Ms. Becky Bowlby
College Access Counselor
Wagner College, Staten island, New York: BA, Sociology, Minor in Religion
West Chester University, MS in Higher Education Counseling, Certification in Secondary School Counseling
After serving as a counselor at Harriton for one year, Becky has assumed the position of College Access Counselor for the district, serving both Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools. Becky has thirty years of college admission experience which she brings with her to the student services department. She is coming from Immaculata University where she served as the Director of Admission for the past 6 years. Prior to Immaculata, Becky was the Senior Associate Director of Admission at Drexel University as well as Associate Director of Admission at Thomas Jefferson University and Assistant Director of Admission at Montgomery County Community College. Her prior high school counseling experience was as the College Counselor at Cheltenham High School for four years.
Becky has an extensive background in professional development having served in a variety of leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) including president, treasurer, Chair of Admission Practices Committee, Chair of College Fairs Committee and a number of other roles. Currently, she is the Dean of the Summer Institute of PACAC, which is a three day program to train new admission and guidance personnel. In addition, Becky presents annually at the yearly PACAC Conference.
In addition, Becky has been very active in the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) serving in a number of leadership roles there as well including Co-Director of the Admission Middle Management Institute, Co-Director of the Leadership Development Institute and member of the Finance and Budget Committee. Her most recent leadership role was as the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the annual NACAC conference held in Pittsburgh in 2006.
Ms. Mandy Carl
Grade 9: A-C
Grade 10: A-Con
Grades 11-12: A-De
BS in Biology, Kutztown University
MS in Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
PA Certification in Secondary School Counseling
Harriton High School of Lower Merion School District (8/2011- present)
Valley Forge Military Academy (8/2007- 8/2011)
Professional organizations held (past and present):
American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA)
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC)
Committees within PACAC: Inclusion, Access and Success and Admission Practices
Professional Development within PACAC: Summer Institute faculty member (7/2013- 7/2015)
Through Lower Merion School District, Mandy is a part of the POWER Planning Committee, which supports the POWER Scholars program, an academic-based program for students of color. She has done work and training in the area of cultural proficiency and is a strong advocate for students within underrepresented populations. She loves working with first generation students and providing support in academics and through the college application process. She is also a member of Harriton High School’s Students Assistance Program (SAP), Professional Learning Communities and Achievement teams, which assists in identifying services and interventions for students, and has run a small support group for students of divorced parents. In addition, she enjoys professional development in the areas of college readiness and financial aid. She shares this information through small workshops during the school day to assist students in various college-related processes. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys dance, gardening and crafts. Her passion for dance runs deep and one day she would like to incorporate dance/movement therapy into her work. She is always working on beautifying her home with flowers and due to growing up on a farm, enjoys harvesting fruits and vegetables in the summer months. If Mandy had more time, she would do more crafting in card and invitation making, as she really enjoys expressing her creative side. Mandy is also a mother to her daughter, Shawn, and takes great pride in being a parent and sharing their passions together.
Dr. Carla Coleman
Grade 9: Hu-Nel
Grade 10: He-Mc
Grades 11-12: I-Mc
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania: BS, Rehabilitation Services Education, Minor in Health Education
Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania: M.Ed., Advanced Study of Counselor Education Specializing in Secondary Education/School Counseling
Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Ph.D. in Human Services with a Specialization in Counseling Studies
Dr. Carla Coleman is entering her 15th year at Harriton High School of the Lower Merion School District as a school counselor and 18th overall year as a high school counselor. Dr. Coleman has served on several committees in the Lower Merion School District such as Cultural Proficiency which specializes in understanding cultural issues and awareness amongst students and staff, CARE (Committee Addressing Race in Education) an advising committee for the district that addresses issues regarding race in education.
In addition, Dr. Coleman has also presented nationally at The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), College Board: Dream Deferred National Conference and The Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA) in relation to her work on addressing the achievement gap among African American children. Dr. Coleman is also involved in presenting information to our high school student-athletes and parents on NCAA eligibility requirements for high school student-athletes looking to participate in athletics at the collegiate level.
Dr. Coleman is currently the 7th grade Girls Basketball coach at Welsh Valley Middle School.
Ms. Kimberly Contegiacomo
Grade 9: Nem-Sp
Grade 10: Me-Sho
Grades 11-12: Me-Se
BA Psychology and Dual-Certification in Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Hofstra University
MA Secondary School Counseling, Villanova University
Kimberly Contegiacomo began her career in education in New York as an elementary teacher in Port Washington UFSD and in Hicksville Public Schools. She has taught kindergarten and also organized a skill building program for fourth and fifth grade students in an academic support setting for progress monitoring. Prior to joining Lower Merion School District, Kimberly also taught second grade at an international school and facilitated a weekly Lunch Bunch to welcome new students.
