IECA members are regularly contacted by the media for their contributions to articles on many educational issues, including college admissions, school advising, LD issues, international students, and therapeutic advice.


Laurie Kopp Weingarten (NJ) was featured on the fall 2021 issue cover of Next Step U, which included her article, “Dos and Don’t of Hiring Independent Counselors.” She was also quoted in “Should You Pay to Help Your Child Get Into an Elite College?” on Yahoo on August 10; “How to Get Into a Magnet School” in US News & World Report on September 21; “21 Places Worth Seeing on College Tours” in US News & World Report on July 8; “Returning to School: Advice for Helping Teens Adjust to In-Person Learning” in Your Teen magazine; and “10 Ways to  Calm Your Pre-College Nerves” on Her Campus.

Jeff Levy (CA) was quoted in Will That College Degree Pay Off?” published in the New York Times on August 13, 2021 and subsequently in the Seattle Times on August 22, 2021. He was also quoted in These college majors have the best return on investment, according to a new report” on CNBC.com on August 19, 2021.

Kristina Dooley (OH) was quoted in “College Tuition Insurance Gains Attention in Pandemic” in the New York Times on August 6. 

Jane Klemmer (NY) was quoted in “Should You Buy College Tuition Insurance?” in a Consumer Reports that was originally published in 2016 and updated on August 30, 2021.

Ethan Sawyer (CA) and Stephanie Klein Wassink (CT) were quoted in “How to Write a College Essay” in US News & World Report on August 3.

Anjanita Mahadoo (CA) was quoted in “How International Students Can Benefit From a Small-Town College” in US News & World Report on September 22, 2021.

Joan Koven (PA) was quoted in “The Delta Variant is Driving Up Demand for College Tuition Insurance” in Money magazine on August 20, 2021.

Diana Blitz (DC), Carolyn Pippen (Associate, TN), and Judi Robinovitz (FL) and were quoted in “Where Will Students Apply?” in Inside Higher Ed on August 9, 2021.

IECA was mentioned in “Getting Your Child Into the Right School: Should You Hire a College Admissions Counselor?” on Medscape on September 1, 2021.

Nagla Orlando (CA) was quoted in “Canceled college entrance exams create issues for students, families” on KSBY San Luis Obispo News online on July 26, 2021.

Rebekah Elmore (MA) was interviewed on the Podcast Business News Network on August 23, 2021.

Barbara Connolly (MI) delivered a TEDx talk, “How College Obsession Can be a Force for Good,” at TEDxHayesStreet at Macomb County Community College on May 16, 2021. The talk was made available worldwide on May 29, 2021. She was also interviewed for the segment “What to expect when applying for college during a pandemic” on Fox 2 Detroit on May 30, 2021.

Alison Forbes (NH), Bari Norman (NY), and IECA CEO Mark Sklarow were quoted in “Is a College Consultant Worth the Cost?” on Yahoo on June 4, 2021.

David Hawkins (UK) was quoted in “You Still Have Time to Ask Colleges for More Financial Aid” in the New York Times on April 23, 2021.

Debra Felix (MD) was quoted in “More students applied to top colleges this year. How making test scores optional opened the field” in the Washington Post on April 5, 2021.

Mandee Adler (FL) and Kelly Fraser (MD) were quoted in “A Guide to the Changing Number of US Universities” in the US News & World Report on April 27, 2021.

IECA was referenced in “Academic Influence’s New Consumer Guide to College Admissions Coaches” in Forbes on June 6, 2021 and “Win the Admission Game Rick Singer’s Celebrity Clients Lost” in Forbes on May 17, 2021.

Colleen Ganjian (VA) was interviewed for the article “How Covid-19 Boosted Private School Enrollment Forever” in Forbes on June 8, 2021.

Lindsey Fried (GA) was quoted in “How to pay for, or pay off, your degree” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 21, 2021.

Allison Grandits (Associate, GA) was quoted in “More high school seniors must pick a college without visiting” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 29, 2021.

Nancy Gorman (Associate, CA) was quoted in “College Can Cost Anywhere from $26K to $55K Per Year—Here’s How to Start Saving Now,” in Real Simple on May 13, 2021.

