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 directs her professional background and expertise to a wide range of projects, including master planning, strategic planning, 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. Since joining Scion, Linda has applied her professional background and expertise to a wide range of projects, including master planning, strategic planning, 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.

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.

Ms. Newman 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 Advisory Services

Mike Porritt

Vice President

Mike Porritt has 15 years of Director level experience at institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Combined with his experience in market analysis, planning for new construction and major renovations, he contributes a wealth of knowledge both in the Canadian higher education and residential landscape and the US student housing sector.

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. 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 both in the Canadian higher education and residential landscape and the US student housing sector.

As a Scion adviser, Dr. Porritt has worked with institutions in six Canadian provinces on projects including 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 the adoption of proposed P3 campus residences, P3 residence design and demand, and unit type/mix analyses.

In his working career and through consultation projects, professional organization leadership, conference presentations, and keynote addresses, Dr. Porritt has successfully provided leadership and direction on an array of topics, including: LLC development and integration of residence life with academic; planning and managing large scale deferred maintenance projects; data gathering and utilization to quantify the value of the residence experience and create programs to reduce dangerous alcohol and drug consumption; student leadership development.

Mike Porritt served on the executive board of the OACUHO, co-chaired the Canadian CHO network for three years and provided committee leadership within CACUSS, NCHO and OACUHO.

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.

Ellen Ulf

Senior Director

Ellen Ulf has 20 years of experience guiding colleges and universities through the housing planning process. Since 1999, she has worked for over 100 higher-education institutions conducting market demand analyses, developing comprehensive plans, and implementing housing plans for student and workforce housing.

Ellen Ulf has 20 years of experience guiding colleges and universities through the housing planning process. Prior to joining Scion, Ms. Ulf was a Senior Associate at Anderson Strickler, LLC and a Director of Education Services at MGT Consulting. Since 1999, she has worked for over 100 higher-education institutions conducting market demand analyses, developing comprehensive plans, and implementing housing plans for student and workforce housing. From a project’s initiation to presenting final recommendations, she has led visioning sessions, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, off-campus market analyses, peer institution analyses, and surveys culminating in housing solutions that are responsive to user preferences and institutional needs.

Ms. Ulf 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. She is also active in several education associations.

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 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.

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 experience in residence life and assessment toward project management and execution for Scion’s advisory services clients. As a Project Director, she directly oversees the delivery of exceptional service by the Advisory Services team to clients.

Chelsea Metivier applies her experience in residence life and assessment toward project management and execution for Scion’s advisory services clients. As a Project Director, she directly oversees the delivery of exceptional service by the Advisory Services team to clients.

Prior to joining Scion, Ms. Metivier was an undergraduate admissions counselor at Georgetown University, where she managed and reviewed approximately 1,500 applications annually while also independently developing and implementing new recruiting initiatives. Earlier, Ms. Metivier served as Assistant Resident Director in the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago, where she supervised, trained and evaluated a staff of 28 resident assistants and desk receptionists and, working in collaboration with university partners, developed strategies to promote student success. Ms. Metivier also co-authored departmental and programmatic learning outcomes in alignment with University strategic plans, many of which are still utilized today.

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.

Ray Tennison

Director

Ray Tennison applies his 12 years of experience in residence life and housing operations to best serve Scion’s Advisory Services clients. Prior to joining Scion, Mr. Tennison served on the senior management team for the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago, a housing system of 4,800 beds.

Ray Tennison applies his 12 years of experience in residence life and housing operations to best serve Scion’s Advisory Services clients.

Prior to joining Scion, Mr. Tennison served on the senior management team for the Department of Residence Life at Loyola University Chicago, a housing system of 4,800 beds. There, he oversaw daily operations of the residence life program and staff, directed emergency response and crisis management, and contributed to strategic planning and the housing master plan. Mr. Tennison’s experience also includes serving on the project steering team for a housing demand study (as a client), coordinating the simultaneous opening of two new residence halls (combined 700 beds) and participating in the design and building program phases of new construction (400 beds + café, classrooms, faculty offices and other amenities) set to open in August 2020.

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

Peter Hofman

Project Analyst

Peter Hofman has been engaged in assisting projects for higher-education institutions all across the United States and Canada.  The majority of his work with Scion has focused on Financial Analyses and Modeling, P3 Advisory, and Market and Demand studies.

Peter Hofman has been engaged in assisting projects for higher-education institutions all across the United States and Canada.  The majority of his work with Scion has focused on Financial Analyses and Modeling, P3 Advisory, and Market and Demand studies.

Prior to joining Scion, Mr. Hofman helped to build actionable business intelligence solutions at a real estate research and consulting advisor.  Additionally, Mr. Hofman worked closely with property management companies to leverage data analytics to enhance resident experience and retention.  Mr. Hofman has contributed to multifamily housing publications, including NMHC and Multi-Housing News, that provide key industry benchmarks used widely across the real estate industry.

Mr. Hofman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University where he divided his time between studies and varsity baseball as a student-athlete.

Nikole Maloy

Project Analyst

Nikole Maloy has been engaged in assisting projects for post-secondary institutions all across Canada, including the University of Alberta, Concordia University of Edmonton, and the University College of the North.  The majority of her work with Scion has focused on Market and Demand studies, Feasibility Assessments, and Occupancy Management Plans.

Nikole Maloy has been engaged in assisting projects for post-secondary institutions all across Canada, including the University of Alberta, Concordia University of Edmonton, and the University College of the North.  The majority of her work with Scion has focused on Market and Demand studies, Feasibility Assessments, and Occupancy Management Plans.

Ms. Maloy comes from a background in Residence Life.  While in post-secondary she gained 3 years of experience as a Don (a.k.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.

She has additional experience working with student services.  While in University Ms. Maloy 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.  During this period of time she was also an active member of the Resident Student Advisory Group (RSAG), and a volunteer for the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line (SASSL).

Ms. Maloy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Deborah Olaleye

Research Associate

Deborah Olaleye has nearly five years of experience as a research specialist in higher education and public policy, and uses her skills to support Scion’s Advisory Services clients.  Her research and analysis is used to help better understand how market conditions, trends in higher education and student preferences help determine the best housing solution for each unique institution.

Deborah Olaleye has nearly five years of experience as a research specialist in higher education and public policy, and uses her skills to support Scion’s Advisory Services clients.  Her research and analysis is used to help better understand how market conditions, trends in higher education and student preferences help determine the best housing solution for each unique institution.  In addition to other research functions, Ms. Olaleye is responsible for overseeing the development and testing of surveys for the Advisory Services team, drawing on her extensive knowledge of survey best practices as well as hands-on training customizing survey instruments for a diverse array of clients.

Prior to joining Scion, Ms. Olaleye was a Research Associate at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, leading research and writing efforts on healthcare and human services policy issues, and assisting with projects on other topics related to fiscal policy.  Ms. Olaleye has also served as a Research Assistant at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Research Intern at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Ms. Olaleye earned her Bachelor of Arts with General Honors in Economics at the University of Chicago.