College Admissions Expert Speakers
Leslie Acosta-Martin
Leslie Acosta-Martin, Management and Program Analyst with Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education
"Financial Aid 101 - What the FAFSA Can Do for You"

Leslie Acosta-Martin is a Management and Program Analyst with Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Acosta-Martin is the Spanish language expert for the Minority Serving and Under-Resourced School Division and manages a large portion of the Hispanic Serving Institutions that this division oversees. In her capacity as Management and Program Analyst she also delivers Title IV presentations for SURSD's spring and summer workshops series. She also serves as liaison for SURSD and the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics. Ms. Acosta-Martin joined the U.S. Department of Education in 2007. Prior to her tenure at the Department of Education, Ms. Acosta-Martin was the Associate Director for the Financial Aid office at Washington Adventist University (formerly known as Columbia Union College). Ms. Acosta-Martin began as a Hispanic Recruiter with the Enrollment Services department at the university. Ms. Acosta-Martin received her Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Language for International Trade and Business from Andrews University. She is a native of the Dominican Republic and move to the United States in 1997 to pursue her higher education dreams.

Faeza Afzal
Faeza Afzal, Scholarships Advisor at
"Study in Canada"

Faeza spent most of her life ‘across the pond’ –born and raised in Saudi Arabia, she originally hails from Bangladesh and studied at Oxford University in the UK. Faeza enjoys connecting with domestic students to learn about the Canadian education system and sharing her international student experiences. Despite 2 years in Canada, Faeza still uses British slang.  

Robert Alexander
Robert Alexander, Associate Provost for Enrollment at University of the Pacific
"From Applicant to Graduate"

Dr. Robert J. Alexander serves as Associate Provost for Enrollment at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he coordinates strategic plans for university enrollment and oversees the Offices of Admission, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. Dr. Alexander earned his doctorate at University of Pennsylvania, focused on higher education leadership and governance, and holds an M.B.A. and Bachelor's degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Wendy Alfaro
Wendy Alfaro, Wellness Counselor
"The Real Deal with Drugs & Alcohol on College Campuses"

Wendy Alfaro is a Wellness Counselor at Milton L. Olive Middle School and Wyandanch Memorial High School. Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is bilingual-fluent in Spanish and English, and has experience with the Spanish speaking population specifically in the clinical setting. Currently Wendy works in an outpatient clinic for substance abuse preventing drug and alcohol use in the school setting.

Patrick Ambron
Patrick Ambron, CoFounder and CEO of
"College Admissions Officers are Googling You: How to Get in Anyways "

Patrick Ambron is the CEO and co-founder of, the first DIY platform that makes it simple for anyone to take control of their own search results.
Patrick is recognized as a leading expert in online reputation management and Search Engine Optimization. In 2011, his company was named New York's # 1 Emerging Technology Business, making his team the youngest company ever to win the $200K prize. Most recently, he was recognized by the White House as one of theEmpact 100 Top CEO's under 30 and named Young Entrepreneur of the year by the SBA.
Patrick has led BrandYourself to secure over $1 million in venture capital and grow to over 8 full time employees. They were recently named the the overall StartUp winner at SXSW. His ideas on Online Reputation and business have been quoted in Fox News, the Huffington Post, FastCompany, Mashable, TechCrunch, the New York Post, the WSJ, the NYTimes, PandoDaily, US News & World, ABC, NPR and more.

Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson, Analyst with Education First
"High Standards: What the Common Core Means for Students’ Readiness for College"

Since beginning his career in the classroom, Joe has committed himself to closing opportunity and achievement gaps for students as an educator and policymaker. In his current role as an Analyst with Education First, Joe works with the U.S. Department of Education’s Reform Support Network to facilitate communication and learning between states as they transition to new college- and career-ready standards, assessments and educator evaluation and support systems. He also supports the work of foundations that make grants to strengthen the implementation of higher standards in states and districts across the nation. Previously, Joe served as a Policy, Research, and Accountability Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education. In this role, he advised the state superintendent on legislative and policy issues, including secondary and postsecondary intervention and remediation, and worked to improve data collection and reporting systems at the state level. Previous to working in Indiana, Joe taught elementary and middle school in the Rio Grande Valley and Austin, Texas before earning his Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His graduate work focused on both value-added models and qualitative methods used to evaluate educators’ unique impacts on student academic performance and growth. He also earned a BA in history, psychology, and education from Widener University in Chester, PA. Joe recently moved back to Austin, where he lives with his wife and their two dogs.

John Bader
John Bader, Director of International Programs at Marks Education
"Dean's List: 11 Habits of Highly Successful College Students"

Dr. John Bader is a former dean of Academic Advising at Johns Hopkins University, and he is the author of "Dean's List: 11 Habits of Highly Successful College Students." He was raised in France, educated at Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and served as a Fulbright Scholar to India.

Carol Barash
Carol Barash, Story To College founder & CEO
"Storytelling, Writing, and Living Your Boldest Life"

Carol Barash, PhD, has empowered over 10,000 students and teachers how to advocate for themselves in college, work and life. A graduate of Yale, the University of Virginia and Princeton, she is the Founder and CEO of Story To College. An award-winning teacher at Princeton University, the University of Michigan and Rutgers University, she has created award-winning educational programs that blend languages, cultures, and generations in diverse schools and communities. Underlying all is her belief that our shared future needs all students, from every background, to tell their stories and pursue their biggest dreams.

Jesse Barker
Jesse Barker, HP Academy
"PC Essentials for College"

Jesse has been employed at HP for 6.5 years and has held various roles including consulting, training, and marketing. With respect to the roles he has been in, his main focus has always been to realize and practice the idea that they are in the people business offering solutions, not in the product business selling to people. In this role he wants to make sure students have the tools they need and the fun tech stuff they want, at a price they deserve.

Jesse Barker
Kevin Barta, Program Officer, EducationUSA
"International Students Share Their Experiences - International Student Panel"

Kevin Barta is a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He oversees the EducationUSA network's Andean Region as well as the EducationUSA technology portfolio. Kevin has 10 years of experience in the field of international education. Most recently, Kevin worked at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota as Assistant Director of International and Off Campus Programs. He also has previous experience working for EducationUSA, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. Kevin holds a Master of International Politics from the University of Melbourne as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in International Studies and History from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.

John Baylor
John Baylor, Founder/Owner John Baylor Test Prep
"The ACT Test: An Overview & the English Section"

John Baylor graduated from Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts and then Stanford University. A brief career in banking convinced him that his true passion was teaching. Since returning to his boyhood home of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1994, John-- through his company, John Baylor Test Prep-- has prepared thousands of students for the ACT® and SAT®.
John's passion for teaching and his contrarian test taking techniques have inspired students and increased scores for nearly two decades. John's online and in-person classes increase entire high school's ACT scores 1-3 points. Thousands of students have taken John's in-person classes as well as the online ACT and SAT courses-- increasing their scores, scholarships and college choices.

Abby Marks Beale
Abby Marks Beale, America's #1 Speed Reading Expert and Author
"Reading in College: Overcoming the Three Major Obstacles"

Abby Marks Beale has taught speed reading for over 25 years and is America's #1 Speed Reading Expert. She is the author of 10 Days to Faster Reading, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading and Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning. She has also the creator of the popular online course Rev It Up Reading that gets readers up to speed with what they read.

Marty Bennett
Marty Bennett, EducationUSA Outreach Coordinator
"Explaining the U.S. Higher Ed System and Application Process"

Marty found his calling—international education—at his alma mater, Marquette University. After 6 ½ years in admissions and international student services at Marquette, he worked at an international school outside of London. Mr. Bennett also served at Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN), and as Director of International Services at Ball State University. Since November 2008, Marty has served as the first EducationUSA Marketing Coordinator. Marty is committed to advancing the EducationUSA network and establishing stronger partnerships with the U.S. higher education community in the international education priorities.

Chelsea Biggerstaff
Chelsea Biggerstaff, Junior College Coach, College Forward
"From High School to College"

Greetings friends! My name is Chelsea Biggerstaff and I am from Avilla, Indiana. Oh, you are not familiar? Avilla is about 20 miles north of the booming metropolis of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Avilla has a population of a little over 2,000 with one stoplight. I am a first generation college graduate from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in Visual Arts Education. Going to college was always a priority of mine. After traveling to Italy, Japan, China and the Navajo Nation for my Undergraduate studies, I realized that my love traveling, teaching and serving my country had not ceased. I applied to be an Americorps volunteer. I accepted a position with 4-H C.A.P.I.T.A.L. in Austin, TX where I taught hands on science to at risk youth. During my 11 months of service, I reinforced the importance of responsibility to my students by raising a herd of 8 goats and maintaining a school garden. Currently, I am working at College Forward in Austin, TX as a College Coach where I am teaching college preparatory classes to low-income/first generation juniors in high school. In addition to teaching classes; I have organized community service events, produced and edited a promotional video, organized events for my student's parents to gain knowledge about the college application process and trainings for other high school counselors about advising undocumented youth.

Denise Boiko
Denise Boiko, Author of Homeschooled & Headed for College
"Homeschooled & Headed for College"

Denise Boiko and her husband Ron homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Now an “empty nester” with both students out of college, Denise enjoys teaching group classes to local homeschoolers in the subjects of biology, anatomy and physiology, composition, and literature. Since Denise holds a BS in biology from Mount St. Mary's College and has a lifelong love of writing, sharing this background with students is a natural fit.

With her strong passion for preparing homeschoolers for college, Denise aims to help as many families as possible with their questions and concerns. The book Homeschooled and Headed for College: Your Road Map for a Successful Journey emerged from the years of research and planning involved in launching the Boikos’ daughter into Stanford University as a biology major, and their son into the University of Southern California as an engineering major. Designed to help families navigate the often-intimidating path from homeschool to college, this 400-page book contains all the information Denise would have liked to know at the outset of their own family’s college prep journey. More information about the college preparation process, including useful articles and tips, can be found at

Tami Bolk
Tami Bolk, Education Abroad Consultant at
"Why Should I Study Abroad"

After skydiving, bungee jumping, and studying abroad in New Zealand for a semester, Tami then taught English in South Korea for a year, where she discovered a passion for international education that ultimately shifted her career path. She is now a master's candidate at Lesley University, studying Intercultural Relations with the intent to guide students towards meaningful study abroad experiences, as well as encouraging diversity in the type of students that go abroad and the types of programs they participate on. She is also an Education Abroad Consultant at Abroad101, which is the leading platform for online study abroad reviews.

Scott BonDurant
Scott BonDurant, Program Manager at 10,000 Degrees
"Si Se Puede! Undocumented Students CAN Go To College"

College Success Program Manager for 10,000 Degrees, ensuring that all 500+ 10,000 Degrees college students graduate . BA in Sociology w/minors in Spanish and Music at UC Santa Barbara in 2003; Master's in Social Work from UC Berkeley in 2008. Lived and studied in Mexico and Costa Rica for 3 years, worked with Latino communities in CA for 13+ years.

Diane Coburn Bruning
Diane Coburn Bruning, Choreographer at Washington National Opera
"The Performing Arts in College: An Overview"

Diane Coburn Bruning is a renowned choreographer having worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received major choreographic fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Sundance Institute and has worked with companies such as Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington National Opera among many others. She founded and directed Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians in New York. Diane has been a guest choreographer and teacher at over 30 colleges and conservatories including Juilliard, Tisch/NYU, Butler University, School of Washington Ballet and others. She is a graduate of Butler University and of NYU and completed a year of post-graduate study at Yale School of Drama. Diane is the Director of the Performing Arts Division of College Match, Inc. (, a national college consulting firm lead by internationally-recognized expert David Montesano. Diane also serves on the New York Advisory Board of Unigo. She advises serious high school performing arts students on pre-professional schools, conservatory and college programs and admissions.

Tamsen Butler
Dave Buckwald, Senior Associate Director and Director of Engineering Recruitment for Columbia University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions
"Choosing the Right University for You: Where to go and how to get there"

David Buckwald is Senior Associate Director and Director of Engineering Recruitment for Columbia University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Dave is in his ninth year at Columbia having previously worked at Fordham University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Fordham College, graduating cum laude, and a Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Tamsen Butler
Tamsen Butler, author of "The Complete Guide to Personal Finance: For Teenagers and College Students"
"The Complete Guide to Personal Finance: For Teenagers "

Tamsen Butler is the author of The Complete Guide to Personal Finance: For Teenagers and College Students, which won first place in the Young Adult Non-Fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. In addition to the other books she has written, Tamsen writes for local publications and writes for a variety of websites.

