Meet the Team

Brandon Carter

Associate Director of College Counseling

Brandon joined Cary Academy in 2016. Previously, he worked as a college counselor at a public high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, before returning to his alma mater to serve in UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. He later transitioned to Duke University, working in Parent and Family Programs in the Dean of Students Office. Brandon also worked as an orientation coordinator at Northeastern University and as a residence life coordinator for Duke TIP at Trinity University (TX).

Mr. Carter holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. He lives in Cary with his wife, Francesca.

Leya Tseng Jones

Co-Director of College Counseling

Leya joined Cary Academy in 2011. Previously, she worked for nine years at Milton Academy as a college counselor and dorm parent, and for five years at Harvard-Westlake School as an Upper School Dean. Before her work in independent schools, Mrs. Jones spent three years in the admissions office at Duke.

Mrs. Jones holds a B.A. in Sociology from Duke University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduation School of Education. She lives in Cary with her husband and their two children, Evan and Gwendolyn.

Laura Sellers

Co-Director of College Counseling

Laura came to Cary Academy in 2001. Previously, she worked in undergraduate admissions at Duke for 11 years, serving as a senior associate director of admissions from 1997-2000. She then spent a year working as the special assistant to the President Emeritus of Duke, and serving as a first reader in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before her work at Duke, she taught high school English and Humanities at independent schools in VA and NC. .

Mrs. Sellers holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and a M.A. in English from the College of William and Mary. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband.

Diana Stelmack

Administrative Asst. to College Counseling

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