Kate SaundersAssistant Head of School, Tilton School NH
Kate Saunders has over twenty years of experience in college and boarding school admissions and last spring was promoted to Assistant Head of School for Tilton. She is a boarding school graduate and has dedicated her career to helping build school communities through assertive market research projects and marketing and communication strategies. She has led enrollment growth plans for multiple organizations while maintaining the quality of the student body and the loyalty to the school mission. Through building stronger school communities with a universal culture of marketing advocates…teachers, administrators and admission professionals all know the value of an admission centered approach to recruiting and retaining great students. Kate helps move institutions forward strategically. Kate has conducted a variety of presentations at TABS, SBSA, ISANNE, TABS, IECA, SSAT and Whipple Hill, topics include: Applying College Admission Tactics to the Boarding School World, The Power of Branding, 9th grade Program Marketing and Integration, Cost Effective Marketing Strategies and other current topics of the boarding school industry. In the summer, Kate has developed curriculum and is a member teaching faculty for the TABS Bootcamp for New Faculty and the Admissions Academy for New Admissions Professionals. Kate is by nature a collaborator and truly loves the unique gift of the boarding school experience and enjoys helping others professionally develop their skills so that all of our schools are stronger.
Kimberly C. LoughlinDirector of Admission, The Bement School MA
An alumna of the Loomis Chaffee School, Kim has an intimate knowledge of boarding schools from multiple perspectives. During her 17 years of school admissions at Gould Academy and Oldfields School, Kim’s responsibilities included serving as director of financial aid, website manager, international student coordinator, publications coordinator, residential dorm parent, and student advisor. In 2008, Kim became director of admission at The Bement School, a junior boarding school, where she oversees admission and communications for kindergarten through grade 9. As a current parent of a rising senior at a boarding school, she says, “it was interesting to see admissions from the parent’s perspective.” Kim has 28 years experience working in admissions and this will be her 20th summer teaching at the TABS Admission Academy. “It is incredibly rewarding to work with new professionals as they embark on admission and boarding school careers.”
Michael ShaverDirector, International Programs, TABS
Prior to joining us at TABS, Michael served as one of fourteen worldwide Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC’s) for EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s initiative to represent U.S. higher education abroad. In this role, Michael supported EducationUSA Advising Centers across Southeast Asia and collaborated with Higher Education Institutions to develop recruitment strategies throughout the region.
Michael has served in a number of internationally-focused education and admission roles: Director of the University of South Pacific’s first international office; Assistant Director of Admission—with specific leadership of international marketing, recruitment, and admission—for Berklee College of Music in Boston, and overseeing recruitment efforts for NYU Abu Dhabi and the Schwarzman Scholars programs in East Asia and the Pacific at IIE in Bangkok. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.
Michael holds a BBA, with a focus on Japanese and International Marketing, from Eastern Michigan University, and an MS in Training and Leadership Development from Eastern Illinois University.
Michael’s experience in recruitment includes efforts in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timore L’este, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.