COLLEGE ADMISSIONS COUNSELORS (8-12 GRADES)

WHO IS GUIDING YOUR CHILD TO COLLEGE?

The student to college counselor ratio in US Public High Schools is 475:1. A UCEazy counselor is focused on college admissions for your child. The student to college counselor ratio at UCEazy is typically under 15:1.UCEazy uses highly experienced college admissions experts (counselors) to guide students whose parents did not attend middle school, high school or four year college in the United States. Each of our counselors average 15 years or more experience and have Master’s degrees at the minimum. They go through a rigorous interview process. They can even assist with special situations like transfers, international admissions, or athletic admissions.

MEET THE COUNSELORS ( 8TH – 10TH )
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Shari Schussel

Program Director

Shari is a holistic counselor with 14+ years working with Bay Area families. She worked for 8 years at Monta Vista High School which is a top ranked STEM school in California. Shari also is an External Reader at UC Berkeley and serves as the UCEazy’s Director of the Xcellerator Program.

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Kristen Wiley

Kristen worked at an elite private high school for 10+ years. With her experience as an External Reader for UCSD Admissions and in the field of medical research, she has a broad understanding of supporting students to think outside of the box. Kristen is UCEazy’s Assistant Director of the Xcelerator Program.

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Anne Johnson

Anne is an experienced counselor who has worked in education, counseling, and the youth non-profit sector for 15+ years. With a background in both development of individual students as well as getting them into top universities, Anne is skilled at connecting with students and families who are driven towards long term success.

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Anna Cavanaugh

Anna is an experienced and passionate College Admissions Counselor with 15+ years of experience at the high school level. She earned a Masters in Educational Counseling degree and excels in supporting student development. She enjoys guiding student in their early years to set them up on a path to success.

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Andrea Rasmussen

Andrea has 10+ years of experience working with students and their families. She’s worked at both public and elite private high schools and serves as an External Reader for UC Admissions. She’s passionate about helping students find their paths and enjoys empowering, guiding, and encouraging them to reach their goals.

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Alisa Berner

Alisa has spent 22+ years working as a comprehensive counselor at a high-ranked public high school where she provided guidance to thousands of students and helped them gain admission to their dream colleges. For the past 10+ years, she has been an External Reader for UC San Diego Admissions.

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Ashley McWilliams

Ashley has 15+ years of experience working with students and their families as they navigate the college admissions process. As a counselor at a high ranking Northern California high school and a former college admissions officer, she has a holistic understanding of how the admissions process works every step of the way.

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Blair Betts

Blair has worked at one of the top ranked private high schools in the country as the Assistant Director of Counseling supporting students and families from diverse backgrounds. She has also served as an admissions officer at two universities. Aside from a counselor, Blair is UCEazy’s Orientation Specialist.

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Dr. Candy Navarro

After completing her Master’s from Harvard, Dr. Candy Navorro began her career in admissions at University of Southern California. Currently, she serves as the Director of College Advising in an elite private high school, as an Alumni Interviewer for Harvard and an Application Reader for USC.

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Dr. Cynthia Gutierrez

Cindy loves her work as an External Reader of UCLA applications since she is an alumnus of the school for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Cindy has spent 15+ years working with students to help them gain admissions into their top choice colleges and is an expert in working with students and families.

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Claudia G

Claudia is a high school counselor with 15+ years of experience in successfully guiding students through their high school journey and the college application process. Her career spans across various programs in California, including one of the highest ranked and competitive STEM public high schools in the Bay Area.

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Denise Johnson

Denise has extensive experience in counseling including at comprehensive middle and high schools. As a counselor at high performing charter and public schools for the past 8+ years, she has supported students across the spectrum including with motivation and also obtaining acceptances to the highest ranked universities.

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George Mailat

George is a first-generation expert counselor who has helped over 9,000 students gain acceptance and impressive financial aid packages to their dream colleges. Aside from his time as a counselor, George has spent the last several years as an External Reader of applications for the prestigious UC Berkeley.

