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Admission Consultants

Our admission consultants have admissions committee experience at the top universities and private schools in the country, and have read countless personal statements and applications. They advise applicants on strategic positioning, 

personal statements, helpful extracurricular activities and overall admissions applications. In short, they have unique insight as to what distinguishes the acceptances from the borderline rejections. 

Vitaly Borishan

Georgetown Law

 

Vitaly is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and has a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the recipient of the prestigious Warren Christopher Scholarship Award, established in honor of the former U.S. Secretary of State.

 

Prior to founding Solomon Admissions Consulting, Vitaly worked at two major Am Law 100 international law firms as a Corporate Attorney. Vitaly has extensive experience working with talented high school and college students to perfect their admissions applications to Ivy League and other top institutions in the country. He has assisted and consulted applicants with regards to personal statements, theme development, strategic positioning, and overall applications. He has also prepared both high school and college students for various examinations, including the PSAT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

Dan Lee

Georgetown Law

 

Sung is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and studied engineering and worked as an engineer prior to law school. Sung has also worked as an Intellectual Property Attorney at a major Am Law 100 international law firm.

 

 

Sung has over a decade of experience helping talented students gain admission to the top undergraduate and graduate institutions in the country. He has personally edited countless personal statements and has advised applicants on proper structure, language and tone. Sung has also done extensive work with students on strategic positioning consulting to position applicants in the most advantageous light possible. His clients come from all walks of life and have come from California, New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, and as far as London and Singapore. Sung is also a former SAT and LSAT prep instructor for Princeton Review.

Founders

College Admissions

Senior Consultants

Tamy-Feé Meneide 

Director of College Counseling

   Solomon Admissions Consulting

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Dartmouth College

 

2 Years in Dartmouth College Admissions

1 Years in MIT Admissions

6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Ms. Meneide is an educational counselor and college coach (both graduate level and undergraduate level), and graduated with her Master's from Boston College in Higher Education Administration. Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Meneide worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions at some of the most selective institutions such as Dartmouth College and MIT. She truly believes in access and equity in education and works within many diverse communities to make this a reality.

Tamy-Fee has conducted research at Harvard Medical School and she now brings her expertise from her research and career experiences to diverse constituents ranging from CEOs of non-profit organizations to individual parents and students.

She works to empower her audiences to navigate the nuances of educational institutions to achieve maximum potential. 

 

 

 

Sarah Godwin

Former Associate Director of Admissions

   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Former Associate Director of Admissions

   Johns Hopkins University

3 Years in MIT Admissions 

5 Years in Johns Hopkins University Admissions

3 Years in University of Vermont Admissions

20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Ms. Godwin earned her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Vermont and her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Godwin has served as Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Recruitment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition, Ms. Godwin led the team that welcomed prospective students and families to campus. Prior to that, Godwin held the position of Associate Director of Admissions at Johns Hopkins University where she served as a Co-Chair of the Engineering Selection Committee making admissions and scholarship decisions for all applicants to the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. At Johns Hopkins, Godwin also served as the Director of the transfer application and committee selection process. Ms. Godwin’s first job in undergraduate admissions was at her alma mater, the University of Vermont, where she served as a member of the Vermont team, and where she traveled extensively to numerous rural areas.  

Ms. Godwin enjoys working with students 1:1, helping each to uncover their unique story. Experience includes reviewing over 20,000 applications and over 60,000 admissions essays. 

Sarah J. Goebel (Sally)

Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions

   Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

Former Director of On-Campus Recruitment Programs

   University of Pennsylvania

 

5 Years in Wharton MBA Admissions
3 Years in Penn Undergraduate Admissions
10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated


Sally’s professional experience combines nearly a decade of Ivy League admissions work with more than 20 years advising students and parents in prestigious college preparatory schools regarding admissions and financial aid. Sally’s Ivy League experience spans Penn undergraduate and Wharton MBA admissions, and includes reading and evaluating many thousands of applications, executing final decision authority, training teams of auxiliary application readers, and conducting sessions to advise applicants.


Sally’s expertise regarding strategic positioning and compelling personal messaging helps applicants convey their achievements, talents and aspirations to yield optimal presentation and delivery. Sally holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Sally has had a 30 year career in admissions, including more than 20 years as admissions director.

