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.


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.

Janet Rosier (Emeritus, CT) wrote “Jill Biden deserves to use Dr. in her name,” published in the Hearst newspaper The Hour on December 27, 2020.

Eric Endlich (MA) was quoted in “Seven Ways to Successfully Land College Scholarships” in Forbes on October 13, 2020.

Susan Groden (FL) was quoted in the segment “Applying for College During COVID-19” on WLRN, the Miami affiliate of NPR, on October 22, 2020; “Florida universities are pushed to drop ACT/SAT scores in admission decisions” in the Orlando Sentinel on September 11, 2020; “How are Florida’s high school seniors going to go to college if they can’t take SAT?” in the Miami-Herald on October 15, 2020; and “Applications Tank in State That Requires SAT or ACT” in Inside Higher Ed on November 9, 2020.

Ibrahim Firat (TX) was quoted in “Dual credit classes save money, time for college” in the Laredo Morning Times on October 16, 2020. He was also interviewed for the segment “Should your child repeat a grade amid COVID-19 learning challenges?” on KTRK-TV (ABC13) on November 6, 2020.

Laurie Kopp Weingarten (NJ) was quoted in “It’s Not Too Late to Have a Meaningful Gap Year” in Your Teen magazine; “How to Apply to College During COVID-19, According to 5 Experts” on Brainly.com on October 6, 2020; and “Experts worry that Penn’s test-optional application process will benefit wealthier students” in the Daily Pennsylvanian on October 19, 2020.

Belinda Wilkerson (NC) was interviewed for “How Extracurricular Activities Help Your College Application” on the University Network on October 5, 2020.

Kristina Dooley (OH) was interviewed for “How Letters of Recommendation Help Your College Application” on the University Network on October 7, 2020.

IECA and Judy Bass (MD) were referenced in “Picking up after an unsuccessful college experience” in MultiBriefs on October 26, 2020.

Carolyn Mulligan (NJ) was quoted in “How Students Can Mitigate the Effect of a Bad Economy on Career Exploration and Job Search” in the fall 2020 issue of the college planning magazine NextStepU.

Erin Avery (NJ) wrote the article “How to ‘Demonstrate Interest’ during COVID College Admissions” which appeared in the October 15-21, 2020 edition of the Two River Times.

Laurie Weingarten (NJ) was quoted in “College Food Safety 101: How Do You Safely Feed Students During the Pandemic?” in Forbes on August 14, 2020. She was also quoted in “GPA, SAT, and…COVID-19? College Admission
in the Wake of a Pandemic” in Health Righters, a new magazine started by college students throughout the country, on July 18, 2020.

Ibrahim Firat (TX) was quoted in “Does College Tuition Insurance Cover COVID-19?” in the Huffington Post on September 4, 2020. He was also interviewed for the segment “College students face tough calls ahead of fall semester” on KTRK-TV (ABC13) on August 10, 2020.

Theodra Washington (MD) was interviewed for the segment “More parents are interested in private schools as most of DMV public schools go virtual” on WJLA-TV (ABC7) on August 31, 2020.

Michelle McAnaney (NY) was interviewed on the segment “What does COVID-19 mean for the future of college admissions?” on the PBS NewsHour on May 18, 2020.

Elizabeth Levine (NY) was quoted in “ACT vs. SAT: How to Decide Which Test to Take” in the US News & World Report on June 17, 2020.

Belinda Wilkerson (NC) and Carol Doherty (GA) were quoted in “How to Get More College Financial Aid During the Coronavirus Crisis” in Consumer Reports on May 19, 2020.

Lisa Gelman (MA) and Jeff Levy (CA) were quoted in “College wait lists used to be where dreams died. The pandemic changed that.” in the Boston Globe on May 25, 2020.

Mark Sklarow, IECA CEO, was quoted in “Why is Massachusetts’ tech sector so lacking in diversity? Take a look inside AP computer science classes” in the Boston Globe on May 17, 2020. He was also quoted in “Even with Operation Varsity Blues guilty pleas, college admission coaches remain unregulated” on CNBC.com on July 17, 2020.

Lisa Gelman (MA) was quoted in “Amid virus, US students look to colleges closer to home” in the Associated Press on June 6, 2020.

Diane Vater (PA) was quoted in “For inbound college students—and universities—fall semester presents new choices and dilemmas” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 11, 2020.

Jill Madenburg (NY) was quoted in “How to hack college costs in 17 easy lessons” in Newsday on July 3, 2020.

Ibrahim Firat (TX) was quoted in “What to Know About Deferred College Admission” in the US News & World Report on May 15, 2020; “How to prepare for and excel at taking the online GMAT, according to testing experts and instructors” in Business Insider on May 18, 2020; and “College students don’t want to return in the fall, and it could cause many universities to collapse” in Business Insider on May 17, 2020.

Debra Felix (MD) was quoted in “From dorm living to classes, here’s how college will be different this fall” on CNBC on June 16, 2020.

IECA was featured in “The valuable role of a private college counselor” in My Central Jersey on July 3, 2020.

Janet Rosier (CT) was interviewed on WTNH Channel 8 News New Haven’s Good Morning Connecticut program for the segment “Tips for Keeping up with the College Admissions Process During the Pandemic” on April 22, 2020. She was also quoted in “Prospective students must choose their perfect college ‘fit’ virtually” in the Connecticut Post on April 21, 2020.

Anne R. Wager (WA) and Laurie Kopp Weingarten (NJ) were quoted in “Changing College Plans Amid COVID-19” in CollegeXpress.

Barbara Connolly (MI) appeared on WDIV–Detroit’s Channel 4 on May 22 for a segment discussing summer opportunities for teens amidst coronavirus concerns. Connolly also writes a monthly column for MediaNews Group which is published in seven publications, including the Oakland Press in Southeastern Michigan.