The Ivey Consulting Team
The Ivey Consulting Team
- Anna Ivey (founder)
- Rose Aluotto (client relations)
- Clear Admit (MBA admissions)
- Alison Cooper Chisolm (college admissions)
- Vincent DeMore (JD admissions)
- Gregory Henning (JD admissions)
- Janeille Zorina Matthews (JD, MPP/MPA, and LLM admissions)
- Joyce Vining Morgan (college admissions)
- Jennifer Sacon (college admissions)
- Ada Sheng (JD admissions)
- Eric Stern (legal career coaching)
- Nicole Vikan (legal career coaching)
- Jenny Weil (college admissions)
As the former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, Anna Ivey decided the fates of thousands of applicants. She saw over and over again what people had done right... and where they had gone off course. Inspired to help applicants navigate the application process and make smart choices in the run-up to college and graduate school, she founded Ivey Consulting and assembled a world-class team of experts to coach college and graduate school applicants one-on-one.
Born and raised in Germany, Anna attended the Lessing Gymnasium in Frankfurt, before moving to the United States and finishing secondary school at Boston Latin School and Phillips Academy Andover. She went on to earn her B.A. in History from Columbia University in New York, spent her Junior year at Cambridge University in the U.K., and earned her law degree at the University of Chicago. While at Cambridge, she won the Newnham Prize for exceptional undergraduate work in History. In law school, she served on the editorial board of The University of Chicago Law Review, worked as a research assistant to Larry Lessig with a focus on constitutional and cyberspace law, and took several classes at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Natively bilingual in German and English, her language studies have also included French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Aramaic, and Mandarin Chinese.
Upon graduating from law school, she joined the Corporate Group at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella, working on deals for Disney, AOL Time Warner, Williams-Sonoma, Hewlett-Packard, CSFB, and Mattel in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and public and private financings. She later joined the Entertainment Finance Group at Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, also in Los Angeles, where she worked on the financing of small indies and major motion pictures before returning to the University of Chicago in her admissions role.
Outside of Ivey Consulting, Anna serves as current President of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate School Admissions Consultants, which was founded to define and promote ethics in graduate admissions consulting (view AIGAC's principles of good practice here). She is also on the leadership team of the all-volunteer Service 2 School, which offers free application advice to veterans who are transitioning to college and graduate school.
Rose is our client relations associate. She is often the first point of contact for prospective clients, connects them with the appropriate educational consultants, and makes sure clients are well taken care of. Rose has bachelor's and master's degrees in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University and has worked for the U.S. State Department in Rome as well as the United Nations.
Ivey Consulting partners with the admissions consulting firm Clear Admit to provide comprehensive admissions information and one-on-one consulting services to business school applicants.
A leader in the field of MBA admissions consulting for ten years, Clear Admit offers expert guidance to academic candidates as they navigate the complex process of applying to top MBA programs. The Clear Admit team includes graduates and former admissions officers of several of the world's leading business schools, including Columbia, Stanford, Tuck and Wharton, and has been featured in BusinessWeek Online, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal.
Ivey Consulting has collaborated closely with Clear Admit over the years, including their work together at the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC), where Clear Admit co-founder Graham Richmond and Anna Ivey both serve on the board.
Alison Cooper Chisolm has been an admissions insider at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with experience ranging from front-line admissions reader to dean of admissions. She started at Southern Methodist University, then went to the University of Chicago, and most recently, she was at Dartmouth College.
Alison has determined the fate of thousands of hopeful applicants and she knows what it takes to get in. She knows what makes a student go from a "like many others" applicant to a "clear stand out" applicant. She's seen and evaluated every kind of applicant from home schooler to top of the class prep schooler. She knows how students with disabilities are handled. She knows what "flags" move students into the center of attention. She knows what will make an applicant a "fast track deny." She even knows why and how an applicant with a criminal record might gain admission because she's read their files, interviewed them, and helped make admissions decisions on their applications.
