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Top Tier Admissions Team

Dr. Kristen Willmott

Director

Having worked as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer for Harvard University for four years, Kristen brings a depth of experience to Top Tier Admissions. She has over 13 years of experience working in higher education. Kristen has a PhD in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Rochester, a Masters degree in Business Service Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a BA in English from Ithaca College. Kristen worked as a substitute K-12 teacher in upstate New York, an adjunct faculty member at three universities in Massachusetts and New York, and as an educational researcher focusing on student and faculty work-life-family stability and underrepresented college student retention. She lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

Deanna Proto

Office Coordinator

Deanna brings a wealth of experience in the fields of education management and publishing having worked for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business for ten years prior to joining Top Tier Admissions as Assistant to the Director. She has worked with law students throughout the U.S. and has over a decade of experience in educational research, marketing and event planning. Deanna resides in Central Massachusetts with her husband, 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Kim McLeod

Information Research Specialist

Kim’s focus is on managing, organizing and disseminating data through the website, newsletter, reports and various Boot Camp products. Previously she worked for Mercer Management/Oliver Wyman as a Business Analyst. She also has many years of experience developing and maintaining information systems for large Fortune 500 companies including GE.

Brian

Lead Senior Counselor

Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Classics, and Creative Writing. He was awarded the Neureuther Writing Award and the Carl Conrad Prize for Undergraduate Excellence in Classics. At WUSTL, Brian studied abroad at the University of Oxford, worked as a research assistant in three psychology labs, conducted a study on infants’ social preferences, and authored an Ancient Greek exercise manual. After graduating, he was named a Venture for America fellow, where he worked for an education technology company in Cleveland, OH. Currently, he works at New America, a nonpartisan think tank. He reports on entrepreneurship policy, economic resilience, and extreme consolidation. His writing has appeared on The Atlantic, Washington Monthly, Quartz, BBC Future, Matter, and thebrowser.com.

Hannah

Senior Counselor

Hannah is a current PhD student in English at Stanford University, researching Renaissance Literature and food studies. She works as a Collaborative Teaching Fellow at Stanford, working closely with undergraduate students, and is the recent recipient of the Lane History of Science Research Grant. Hannah graduated from Williams College with honors in English and the William J. Kleinhandler award in Music. At Williams, Hannah studied literature, anthropology, and French (spending a year abroad in Paris), and participated in several orchestral and theater groups. After graduation, she worked as a food journalist in New York City, eventually attending NYU for a Masters in Food Studies.  Her work has appeared in the Oxford Dictionary Companion to Sweets, the Springer Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, and various academic and food blogs.

Janie

Senior Counselor

Janie graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Cognitive Science. At Dartmouth she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in philosophy and neuroscience, the Dean’s Plate for Leadership, and the Renna Family Fund in the Romance Languages for her novel Las que luchan por ser madres written in Spanish about Argentina’s military dictatorship. She has worked for the Investigative Unit at the CBS Evening News in New York and as a communications consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a Senior Counselor for Top Tier Admissions, Janie is a medical school student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jen

 Senior Counselor

Jen graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College where she studied Psychology and Government. At Dartmouth, Jen conducted research in an Affective-Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in Psychology. She also worked as an Editorial Intern at Columbia Journalism Review and served as an Apprentice Teacher in introductory Spanish courses. After graduating, Jen worked in the digital marketing department of a publishing company in New York City before moving to Boston to work as a mental health counselor and researcher in a Boston-area hospital. In addition to her role as Senior Counselor, Jen is pursing a doctorate in clinical psychology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Liz

Senior Counselor

Liz attended Dartmouth College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors and was granted the William B. Jaffe Award for excellence in Art History. At Dartmouth, Liz served as a Teaching Assistant for the Art History department and Editor-in-Chief of the Collegiate Journal of Art. She wrote her honors thesis on John Singer Sargent’s early figural paintings and has conducted art historical research in Paris and Rome. Liz is currently earning her PhD in Art History at the University of Virginia with a concentration in 19th century European painting. She is proficient in both French and Italian.

Martin

Senior Counselor

Martin has an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he focused on Finance and Emerging Markets while working in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs. He currently works in the international office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was previously an associate with a Hanoi-based political risk consultancy and a writer and political analyst for a nuclear non-proliferation organization based in New York. His projects have been profiled by the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Financial Times. Martin graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a Scottish Masters with Honors in International Relations, where he concentrated on the work of political scientists J.K. Holsti and Graham Allison and was an active member of the Foreign Affairs Society.

Rohail

Senior Counselor

Rohail graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and double majored in Government and Philosophy. At Dartmouth, he received the Dean’s Plate Award for Leadership, the Politics & Law Research Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy First-Year Fellowship. Rohail also studied at the London School of Economics, where he researched the impact of 19th century Japanese foreign relations on Korean xenophobia and the significance of Thucydides in international relations theory. After graduation, Rohail worked in the President’s Office at Dartmouth on strategic planning for new initiatives. He continued his interest blending philanthropy and finance at an impact investment fund in Washington, D.C. and is now transitioning to the Office of the Director General at Aga Khan University and Hospital System in East Africa and South Asia to conduct monitoring and evaluation of their impact investments.

Mara

Senior Counselor

Mara graduated from Princeton University with honors in Religion and a certificate in Theater. Her senior thesis included an academic component and a full-length play, which won the Horton Davies Thesis Prize. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance editor for Right Order Press and TED Talks, and as a tutor for the SAT, ACT, ISEE and SHSAT. She was a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 2013 and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2015. Her plays have been performed or developed by theaters such as Ugly Rhino, the Amoralists and Rudy’s Meritocracy. She has also written sketches and shorts films, and in the spring of 2015, she co-wrote and sold her first television pilot. She is currently a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, and she lives in New York City, where she continues to tutor and write.

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