the transformative power of education and enjoy the opportunities this profession allows for helping students access the possibilities - socially, academically, professionally, and otherwise - inherent to the educational experiences that await them. I believe that education is like a key of sorts; one with the ability to open doors that reveal pathways of opportunity - to success, fulfillment, financial stability, etc. It's a powerful tool that can change one's life. Some doors cannot be opened without the right key, and as an enrollment professional, I am grateful for the chance this career has given me to make a significant impact in the lives of those whose paths cross with mine.

    In this profession, we are all facilitators of opportunity.

    I am very excited about this shift in my professional journey, and I look forward to connecting with you folks. In the meantime, feel free to hit me up with any sage advice, horror stories (!), or general wisdom you might feel I could benefit from. If your travels take you near Middleburg, VA, get a hold of me and I'll treat you to lunch. I look forward to meeting you!


    Ken LaBate
    Director of Admission
    Foxcroft School

  • 16.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 06-11-2019 11:42

    Janice Crampton
    Executive Director | CEO, AISAP
    Madison CT
    (203) 421-7051

  • 17.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 06-11-2019 11:56
    Welcome Ken! 

    Lisa Psarouthakis
    Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

    A K-8 School of Higher Learning  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
    P: 734-665-5662, ext. 303
    F: 734-665-8126

  • 18.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 04-10-2020 17:44


    I am a head of school in an international school in China. I want to learn as much as possible about admissions in order to support my admissions team.

    I am American but I have been working with overseas international schools for nearly 20 years. I started out in independent schools in the US.

    I look forward to meeting many of you, and learning from you as well.

    With warm regards,


    Deron Marvin
    Xiamen International School

  • 19.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Jasmine Render and I am new to the Admissions area. I am the new Admissions Counselor for St. Andrews-Sewanee School in Sewanee, TN. I am super excited to dive in and learn everything I can about this new position. Something interesting about me is that I actually attending St, Andrews-Sewanee as a four year boarding student from Atlanta, GA. This institution really did open my eyes to a plethora of opportunities and academic and personal skills. I want to branch out and use my knowledge of this school to bring in students from local and surrounding areas.

    I look forward to reading about some of you and hopefully getting in contact! I love receiving advice from those who have so much experience in this field. I am determined to do my very best and represent my institution as it should be.

    Thank you!

    Jasmine Render
    Admissions Counselor
    St. Andrews-Sewanee School

    Jasmine Render
    Admissions Counselor
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School