Amherst's virtual admission programming for Amherst alumni families

The Alumni Admission Workshops are a new virtual program designed to help prospective college students and their families prepare for the college admission experience. 

This series of workshops will each focus on a particular topic and occur three times throughout the summer, featuring college counseling experts. 

The workshops, co-sponsored by the Office of Admission and Alumni & Parent Programs, are open to Amherst alumni with students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the fall of 2020. If you have questions about these programs, please contact Marcy Dyer at

Amherst will also offer one-hour small group sessions for alumni families providing general advice on the college application experience. The sessions will be led by Matt McGann, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid,  on Wednesday afternoons on June 24 at 4 p.m. EDT, and on July 15, July 29, and August 12 at 3 p.m. EDT. To RSVP for one of the small group sessions, please email Marcy Dyer at

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Friday, June 19, 7 p.m. EDT 
“Managing the College Process in a Pandemic

Tiffani Hooper Bromberg ’06, Co-Director of College Counseling at the United Nations International School

Ashley Armato ’08, Senior Associate Director of College Counseling, Palmer Trinity School

Host: Betsy Cannon Smith ’84, Chief Advancement Officer, Amherst College

Tuesday, July 14, 4 p.m. EDT 
“Crafting the College Essay”

Tyler Twilley, College Counselor at Calvert Hall College High School

Host: Cate Zolkos, Dean of Admission, Amherst College

Wednesday, August 5, 3 p.m. EDT 
“The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together.”

Brennan Barnard, Director of College Counseling at the Derryfield School

Host: Matt McGann, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Amherst College

Each family who registers for this session prior to July 1 will receive a copy of Mr. Barnard’s book.

Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m., July 15, July 29, and August 12, 3 p.m. EDT

A one-hour small group session for alumni families with Matt McGann, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Amherst College. To RSVP for one of the small group sessions, please email Marcy Dyer at 

Special guests

Brennan Barnard is the Director of College Counseling and Outreach at The Derryfield School, an independent day school in Manchester, New Hampshire and at U.S. Performance Academy, an online independent high school for elite athletes. He is also the College Admissions Program Manager with the Making Caring Common project at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

During more than two decades in education, Brennan has worked as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, admission officer, counselor and administrator at a number of independent high schools and colleges. He has counseled Olympians, thespians, artists, cadets, social workers, engineers, philosophers, doctors, writers, lawyers and more.

Brennan is a member of the Advisory Board for the New Hampshire College and University Council's New Hampshire Scholars Program and is on the Executive Committee for the Character Collaborative. He presents regularly on character, athletic recruiting, mindfulness, discipline and other topics in college admission, about which he has written for The New York Times, Washington Post,, HuffPost, Concord Monitor, Journal of College Admission and other publications. He has also been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Associated Press and is an occasional featured guest on New Hampshire Public Radio. He was a New England Association of College Admission Counselors Professional of the Year for 2017.

A native of suburban Philadelphia and practicing Quaker, Brennan is a graduate of Westtown Friends School. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College and a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. This father of two lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, where he is a volunteer firefighter.

Tiffani Hooper Bromberg 06 is the Co-Director of College Counseling at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City. She previously served as an admission officer at Amherst College. Tiffani holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Black Studies from Amherst, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

Ashley Armato ’08 is the Senior Associate Director of College Counseling at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida. She also leads the school’s diversity efforts as a Co-Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion. 

She began her career in college admission at Amherst College in 2008 and later joined the college counseling department at Palmer Trinity in 2010. Ashley has also coached cheerleading at Palmer Trinity since 2011. 

In 2018, she was selected to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS). Ashley is an active member of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today as well as both the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). From 2017 -2019 she served as Chair of the Latinx Special Interest Group for SACAC and joined the SACAC Board in 2019. 

In recent years she has presented at SACAC, FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) and the Global Educators Benchmark Group (GEBG). Ashley serves on the counselor advisory boards at Johns Hopkins University and Dickinson College. She has also worked with the non-profit SCS Noonan Scholars as their Summer Academy Director since 2018. 

Ashley graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a BA in Spanish and concentration in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. She received her MS.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, with a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, from Florida International University in 2014.

Tyler Twilley is a College Counselor at Calvert Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Calvert Hall, he was an Associate Dean of Admission for Amherst College, and he has worked in admission at Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University. Mr. Twilley graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations.