College Guidance Counselor
Rachael Smith-Vaughan has been the College Guidance Counselor of the American Nicaraguan School for eleven years. During which time she has been published in various journals for higher education, is a member of NACAC and OACAC and sits on the CIS Latin American Committee. Prior to working as a College Guidance Counselor Rachael worked as an attorney in the US.
Affiliations: American Nicaraguan School
Rachel Winston (B.S., M.A., M.S., Ph.D.-2011) is the President of Educators with a Vision - College Counseling Center, Irvine, CA where she advises high school through graduate school students primarily from California and Texas through the application, admission, and athletic recruitment process. As an honors student and scholarship award winner in UT Austin’s Community College Leadership Program, her dissertation focuses on graduate school retention, persistence, and graduation. Outside of counseling she teaches college counseling through UCLA’s College Counseling Certificate Program and is a professor of mathematics at Cerro Coso College (10 years) and Orange Coast College (25 years).
Affiliations: Educators with a Vision
Dr. Rachelle Wolosoff is the founder of College Search Expert, a college advisor, counselor and educational consultant (www.CollegeSearchExpert.com). She is an award winning educator who helps students through the college search, application essay and admissions process. She successfully works with college bound students, no matter where they are located using the Internet.
Owner & Director
Ralph Becker is co-founder and director of Ivy College Prep, LLC, a college counseling and test preparation service located in Tustin, California. He received his certificate in college counseling from UCLA Extension in 2006 and is currently in his 6th admissions cycle. Ralph Becker writes a weekly column on college admissions for the Kyocharo America newspaper, in English and Korean, and posts on his blog. A former Yale Alumni interviewer, Becker received his MBA from UCLA. Becker authored two vocabulary workbooks, The Ultimate and Nonpareil SAT Vocabulary Builder Book A, and Book B.
Affiliations: Ivy College Prep LLC
Director of College Guidance
Ralph Figueroa is Director of College Guidance at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. He was formerly Associate Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Assistant Director of Admission at Occidental College in California. Mr. Figueroa had a degree in American Studies from Stanford University and a J.D. degree from UCLA.
Affiliations: Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico
Executive Director & Founder
Dr. Rebecca Joseph is committed to providing high quality education to all students. A former urban English teacher, she received her BA at Harvard, her teaching credential and masters at Towson University, and her PhD at UCLA. She also holds a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. An Associate Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, she believes that college should be an option for all and devotes her teaching, research, presentations, evaluations, and service to helping all students qualify for and receive a high quality, college ready education. She also helps students and schools focus on empowering students throughout the college readiness, application, and admissions process. She is an expert on helping students write powerful college application essays to communicate their unique stories. Dr. Joseph is also committed to helping teachers, counselors, school and community leaders develop a stronger understanding of how to encourage all students to succeed in and out of school and to develop the skills and traits necessary for success in college and in life. She is increasingly being invited to address groups across the state, country and Canada about college access, especially powerful college application essays.
Affiliations: Get Me To College
Director of College Counseling
Rene is a member of administrative staff at Hammond School in Columbia, South Carolina where she has served as Director of College Counseling for the last seven years. She has served as the South Carolina’s State Initiative Chair since 2008; and as co-chair of the annual SC SACAC Drive In Workshop for the past three years. Rene has also served on the Conference Awards and Nominations Committee two years and the Conference Program Committee one year, while presenting at six of the last seven SACAC annual conferences. She completed a two year term on UNC/Chapel Hill’s Counselor Advisory Team (C-CATs) and a two year term on Converse College’s Advisory Board. Currently, Rene is on the College Counselor Advisory Board at the University of South Carolina, on the Furman University High School Counselor Board, and on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Scholarship Appeals Committee.
Affiliations: The Hammond School
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Support Services
Richard C. Stackpole is the current Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Support Services and Director of the Undergraduate Student Services Center at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Previous experiences include academic advising, admissions, records, registration, retention, financial aid and student life at small private colleges and public universities.
Affiliations: University of Cincinnati
Ricki Sara Bennett
VP, Product Development
Ricki has more than 25 years experience in the admissions field. Prior to joining COLLEGEdata 10 years ago, she was the Director of Communications for Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of California Office of the President, responsible for educating prospective students, parents, and counselors about UC admission and financial aid. COLLEGEdata is a college planning website provided as a free service by 1st Financial Bank USA.
