Kristen J. Naspo, MA
Chair. 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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Kristina is a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and founder of Estrela Consulting, an Ohio-based independent educational consulting firm. In addition, Kristina is an instructor for the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education teaching College Consulting Resources and also serves as a faculty member of the IECA Summer Train-ing Institute for aspiring educational consultants. She is a graduate of Hiram College (B.A.) and Kent State University (M.A.). Kristina holds membership in HECA, both the Ohio and International ACACs. 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.
Tracy Hopkins has 20 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in therapeutic settings. 15 of the 20 years have been spent in executive leadership roles within prominent organizations that span between traditional boarding schools, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, and wilderness therapy programs. She currently holds the position of Business Development Director for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions. As part of her role with Outback, she serves as their program representative on the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC). She also founded Dare to Rise, a leadership, diversity and equity consulting practice. She is a part of Building Bridges of Asheville as a board member and Facilitator Trainer and is an active member of CoThinkk, a social justice philanthropy group based in Asheville, NC.
Michael 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 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 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 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 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.
With well over a decade of experience in education as well as a residential therapeutic setting, Lauren Seltzer, LMFT has an established reputation for helping families and students 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
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.
Jason is currently Director of Advancement and Enrollment at Ross School in East Hampton, NY. Initially a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and dean, Jason has primarily fo-cused on enrollment management, fundraising and communications for the last 15 years. Prior to Ross, Jason served as Executive Director of Enrollment and Director of External Engagement and Alumni Relations for Hyde Schools in Connecticut and Maine. Jason earned his B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and an MA in Communications with a concentration on New Media and Marketing from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Jason enjoys reading, cycling, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and four sons.
Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association
President, Independent Educational Consultants Association