Thomas Butler
Thomas Butler, Executive Director Project GRAD Philadelphia
"Project Grad and the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable"

Mr. Butler is an Education Consultant specializing in the area of "college access and success". Recently, Thomas was the Executive Director Project GRAD Philadelphia, a program ensuring quality public school education for all at risk children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school graduation rates increase and graduates are prepared to enter and be successful in college. Thomas received his Bachelor's Degree from Cheyney University and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Thomas is also a graduate of the Urban League of Philadelphia's Leadership Institute and the Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Leadership Institute.

Jose Cabrales
Jose Cabrales, Constituency Engagment Manager Excelencia in Education
"Excelencia in Education: Tracking Individual to National Latino College Success"

José A. Cabrales serves as the Program Manager for the national, multi-site Lumina Latino Student Success effort. He manages the outreach and technical assistance to support 13 communities working to increase Latino post secondary achievement and degree completion. Prior to his role as Program Manager, José served as Excelencia’s Constituency Engagement Manager, where his work focused on engaging institutions in the Excelencia in Action Network and strategizing outreach for the national initiative, Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion.

Marcia Cantarella
Marcia Cantarella, Author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide
"The Majors and Careers Connection"

Marcia Cantarella is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide ( which educators, parents and students say is a goldmine of information and strategies especially for first generation, low-income and students of color who struggle to complete college degrees. Dr. Cantarella has been an Associate Dean at Hunter College, a Dean at Princeton University and part of the Dean's staff at New York University's College of Arts and Science. In these functions she has been responsible for academic advisement, career development, preparation for postgraduate fellowships, development of diversity programs, and strategies to generally enhance students' academic experience and outcomes. She now consults to colleges and universities and college related programs, co-directs the Hunter College Black Male Initiative, and serves on many boards and advisory boards.

Marcia Cantarella
Manuel Carballo, Director of Admissions, Middlebury College
"The Best Kept Secret: Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges"

Manuel Carballo has coordinated the recruitment of under-represented students at Middlebury College since he joined the Admissions Office in 2005. Now director of admissions and multicultural recruitment, Manuel is responsible for the logistics and operations of an office that receives over 9,000 applications each year. Born in Costa Rica, Manuel also lived in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, before earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College in 1998. He has a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University, and prior to Middlebury he worked in admissions at Swarthmore College, and served as principal for schools in in Costa Rica and Texas.

Amy Carter
Amy Carter, Marketing Manager at IELTS USA
"Think IELTS for Admission into US Universities"

Amy Carter is responsible for all marketing, advertising and public relations for the US division of IELTS. Amy has experience presenting to ESL students, teachers, program administrators and international higher education professionals, and is committed to assisting US-bound international students in understanding the need for good English skills for academic success.

Neil Carter
Neil Carter, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Student to Business
"Juxtaposition: To Generalize or Specialize in IT"

Neil has worked in the technology industry for over 10 years, with experience in everything from web development, to tier 3 network operations support, to business management for tech firms. For the past seven years he has been with Microsoft working on the MSDN and TechNet websites, the DreamSpark program, and currently manages the Students to Business program. In his spare time you'll find Neil sailing around the pacific northwest, cheering on his alma mater the University of Washington, or competing in Ultimate Frisbee tournaments.

Sonia Castellanos
Sonia Castellanos, Con Mi Madre Program Director
"La importancia de Estudiar a Nivel Universitario"

Sonia B. Castellanos, MSSW, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from St. Edward’s University and her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She joined Con Mi MADRE in June 1999, and brings several years of experience working with indigent Mexican American migrants and Latino families. For many years, she has provided school-based social services to young Latinas and their families. Her professional interests include social justice for immigrant families, recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented populations in secondary education, higher education outreach for Latino families, and multiculturalism and diversity. During 1995-96, Sonia also served as a mentor and tutor for the program.

Christina Catalano
Christina Catalano, Wellness Counselor
"The Real Deal with Drugs & Alcohol on College Campuses"

Christina Catalano is a Wellness Counselor at Phoenix House of New York. Christina received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, with a concentration in Public Health / Community Health Education from Stony Brook University. Christina works at the Brentwood Outpatient Program, facilitating the Intensive Outpatient groups, and also in the Wyandanch school district, where the focus is drug and alcohol education and prevention.

Susanna Cerasuolo
Susanna Cerasuolo, M.Ed.
"Things you Need to Know if you are a First Generation College Student"

Susanna has been working with high school students for 20 years now, both as an English and Journalism teacher and as a counselor. As the first person from her family to to go to college, she understands how foreign and confusing it can be, and her free website,, is designed to help all students get to and through college.

Dr. Barbara Cervone
Dr. Barbara Cervone, President, WKCD (What Kids Can Do, Inc) and Next Generation Press
"First in the Family: Advice from First-Generation Students about College"

Barbara Cervone, Ed.D. is founder and president of What Kids Can Do (WKCD) and Next Generation Press both dedicated to bringing the voices, advice, and vision of youth to the public stage. Previously, she coordinated the largest private initiative ($500M USD) to reform public education in U.S. history. Dr. Cervone has served as a researcher, professor, foundation officer, and nonprofit manager. She has written extensively about her work with youth and school reform and edited four photo essay books with youth as co-authors. For eight years, she has helped lead WKCD's national campaign, "First in the Family," dedicated to helping low-income and minority students make it to college and succeed once there. In December 2008, Dr. Cervone received the prestigious "Purpose Prize" from the U.S.-based organization Civic Ventures. Dr. Cervone has a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an Ed.D. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Mary Chase
Mary Chase, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment at Creighton University
"The Who, What, When and Why of the Campus Visit"

Mary E. Chase has more than fifteen years of experience in admissions and enrollment management. She has been at Creighton University since 2004 and currently serves as the associate vice president for enrollment management. During her time at Creighton the university has enrolled nine of the ten largest classes in school history culminating in record overall enrollment. Academic profile and diversity have also increased under her leadership.
Prior to coming to Creighton Ms. Chase consulted full-time for Noel-Levitz, the leading enrollment management consulting firm in North America. Often invited to speak at national conferences Mary has been on the agenda presenting at NACAC, National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, ACT Enrollment Planners Conference, AACROA Technology Conference, College Board Midwest Regional Conference, and Technology in Student Recruitment.

Karen Levin Coburn
Karen Levin Coburn, co-author of "Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years"
"Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years"

Karen Levin Coburn is Senior Consultant in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis. One of the country's leading experts on the college experience, she is the co-author of three books: including Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years with more than 400,000 copies in print. A fifth edition, revised and updated, was published in March, 2009, and a Chinese edition was recently published in Beijing. Coburn is a frequent guest on radio and television including multiple appearances on Good Morning America, CNN and NPR, and is featured regularly in national newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

Karen Levin Coburn
James Copeland, U.S. Dept of Ed Financial Aid Office
"Overview of Financial Aid"

Mr. James Copeland, Jr. is a representative from the United States Department of Education/Federal Student Aid. He recently retired from Law Enforcement for the state of Virginia in 2010 and also retired from the United States Air force in 2008. Mr. Copeland obtained his BS in Information Systems Management from Potomac College in Washington DC and completed his MBA from University of Phoenix in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Copeland also serves as a professor for several colleges and universities in the Washington DC Metro area teaching in the disciplines of Computer Forensics, Digital Crime, and Business Administration. Currently Mr. Copeland has his doctoral degree in education from Argosy University in Arlington, Virginia his focused research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). He is a native New Yorker and is married to Marie S. Copeland and they have two children Marc and Joseph and reside in Southern Maryland

Christina Couch
Christina Couch, Author of "Virginia Colleges 101"
"Paying for College"

Christina Couch is a freelance writer based in Richmond, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of Virginia Colleges 101: The Ultimate Guide for Students of All Ages (Palari Publishing, 2008). Her byline can also be found on,, and, and in Wired Magazine.

Christina Couch
Jinelle Craig, JD/MPA, College Admissions Expert, Founder and President of
"How To Write a Great College Application Essay And Get An Excellent Letter of Recommendation for College"

Jinelle Craig, a college admissions expert who has worked with hundreds of high school students across the nation, and many of her student have been accepted into the nation's best colleges including Yale, Cornell and other Ivy League schools. Jinelle graduated from Columbia University, where she was on the Dean's List, received the Woman's Ways of Leading Leadership Award, and interned for President William J. Clinton. After college, Jinelle attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned two degrees in three years, a Juris Doctorate and a Master's of Public Administration. In recent years, she has served as the graduation speaker for schools in multiple states. In addition, She has served as a Columbia University Alumni Admissions Interviewer. Currently, Jinelle hosts a series of online webinars and provides independent counseling to high school students and parents about applying to college. She can be reached at or 1(646)755-9714.

Meghan Dalesandro
Meghan Dalesandro, Vice President, Publishing at Alloy Education
"Exploring Campus Activities"

Meghan joined Alloy Education in 2001 as the Northeast Regional Sales Director for Private Colleges & Universities magazine. Two successful years and 100+ college campus visits later, she transitioned out of sales and oversaw the acquisition of the college data and publishing company Wintergreen Orchard House. While she continues to manage that business, she has expanded her focus to all of Alloy Education's publishing division, including PC&U, Careers and Colleges magazine, Minority Nurse magazine, and Porter Sargent Handbooks. When not running budgets, selling data, introducing new products, or growing the businesses, Meghan is actively involved with her alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University, as an Executive Board Member of the Alumni Board of Directors. She is an avid reality show fan and Disney World enthusiast, and she loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters, Carly and Leah.

Cynthia Hammond Davis
Cynthia Hammond Davis, College & Financial Aid Advisor
"If I Knew Then What I Know I Now! College and Financial Aid Planning from a Parent's Perspective"

Radio Talk Show Host The College & Career Information Hour" Motivational Speaker and Author If I Knew Then, What I Know Now! College and Financial Aid Planning From a Parent's Perspective.

Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel
Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
"Bon voyage, see you next weekend: Help for parents trying to prepare for the beginning of college"

Steve is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at River City Counseling, in Sacramento, CA. Steve has been working with young people for 24-years, beginning with two years as a Resident Assistant for first and second-year college students. Since then, Steve has both taught and counseled young people. Currently, he works in private practice with a diverse group of individuals, but his focus is on assisting high school students and their parents with improving interpersonal relationships while preparing for and during the transition to college. He also speaks frequently to groups of parents and blogs regularly on issues pertinent to parenting and having satisfying romantic relationships.

Chuck Delcamp
Chuck DelCamp, Product
"Making It a Reality: Deciding How to Get Started and Plan your Study Abroad Experience"

    • As Product Manager for Chuck collaborates with institutions and program providers to help students research and find the right study abroad experience.  After having lunch in the Swiss Alps on a sunny day several summers ago, Chuck is committed to promoting the benefits of studying abroad.  Recently has added student reviews to its ever-growing list of resources for students.


Chuck Delcamp
Mary Anna Dennard, College Audition Coach
"Broadway Bound: How To Navigate The College Audition Process"

    • Mary Anna Dennard is a nationally recognized college audition coach, and the author of the book I GOT IN! The Ultimate College Audition Guide For Acting And Musical Theatre. Dubbed "The Princeton Review For College Theatre Auditions", since 2000.


Lauren Drell
Lauren Drell, Campaigns Editor at Mashable
"The Coolest Jobs in STEM"

    • Lauren Drell is the Campaigns Editor at Mashable, where she manages advertiser-supported content campaigns and writes and edits custom content. Lauren holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S.J. from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her personal interests include Instagramming @FranklinPup, inhaling red velvet cupcakes and spotting typos for Spelchekt.


Tom Ehlers
Tom Ehlers, Founder of Method Test Prep
"An Intelligent SAT and ACT Timeline"

Tom Ehlers, the founder of Method Test Prep, has spent over a decade developing effective teaching methods and learning techniques that have helped thousands of students significantly raise their college admissions test scores. He has worked as an educational consultant with school districts across the country on ways to improve the districts' college admission test scores. Tom's online products are currently used by thousands of students to build their math, reading, and writing skills and prepare for a variety of exams.

Adam Essex
Adam Essex, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid
"Get Help Paying for College"

Adam Essex, a former Presidential Management Fellow, is a senior project manager with Federal Student Aid of the U.S. Department of Education. During his tenure with the Department, Adam has worked in the agency's headquarters office in Washington, DC and a regional office in San Francisco, where he was responsible for helping to launch the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program on the west coast. He is the recipient of numerous agency achievement awards, including Federal Student Aid's 'Service Award' and a Certificate of Distinction from former Secretary of Education Richard Riley. He holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an M.P.A. from American University.

