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Professors

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”.

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.

Harishankar Rangaraj

Director of IT and Operations

Hari has extensive experience in website and software development and stays up to date on the latest technology and trends. He has worked with numerous brands to develop websites that create a joyous user experience. Hari’s goal is for UCEazy families to discover everything they need online and make it easy to find.

Amy Parrish

VP MARKETING (ACTING)

Amy brings a diverse 30+ year career in public relations, marketing, technology and journalism to the team. In her current role at UCEazy, Parrish leads the strategy and creative solutions for integrated marketing campaigns for UCEazy.

David Campos

Director of Strategic Initiatives

David is a Stanford graduate with more than 10 years of experience in college admissions who previously co-founded a tutoring company. Leading UCEazy’s Student Success efforts, David is a strong believer in supporting the entire family and developing a multi-dimensional student for success in college admissions.

Shari Schussel

VP of Programs

As UCEazy’s Director of Programs, Shari is responsible for building and leading programs that meet the needs of UCEazy families. Her experience as a high school counselor and UC Berkeley Reader ensures that all programs are evolving to stay ahead of the curve to provide families with access to the highest quality Academy experience.

Dennis Yan

VP Student Success

Having immigrated from China with degrees from Purdue and USC, Dennis understands the goals first-hand of UCEazy families. Dennis has served in admissions at both Purdue and UC Berkeley. In Dennis’ current role as VP of Student Success, he supports families by successfully connecting them into the best UCEazy Programs for them.

Vaitheesh Kolady

COO

Vaitheesh (VK) is a first-generation immigrant and co-founder of UCEazy. After helping navigate his own children through high school and into prestigious universities, he left his successful career in Silicon Valley as a software development executive to help others by developing high-quality college admissions solutions.

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