There is probably no story she hasn't encountered, so she can help you - no matter what your circumstance - present yourself in the most convincing way possible. She can also help you find the schools that are right for you - where you have the best chance of admission, where you'll prosper, where you will put yourself on the road to a bright future. If you start working with Alison early in your high school career, she can help you get the most of that experience while at the same time shaping your experience to put you in the best possible position when it comes time to apply.
Alison attended Heritage Hall (in Oklahoma) for high school, where she was a nationally ranked extemporaneous speaker and debater. She earned her B.A. at Yale University, and then earned her law degree at the University of Virginia. After only a short, but intense, time practicing law as a commercial litigator (and being named as a finalist for the Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas award after only 3 years of law practice), Alison determined that her true vocational passion was counseling, and so she shifted career tracks and became an admissions and career services professional.
Alison is a member and serves on the Ethics Committee of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).
Alison works with college applicants and heads our college admissions coaching practice. She is the co-author, with colleague Anna Ivey, of How to Prepare a Standout College Application.
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Born and raised in the Boston area, Vincent graduated from Dickinson College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Political Science. As part of his degree, Vincent attended the Nielson Center for European Studies at the University of Bologna in Bolgona, Italy. (While rusty, his Italian skills still extend beyond the menu of his favorite restaurant.) Upon the completion of his degree, Vincent became a paralegal at the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. He attended Boston University School of Law, where he served on the staff of the Journal of Science and Technology Law, a journal focused primarily on intellectual property law. While in law school, Vincent worked on project management and litigation issues for DCAM -- the Division of Capital Asset Management -- a state agency responsible for real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and vertical construction management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Vincent currently works for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston as an Assistant District Attorney.
Vincent also teaches Intermediate English to non-native speakers at a local community center, mostly to Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and French speakers.
Vincent works with law school applicants.
A native Bostonian, Greg attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols for high school and later graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, with a degree in Government. He next attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and won the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge R. Lanier Anderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and then became an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, where he was a member of the Major Felony Bureau and served as the Chief of the Gun Prosecution Task Force. Greg has also taught writing and constitutional law at a charter school and continues to volunteer for educational non-profits.
As Anna's first hire, Greg has been a foundational part of the Ivey Consulting team. He works with law school applicants.
Janeille is a New York qualified attorney-at-law who graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is the recipient of a Post-Graduate Research Scholarship. Janeille has had a varied career, which includes time spent as an associate in the London office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a legal intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an international strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Janeille received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Villanova University where she graduated magna cum laude and competed on the varsity Track & Field team. Throughout her academic career she has taken opportunities to study abroad in locales as disparate as Cuba, Ghana and Barbados and was selected to take part in the inaugural class of Harvard Law School's study abroad program. Janeille has traveled to all seven continents and 62 countries and enjoys dividing her time between the Caribbean, New York, and London.
Janeille works with JD applicants as well as masters degree applicants (LLM, MPP, MPA).
Joyce comes to independent college admissions consulting after a distinguished career as a college counselor and teacher. She knows students, colleges, and the world of college admissions inside out. She spent the last 15 years as a college counselor at two top boarding schools in the U.S. — The Putney School and The White Mountain School. Not only has she worked with hundreds of students in her career, she has also visited over 400 colleges and universities, mostly in the United States but also in Canada, Britain, and Australia, as well as English language universities in various non-English speaking countries. She has complemented her school experience with service on national committees dealing with high profile issues related to college admissions. Most recently, she was a member of the Ad-hoc Committee on Standardized Testing (National Association for College Admission Counseling) from 2006 to 2008.
After earning her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, Joyce taught at both the college and secondary school levels and has been on faculty at Vassar College, the University of New Hampshire, the Governor’s Academy (MA), Phillips Exeter Academy, and Exeter Junior and Senior High Schools. Known for her innovative and ground-breaking work establishing programs in Russian with the Exeter Junior and Senior High Schools, she was New Hampshire Teacher of the Year in 1994 and subsequently participated in President Clinton’s Goals 2020 education conferences. She has led student exchange trips to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and France, and has traveled broadly in Europe and Asia.
