Leaders in student living.

Jay Pearlman

Senior Vice President

Jay Pearlman has 20 years of experience developing and implementing advisory services for colleges and universities. At Scion, he provides overall leadership for the firm’s advisory practice, including client work and relations, research, marketing as well as product and business development.

Jay Pearlman has 20 years of experience developing and implementing advisory services for colleges and universities. At Scion, he provides overall leadership for the firm’s advisory practice, including client work and relations, research, marketing as well as product and business development.

Prior to joining Scion, Mr. Pearlman was the initial employee and shareholder at Sightlines, an advisory firm focused on facilities asset management and planning for the higher education market. During his 17 years at Sightlines, Mr. Pearlman helped the company grow from a small start-up to a leading provider of facilities data and analysis to over 450 colleges and universities annually.

As a recognized thought leader in college and university planning, Mr. Pearlman is routinely featured in national journals and trade publications. Most recently, he was cited as an expert in “The Hidden Costs of College: Rising Student Fees,” Washington Post, August 24, 2017.

In addition to his writing, Mr. Pearlman is a sought-after speaker for a number of organizations. He was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Central Association of Physical Plant Officers Technology and Leadership Conference and was also a featured speaker at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Higher Ed Facilities Forum. Mr. Pearlman has also presented at numerous conferences including the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Before Sightlines, Mr. Pearlman was at the Facilities Resource Management Company (an ARAMARK Company), where he served as a facilities manager at Franklin & Marshall College and as a systems and management analyst for its Control and Budgets division, serving such institutions as the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Mr. Pearlman earned his B.A. with honors from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Eric Luskin

Senior Vice President Emeritus

Eric Luskin supports Scion Advisory Services on select client engagements and provides team training needs and guidance as Senior Vice President Emeritus. He has 40 years of experience in student housing administration, residence life programming, and property management, including advising dozens of campuses and private clients since 2002 as an officer of Scion.

Eric Luskin supports Scion Advisory Services on select client engagements and provides team training needs and guidance as Senior Vice President Emeritus. He has 40 years of experience in student housing administration, residence life programming and property management, including advising dozens of campuses and private clients since 2002 as an officer of Scion. His specialties include student housing strategic planning, business modeling, fair housing, learning communities, and property and occupancy management.

Throughout his career, Mr. Luskin has been devoted to the concept of continuous improvement and has been a strong advocate for professional development within his field. He authored the chapter on “Legal, Safety and Operational Issues” in the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) publication College and University Apartment Housing and has presented numerous workshops on campuses and at regional and national conferences of professional associations.

Mr. Luskin has previously presented on the topic of fair housing at SEAHO, UMR-ACUHO, NW-ACUHO, ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference (twice); ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exhibition (three times); as well as two national webinars through ACUHO-I. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Fair Housing Coach, a monthly newsletter published by The Habitat Group.

From early 1998 through January 2002, Mr. Luskin served as Director of Student Housing and Residence Life at DePaul University in Chicago during its expansion of on-campus housing from 1,800 to 3,900 beds. From 1984 to 1997, he served in a variety of capacities at the University of Michigan, including Director of Family Housing, Director of Conference Services, and Associate Director of University Housing for Residence Education. Prior to that Mr. Luskin also served as the chief housing officer at Illinois Institute of Technology and Ashland University. He has also previously held administrative positions at Northern Illinois University and Wilmington College.

His awards include The S. Earl Thompson Award (2018) from ACUHO-I, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the campus housing field through his or her efforts. Past awards also include the Dick Daines Memorial Award from ACUHO-I and the Michigan Property Manager of the Year Award from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Mr. Luskin is a Certified Property Manager® through IREM. Additionally, he holds a B.A. in Psychology and Comparative and Innovative Education from Wilmington College (Ohio) and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Linda Newman Advisory Services

Linda Newman

Vice President

Linda Newman applies her 30 years of experience in residence life, dining services, and housing administration for the benefit of Scion’s advisory clients. Linda has applied her professional background and expertise to a wide range of projects. She has served as project executive, project lead, and project associate on master planning, strategic planning, operational reviews and market demand analyses.

