2019 Independent School Counselors Conference
Michelle Bostian
Head of Counseling / MS Dean of Student Affairs
Greensboro Day School

Michelle Bostian, leadership coach and consultant, has deep experience in advocacy, counseling, leadership development, program development, and professional coaching. She is the head of counseling and dean of student affairs at Greensboro Day School. Michelle is an active volunteer, serving as the president of the board of directors for Mental Health Greensboro and is a founding member of a national nonprofit concerned with the quality of character/SEL education in North America, Heart of Character. Michelle has an M.S. in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, International Coaching Federation certified coach, and Board certified coach.
Martha Burke
K-8 Counselor
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

Martha Burke is the K-8th grade counselor at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. She has a wide range of counseling experience, having served as a school counselor at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Randolph School, Melbourne Central Catholic, and Our Lady of Lourdes. Martha received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University and her M.Ed. in school counseling from Vanderbilt University.

Brian Dew
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University

Dr. Brian J. Dew currently serves as chair of the department of counseling and psychological services at Georgia State University. Prior to assuming the department chair position in 2011, Dr. Dew coordinated the Masters and Ed.S. programs in mental health counseling at GSU. Prior to his academic position at GSU, Dr. Dew worked for four years as a substance abuse counselor in an inpatient and outpatient, hospital-based setting. In this role, he developed and directed an intensive family program gearing toward educating the non-addict on aspects of recovery. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Dew has served as Atlanta’s primary representative to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) Community Epidemiological Work Group. Dr. Dew has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development and the Outstanding Addictions and Offender Professional Award by the Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association.
Tamara Hamilton
School Counselor
Cliff Valley School

Tamara Hamilton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health. She currently serves as a school counselor and director of the Cliff Valley Institute at the Cliff Valley School in Atlanta. Tamara earned her masters degree from the Indiana University School of Social Work. Over the past decade she has focused her work on issues impacting children, adolescents, and families. As a counselor, she has helped children and their parents with a variety of issues including behavioral problems, emotional problems, ADHD, anxiety, substance abuse, academic problems, and other developmental concerns.
Lori Harris
Director of Preschool-Grade 4
Cliff Valley School

Lori has worked throughout the southeast as a teacher, reading specialist, college instructor, and student teacher supervisor. Lori works with teachers to identify student learning styles and differentiate instruction.  Along with the school counselor, she incorporates social and emotional learning and executive function skills in the classroom. Lori coordinates the Bright From the Start program at Cliff Valley. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in education as a reading specialist. Lori has completed additional graduate work for certification in educational leadership. Lori has completed all the course work towards a doctorate in educational psychology at Georgia State University. She joined Cliff Valley in 2008.  

Ken Rogers
Middle School Principal
Charlotte Christian School

As a trained counselor, Ken holds a B.A. in English from Berea College and an M.S. in counseling from Johns Hopkins University. With independent school experience as a teacher, dean, and head of middle school, Ken is a frequent presenter and consultant to independent schools. He has previously served as head of middle school with Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, and the Wellington School in Columbus, OH. Ken currently serves as middle school principal with Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina, and is a faculty member of the ISACS New Teacher Institute.
Julia Wilson
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
Julia Wilson is the director of curriculum and instruction at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received both her bachelor’s degree in health and human performance and master’s degree in interdisciplinary education. Julia earned her doctorate in instruction and curriculum leadership: early childhood education from The University of Memphis.