Nicholas Accrocco

Former Auxiliary Application Reader

   University of Pennsylvania

Former Admissions Counselor

   Vanderbilt University

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Kogod School of Business, American University

1 Year in University of Pennsylvania Admissions

1 Year in American University Admissions

3 Years in Vanderbilt University Admissions

7,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Combining years of admissions experience at both the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as helping hundreds of students apply to selective colleges and universities, Dr. Nick J. Accrocco has a passion for helping students in the admissions process. Nick's experience during his time in admissions has given him insight as to what is valued within admissions committees from his work at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He has helped countless students with understanding the nuances of selective college admissions, fine tuning all aspects of their application, as well as preparation for college interviews. Additionally, he has been a guest speaker and lecturer for high school students, their families and education practitioners on many aspects of the college search process.

 

 

James Simon

Former Admission Counselor

   University of Chicago

Former Admission Counselor

   Loyola University Chicago

 

1 Year in University of Chicago Admissions

4 Years in Loyola University Chicago Admissions

7,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Jamie Simon is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago where he completed his undergraduate degree and a graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction. Following his graduate studies, Jamie worked in college admissions at Loyola University Chicago as the Honors Program Liaison, followed by working in The University of Chicago’s Office of Admission. At the University of Chicago Jamie reviewed domestic and international applications, attended committee review, and read transfer applications.

 

As students begin their application process, Jamie has over a decade’s worth of experience of students successfully finding the best range of colleges that provide an academically challenging and socially engaging experience.

Chris Ream

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Vanderbilt University

Former Admissions Reader

   Duke University

 

4 years at Vanderbilt University Admissions

5 years at Duke University Admissions

7500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

As a college admissions professional for the last 10 years, Chris has experience working in highly selective admissions offices at Vanderbilt and Duke Universities. At Vanderbilt, he reviewed over 1,000 applications annually from domestic and international applicants. Chris prided himself on being a strong advocate for his constituent students, especially when presenting in admissions committee. In addition to his core responsibilities, he worked with Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science to select scholarship recipients and served on the need-based financial aid committee for international students. At Duke University, he again reviewed applications from domestic and international applicants and served as a mentor to new admissions readers.

 

Chris recognizes the importance of creating a persuasive narrative in the application process. Telling a compelling story throughout an application can make an otherwise average applicant stand out to admissions staff. Chris gets great satisfaction from helping students identify their interests and strengths while homing in on institutions that are a good fit.

Wesley Rosamilia

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

University of Chicago

 

4 Years in University of Chicago Admissions

7,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

While working in college admissions and athletics, Wes Rosamilia evaluated over 7,000 applications and 14,000 college essays. Wes’ ability to help students find their authentically persuasive voice as they share their narrative has resulted in a 75% admission rate and over $500,000 in academic scholarships at institutions such as Williams College, Amherst College, Johns Hopkins, The University of Chicago, and more.

Wes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Economics from the University of Chicago. In 2011 and 2014, Wes founded two college readiness programs supporting athletes and at-risk students applying to selective colleges.

 

Mark Kubaczyk

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

University of Chicago

 

3 Years in University of Chicago Admissions

6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Mark Kubaczyk is an Admissions Consultant for Solomon Admissions. After attending the University of Chicago for his undergraduate education, Mark worked in the UChicago admissions office evaluating over 6000 admissions applications from students from Long Island, NY, New Jersey, and Eastern Europe. After three years, Mark went to Duke University to get his Master’s in Public Policy all while continuing to work with over 30 prospective college applicants privately and also continuing to read applications at UChicago part-time. In his private admissions consulting work he’s helped students get into schools such as Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, among many others.

Outside the college admissions world, Mark works as a Consultant with the Redwoods Group, working to improve management practices at community-based, child-serving organizations. He’s an avid Chicago sports, Notre Dame football, and Duke basketball fan, and he also enjoys hiking, biking, reading anything about American history, politics, or urban innovation, and spending his Saturday mornings at the Durham Farmer’s Market.

