College Counseling Staff
The Governor’s college counseling team looks forward to working with students and their parents to navigate the selective college search process. College Counselors at the Academy bring years of experience to each student’s college search. Indeed, all three counselors have extensive experience both as College Counselors in independent secondary schools, and as selective college admissions officers. In addition to their individual work with students, our counselors maintain longstanding rapport with college admission officers and participate fully in national educational and college admission organizations.
Beth Dolan, Administrative Assistant, 978.499.3172
Joe Bobrowskas, Director of College Counseling, 978.499.3386
Joe’s work with the college admission process is supported by over 20 years as an educator, both in secondary schools and college admissions offices.
As Director of College Counseling at Holderness School in New Hampshire, Joe implemented a student-centered college counseling curriculum including college research seminars, essay writing workshops, an athletic recruitment session, and a recommendation writing seminar for classroom faculty. At Phillips Exeter Academy, also in New Hampshire, Joe chaired the scholarship nomination committee, served as athletic liaison to the colleges, and served on Exeter’s Action Plan Committee, a faculty cohort convened to monitor Exeter’s re-accreditation process.
Prior to his work in college counseling, Joe was Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Vanderbilt University where he was liaison to Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Development. At Vanderbilt, Joe also evaluated admission applications from the Chicago metro and New England regions and was an Admissions Committee Co-Chair. Joe was also an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Joe holds a MALS from Dartmouth College, and an M.Ed from Augusta University in Georgia. He earned a B.S. from Troy University in Alabama.
In addition to his work in the college counseling office at Governor’s, Joe coordinates the Governor's summer Catalyst Internship Program and is a dorm parent in Perkins Hall.
Heather Shows, Associate Director of College Counseling, 978.499.3522
Heather came to Governor’s in the spring of 2012 from the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut where she spent three years as a college counselor and dorm parent. Prior to Kent, Heather spent eight years in the admissions office at Vanderbilt University, most recently serving as Director of Scholarships where she oversaw the merit scholarship process and worked closely with the Office of Student Financial Aid. In her earlier role as Associate Director of Admission, she managed the application review process for the admissions office, led reader training for new and experienced readers, chaired an admissions committee, served as liaison with Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science, and was responsible for traveling to and reviewing applications from New England. Heather has also served as an admissions reader for Dartmouth College and assisted with Top Scholar Recruitment at the University of Iowa. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While she loved her time in college admissions, Heather moved into College Counseling to work more closely with students through the college search process. Building relationships with students and using her knowledge of college admissions to support and guide them as they make one of the first major decisions of their lives is what motivates her work, and she greatly enjoys being part of the close-knit Governor’s community. Heather lives in Andover with her husband, also a college counselor, and daughter who is already plotting ways to complicate her own college search and confound her parents.
Julia Kobus, Associate Director of College Counseling, 978.499.3140
Prior to Julia's work at Governor’s, she was an Associate Director of College Counseling, History teacher, dorm parent and coach at Pomfret School in Connecticut. Most recently, she was an Associate Director of College Counseling at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where she was also a member of the Diversity Steering Committee.
Julia started her career in college admissions as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Washington University in St. Louis. At Wash U., Julia worked with the Annika Rodriguez Scholarship program, helped coordinate the admission tour guide program, served as the liaison to the School of Engineering, and was responsible for traveling to and reviewing applications from southern New England. While she enjoyed her time in college admissions, Julia loves college counseling work because she can build relationships with and provide support for students and their families as they navigate the transition from high school to college.
Julia holds an M.Ed from Harvard University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her work in the college counseling office at Governor’s, Julia lives on campus, she is a dorm parent in Doggett Hall, and she works closely with Governor's diversity initiatives.