Speakers

Wendy Beckemeyer

Wendy Beckemeyer is vice president for enrollment management at Cornell College, Iowa.  She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and is passionate about college affordability.  Wendy is one of the authors of “The College Affordability Academy: A Blueprint for Counseling Families.”

April Bush

Dr. April Bush has over 20 years of experience in higher education, starting as a student worker and tour guide at Erskine College, her Alma Mater. She has worked at several private colleges in the South, one public college, and for the last eight years, as a consultant with Ruffalo Noel Levitz in the financial aid services division. In her current role as Vice-President and Senior Consultant, she helps campuses across the country grow enrollment and increase net tuition revenue. Dr. Bush holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Erskine College, a Master’s in Education from Capella University, and a PhD in Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education. She lives in Greenville, SC with her family and enjoys learning new skills, such as playing the Marimba and Vibraphone during the pandemic.

Marylyn Scott

Marylyn Scott is a Senior Global Consultant at Engaging Diversity & Inclusion Executive Search Consulting. Known as “Destiny Bender” by her students, Marylyn has dedicated her career to helping diverse populations access opportunities where they have been historically underrepresented. Before joining EDI, she was head of Enrollment Management and University Guidance at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. With 15 years of experience in college admissions at Mount Holyoke College, Bates College, Chatham University, and Bucknell University, she helped ALA students gain admission to top institutions worldwide. Earlier in her career, she worked as a classroom teacher, college professor, employee for the South Korean Ministry of Education, flight attendant, and community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.

 
 

Diane Vertin

Diane has worked in both the private and public sector and has over 25 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at The College of Saint Scholastica.  Diane is passionate about working with and helping others achieve their goals and live their best life.  She lives at the “End of the Road” in Ely, Minnesota, along with her husband, Frank and doggies—Sophie, Loki and Coco. Diane enjoys outdoor adventure, Yoga (is a certified instructor), cooking and connecting with people.

Julie Bryant

 

Julie L. Bryant, vice president for student success at RNL, leads the team providing student success solutions for colleges and universities across North America.  These solutions include the RNL student motivation and satisfaction assessment tools, which provide valuable data to institutions working to improve retention and graduation rates.  She meets with higher education leaders to guide them through their data results and to brainstorm next steps for continuous quality improvement efforts.  In addition, Julie is a certified yoga and meditation teacher who leads regular mindfulness sessions for RNL co-workers and other groups.  She has been a member of RNL Women’s Networking group, a past member of the Women Lead Change steering committee and has moderated several Women in Higher Education panel sessions at RNL’s National Conferences.  She is a graduate of Cornell College (IA).