It is the mission of the College Counseling team at Lovett to work with students toward self-examination, goal-setting, decision-making, and self-advocacy in the search for options that will allow them to continue their learning beyond high school.
College Counseling Team
List of 5 items.
Anita Alston Hua
Director of College Counseling firstname.lastname@example.org
(404) 262-3032, ext. 1333 Anita Alston Hua joined the Lovett College Counseling Office in 2014. Anita is originally from North Carolina where she attended Elon University. She earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduating from Elon, Anita joined the Office of Admission and served as an Associate Director of Admission for Territory Management where she served as the supervisor for Admission Counselors and Assistant Directors, Chair for the Elon Engagement Scholarship, admission representative for the southeast region of the United States, and member of the Application Review Committee. Later she earned an MS in Higher Education from Drexel University. Anita was named to the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC) Board of Directors in 2013. She has served as Extending the Dream Professional Grants Chair, Admissions Practices Co-Chair, and Co-Chair for the Fiscal Oversight Committee. Currently, she serves as SACAC Annual Conference Planning Chair. Additional experiences include serving as a member of the Leadership Team for PoCIS ATL and Co-Chair for PoCAL.
Associate Director of College Counseling email@example.com
Melissa Benski joined Lovett’s College Counseling team in 2019. She is originally from New Jersey and relocated to Atlanta in 2018. Melissa completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in Maryland, which is also where she began her professional career in education. Upon graduation, Melissa joined Loyola’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and spent two years there as an admissions officer. She then relocated back to the New York area and spent several years working as a teacher and a school counselor in New York City. Melissa earned Master’s degrees in Teaching and School Counseling along the way. Then in 2012, Melissa joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at New York University and over the course of six years was ultimately named an Associate Director of Admission. As Associate Director at NYU, Melissa was in charge of enrollment at four different undergraduate colleges. In 2018, Melissa made a long-desired transition to “the other side of the desk” and accepted a position as the College Counselor at Atlanta Jewish Academy. After spending a year growing and learning at AJA, Melissa was excited to join Lovett's College Counseling team in 2019. Melissa has membership in the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).
Associate Director of College Counseling firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Rodriguez is new to the Lovett College Counseling team this year but is no stranger to Georgia. After growing up in Connecticut, Chris attended Emory University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Georgia for his graduate degree. From there, Chris spent five years working in the admissions office at Mercer University as an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions, serving as the liaison for Athletics and the School of Engineering along the way. He then switched to the high school side, working as the Assistant Director and Director of College Counseling at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. His most recent position was with The Branson School in Ross, CA, as the Associate Director of College Counseling. He also is an experienced English teacher, having taught a class on the Harry Potter series multiple times. Chris has been named one of the "Counselors That Change Lives" by the Colleges That Change Lives organization, and currently serves on the ACCIS Data Trends and Analytics Committee. He has strong opinions about film and the Oxford comma, and you may sometimes see him dressed as Captain America or Spider-Man.
Jessica Jaret Sant joined Lovett's College Counseling team in 2011 and was named Director in 2014. In 2021, she took on the role of Lovett' Chief Engagement Officer. Raised in Atlanta, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Georgia. Currently, she is completing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership through the Harvard Business School and Graduate School of Education. Prior to Lovett, Jessica worked as an admission officer at her alma mater and also at Emory University. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), and The College Board. In April 2020, Jessica completed a three-year term in the SACAC presidential cycle and previously co-chaired SACAC’s Government Relations Committee as well. She is the current SACAC Board Advisor and the chair of SACAC's Governance and Nominating Committee. Jessica has served on faculty for Dry Run for new admission counselors, the ACCIS New Directors Workshop, Camp College, and the Duke Alumni Admission Forum. She has sat on Lynn University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Georgia’s Counselor Advisory Boards and currently serves in the same capacity at Dickinson College. Jessica regularly presents at regional and national conferences, including the SACAC and NACAC annual conferences, the Georgia Independent School Association Conference, the Georgia School Counselors Association conference, and the National Association of Independent Schools conference. She’s the recipient of Lovett’s Surdyk Award, SACAC’s Rising Star Award, and NACAC’s Excellence in Government Relations Award.
College Counseling Office Manager email@example.com