I love to pursue learning experiences that will enhance my knowledge and allow me to better serve my clients
I look forward to actively expanding my knowledge through attendance at professional conferences, seminars, webinars, college fairs, and through college visits, meetings with admissions officers and fellow consultants, and independent research. In addition, I am a member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association Talklist, which allows members to inform one another; and I follow a number of college related news feeds and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Pinterest. Click on the links at the top of the page to connect with me on social media and stay up to date on what's happening in college admissions and more!
Past Professional Development Activities See also my Colleges Visited page for a list of college campuses I have visited and meetings with college admissions representatives I have attended.
2/22/2018 - UMaine Reception for accepted students in NJ. Heard from a number of deans as well as admissions officers
11/13-17/2017 - Fall IECA Conference, Washington, D.C. Helped organize a session for IECs Who Give Back. Visited American University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.
8/4/2017 - NJ IECA Affinity Group Meeting to discuss topics of interest and importance, including pro bono work. Spoke about the new IECA Affinity Group, IECs Who Give Back that I initiated with Sarah Phocas and Rebecca Claster.
7/22/2017 - Visited Old Dominion University
7/23/2017 - Visited Virginia Commonwealth and the University of Richmond
6/17/2017 - Visited the Culinary Institute of America, CA
6/16/2017 - Visited U.C. Berkely and Stanford University
3/17/2017 - NJ IECA Affinity Group Meeting with Eco League Colleges representatives from Dickinson, College of the Atlantic, and Green Mountain College who also shared information about Northland College, Prescott College and the University of the Pacific.
2/27/2017 - Changing Face of College Admissions at Drew University, sponsored by NJACAC. Examining how commercialization - from rankings to the digital marketing explosion - has impacted the admissions process today, and how it is viewed by students and parents. Featuring a presentation by Rob Franek, Senior VP, The Princeton Review.
2/8/2017 - NJ IECA Affinity Group Lunch with Courtney Culler of the Barney School of Business from the University of Hartford and Nellie Zigami, our Regional Admissions Counselor.
2/7/2017 NJACAC Panel - School Counselors and the College Admissions Process - Rutgers. Panelists from various local high schools.
2/2/2017 - Met with Rita Palrecha, Silver Oak Learning Center, Flemington and Clinton to share information about our services.
1/20/2017 Met with MaryBeth Healy with the Learning Cooperatives to learn more about this alternative high school model.
10/25/2016 - NJACAC College Admissions 2016 Tackling the Issues at Rider University. Panelists from Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, University of Delaware, Rider University, & The College of New Jersey
5/3-6/2016 IECA Spring Conference, Boston. Visited Harvard University and MIT
4/19/2016 - Led a Creating College Possibilities Workshop for first generation students at the Hunterdon County Family Success Center, Flemington, NJ
4/12/2016 - IECA Webinar: Test Prep strategies for Students With Learning Challenges
3/7-9/2016 - IECA LD College Tour: Marymount Manhattan, Fordham University, Pace University, Wagner College, Hofstra University, Adelphi University, Iona College, & Marist College
2/19/2016 - NJACAC Transfer Forum - Panel for High School Counseling Professionals. Presentations from: Middlesex Community College, Raritan Valley Community College, County College of Morris
1/29/2016 - NJ IECA Affinity Group Meeting to review admissions for the Class of 2016
1/8-10/2016 - Landmark Advanced Course
12/6/2015 - IECA Ethics Course
10/27/2015 - NJACAC College Admissions 2015-2016 What's New? at Rider University. Presentations from Fordham University, Rider University, Marist College, University of Delaware, Drew University, Rutgers University
9/25/2015 - Admissions - The Road to Higher Education Seminar - Goucher University. Presentations from Goucher, Georgetown University, Cornell University, University of the District of Columbia, Trinity College, Bennington College, Ford Foundation, Gates Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Education, Kalamazoo, Also visited Towson University
6/8/2015 - Spoke with Dr. Darian Parker, Parker Academics, to learn about his philosophy and the tutoring services he provides.
6/8/2015 - Met with Erik Mathisen, member of Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals, co-owner of FreshySites (website builder company), and Baseball Coach at Hillsborough High School to learn about his various involvements and share information about my services.
6/5/2015 - Attended "Red Shoe Fashion Show", an event sponsored by BWNICE (Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education). This is our annual fundraising event for our charity, "SAFE in Hunterdon" which provides shelter, counseling and advocacy for families affected by domestic violence.
6/4/2015 - IECA Northeast Regional Symposium on the Future of College Admission - Panelists included representatives from the University of Rochester,Bucknell University,Marist College, Franklin & Marshall College, andWheaton College
5/29, 30, 31, and 6/2/205 - Attended Landmark Forum, a transformational experience which will help me guide my students with more clarity and perspective
5/17/2015 - Spent the afternoon in Cambridge, UK with a University of Cambridge student. Went punting (guided boat tour) on the River Cam to see 7 of the 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge and learn about the University.
4/24/2015 - NJ IECA Affiliate Luncheon with fellow consultants and our guest, NJ Admissions Officer Emilee Suchomski, from Kalamazoo in Michigan.
