Meet the Staff
Mr. Joseph Runge
Director of College Counseling
Phone: 813.920.2288 x217
BA, Sociology: Villanova University
BA, Religious Studies: Villanova University
MS, Sport Psychology: Miami University
Joe Runge has over 29 years experience in teaching, coaching, undergraduate college admission, college counseling, and secondary school administration. His stops included six years in undergraduate admission at Villanova University, and director of college counseling at four other Cum Laude Society independent schools—St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (CA), Cincinnati Country Day School (OH), The Out-of-Door Academy (FL), and King School (CT).
Mrs. Dawn Bickoff
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling
Phone: 813.920.2288 x430
BA, Psychology & BS, Secondary Education: Southern Illinois University
MS, Human Resource Management and Development: Chapman University
Dawn Bickoff has been a member of the staff at Carrollwood Day School for over 25 years. She held several positions at CDS in both faculty and college counseling capacities during her tenure. Both of her children are proud graduates of CDS and recipients of the IB Diploma. Dawn has worked with nearly 300 CDS alumni on their college admission and selection process.
Mr. Drew Guarino
Associate Director of College Counseling
Phone: 813.920.2288 x459
BA, Organizational Communication: Assumption College
MS, Higher Education Administration: Bay Path University
Drew Guarino joined the Carrollwood Day School college counseling office in May 2018. He spent his previous eight years in college admission working at Western New England University (MA), and Merrimack College (MA). While at Merrimack, Drew served as the athletic liaison for their division one and division two NCAA athletic programs. He also oversaw the admission of students into the Honors Programs at both institutions.
Mrs. Ashley Jackson
College Counseling Associate
Phone: 813.920.2288 x401
BA, Communications: Wake Forest University
Ashley Jackson has been a part of the college counseling office for the past ten years at Carrollwood Day School. During this time, she has held various roles in the department and has substantial experience working with students on the college search and selection process. She is the liaison for Naviance and college representatives visiting CDS. Her son Luke is a 2018 CDS graduate with his IB Diploma and son Joshua is a member of the class of 2020.