Following many years as a high school classroom teacher, I attended the Harvard Summer Institute for College Counseling and launched the college counseling office at the Beacon School, a small public high school in New York City. As a former New Yorker, I have worked with students of all ethnicities, including many who were the first in their family to attend college.
After moving to Eugene, Oregon in 2003, I took a position in the Admissions Office at the University of Oregon for one season, reading applications and seeing how the admissions process worked from the inside before starting my own practice as an independent college admissions counselor.
In addition to guiding academically hardy mainstream students through the college search and application process, I have extensive experience working with home-schooled students, students with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning challenges, and those who respond well to different styles of learning, as well as students with special artistic or athletic gifts.
Every year, I visit as many colleges as possible personally to get firsthand impressions of what it’s like to attend them and whether they are schools I want to put on my preferred list. As an independent counselor I am able to sit in on classes and meet with students and faculty. I have toured more than 200 schools over the years, including many “gems” that frequently go unnoticed. States in which I’ve toured colleges include New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and the Canadian provinces Ontario and British Columbia.
On a more personal note, I am an avid reader, a knitter, and a world traveler. My husband and I are empty nesters now watching our daughter go off on her own journey. We live with Molly, a beautiful but somewhat aloof pussy cat. My husband is a retired book acquisitions editor from a large research university in the Midwest. We love indie movies, rainy days (of which we have plenty here in Oregon!), and long walks. And we are foodies. We both love to cook and eat. Healthily, of course!
Harvard Summer Institute on College Counseling
New York University, M.Ed.
Long Island University, B.S.
Higher Education Consultants Association *
National Association for College Admissions Counseling
Portland (Oregon) Area College Counselors Committee
Learning Disabilities Association
* I am currently the Eugene, Oregon Community Representative for HECA.