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Gail Davenport

Gail has spent the last decade working with students on developing post secondary plans and navigating through the college application process. Through her experience as a High School Counselor and as an External Reader for UCLA, she has been able to see the admissions process from both sides.

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Julia Tushaus

Julia is a comprehensive counselor who thrives in the details of developing the whole student. She has worked in top ranked public and private high schools for 10+ years in LA, San Diego and the Bay Area. Julia has spent the past several years as an External Reader for UC Admissions.

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Jessica Seth

Jessica’s background at Harvard Medical School Outreach Program, Tufts Alumni Admissions interviewer and Questbridge Reader, gives her the experience needed to support students on the foundational aspects of their college journey. Jessica thrives working with students from diverse backgrounds.

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Jocbethem Tahapary

With 25+ years working on both ends of the college admissions process, Jocbethem is the ideal counselor for developing students and helping them reach their dream college. He has served in the admissions offices for three universities and is a long-time External UC Admissions Reader.

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Jill Newman

Jill Newman, has 30+ years of international and stateside experience as a high school counselor and teacher. She utilizes a personalized approach that encourages her students to be immersed in their own insightful learning with directed questioning techniques that help to discover a student's interests, abilities, and skills.

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Kelly Hedgspeth

Kelly earned a Master’s at Harvard, where she specialized in Mind, Brain, and Education. She has worked as a college counselor at an elite private high school near Boston and currently serves in the Admissions Office at the university level. Kelly teaches UCEazy’s course on “The Impact of Stress on Academics”.

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Kaylin Liang

Kaylin is an experienced college counselor with a deep understanding of the difficulties faced by immigrant families in navigating college admissions. She has worked as a college admissions counselor in top international high schools in China and as Director of Academics at a leading Northern California high school.

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Laura Duran

Laura attended Mission San Jose High School and has 10+ years of experience working in Counseling and College and Career Center for two of the most highly ranked high schools in California. Laura puts emphasis on supporting student development in order to maximize their chances of success for college admissions.

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Michael Tsai

Michael has 15 years of academic, college applications and test prep experience. He understands the journey of our UCEazy families and his unique approach with students encourages out of the box thinking and action. Michael has guided students that have been accepted into Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and other top tier colleges.

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Treana Marbrey

As an External Reader for UC Admissions and with 10+ years of experience as a College & Career Counselor TreAna has significant experience in guiding students and families through the college admissions process. TreAna’s strength is working with first generation students and those whose parents were educated outside of the US.

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Trevor Smyth

Trevor has worked in college admissions counseling at an elite private high school for 10+ years and is also an External Reader for UC Berkeley Admissions. He has extensive experience developing the potential of highly aspirational students including athletes, many of whom have found success at top 20 universities.

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Dr. Tina Singh

Dr. Tina Singh is a passionate and holistic admissions counselor with over 20+ years of experience in education. She has an extensive STEM background including degrees in Biochemistry and Research at UCSD, MCAT experience and is currently an AP Chemistry teacher at a high ranked high school.

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Terry Gilbert

Terry previously led application review teams at Purdue and Carnegie Mellon, primarily in engineering and computer science. Terry is knowledgeable about how to support students to enhance their candidacy for admission at selective institutions. Terry currently reads applications for George Washington University.

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Tina Heeren

Tina has 23+ years of experience at high ranking public and private high schools. She has also worked for the University of California evaluating transcripts for participation in the Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) Program. Tina also is experienced in working with athletes and supporting them through the NCAA process.

MEET THE COUNSELORS ( 11TH & 12TH )
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Karen Rowe

Program Director

Karen has 20+ years of college admissions counseling experience and expertise with both public schools and rigorous private schools students. As an External Reader for UC Admissions for several years, Karen understands what top tier colleges seek. She also serves as UCEazy’s Director of the College Admissions Program.

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Andrew Jezierski

Admissions Expert

Andrew is an admissions advisor at the prestigious University of Chicago. He also has 15+ years as a college counselor at elite high schools on both East and West coasts. This unique and varied experience allows him to specialize in admissions at top tier colleges for the most motivated students.

