Anna Ivey

Anna founded Ivey Consulting to help applicants of all stripes apply to selective colleges and law schools in the United States. She grew up in Germany, attended high school in Massachusetts, 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 before founding 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 and graduate school application process.



College Team

 
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Alison CHisolm,

Head of college counseling practice

Alison Cooper Chisolm oversees 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.

 
 
 
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Beth Briney, College coach

Beth joins the Ivey College team after having served on both sides of the desk in college admissions at Truman State University, St. Louis University, and Gettysburg College. She has also served as a College Counselor at a Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Through these experiences, Beth was able to work with both domestic and international students.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College, as well as Master of Science and Specialist in Education degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in School Counseling (K-12) and College Counseling. Beth is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.

 
 
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JEANNIE HE, college coach

Jeannie He joined Ivey Consulting after working as an Assistant Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan University for several years. As a former first-generation college student, she understands how wide the college information gap can be and is devoted to helping students make the most comprehensive and informed decisions. 

Jeannie graduated from Wesleyan with a double major in Philosophy and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In her senior year, she was awarded the Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize for best senior essay. She is currently a M.A. candidate at Wesleyan University for Studio Art.

 
 
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David Jewett, college coach

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.

 
 
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Shannon Kennedy, college coach

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.

 
 
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Joyce Morgan, college coach

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

 
 
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Jennifer Sacon, college coach

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.

 
 
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Jenny Weil, college coach

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.

 
 
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Andrea Werly, college coach

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.


Law School Team

 
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Rose Aluotto, client liaison

Rose is our client liaison for the law school team. She is often the first point of contact for prospective law school applicants, connecting them with the appropriate admissions 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.

 
 
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Greg Henning, law school coach

Greg graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, with a degree in Government. He 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 clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, then became an Assistant District Attorney in Boston. Aside from a 2-year break from the law - when he taught middle school English and worked on a political campaign - Greg has served as a prosecutor for 10 years. He has been a member of the Major Felony Bureau, the Senior Trial Team, and Gun Prosecution Task Force. He is now the Chief of the Gang Unit at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. As Anna's first hire (10+ years and counting), Greg has been a foundational part of the Ivey Consulting Team. 

 
 
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Janeille Matthews, law school and grad school coach

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).

 
 
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Ada Sheng, law school coach

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.