aLLISON w. mATLACK, m.a.t.
Allison W. Matlack, M.A.T. has devoted her professional life working with independent school students and helping them to find their personal success. For 12 years at AHP, Allison helped guide students and their families through the independent school and college planning process. Allison began her career teaching English at Westtown School in Westtown, Pennsylvania, where she also served as swim coach, dorm head, and associate dean of students. She found her work there as a college counselor, however, was especially rewarding as she helped students to identify their established and emerging abilities and interests and to make important choices about their educational paths. Since moving to the Boston area, Allison has taught Freshman Composition at a local college and Social Psychology at the Phillips Academy Summer Session. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University. Allison is very involved in IECA, the national professional organization for educational consultants, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of that organization. She served as the Chair of the Schools Committee for IECA from 2016 – 2017 and has been a member of the faculty for the IECA Summer Training Institute. 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 junior 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.
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.