Scott Farber
Scott Farber, President and Founder of A-List Education
"The College Essay: How to Win or Lose in 500 Words"

Scott Farber earned a degree in International Relations from Harvard University in 2001. After graduation, he took a position working with the British Embassy in Ecuador as the CFO for an environmental and education program. Upon his return, he served as director for a NY based preparation company before founding A-List Education in 2005. Scott and A-List have worked with more than 10,000 students and now partner with dozens of high schools and nonprofit organizations across the country and around the globe. He has been featured on NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN and other news programs offering advice on all aspects of the college admission process and is also the co-founder of College Essay Organizer, an online tool and platform specifically built to help students with the college essay.

Mark Ferguson
Mark Ferguson, International Program Solutions Consultant, ACT, Inc.
"Improve Yourself - Why International Students should take the ACT assessment "

Mark Ferguson is an International Program Solutions Consultant at ACT, Inc., serving in the international headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa. Mark has been with the International Division for more than a year, coordinating international communications that encourage students worldwide to understand the benefits of taking the ACT test for university admissions in the United States. Students in more than 126 countries have used the ACT to begin their dreams of pursuing postsecondary education and career success.

Puck Fernsten
Puck Fernsten, PTE Academic Consultant
"PTE Academic - English Language Test for USA, UK and Australia Admissions"

Puck has been telling the world about PTE Academic for over three years. He has also worked in Reality TV Show Development, Fortune 500 Consulting, Higher Education Best Practices Research and Presidential Campaign Politics. In his free time, he enjoys song writing, marathon running, and spending time with his beautiful wife and bouncy baby boy.

Edward B. Fiske
Edward B. Fiske, Author of "The Fiske Guide"
"Choosing a College"

Edward B. Fiske, formerly the Education Editor of the New York Times, is an education writer and editor who has written extensively on school reform in the United States and other countries. He is also the author of The Fiske Guide to Colleges (Sourcebooks), an annual publication that is a standard part of college admissions literature, as well as numerous other books on undergraduate admissions. Fiske serves as chair of the advisory board of the North Carolina Center for International Understanding, a public service project of the University of North Carolina. He is also vice-chair of College for Every Student, a non-profit organization that promotes access to higher education for disadvantaged students in urban and rural areas. He was founding member of the board of the Central Park School for Children, a public charter school in Durham.

Vincent Flores
Vincent Flores, EducationUSA South Korea
"Writing Your Personal Statement"

Vincent "Vinnie" Flores has worked in the field of education in Korea for nearly 13 years. He arrived in 2000 as a Fulbright grantee under the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program, stayed on to teach at Sunlin University in Pohang, and since 2009, has served in his current position as an EducationUSA Advisor and English Program Manager at the Korean-American Educational Commission, which administers the Fulbright Program in Korea. Throughout his years in Korea, Vincent has worked extensively to build youth programs that encourage creativity, provide unique educational opportunities, and promote cultural exchange. Among these programs are an English drama and speech program at Pohang Middle School, the Camp Fulbright English Immersion Program, and the Camp Fulbright Junior Internship Program, which brings together youth from the U.S. and Korea in a cultural immersion and leadership program.

Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia, Assistant Vice President, ACT, Inc.
"College Planning: Planning Your Future" & "Preparing for your future!"

Bringing a history of strong partnerships with schools and state education leaders, Juan Garcia oversees the Client Outreach and Partnerships division, ensuring continuous improvement of ACT programs and services aimed at improving college access and awareness for all students. Prior to joining ACT, Mr. Garcia served as a champion of college access and readiness for the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). As the Executive Director of ICAN, Mr. Garcia established relationships with school, district administration and other nonprofits to reach at-risk students, ensuring that these students were aware of the support that was available to them for pursuit of higher education. It was his vision and ability to motivate his teams that drove ICAN improvements such as the implementation of the Life Store program; KnowHow2GOIowa, Iowa College Goal Sunday, the development of an integrated social and web-based marketing program, the development and implementation of outreach programs in Spanish for at risk and underserved Hispanic students in the state of Iowa, and the capture of numerous grants to increase ICAN's support to students.

Alan Gelb
Alan Gelb, Author of Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps
"Conquering the College Admissions Essay"

Alan Gelb’s book Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps has been published by Ten Speed Press. He is also the author of The Complete Student: Achieving Success in College and Beyond (Thomson International) and is an independent marketing consultant for colleges and universities. His novels and nonfiction have been published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, E.P. Dutton, St. Martin’s Press, Dell, and Avon, and he has contributed articles to The New York Times Magazine, Parents Magazine, beliefnet, and others.

Laura Gilbert
Laura Gilbert
"Back to School for Grownups" & "Three Skills to Minimize College Debt"

Laura Gilbert, PhD, author of Back to School for Grownups, completed her bachelor's degree as a young wife and mother. Later as a single mom of four she went back to school to earn master's, doctorate and law degrees. Laura's passion to help adult learners grew as she saw the tremendous effort put forth by many nontraditional students; often for the benefit of family members or others they hoped to serve. Recognized for her practical guidance and personal insight on the adult learner experience, Laura's website,, and book, "Back to School for Grownups", offer resources for adults considering a journey back to the classroom. Today Laura is a higher-ed blogger, consultant, speaker, professor and coach. In May she published "How to Save $50,000 on College", the first book in a series on college affordability. Sign up for her award-winning newsletter at Contact Laura at

Reyna Gobel
Reyna Gobel, Author of "CliffsNotes Graduation Debt: How to Manage Student Loans and Live Your Life"
"Paying for College for Juniors 2012"

Reyna Gobel, M.B.A., M.J., is the author of "CliffsNotes Graduation Debt: How to Manage Student Loans and Live Your Life" going into second edition digitally on November 26th and "How Smart Students Pay for School", also in it's second edition. She's the student loan expert for's New Graduates Help Center and a freelance education reporter for U.S. News, covering college savings.

Allison Goodman
Allison Goodman, beRecruited Community Manager
"How to Market Yourself to Coaches and the Do's and Don'ts for Parents"

Former D1 golf standout at the University of California, Berkeley. Played on the DuraMed Futures Tour from 2009-2010 before coaching D1 golf at the University of San Francisco for 2.5 years.

Mitch Gordon
Mitch Gordon, President of Go! Overseas
"How to Find Financial Aid for Your Study Abroad Program"

Mitch Gordon is from upstate NY and lived in Taipei, Taiwan for four years before moving to San Francisco, where he currently resides. Mitch is an entrepreneur, starting a number of companies in the field of education. His most recent company, GO! Overseas, has quickly become the most trusted resource on the internet for researching study, teach and volunteer abroad programs around the world. Mitch is currently completing his MBA at Berkeley. When he's not working you can find him playing sports, hiking, traveling or reading (often in combinations).

Michael Green
Michael Green, Associate VP for Recruiting and Advising at IES Abroad
"The Top 5 Things You Should Know About College Study Abroad"

Michael Green is the Associate Vice President for Recruiting and Advising at IES Abroad, the leader in study abroad since 1950. Michael has been with IES Abroad for 10 years. Prior to that he worked for the Institute for International Education in San Francisco developing international education programs. He did his graduate studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and studied abroad, twice, in Aberdeen, Scotland, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Eric Greenberg
Eric Greenberg, Director and Founder of Greenberg Educational Group
"How to Maximize College Admissions"

Eric Greenberg is the director and founder of the renowned Greenberg Educational Group, Inc., formed in 1991 in New York City. Greenberg and his skilled team have dedicated themselves to helping students of all ages achieve their academic goals. The company has developed a stellar reputation for providing high quality personalized one-on-one test preparation, school selection & application advising (high school, college and graduate school) and academic tutoring. After graduating from Fieldston High School (in Riverdale, New York), Greenberg attended the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1988. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, a leading national business school honor society. Eric and the Greenberg Educational Group have been featured in U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, New York Nightly News with NBC4's Chuck Scarborough, ABC7-TV Eyewitness News, Fox 5's Good Day New York "The Money Authority," as well as The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools, Education Update, the New York Post, The Westside Spirit and Our Town.

Dr. Matthew Greene
Dr. Matthew Greene, Educational Director, Howard Greene & Associates Co-Author, Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning
"The Waiting Is Over (or is it?): Finalizing Your College Choice"

Dr. Matthew Greene is Educational Director of Howard Greene & Associates, a premier independent educational consulting firm founded in 1968. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth College and both his Master's Degree in Public Policy and his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Matthew counsels families on secondary school, college, and graduate school admission, as well as career planning, in Connecticut, New York, nationally, and internationally. Matthew is the author of Learning about School Violence, and is co-author with Howard Greene of the books in the Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning series. They have written a national bi-monthly column for Knight Ridder-Tribune News Service and are regular contributors to University Business Magazine. Matthew and Howard are co-hosts of two PBS television programs "Ten Steps to College with the Greenes" and "Paying for College with the Greenes." Their latest book is College Grad Seeks Future (St. Martin's Press). Matthew is a frequent presenter on educational planning and college admissions, and is trained in mediation and conflict resolution techniques. He has appeared in People and Bloomberg Magazine, and is frequently interviewed on educational issues by such news media as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, News 12 Connecticut, and NPR radio programs.

Allen Grove
Allen Grove, College Admissions Expert for
"How to Write a Winning College Essay"

For five years, Allen Grove directed Alfred University's First-Year Experience Program to help students make the challenging transition from high school to college. He is also a professor of English who regularly teaches first-year experience courses, first-year composition, and British Literature. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has edited several British novels. In addition to his day job, Allen is the Guide to College Admissions for, a New York Times company. He has written hundreds of articles that help students prepare for college, choose a school, and craft a winning application. He earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. and, with some course work at Harvard and Wellesley, a B.S. in Literature from M.I.T. He then abandoned his plans to go to graduate school for engineering, instead going on to earn his master's and PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gary Gruber
Dr. Gary Gruber, Author of "The Gruber Guide"
"Thinking Your Way to Great SAT/ACT Scores"

Dr. Gruber is recognized nationally as the leading expert on standardized tests and originator and developer of the critical thinking skills necessary for use on standardized tests. It is said that no one in the nation is better at assessing the thinking patterns of "how" a person answers questions and providing the mechanism to improve the faulty thinking approaches. His SAT score improvements with students have been documented to be the highest in the nation. Dr. Gruber's unique methods have been used by Public Television (PBS), Sylvan Learning Centers, Grolier's Encyclopedia, and are being used by school districts throughout the country, in homes and workplaces across the nation, and by a host of other entities. Most recently he has trained the University of California 's teachers to create programs for specific critical thinking and problem solving skills for the minority programs. His website is

Zaragoza Guerra
Zaragoza Guerra, Director, Educational Consulting
"The Write Stuff"

As a former senior admissions officer for MIT and Caltech, Zaragoza now puts his admissions experience to good use as an educational consultant for College Coach where he sheds light on the admissions process for both students and families. It's estimated he read over 15,000 college applications throughout his admissions career and made admissions decisions on many more. He received a Bachelor's degree in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in International Education from Harvard University.

Michelle Hampton
Michelle Hampton, Associate Director of Global Client Relations
"The TOEFL Test: Your Passport to Study Abroad"

Michelle Hampton is an Associate Director for Global Client Relations at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. She is responsible for outreach and communication to TOEFL test takers and educational institutions who receive TOEFL scores. Michelle worked with international students for fourteen years as an undergraduate Admissions Officer before coming to ETS nine years ago.

Sarah Hanley
Sarah Hanley, Education Abroad Consultant at
"Study Abroad and Gain Valuable Skills for Your Future Career"

In college, Sarah saw images come to life when she spent a summer backpacking through Northern India, a semester studying abroad in Thailand, a week exploring Laos, and a winter venturing through Vietnam. After receiving a BA in Human Studies from St. Mary's College of MD, she worked for an exchange organization, presenting to classrooms of high school students on the benefits of studying abroad. She then worked in a college Study Abroad Office before moving back to Thailand, where she obtained her TESOL certification, coordinated international residential life, and taught University courses. Now she works as a Study Abroad Analyst at Abroad101, the first and largest study abroad review website, where she can continue to share the study abroad love.

Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison, Author of "1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know"
"1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know"

Harry H Harrison Jr. is a writer with over two million books in print. He has been interviewed on over twenty-three television programs and the subject of two documentaries. He has been featured on over 50 local and syndicated radio programs coast to coast. His books have been listed on the New York Times and Book Sense list of best-selling non-fiction trade paperback books for ten years. They are also available in some thirty foreign countries throughout Western Europe, Norway, South America, China and in the Far East. Thomas Nelson Publishers launched Harry Harrison's seven-book 1001 Series in 2007. Two of these books, 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home (Or Else They'll Come Back)and 1001 Things Every College Student needs to Know (Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start) were featured on THINK, an NPR production out of Dallas.

