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.

 

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

Lisa Clay joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2020. She 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).

 

Gabrielle Dorsey
Shero's Rise; Bridges Educational Consulting

Gabrielle Dorsey joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2019. She is the Director of Educational Partnerships and Content Writer for Shero's Rise and the Executive Director of Bridges Educational Consulting. Gabrielle formerly served as 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
Board chair-elect

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.

 
 

Rafael S. Figueroa
Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, NM

Rafael S. Figueroa joined the Board in 2020. He is Dean of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico and a former admission officer at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is former President of the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling. He has served on the numerous committees for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, including the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Leadership, the Task Force on Standardized Admission Testing for International and US Students, the Steering Committee on Admission Practices, and the Commission on the Use of Standardized Testing. He is a former Board Member of the Common Application and served on the Common Application Outreach Advisory 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. 

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

Claudia Jolivert is the past-chair of the ACCIS Board of Trustees and previously served as its Treasurer. She is starting her 11th 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
Governance and Nominating Chair

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.

Megan Murphy
National Coalition of Girls' Schools, Charlottesville, VA

Megan Murphy serves as the executive director of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), the leading advocate membership organization for K-12 girls’ schools. Previously, Megan served as the chief advancement officer and/or chief enrollment officer at several institutions, including her alma mater, Allegheny College; Semester at Sea, a non-profit global education program in partnership with the University of Virginia;
and at NCGS and ACCIS member Marlborough School.

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

Amy was elected to the Board in 2016 and now serves as chair 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.
 

 

Rod Skinner
Milton Academy, Milton, MA

Rod joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2020. He is currently Dean of College Counseling at Milton Academy, where he just finished his 21st year. In his 40+ 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 and counseling matters for alumni magazines and other journals; and served as a faculty trustee. Rod has also chaired the NACAC and NEACAC Admission Practices Committees. 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 advisory board and oversight committees for the Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont; and serves on the board of Boston Collegiate Charter School and on the national selection committee for United World College.

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).

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

Lisa Clay joined the ACCIS Board of Trustees in 2020. She 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.

 

 

 

Candy Navarro
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
New Counselor Workshop and Series

Candy Navarro joined the ACCIS leadership team in 2020 as the New Counselor Workshop and Series Chair, though she has served on the faculty for the past two years. Additionally, Candy is entering her tenth year as the Director of College Counseling and Advising at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, in Pasadena, California. Prior to her current role, she was a college counselor at another Catholic school and worked in admission at the University of Southern California. Candy is very committed to counselor professional development. Further, she also serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor for the University of La Verne's Master's in Educational Counseling Program. She recognizes the influence that many mentors in this professional have provided her and is committed to paying it forward. Finally, Candy dedicates time to pursuing her research interest in cultural school climate in independent schools and training educators in building their cultural competency.

 

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 

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 three part-time employees. 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: Matt Mettille
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 develops long-range plans for the Association to support financial and organizational growth and sustainability. 


Program/Operations Committees:

Communications Committee
Chair: TBA
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; 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.

Data Trends and Analytics Committee
Chair: Janet Weller
Committee members: Tiffany Fujioka, Lakeside School; Gregg Murray, The Hun School of Princeton; John Reilly, Trinity School; Chris Rodriguez, The Lovett School; Sandra Sohne-Johnston, St. Anne's-Belfield School; Louis Trujillo, Saint Ann's School.

The Data Trends and Analytics committee (formerly the Research and Data subcommittee) coordinates research initiatives, conducts surveys to collect data about school-wide, 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. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Chairs: Stacy Richardson and Michele Davis
Committee members: Juan Acosta, The Westminster Schools; Samara Antolini, The Dalton School; Ashley Armato, Palmer Trinity School; Emily Berty, Wellington School; Frank Cabrera, Horace Mann School; Darling Cerna, Princeton Day School; Sharonda Dailey; Tim Doyle, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School; Lucas Frankel, Shady Side Academy; Scottie Hill, Annie Wright Schools; Jamie L. Kim, St. John's School; Linda Mathews, The Madeira School; Annalise Miyashiro, Sage Hill School; Sanil Patel, Hopkins School; Ethan Percy, Loomis Chaffee School; Andrea Pien, Friends' Central School; Elizabeth Pili, Spence School; Warren Quirett, Episcopal High School; Langston Ross, Parish Episcopal School; Ashley Terry, The Bay School of San Francisco; Davirah Timm-Dinkins, The Hun School of Princeton; Louis Trujillo, Saint Ann's School; 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 2021 co-chair Lesley Klecan, St. Mary's School); Candy Navarro (New Counselors Workshop/Series); Jessica Raab (Colloquia); Lauren Lieberman, Shady Side Academy and Tyler Sant, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (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.