Meet our team of 75+ College Admissions Counselors & Admissions Experts

Our team averages 18 years or more of experience and have earned at least a Master’s degree. They are experts for any college, major or special situations such as transfers, international admissions, or athletic admissions.

Student to college counselor ratios:

US Public High Schools
475:1

High End Private High Schools ($50,000/Year)
50:1

UCEazy
Less than 15:1

Jocbethem Tahapary

Director of Counseling Center

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.

Aliya Avarista

Associate Director of College Counseling

Aliya’s 10+ years of college admissions counseling and experience on admissions committees at JHU and other private universities, provides her with advanced knowledge of how to strategically craft competitive college applications. As the Associate Director of College Counseling, she is passionate about promoting an individualized college process in order to connect families and students with their right fit.

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.

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.

Jocbethem Tahapary

Director of Counseling Center

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.

Jennifer Brookover

Admissions Expert

Jen has 20+ 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.

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.

Jennifer Brookover

Director of Essay Writing Program

Jen has 12+ years as a college counselor and AP English teacher in Philadelphia and California. Her proficiency in English provides her students an advantage as they draft college essays. As UCEazy’s Director of College Essay Writing Program, Jen oversees one of the most essential pieces of college applications.

Becky Swanson

Essay Coach

Becky Swanson has accrued her experience as an educator in the Midwest working with 7th through 12th graders for the past 14 years. Becky holds a Master’s degree in Education and currently teaches English at an elite high school near Purdue University.

Chris Nielsen

Essay Coach

Chris has been an English teacher for 16+ years working with students in grades 8th through 12th. His strengths include helping students from diverse cultural backgrounds grow their confidence in writing. His approach to coaching supports students in finding their voice and writing a compelling story.

Carmen Livingston

Essay Coach

Carmen is a highly experienced college educator, who has spent 20+ years preparing first generation students for college admissions through personal essay writing. She has worked as a journalist for publications such as The Syracuse Newspapers and has taught courses focused on research-based writing and argument.

Cynthia Darling

Essay Coach

Cynthia has been a high school English teacher in independent high schools for 20+ years. Her treasured role has been guiding high school seniors in writing their college personal statements and supplemental essays. Cynthia has also served as part of the Admissions Committee where she conducted reviews of student writing.

Gail Collins

Essay Coach

As a long time English teacher and counselor, Gail understands that when students have the ability to connect and write about their story, their college essays and overall applications will set them apart as “unique”. Gail helps students do just that. Find their voice and write their story.

Kaitlin Alexander

Essay Coach

Kaitlin is a career educator with a Master’s degree in Education and 10+ years of experience in secondary language arts classrooms. As a remote coach, she works with teens across the globe on both their writing skills and supports students to improve their executive functioning skills.

Rebecca Lazarus

Essay Coach

Rebecca has extensive experience as both a college counselor and a high school English teacher. Rebecca is passionate about supporting students in developing their writing skills and achieving their goals. She excels at building relationships and establishing a positive rapport with her students and families.

Nick Keough

Essay Coach

Nick has 14+ years of English teaching experience. AP English Literature and Research & Writing are the courses where he has spent most of his career. Nick believes that the ability to communicate, especially through clear, concise writing is an essential skill, one that can be learned and honed with guidance and practice.

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.

Priyanka Dinesh

Admissions Expert

Priyanka is highly experienced in supporting community college students in transferring to 4-year colleges. Priyanka currently serves at the highest ranking Community Colleges that boast the highest transfer rate in California including De Anza College. Priyanka is passionate about our UCEazy student and parent population.

Alison Tovar

Family and Student Success Coach

Ali has 15+ years experience as an Education Specialist, working with students and families to ensure student success. She believes all students have the ability to reach their goals, and specializes in implementing strategies to support each student based on unique individual needs.

Cyrus Elia

Social Media & Video Production Manager

With a specialization in music production and a keen eye for detail, Cyrus leads our video production and social media team. He is integrated into our Programs in order to highlight UCEazy’s impact. As a person who understands our students' journey, Cyrus is passionate about the UCEazy mission.

Richard Napora

Financial Aid 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, I have taught graduate level classes in both career development and counseling technology in the School Counseling program at San Diego State University.

Sudeshna Majumdar

Director of Career Services and Partnerships

Sudeshna has advised 5,000+ students about career paths and employability on both the East and West Coasts. She has worked in the career and internship offices at 4 universities including a STEM based private college and a small liberal arts college. Sudeshna currently serves as UCEazy’s Career, Major and Activities Specialist.