 

 

Lindsay M. Bigoness

Former Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

   Princeton University

Former Admissions Officer

   Harvard University

 

4 Years in Princeton University Admissions

5 Years in Harvard University Admissions

10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Lindsay Bigoness is former Senior Assistant Dean of Admission at Princeton University. Lindsay served on Princeton’s Admissions Committee and evaluated thousands of student admission files annually. She was a team leader for various regional areas during the Committee’s work. Lindsay specializes in working with students with a range of interests and backgrounds seeking admission to highly selective schools. At Princeton, Lindsay’s responsibilities also included directing “Princeton Preview,” the University’s admitted student overnight programs each year. She also organized a number of other academic, advising and recruitment programs. Prior to joining the team at Princeton, Lindsay worked at Harvard College Admissions for five years. Her responsibilities at Harvard Admissions also included supporting visitor, communications and outreach programs and serving as a member of the Board of Freshman Advisers at Harvard College.

Lindsay received her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009. At Harvard, Lindsay was involved in student leadership activities and served as student member of a University Faculty Search Committee. Lindsay holds her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Wellesley College. At Wellesley, Lindsay served as student director of first-year orientation and was an instructor for the campus study center.

 

 

Aviva Legatt

Former Senior Associate Director, Special Programs and Admissions

University of Pennsylvania
 

4 Years in Wharton Undergraduate and Pre-College Admissions

2 Years as a University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interviewer
10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Dr. Aviva Legatt is a college admissions expert, Ivy League professor and Forbes contributor with experience on the undergraduate and transfer admissions committees of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, she also spearheaded the Leadership in the Business World pre-college program and its signature Wharton Senior Capstone course.

Dr. Legatt’s column in Forbes covers issues in higher education affecting students under 30 years old. Her expertise is featured in major publications including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Poets & Quants, and many more.

Dr. Legatt is also an internationally recognized professor in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Coursera courses hosted by the University of Pennsylvania have been honored by Poets & Quants as a “Best Business Course.” In Wharton's Executive Education Program, she serves as a High-Performance Team facilitator and coach, helping executives improve collaboration skills.  

 

 

Timothy T. West

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Duke University

Former Application Reviewer

   Stanford University and Rice University

10 Years in Duke, Stanford, and Rice Admissions

5,700+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Timothy (Tim'm) earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he began his career as an Admission Officer before the pursuit of graduate degrees from The New School for Social Research (MA) and Stanford University (MA). 

For more than two decades Tim'm has worked as a university professor teaching Cultural Studies, Philosophy, English, and Creative Writing which
he has also had the privilege of teaching at the high school level where these subjects are available. As a former high school instructor, Tim'm brings valuable insight to how students can translate both academic and extracurricular assets from the high school experience to colleges. His various work experiences across the United States have given him broad insights on a variety of college campuses. He takes special pride in helping students find colleges that are a good "fit".

He understands the "science of admissions" to be a balanced approach to rigorous review of academic assets and the personal qualities that are sometimes harder to communicate without the expertise of good counsel. Professionally, Tim'm currently serves as a Senior Managing Director at Teach For America.

 

Scott Kominkiewicz

Former Senior Admissions Counselor

   Vanderbilt University

Former Application Evaluator

   Princeton University

3 Years in Vanderbilt University Admissions

1 Year in Princeton University Admissions

6000+ Applications read

 

Scott Kominkiewicz is a graduate of Lafayette College where he studied history and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Following his graduate studies, Scott taught middle school in Japan through the JET program. His peers elected him to direct the Hokkaido English Challenge where, a non-profit organization that hosted an English immersive camp and funded study abroad trips for students. Upon returning to the States, Scott evaluated applications at Princeton University. The next year, Scott moved to Nashville to work in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt University. During his tenure at Vanderbilt, Scott reviewed domestic, transfer, and international applications, voted on the Questbridge and International committees, and visited hundreds of high schools around the world. This past year, Scott served as an Assistant Director of College Counseling at The Hill School where he helped dozens of students navigate the college process with confidence.

 

Scott realizes the college process is convoluted and confusing. He hopes to empower students to feel more confident by helping students find institutions that will value their contributions and unique story.

 

 

Meghan Stetson

Former Admissions & Financial Aid Officer 

Harvard University

 

4 Years in Harvard College Admissions

6 Years in Harvard College Financial Aid

3,000+ Applications read

 

Meghan Stetson is a graduate of Williams College where she studied English and was a Dean's List student. She went on to earn an EdM in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Stetson received the Williams in China Teaching Fellowship and spent a year teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she began her 10+ year career in higher education. She has also worked at Oxford University and Hamilton College as an advisor, sports writer, and coach. 