Director of University Counselling
Mr. Mansueto has over 35 years of experience in American and International Education. He has served in Admissions as counselor, assistant and associate director at various institutions including Monmouth University, George Washington University and Oberlin College. Mr, Mansueto later held the position of Dean of Admission at Reed College for thirteen years and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Vermont. Following his work in higher education administration, he held the post of Director of College Counseling and History Teacher at the York School in Monterey, California, and in September of 1999 was appointed Director of University Counselling at Chinese International School in Hong Kong, a position that he currently holds. Mr. Mansueto earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Drew University, and completed graduate work in the School of Public and International Affairs at George Washington University.
Affiliations: Chinese International School in Hong Kong
Dr. Robin Boren, The College Doctor, LLC, provides a comprehensive college advising program for families specializing in reducing the anxiety of the college admissions process while helping students evaluate their priorities and personal learning style. She was a high school counselor and school psychologist with 30+ years in education. Robin offers both proactive directions for students’ academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary growth as well as creative and dynamic counselor workshops.
Affiliations: The College Doctor LLC
Robin S. Groelle has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with over twenty-five years of experience in college admissions and directing College Counseling programs in schools in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. She has personally assisted over 1,000 students with their journey from high school to college. Although many of these students have attended some of the most selective institutions in the U.S., her focus is matching each student’s attributes, interests, and goals with the learning and living environment of the colleges.
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Dr. Robin Revis-Pyke is Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Montverde Academy. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from Barry University in Leadership and Education. Dr. Revis-Pyke is a published author and serves as a reviewer for scholarly educational journals.
Affiliations: Montverde Academy
Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Planning
Roby Blust currently serves as the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Planning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he has been for the past 13+ years. Roby has over 27 years of experience in the admissions field, and has served as the chief admissions officer at Loyola University Chicago, Regis University in Denver, and Edgewood College in Madison, in addition to Marquette. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and a masters degree from St. Louis University.
Affiliations: Marquette University
Independent Educational Consultant
Robyn T. Moreth, Independent Educational Consultant, has fifteen years of experience in education. A former Spanish teacher, Ms. Moreth entered the field of counseling with the specific goal of helping students and their families with their post-high school plans. She holds a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling and Guidance and has worked as both a generalist and college/career counselor in two Illinois high schools in Township High School District 214. She has professional membership in the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).
Director of College Counseling
Rod is currently Director of College Counseling at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. In his 30+ years in secondary education, he has worked at schools in Boston, Connecticut, California, and Florida. Rod has also chaired the Admission Practices Committee for National Association for College Admission Counseling. While in Florida, he directed the SACAC Summer Institute for Secondary School Counselors. Presently, Rod teaches on the faculty of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, chairs the Oversight Committee at The Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Common Application.
Affiliations: Milton Academy
Director of College Counseling
Mr. Roland Allen has been the Director of College Counseling at St. Margaret's Episcopal School since 2004. In addition, he teaches Philosophy and Ethics in the Upper School, is a faculty advisor and chairs the diversity steering committee. Mr. Allen has over 25 years of previous college counseling and has built a national reputation in the field of College Counseling. He has admissions experience at a number of institutions, including Westmont College, Colby College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, The Branson School and Sidwell Friends School. He actively participates in professional organizations, including the College Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Western Association for College Admission Counseling and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools.
Affiliations: St. Margaret's Episcopal School
Rondalynne McClintock wants to change the world by changing the way students fund post secondary education. She believes that there are enough resources for anyone who wants them. “The money is out there, you just have to know how to ask for it!” Rondalynne McClintock is currently a PhD student in the Information Systems & Technology program at Claremont Graduate University . She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Claremont Graduate University. Rondalynne McClintock founded the Scholarship Club in 2005. At the Scholarship Club, students learn techniques for finding and winning scholarships, fellowships, and grants. They write essays, study past scholarship winners, evaluate scholarship opportunities, and learn the things Scholarship judges look for in an application.
Affiliations: Claremont Graduate University
Ruth Vedvik has worked for 35 years in the college admission and financial aid industry and for the past 9 years (respectively) as a principal at Hardwick-Day, an enrollment consulting firm that works with the admission and financial aid offices of private colleges and universities. Ruth has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, serving as the Director of Admission at Ball State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Agnes Scott College. She began her career as an admission counselor at Gustavus Adolphus College. In her extensive consulting practice, Ruth has assisted colleges and universities with recruitment, selection, communication and the development and implementation of financial aid policy.
Affiliations: Hardwick Day Inc.