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Kristen J. Naspo, MA

Kristen Naspo photoChair. Krissy started KJN Educational Consulting in 2013 and became a Senior Associate at The Bertram Group in 2017. Prior to becoming an educational consultant, Krissy spent twelve years in boarding school admissions, at Hillside School, Portsmouth Abbey and St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island. She became a professional member of IECA in 2014 and has served on the Schools Committee for two years and was Chair of the Committee from 2017-2018. Krissy works with families looking for traditional schools or those needing more therapeutic support. Krissy is a graduate of Lawrence Academy and attended Providence College where she earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees. She has been on the board of the IECA Foundation for the last three years and has chaired the Development Committee for the board.

Randy Bertin

Randy Bertin photoDr. Randy Bertin has been a leader in independent boarding schools for the past two decades. Before joining Cushing Academy as 13th Head of School on July 1, 2018, he spent twelve years at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in Ojai, California, serving seven of those years as Head of School.

During his tenure as Besant Hill Head of School, Randy was recognized for his leadership and is one of only two independent school heads to receive the CASE District VII CEO Leadership Award. He was also awarded the honor of Head of School Emeritus at Besant Hill. Before becoming Head of School, Randy served in multiple leadership positions including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Advancement, and Assistant Head for Advancement. He also served as the school’s Varsity Boys Basketball Coach from 2007-2011, earning California Southern Section Division V coach of the year in 2010. Randy previously had a seven-year career at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA, serving in many roles including Certified Athletic Trainer, Residential Faculty, Teacher, Coach, Sophomore Dean, Director of Athletics, and Development Officer.

Phil Cocchiola

Phil Cocchiola photoHead 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.

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall photoElizabeth is the founder and Principal Consultant of Hall Educational Resources, an educational consulting firm based in the Greater Boston area. For more than thirty years, Elizabeth has been active in the independent school world, beginning as a class gift chair for Northfield Mount Hermon School. Elizabeth served on Northfield Mount Hermon’s Board of Trustees, with service on their Enrollment Committee, the Advancement Committee, the Committee on Trustees and their Head of School Search Committee. She is a Professional Member of IECA, serving as Chair of IECA’s Schools Committee from 2018-2019 and a past member of their Outreach and Schools Committees. She holds membership in the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, the International Dyslexia Association, the Small Boarding School Association, the Council for Learning Disabilities, the Enrollment Management Association and the Gap Year Association. Elizabeth earned an Ed.M. from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Gettysburg College and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Previously Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors for the Wellesley Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), and as an advancement and admissions volunteer at Carroll School. She enjoys volunteering with the New Hampshire Special Olympics and Connor’s Climb Foundation.

Mike Kowalchick

Mike Kowalchick photoMichael has worked as an independent school educator for more than 15 years. During this time, he has been a Teacher, Coach, Dorm Parent, Athletic Director, Dean of Students, Director of Student life, Dean of Faculty, and Assistant Head of School. He grew up on a boarding school campus, attended The Hill School, and comes from a family of educators. Currently, Michael is the Assistant Head of School at Forman School and oversees Admissions, Marketing and Communications, and the Deans' Offices. His commitment to education, making a difference in the lives of young people, and best practices in independent school administration is at the core of his role as an educator. Michael lives in Litchfield with his wife and their two children.

Teresa Lloyd

Teresa Lloyd photoTeresa has been an Educational Consultant since 2004, and has over 30 years of experience as a high school and elementary school Guidance Counselor. She is a graduate of George Washington University (B.A., Ed.S) and the University of North Carolina (M.Ed). Teresa holds membership in NACAC and MACAC, where she helped lead a conference for urban youth in Flint, Michigan. In addition, Teresa has a long history of volunteerism, including Chair of the Sibley House Restoration Project in Detroit; interviewing candidates for the US Military Academy Senate appointments; Steering Committee member of the Giant Step Metro Detroit Teen Conference sponsored by Wayne State University; and member of the Board of Visitors for the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development at Wayne State University.

Carl Lovejoy

Carl Lovejoy photoCarl is the Associate Executive Director for Communications and Development and a member of the founding team at Mountain Valley Treatment Center in Plainfield, NH – a not for profit, residential program for adolescents suffering from debilitating anxiety, OCD and depression. Prior to Mountain Valley, Carl taught, coached, lived in dormitories, admitted students and raised money for more than 30 years at St. Paul’s School, Tabor Academy, Cardigan Mountain School, Kimball Union Academy and Oliverian School. He is a former member of the Secondary School Admissions Test Board’s (SSATB) Nominating Committee, a founder and former member of the Junior Boarding School Association (JBSA), a former member of the Admissions Committee of Independent School Association of Northern New England (ISANNE) a former advisor to the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Admissions Committee and a former trustee at Oliverian School. Carl has also done significant volunteer work with St. Paul’s School and The Boys Club of New York. A graduate of Colby College, Carl and his wife, Cari – by far the best athlete in the family – have three sons and three granddaughters.

Lee McLendon

Lee McLendon photoLee is the owner of McLendon Educational Consulting, established in 2001 and specializing in boarding school, college, and therapeutic placements, with exten-sive experience in working with students with learning differences and so-cial/emotional challenges. In addition, she has worked for Stowe Middle/High School, Bement School, and Choate Rosemary Hall in various roles, including tutor, language instructor, curriculum designer, and ski instructor. Lee is a gradu-ate of Plymouth State University (M.Ed.), Dartmouth College (MALS), St. Law-rence University (B.S.), Middlebury College (Summer Language Immersion), Na-tional Outdoor Leadership School, and Choate Rosemary Hall. In addition to her service to the IECA Foundation, she is a grant reader, volunteer and former trus-tee for Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation and is a current trustee for Rock Point School.

Sarah Norfleet

Sarah Norfleet photoSarah 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, 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.

Ann Rossbach

President, Independent Educational Consultants Association

Lauren Seltzer

Lauren Seltzer photoLauren Seltzer, LMFT is the owner of Educational Resources Unlimited, specializing in integrative educational and therapeutic consultation for children, teens, and young adults. With 14 years of clinical expertise in educational, private practice, and residential therapeutic settings, Lauren has an established reputation for helping families and young people reach their potential.
She brings to her practice a passion for integrative health and wellness, incorporating self-care, mindfulness-based skills, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as a robust background in the family systems approach.

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lauren holds a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont. She worked at a therapeutic boarding school as an Admissions Director, Assistant Clinical Director and therapist for 13 years. Currently, Lauren has a private practice working with individuals and families. She holds a certificate in Holistic Health Counseling. Lauren also has experience teaching in both traditional and special education schools. She serves as the consulting psychotherapist at the Quinnipiac Law School. Lauren chaired the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) Northeast conference for several years and served on various committees for the Association. A consultant member of IECA, Lauren has presented at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Small Boarding Schools Association (SBSA), and NATSAP.

Outside of work Lauren is a mother of a young child and appreciates the effort that goes into parenting and living a balanced life.

Dr. John Singleton

John Singleton photoDr. 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.

Jason Warnick

Jason Warnick photoJason Warnick is the Head of School at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Initially a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and dean, Mr. Warnick is the beneficiary of 18 wonderful years working at independent schools. Mr. Warnick earned a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and an M.A. in Communications with a concentration on New Media and Marketing from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Prior to Wayland, Mr. Warnick served in administrative roles at schools in Maine, Connecticut and New York. Mr. Warnick enjoys reading, cycling and fly fishing. Most of all, Mr. Warnick enjoys time with his wife Colleen and their sons, Rowen, Max, Emmet and Mitchell.

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Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association

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