Executive Director of Student Recruitment and AdmissionsUniversity of Toronto (ON)NACAC member since 2012
Founded by royal charter in 1827, The University of Toronto is a
public research university specializing in research and teaching. It
provides diverse and extensive areas of study organized around intimate
By accident. I grew up in a small town and didn't have much
perspective on career paths. Originally, the plan was to go to college,
major in chemistry, go to med school, then become a doctor. In my fourth
year, I had a lot of student affairs experience as a resident adviser, a
student program coordinator, and through an admission office
internship. After graduation, a dean spoke to me from the University of
Virginia about a spot in admission—entry-level and outreach. I applied,
got it, and enjoyed it. Then, I got another position in grad school.
There’s a very human side to college admission work. I come from a
family of educators, so it is in my blood.
A college fair 20 years ago in Memphis. It was my first time interacting with the NACAC network.
Keeping in mind the limited time I’ve been here and the pandemic, the
best experience I've had was a meet-and-greet with the team on Zoom.
Everyone was so reassuring, and it felt great to be welcomed and
My parents as a collective unit, because of the way they live their
lives and the things they have overcome to be successful parents and
citizens. They had to adapt to an evolving world. They are thoughtful
and have great perspectives.
Plan for your success and simultaneously be open-minded and willing to pivot.
With empathy. There are people on the other end of every decision,
including the people we work for and beside. Ultimately, my decisions
are data-informed rather than data-driven. Context and person-impact
I was familiar with the program, but a colleague recommended me and
nominated me to be involved. It's a powerful opportunity for future
enrollment leaders to learn, network, challenge themselves, and grow.
Anything involving fitness activities and music.
I am reading Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul, a book by Howard Schultz. I am watching Glow on Netflix, because I am a huge professional wrestling fan.
Witty. Loyal. Creative.
College AdvisorSt. Xavier High School (OH)NACAC member since 2009
Saint Xavier High School is a private, college-preparatory high
school just outside the Cincinnati city limits. Its mission is to assist
young men in their formation as leaders and Men for Others through rigorous college preparation in the Jesuit tradition.
I took a job during my college years as a summer
conference/orientation leader and the rest is history. I found that I
loved the idea of working with students as they were finding their new
home at the University of Kentucky, where I was a student. I loved my
school and I loved sharing that enthusiasm with students who were
planning to attend. Ultimately that led to a job in the admission office
where a position opened up as an admission counselor just as I was
graduating. I got lucky—the timing couldn’t have been better!
It was the perfect first real job for me. As I grew in the
profession, I found that I loved working with students, enjoyed the
travel and responsibility involved, but also had a special appreciation
for the high school counselors that I was working with. Working in
admission provided a great balance for me as a young professional.
To this point, I’ve spent most of my career in higher education,
though two years ago I made the switch to the high school side. After 16
years of working in college admission, the time was right!
I think the best experience I’ve had at St. Xavier High School so far
has been working with and learning from amazing colleagues. Our current
team has a collective 100+ years of college advising/college admission
experience in various school environments. I’m constantly learning from
my colleagues in a supportive space where we are encouraged to grow and
develop professionally. It’s a pretty amazing place to begin this new
path of my career.
Hands down, it’s my students. They amaze me every day with the work
they do, the loads they carry, and the decisions they make, all while
thriving in a world that is very different from when I was in high
school. I sincerely learn from them every day. Wow, the things they have
accomplished and will continue to accomplish! They truly make me so
hopeful for our future.
I’m mostly a verbal processor (oftentimes to the chagrin of my
co-workers!) so I prefer to talk things out. I often run ideas past
colleagues or gather different perspectives from others who have likely
learned from similar experiences. I know that a quick decision can often
be an emotional one for me (I can’t help it—my heart is shamelessly
worn on my sleeve), so I like to take time to gather information so as
to not jump in too quickly. A valuable lesson I have learned over time
is: “A firm decision steadies me.” Anyone who identifies as a 9 on the
Enneagram, you likely know where I’m coming from.
I love being home with my family, and that’s probably where I have
the most fun. But as a natural introvert, I do value my time to myself
so I grab it when I can. In nice weather I like to sit on my front porch
with a good book. But most days it means listening to a podcast on my
drive to and from work, and some days when I really need some extra
time, I take the long way home! (Don’t tell my husband.)
At some point in my life, I wanted to be an archaeologist. I love the
idea of ancient civilizations, so I would have to say exploring the
Mayan ruins or pyramids in Egypt would be right up my alley.
I just finished Ted Lasso and absolutely cannot wait until the next season. That was after finishing Schitt’s Creek
for the third time, naturally. During the school year, I have more time
to listen to books than I do to actually read them, so I just finished
Jeff Selingo’s Who Gets In and Why: A Year in College Admissions.
Inclusive. Positive. Work-in-progress.