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Anne Johnson

Anne is an experienced counselor who has worked in education, counseling, and the youth non-profit sector for 15+ years. With a background in both development of individual students as well as getting them into top universities, Anne is skilled at connecting with students and families who are driven towards long term success.

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Aliya Avarista

Admission Expert

Aliya is an empathetic counselor who earned her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves as a key member of the Hopkins admissions committee in addition to other private universities. Additionally, she works with both elite independent and public schools.

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Abby Croft

Admissions Expert

Abby has reviewed thousands of applications for highly competitive STEM programs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is currently an academic advisor at Purdue University and is the ideal fit for students pursuing admission at top universities.

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Brittany Dávila

Admissions Expert

Brittany is an expert in highly selective college admissions. She has reviewed more than 15,000 applications and counseled hundreds of students. Brittany has held roles in the admissions and/or financial aid offices at the following colleges: Reader at UC Berkeley, NYU, Barnard College, Fordham and University of La Verne.

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Dr. Candy Navarro

After completing her Master’s from Harvard, Dr. Candy Navorro began her career in admissions at University of Southern California. Currently, she serves as the Director of College Advising in an elite private high school, as an Alumni Interviewer for Harvard and an Application Reader for USC.

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Jennifer Brookover

Admissions Expert

Jen has 12+ years as a counselor and AP English teacher in both Philadelphia and California. Her English background provides her students an advantage as they tackle college essays which are one of the most essential pieces of college applications. Jen also serves as UCEazy’s Director of College Essay Writing Program.

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Jose N. Ireta

Admissions Expert

With 20+ years as a college counselor at a top ranked high school, Jose’s students boast acceptances to top universities in the US. Many of his students have also been recipients of the prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship. Jose specializes in individualizing the college application process for students with a range of needs.

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Kellee Carter

Admissions Expert

Kellee has 22+ years of experience working in admissions and recruiting in the university setting. With her background in the college space, Kellee provides her students with the “insider” view of the college admissions process. She currently serves as an assistant director of enrollment in a California State University.

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Keyon L Anderson

Admissions Expert

Dr. Keyon Anderson works as an External Reader for UC Berkeley Admissions and has 15+ years of experience as a College Peer Advisor, motivational mentor/speaker and the Director of a College Access Program in California. In addition to his college roles, he is also a published author and business owner.

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Dr. Monica E. Randall

Admissions Expert

Monica has 25+ years of experience in college admissions and has earned three post graduate degrees including her Doctorate in Public Policy. She has served as VP of Admissions and Financial Aid at a university and is an expert at guiding students to their best fit, dream college.

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Rachel Mack

Admissions Expert

Rachel has 15+ years of experience as a College Admissions Counselor with a Masters in Educational Counseling. She has worked in high ranking high schools and has developed a Comprehensive College Program. Rachel is highly empathetic as she shares the same educational journey as many of our UCEazy students.

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Richard Napora

Admissions Expert

Rik has 20+ years of experience in college admissions counseling and has counseled thousands of students in personal, academic and career areas. In addition, he has taught graduate level classes in both career development and counseling technology in the School Counseling program at San Diego State University.

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Spencer Barr

Admissions Expert

Spencer is an experienced college admissions counselor with 20+ years of working with high school students as a mentor, coach and counselor. His work is comprehensive and student focused as Spencer prides himself in supporting students to create an individualized college list in order to find the perfect fit for college.

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Terry Gilbert

Terry previously led application review teams at Purdue and Carnegie Mellon, primarily in engineering and computer science. Terry is knowledgeable about how to support students to enhance their candidacy for admission at selective institutions. Terry currently reads applications for George Washington University.

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Whitney Enwemeka

Admissions Expert

Whitney has 5+ years in college admission and recruitment at the University of Southern California. She is an instructor for summer programs at UC Berkeley and USC for 11th-12th graders. Whitney is a contributor to a #1 best selling college admissions book and a guest speaker in Asia educating students on US colleges.