Tiffany Harrison
Tiffany Harrison, Partnership and Outreach Manager at
"10 Ways Study Abroad Will 'Ruin' Your Life"

Hailing from the Northern California Foothills, Tiffany Harrison is a 2010 grad of California State University Chico with a BA in Journalism Public Relations. Thanks to H.G. Wells, her initial dreams of becoming a time traveler are what ignited her passion for international education and study abroad. An interest in Celtic culture and Scottish history led her to live and study in Stirling, Scotland for a year, where she cultivated her aspirations for a career in international education. Most recently, Tiffany is a Colorado transplant after working in public relations in San Francisco. She also previously served as an international mentor and peer adviser for the CSU Chico study abroad office, in which she assisted with cultural adjustment support for a diverse number of students. As the Partnership and Outreach Manager, Tiffany manages the GoAbroad Blog and identifies strategic partnerships to expand GoAbroad's global reach. She is an avid tea-drinker who lives by the words of Jane Austen and considers her passport a map to discovering the world.

Brian Hartman
Brian Hartman, Director of International K-12 Initiatives at the College Board
"Preparing for Undergraduate University Abroad"

As Director of International K-12 Initiatives at the College Board, Brian Hartman provides support to U.S.-style and international schools outside the U.S. in the areas of academic programming, leadership, college and career counseling, professional development, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the College Board, Mr. Hartman served as the secondary school principal of an international school in Colombia for five years, where he led stakeholders to high performance outcomes in AP, Pre-AP, SAT, PSAT, and university admissions. Mr. Hartman earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame.

Beverly Harzog
Beverly Harzog, Credit Card Expert, Author and Consumer Advocate
"Confessions of a Former Credit Card-a-holic"

Beverly Harzog is a credit card expert, author, and consumer advocate. She's a frequent television commentator and she's appeared on Fox News, ABC News Now, CNN Newsource, and major media markets, including New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco. She's also been a featured guest on radio shows in major markets across the country, including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa-St. Pete, and more. She's been a guest several times on ABC News Radio, a syndicated radio show based in New York City. She's the co-author of two books: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Person-to-Person Lending (Alpha Books/Penguin, April 2009) and Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits: Four Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential (Greenleaf Publishing, June 2011). When she isn't writing or speaking with reporters, she often works with law firms as an expert witness in cases involving the credit industry. Other consulting clients include market research firms and corporations that need advice about credit cards and consumer behavior.

Sharon Hassan
Sharon Hassan, Executive Director of College Goal Maryland
"Paying for College, How College Goal Sunday Can Help"

Sharon Hassan is the Executive Director of College Goal Maryland, an independent Financial Aid Consultant, and a Professional Life Coach. She was Director of Financial Aid at Prince George’s Community College where she has worked until August of 2013. Prior to then she spent close to 11 years at Goucher College where she served as a critical part of the Enrollment Management team. Sharon also spent 14 years at the University of Maryland College Park in a number of capacities. She is an active member of NASFAA, EASFAA, DE-DC-MD ASFAA, Inc. and NACAC. Sharon has been a trainer for many years presenting on topics ranging from Satisfactory Academic Progress to Policies and Procedures to Enhancing Your Office Perception. She has served the profession and community in a number of capacities including serving as Statewide Coordinator for National College Goal Sunday a community outreach sponsored by the Y-USA and USAFunds, a Trustee at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E.Zion Church, chairing the NASFAA Student Access and Diversity Committee, serving as a NASFAA Standards of Excellence Peer Reviewer, Chair for the College Boards Middle States Regional Council, serving as a UNCF mentor, and most recently ended her term as a NASFAA Representative at Large. An active participant in campus life at her previous institutions, Sharon served on the Judicial Board, taught freshman seminar, is a mentor, and served on many committees. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland University College.

Clay Hensley
Clay Hensley, Director, International Strategy and Relationships, College Board
"Four Things You Need to Know about College Admissions" & "Five Things You Need to Know about Studying in the U.S."

Clay Hensley is a key member of College Board’s international team, which is responsible for supporting secondary schools/high schools, students, parents and educators outside the U.S. and managing the effective administration and use of College Board programs such as the SAT®, the SAT Subject Tests™, PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), among others.

Michelle Hernandez
Dr. Michele Hernandez, President of Hernandez College Consulting and Application Boot Camp
"The State of College Admissions in 2013-2014 -- Understanding The Lay of the Land and Maximizing Your College Acceptances"

Dr. Michelle Hernandez is known as America's premier college consultant through her work with high school students and her bestselling books: A is for Admission (Warner), The Middle School Years (Warner), and Acing the College Application (Ballantine). Hernández has been featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs including Newsweek, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Atlantic Monthly, The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and she is an ongoing contributor to The Huffington Post.

Jessi Hilger
Jessi Hilger, Coordinator of Customer Service at the NCAA Eligibility Center
"Path to the Student-Athlete Experience"

I have worked for the NCAA for six years and assist parents, prospective student athletes, high schools and colleges/universities through the initial-eligibility process. I graduated with my BA from the University of Evansville where I was a DI cheerleader, received my Master's degree from Saint Mary of the Woods College and will begin pursuing a law degree in the fall.

Kirby Hocutt
Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech Athletic Director
"What it is like to be a Division I Athlete - A Day in the life of a Student Athlete at Texas Tech "

Kirby Hocutt (@kirbyhocutt on twitter) was officially named Texas Tech's 13th athletics director in school history on March 2, 2011. He joined the Red Raider family after spending three years at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Hocutt, who was recognized with Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Award as one of the most promising young executives in sports business, becomes the 13th athletics director in school history. Hocutt, 40, is no stranger to the Big 12 Conference as both a student-athlete at Kansas State and as an administrator at both Kansas State and Oklahoma. A four-year letterman on the Wildcat football team, Hocutt led the former Big 8 Conference in tackles his junior season, while earning All-Big 8 accolades. Following his playing career, he moved into administration at Kansas State. He later served seven years at the University of Oklahoma where he oversaw fundraising efforts for the Sooners and was the primary administrator for the OU football program.

Hocutt earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State in 1995 and his masters of education degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons: Drew and Brooks.

Irene Hukkelhoven
Irene Hukkelhoven, Network Engineer - Verizon
"From Test Tubes to Fiber Optics"

Irene Hukkelhoven has been a Network Engineer at Verizon in since July 2012. She is a member of the Verizon Leadership Development Program (VLDP), a program that exposes participants to diverse segments of the business in three one-year rotations. After completing the VLDP, members are strategically placed in permanent positions based on the technical, business, and leadership skills gained during the rotations. At Verizon, Irene is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a certification achieved via intense training in process improvement, quality enhancement, and waste minimization. Irene graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. She also has a certificate in Biotechnology. Her senior design project detailed an advanced process for making biodiesel from microalgae. Outside of class, Irene was a founding member of Vanderbilt's Iota Delta chapter of Theta Tau, the nation's oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity. In her spare time, Irene enjoys photography, graphic design, and skiing.

Jeremy Hyman and Lynn Jabob
"Top 10 Secrets of Picking a Major"

Dr. Lynn F. Jacobs is professor of art history at the University of Arkansas. A graduate of Princeton University and NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, Lynn previously taught at Vanderbilt University, California State University Northridge, University of Redlands, and NYU. Jeremy S. Hyman, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Princeton University and UCLA. Jeremy is founder and chief architect of Professors' Guide™ content projects, and, in addition, teaches philosophy part-time at the University of Arkansas. He has previously taught at MIT, UCLA, and Princeton University, and is the recipient of the University of California Regents award for distinguished teaching.
Together, Lynn and Jeremy are co-authors of The Secrets of College Success: Over 600 Tips and Tricks Revealed (Wiley, 2010) – winner of the 2010 USA Book News Best Book Award in the College category -- and Professors' Guide to Getting Good Grades in College (HarperCollins, 2006). They are frequent contributors to a broad variety of online and print media outlets including the New York Times' "The Choice" blog, Fox Business, USA Today, Reader's Digest, and Huffington Post.

Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson, Founder/Executive The Scholarship Academy
"Navigating Georgia's Scholarship Gold Mine"

Hard work and creativity are two words that have characterized much of Jessica Johnson's life. The 2004 summa cum laude Howard graduate says that her inspiration comes from James 2:26, "Faith without works is dead!" Since the age of 13, Jessica has been developing programs that have had an impact on her community. As a recipient of over $200,000 in scholarships, Jessica launched the nation's first curriculum-based scholarship assistance program, "The Scholarship Academy" in which she serves as a family scholarship consultant and travels throughout the country conducting scholarship workshops for organizations such as The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The U.S. Department of Labor, The New York Urban League, and the National Center of Philanthropy.

Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson, International Student Adviser at North Hennepin Community College
"Understanding Community Colleges"

Scott Johnson holds the position of International Student Advisor at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the Principal Designated School Official for the college's participation in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. He previously worked at the International Student and Scholar Services office of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus as well as St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. From 1998 to 2006, he lived and worked in Europe and Africa. Scott is past Board Chair of Minnesota International Educators, a state-wide professional association. He also served as an advising team member for the EducationUSA Virtual Consulting Office from November 2009 to February 2012, responding to English-language inquiries submitted to the "US Government-Sponsored Exchange Programs" section of the VCO site. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, and holds master's degrees in History and Islamic Studies. He is highly proficient in French and enjoys practicing conversational Arabic.

Chelsea Jones, Student Support Associate at I'm First - Center for Student Opportunity
"There’s Something Special About Being the First"

Following three years as an intern, recent college graduate Chelsea Jones joined CSO full-time as Student Support Associate. Previously, Chelsea worked for First Focus, a policy organization focusing on children and families, and Heads Up DC, a non-profit providing rigorous after-school and summer programs for elementary school children in underserved neighborhoods. Chelsea was a past participant of the Goldman Sachs Scholars Alumni Program, a program that assists under-represented college students transitioning from high school to college. Chelsea is an alumna of Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), an academic and cultural enrichment program for low-income, high-achieving high school students.

Katherine Jones
Katherine Jones, Milkshake Media Principal and Founder
"Learn More. Earn More."

Milkshake is the premier brand strategy agency for brands that build community and launch movements. We guide organizations in addressing pervasive social and public issues by stimulating behavior change. We believe that the accelerated pace of modern life has people looking for genuine community more than ever before. Brands can meet that need in new and profound ways. Katherine has more than 20 years of experience in designing brands, experiences and storytelling. Katherine is recognized as a leader in branding and community and speaks regularly at industry and client conferences. In 2005, she was awarded the Austin Ad Fed's "Ad Woman of the Year." That same year, Milkshake received the American Marketing Association's Marketer of the Year Award. Katherine's received the Austin Business Journal "Profiles in Power: Futurist" Award and in addition to community service for many organizations, she has served on several boards, including The Seton Cove, Austin Children's Museum, GENaustin, and American Youthworks. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Katherine graduated from University of Michigan with a BFA in Fine Arts and a BGS in Zoology and earned an MA from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Biological and Medical Illustration.

Katherine Jones
Dr. Rebecca Joseph, Executive Director at Get Me To College
"Get Me Into College: Ten Tips to Strengthen Your College Applications"

Dr. Rebecca Joseph is a national expert on college access. An associate professor at California State University, Los Angeles, she also runs Get Me To College, an organization committed to helping all students have the opportunity to attend a four year college. She gives presentations to schools, non-profits, libraries, and other organizations to help promote college, and is especially known her work helping students write powerful college application essays.

Margaret Katz
Margaret Katz, Transition Counselor and Outreach, CIP, College Internship Program
"I'm Ready for College But I Can't Find My Backpack: Executive Functioning Strategies"

Margaret Dillon Katz is the Transition Counselor at the College Internship Program, (CIP), for college aged students with learning differences. She is frequently invited to speak on the challenges students with learning differences, ADD/ADHD, and Autism face when transitioning to college, and strategies to help them succeed. She was the Acting Director of Admissions at Ursinus College, Director of Admissions at Berkshire Country Day School, and assisted over 15 colleges to attract and enroll talented students while working for a college marketing firm. Most importantly, Margaret just went through the college search process with her daughter who is in her first term of college at this moment. She knows firsthand what it feels like for a student and parent to go through the stressful process of applying to colleges.

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News & World Report
"Why STEM Means Job"

Brian Kelly is the editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report, a publisher of news and consumer information products, which includes the website, serving an average of more than 17 million users a month.
The author of four books, he is a frequent speaker on issues of national policy, politics and education and has appeared on numerous television news programs. He is on the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington and a member of the Cosmos Club and Economic Club of Washington.
He earned a BA in economics from Georgetown University.

