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ABOUT US

Susan Hunter

Founder, Head Coach

Susan Hunter graduated from the University of Dayton with graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Susan has over 10 years of higher education experience, including admission, academic advising, financial aid on the undergraduate and graduate level. Susan has worked at multiple colleges and universities gaining valuable insight to the college admissions process.

She was a contributing author in the book, Nuestro Milwaukee, which won the 2000 Best Historiography Award for history in the city of Milwaukee. Susan attended the University of Dayton and has a Bachelor’s in History with a Marketing minor and completed her graduate courses at the University of Milwaukee in History with an emphasis in Urban History. Susan has been an active member of NACAC, KYACAC, and OACAC.


The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Special Assistant to the Director of Admission: assisted in planning Open House events, Guidance Counselor Campus Visits, training student volunteers.

Coordinated the Overnight Host and Shadowing program for undergraduate students. Trained current students to host prospective students on campus, coordinated prospective students campus visit itinerary, and worked across university departments to meet prospective students’ campus visit needs.


Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY

College Admission Counselor: recruited and guided students and families from Ohio and Kentucky territories through the admission process to enrollment. Worked across various academic departments and athletic coaches to exceed enrollment goals. Planned and participated in Open Houses, Information Session, High School Visits and national/regional college admission fairs and presented prospective high school students to the admission committee.


Ohio Dominican College, Columbus, OH

Student academic support and financial aid for the LEAD program in Business Administration. Interviewed applicants for this accelerated adult degree program, worked with faculty and staff to provide academic advising/support and prepared financial aid packages for enrolled students.


Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI (Specialty Engineering University)

Assistant Director, Continuing Education Office: recruited, interviewed and enrolled prospective non-traditional students, transfer students on the undergraduate and graduate level in engineering, business and nursing programs. Planned and presented at open houses, college fairs and worked with corporations to do in-houses seminars and courses. Reviewed applications and worked across departments for the purposes of increasing enrollment. Collaborated with admission counterparts at the Medical College of Wisconsin on a joint admission process for a graduate program in Medical Informatics.


Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI (Women’s College)

Transfer Counselor: worked with prospective students who were transferring from various college and universities through the admission to enrollment process. Planned and presented at open houses, college information sessions, and college fairs. Worked with faculty to maintain and develop new articulation agreements for transfer credit and new certificate programs for working adults.

Jerry McCombs

Director, Graduate Admissions Assoc. Head Coach

Jerry comes to Admissions Coach with 23 years of experience in College Admissions at the Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral levels.


University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Director of Admissions

The University of Pittsburgh is consistently recognized as one of the top 10 Dental Schools in the United States. In this role, Jerry oversaw all admissions processes at the School of Dental Medicine for applicants which include the Pre-Doctoral DMD program, the dental school’s specialty Residency Programs, Advanced Standing program for foreign trained dentists, and Dental Hygiene Program. He also served on the ADEA National Advisory Board for Liaison AADSAS Dental Application. He was one of ten Dental School Directors of Admission tasked with analyzing and enhancing DMD applications, addressing questions and concerns, and making suggestions to improve the application experience for both applicants and Admissions professionals


Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Jerry led the admissions efforts for Slippery Rock University’s 32 Graduate programs. He specialized and spear-headed improvements to the admissions processes of health science terminal degree programs including Slippery Rock University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy  (DPT). The PT program at Slippery Rock was the first in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Other programs included Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Physician Assistant Studies (PA), Public Health and Master’s in Nursing. Additionally, he oversaw the admissions process for the Master’s in Education/Teaching, Doctor of Education (EdD), Masters in Counseling, Masters in Criminal Justice, Master’s in TESOL and Master’s of Business Administration. Slippery Rock is recognized as one of the top institutions in the Pennsylvania State Education System and its graduate programs draw students from across the country and around the world to study in their esteemed programs.


Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA

Assistant Director of Accelerated Business Programs.

Jerry led the recruitment and admissions efforts of Waynesburg University’s Master’s of Business Administration program and undergraduate degree completion program in Business (BMP) at its four regional locations in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. During that time, Waynesburg was recognized for having the largest MBA program (Active Students) in the Pittsburgh region.


Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

Assistant Football Coach, Recruiting Coordinator

While at Methodist University, Jerry served as the Monarch’s Wide Receiver’s and Offensive Line Coach. After his first year at Methodist, he was elevated to Recruiting Coordinator to supplement his role as Offensive Line Coach. His recruitment was focused in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.


