VERA MURPHY TRAYNER
Vera Murphy Trayner is a 1987 graduate of Boston College with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Business Management. She earned her certificate for Independent Educational Counseling (IEC) from the University of California at Irvine. Vera is a member of Higher Education Counselors Association (HECA). She has already successfully put her two children and many high school students through the college search process. Vera has 15 years’ experience working in large law firms in New York City and New Jersey where she led law student recruiting and lawyer professional development programs. She has ten years’ experience volunteering in her children’s schools and in the Tampa community. Vera is a Family Advisory Board Member at Tuesday’s Children, a 9/11 family advocacy organization; a Planning Committee Member at the ALS Association, Florida Chapter and at Corbett Preparatory School. Vera enjoys playing tennis and achieving her goals on Fitbit.
Danielle, a former high school English teacher and yearbook adviser, has worked with students for over 23 years. She earned a B.A. degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University and a MEd degree in education (grade 6-college) from C.W. Post in New York. For 18 years, Danielle represented Herff Jones Yearbooks, a Varsity Brand dedicated to empowering young people by encouraging participation, recognizing achievement, and building community and school spirit. She is a Certified Journalism Educator.
Danielle, the mother of two, is active in her community volunteering within her children’s schools, supporting students and teachers. When she isn’t busy volunteering, she enjoys playing tennis and training her newest family member–Chico, a chocolate Labrador Weimaraner mix.
Cristina Ferrone is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. degree in journalism and communication. She earned her Master’s degree in secondary English Education, and a Specialist’s degree in Reading and Literacy from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Cristina has more than twenty years of classroom experience teaching English/language arts in grades 6-12 in both public and private schools. She is currently the Director of Student Services and an English teacher at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. As part of her English class, Cristina teaches an executive functioning skills curriculum. Cristina enjoys listening to educational podcasts while walking her dog and training for triathlons. Her two grown children are managing their lives well because they’ve taken their mother’s advice.
Coach Doug Kay has over 55 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional level and in the World League, Arena League in the USFL. He has been named the Coach of the Year at the high school, college and professional level. Doug received his BS in Physical Education from Western Illinois University where he played four years as a quarterback/defensive back. He received his MS in Physical Education from Indiana State University. He has been Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Position Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coach. Doug is a US Army veteran, is married and has two grown children.