Joey Kirk
Joey Kirk, Education Officer British Council
"Study in the UK: 10 British Phrases You Need to Know"

Joey Kirk works directly with UK higher education institutions working in the US market. He joins the British Council with previous experience in admissions and student recruitment from two US institutions: Dickinson College and Gwynedd-Mercy College. In those roles, he recruited regionally in the United States as well as abroad while implementing new communications procedures and strategies. Joey holds a bachelor of arts from Dickinson College and a Master of Arts in International Education with a higher education focus from the George Washington University.

Sia Knight
Sia Knight, College Admissions Consultant
"How To Present Yourself to Colleges: Creating a Great Impression"

Sia Knight helps busy families make sense of the college admissions process by providing information that is both timely and relevant. For over 15 years, this former teacher, counselor and administrator has has been using her no-nonsense style to educate and empower hundreds of students, parents and fellow educators.

Jill Kruidenier
Jill Kruidenier, College Relations Manager, IES Abroad
"College [Redefined]: 5 Key Facts about Study Abroad"

Jill Kruidenier began her career with IES Abroad in the summer of 2010 as a Marketing Intern, and was hired full time that fall as a Student Advisor for IES Abroad programs in France. In this role, Jill also coordinated the Alumni Ambassador program, developing outreach and activities for recent participants who volunteer to share their study abroad experiences with prospective students. Currently, Jill is a College Relations Manager – Multiregion, which involves traveling to various college campuses around the U.S. for recruiting events and presentations about IES Abroad's 100+ study abroad programs. While studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jill spent a semester abroad in Bilbao, Spain and the experience had a profound academic, professional and personal impact on her.

Matthew Kadlubowski
Matthew Kadlubowski, Associate Director, Global Client Relations, ETS
"More opportunities for success with the GRE ® revised General Test"

Matthew Kadlubowski is Associate Director for Global Client Relations within the Programs and Services Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He is responsible for outreach and communication for GRE, ETS PPI, and TOEFL within the United States. Prior to joining ETS, Matthew worked in Enrollment Management for 18 years with the graduate, undergraduate, and transfer markets. He also worked at Peterson's in the area of lead generation with respect to interactive search marketing and educational directories. Matthew holds a BA in Business Administration from Rutgers University and a M.Ed. in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University.

Megan Lee
Megan Lee, Study Abroad Director for Go Overseas
"How to Finance your Study Abroad Program"

Megan Lee has a Bachelors in International Economics from Valparaiso University and has studied abroad in both China and Namibia. She recently left Beijing after two years working with a study abroad provider to pursue her new role at Go Overseas in the Bay Area. Follow Megan on Twitter @peglegmeg.

Danielle Moss Lee
Danielle Moss Lee, President and CEO at Harlem Educational Activities Fund
"Soaring Through College: What it Takes to Get in and Graduate on Time"

Dr. Moss Lee joined HEAF in 2002 after many years of working in the field of education and youth development. She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Grace Lutheran School, Assistant Executive Director of the Morningside Area Alliance, Director for Community and Parent Partnerships at The After-School Corporation, and most recently as Director of the CTY Goldman Sachs Scholars Program of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Under her leadership, HEAF has increased its enrollment, retention, and participation, expanded its outreach in the community, and increased an already impressive record of college attendance among its graduates. She has led her staff in expanding the curriculum to include non-traditional elective courses, broadened students' service in the local and international communities, and increased student participation in pre-college summer programs resulting in student travel opportunities to Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Samantha Letizio
Jonathan Lembright, Regional Educational Advising Coordinator – Southeast Asia, EducationUSA
"Discover U.S. Higher Education"

In his role as the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for Southeast Asia Mainland & Maritime, Jonathan represents the State Department on educational advising issues and oversees EducationUSA within the region. His responsibilities include supporting the provision of quality advising services and effective outreach and marketing efforts as a way to promote the U.S. as the preferred higher education destination. Prior to joining EducationUSA, Jonathan served as the Academic Program Manager at Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development organization. He previously served in India with an educational development firm, worked as an educational consultant in Singapore and the Philippines, and spent four years as an academic adviser in higher education. Jonathan holds a Ph.D. in education from Michigan State University.

Samantha Letizio
Samantha Letizio, SPT- APTA Student Assembly Director
"Physical Therapy: Is It the Career for YOU?"

Samantha is in her final year of graduate school at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and will receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in May. Samantha attended Simmons College for both her undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Health Science, and for her DPT. During her time as an undergrad, Samantha was very involved with leadership within the athletic program, both as a Softball Captain at Simmons and within the NCAA. As a PT student, Samantha was interested in continuing her involvement with leadership, and made connections with Andrew, as well as members of past and present Student Assembly Board of Directors. She was elected to the position of Director in her final year of grad school, and is now responsible for Social Media and Communications from APTA to the Student Assembly.

Wendy Lindsay
Wendy Lindsay, Senior Director, Regional Student Program New England Board of Higher Education
"Tuition Discounts at New England's State Colleges"

Wendy Lindsay has worked in higher education for 35 years. She is currently director of the New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program. She works with 80 public colleges and universities in the six-state region to offer more than 700 academic programs with a significant tuition discount to New England residents whose in-state public colleges do not offer their intended major. Lindsay has also written for The New England Journal of Higher Education and related NEBHE publications. She serves as managing editor of NEBHE's annual Guide to New England Colleges and Universities. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Judith Loredo
Judith Loredo, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
"Your Academic Preparation to go to College"

Judith G. Loredo joined the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in February 2008, as the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of P-16 Initiatives, after 22 years with Huston-Tillotson University where she served as Academic Dean, Dean of Academic Support Programs and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. Her public/higher education career spans more than 37 years and includes curriculum development, educator preparation, student and program assessment, program accountability, strategic planning, budget development/ management, and personnel evaluation. Dr. Loredo has been referred to by her colleagues as, "a caring and creative educator who continues to blaze a path of excellence for others to emulate." She was born and raised in San Antonio and earned a B.A in Communication Disorders, an M.A in Speech Pathology, and an M.A in Education at Our Lady of the Lake University. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was named the 20th recipient of the Dean Carl Award as the Distinguished Graduate of the College of Education.

Kelly Lynn Lucier
Kelci Lynn Lucier, Freelance Education Writer & Guide to College Life
"Learn to Manage Your Time in College "

Kelci Lynn Lucier has worked as an education writer since 2008. Prior to working as a writer, Ms. Lucier worked at or for colleges for nearly 10 years. She has a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and a Bachelor's degree in English & Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA).
Currently, Ms. Lucier is the College Life Expert on and a Co-Founder of The College Parent Handbook. Previously, she wrote "The College Experience" blog at US News & World Report. She has been interviewed for or featured in multiple media outlets, including CNN's Headline News, Katie Couric's show "Katie," Wall Street Journal on Campus/Unigo,, CosmoGIRL!, and Yahoo! News. She is also the author of the book "College Stress Solutions," which will be released in April 2014.

Griselda Macias
Griselda Macias, Outreach Coordinator Hispanic Scholarship Fund
"Cómo investigar becas"

Griselda Macias serves as an Outreach Coordinator at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In this role she organizes events in the Midwest and across the country that promotes the importance of college. In addition, she provides information on financial aid and scholarships to Latino parents and students. Prior to joining the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Griselda worked for The Education Trust in Washington, DC. This non-profit education organization promotes the high academic achievement of underrepresented minority and low-income students at all levels of education. In that role, she helped manage the Access to Success Initiative, comprised of 24 university systems (and their 390 campuses and just over 3 million students) who have committed to raise overall access and success and cut equity gaps in half by 2015. Griselda received a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations, a minor in Political Science from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI.

André Dunham Maciel
André Dunham Maciel, Head of the Cultural and Education Sections of the Brazilian Embassy
"The Brazilian Government's Science Without Borders Program"

André Dunham Maciel originally hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received a degree in History at Federal Fluminense University (1994-1998) and studied law at Rio de Janeiro State University (1995-2000). He joined the Brazilian Diplomatic Career through public exam in 2001 and completed a M.A. in Diplomacy at Rio Branco Institute (Brazilian Diplomatic Academy) (2003). From 2003 to 2006 he was the Head of the Information Coordination Office of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Head of the Cultural and Public Diplomacy Section of the Brazilian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2009, he has been the Head of the Cultural and Education Sections of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC, United States of America. André Maciel is a published author in Brazil, having written the book "Crisis in Colombia: Impacts and Implications to Brazil".

Katie Mang
Katie Mang, Senior Manager of Member Engagement NSCS
"5 Simple Steps for Transitioning Success"

Katie Mang is a Manager, Member Engagement for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and works with chapters in Region 5. She is from Northeast Ohio and graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Interpersonal Communication and M.Ed. in Higher Education. Katie's interests include civic engagement, higher education, social media, writing and baking.

Gregory Marton
Gregory Marton, Google Software Engineer
"At the Frontiers of Technology"

I was born in Hungary, moved to Maryland when I was eight, attended UMCP for computer science with a concentration in linguistics, joined a startup doing natural language question answering, then went to graduate school, studying natural language processing at MIT. I joined Google in 2010, working on the sentiment analysis team. We write programs that read reviews for products and places and create summaries of what people liked or didn't like. In my spare time, I teach middle school students how to program their own video games.

Christina Matteis
Christina Matteis, Student Affairs Advisor at
"Study in Canada"

Cristina is a recent graduate of Advertising and Marketing Communications from St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology. Prior to graduation, Cristina interned with one of the world's largest media planning agencies. She was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, but decided to make the move to Canada's largest city to pursue her dream of working in advertising and media. Cristina now spends her spare time exploring the big city and taking in all the sights and sounds.

Nancy McCarthy
Nancy McCarthy, Consular Officer, U.S. Department of State
"The U.S. Visa Process"

Nancy McCarthy is a Foreign Service consular officer assigned to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include contributing to formulation of policy and procedure concerning student and exchange visitor visa matters, engaging in outreach activities to a broad range of organizations and individuals interested in student and exchange visitor visas, and providing guidance to consular officers in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. She has served in Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Haiti.

Nancy McCarthy
Micheal McIntyre, Sr. Vice President for AcademyOne
"Avoiding “Transfer Shock”"

Mike has a unique perspective on the needs of the Transfer student. For different reasons, all four of his brothers were themselves transfer students. Two of them eventually transferred to the University where he was an Admissions officer. Moving from Admissions to working with software companies servicing higher education, Mike was responsible for managing student information systems, including those supporting transfer evaluation. After starting and selling two of own companies, Mike has returned to the higher education software market as Senior Vice President for AcademyOne. AcademyOne develops transfer and articulation web-portals for state-wide college and university systems including those in Delaware, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. AcademyOne also powers, a site that gets more than 60,000 visits monthly from students exploring transfer possibilities.

Christopher Medalis
Christopher Medalis, Regional Education Advising Coordinator - Northern & Central Europe, EducationUSA
"Graduate Admissions and Funding"

Christopher Medalis was appointed in July 2012 as Regional Director (REAC) for northern and central Europe for the EducationUSA network. He oversees this State Department-supported initiative which offers comprehensive information about study in the U.S., and serves as a policy liaison on higher education between U.S. and European governments and non-governmental organizations. Previously Chris served as the Director of Global Scholarship Programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, where he led programs in youth leadership, experiential learning, and workforce development, on behalf of companies, foundations, and universities. He has held positions related to ESL/EFL, teacher training, Fulbright Program administration, and was Director of IIE's Europe Office from 1998-2007. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in the fields of History and Comparative and International Education, and his academic research focuses on cultural diplomacy. He speaks Czech, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, and Slovak.

Diane Melville
Diane Melville, SALT Money Scholarship & Community College Expert
"Paying for College: It’s About More Than Money"

Diane Melville is the author of The Community College Advantage, founder of the community college guidance tool Transfer Bootcamp, and the resident scholarship expert at Salt Money. Diane has mastered college. Having graduated, debt-free, with an A.A. in Biomedical Engineering from a community college and a B.S. in entrepreneurship from Babson College, Diane learned how to make college decisions that made sense. She has applied for literally hundreds of private scholarships and has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in awards. Diane gives talks around the country teaching students how to take ownership over their college educations and how to avoid the pitfalls of student debt.

