Meet Our Experts
Eileen S. Blattner has been a guidance counselor at Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio since 1985. She has been Chair of the Guidance Department since 1990. Eileen received her B.A. in 1967 from Western Reserve University in 1967 and her M.E. from John Carroll University in 1990. Prior to becoming a guidance counselor, she taught at elementary schools in Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Ohio.
Eileen has served on The Ohio State University, University of Michigan and Miami University Admissions Advisory Committees and currently is a member of the College Counselors Editorial Advisory Group for The Fiske Guide to College. She is on the Advisory Board of the Notre Dame Skills Lab of Cleveland, has been a Workshop Teacher for Cleveland State University , a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Horvitz Foundation and on the High School Relations Committee for Ohio ACT. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors. Eileen has been on the Presidential Scholars Review Committee. Eileen has been on many college related panels at the conventions for the National Admission Counselors, as well as the National College Board Forums. Her community activities include membership on the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Family Services Association. She is married and has two children and eight grandchildren.
A graduate of Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Wendy has been a financial aid professional at Bates for more than 20 years. She was appointed Director of Student Financial Services in 2007, and currently oversees both financial aid and student account operations at Bates. Introduced to the financial aid profession as student, Wendy began her career with a work-study position as the designated scholarship writer and student work-study coordinator in her alma mater’s Office of Financial Aid.
Hired as an assistant director of financial aid and trained by longtime Bates financial aid director Leigh Campbell in 1992, Wendy is a career member and past treasurer of the Maine Association of Financial Aid Administrators. At Bates, she helped lead the merger of the college’s financial aid and student accounting operations in 1998 and now provides strategic leadership in the administration of a $31 million student-aid budget. Leading a staff of eight, she supervises all aspects of financial aid processing, need analysis and awarding for prospective and currently enrolled students, as well as the college’s student account receivable operations, e-billing and collection efforts.
Doug graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1998 and moved to Atlanta where he worked in banking for 4 years before making a career change to college admission at Emory University in 2002. Doug left Emory/Atlanta in the Summer of 2009 for a position in the University of Virginia admission office. His wife, Samantha, is also a Washington and Lee grad and is currently directing the annual fund at the UVA Darden School of Business. Doug and Samantha have three children under the age of 6 which means they spend most of their “free time” these days chasing them around.
A North Carolina native, Celeste Morgan Herrera completed her undergraduate education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Cultural Anthropology. As a graduate student, she attended The University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Science in Education degree with a specialization in Higher Education Psychological Services. Upon completion of her Masters degree, she began working for the University in the PennCap program as a counselor and academic adviser to first-generation college students. After a year with PennCap, Celeste transferred to the undergraduate admissions office at Penn. As a Regional Director of Admissions, Celeste was responsible for student recruitment, alumni relations, reading and reviewing applications for all four undergraduate schools, and presenting these applications in admission selection committee within her territories of Southern California, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada.
Though she enjoyed her time in the admissions office, Celeste wanted to work more closely with individual students and their parents, and hoped college counseling in a high school setting would prove an ideal environment in which to do so. As the Director of College Counseling at New Community Jewish High School in suburban Los Angeles, Celeste worked with over one hundred students and their families each year, advising them on all aspects of the college application process. After three wonderful years in California, Celeste and her husband found they longed for the East Coast, and in July of 2011 Celeste accepted a position at The Dalton School in New York City. In her current position as Director of College Counseling at Dalton, Celeste advises Junior and Senior families as they go through the exciting process of investigating colleges, applying to schools and ultimately selecting the college that best fits their academic and personal goals.
Peter V. Johnson has worked in higher education since 1971 at Earlham College Hampshire College (during its first years) and for the last 32 years at Columbia University where he has served as assistant dean of student affairs and for the last five years as director of undergraduate admissions. A graduate of Earlham College he has done further studies at Columbia’s Teachers College. He was a contributing writer for The Multicultural Student’s Guide to Colleges: What Every African American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native American Applicant Needs to Know About America’s Top Schools, was a judge for the ABC prime time unscripted drama (that means reality show) “The Scholar,” and is featured in a new film released in 2012, “First Generation,” a feature-length documentary. First Generation delves into the lives of four high-achieving low-income students trying to be first in their families to go to college.
Most recently he has served on the College Board Middle States Regional Council and this past spring was awarded the New York State Association of College Counseling’s Distinguished Service Award. He has presented yearly at the national conferences of The College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counseling, was the keynote speaker for the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling regional conference, and in spite of having given talks about college admissions and higher education all over the country for many years was not listened to by his own two daughters both now college graduates who are working in higher education and college counseling. He has competed in and finished three marathons, loves avant guarde creative music, and enjoys attending theatrical and dance performances that leave him wondering what he just saw.
A graduate of Williams College, Sean has spent his entire professional career in the area of college admission and/ or high school college counseling. After spending six years as an Assistant Director of Admission at Williams in the early 90’s, Sean spent two years at Stanford University receiving a master degree in higher education administration, as well as, working in the undergraduate admission office. After a two year stint as the Associate Dean of Admission at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Sean accepted a position as the Director of College Counseling at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA from 2000-2006. From 2006-2010, Sean returned to his alma mater as the Associate Director of Admission. Before starting his tenure as the Director of College Counseling at Andover in the summer of 2011, Sean spent a year in the Harvard College Admission Office.
With a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in American studies, Leigh Weisenburger became Bates’ first dean of the combined offices of Admission and Student Financial Services in July 2012, following a national search. A nine-year veteran of the Bates admission team, Leigh had been appointed director of admission in June 2011. She serves on President Clayton Spencer’s senior staff and leads a team of 30 to attract and enroll the strongest possible community of scholars to study at Bates. With the Class of 2017, Leigh and her team set new records for applications received, yield and selectivity. This class is also the most diverse in the history of the college, with 25 percent U.S. students of color and 57 percent of students from outside the Northeast.
Presenters from Previous Year’s Programs
- Jennifer Wong Christensen, Co-Director of College Counseling, Marin Academy
- James Conroy, Chair Post-High School Counseling, New Trier High
- Wendy Glass, Director of Student Financial Services, Bates College
- Janet Rapelye, Dean of Admission, Princeton University
- Arnaldo Rodriguez, Former Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, Pitzer College
- Leonard Satterwhite, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Duke University
- Webster Trenchard, Director of College Guidance, The Loomis Chaffee School
- Leigh Weisenburger, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Bates College
- Ilse Abusamra ’97, Senior Associate Director of College Counseling, Riverdale Country School
- Adele Brumfield, Director of Admission, University of Wisconsin
- Nathan A. Crozier, Director of Admission, University of Richmond
- Michael Denning, Director of College Counseling, Noble and Greenough School
- Wendy G. Glass, Director of Student Financial Services, Bates College
- Angel Perez, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Pitzer College
- David Quinn, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Edmonds-Woodway High School
- Leigh A. Weisenburger, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Bates College