4/22/2015 - NACAC/NJACAC National College Fair Volunteer
4/12-4/14/2015 - Philly Cheese Steak College Tour! Had wonderful visits to Philadelphia University, Ursinus College, Widener University and Temple University, all in the Philadelphia area.
3/25/2015 - Attended a NJ IECA Affiliate Luncheon with fellow consultants and our guests, Greg Moyer, our NJ Rep from Dickinson College and Cathy Davenport, Dean of Admissions.
3/23/015 - Attended a Breakfast Presentation in Princeton by Admissions Staff and Alumni of Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL). Lynn is one of 5 designated Apple Connected schools in the country, offering personal, innovative learning and strong DII sports.
3/11/015 - Attended an all day seminar, "Calming the Overactive Brain", presented by Bill M. Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth University. Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Brain Potential.
3/10/2015 - Participated in an online Parent Meeting with MIT Staff to discuss new initiatives and future plans to enhance mental health and support services on campus.
3/4/2015 - Attended a presentation by Will Houghteling, of Minerva, a new, innovative, accredited college program where an international mix of students spend their semesters in 7 cities around the world getting an education intended to rival the Ivies.
3/3/2015 - Attended a University of Maine Alumni Dinner Meeting with President of the Alumni Association,Todd Saucier; Dee Gardner from the UMaine Foundation; longtime Football Coach. Jack Cosgrove; Athletic Development Director, Seth Woodcock; and current student, Tim. Learned about many student opportunities to do research and participate in the SPIFFY Investment Fund as well as the support provided to athletes. There are 17 NJ students on the UMaine Football Roster.
2/20/2015 - Visited Drexel University
2/19/2015 - Visited Lehigh University and Lafayette College
2/18/2015 - Visited Bucknell
11/13/2014 - Visited St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia - for Hawk Talks
5/8/2014 - Athletic Recruitment 2014 event, Fairleigh Dickinson University
4/6-10/2014 - Heart of Ohio Tour (HOOT) - Visited: John Carroll University, Kent State, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, Ohio University, and Marietta College
4/3-4/2014 Salisbury University Guidance Counselor Program
3/13/15/2014 - Visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Stayed in a dorm. Attended the Beaver Ball
2/11/2014 - IECA Webinar: Building the Perfect List: Must Have Conversation Starters
10/9/2013 - Middlesex County College Fair, NJ
8/14/2013 - ePrep Webinar
7/29-31/2013 - NJACAC Summer College Bus Tour: Visited Princeton University, Monmout University, Richard Stockton University, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University and Rutgers University.
4/22/2013 - Institute for Brain Potential Workshop: Developing Positive Emotional Habits
4/7-12/2013 - IECA Spring Conference, Chicago. Colleges visited:Illinois Wesleyan,Vandercook College, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Schimer, Columbia College, and the University of Chicago
2/26/2013 - NJACAC College Admission 2013: A Winter Classic.Heard from Fordham University, Rider University, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Manhattanville, College, Stevens Institute of Technology
3/20/2013 - Inside Higher Education Webinar: 2013 Survey of College & Univeristy Presidents
2/26/2013 - Admissions Panel, Rutgers University
2/12/2013 - IECA Webinar: Teen Trends and Trending Teens
12/12/2012 - Hosted College Planning Webinar for AT&T
10/19-21/2012 - Visited Rochester Institute of Technology - Brick City Homecoming Weekend
9/28/2012 - Visit to Drexel University
6/5/2012 - Common Application Webinar
5/2-5/2012 - IECA Spring Conference, Boston, MA. Visited: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Simmons College, & Wentworth Institute of Technology.
4/21-27/2012 - Consortium of Vermont Colleges Bus Tour: Visited Champlain College, Burlington College, St. Michael's College, Johnson State, Sterling College, Lyndon State, New England Culinary Institute, Norwich University, Vermont Technical College, Landmark College, Marlboro College, Southern Vermont College, Bennington College, Green Mountain College, The College of St. Joseph, Castleton State, Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont.
3/27/2012 - Institute for Brain Potential Workshop: How the Brain Forms New Habits: Why Willpower Is Not Enough
12/7/2011 - Visited East Stroudsburg University
12/1/2011 - Visited Rider University
11/15--18/2011 - Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour: Messiah College, Albright College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Juniata College, & Elizabethtown College
11/2/2011 - Attended NACAC College Fair, Elizabeth, NJ
10/28/2011 - Visited Princeton University & The College of New Jersey
10/17/2011 - Visited Franklin & Marshall College & Bryn Mawr College
10/4/2011 - Visited Lafayette College and Lehigh University
9/22/2011 - Visited Drew University & Fairleigh Dickinson University
9/20/2011 - Get College Funding Webinar
9/15/2011 - Visited Delaware Valley College
9/14/2011 - Attended Yale Science & Engineering Information Session, Montclair University
7/26/30/2011 - Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute, Swarthmore College
5/23/2011 - Colleges That Change Lives admissions event, Philadelphia, PA
5/14/2011 - Visited Ithaca College & University of Rochester
3/28/2011 - Began Independent Ecusational Consultant Certificate program at University of California, Irvine
Diana Towle, M.A. Independent Educational Consultant