2024 HECA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
FACULTY & GUEST SPEAKERS
January 23-24, 2024 | Virtual
Cyndy McDonald, CEP
Cyndy McDonald is a recognized leader in both college counseling and in business. She has over thirty years of experience as a college advisor. She has trained many advisors when they were starting college consulting firms. Currently, Cyndy teaches in the UCLA online college counseling certificate program and serves as an active member of several professional organizations: NCAG, AICEP, NACAC, IECA, WACAC and HECA.
Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D.
Steven R. Antonoff, Ph.D., Certified Educational Planner, is a respected voice in the profession of Independent Educational Consulting. He is author of A Student of Colleges (the first textbook written for the field), College Match, and The College Finder. Dr. Antonoff is on the Standards and Ethics and the Professional Development Institute committees of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). He is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Dr. Antonoff was President of IECA and often teaches at the IECA Summer Training Institute. He is the Founding Chair of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. He is past chair of the IECA Foundation, the charitable arm of the professional association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee and an instructor in the University of California, Irvine Independent Educational Consulting Certificate program. He is sought as a speaker on issues of educational consulting, higher education, and college admission. He served as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid and Dean of Students at the University of Denver.
Claire has worked as an independent counselor since June 2002 and prior to that, was a high school counselor for 15 years. She has worked with teenagers in some capacity for her entire career as she finds them incredibly interesting, funny, thought provoking and enjoys learning with them. Claire has held/holds various leadership positions in HECA, PNACAC and NACAC. When she’s not guiding students and parents in the college process, you’ll find her listening to music, looking for concert tickets, out on a walk or reading. Thanks for signing up for the PDI!
Founder of Delehoy College Counseling, Eric is a national leader in independent education consulting. A seasoned expert with over 25 years experience working in college admission and college counseling, Eric worked both in small private and large public institutions of learning, guiding thousands of students along the path of college exploration, selection, and admission.
Eric holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has published essays, short stories, and poetry. He is a dedicated and experienced professional who plays a national leadership role in the Higher Education Consultants Association, the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Portland Area College Counselor Consortium.
Eric has cultivated, over many years, strong relationships with high school counselors throughout Oregon and Washington, and has acted in a mentorship capacity for high school and independent counselors. Eric served as the first Independent Education Consultant on the University of Oregon’s Admission Advisory Board and was previously a college counselor in the Lake Oswego School District’s Scholar’s Alliance™ program.
Eric attends national and regional college conferences to enrich and support his work with students. He has visited well over 500 colleges and universities throughout the country and around the world.
He is a regular speaker at many local high schools and has been a featured speaker at dozens of college conferences and related events.
Kazue is a Certified Educational Planner and has been advising students as an independent counselor since 2011. After a full career as an active teacher and classical musician performing in concert halls worldwide, Kazue works with students from all backgrounds with her specialty being in the performing arts and students from multicultural backgrounds. Kazue has held several leadership roles in HECA including past Director of Professional Development, College Fair & Conference Co-Chair and Virtual Conference Oversight. She is also an active volunteer in IECA and NACAC.
PDI Guest Speakers
Vice President for Enrollment, Bennington College
Tony Cabasco joined Bennington in June 2018 as Vice President for Enrollment. Prior to Bennington, Cabasco worked in college admissions for 24 years at Whitman College, serving as an admission officer, assistant director of admission, and associate director of admission before being named the Director of Admission in 2000 after a national search. He was appointed as Dean of Admission & Financial Aid in 2004. During Cabasco’s tenure, Whitman saw a record number of applications and the highest enrollments of students of color and international students. Cabasco has served on the executive board of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling, as a faculty member in the College Board’s Admission Summer Institute, and has presented in college admissions at professional conferences and secondary schools throughout the U.S.
Cabasco was born in Vinh Long, Vietnam, and lived in the Philippines and Nigeria before immigrating to the U.S. He earned a B.A. from Whitman College in Physics and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington with an emphasis on Chinese Studies. After his undergraduate years, Cabasco also lived and taught English in China. Tony is married to Megan Blair-Cabasco, and they have 3 children.
Assistant Vice President for Admissions, Southwestern University
Christine Bowman has served the Southwestern University Admission Office since May of 2014. As Assistant Vice President, her responsibilities include overseeing the admission department to set enrollment philosophies at Southwestern University.
After growing up in Houston, she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, graduating in 1993. She furthered her education earning a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, Christine has worked with tour guides, campus visitation planning, alumni recruiting programs, transfer students, and international students managing staff and other “supplemental” duties that make an admission and enrollment office successful.
Professionally, Christine has been active in various professional organizations including The National Association of College Admission Counseling on both the National and State level. She was the Co-Chair for the 2007 NACAC National Conference in Austin and served as the Chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas E-Committee. She served two terms as the Chair of the Colleges that Change Lives Board of Directors and was a member of the TACAC Fiscal Policy Committee. She currently serves on the advisory board of ROCA-NM (Rural Opportunities for College Access). With 20 years of experience in the Admission profession, Christine believes in guiding students to find the right college fit and regularly gives presentations encouraging a stress-free college search process.
Hanna Stotland flunked out of high school, got a G.E.D., and went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Since 1999, she has been an independent admissions consultant specializing in educational crisis management, including Title IX, substance abuse and mental illness. Her recent professional presentations include conferences of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association, nine regional ACACs, and Families Advocating for Campus Equality. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS News, PBS, and WNYC.