Alison Merzel
Alison Merzel, Director of MBA Recruiting and Admissions at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University
"Graduate Admissions and Funding"

Alison Merzel is the Director of MBA Recruiting and Admissions at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She has been affiliated with Fisher for the past 10 years – the first two were spent working in the Graduate Programs Office while pursuing her graduate degree in Human Resources. For the past 8 years, she has been overseeing the recruitment and enrollment strategies for the Full-Time MBA program and MBA for Working Professionals. She is also responsible for managing the scholarship budget and allocating merit-based funding to Full-Time MBA candidates. Alison is a native of suburban Chicago and began her professional career in Media Planning for Euro RSCG, a global advertising agency. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University and a Master of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University (Fisher).

Roger Moncarz
Roger Moncarz, Brach Chief of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
"Career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics"

Roger J. Moncarz is a Branch Chief of Occupational Outlook Studies at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He oversees a staff of economists who develop long-term employment projections by industry and occupation, and who prepare content for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Roger has authored numerous articles on topics such as IT employment, job outlook by education, and offshore outsourcing.

David Montesano
David Montesano, President of College Match
"Jump Start College Admissions: For Sophomores and Juniors"

As an admissions strategist, David has helped hundreds of clients find and gain access to the best match undergraduate and graduate programs over the past ten years. From offices in the U.S., David serves families with students who hope to attend college from a wide range of achievement levels and high school backgrounds. David received an A.B. with honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles and attended Trinity College, Dublin on a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship. He later attended Amsterdam Law School where he studied international law. David taught at Trinity College, Dublin and California College of the Arts before working as a strategy consultant for Booz, Allen & Hamilton in San Francisco after which he specialized in brand strategy, counseling clients on marketing and identity development. With encouragement and mentoring from college admission guru Loren Pope, David developed his company to guide students toward their best college matches using students' core values as well as their college preferences.

James Montoya
James Montoya, Vice President, College Board and former Dean of Admission at Stanford University
"Four Things You Need to Know about College Admissions"

James Montoya directs the College Board's efforts to support the work of colleges and universities across the globe, especially in the areas of admissions, recruitment and retention. Montoya joined the College Board in 2001 after a decade of service with his alma mater, Stanford University, where he was first dean of admission and financial aid, then vice provost for student affairs. He continues to teach in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford. He began his professional life at Occidental College, where he became the youngest director of admission at a leading liberal arts institution. He later served as dean of student life at Vassar College.

Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris, Associate Director of Admissions, Binghamton University
"It's Always SUNY in New York"

Andrew Morris is Associate Director of Admissions at Binghamton University since 2001. He coordinates the Alumni Admissions Volunteer program, recruitment territory in Florida and New Jersey; liaison to the Binghamton Scholars Program, IB and private high schools and ROTC. Andy holds a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from SUNY Geneseo, an MS in Counseling Psychology and EdS in Student Personnel Services from the University at Albany. He has 27 years in higher education, 18 in Enrollment Management and Admissions.

Nathan Mueller
Nathan Mueller, HP Academy
"PC Essentials for College"

Nate has worked at HP for 11 Years in everything from Software and Hardware R&D, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Global Social Innovation, through it all the common thread has always been to find ways to meet true tangible needs with technology that makes life easier and more fun.

John Nesbitt
John Nesbitt, Assistant Director, Admissions at Vanderbilt University
"Undergraduate Admissions and Funding"

John Nesbitt co-leads the international team at Vanderbilt University. This is his 6th year in admissions at his alma mater Vanderbilt. He manages Northern Africa, Middle East and South Asian regions for admissions.

Bill Nott
Bill Nott, Vice President, ASME Board on Global Outreach
"Engineering - What's it really all about?"

Bill Nott P.E., is a Mechanical Engineer, retired from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2007. Since 1994, he has been involved in many programs and initiatives for promoting engineering at the pre-college level through several organizations including ASME, FIRST, Engineers Without Borders-USA, EAST Initiative and the STEM Education Coalition.

Andrew Oliver
Andrew Oliver, SPT- APTA Student Assembly SPT Delegate
"Physical Therapy: Is It the Career for You?"

Andrew is in his final year of graduate school at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and will receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in May. Andrew received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Marquette University in 2009, and was accepted in to the post-baccalaureate DPT program at Simmons the following year. After attending a conference in New Orleans during his second year of grad school, he was inspired by a fellow-Simmons student to become more informed and involved in the legislature surrounding the PT profession. Several months later, Andrew was elected to the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors as the SPT Delegate, and is now responsible for representing the Student Assembly's voice in the House of Delegates—APTA's governing body.

Marty OConnell
Marty O'Connell, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives
"How To Choose a College That's Right For You"

Martha “Marty” O’Connell’s college admissions career spans three decades including posts at large and small colleges, starting with Rutgers University in New Jersey and ending with McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She served at McDaniel for 16 years, with a final post as Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions.

In July 2006 she began her role as Executive Director of the non-profit, charitable organization Colleges That Change Lives, Inc., which has a mission to advance and support a student-centered college search process, which looks beyond the college rankings industry.

As a dynamic national speaker, Marty O’Connell’s efforts to educate students about finding the right college for them and to calm the frenzy surrounding the admissions process, have earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues.  Her college admissions advice has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, in the New York Times: The Choice BlogSpot, and Room For Debate and in other national media outlets.

Sean OMalley
Sean O'Malley, Vice President Federal Reserve Bank of New York
"Life as a CPA"

Sean M. O'Malley is a Vice President and the Deputy Chief Investigator for Enforcement at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In this capacity, he participates and manages investigations of possible violations of banking and criminal laws and regulations by financial institutions and affiliated parties subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve. Mr. O'Malley specializes in investigations that relate to Bank Secrecy Act violations. Mr. O'Malley also acts as a liaison between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and law enforcement agencies at both the federal and state level in advanced fee and other types of fraud detection, money laundering and terrorist-financing issues. As part of this responsibility, he has testified at criminal trials and taught training seminars focusing on the banking system to agents from various federal agencies. Mr. O'Malley was also a lead investigator on the Independent Inquiry Committee, where he helped trace billions of dollars in corruption linked to the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme.

Rick ORourke
Rick O'Rourke, Global Communications Coordinator EducationUSA
"Financing Your U.S. Studies"

Richard O’Rourke is the Global Communications Coordinator for EducationUSA at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC. In this role, he provides internal and external communications support to a global network of EducationUSA international student advising centers.  In addition, he assists with the development of various products and services to enhance the dissemination of information about U.S. study and offers training, guidance, and recommendations for the advancement of various digital media strategies around the world.  His previous duties include regional coordination of the EducationUSA program in Asia and Pacific where he acted as a resource on foreign educational systems, exchanges, and student mobility trends.

Rick ORourke
Noé C. Ortiz, Director of Student Financial Aid for Process Improvement, Compliance and Reporting at the Alamo Colleges
"How to Pay for College

Mr. Ortiz has been in the field of financial aid for over 25 years, spanning experience in private colleges, a public 4-year university and 12 years at a community college. He has served on various state and national associations, committees and boards on student financial aid and student success. Currently, he is co-chair of the Financial Aid Council of San Antonio and a member of TG’s Center for Financial Aid Policy in Community Colleges.

Feliza Ortiz-Licon
Dr. Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Regional Director of Education at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
"Padres Comprometidos al Exito de sus Hijos"

Dr. Feliza Ortiz-Licon is Regional Director of Education at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Feliza has invested fifteen years in the field of education working in various capacities including teaching, research, school operations, educational policy, strategic planning, and college access. Despite a wide gamut of experiences, Feliza has predominately focused on access and equity issues, specifically as it relates to Latino students. Feliza holds a dual bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning, and a doctoral degree in Education Leadership from the University of California, Irvine.

Kerry Palleschi
Kerry Palleschi, International Studies Director, CIEE
"Get Ready, Get Set…..Gap: Student Transformation and the Gap Year"

From an early age, Kerry has been inspired by her travels across Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. In fact, she is named after a county in Ireland. Her passion for cultural exchange, combined with a background in higher education and communications, positions her well to listen to and work with families as they prepare their student for a study abroad experience. Originally from Vermont, Kerry now calls Portland, Maine home and spent the early years of her career in the Admissions office for a small local college near Portland. In her free time, Kerry enjoys alpine skiing with her husband, reading, and visiting family around the country.

Shaan Patel
Shaan Patel, 2400 Expert Founder
"Perfect 2400 SAT Essay Secrets"

Shaan Patel scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. However, Shaan is no genius and only scored 1760 on his first practice SAT. The summer before his senior year in high school, Shaan set out to master many effective SAT strategies of the SAT elite. His preparation led to a perfect SAT score. Of the 10 million students who have taken the new SAT, only 2,000 have scored 2400. Because of his score and other academic achievements, he was Nevada's Presidential Scholar, a National Merit Finalist, on the USA Today All-USA High School Academic Team, and received over $230,000 in other scholarships. Shaan is now the founder of 2400 Expert, an SAT preparation company based in Las Vegas. He is also the author of McGraw-Hill's SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps. Learn more about Shaan Patel and how you can achieve a perfect 2400 at

Miki Patterson
Miki Patterson PhD ONP, Senior Director of Orthopedic Care Design
"Nursing as a Career"

Dr. Miki Patterson is a certified orthopedic nurse practitioner and brings over 25 years of clinical experience in healthcare consulting, direct advanced orthopedic patient care, teaching, qualitative and qualitative research and publishing. She is a past president of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON) and continues to be nationally recognized for leadership and advancing orthopedic care. As Director of Clinical Solutions for Stryker Performance Solutions, Miki led multidiscipline teams focused on improving orthopedic care through national benchmarking, evidenced based practices, and workflow re-design to measurably improve healthcare outcomes for a wide profile of client hospitals and orthopedic service lines. Miki received her B. S. in Nursing at Fitchburg State University, a Master's Degree from Boston College, and her PhD in Nursing Research from University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Kevin Paul
Kevin Paul, Author of "Study Smarter, Not Harder"
"Eight Secrets of Study Success That are Guaranteed to Get You Straight 'A's'"

Kevin Paul is an internationally recognized authority on student success and author of the worldwide best-selling book Study Smarter, Not Harder. He worked for many years in higher education as a Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, and Study Skills Instructor. Kevin's writing and presentations about student success have provided valuable insights to thousands of students and parents.

Ryan Pereira
Ryan Pereira, Senior EducationUSA Adviser, EducationUSA Mumbai
"Explaining the Application Process"

Ryan completed a B.Sc. in Zoology and Biochemistry from St. Xavier's College in 1991 followed by a M.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1993 from The University of Mumbai. Ryan then did one year of management studies in Mumbai before going to the U.S. to pursue a doctorate in Biochemistry at The Ohio State University which was completed in 2002 under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Brietenberger. He then trained with Dr. Richard Cerione in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University as a postdoctoral fellow for three years followed by working for four years at Cornell with Dr. Cerione as a research fellow investigating various signaling pathways involved in cancer. Ryan returned to India in December 2009 and taught various courses in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at St. Xavier's College Mumbai during the 2009-2010 academic year before he joined the United States – India Educational Foundation as an EducationUSA Adviser in February 2011.

Mayra Perez
Mayra Perez, Legacy Scholar at James Madison University
"College Life for a Future CPA, What to Expect"

Mayra Perez is currently a student at James Madison University. She is the recipient of the AICPA scholarship for minority account students, which is awarded to students for academic achievement and leadership qualities. Through her work with the AICPA, Mayra has created a blog for junior and senior accounting majors in college that touches on topics like resume writing, finding a great internship and the CPA exam.

Sylvia Pertzborn
Sylvia Pertzborn, Director of Outreach & Community Engagement Hispanic Scholarship Fund
"Researching Scholarships"

Sylvia Pertzborn is the Director of Outreach & Community Engagement for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). In this position, she oversees the development and delivery of HSF's outreach programs which are designed to increase awareness about the importance of a college education and financial aid opportunities, as well as provide mentorship, support and inspiration to Latino students and their families across the country. Sylvia began her career with HSF in 2005 as a program officer providing direct service to students, the vast majority of whom are first generation and financially disadvantaged. Prior to HSF, she worked for BTW, a consulting firm specializing in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, and The Seattle Foundation. Sylvia received her BA in Political Science and German from the University of California, Berkeley and her MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She is the first in her family to attend college.

David Petersam
David Petersam, President of
"Navigating the College Admissions Process"

David Petersam is the president of AdmissionsConsultants. His company has helped thousands of clients gain admission to highly selective colleges since 1996. The company uses a team approach and matches applicants with consultants with appropriate admissions committee experience as well as interview consultants and editors to round out the team and ensure the applicants are able to truly submit their very best work in their applications. The company is a truly strategic and comprehensive consultancy and helps clients develop best strategies for admissions: identifying "best-fit" schools, developing applications and essays, and preparing for interviews. AdmissionsConsultants' sole focus is on helping clients successfully enter college and graduate programs that will help them meet career and life goals.

