Debra Johns has worked in higher education for 36 years, 29 of them in college admissions. Currently serving as Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University, Debra is one of 8 chairs serving on Yale’s admissions committee and is co-coordinator of the selection process for Yale’s First Year Scholar Program, a program providing early access to Yale’s resources and opportunities to a cohort of students who may not have had access to mentors, family, or friends who have attended college. Debra is also Yale’s admissions liaison to the Native American Cultural Center, a member of the selection committee for the Eli Whitney Student Program for adult learners who have experienced educational interruptions, and the admissions liaison to Yale’s Air Force and Navy ROTC programs. Debra is a former President of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, former Chair of the NACAC Finance Committee, and a current member of NACAC Government Relations Committee. She was recognized in 2018 with the Harry Carroll Award, NEACAC’s highest award for service and contributions to the admissions counseling profession. Debra is a graduate of both Saint Michael’s College and the University of Vermont.