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. For more, please visit www.RevItUpReading.com.
Adriana Flores-Ragade is director of diversity initiatives for the Relationship Development unit at the College Board. Adriana earned her BA in Government and Spanish with cum laude distinction from Claremont McKenna College and is currently completing a Masters in Communication Management at the University of Southern California. Adriana oversees four diversity conferences, strategic partnerships with organizations serving diverse communities, and serves as a Spanish spokesperson for the College Board. Prior to joining the College Board, Adriana worked for the American Red Cross Palo Alto Area Chapter as Director of Community Services and for Claremont McKenna College where she held an assistant director of admissions and financial aid position. Adriana is a member of the Examples of Excelencia selection committee for Excelencia in education and a local Red Cross volunteer.
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”.
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. Her advice can also be found in print and on major websites, such as The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney.com, USA Today, SmartMoney, Money Magazine, ABCNews.com, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Time.com, Associated Press, Reuters.com, MSNMoney.com, MSNBC.com, TheStreet.com, LearnVest.com, Entrepreneur, Family Circle, Real Simple, InvestingAnswers.com, CBS’s MoneyWatch.com, Bankrate.com, Inc., CNBC.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Detroit Free Press and more. 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. Most recently, she was the credit card expert for Credit.com where she did media interviews, reviewed credit cards, and blogged about current events in the credit card industry. Prior to that, she was a media spokeswoman and contributing editor for CardRatings.com, a credit card comparison and consumer education website. She began her career as a CPA, which provided her with the perfect background to become a finance journalist. Since then, she’s written over a thousand articles and blogs about consumer credit issues that have appeared in major national and international media outlets, such as CNNMoney.com, MSNMoney.com, Good Housekeeping, FoxBusiness.com, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Bankrate.com, CreditCards.com, Health, AARP Bulletin Today, Wealth Manager, Navy Federal, and much more. Beverly has an MBA from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and spent two years in a doctoral program at the University of Georgia studying speech communication. She’s a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and frequently speaks at national conferences. To hear the latest buzz about credit cards, follow her on Twitter: @BeverlyHarzog. You can also read updates on her blog at www.beverlyharzog.com. Note that she does not have affiliate deals with credit card companies and doesn’t profit if you apply for a credit card that she’s recommended.
Brooke Roberts holds a BA in International Affairs & Political Science from Northeastern University and an MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Bowling Green State University. Her international adventures began in high school when she left her sleepy town in rural Kansas to journey to Europe on a two-week tour through France and Spain. Since then, Brooke's educational, professional, and personal worlds have been defined by international experiences. Along with three semesters studying abroad as an undergrad, Brooke has held various positions in the field of international education both in the US and internationally. She's worked with public and private universities, small and large program providers, and provided international education consulting services. Most recently, Brooke developed and managed all education abroad operations and advising for the University of South Dakota and spearheaded marketing and advising initiatives for CISabroad. Brooke's work with GoAbroad.com focuses on new product development and broader marketing strategies for the GoAbroad brand. Brooke has traveled and lived in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.
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.
1. As Product Manager for StudyAbroad.com 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 StudyAbroad.com has added student reviews to its ever-growing list of resources for students.
Clay Hensley is the Director of International Strategy & Relationships at the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association with a hundred-year heritage of promoting educational excellence and access to higher education globally. Clay works closely with secondary schools around the globe to support their goals. Prior to joining the College Board eleven years ago, Clay taught English literature & studio art at Serramonte del Rey High School, a coalition school in Daly City, California. He has also taught at the university-level. He holds a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his spare time, Clay is an exhibiting artist based in New York City.
Deborah A. Santiago, is co-founder and Vice President for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education and has spent more than 15 years leading research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. Her current work focuses on financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and effective institutional practices for student success in higher education. She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Deborah serves on the board of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the National Student Clearinghouse.
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.
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.
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.
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 About.com. She has also written a book on stress and stress management, titled 8 Keys to Stress Management, which is coming soon 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 http://stress.about.com.
Faeza - 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.
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. www.gabbrielsimone.com
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.
José A. Cabrales serves as the Constituency Engagement Manager for Excelencia in Education. His work focuses on the Excelencia in Action Network and the national initiative, Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion. He brings to this work over 10 years of experience as an administrator in different higher education functional areas, including residence life, admissions, Greek life, and career services and research on Latina/o philanthropy in higher education and student success. Dr. Cabrales also serves on the Sigma Lambda Beta Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which supports leadership development and educational initiatives for its members.
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. Prior to his work in improving education opportunities for our students, Mr. Garcia led marketing and promotions for the launch of a new Spanish magazine published by Meredith Corporation and served as an Account Executive in Latin America for the Hispanic Marketing Division of Donnelley Marketing, Inc. Mr. Garcia is originally from Lima, Peru.
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. Letting Go has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with valuable insights, information, comfort, and guidance throughout the emotional and social changes of their children’s college years-from senior year in high school through college graduation. Based on research and extensive interviews with students and parents, and recommended by colleges and universities as well as high schools around the globe, this indispensible book offers compassionate, practical and timely wisdom. 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.