Angela Petri
SMSgt Angela Petri, USAF
"Paying for College with the Air National Guard"

SMSgt Angela J. Petri is the Superintendent of Air National Guard (ANG) Officer Recruiting at the National Guard Bureau, Washington DC. SMSgt Petri completed her Masters of Business Administration at the Touro University online program and received a Bachelors of Arts in Health Care Administration at Concordia University, WI. She is a former Emergency Medical Technician with the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Tara Piantanida-Kelly
Tara Piantanida-Kelly, Regional Training Executive at USA Funds University
"Money for College"

During her 20+ year financial aid career, Tara has assisted over 20 colleges and universities as a financial aid consultant or director, and has developed and delivered financial aid training presentations throughout the US.

Samantha Plotner
Samantha Plotner
"Internships: How to Get 'Em and What To Do If You Don't"

Samantha is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Political Science and Human Rights Studies. She co-founded The Nine Ways of Knowing  in January 2011 and served as Editor-in-Chief until May 2012. She is currently the publication's Senior Editor. Samantha has been Staff Director for the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Stanford and an intern for the National Organization for Women, New York City.

Nikki Powers
Nikki Powers, Partner Relations Manager at
"10 Ways Study Abroad Will 'Ruin' Your Life"

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Nikki relocated to Colorado where she traded delicious cheese for amazing mountains. A graduate from UW-Madison with a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in History, Nikki received several prestigious scholarships including the Hilldale Fellowship for Undergraduate Research. While in college, Nikki studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she found a new appreciation for cultural exchange through intensive art classes, intimate discussions with local friends, and volunteering in a Chilean middle school. As the Partner Relations Manager, Nikki works closely with GoAbroad's advertising clients and partner universities. Prior to joining the GoAbroad team, Nikki served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for one year with the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club of America where she continues to volunteer in her spare time. Nikki has also traveled extensively, visiting Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, France, Guatemala, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. When she's not working or planning her next adventure, Nikki enjoys volunteering with youth, being outside, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.

Vishwas Prabhakara
Vishwas Prabhakara, CEO beRecruited
"beRecruited: Advice for Student Athletes Who Want to Compete in College"

Vishwas Prabhakara is the CEO of beRecruited, the nation's largest online college athletics recruiting platform serving more than 1.5 million registered users. beRecruited enables high school student athletes in over 30 sports connect with over 30,000 college coaches. Under Vishwas' leadership, beRecruited has grown to making over 1,000,000 connections connections between student-athletes and college coaches every month. beRecruited's student athletes have earned admission to over 2,000 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions and earned hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid. Directly prior to beRecruited, Vishwas was Co-founder and CEO of Fanvibe, an interactive sports company on both computer and mobile platforms, leading innovative partnerships with the NBA, Turner Sports, the NHL, Comcast, and the Florida Panthers. Vishwas has also worked in Business Development at Digg, where he led efforts to partner with major media companies. Prior to Digg, Vishwas was Director, Finance & Strategy at ESPN, where he was on the senior management team for the company's mobile efforts and served on ESPN's New Media Senior Staff and the CFO's Senior Staff. Vishwas earned a BS in Information Systems and Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Paul Putnam
Paul Putnam, Senior National Speaker and Recruiting Expert for NCSA
"5 Things You Need to Know and Do to Get Recruited"

As a Senior National Speaker and Recruiting Expert for NCSA, Paul Putnam travels the country sharing his personal story and experience in college recruiting. His passion is working with high school athletes and their families, teaching them the dos and don'ts of college recruiting. Paul is a highly sought after speaker and reaches out to thousands of families each year to show them how to maximize their exposure and obtain funding to attend college and play their sport while learning to become future leaders. Paul was a multi-sport athlete at Skyline High School, Utah. Aside from helping his football team win a state championship, Paul was also named MVP at the 1981 State Track Meet. Highlights of his high school career include winning the National All-Sports competition sponsored by Mountain Dew and being awarded the Most Versatile Athlete of 1980–81 in Utah. Paul's success led to a collegiate football and track & field career which began at Bakersfield College in California where he earned all-conference honors. After completing an LDS mission to England, Paul returned to collegiate athletics and was awarded a track and field scholarship at Weber State University where he also competed in the Decathlon. Paul is currently an owner of BASICS Sports Medicine which, in partnership with Weber State University, provides and promotes higher education, physical and psychological wellness, physical therapy and performance enhancement services. BASICS sets an industry standard in the state of Utah for sport specific training and oversees performance training of World Class, Olympic and NFL athletes.

Paige Raschke
Paige Raschke, Master Tutor for ACT, SAT, PSAT, GRE, and MCAT Verbal
"SAT and ACT Strategies for Success"

Paige began working with The Princeton Review as an ACT Instructor in December of 2009 and has since added MCAT Verbal, GRE, and SAT/PSAT to her Rock Star repertoire. Paige is now the Teacher Manager for Louisiana and Mississippi, but you can still find her on the sidelines as a Master Tutor and Instructor.

Fernando Reimers
Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Univision Virtual College Fair Welcome Address" and "Making Plans for College"

Professor Reimers is a leading scholar in the field of Global and Comparative Education and an advisor to educational institutions and international organization around the world. His courses focus on the relationship between education policy, innovation, leadership and quality improvement to support children and youth in developing 21st century skills.His current research focuses the study of exemplary programs to develop 21st century skills throughout the world.

Teresa Rivero, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"Academic Skills to help you succeed in College "

Teresa Rivero is a Lead Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the College-Ready team, Teresa focuses on systems grant-making that advances the foundation’s mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college. Prior to joining the Foundation, was the Grant Officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated Foundations. Teresa worked for the Latin American Association as the Director of Education, and as a Program Manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s in Public Health.

Elizabeth Romero, Ph.D., VP of Learning, New Futuro
"College Major traducido: Los conceptos básicos que necesita conocer para entender cómo ayudar a sus hijos en su proceso de preparación para la universidad."

Dr. Elizabeth Romero is the V.P. of Learning at New Futuro, a socially innovative company that focuses on developing collective impact solutions to help Latino and first generation students successfully transition from high school to higher education. Previously, she was Sr. Instructional Designer in Western Kentucky University, and before coming to the United States, she was the director of the Virtual University in the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus.

Dr. Romero holds a B.S. from UNAM, a M.S. from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. She has fifteen years of experience working in education, leading the development of technology-based educational programs, and she has contributed to the research, development, and implementation of innovative educational models that leverage technology for teaching and learning. Dr. Romero is currently interested in theories of human cognition, educational innovations, and educational leadership. Besides her two daughters, she is passionate about education and technology and believes that connecting them has the potential of drastically improving the way we learn.

Dr. Eric Roseen
Dr. Eric Roseen, Chiropractor at Visions Medical Center
"How to Avoid the Freshman 15"

Eric is a graduate of the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. He came to the Boston area for an Internship at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, one of the nation's foremost Integrative Healthcare programs, with an emphasis on lower back pain. He decided to stay in Greater Boston for his practice due to the area's "natural beauty, educated community, and national leadership in healthcare policy." He chose to practice at Visions HealthCare specifically because he values the "patient-centered care and was impressed with the diversity of treatment options for patients that allows Visions HealthCare to provide true patient focused care", because he "loves the vision" and believes in "the approach of systems-based functional medicine."

Dr. Rachel Rubin
Dr. Rachel Rubin, Founder and Chief Consultant, Spark Admissions
"Getting Into the College That's the Best Match for You"

Dr. Rachel Rubin is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Spark Admissions, a noted college admissions consulting firm serving students across the United States and abroad. Dr. Rubin is a leader in the field of college admissions, having conducted some of the nation's leading research on the subject. A 2012, Dr. Rubin conducted a study at Harvard University that examined how the 75 most selective U.S. colleges determine who to admit and why. This study has received international media attention from outlets such as TIME, The Wall Street Journal and CNN. Dr. Rubin holds a doctorate and master's degree from Harvard University, where she was a Presidential Scholar.

Nitin Sawhney
Nitin Sawhney, Vice President of Tutoring Services at Marks Education
"Four Key Questions for US Admission"

Nitin Sawhney is a former high school and college teacher with 14 years of experience as a tutor in many subjects. He has helped hundreds of students around the world prepare for the SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, PSAT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and SAT Subject tests. Raised in India, Mr. Sawhney was educated at Wesleyan University and the University of Maryland.

Marie Schwartz
Marie Schwartz, CEO & Founder, TeenLife Media, LLC
"Extracurricular Activities that Prepare You for College"

Marie Schwartz, a marketing professional from the publishing and financial services industries, launched TeenLife Media in 2007 to assist parents like her to find interesting summer and school year enrichment opportunities in Greater Boston. Today, TeenLife’s award-winning website represents the largest online directory of summer and gap year programs, schools, college admission resources, and volunteer opportunities for teens, nationwide. TeenLife also produces and distributes 7 digital guides and a magazine. Marie has a BSE from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Victoria Scibilia
Victoria Scibilia, Assistant Editor at Alloy Education
"Exploring Campus Activities"

Victoria joined Alloy Education in 2009 managing data for colleges and universities in the western region. About a year later, she joined Private Colleges & Universities as assistant editor. Victoria also works on Careers and Colleges, American Colleges & Universities, and Minority Nurse magazines, just to name a few. She graduated from Merrimack College in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in psychology. As a member of the dance team, as well as being an orientation leader, Victoria was very involved on and off campus.

Elizabeth Scott
Elizabeth Scott, Wellness Coach, Author and Health Educator
"Stress Management for College Life" & "How To Combat Test Anxiety and College Stress"

Elizabeth Anne Scott is a wellness coach, author, health educator, and award-winning blogger with training in counseling, family therapy, and health psychology. She writes about all things related to stress, for She has also written a book on stress and stress management, titled 8 Keys to Stress Management, which is from W. W. Norton. Ms. Scott holds a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in counseling with a specialization in family therapy, and coursework toward a Ph.D. in health psychology that includes some positive psychology education, as well as additional education in wellness coaching. Her passion is to help people understand and manage stress so they can lead happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential. You can read more about Elizabeth at

Cheryl Scott-Mouzon
Cheryl Scott-Mouzon, Program Manager for Outreach at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
"The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship"

Cheryl Scott-Mouzon is Program Manager for Outreach at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Ms. Scott-Mouzon is responsible for managing all aspects of outreach for the Young Scholars Program, College Scholarship, Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Graduate Arts Award and the Dissertation Fellowship. Ms. Scott-Mouzon has been an educator for more than 25 years including 15 years in high school admissions and outreach. As part of her six-year tenure as an educational advisor with the Foundation, Ms. Scott-Mouzon conducted outreach for the Young Scholars program with local audiences. In addition, Ms. Scott-Mouzon has been a classroom teacher to middle school students from both public and independent schools and an adviser to high school students. She has also spent time as a radio announcer, and was director of her own summer drama camp for several years. Ms. Scott-Mouzon holds a B.A. in speech arts, theatre and drama and a minor in psychology from Adelphi University.

Elizabeth Scott
Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large at The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Choosing A College Based On Your Return on Investment"

Jeffrey Selingo, an author, writer, and thought leader on higher education, has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide. His newest book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, explores the college of future – how families will pay, what campuses will look like, and how students will learn and prove their value in the job market. Jeff is the former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. His work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs, including NPR, ABC, and CBS. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and he is a contributor to the LinkedIn Influencer program where you can follow his posts on higher education. Jeff received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master's degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University.

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, Author, adMISSION POSSIBLE®: The Dare to Be Yourself Guide for Getting into the Best Colleges for You
"The Top 5 Things to Know in Applying to College "

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, Founder and Director of adMISSION POSSIBLE® and

Laurence Shatkin
Dr. Laurence Shatkin, Senior Product Developer, JIST Publishing
"Choose a College Major That Makes Sense in Today's Economy"

Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., is the author of more than a dozen books, including College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs and Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major. He is one of the nation's leading occupational experts and appears regularly on national news programs and in major print publications to share his expertise about trends in the world of work. He has 30 years of experience in the career information field and is an award-winning career information systems developer.

Gabbriel Simone
Gabbriel Simone, Author, College Experience Consultant and College Admissions Counselor
"I Wish I Knew It Before Going to College"

Gabbriel is the Author of "I Wish I Knew It Before Going To College," a collection of stories based on what hundreds of college students wish they knew before going to college. She currently works at Quinnipiac University in the Undergraduate Admissions office and is a Professor of a freshman experience course. She regularly blogs about college, giving advice and tips to students on what to expect and how to make the most of their college experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting as well as a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, both from Quinnipiac University. While she currently lives in Branford, CT she also travels and lectures to high school students teaching them how to make the most of their college experience.

