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Robin Abedon

Chair; Independent Educational Consultant; MAT; MPA; Certified Educational Planner; teacher, college admissions officer, counselor, school trustee and administrator; member of IECA and NACAC; past officer of the IECA Board of Directors; former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Children’s Home Society of South Florida; member of the Board of Directors of Child & Family Connections, Palm Beach County, Florida; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends Academy, South Dartmouth, MA; past member of the Board of Directors of The Community Preparatory School, Providence, RI.

Phil Cocchiola

Head of School, The Oxford Academy, Westbrook Connecticut; 20 years at The Oxford Academy, serving in a variety of roles including teaching, coaching, residential life, admissions, development, and administration. Previously served as a trustee for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), former conference planning committee member for The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), frequent speaker and presenter at various educational conferences. Currently serving as a trustee for the Westbrook Economic Development Board, the Westbrook Park and Rec Board, the Westbrook Assets Advisory Board, and Co-Chair of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Westbrook Division. Phil holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Education from the University of New Haven.

Betsy Donnelly

M.S., CEP, Independent Educational Consultant, Atlanta, GA; Founder and President of Atlanta Educational Consultants. Professional Member, IECA; At IECA, past Co-Chair and Chair, Therapeutic Committee. Current appointment on IECA Ethics Committee. Individual Professional Member, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Member, SSATB, Member Council on Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA).

Kristina Dooley

Kristina L. Dooley is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and founder of Estrela Consulting, an Ohio-based independent educational consulting firm which guides students through the college and school planning process. Prior to launching Estrela Consulting in 2008, Kristina served as the Assistant Director of Admission at Hiram College (OH) and as the Director of Admission and Marketing at Andrews Osborne Academy (OH). In addition to her work with students, Kristina is an instructor for the University of California, Irvine teaching College Consulting Resources and also serves as a faculty member of the IECA Summer Training Institute at Swarthmore College for aspiring educational consultants. Kristina earned a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from Hiram College, and an M.A. in Public Relations Management/Journalism from Kent State University. Kristina is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and holds membership in the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC), the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and the Small Boarding School Association (SBSA). In addition, Kristina is a member of the Hiram College Board of Visitors, sits on the Advisory Board of Hudson Community First, serves as a mentor for College Now Greater Cleveland and volunteers for JDRF Northeast Ohio.

Julie Gray

Director of Development, Dana Hall School; former Director of Development, Tenacre Country Day School; and former Annual Fund Director, The Fessenden School; served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) development conference planning committee and the CASE District I planning committee; served as the Development Committee Chair of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE).

Carl Lovejoy

Associate Executive Director for Communications and Development and a member of the founding team at Mountain Valley Treatment Center, NH; 30 years of development and admissions experience at St. Paul’s School, Tabor Academy, Cardigan Mountain School, Kimball Union Academy and Oliverian School; Former member of Secondary School Admissions Test Board’s (SSATB) Nominating Committee; Former Steering Committee member of Junior Boarding School Association (JBSA); Former member of the Admissions Committee of Independent School Association of Northern New England (ISANNE); Former Advisor to National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Admissions Committee; Former trustee at Oliverian School.

Lee McLendon

MA, MEd, Independent Educational Consultant, Waterbury Center, VT; Former teacher/counselor/coach/dorm parent at Bement School, Cardigan Mountain School, Choate Rosemary Hall summer school; Former Director of Guidance and Counseling at Stowe Middle/High School; Professional Member IECA, member NATSAP, SBSA; Former member IECA learning disabilities and outreach committees; Member of the Board of Trustees of Rock Point School; Former member of the Board of Directors of Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation.

Ann Montgomery

M.Ed., CEP, Independent Educational Consultant, Houston, Texas. Professional Member of IECA, NACAC, TACAC. At IECA, formerly VP for Committees, Executive Board member, Board of Directors member, and Chair of College Committee; currently Nominating Committee member. Former member, Credentialing Commission for American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. Board member, Bridgeway Capital Management and Bridgeway Foundation. Advisory Board member, Families Empowered. Former Advisory Board member, YES Prep Public Schools. Former Associate, Gould Farm.

Kristen J. Naspo, MA

Krissy started KJN Educational Consulting in 2013 and became an affiliate member of The Bertram Group that same year. Prior to becoming an educational consultant, Krissy spent twelve years in boarding school admissions, at Hillside School, Portsmouth Abbey and St. Andrew’s in Rhode Island. She became a professional member of IECA in 2014 and has served on the Schools Committee for the last two years, this year she is the vice chair for the committee. Krissy is a graduate of Lawrence Academy and attended Providence College where she earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

Sara Norfleet

Sarah Norfleet has spent her 40-year career at the Chamberlain International School, a Therapeutic Boarding School in Massachusetts. As one of the founders in 1976, Sarah has held positions from direct care to 20 years as Program Director, Marketing Director and currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer. A 1983 Graduate of Wheaton College with a B.A. in Political Science. Served on the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools in the early 1980’s. Currently serving as Treasure/Secretary of the NATSAP Board of Directors. One son, living in NYC, who has followed his lifelong passion for sailing and is currently the Head Coach for the Fordham University Sailing Team. Extracurricular interests include all things equestrian and volunteerism on a variety of professional and community association committees.

Luisa Rabe

MBA, Educational Consultant - Haverford, PA, Chair IECA's Graduate School Committee, and active community volunteer. Former Secretary/Treasurer and Membership Chair IECA; Executive Director Friends of Independence National Historical Park; Principal, Davidson Miller. Served as Chair/President/Trustee, Inglis Foundation, Diocese of PA, Church of Redeemer, Smith College Class, Williams College Parent Committee, Episcopal Academy, and Gladwyne Montessori. Honored by IECA Foundation (Katz Award) for volunteerism and by Hess Foundation (named Inglis fund) for leadership.

Dr. John Singleton

Dr. John Singleton has 30 years of experience working in education and 15 years of experience in therapeutic school leadership. John’s extensive education experience is steeped in life-changing results and award-winning programs and currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Trails Carolina, a therapeutic wilderness program in Western North Carolina. John has presented nationally and is published on the subject of Educational Leadership and learning differences. He has attended Harvard Graduate School of Education – Independent Schools Institute. He has also furthered his studies at Yale Child Study Center in 2008; Minds and Hearts Clinic, Tony Attwood, Ph.D. in 2007; and The Medical University of South Carolina, Russell Barkley, Ph.D. John received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Gardner-Webb University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Phoenix. His research was focused on the topic of Educational Leadership and working with students on the Autism Spectrum.

David Tuttle

Director of Admissions, The Oxford Academy, Westbrook, CT; served roles in admissions and marketing for several previous schools, spanning a career of 20+ years in private education; 2009 Conference Committee, The Association of Boarding Schools.

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