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Brian Ford

Admissions Expert

Brian has reviewed 60,000+ college applications including BS/MD programs as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston University. Brian currently is the Director of College Counseling for an elite private high school near Boston. His background makes him a top expert in guiding students to BS/MD and Pre-med programs.

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Chris Sharp

Admissions Expert

As an Assistant Director of Admission at CMU, Chris received extensive training in majors ranging from computer science, math and engineering. With 16+ years at the university level and elite private high schools, he has a keen eye for how students can differentiate themselves while applying to the most selective majors.

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Ray Prado

Admissions Expert

Ray has spent his career in higher education starting at UCLA as an academic advisor, the Outreach and Recruitment Director at the UCLA School of Medicine, then 12 years at Caltech working in the Undergraduate Admissions office. Ray is a global minded educator who boasts some of UCEazy’s most significant top tier university experience.

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Amy Pimentel

Admissions Expert

Amy Pimentel has worked in College Access, counseling, and student services for 14+ years. Amy has also served as an External Reader of UC Berkeley Admissions for several years. Her passion and experience in admissions allows her to provide a 360 view for students who are aiming for top universities.

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Alisa Berner

Alisa has spent 22+ years working as a comprehensive counselor at a high-ranked public high school where she provided guidance to thousands of students and helped them gain admission to their dream colleges. For the past 10+ years, she has been an External Reader for UC San Diego Admissions.

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Dr. Cynthia Gutierrez

Cindy loves her work as an External Reader of UCLA applications since she is an alumnus of the school for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Cindy has spent 15+ years working with students to help them gain admissions into their top choice colleges and is an expert in working with students and families.

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Deanna Goldberg

Admissions Expert

Deanna has 25+ years of experience as a college admissions counselor at both elite private and public schools. She is a graduate of UCLA and a reviewer for the prestigious UCLA Alumni Scholarship Program. Deanna is an expert in supporting student development and currently teaches UCEazy’s Soft Skills Development course.

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David Fajnor

Admissions Expert

David has the experience to support students to their fullest potential having spent the last 36+ years assisting students and families throughout the college admissions process. This includes 28 years in Admissions at the University of California and 8 years as the College Counselor at a STEM-focused high school.

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Julia Tushaus

Julia is a comprehensive counselor who thrives in the details of developing the whole student. She has worked in top ranked public and private high schools for 10+ years in LA, San Diego and the Bay Area. Julia has spent the past several years as an External Reader for UC Admissions.

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Jocbethem Tahapary

With 25+ years working on both ends of the college admissions process, Jocbethem is the ideal counselor for developing students and helping them reach their dream college. He has served in the admissions offices for three universities and is a long-time External UC Admissions Reader.

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Katy Watts

Admissions Expert

Katy has 15+ years of experience as a college admissions counselor at places including an international school with the top ranked International Baccalaureate program. In addition to her years as an External Reader for UC Admissions, she helps students gain a competitive advantage over their local competition.

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Melissa Royal

Admissions Expert

Melissa has 12+ years of experience in admissions and academic advising including Reader for the University of California at LA and Santa Barbara. She has also worked in college recruitment in university student services providing transitional support for admitted students.

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Monica Ibrahim

Admissions Expert

Monica is an experienced college counselor with a Masters degree at Harvard's School of Education. Monica has worked 10+ years with students and families and leads a college counseling team at an international boarding school in New York. Monica also serves as an External Reader for UC Berkeley Admissions.

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Nicholle Wyatt

Admissions Expert

Nicholle has 14+ years of experience as an External Reader at UCLA and UCSD Admissions. She is also the Lead Admissions Coach for USC’s Bovard Scholars Program. Nicholes’s 25+ years of college counseling, including at an elite private high school, supports her students in gaining admissions into their dream college.

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Stephanie Sachs

Admissions Expert

Stephanie is a comprehensive college admissions counselor with 27+ years of experience at the high school level. Her commitment, passion and deep history provide an understanding of college admissions trends. She continues to also serve as an External Admissions Reader for UC Admissions.