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Meet Our College Counselors

Susan Marrs
Director of College Counseling

Susan Marrs has taught English at both the upper school and college level and served as head of the Seven Hills Upper School. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she received her B.A. in economics and her M.Ed. in secondary education. In addition to serving as the director of college counseling, Susan is the assistant head of school, and currently serves on the Fiske Guide to Colleges Counselor Advisory Group, the Princeton Review College Counselor Advisory Group, and the University of Michigan Counselors Advisory Council.

Alex Catalan
Assistant director of college counseling

Alex Catalan joined Seven Hills in 2015 after working on the college side of the admissions and financial aid process. Most recently, he worked in graduate admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and reviewed undergraduate applications to Yale-NUS College, a highly selective joint-venture liberal arts college in Singapore. His career in higher education began at Beloit College, where he served as associate director of admissions and led intercultural recruitment initiatives. Alex earned his B.A. in Political Science from Beloit College and his M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Cheryl Dixon
Assistant Director of College Counseling

Cheryl Dixon has a B.A. in psychology and M.E. in guidance and counseling from the University of Toledo and an advanced specialization in career counseling from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She was the assistant director of early high school success and a college counselor at Detroit Country Day School, where she developed individual curriculum plans for underclassmen and guided upperclassmen through the college application process. She was also an instructor, academic adviser, and director of advising for the college of arts and science at Oakland University.

Julie diroma

Julie DiRoma received her B.A. in environmental studies from Hamilton College. She most recently held the position of associate director of admissions in the Skidmore College Admissions Office. At Skidmore, she also worked as the assistant director of admissions from 2011 to 2016. DiRoma has held positions at W.W. Norton & Company and Hamilton College. She has worked in college admissions since 2009. She enjoys working with students and helping them find their educational niche.