Linda Newman applies her over 30 years of experience in residence life, dining services and housing administration, for the benefit of Scion’s advisory clients.  Prior to joining Scion, she served as Senior Director of Auxiliary Service and Director of University Housing at the University of Michigan, where she provided leadership in student life auxiliaries for student housing, information technology services, capital projects and marketing.  In that role, Linda developed significant experience with large-scale facility master planning, renovations and new construction; over a seven-year period, she led the planning and implementation of over $450 million of comprehensive renovations and $250 million of new construction within the University’s housing system, with a focus on updating or replacing heritage buildings to achieve state-of-the-art living and dining facilities while also creating spaces to support student learning.

Earlier, Linda served as Director of University Housing at the University of Michigan and as Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life, Greek Affairs and Dining Services at Bowling Green State University.  She has also held various roles in residence life, operations and academic program administration at the University of South Carolina and Middlesex University in England.

Throughout her career, Linda has collaborated with academic units to develop and support student learning within the campus living experience.  She has developed expertise in designing and implementing living-learning programs and other initiatives to create seamless learning environments for residential students.  Her career also reflects a life-long commitment in support of diversity and inclusion, including peer mentoring and programs that support underrepresented students.

Since joining Scion, Linda has applied her professional background and expertise to a wide range of projects. She has served as project executive, project lead, and project associate on master planning, strategic planning, operational reviews and market demand analyses. Her perspective, as a former Chief Housing Officer, has been of great value to clients seeking to understand issues such as occupancy management, residence life programs, department organizational structures and facilities management. In her role as VP Advisory Services, Linda leads the projects team staff members, while also working closely with Scion’s managed on-campus properties.

Linda earned a B.A. Honors in History from the University of Warwick in England and a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina.

Mike Porritt

Vice President - International

Mike Porritt has 15 years of Executive Director or Director level experience in student housing at institutions in the United States and Canada as well as purpose-built off campus student housing in Waterloo and London, Ontario. As a Scion advisor, Dr. Porritt started the full-time Canadian office of Scion and has worked with institutions in seven Canadian provinces.

As a Scion advisor, Mike Porritt started the full-time Canadian office of Scion and has worked with institutions in seven Canadian provinces and is closely following the worldwide student housing industry and building client connections around the world. His projects have included operational reviews, P3 housing procurement advising, campus housing master plans, student housing market demand analyses, occupancy management plans, marketing strategies and academic-residence integration. His work has also contributed to the decision making and planning of several private developers and operators in the off-campus student housing market, including consulting on student housing design and demand, and unit type/mix analyses.

Dr. Porritt has 15 years of Executive Director or Director level experience in student housing at institutions in the United States and Canada as well as purpose-built off campus student housing in Waterloo and London, Ontario. His work includes the development of academic integration programs now in place today within residential programs at McGill University (Quebec), Trent University (Ontario), Winona State University (Minnesota) and Appalachian State University (North Carolina). Combined with his experience in market analysis, planning for new construction and major renovations, he contributes a wealth of knowledge in the Canadian higher education and residential landscape, the US student housing sector, and is expanding Scion’s reach internationally.

His education includes a BA in Economics from Western University; a MSc in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois; an Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration (HEA) from Appalachian State University and Ed.D. in HEA from the University of Manitoba.

Ann Volz Advisory Services

Ann Volz

Senior Project Executive

Ann Volz has over 25 years of real estate experience in program management, property management, student management, business development, and marketing. She is actively involved in virtually all aspects of project development, from strategic planning through ongoing operations in student housing.

Ann Volz has over 25 years of real estate experience in program/project management, property management, student management, business development, and marketing. She has been actively involved in virtually all aspects of project development, from strategic planning through ongoing operations in student housing. Her background includes leadership positions at a national program-management firm and an international architecture firm, as well as being on the management team of three large development projects, a significant mall renovation and a 52-story urban mixed-use building.

