Meet the College Counseling Team
Jody Sweeney (director)
An experienced professional in higher education, Jody graduated from Cornell University in 1994, where she studied human development, concentrating in cognitive development, and rowed varsity crew. She began her admissions career working for Marist College and her alma mater. She also worked in alumni relations at Swarthmore College and interned at the University of Pennsylvania in athletics. After earning her master of education in higher education planning, policy and leadership from the College of William and Mary in 1999, Jody spent eight years working in admissions at Bryn Mawr College, most notably serving as the director of admissions for five years. Jody’s knowledge of a broad array of campuses and competitive admissions enables her to give families expert advice, having had firsthand experience with the Ivy League, state colleges, liberal arts colleges and women’s colleges. Jody is an active member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) where she serves on the board. She enjoys writing about the college search process and has contributed blogs to various websites including ACCISnet, AdmitHub, CollegeAdmissionBook, and The Choice Blog, New York Times. She is also a proud Penn Charter parent (P ’23, P ’25).
Eric Furda (senior associate director)
Eric J. Furda, a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, served as Penn’s dean of admissions from 2008 through 2020. While a student at Penn he was a four-year letterman on the varsity lightweight football team and was captain his senior year. Eric has served as a higher education leader for nearly three decades, including the position of executive director of admissions at Columbia University in the City of New York from 1995 until 2004. He was appointed as the inaugural vice president for alumni relations at Columbia University, a position he held from 2004 through 2008. Eric earned a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Over his career, he has served on or led committees for the Ivy League and the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). He held various positions on the board of The Common Application, including chair of the board. Eric was also a member of the scholarship selection committee for The Lenfest Foundation, supporting students from rural counties in Pennsylvania. Eric co-hosts a monthly show on college selection, The Process, on SIRIUSXM Radio; co-taught a Couresera MOOC, How to Apply to College; and is the co-author of a recently released book for families on the college process, The College Conversation. Eric received the A. Philip Randolph Award for Diversity and Inclusion from student leadership at Penn. He is also a proud Penn Charter parent (P ’26, P ’29).
Diona Nicolucci (associate director)
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1991, Diona spent nine years as the executive director of a placement and recruiting firm. Diona joined Penn Charter's College Counseling team in 2001 and since then has been instrumental in bringing the latest technology and resources to the office; she also serves as Penn Charter’s AP coordinator and liaison to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Committed to professional development, Diona is a member of several local and national college counseling organizations and regularly participates in professional conferences and presents on college admissions panels. She is also a proud Penn Charter parent (P ’18, P ’25, P ’27).
Janet Kobosky (college counselor)
As the newest member of Penn Charter’s college counseling team, Janet Kobosky brings a wealth of experience to her position. She began her career in 1981 as a high school teacher in the Pittsburgh public schools, followed by twelve years working in higher education, during which time Janet served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Franklin & Marshall College and an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Between 1997 to 2019, Janet led the college counseling programs at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey and The Shipley School, where she also served as Senior Class Dean. She has been an active member of professional organizations, a featured presenter on the national, state and regional level, appointed to the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counselors (PACAC), and spent five years as the Dean of Faculty and Curriculum for the PACAC Summer Institute. An honors graduate of Chatham College, Janet earned a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former resident of East Falls, Janet is delighted to return to the neighborhood in service to the Penn Charter community.