Joyce is a member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She is also an associate member of the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling and a Certified Educational Planner. Joyce is a co-author of the 3rd Edition of Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College.
Joyce works with college applicants.
Jen Sacon became an independent college counselor after a professional path that included practicing law, working in admissions and student services at the University of Chicago, editing college textbooks, and being a mom to three children. Jen is also an active volunteer, serving as an Executive Board member for the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, a member of the school council for the local public elementary school, and a board member for a private pre-K-5 academy. The constant in Jen’s professional and volunteer experiences is her passion for helping students and families navigate life’s big events.
Jen is a natural when it comes to facilitating the college admissions process for students and families. Thanks to her warm personality, insider knowledge, and one-on-one counseling experience, she works well with every kind of student, from superstars to those who have struggled along the way, and from the kid next door to the kid halfway around the world. The students Jen has assisted say that her mentoring skills as a writer and editor helped them produce college applications that they are proud of and that get them in! The parents she works with also rave about the caring and sound advice she gives them.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brandeis University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a certificate in college counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ada is a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. Prior to her admissions office experience, she clerked for the Hon. Morris E. Lasker, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, and worked as an attorney in the Boston office of a large international law firm. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and she is licensed in both New York and Massachusetts. She currently works as a cooperating attorney on human rights projects with the Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic.
Eric Stern is the Director of Operations in the Career Development Office at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Before relocating to California from Washington, D.C., Eric was a Senior Career Counselor at the George Washington University School of Law.
Eric made the transition to higher education after a professional career in politics and advocacy in our nation's capital—most recently serving as the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats, the national organization representing LGBT Democrats. Before joining Stonewall, he was appointed as the Director of LGBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, where he developed a national grass-roots infrastructure for the Kerry-Edwards campaign and served as an Iowa Regional Field Director during the 2004 presidential election. During the 2008 presidential election cycle, he served as a Political Advisor to the John Edwards for President Campaign and then as one of six National LGBT Co-Chairs for the Obama-Biden Campaign.
He received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and his B.A. in Political Science from Marietta College in Ohio. While in law school, he interned for the U.S. Department of Justice-Civil Rights Division, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Children's Law Center, and the Human Rights Campaign. Immediately after law school, he was awarded a Dorot Law Fellowship at the Alliance for Justice.
Eric coaches rising 1Ls, current law students, and law school graduates in their career planning, with a special emphasis on private law firms, clerkships, government agencies, and non-profits.
Nicole grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) in American Studies, with a focus on African-American history. She spent trimesters in London and Paris. Immediately after college, Nicole attended NYU Law School. She was a summer associate at a large law firm after her first year, and she spent her second summer in the Homicide Investigation Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. She returned to the District Attorney's Office after graduation and spent five years as a criminal prosecutor, handling cases such as robbery and assault.
Nicole then joined Fordham Law School's Career Planning Center, where she advised students seeking employment in the private and public sectors. She is currently a career counselor at Georgetown Law Center's Office of Public Interest and Community Service.
Nicole offers career coaching to law school students and law school graduates with a particular focus on public interest careers.
Jenny is a seasoned insider in the world of higher education and college admissions. She’s been on the front lines as an admissions officer at Yale College and served in multiple roles from advisor to program director to lecturer at Southern Methodist University. Perhaps most significantly, she’s just accompanied her only child through the process of college admissions, which convinced her that every applicant and every parent would benefit from having an independent college consultant on the team!
Jenny’s coaching combines this insider knowledge with her formidable skills as a coach and advisor. She has an uncanny knack for posing the right questions and then listening thoughtfully and creatively to the answers. Through this process, Jenny can help any student identify his or her best-fit colleges and then determine the best strategy for getting into those colleges.
Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University.