Meet the Team
Daniel F. Evans (director)
Dan began his admissions career in 1990 and has extensive experience working on the East and West Coasts at small liberal arts colleges and a large research university. He has been a senior admissions officer at Elizabethtown College, Lafayette College, the University of Puget Sound (where he served as director), and most recently, the University of Pennsylvania. He has presented to college trustees and at numerous conferences on such topics as managing parent expectations, professional development issues facing new admissions officers, and the challenges of establishing a full-time regional recruitment office. Dan has served as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth College Colloquium and the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Summer Institute. He also served as a member of the PACAC Executive Committee. He has been featured in books, newspapers and magazine articles discussing the college application process. Dan serves as a member of the senior administrative team at Penn Charter, and he is a proud Penn Charter parent (P ’15, P ’20, P ’25). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond.
Diona Nicolucci (assistant 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).
Jody Sanford Sweeney (associate 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).