ACCEPT leaders
ACCEPT Leaders (l to r): Steve Frappier, Marie Bigham, and Brandi Smith

Steve Frappier (Co-leader)

Steve is a first-generation college attendee who has worked 19 years in college admissions and school-based college counseling. Steve’s interests include inclusive community-building, analyzing data and demographic trends, and advocating for expanded mental health counseling services as a survivor of the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting.

Steve’s superpower is making numbers dance.

Marie Bigham (Founder & Co-leader)

With over 20 years in college admissions, Marie is Director of College Counseling at an independent school in New Orleans. Starting June 2019, she will lead ACCEPT full-time. Marie has served on the Board of Directors for two national and two regional professional associations.

Marie’s superpower is existing in multiple spaces at once.

Brandi Smith (Co-leader)

Brandi is the first in her role as a College Advisor in a large public high school in Georgia. A national leader, Brandi served as a Board Director for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Past President of Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC), and Co-Chair for the College Board “A Dream Deferred Conference."

Brandi’s superpower is transforming bystanders into accomplices.