Rick Bischoff -
Case Western University
Rick is the vice president for enrollment management at Case Western Reserve University. Rick's areas of responsibility include enrollment operations, first-year experience and family programs, strategic marketing, undergraduate admission and university financial aid. Rick previously served as director of admissions at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. He has also served as associate director of admissions at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., and as associate director of admissions/director of recruitment strategy at the University of Chicago. Rick is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on current trends in higher education enrollment and the strategic use of data and technology. He speaks frequently on college search, selective college admissions and essay writing at high schools across the country. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Macalester College and an MBA in information systems from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Julie Smith -
Glenbrook South High School
Julie is the Transition Specialist at Glenbrook South High School. She works with students with disabilities on college, career and full life planning. She earned an undergraduate degree from The University of Missouri-Columbia and a graduate degree from National Louis University. Julie regularly visits college campuses to explore options for students with disabilities and it a member of the CHOICES consortium promoting college options for students with disabilities.
Julie is the Regional Recruitment Director for Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She has worked in the field of college admissions for more than 20 years. Before becoming part of the Xavier staff, Julie was the Director of Transfer Admission at Lewis University and the Associate Director of Admissions at Bradley University. She has also worked at MacCormac College in Chicago and at her alma mater, Loras College, in Dubuque, IA. In 2006-07, Julie served as President of the Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling which is an organization dedicated to educating its members to guide parents and students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education. As the Regional Recruitment Director, Julie works from her home in Batavia and is the admissions representative for prospective Xavier students throughout Chicagoland and Wisconsin. Her son, Andrew, will be starting his college search in the spring of 2019, and her daughter, Charlotte, will begin her search in the spring of 2025.
Oakton Community College
Michele, Director of Student Recruitment & Outreach at Oakton Community College, has over 25 years of professional experience in Admissions and Higher Education. Her work prior to the past 15 years at Oakton, include eight years in admissions at Illinois Institute of Technology, and two years at University of Illinois at Chicago. Michele has a MS in Higher Education from the University of Southern California and a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University. Michele currently serves on a National Admission Committee and on multiple statewide committees.
Megan is currently in her 10th year in admissions, all spent working for private institutions. She is an active member of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and has presented to various groups on a variety of topics related to college admissions. Megan also has admission experience working at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Megan has also worked at Butler University for six years - three on campus, three as a regional recruiter in the Chicagoland area where she worked with the alumni office and volunteers, reviewed files, helped with events and social media.
University of Iowa
Mike is entering his fourteenth year in college admissions. He is the President-Elect of the Chicago Area Regional Representatives group, serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, and is a Molly K. Arnold President’s Service Recognition Award recipient. During his admissions career he has worked for small, private colleges as well as large, flagship universities. Mike and his family live in Glen Ellyn and his son will be a Hawkeye this coming fall! He is an avid Cubs fan, is proudly left-handed, and coaches high school rugby in his free time.
Lake Forest College
Jackie started her career at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in graduate recruitment overseeing the marketing and communication for all master's and PhD programs. Jackie then worked at Northwestern University for the Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications in graduate admissions. She currently works for Lake Forest College, which she calls, "my home". This is Jackie's seventh year at Lake Forest College where she holds the position of Senior Director of Admissions where she manages the admission counseling staff, oversees admission decisions and scholarship offers, and leads the recruitment efforts for the college.
Robert M. Olivieri started his admissions work being a tour guide, orientation leader, and student manager at his Alma mater Illinois State. This was followed by his first full-time position at the Illinois State Financial Aid State Agency, ISAC, learning all the essentials of the financial aid process. He then came back to the admissions pathway with multiple years at Southern Illinois University System both on campus and regionally based in Chicago. After more than 4 years in higher education, he now is the Midwest Regional Recruitment Coordinator (again, based in Chicago) for the University of Maryland. When he is not reading your admissions applications, he is probably at the local CrossFit gym getting his endorphins pumping!
University of South Carolina
Katherine Kistner has worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of South Carolina for 7 years. As the assistant director for recruitment, she oversees the strategic planning, recruitment and enrollment of out -of-state students. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Carolina and her Master's Degree in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts. Katherine also has experience as a school counselor and serves on several college admissions leadership committees. She is passionate about student development, supporting students through the college process and their persistence to graduation and beyond.
Ashley has worked in admissions since 2013, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admission for The Theatre School at DePaul University. In her current role, she works with both undergraduate and graduate students in performing arts admissions. Before moving to Chicago, Ashley worked as an Admissions Counselor at Bennington College, a progressive liberal arts college in Vermont. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology and Theatre Arts from Williams College and is currently working toward her M.Ed. in Counseling (focusing on college counseling & student affairs) through DePaul University.
Marsha Ray, M.A., founded Student Extended Experiences Consulting, (SEEC), to help GAP year students select enriching opportunities that would build on their interests and strengths or create new perspectives. Her years of teaching experience in the U.S., in France and Italy, at DePaul University, as adjunct professor and as the interim co-director of DePaul’s International Studies Department, speak well of her capacity to advise young people. She has presented on the GAP year at professional state conferences and at area high schools and libraries. Recently, WGN News televised an interview with her for a segment on the GAP year.