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.
Simply Bee Counseling
Audrey, LCSW, is a licensed therapist specialized in high performance athletes, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. She is the owner of Simply Bee Counseling, a counseling center in Vernon Hills where they offer expert care in yoga, nutrition and therapy. She is also the owner of Coachability LLC, an online mental wellness program specialized in athlete’s well-being and has worked with Northwestern and D1 Volleyball Club to bring mental wellness programs to their busy athletes using an online platform. She has been public speaking since 2011 for schools all over Lake County, University of Chicago, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, ISCA, and ERC Learning from the Leaders Conference in Chicago on a range of mental health and emotional intelligence topics.
University of South Carolina
Elizabeth Orehovec is the Sr. Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of South Carolina. She is originally from Miami, FL, and after graduating from the University of Miami, she moved to South Carolina to complete her Master’s in Higher Education Administration at USC. She went on to earn her MBA and Ph.D. at South Carolina. Having worked in the field for 15 years, Elizabeth is an expert in college admissions. She regularly speaks at schools about the college admissions process and loves working with students and their families as they navigate this process.
Tracee has been working in higher education since 2004. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, and a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from New York University. Tracee started her career working for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program as a high school college/career counselor. She then held positions with the Higher Education Opportunity Program and Student Support Services working in outreach, admissions, and advising until 2010 when she began working full time as a regional admissions counselor for Oklahoma City University, based in CA. It was here that she started her career in performing arts admissions. Tracee joined the staff at The Theatre School in 2015, where she was able to combine her lifelong love of theatre with her passion for working in higher education and admissions. She has also presented at multiple regional and national conferences over the years on various topics ranging from higher education leadership to performing arts admissions.