The admissions team gets to know you – and other prospective students – at multiple points throughout the admissions cycle. Get to know JS and the rest of the team below!
Romina Filippou is an Admissions Interviewer. Originally from the Bay Area, Romina graduated from HLS in 2015 and from U.C. Berkeley in 2010 with a double degree in Italian Studies and Legal Studies. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley and before beginning her studies at HLS, she interned in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and worked at a small Italian law firm in Rome. After obtaining her J.D., Romina worked at the Boston office of Foley & Lardner LLP as a Private Equity & Venture Capital associate. Romina is thrilled to be returning to her law school alma mater as an Admissions Interviewer. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing the piano, reading, skiing, touring historical homes, and taking long walks down Brattle Street, especially during the magical New England fall.
Tina Lagerstedt is an Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School. Tina holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently studying towards her Ed.M. in Higher Education. In her role at HLS, Tina participates in recruitment travel, application review, and oversees the Admitted Students Weekends. In her spare time, Tina enjoys knitting and cheering on her favorite team, the Boston Celtics!
Kelly McLaughlin is an Assistant Director of Admissions. Kelly holds an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining HLS, Kelly worked in consulting, developing training and communication strategies. In her role at HLS, Kelly focuses on recruitment, application review, interviewing, and facilitating current student and alumni involvement in admissions activities. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys exploring Boston and visiting family at the beach.
Nefyn Meissner is an Assistant Director of Admissions. Nefyn earned an Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. at the University of Virginia. He was originally drawn into admissions while working as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Admissions at Harvard Divinity School. At HLS, Nefyn reviews applications, interviews applicants, and sits on the admissions committee. He also serves as a resident Proctor for the Freshman Dean’s Office at Harvard College and occasionally serves as a Teaching Fellow for the Department of Government. Originally from the South, Nefyn loves sharing Southern food with his New England neighbors and figuring out new ways to enjoy the winters in Cambridge.
Tom Robinson is the Director of Admissions. He has worked in a variety of higher education settings including enrollment management, student affairs, and international education for almost 20 years. Tom completed his Ed.D. at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012, his M.Ed. at the University of Vermont in 2001 and earned his BA from Saint Michael’s College in 1995. As a first generation college student, Tom is passionate about working with students as they navigate the sometimes challenging and confusing process of choosing and applying to undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs. Outside of work, Tom enjoys gardening, travel, and exploring Boston with his family and friends.
Jessica Soban is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Admissions. Jessica is a graduate of HLS, Class of 2007 and Harvard College, Class of 2002. As a student at HLS, Jessica focused her studies in corporate and transactional law, and was a member of La Alianza and Tax Help (pro bono tax prep). Prior to attending HLS, Jessica was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in the Boston office. Jessica returned to Bain after graduation from HLS where she worked in the Retail, CPG & Industrial Practice Areas, and finally as a Manager in the Private Equity Group. Jessica was also active in recruiting and professional development at Bain, serving as the head of diversity recruitment for North America in her final year at the firm. Jessica was thrilled when the opportunity arose in 2012 to come back and serve at HLS. Jessica is an avid NASCAR and New England sports fan.
Anne Taylor is the Associate Director of Admissions. Anne is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Spanish and Art History. She initially began her career in planning and inventory management for a large US retail chain. However, while completing her MBA in 2002 from Georgetown University, she fell in love with the world of admissions as a student intern. She began her admissions career working with MBA programs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Anne has held a variety of positions within admissions, including a year working with the Evening and Weekend MBA Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Anne and her family share a love of exploring, travel and the outdoors having lived in the mountains of Colorado, the hills of the Bay Area and the beaches of Rhode Island.