As Project Executive with The Scion Group, Ms. Volz provides and supervises delivery of student housing real estate advisory services to Scion’s clients. Earlier, Ms. Volz also served Scion as Vice President for Capital Projects and directed the renovation of student housing projects located adjacent to the campuses of Virginia Tech, Western Michigan University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and others, including private and two-year institutions. With a strong focus on higher education residential life facilities over the past 15 years, Ms. Volz bears keen expertise and experience in market studies, programming, P3 Advisory Services and owner’s representation.

Ms. Volz received her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing.

Ted Risher

Senior Project Executive

Ted Risher has over 20 years of real estate development and consulting experience with public sector and mission-driven institutions, as well as with private development companies.  His expertise includes financial and feasibility analysis, value analysis, project structuring and finance, and negotiations of public-private partnerships.

Ted Risher has over 20 years of real estate development and consulting experience with public sector and mission-driven institutions, as well as with private development companies.  His expertise includes financial and feasibility analysis, value analysis, project structuring and finance, and negotiations of public-private partnerships.  Mr. Risher’s efforts on behalf of public and institutional clients have focused on quantifying value, mitigating risk and preserving control over major decisions.  He supports Scion’s clients throughout the development process, from project conceptualization to partner selection, from closing of financing to project opening.

Mr. Risher has previously consulted for various multinational firms and served as Development Director for the District of Columbia’s complete economic development portfolio, valued at over $1 billion.  Prior to joining Scion, his clients included Dartmouth College, Howard University, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Navy.  He speaks and teaches frequently at industry events sponsored by the National Council for Public Private Partnerships, Academic Impressions, P3 Higher Education, Association of Defense Communities and Bond Buyer.

Mr. Risher earned a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bridgewater College.

Ray Tennison

Senior Director

Ray Tennison applies his higher education and student housing expertise to serve Scion’s clients. Mr. Tennison’s experience as a consultant and advisor includes work with a diverse range of projects and institutional types. He provides day-to-day leadership, project management, and strategic direction for successful project execution and client service.

Ray Tennison applies his higher education and student housing expertise to serve Scion’s clients. Mr. Tennison’s experience as a consultant and advisor includes work with a diverse range of projects and institutional types. He provides day-to-day leadership, project management, and strategic direction for successful project execution and client service.

Mr. Tennison’s leadership in client engagements spans from early phases of strategic planning, market research, and demand/feasibility analysis to ongoing management and operations.  Mr. Tennison’s experience also includes implementation of first-time campus housing, operations consulting, master planning, student life administration, and programmatic implementation.

Prior to joining Scion, Tennison worked for twelve years in a variety of on-campus roles in residence life and housing operations. Most recently, Tennison served on the senior management team for the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago, a housing system of 4,800 beds.  Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in professional associations as a conference program presenter, volunteer, and board member.

Mr. Tennison earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University Bloomington.

Ellen Ulf

Senior Director

Ellen Ulf has 20 years of experience guiding colleges and universities through the housing planning process. Since 1999, Ellen has worked for over 100 institutions nationwide. Her expertise focuses on building consensus and analyzing data.

Ellen Ulf has over 20 years of experience guiding colleges and universities through the housing planning process. She started her housing career at Tulane University where she was responsible for opening a new residence hall, managing the operations of three student apartment complexes, and overseeing summer conference housing services.  Current and previous work includes student and faculty-staff housing market studies, feasibility analyses, and comprehensive housing plans.

Since 1999, Ellen has worked for over 100 institutions nationwide. Her expertise focuses on building consensus and analyzing data. Most importantly, she is able to listen, learn, and understand a client’s vision for its housing system, synthesize and streamline qualitative and quantitative data, and deliver financially sound solutions that are market driven, responsive to user preferences, and aligned with institutional needs.

Fatima Baqir

Director

Fatima Baqir has been engaged in assisting and managing projects for post-secondary institutions all across North America. The majority of her work with Scion focuses on Market and Demand Studies, Feasibility Assessments, and Housing Master and Strategic Planning. As a Director, she directly oversees the delivery of exceptional service to Scion’s Advisory Services clients.

