Director of College Counseling
Marcia L. Landesman joined the College Counseling staff during the summer of 2013. She spent 14 years in university administration — 12 years at Yale University, most recently as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and two years as Assistant Dean of Admission at Swarthmore College. A frequent keynote speaker and panelist at high school college nights, Ms. Landesman has partnered with counselors and admission officers for sessions at national and regional conferences. She loves working with young people and talking with students and parents about college in general. Ms. Landesman has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Allyson B. Bregman
Dr. Bregman joined the College Counseling staff in 2013. She began her career in higher education, teaching and advising undergraduate students and facilitating professional development activities for faculty and staff. After faculty development positions at the City University of New York, and the University of Michigan, Dr. Bregman made the move to secondary schools. She served as Interim Associate Director of College Advising at the Hotchkiss School before coming to Choate. Dr. Bregman has a B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College, an M.A. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s Combined Program in Education and Psychology.
Mr. Eash is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Arts with High Distinction in English. For more than a decade, he has worked at Choate’s Summer Programs where he was Director of the English Language Institute, overseeing curriculum, faculty and teaching interns. Prior to joining the College Counseling Office, Mr. Eash was an educational consultant for The Scholars Program at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, as well as a University of Michigan lecturer in the New England Literature Program.
Angela F. Flygh
Ms. Flygh joined the College Counseling staff in the fall of 2011. Prior to coming to Choate, she served as an Assistant Dean of Admission at Phillips Academy, Andover. A post-graduate student at Andover, Ms. Flygh went on to play women’s hockey at Harvard where she was captain of the women’s varsity hockey team. From 2008-10, Ms. Flygh worked at the Harvard Admission Office and was Director of the Joint Travel Recruitment Program.
A graduate of Boston College with an M.A. in Higher Education from Harvard University, Ms. Minnmean joined the Choate College Counseling Office in 2016. She brings extensive experience in college counseling, having worked as a college counselor at Kent School and, more recently, as Associate Director of College Counseling at Miss Porter’s School. Ms. Minneman has also served as a class dean and varsity swim coach. While working on her master’s degree, she worked as an Admissions Intern at the Harvard University Law School Office of Admissions.
Eric G. Stahura
Senior Associate Director
Mr. Stahura is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College where he played soccer and ice hockey. Prior to Choate, he was Director of Admission and College Counseling for the Doane Stuart School in Albany, NY. He has held various positions at schools including Associate Director of Admission at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL, Dean of Students and Boarding Life at the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and teacher and admission officer at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH.
Ms. Thompson-Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. She began her career in higher education at the University of Rochester where she spent over eight years in the undergraduate admissions office and then served for a year and a half as the inaugural Director of the Intercultural Center. Ms. Thompson-Taylor then made the move to the other side of the desk, working as Associate Director of College Counseling at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire prior to joining the team at Choate.
Mr. Zelaya holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, and an M.A. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. He started his career in undergraduate admissions, as an Assistant Director of Admission and Transfer Coordinator at Trinity College. He brings admission and college counseling experience at the secondary school level at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts and recently as Associate Director of College Counseling at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. He serves as Assembly Delegate for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). He is bilingual in English and Spanish.