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.
Jessica Jaret Sant joined Lovett's College Counseling team in 2011 and was named Director in 2014. Raised in Atlanta, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Georgia. 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 2017, Jessica began a three-year term in the SACAC presidential cycle. She currently serves as immediate past president and also previously co-chaired SACAC’s Government Relations 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 previously sat on Lynn University and the University of South Carolina’s Counselor Advisory Boards and currently serves in the same capacity Dickinson College and the University of Georgia. 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.
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Irma Janeth Navarro Brown joined the Lovett College Counseling Office in 2013. Irma was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Chicago. She is a first-generation, cum laude graduate of Davidson College. Irma completed a Graduate Certificate in Translating and Translation Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters in Spanish at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the Lovett community, Irma served as an Admission Counselor at Emory University and as an Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Associate Director of Multicultural Admission at her alma mater, where she coordinated on-campus programs, worked closely with the merit team, and helped direct the college’s multicultural recruitment goals. Irma also served as Associate Director of July Experience at Davidson College, a three-week summer program for high school students. She is a member of several professional organizations, including Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools, Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Southern Association for College Admission Counseling. Irma has collaborated with the Latino Student Fund, helping redesign and translate the LISTO College Prep Program curriculum, serves as Co-Chair of SACAC's Atlanta Mini Camp College, was named faculty for SACAC’s Dry Run for new admission counselors and Summer Seminar for secondary counselors, and has presented at several academic and professional conferences, including the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, the National Partnership for Educational Access, the Georgia Independent School Association, and SACAC’s Annual Conference, Mini Camp College, and Drive-In Workshop.
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(404) 262-3032, ext. 1333 Anita Alston 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 served as SACAC Annual Conference Co-Chair. Additional experiences include serving as a member of the Leadership Team for PoCIS ATL and Co-Chair for PoCAL.
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 led a team that enrolled undergraduate classes at the Stern School of Business, the Tandon School of Engineering, the Meyers College of Nursing, and the Silver School of Social Work. 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 a year of growth and learning at AJA, Melissa is excited to be joining the College Counseling team at Lovett. Melissa has membership in the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).
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