During her graduate studies, Kimberly was a graduate assistant and worked as a community mental health counselor for adult women with acute and chronic pathologies. She helped her clients in individual and group settings towards achieving positive self-regard. Kimberly has presented at various workshops and conferences throughout her career including “Closing the Achievement Gap & Empowering Students” at Villanova’s Freedom School.
Kimberly completed a yearlong internship at Harriton High School as a school counselor. At the start of 2013-14 school year, she filled a temporary position of a school counselor at Lower Merion High School. Kimberly is excited to be back at Harriton and currently serves on Lower Merion School District’s Committee to Address Race in Education (CARE).
Kimberly is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling (PACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA).
Dr. Joe Havlick
Grade 9: Sq-Z
Grade 10: Sib-Z
Grades 11-12: Sh-Z
Education: Dr. Havlick earned his Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering ('83), and Master of Business Administration ('89), from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master of Education, School Counseling ('94), from West Chester University, and his Ph. D. in Sport Psychology ('08) from Temple University.
Professional Experience: Dr. Joseph T. Havlick is in his thirteenth year as a school counselor at Harriton High School of Lower Merion School District and his nineteenth year as a certified professional school counselor in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Student Services team at Harriton, Dr. Havlick served for one year at Springfield Township High School, four years at Garnet Valley High School, and one year at Penn's Grove Middle School in Oxford, PA. Dr. Havlick has served additionally as a boys basketball coach at Oxford and Garnet Valley and as a girls basketball coach at Harriton. Another position of note was director of K-12 guidance at Garnet Valley School District. But that is just his most recent career! Dr. Havlick was a businessman for eight years, working for the Franklin Mint and National Liberty Insurance in the direct marketing industry, and as a civil engineer for four years, designing roads and bridges and working on Environmental Impact Studies.
Professional Interests: Dr. Havlick, in addition to his regular caseload, for years took primary responsibility for Harriton's college and career fairs, and the Sizzle! Awards, which celebrate individual student turnarounds, and which he founded and nurtured to be an important component of Harriton’s school culture. Dr. Havlick retains primary responsibility for the Career Symposium (now in its 16th year), bringing 100 local community members to Harriton in order to facilitate Sophomores and Juniors visualization of career opportunities.
At Harriton: Dr. Havlick works with students in grades 9-12 whose last names begin with the letters Sh - Z.
Ms. Julia Loverdi
Mental Health/Wellness Counselor
BA Psychology, Minor in Women's Studies
MA Counseling Psychology,
PA Certification-Elementary School Counseling
Julia has several years of experience working as a therapist in an outpatient setting as well as in the home, school, and community. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Rose Tree Media and Wallingford Swarthmore School Districts. For the past year, Julia has worked as a drug and alcohol licensing specialist, inspecting drug and alcohol rehabs, outpatient clinics, women and children's programs, and methadone clinics. Julia is new to Harriton High School and is both thrilled and honored to be part of the counseling team. She will be meeting with students both individually and facilitating groups to address any mental health and/or drug and alcohol concerns. Julia feels blessed to be able to do what she loves, which is connecting with students and helping them to succeed. Away from school, Julia loves spending time with her family, going to the Jersey shore, camping, and doing dance/Zumba.
Julia is a member of the American School Counselor Association.
Grade 9: D-Ho
Grade 10: Cop-Ha
Grades 11-12: Di-H
Phone 610 658-3986
Widener University, B.S. in Psychology, double minor in Educational and Science
Villanova University, M.S. Counseling and Human Relations
Widener University, Secondary Administration
Before coming to the Lower Merion School District, Barbara was Director of Guidance at Roman Catholic High School. There she implemented a classroom college and career program. Barbara also taught for a number of years as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University teaching the Group Process and Communication Skills She also co-facilitated the Psychodrama classes. During the last 14 years at L.M.S.D. she has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the GATE program, (Guidance and Transition Experience), an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help students transition from high school to post-secondary plans. She was the first counselor to serve as the College Access Counselor, spending time in both high schools developing and implementing programs for both students and parents. Barbara has toured and attended information sessions, classes, counselor events and workshops at well over 100 colleges and universities.
Barbara has a background in professional development and has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC). She is a member of PACACs Curriculum Development Committee. Barbara has served as a Faculty Member at the PACAC Summer Institute, instructing on topics such as college counseling for a good match, program planning and curriculum development, NCAA rules and regulations, and issues of diversity and equity. Barbara also served as the PACAC liaison to the College Board coordinating the Fall Counselor Workshops. Barbara has also served as an advisor to college and university Advisory Boards.
She is also a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) the Association of Curriculum Development (ACD). Barbara is also currently the site administrator for the NCAA Eligibility Center for Harriton High School.