Fatima Baqir has been engaged in assisting and managing projects for postsecondary institutions all across North America, including several highly ranked schools such as McGill University, Texas State University, University of New Brunswick, and University of South Carolina. The majority of her work with Scion has focused on Market and Demand studies, Feasibility Assessments, and Housing Master and Strategic Planning. As a Project Director, she directly oversees the delivery of exceptional service by the Advisory Services team to clients.

Ms. Baqir has experience in consulting, project management, and operations of off-campus student housing. From incubating new business models to executing complex projects, Ms. Baqir has participated closely in the acquisition, management and day-to-day operations of student residences. She is passionate about assisting Scion clients with delivering services under a “student-first” philosophy. As a trained conflict mediator, she has also championed conflict-resolution mediation programs and has been active in training student life professionals.

In her past positions at the University of Toronto and Pathways Suites, Ms. Baqir collaborated with property management companies in the Greater Toronto Area to create strategic partnerships resulting in the housing of hundreds of university and college students in newly developed multi-family residential buildings. More than a dozen post-secondary campuses have adopted principles for off-campus housing search strategies developed by Ms. Baqir.

She has additional experience working with students from around the world and is a proponent of cross-cultural learning. She has assisted international students with transitional program development and is well-versed in Ontario housing laws such as the Residential Tenancies Act.

Ms. Baqir earned a BA from the University of Toronto Mississauga and is a member of the Project Management Institute, with a focus on International Project Management and Project Risk Assessment.

Chelsea Metivier

Director

Chelsea Metivier applies her passion for access and equity in higher education and prior on-campus housing experience to direct and execute advisory engagements and support client needs. Ms. Metivier’s experience as a campus housing advisor includes work across institutional types and projects.

Chelsea Metivier applies her passion for access and equity in higher education and prior on-campus housing experience to direct and execute advisory engagements and support client needs.

Ms. Metivier’s experience as a campus housing advisor includes work across institutional types and projects.  Her leadership in client engagements ranges from initial phases, as strategic planning and market research, to feasibility analyses through to campus housing master plans and programmatic reviews.  Ms. Metivier also evaluates and supports implementation of first-time campus housing.  She provides day-to-day project leadership and strategic direction for successful project execution and client service.

Prior to joining Scion, Ms. Metivier worked in Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago, where she managed the daily operations of residential buildings with between 300 – 500 beds.  During that time, Ms. Metivier also co-authored departmental and programmatic learning outcomes in alignment with University strategic plans.  Before working in campus housing, Ms. Metivier focused on equity of access to higher education, specifically for first-generation student populations.  She first promoted access through the successful management of a college transition and access program at a Washington, D.C. non-profit and later as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Georgetown University.  Ms. Metivier’s passion for campus housing and access to higher education is rooted in her experience as a first-generation student and observation of the impact campus housing had in furthering her social and academic success during her undergraduate career.

Ms. Metivier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics & Law (PPEL) from the University of Richmond and a Master of Education, Higher Education Student Affairs from Loyola University Chicago.

Nikole Maloy

Project Analyst

Nikole Maloy applies her experience in Residence Life toward project execution, management, and analysis for Scion’s Advisory Services clients. Her research is used to explore market conditions, trends in higher education and student preferences that help determine the best housing solution for each unique institution.

Nikole Maloy applies her experience in Residence Life toward project execution, management, and analysis for Scion’s Advisory Services clients. Her research is used to explore market conditions, trends in higher education and student preferences that help determine the best housing solution for each unique institution.  In addition to various research functions, Ms. Maloy is responsible for the development of project surveys, conducting focus group and stakeholder sessions, and overall project communications for Advisory Services clients and project teams.

Prior to working with Scion, she gained three years of experience as a Resident Assistant at York University, and moved on to become a Residence Manager at a private boarding school. Being intricately involved in resident affairs, Nikole honed her skills in all aspects of residence life, from student engagement to crisis-management. Ms. Maloy has additional experience working with student services; while in University she worked as a team leader for the student security program, goSAFE, for 5 years. In conjunction with her education, this provided her with a comprehensive understanding of CPTED models and practices.

Ms. Maloy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from York University in Toronto.