Averett University, Danville, VA

Assistant Football Coach, Recruiting Coordinator

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Jerry began his professional career as a graduate assistant football coach. He was promoted to a full time coaching role, where he coached Averett’s Offensive Line and served as the team’s Strength and Conditioning and Recruiting Coordinator. His recruitment success eventually led to his appointment as Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the University. While at Averett he built numerous relationships as he actively led the recruitment efforts in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Maryland/D.C.

Johana Haydamack

Asst. Coach

Johana’s formative years were spent in a suburb of Tokyo, Japan, attending an international school, where her parents were both teachers- Life Sciences and Art. She had many multi-cultural experiences throughout her childhood, and after high school, she moved to California, her family’s “home base.” 


She attended UC Santa Barbara and earned her BA in Biology while working as an Resident Assistant for two years and as a Research Assistant for the LTER group based at Palmer Station, Antarctica.

  

After graduating, she moved to Spokane, WA with her husband Craig and earned her B.A. in Education at Eastern Washington University (Biology & Chemistry).  She then moved to Oregon for eighteen years, raising four daughters, substitute teaching, volunteering countless hours as a leader with La Leche League International, serving on the board as secretary and vice president of Hillsboro Parent Preschool, (a volunteer co-op), and with the public school PTA- specifically with ArtSmart, bringing art education back into the elementary schools. 


In 2014, she and her family moved cross-country to Greenville, SC, where she continued to raise her daughters with Craig, volunteer with LLL, Girls Scouts, the neighborhood HOA, and the PTSAs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Coordinating the National PTSA’s Reflections Art Contest has been her most recent volunteer effort.  


Johana loves to work in the garden, propagate houseplants, care for her family and pets, listen to audiobooks and edit.  Truly, she loves to write and edit essays, and help to create pieces that express the writer’s self.  


Her Admissions Coach experience began by being assisted with her eldest’s college admissions process in 2016.  Since then, two more have had success through AC, and Johana has assisted others with their college essay writing process. Her family “home base” has recently moved to Indiana, and she looks forward to making new connections while maintaining established ones. 


Kerry Fish

Workshop Coordinator

Kerry Fish is a certified early childhood and elementary accomplished education expert. She has a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching and over ten years of experiences teaching and designing curriculum in six different states. She has a strong passion for helping others seek and experience opportunities that will strengthen them academically and personally inspire them to grow.  Kerry is thrilled to join the College Admissions team to share her passions, expertise and special skills sets with parents and their students.


Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville, SC

Adjunct instructor/ STEM Lab Teacher


Bridgeport Child Developed Center, Chicago, IL

Assistant Director: supervised and staffed thirty-one staff members. Coordinated curriculum


Hillside Elementary School, Cottage Grove, MN

Reading Coordinator for Literature Circles


Los Naranjos Elementary School, Irvine, CA

Specialized C.L.I.P teaching instruction


Oak Creek Elementary School, Irvine, CA

Managed and created curriculum combination classes


Oasis Alternative High School, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Developed and organized career day for high school students

Kori Hillson

Asst. Coach

Kori Hillson joined Admission Coach in 2019 assisting students with the college application process.  Kori's journey in Education began with her parents emphasis on the importance of education. Her father taught high school for 39 years. Over the past 15 years, Kori has been committed to strengthening public education in South Carolina.  She has two children, who both graduated from the Greenville County Public School system. 

Kori graduated from Spelman College and Georgia Tech earning 2 bachelor's degrees in Natural Science with a focus in Math, and Electrical Engineering respectively. Early in her career as an Electrical Engineer, and as her children went through their education, Kori worked as a math tutor with students from 2nd grade through high school level calculus. Through that time Kori has had many leadership volunteer positions in the educational arena, including PTA president, VP of Programs, Ways & Means Chair, and more. These positions have helped Kori understand the needs of parents and children while navigating the college preparation process.  In addition to her many school board positions, Kori continues to volunteer throughout the community and in her church.

Some of the areas Kori has shared her talents include:


Rudolph Gordon Elementary

  • PTA President

  • Ways and Means Co-Chair

  • Room Parent

  • Volunteer of the Year

South East Council PTA

  • Vice President of Programs

Langston Charter Middle School

  • Ways and Means Chair on the Board of Directors

  • Coordinator for the Lunch Program

Mauldin High School

  • Girls Basketball team parent

  • Booster Club representative

  • Hoops Club representative

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