Meet the Admission Team

The Admission Office looks forward to connecting with families! Learn more about the counselors who will be helping you through your application and why we love the community. Please reach out if you have any questions about the admission process and if there is anything else that we can share about LFA.

Adam Gerber

Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Director of International Admission

Where is your favorite spot on campus?
I have the honor of working in Reid Hall, the 100+-year-old mansion on campus, and I have the privilege of being able to walk to that building every morning. I usually enter the building through the Formal Gardens, and rarely am I not awestruck by the beauty of that walk.

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Carolyn Gorowski

Dean of Admission, College Counselor

What is your favorite thing to do in the area?
We love going into Chicago for different sports events, especially Blackhawks games (and watch LFA alumnus Alex Debrincat ’15)!

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Kassandra Hayes

Senior Associate Dean of Admission

What is a little known fact about you?
I worked as a news anchor at NBC for several years before I decided to follow my heart and become a full-time elementary school teacher. I come from a family of strong educators.

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Emily Kalis

Assistant Dean of Admission

What House are you in? What is your favorite House Cup event?
Sargent! My favorite House Cup event is the annual February Frog Hunt. The whole month is a giant scavenger hunt that involves the whole community and takes place around campus and the Lake Forest area.

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Caroline Pugliese

Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Financial Aid

Do you have any pets?
I have a long-haired, miniature dachshund named Izzy.  She loves going on walks around campus and getting belly rubs from as many students and faculty as she can.  

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Emily Wagner

Associate Dean of Admission, Assistant Director of Financial Aid

What is one LFA class you want to take?
I would take Forensic Science! That’s another career I thought about growing up and the class seems so interesting!

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Joy Zhou portrait

Director of Chinese Parent Development, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel! I have always dreamed of having Doraemon’s time travel machine.

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