IEC PROFILE: Barbara Pasalis

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Meet Barbara Pasalis, one of a small percentage of counselors across the nation to earn a Certificate in College Counseling from U.C.L.A. Ext. In addition, she completed the Summer Training Institute of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. In 2003, Barbara launched Northcoast Educational Consulting. In 2010, Barbara became one of fewer than 150 counselors nationwide to earn the designation Certified Educational Planner (CEP). In Spring 2011, Barbara was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the premier professional organization in the field of educational consulting. She served as Vice President for Ethics in 2012-2013 and Vice President for Committees in 2013-2014. After rotating off the Board, she now serves on the Education & Training Committee.

Barbara is a student of colleges and college trends, studying the latest developments in college admission. She has visited over 250 colleges and universities across the United States, meeting with admissions officials to obtain the latest information on academic programs and admission trends, as well as scholarship opportunities.

Barbara annually attends professional conferences and workshops and subscribes to college counseling e-lists in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. Her professional associations include the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA, Professional Member), the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Ohio Association of College Admission Counseling (OACAC) and The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).

As a former middle and high school English teacher and an advisor to youth groups, Barbara brings to the profession over 20 years of experience working with adolescents.

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