Allison Singh
Allison Singh, Author of "Getting Over Not Getting In - A College Rejection Guide"
"Getting Over Not Getting In"

Allison Singh, a former rejected student herself, is now a happy lawyer, writer and mother based in New York. Her latest book is Getting Over Not Getting In - A College Rejection Guide. Although crushed when her rejection letters arrived, she now considers herself fortunate to have received them, and hopes students can benefit from her experience. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center.

Allison Singh
Teresa Smiley, Senior International Marketing Officer USA & Study Abroad
"Study in the UK"

Teresa joined the King’s staff in 2012. She previously coordinated study abroad programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland at Arizona State University.Prior to this Teresa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and served as the Manager of Institutional Relations at the Education Abroad Network.Teresa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and her Master of Science in Education degree from Purdue University. Teresa’s areas of responsibility are:

• Developing and implementing the marketing and recruitment strategy for the USA and Study Abroad

• Primary point of contact for all intermediaries and all US institutions sending independent, fee-paying Study Abroad students on to the King's Study Abroad Programme and students on to the Summer School

• Representing the College at a number of events and recruitment trips throughout the year including at NAFSA, the Forum and partner Study Abroad fairs

• Coordinating visits by international institutions and third parties to King’s, and creation of marketing materials

Allison Singh
Fred Stennis, Mgmt. Program Analyst at U.S. Department of Education
"U.S. Department of Education"

As a business owner of an educational non-profit, former financial aid director until joining Federal Student Aid in April 2007, instructor, school board vice-chairman, Mr. Stennis has over fifteen years of experience assisting students, and serving families interested in education and opportunities beyond the secondary level. Prior to joining Federal Student Aid Customer Experience, Fred served as Special Assistant to the General Manger in the division of Program Compliance. Working in each of these capacities through the years has provided Fred with a unique perspective in customer satisfaction, community outreach and program development.

Mr. Stennis holds a B.S. in Business Management from Oakwood College and an M.S. in Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Julie Sterret
Julie Sterrett, Director of the Leadership Academy at Lehigh
"Team Captains Leadership Manual"

As the Director of the Lehigh Athletics Leadership Academy, Julia Sterrett conducts annual comprehensive leadership trainings for over 400 student-athletes, and participates actively with head coaches and department leadership staff in the review, evaluation and development of Lehigh's twenty-five division one sports programs. As a student-athlete, Julia was a standout player and team captain on the Lehigh softball team. Julia has a Master's degree in Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership from the University of Washington. She is a certified associate of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center and conducts leadership development seminars with student-athletes at high schools and colleges across the country.

Ute Strack
Ute Strack, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Berlin
"Financing a US Graduate Education"

Ute spent one year as a graduate student in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. She would like to share her U.S. experience with as many international students as possible. She's working at the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Public Affairs section, supporting the EducationUSA network in Germany.

Jordan Syatt
Jordan Syatt, Strength Trainer & Nutritional Consultant
"The College Students Guide to Grocery Shopping: Healthy Eating Made Easy"

Jordan Syatt is a strength training and nutritional consultant. He is the author of "The College Students Guide to Grocery Shopping: Healthy Eating Made Easy," he has been featured in publications such as Men's Fitness Magazine, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, and, and is currently an IPA World Record Powerlifter. For more information on Jordan you can access his website at

Jakub Tesar
Jakub Tesar, EducationUSA Czech Republic
"Choosing the College That's Right for You"

Jakub Tesar has been working as the Senior EducationUSA Advisor in the Czech Fulbright Commission since 1999. He is a leading Czech expert on educational exchange with the United States. In his career, he has helped hundreds of prospective Czech students dreaming about studying at U.S. universities. Jakub is holding a Master degree from the University of Economics in Prague and passed the highest level of training for EducationUSA advisors in the U.S.

Lyssa Thaden
Lyssa Thaden, Financial Education Content Development Manager at American Student Assistance
"Show me the Money: Straight Talk on Important Financial Considerations for College"

While not a direct descendant of the finance world, Lyssa Thaden has always loved playing with other people's money. Whether it is thinking about investments, helping to answer questions about the FAFSA, or scheming the best ways to use airline miles, she enjoys helping others learn more about the financial world as part of a personal goal to help others feel less stressed out about money. Currently, Lyssa serves as Financial Education Consultant for American Student Assistance. Lyssa is an Accredited Financial Counselor® and holds her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University.

David Thielen
David Thielen, CTO - Windward
"The Exquisite Joy of Creating Amazing Code"

Dave is a senior software developer with more than 30 years of experience, including work at startups SiTera (sold to Vitesse), QuickStreet, & Newmerix, in addition to four years at Microsoft. If you're really interested in the compulsory list of impressive-sounding titles he has held, check out Dave's LinkedIn profile. What the profile doesn't tell you is Dave once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job because he played it incessantly on company time.

Madge Lawrence Treeger
Madge Lawrence Treeger, co-author of "Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years"
"Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years"

Madge Lawrence Treeger, a psychotherapist, is the co-author of "Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years." A former member of the counseling staff at Washington University and a psychotherapist in private practice, she has traveled across the country to give workshops on the transition from high school to college and the ongoing relationship between parents and students throughout the college years. Ms. Treeger has appeared on national radio and television programs, including National Public Radio, NBC News, CNN, Good Morning America and The Today Show. She and her co-author have written for Parade magazine and Newsweek as well as for online publications. She attended Smith College and graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan. She has a master's degree in counseling from Washington University in St. Louis and a post-graduate certificate from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Ms Treeger is married and the mother of two adult daughters.

Dean Tsouvalas
Dean Tsouvalas, StudentAdvisor's Editor-in-Chief

Dean Tsouvalas is StudentAdvisor's Editor-in-Chief and the mastermind behind The Top 100 Social Media Colleges. He believes in changing the way students learn about college through StudentAdvisor. Dean began his professional life as a high school English and Journalism teacher. Later, Dean left teaching to pursue Broadcast Journalism in New York and served as a field producer for ABC News' 20/20 and Primetime Live. After many years in television Dean transitioned into the world of digital media and joined Lycos where he became Director of Content and writer/producer of The Lycos 50. Later he went on to hold executive content positions at and Eons. Since launching StudentAdvisor's Top 100 Social Media Colleges he has been routinely invited to speak to students and educators on social media best practices. Dean lives north of Boston with his wife and three children. Dean is a graduate of Stonehill College where he was a Resident Assistant and studied Communications, Journalism and Education.

Julie Tucci
Julie Tucci, MS, RD, LDN
"Becoming a Registered Dietician"

I am a Registered Dietitian licensed in the Massachusetts. I am a member of the Massachusetts Dietetic Association as well as the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am the owner and president of Julie Tucci RD nutrition consulting, Inc. Thus far in my career I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including clinical, food service and community settings and with a variety of clients, some as young as 2 months up to 90 years old.

Lorraine Usner
Lorraine Usner, EducationUSA Sydney
"Prepare for Your Departure to the U.S. "

I am American who has lived in Sydney since1995. I grew up in Florida and attended Indian River Community College and Palm Beach State College where I studied Accounting and Social Science. I also attend Oxford Falls College in Australia where I received a diploma in Case Management.

Alma Valverde
Alma Valverde, College Success Intern
"Si Se Puede! Undocumented Students CAN Go To College"

College Success Intern for 10,000 Degrees and program alumna, in charge of all Santa Rosa Junior College students in the 10,000 Degrees program. BA in Political Science and BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2013.

Kelly Villaneuva
Kelly Villanueva, EducationUSA Advisor Peru
"Your Five Steps to U.S. Study"

Kelly was born in Peru, but received all of her education in the United States. She obtained her B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Roanoke College in 2010. She has been the youngest EducationUSA advisor in Peru for the past three years and she annually helps over 200 international students find their best-fit colleges based on their unique student profiles. Kelly loves spicy foods, Charles Bukowski quotes, and sitting long hours in old coffeeshops.

Aric Visser
Arric Visser, Independent Researcher in the Field of International Education
"Getting the Most out of your Experience Abroad by Blogging"

Aric Visser is an independent researcher in the field of International Education and a Doctoral Cadidate at the Universidad de Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain.He is currently conducting a study of the cognitive effects of study abroad on creativity, intercultural competence, and self-concept in 210 secondary students in Italy, Spain, and the United States.

Elizabeth Wiley
Elizabeth Wiley, JD, MPH, President Elect at American Medical Student Association
"So you want to be a doctor? Advice for the class of 2021"

Elizabeth Wiley is President Elect of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and is completing her fourth year of medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. A native of Nashville, she received a B.A. in philosophy and women's studies from Smith College. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Wiley spent two years teaching middle school in Detroit as a Teach for America corps member. She then earned both a J.D. and M.P.H. in health policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to beginning medical school, Ms. Wiley spent a year in Norway conducting health policy research with the generous support of a Fulbright grant. She currently serves on the American Medical Student Association's Board of Trustees, the American Medical Student Association Foundation's Board of Directors, and the National Resident Matching Program's Board of Directors. Committed to primary care, Liz aspires to a career as a physician advocate and hopes to practice medicine in one of our nation's community health centers.

Ken Williams
C. Ken Williams, Assistant Laboratory Director, NJSP North Regional Laboratory
"Forensic Science: Education and Employment"

Ken Williams has been employed by the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Science since 2000. He holds certifications through the OFS in Drug Analysis, General Toxicology and Biological Stain Analysis. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven, and his J.D. from Rutgers University in Camden. As a result of spending most of his life in Alabama, Ken apologizes for the small "twang" that you may hear from time to time, but promises to keep use of the word "Y'All" to a minimum.

Kimberly Wolf
Kimberly Wolf, Founder & CEO, Girlmentum Media, Inc.
"Beyond Social Impact: Harnessing the Unexpected Benefits of Community Service "

As a teacher, tutor, and volunteer, Kimberly has personally taught and mentored hundreds of high school students and edited countless college essays. Having helped expand's community service opportunity database in recent years, she has deep knowledge of the opportunities currently available to teens and how teens can find and create new ways to give back. Kimberly graduated with honors from Brown University, and she has a master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An expert in girls health and media for teens, she is also the Founder of, a new health and wellness website for teenage girls. Follow her on Twitter: @KimmySWolf

Todd Worsham
Todd Worsham, International Business Development Manager
"So You Want to Study Abroad. Now What?"

Todd Worsham graduated from Penn State University with degrees in Crime, Law, and Justice and Sociology. Shortly after graduation he started working for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions where he provided information, and guidance to thousands of students as they were planning their educational future. Todd currently works for EducationDynamics, a company focused on higher education marketing and recruitment. There he works with their international products and services and has worked with dozens of schools and organizations from around the world to help them promote their programs. Todd has traveled extensively domestically and abroad, sometimes for work, but mostly for pleasure, and looks forward to continuing to see new places.

Mary Wynne
Mary Wynne, Vice President, Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars
"Are You Scholarship Ready?"

Mary Wynne joined Scholarship America as Assistant Vice President, Dollars for Scholars in December 2008, and became Vice President, Dollars for Scholars in June 2012. In her role, Mary leads the Dollars for Scholars program, a network of more than 1,000 community-based and volunteer-driven Dollars for Scholars chapters that award scholarships to students in more than 3,000 communities across the nation. In addition, she oversees Collegiate Partners®, a partnership initiative with higher-ed institutions that commit to maximize the impact of private scholarships from Dollars for Scholars and Scholarship America.

Cat Young
Cat Young, Associate Director, International Enrollment Services at SUNY Plattsburgh
"Choosing a U.S. Institution"

Cat Young has been at SUNY Plattsburgh for more than five years. Her recruitment travels allow her to meet students all over the world in order to guide them through the application process. She received her BA in French and Global Studies from Ripon College in Wisconsin and her MA in French Civilization from Middlebury College in Vermont and France.

Munkyeong Yu
Munkyeong Yu, Senior Education Adviser of the Fulbright Korea U.S. Education Center
"Preparing for Your Departure"

Mrs. Munkyeong Yu holds Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Yonsei University in Korea and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She joined the EducationUSA Center in 2003 and has served as Senior Education Adviser since 2004. As an EducationUSA Advisor, she participated in U.S.-Based Training, NAFSA Conferences, ECA regional conferences, the ECA Technology Workshops, the ECA Country Coordinator Workshop, and numerous other regional conferences.