Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Welcome from the College Counseling Team at Rutgers Prep! We have the best jobs on campus, because we get to partner with students and their families at such an exciting point in their life.

We have more than 25 years experience in the field of selective higher education admissions, at such diverse institutions as The University of Pennsylvania, The College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Bucknell University and Stevens Institute of Technology. 

We are proud to have been selected to present at both the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conferences.

riggiSherry M. Riggi
Co-Director of College Counseling
Member of 3 college advisory boards, coordinator of professional workshops, mom of twins = master multi-tasker

"A++++ Thank you Ms. Riggi for your help and support these past two years. Ms. Riggi's first meetings with my son helped to dispel his anxiety and helped to create a plan on starting the search process. With Ms. Riggi's guidance, Michael was able to assess schools and be able to decide if the majors offered at each filled his needs and wants. The deeper he got into the process, the more excited and independent he became. Ms. Riggi was the perfect balance of encouraging and prompting without ever taking over the process. She expected my son to discover the right fit for himself, supported him throughout the application process and cheered along with him when he was accepted to his #1 choice!"
~Parent of a recent graduate


krauseShelley Krause
Co-Director of College Counseling
RPS Tweet-whisperer, haiku aficionada

"Available," "approachable," and "creative" are the words I use to describe Ms. Krause. Available: last minute appointments, emails, and availability, even in the summer... Approachable: her sense of humor and caring personality created a comfort level... Creative: coming up with multiple scenarios for the process. And the final college selections were perfect fits; I could not be happier with how my children's college search journeys played out! My children were knowledgeable about their schools, well prepared by RPS, and ready to contribute to their new educational settings. Thank you, Ms. Krause, for your guidance with this very important life decision!
~Parent of recent graduates


cooperJill Cooper
Associate Director of College Counseling
AP psychology teacher, travel blogger, and Disney planning guru

"Dr. Cooper by far exceeded our expectations. She provided us all with the support we needed to help make this process less stressful. She was extremely patient and always available to answer questions, guide us through difficult decisions, and to just talk when we needed to. We felt she was as committed to this process as we were and that she genuinely cared about the outcome and what was best for Joe. We could not have asked for a better college counseling experience!"
~ Parent of a recent graduate


wiseDavid Wise
Associate Director of College Counseling
AP Statistics teacher, cross country coach, ultramarathoner = runs 50+ miles at a time... for fun

"We appreciated Mr. Wise's help in general. However, his help was most useful when it came to helping out with essay questions. The input was invaluable to our daughter and us. He was able to stress the importance of meeting the deadlines effectively. Also, Mr. Wise was key to the actual selection process as he provided an objective opinion to help with the selection process."
~ Parent of a recent graduate


irizarryRosa Irizarry
College Counseling Program Assistant
Making sure that nothing falls through the cracks since 1999.

She helps to coordinate college representative visits, processes applications for seniors, and handles transcript requests from alumni. Mrs. Irizarry is always there to provide a ready smile and supportive word.