Born and raised in Colorado, Andy attended the University of Denver where he pursued Journalism Studies, Business, and Leadership. He was actively involved as an undergraduate with the New Student Orientation Program, the Student Programming Board, the Office of Alumni Relations and eventually the office of Undergraduate Admission. His leadership and contributions were honored by DU’s prestigious Pioneer Award and the award for Most Outstanding Senior Male, but more importantly, he had found an interest and passion in the work of education, which has rewarded him ever since.
After graduating from DU in 2005, Andy made his first of two moves to Southern California. He was an Admission Officer for Marymount California University in Palos Verdes and spent ample time on the road recruiting in Northern California, Arizona, and Hawaii. Two years later, he returned to Denver and his alma mater, where he served as an Assistant, then Associate Director of Admission for DU. While there, he recruited students from Southern and Northern California and eventually became the Coordinator for the Ammi Hyde Interview Program. With the support of faculty, staff and alumni, the Ammi Hyde Interviews extended to 30 cities nation-wide, twice a year and at one time was a required component of DU’s admission process. By the time DU’s applicant pool became too large for Ammi Hyde Interviews to sustain, Andy had finished his Masters of Arts in Higher Education and was ready to switch to the other side of the desk.
In 2013, he returned to his former neighborhood in Long Beach, CA and began work as the Associate Director of College Counseling at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast. He also became the Chair of Membership for the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), an organization that not only provided excellent professional development but whose members felt like family. Professional Development has been a staple in Andy’s career; in addition to WACAC, he has served on the board for the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling, and is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling as well as the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). In recognition of “a consummate professional who dedicated himself to encourage new counselors to consider admissions as not a way station in life, but as a life’s calling,” WACAC awarded the Steve Hankins New Counselor award to Andy in 2015. In 2016, he served on the planning committee for the College’s Board’s Western Regional Forum and also had the great opportunity to attend the People of Color Conference in Tampa, Florida.
When Andy heard that Parker was hiring a fourth college counselor, he knew he had to pursue the opportunity. His former days of recruiting at Parker had provided a clear window into the family-like community, the outstanding team of College Counselors and obvious commitment to learning as far as the mind can see. When he is not immersed in all things college counseling, you will likely find Andy in his kitchen, trying new recipes and baking up a storm. He is also an avid cyclist and has twice ridden from San Francisco to Los Angeles as well as from Irvine to San Diego for various fundraising and awareness events. Andy returns often to Colorado, as well, to visit his niece, Lucy, and nephew, Ollie as well as his parents, siblings and extended family. Twelve years and several adventures later, Andy is thrilled to call San Diego home and make Parker the center of his attention.