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.
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.
Marcia Cantarella is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide (www.icanfinishcollege.com) 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.
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 first hand what it feels like for a student and parent to go through the stressful process of applying to colleges. Margaret loves to educate and speak to groups and has been selected to speak at 8 National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) regional affiliate conferences throughout the USA and Canada, as well as at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Education Counseling Association (HECA). She will speak at IECA in Atlanta this November. In mid-career, Margaret and her husband served as teachers in the Peace Corps on Atoll Islands in the Marshall Islands of Micronesia. She also lived and worked in schools in Vancouver, Canada, and Wellington, New Zealand. She is energized by the rich challenges that cross cultural experiences offer, such as learning how to handle culture shock, transition skills, flexibility, making new friends, and seeing different and new perspectives, all of which strengthened her natural gift to to think "outside the box". She also values these experiences because in essence this is what each student faces when moving through change, the rite of passage from young adult to adulthood while transitioning to college. She loves working with students and parents to support them with strategies that will take each student to the next step toward reaching his or her highest potential. You can reach her at: email@example.com
Mariya is a Technical Project Manager at Google on the Gmail team. Her humble beginnings of emigrating from Ukraine to the US at the age of 11 without speaking a word of English developed and enhanced great qualities that would drive her work. Through hard work, pro-activeness, and a keen focus on academics and core extracurriculars, she was able to graduate at the top of her high school class and pursue engineering and computer science degrees at Rutgers University. Upon graduating with highest honors, Mariya enrolled in the Graduate School of Engineering at Princeton University to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree with a concentration in computer vision. In her first summer at Princeton, Mariya was accepted to the Google Internship Program and after successful completion, was offered a full time position. After graduating from Princeton with a Master of Engineering, Mariya joined Google in 2011
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, Founder and Director of adMISSION POSSIBLE® and www.admissionpossible.com
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
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. Mary has more than 16 years experience in nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining Scholarship America, Mary was the professional development director for the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network, a statewide nonprofit agency, where she was responsible for program implementation and coordination of service delivery across a variety of organizations and geography. In her role, Mary provided comprehensive program management for four education support programs, including a higher education scholarship program. She also developed and managed an interactive, online learning program, which received national and international recognition by e-learning leaders in the field. Mary received the Distinguished Leader of the Year award from the Minnesota Early Childhood & School-Age Trainers Association in 2006 and received an Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Melissa Kane is an International Studies Director with CIEE. CIEE offers students the opportunity to transform themselves by providing study abroad experiences that allow participants to establish and hone skills needed to excel in a globally interdependent world. Our participants return with a greater appreciation of another culture, language proficiency and a taste of life as a global citizen. We offer high school student study abroad programs for a semester, academic year, summer and Gap year between high school and college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VeritasPrep.com | 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, less than 2,000 have scored 2400. Because of his score and other academic achievements, he was 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 founded 2400 Expert, an SAT prep course in his hometown of Las Vegas. Because of the unbelievable success of his course, Shaan partnered with Veritas Prep, the world’s largest test preparation and admissions consulting provider, to offer courses worldwide. He is also the author of McGraw-Hill's SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Sanzone currently serves as Senior Executive for Engineering for MRI Technologies, providing support to UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand), where he served as Houston Office General Manager for 22 years before retiring in 2011. He has worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) since 1968, initially supporting Hamilton Sundstrand’s efforts during the Apollo program when he trained the majority of the Apollo astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, in the use of the company’s Portable Life Support System (backpack) that was successfully used on the moon. He became Engineering Manager in the early 1980’s, before assuming the role of General Manager in 1986. He was a charter member of the JSC Joint Leadership Team and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Villanova University, and currently serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. His hobbies include marathon running, traveling internationally with his wife Brenda, and spoiling their surrogate grandchildren.
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. Just prior to this position Thomas was Executive Director of the CORE Philly Scholarship Program where his primary responsibility was to oversee the awarding of up to $40 million in scholarships to Philadelphia high school graduates. Other positions he held was Director of Pre-College and College Retention Program Services for Philadelphia Futures and Coordinator of Career and College Awareness with the School District of Philadelphia. Additionally Mr. Butler served as the Director of the Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program and director of admission at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Thomas’ career ladder positions were those that were for the most part startups and therefore he influenced and developed the majority of these positions.
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.
Vincent “Vinnie” Flores has worked in the field of education in Korea for over12 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 Education Advisor and English Program Manager at the Korean-American Educational Commission, which administers the Fulbright Program in Korea. Throughout his 12 years in Korea, Vincent has worked extensively to build youth programs that encourage creativity and 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 youth from the U.S. to Korea in a cultural immersion and leadership program.
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.
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.
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. Dr. Gruber (doctorate in Physics) has published more than 35 books with major publishers on test-taking and critical thinking methods, with over 7 million copies sold. (At one point, three of his books were listed among the 30 top selling trade paperback books in the nation).
or five years, Allen 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 a freelance writer who has written for a web-based company specializing in student enrollment, retention, and success. Allen's educational path is not exactly a traditional one, but it gives him insight to many types of schools. 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.