Anna grew up in Germany, attended high school in New England, and earned her B.A. in History at Columbia University and her law degree at the University of Chicago. In college, she spent a year at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the annual Newnham Prize for distinguished undergraduate work in History. During law school, she served on the board of the University of Chicago Law Review and served as research assistant to Prof. Lawrence Lessig on topics ranging from Constitutional Law to Cyberlaw. After graduating, she worked at two law firms in Los Angeles before returning to the University of Chicago in her admissions role and becoming Dean of Admissions at the Law School. She next worked in development at Stanford University and then founded Ivey Consulting. She is the author of The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions and co-author of How to Prepare a Standout College Application. Anna also co-founded the non-profit Service to School, which mentors transitioning military veterans through the college application process.
Alison Cooper Chisolm heads our college admissions counseling practice. She 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 worked in admissions at Dartmouth College. Alison earned her B.A. at Yale University and her law degree at the University of Virginia. Alison previously helped run the Young Women's Leadership Charter High School in Chicago, and is co-author of How to Prepare a Standout College Application.
Jill graduated cum laude from Wellesley College where she was a member of the varsity field hockey team. After teaching high school for a few years in Northwest Montana, Jill received her Master’s in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College. Jill worked as a counselor in the Littleton, New Hampshire, school system before moving with her family to California to work at Deep Springs College, a school that the New York Times has called one of the most innovative and selective colleges in the world. A two-year program, its students typically transfer to the Ivy League and other elite four-year colleges. At Deep Springs College Jill served on the Applications Committee, allowing her to gain intimate knowledge of the college’s multi-stage and highly competitive admissions process.
Jill works with college applicants.
Ann is our client liaison and intake specialist for college applicants. Ann holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Clarkson University and a M.S. degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University. She has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Certified Human Performance Analyst and as an instructor at University of Southern Alabama teaching business writing and editing. She also has experience coaching those with ADHD and EFD.
Ann is retired from the US Army. She was a qualified aviator (helicopters) and classroom instructor, and completed Airborne and Air Assault schools.
From David's role as Assistant Director of Admissions at Tufts University, he has a deep familiarity with the admissions process from a college's perspective, and also has experience working directly with students from his time as a high school teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He has an understanding of how diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests all have a place in selective colleges, and encourages applicants to find their voice as they tell their story, no matter what it is.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard College and a Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
David works with college applicants.
Shannon Kennedy joined the Ivey team after more than ten years of working at universities, including seven years in undergraduate admissions at Northwestern University (where she read over 10,000 files!), as well as the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Shannon has a B.S. from Penn State University and an M.S. from Northwestern University.
Shannon works with college applicants.
Joyce most recently spent 15 years as a college counselor at two top boarding schools in the U.S. — the Putney School and the White Mountain School. 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. Joyce is a co-author of Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know about Getting into College.
Joyce works with college applicants.
Shawn Rae Passalacqua
Shawn Rae served as an admissions officer at Middlebury College (his alma mater), Naropa University, and the American University of Paris, and also as a high school college counselor at the Chadwick School in California and at the KIPP Denver Collegiate High School in Colorado.
Shawn Rae received his bachelor's degree at Middlebury College, where he majored in French and graduated cum laude. He went on to complete three years of graduate studies in Paris, receiving his Masters degree in Francophone Literature and Civilization from Middlebury at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre.
Shawn Rae works with college applicants.
Jen Sacon became an independent college counselor after a professional path that included practicing law, working in both admissions and student services at the University of Chicago, editing college textbooks, and being a mom to three children.
Jen holds a B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brandeis University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jen works with college applicants.
Jenny has 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 recently 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University.
Jenny works with college applicants.
After a career in digital advertising and branding for companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, and Groupon, Andrea has most recently worked as an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admission at Northwestern University. While in Northwestern Admissions, Andrea maintained relationships with prospective students and high school counselors, while also managing a team of undergraduate and graduate student admissions colleagues. Additionally, Andrea is connected to scholarship at Northwestern by serving as a Research Coach to graduate students in the School of Education and Social Policy.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from Harvard College and a Master of Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University.
Andrea works with college applicants.
Law School Coaches
Rose is our client relations associate for the law school team. She is often the first point of contact for prospective law school applicants, connecting them with the appropriate educational consultants, and making sure they 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.
Greg 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. As Anna's first hire (10+ years and counting), Greg has been a foundational part of the Ivey Consulting team.
Greg works with law school applicants.
Charanya is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she participated in multiple immigration and human rights clinics, served on the board of Yale Law Women, and edited the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law. After graduating, she served as a federal appellate law clerk and won multiple fellowships funding projects to advocate on behalf of vulnerable immigrant populations.
Charanya earned her undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in Finance, Political Science, and French.
Charanya works with JD applicants.
Janeille graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She also holds a PhD in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was the recipient of a Post-Graduate Research Scholarship.
Janeille has worked as an associate in the London office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a legal intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an international strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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.
Janeille works with JD applicants as well as masters degree applicants (LLM, MPP, MPA).
Ada is a former Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. Ada has a Bachelor of Science from Yale University with honors in History and Biology. She joined the Peace Corps after college and next earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. During law school, she was a Senior Editor of the International Law Journal and worked as a pre-law advisor at Harvard College's Leverett House for five years. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Morris E. Lasker and worked as an attorney in the Boston office of a large international law firm. She has also worked on human rights projects with the Stanford International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic.
Ada works with JD applicants.