aLLISON w. mATLACK, m.a.t.
Allison W. Matlack, M.A.T. has devoted her professional life to working with independent school students and helping them to find personal success. Before opening the doors of Matlack Educational Consulting 2015, she was a consultant with AHP Educational Consulting for 12 years where she helped guide students and their families through the independent school and college planning processes. Allison began her career teaching English at Westtown School in Pennsylvania where she also served as swim coach, dorm head, associate dean of students, and college counselor.
Allison graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University. Currently, Allison is deeply involved in IECA, the national professional organization for educational consultants, and sits on the Board of Directors as VP for Education and Training. She served as the Chair of the Schools Committee for IECA from 2016 – 2017 and is a member of the faculty for the IECA Summer Training Institute. She is also a member of NACAC, NEACAC, TABS, and SSTAB.
In her free time, she and her husband enjoy gardening, biking, and travel. Her daughter teaches French and coaches the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team at a boarding school in New Hampshire and her son is a senior at Dickinson College where he is majoring in Studio Art and enjoying playing on the Ultimate Frisbee team.
Brennan E. Barnard
A graduate of Westtown Friends School, Brennan E. Barnard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. He is currently the Director of College Counseling and Public Relations at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire. Brennan has worked as teacher, coach, admission officer and student affairs administrator at a number of independent high schools and colleges, including the Westtown School, the Northfield Mount Hermon School, the Hyde School, Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Vermont. In New Hampshire, he has served as a college counselor for the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program and the Royal Thai Scholars program at Brewster Academy and as an independent consultant through Parker Academy/Tutoring & Instructional Service. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Global Studies Foundation and off-site college counselor for The Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica.
Brennan was the author of a year-long column in Concord, New Hampshire’s Sunday Monitor that appeared monthly, to help parents and students navigate the sometimes confusing world of applying to college. In addition, he has been published multiple times in the New York Times and Washington Post. A three-year, elected member of the College Board’s New England Regional Council, Brennan is also a member of The Lakes Region Independent School Counselor Association, The Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools and the National (NACAC) and New England (NEACAC) Associations of College Admission Counselors. He has presented on College Recommendation Writing, Athletic Recruiting in College Admission, Discipline Reporting in College Admission, and Spirituality in the Admission Process. Brennan has attended the Harvard Institute on College Admission, the PACAC and NEACAC Summer Counselors Institute as well as multiple other annual professional conferences. He regularly visits colleges throughout the United States and abroad. This father of two lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.
Martha has over a decade of experience working with students and parents at the independent secondary school level. She has advised, coached, provided residential support, and guided hundreds of families from around the world through the admissions process. Martha served as an Associate Director of Athletics at Deerfield Academy before finding her admissions role at Northfield Mount Hermon in 2010. There, she found her passion for helping students realize their full potential through educational opportunities.
Martha graduated from Bay Path University and completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program with distinction. She is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC). In 2017 she attended Summer Institutes and tours dozens of college and university campuses each year.
Outside of work, Martha is a parent of three nearly grown children who have all attended four-year liberal arts institutions in New England. College visits became a way of life for several consecutive summers, and touring campuses with her children sparked Martha’s desire to continue this journey with other college-bound students. Martha is committed to using her knowledge of the higher education landscape to add significant value to students’ college exploration processes.
A graduate of the Noble and Greenough School, Misha Kaufman earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Columbia University and is one year away from completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Before Business School, he spent three years as a Reading and Writing Teacher with Teach for America. His 91 students improved over 3 years in Reading, making them the highest performing classroom in the state of Oklahoma.
Misha currently works with high school and middle school students to help them to improve their reading and writing skills and develop productive study skills. When he is not tutoring, Misha works as an educational consultant with Teach for America, tracking student outcomes to help teachers to reach their students more effectively.
When not working, Misha enjoys reading (particularly political and historical biographies), exploring new places (he plans one trip each year to a new place this year it’s India!), public speaking, being active, and Anna’s Taqueria Burritos.