Our Staff

Dermot Anderson - Counselor

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Education

Dermot graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in counseling.

Professional Experience

Dermot Anderson has been a School Counselor in Lower Merion School District since 1996. Before that, he worked as a High School Drug and Alcohol Counselor for Shalom, Inc., as an Elementary School Principal at St. Barbara's Elementary School, the Assistant Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs at Villanova University and Fifth Grade Teacher at St. Denis Grade School. He is also the founder of Dashers, Inc., a youth track program based in Lower Merion that serves children of all abilities and needs.

Becky Bowlby - College Access Counselor

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Ms. Becky Bowlby
College Access Counselor
Phone: 610.658.3965
Fax: 610/520.3917
bowlbyb@lmsd.org

Education:
Wagner College, Staten island, New York: BA, Sociology, Minor in Religion
West Chester University, MS in Higher Education Counseling, Certification in Secondary School Counseling

Professional Experience:
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.

Professional Organizations:
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.

Tashe Gesacion - Counselor

Natalie Kail - Counselor

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Education

Mrs. Kail received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Oswego in Secondary Education/English. In addition, Mrs. Kail received her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education/School Counseling from Villanova University.

Professional Experience

Mrs. Kail works with students in grades 9-12. Mrs. Kail's experience in the counseling field is diverse. She has worked for READS, Inc. as a career counselor, and later (after taking an 8 year break raising her two sons) returned to READS as a guidance counselor, working at St. Maria Goretti High School and St. Joseph's Prep, both in Philadelphia. Mrs. Kail worked for the Philadelphia School District in a middle school in South Philadelphia before coming to Lower Merion High School. Mrs. Kail is an active participant in the Lower Merion Community that goes beyond the school day. She is the faculty sponsor for both the Speech Club and National Honor Society. She has been a staff trainer for the Socio-Cultural Identities workshop and has presented a workshop at the annual Pennsylvania School Counselor Association Conference. She also serves on the LMHS START team.

Professional Organizations:

Mrs. Kail is a member of the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling.

Colleen Miller - Counselor

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Education:

Colleen Miller attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate and majored in Marketing and Psychology. Colleen received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University.

Professional Experience:

Colleen Miller serves as a School Counselor at Lower Merion High School for students in grades 9-12. Prior to coming to LM, Colleen worked in Garnet Valley and North Penn School Districts.

At Lower Merion, Colleen serves on the Student Assistance Referral Team (START) and acts as the Advanced Placement (AP) and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB )Test Coordinator. Colleen has served as the sponsor of Students Harmonizing Amongst Diverse Ethnicities (SHADES)/Make a Wish and organized a staff exercise program. She has also facilitated a holiday gift service program that we hope becomes an annual event. She also sits on the Faculty Senate.

Professional Organizations:

Colleen is a member of the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association.

Jo-Ann Montalvo - Social Worker

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Jo-Ann Montalvo
School Social Worker
Phone: 610-645-1810 ext 1877
Email: montalj@lmsd.org

Education
BSW Temple University
MSW Widener University

Professional Experience
Jo-Ann began her social work career in the area of community mental health and child welfare.

She has been a school social worker for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Lower Merion School District's Student Services Department, Jo-Ann worked in Delaware County elementary and high schools.

She enjoys individual and group work and has co-facilitated many groups for children and adults. Jo-Ann currently co-facilitates a strengthening families program with a non-profit agency.

Her role as a school social worker includes liaison between the home, the school and the community, monitoring and supporting student attendance, identifying and implementing supportive services for students, assisting students and families in accessing community resources, and participation in team meetings to holistically support student achievement.

Jo-Ann is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania.

Janet Pudlinski - Mental Health Specialist

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Mrs. Janet Pudlinski
Mental Health Specialist
Phone: 610-645-1810 ext 1536
Email: pudlinj@lmsd.org

Education
University of Connecticut
BA in Psychology

Immaculata University
MA in Counseling
PA Certification in School Psychology; PA Certification in Secondary School Counseling

Professional Experience
Janet has spent the past eleven years working for the Lincoln Center for Family & Youth. Prior to coming to Lower Merion in the spring of 2013 she was placed at Hatboro-Horsham High School as a Community Counselor for their Student Assistance Program. While at H-H, Janet worked with students both individually and in group settings addressing both mental health and drug and alcohol concerns. She also served as part of the Child Find, SAP and Crisis Response Teams. In addition, during the 2013-214 school year, Janet worked as a consultant for Episcopal Academy, serving as their Upper School Learning Specialist. She has experience working in both in-patient and out-patient mental health facilities and has also spent time working as a School Psychologist. Outside of the school day she enjoys coaching swimming and working for several local triathlons.

Marsha Rosen - Counselor

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Education

B.A. French and Secondary Education, Northwestern University
M.S. Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University

Professional Experience

Mrs. Rosen has served as a school counselor in and around the Philadelphia area and as a high school counselor here at Lower Merion. Currently, Mrs. Rosen serves as the Department Chair. She was SAT test center supervisor and AP coordinator and continues to serve as PSAT coordinator and coordinator for College Board Services for Students with Disabilities. Mrs. Rosen has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the GATE program (developmental guidance) and its alignment to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA ) model. She ran Student Outreach Service(Peer Helper) groups for several years before developing the current Peer Leader Program with Mrs. Kail. She was a member of the Two Schools Committee, charged with restructuring the school day at both Lower Merion and Harriton High Schools and as an adjunct to this, served on the committee to develop the advisory program. As a member of a Cultural Proficiency Cadre, Mrs. Rosen served as a trainer for the District and is active in the No Place for Hate Program.

Jennifer Vallieres - Counselor

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Education
B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Bucknell University
MS.Ed. Science of Instruction – Elementary Education and English as a Second Language, Drexel University
MS.Ed. School and Mental Health Counseling, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience
Jen Vallieres began her career in education while living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she worked with students in preschool through middle school, as well as with students learning English as a second language. During her time in Jackson Hole, Jen also volunteered for the Teton Mentoring Project, a community based mentoring organization, which strives to empower youth through a supportive connection with a caring adult. Prior to coming to Lower Merion, Jen worked for the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. She has counseling experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in community mental health settings. Jen is school counseling certified K-12 and will be working towards earning her license as a professional counselor (LPC) and national certification in counseling (NCC).

Professional Organization
Jen is a member of the American School Counseling Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling.