Kate Barker and Jennifer Schlegel

Founders and Co-Owners of My Admissions Sherpa





Jenny has a BA in History and Secondary Education, a Masters in History and will finish a Masters in Educational Technology this spring.  She has been working as a private college admissions counselor since 2001 and has loved every minute of it. Over the years, Jenny has acquired a unique knowledge of the culture of individual schools as well as their respective admissions processes and procedures.  She excels at matching students with schools that meet their specific list of wants and needs. Jenny also develops instructional materials and writes curriculum. She recently c0-authored an online course that walks students through the admissions process.  And....teenagers are her absolute favorite age group to work with!


Kate has a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a dual certification in Secondary Education School Counseling and English. She has over 24 years of experience in the field and utilizes her skills and knowledge of the developing adolescent to help them as they prepare for their post secondary experience. She loves helping students achieve their personal and academic goals. As a secondary education counselor and family therapist, Kate also has the unique ability to provide personal counseling to students and families as well. 

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Michele Purcell has a Master of Education degree in counseling psychology with a dual certification in school counseling. She has over 20 years experience in college admissions counseling, and is proficient in helping improve college acceptances & assisting students in finding the “right fit” in the college selection process. She has aided students in applying & getting accepted into numerous schools such as The University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown, & Johns Hopkins just to name a few! 


Abby Lederman is the co-author of Finding the Path: A Novel for Parents of Teenagers and has written many professional articles on topics ranging from children’s theater to overcoming the fear of swimming in older adults. She has been supervising programs for young people and teens in the United States and Canada since 2012 and is currently writing a historical novel about a female inventor growing up in the mid-19th century.



Jacqueline Joyce serves as a college adviser with the College Advising Corps where she has worked in both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Camden City Schools. She received her B.A. in 2019 from Dickinson College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Spanish and Sociology. Through both her current work and her previous experience as a tour guide and career adviser, Jackie has become well-versed in the intricacies of the college admissions process, knowledgable about best practices in constructing successful application materials. In addition, Jackie has revised and assisted with hundreds of admissions essays, personal statements, resumes, and cover letters in both higher-ed and high school settings, while bringing her recent experience navigating the rigorous fellowship application process, where she has earned two U.S. Department of State Fellowships. Her position as a near-peer and newly-minted college graduate allows her to connect with students from diverse backgrounds as well as provide a hands-on approach to advising students in their post-secondary endeavors.


Dr. Kristine Lalley has extensive experience working one-on-one with thousands of college students from her years in academic and student affairs leadership roles at both Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh.  She has expertise in advising and coaching a diverse array of students on choosing challenging and engaging experiences during their college career, including global, career-related, and experiential programs. While working at the University of Pittsburgh, she developed the international education program at the Swanson School of Engineering and mentored students at home and abroad. Dr. Lalley can provide high-level insights into what competitive colleges and universities expect of students in the admissions process.  She received a Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) from Penn State, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. from New York University.



Jasmine is a proud Philadelphia native, but enjoys traveling whenever she get the chance! She attended Drexel University and graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in politics. During her time at Drexel, she volunteered at West Philly's branch of Mighty Writers, contributed to creative non-fiction and photography anthologies at Drexel's Writer's Room collective, and thrived as she worked at the Drexel Writing Center. Post graduation, she has continued to cultivate her passion for teaching writing skills and working with youth. Currently, she is an English teacher at Excel Academy North and is continuing to seek opportunities to refine her skills and learn from new experiences.


Christine grew up in Newtown, Bucks County, and earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology and Anthropology and a Master's degree in Secondary Social Studies at Widener University.  She has been teaching high school Social Studies to all levels of students for over 20 years. She loves working with students to help them navigate the college application process and achieve their goals. 


Our Mission Statement

To guide, educate and empower students through each step of the college admissions process and identify schools that will help them grow in all facets of life: intellectually, socially, culturally, and spiritually. At My Admissions Sherpa, we strive to streamline the admissions process to make it less stressful while helping kids get into their top-choice schools.  The opportunity to guide each student as they take their first major steps towards becoming independent and self-sufficient adults is both an honor and a pleasure.