Lance Paulsen
[Counseling Department Chair]
Freshmen: 005, 006, 007
Sophomores: 906, 907
Juniors: 803, 806, 807
Seniors: 701, 706, 707

I am entering my 10th year as a member of the Payton counseling team. Prior to Payton, I spent four years in student services at the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies and two years working for the NCAA Clearinghouse (now the NCAA Eligibility Center). I hold a BA from the University of Iowa and an MEd from DePaul University. I am a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling and have served on undergraduate admission, counselor advisory boards for the University of Chicago, Miami University in Ohio, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Phone: 773.534.8175

Casey Bowles
[School Counselor]
I am very much looking forward to my third year as a counselor at Payton. I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2000 where I studied Economics and was a member of the rowing team. Immediately after graduation I served as a middle school teacher at St. Dorothy's School (in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago) for two years through the Inner-City Teaching Corps. This experience led me to pursue a Master's degree in Human Services & Counseling which I earned while working at DePaul University. During my nearly twelve years as a Blue Demon I recruited prospective students through the Office of Admission, coordinated domestic and international service learning programming for students, taught seminar courses to first year students, and engaged alumni in affinity-building experiences. While at DePaul I was able to work with students from the moment they consider applying to well past their graduation. I am excited to utilize my background in higher education and Counseling degree to serve the Payton community. When I am not working I enjoy running, participating in triathlons, and waiting for the fateful day when the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. I also will lead a running enrichment from time to time.

Phone: 773.534.0033

Sara Diaz
[School Counselor]
Freshmen: 001, 008, 009, 010
Sophomores: 902, 908, 909
Juniors: 808, 809
Seniors: 708, 709

I have worked for Chicago Public Schools for 24 years, first as a Social Worker in elementary schools and then as a Counselor. I received my Bachelors degree in English from University of Chicago and my Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois in Chicago. I completed my School Counseling certification at DePaul. What I love the most about my job is that no two weeks are ever the same! Outside of being a school counselor, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, movies, reading and writing.

Phone: 773.534.0048

Ashley Greer
[School Counselor]
Adv. 146
Freshmen: 011, 012, 013
Sophomores: 901, 910, 911
Juniors: 801, 802
Seniors: 702, 705

I earned my Bachelors from The University of Michigan, and my Masters in School Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. During my undergraduate studies, I majored in Psychology and African American Studies and was also a member of the Track & Field team, where I threw the shot put, hammer, and weight. As an undergraduate, I also began mentoring at local high schools, which is where I developed my passion for education and decided to pursue my career in counseling. As a graduate student, I participated in many local school counseling organizations, specifically the Michigan School Counseling Association, where I volunteered for various events such as statewide conferences.

Phone: 773.534.0034 Ext. 24982

Mario Ortiz
[School Counselor]
Freshmen: 002, 003, 004
Sophomores: 903, 904, 905
Juniors: 804, 805
Seniors: 703, 704

School counseling is a challenging, rewarding and fascinating profession and I couldn't be happier to be part of Payton's counseling team. Previously I was a founding faculty member of a successful north side charter school. Prior to my counseling work, I thoroughly enjoyed a career as a journalist, working for newspapers and magazines across the country. I specialized in covering urban education. During my professional transition, I also worked as a college admission counselor. My educational background: bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University; a master's degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a master's degree in School Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. I truly enjoy helping high school students make the jump to young adulthood, navigate the world of college and start purposeful lives. I'm also pleased to serve students and families in English and Spanish.

Phone: 773.534.0036