Meet the Counseling Staff

The search for a college that is the right match for you is a process that begins as soon as you choose a direction in your academic, personal, and extracurricular life. 

You and your family are encouraged to work as closely as you need with Director of College Counseling Sheila Reilly and her staff. You may contact the staff at any time throughout high school. They use their knowledge to write the college counselor’s recommendation on behalf of Madeira, and they work with each student to compile her college application packets. 


Linda Mathews

Director of College Counseling

(703) 556-8263 View Full Bio

Ms. Mathews began working at Madeira in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music and Religion from Kenyon College and a master's degree in Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education. Prior to coming to Madeira Ms. Mathews served on the administrative team at The Cathedral School in New York City, first as the head of the lower school and then as the director of admission. After working in Madeira’s Admission Office, she became a college counselor in 2012.

Sheila Reilly

Associate Director of College Counseling

(703) 556-8209 View Full Bio

Ms. Reilly began working at Madeira in 1994. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and master's degree in Counseling from the University of Rochester.

Mitzi Arena

Registrar, Assistant to College Counseling

(703) 556-8319 View Full Bio

Ms. Arena began working at Madeira in 2005. She earned a bachelor's degree in Education from University of Pennsylvania.