Gina Gerrato-Greenhaus (CA) was interviewed for the segment “State lawmakers push for more California students at UC schools” on ABC 10 News San Diego on June 28, 2021 and “Proposal reportedly made to reduce out-of-state students at UC schools” on May 25, 2021.

Kathryn Clowes (CA) was interviewed for the segment “New Book to Provide Insight About Generation Z in the Workplace” on KGET TV on March 10, 2021. She was also interviewed on the GovExec Daily podcast on April 21,  “How to Manage the Zoomers in Your Office.”

Ibrahim Firat (TX) was interviewed for the segment “Pre-K enrollment drops during the pandemic” on KTRK TV (ABC 13) on February 26, 2021.

Dale Price’s (Associate, TX) article, “College Corner: Lessons Learned from the Admissions Scandal,” was published in the Austin American-Statesman on March 24, 2021.

Rebecca Grappo’s (CO) article, “The Impact of COVID on FS Kids: Tips and Thoughts,” was published in the June 2021 edition of the Foreign Service Journal.

Terry Mady-Grove (NY) was interviewed on the College Financial Lady podcast, on the topic “The College Application Process,” on May 25, 2021.

Leslie Caruso (Associate, DE) was quoted in “Local educator offers college planning services” in the Cape Gazette on June 10, 2021.

Mark Fisher’s (GA) article, “College Decision is Tougher Than Ever,” was published in the Atlanta Jewish Times on April 15, 2021.

Bruce Neimeyer (MD) was quoted in “Consultant Tells Advisors to Help Clients in College Searches” in the June 2021 edition of Financial Advisor. 

Lori Day (MA) was quoted in “Should You Hold Your Child Back a Grade?” on Lifehacker on May 27, 2021.  

Evan Forster’s (NY) article, “So I Got Waitlisted…Now What?” was published on GoodMenProject.com on April 3, 2021.

Brittany Maschal (Associate, NY) was quoted in “Was Your Kid Rejected from Their Dream College? That May Be a Good Thing” on SheKnows.com on April 1, 2021.

Jill Madenberg (NY) was quoted in “What’s a Good ACT Score?” in the US News & World Report on April 1, 2021.

Christine Chapman (MA) was quoted in “The pandemic has upended college admissions with more surprises and more wait lists” in the Boston Globe on April 8, 2021.

Katherine Cohen (NY) was interviewed for “How to Apply (and Get In) to College During a Pandemic,” published by Katie Couric Media on March 24, 2021.

Brooke Daly (NC) was interviewed on WRAL TV for the segment “Legitimate college consultants step out of shadow of scandal to offer help for families” on March 21, 2021.

Lee Bierer (NC) was featured on a one-hour story about the Varsity Blues scandal on the local NPR affiliate WFAE on March 18, 2021.

Hamilton Gregg (China) was quoted in “Is This the End of the Romance Between Chinese Students and American Colleges?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 11, 2021.

Judi Robinovitz (FL) was interviewed on WPTV Channel 5 for a segment on the evolving college admissions process on March 3, 2021.

IECA CEO Mark Sklarow was quoted in the “2021 To-Do List for International College Applicants” in the US News & World Report on January 28, 2021.

Nagla Orlando (CA) was quoted in “College Board Announces Changes to SAT” on KSBY News on January 21, 2021.

Barbara Connolly’s (MI) article, “7 Tips for Acing the College Interview,” was published by MediaNews Group on January 17, 2021.

Stephanie Ackerman (Associate, NJ) was quoted in “’It Was a Joke’: Some Small Businesses Got $1 Relief Loans” in the New York Times on January 11, 2021.

An announcement about Sydney Montgomery (MD) receiving the IECA Making a Difference Award was published in the Maryland Daily Record on January 7, 2021.

Ibrahim Firat (TX) was interviewed for the segment “Nearly half of Houston ISD students struggle through first grading period” on KHOU11 on December 2, 2020. He was also referenced in “Education Through the Pandemic: From Florida’s Remote Learners Falling Behind In-Person Peers to Houston Schools Scoring Record Failure Rates, 9 Ways States & Educators Are Coping With COVID-19” in The 74 on January 4, 2021.