 

Ms. Stetson spent two years in Boston as a college counselor before joining the Harvard College Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, where she was a hybrid Admissions & Financial Aid Officer for four years. At Harvard, Ms. Stetson served on the undergraduate admissions committee, reading applications from across the United States, interviewing applicants, and advocating for students throughout the process. She also served on the undergraduate financial aid committee, calculating awards for students and families and taking into account their unique circumstances and challenges. 

Ms. Stetson draws on her years of college counseling and knowledge of selective college admissions to help students highlight their unique life stories and actualize their potential. 

 

 

Cathleen Sheils

Senior Associate Director of College Counseling

   Solomon Admissions Consulting

Former Director of Admissions

   Cornell University

Former Executive Director of Enrollment Management    SUNY

12 Years in Cornell Admissions

20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
 

Cathleen earned her MPS degree in Policy Analysis and Management and her BS degree in Science and Economics from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Higher Education at Northeastern University.

As Director of Admissions at Cornell University, Cathleen was personally responsible for reviewing several thousand applications per year and making admissions decisions for highly selective colleges and academic programs. Based on this experience she has a comprehensive understanding of the college admissions selection process and how to assemble an application that gets attention.  

Cathleen impresses on students and families, the importance of breaking down the college admissions process into manageable steps. She provides expert guidance and structure throughout the process. 

 

Peter Zimmerman

Former Admissions Reader

Stanford University

 

3 Years in Stanford University Admissions

2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Peter Zimmerman is a Senior Admissions Consultant with Solomon. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The College of William and Mary in Art/Art History, with minors in Anthropology and Japanese Studies. He graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa – the United States’ oldest honor society for liberal arts colleges. Mr. Zimmerman was one of the first students ever to receive W&M’s prestigious 1693 Scholarship — one of the most distinguished scholarship programs in the country, emphasizing student-led research and academic excellence. In addition, he was awarded W&M’s Martha Wren Briggs Scholarship for academic distinction in Art History. He also attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

 

Mr. Zimmerman joined the Admissions team at Stanford University in 2012, where he spent three years working on the undergraduate admissions team reading and evaluating applications. During that time, he read many thousands of applications from 31 different countries and 26 states in the US. In 2016, he joined Solomon Admissions Consulting, after 15 years’ experience in music marketing, non-profit communications, magazine editing, copy writing, and admissions work. At Solomon, Mr. Zimmerman has worked with families from all over the country, as well as from China, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy, to build strategic, compelling applications for undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

 

Maura Connors
Former Senior Admissions Counselor
University of Chicago

 

2 Years in University of Chicago Admissions

4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a major in Geographical Studies and minor in Art History, Maura joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UChicago. In her two years there, she recruited students from across the country, evaluated more than 4,000 applications, offered information sessions on applying to highly selective universities, led educational essay writing workshops, and advocated for students in the admissions committee. Maura served as a member of UChicago’s outreach team, writing content for print and digital marketing pieces. She has also conducted interviews, served on merit scholarship committees, assisted students in planning a gap year, and helped select UChicago’s essay prompts.

Maura has a comprehensive understanding of the overall admissions process and recognizes the importance of storytelling in the college application. She utilizes her admissions and marketing experience to help students fine –tune their writing, illuminate their personal brand, and find their perfect college fit.  


Marisa Herrera

Former Assistant Director of Admission

Stanford University

17 Years in College Admissions

6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Dr. Marisa Herrera has an undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Applied Science with an emphasis in Agribusiness, a Master of Business Management (M.S.M) with an emphasis in International Business and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Marisa Herrera has worked in higher education for over 17 years at several highly selective institutions including UCLA, Stanford University and USC.  As the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Stanford University, she oversaw the largest admissions territory for Stanford, which included Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.  In addition, she worked with community based organizations and independent private schools in the Los Angeles area on annual case study programs designed to prepare high school students for competitive college admissions.  After a stint traveling the world with Archbishop Desmond Tutu as an Assistant Dean for the Semester at Sea program, she returned to Stanford Admissions to work as an admissions reader for the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

Ann Mejias Rivera

Former Associate Director of Admissions

   Cornell University

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   University of Rochester

9 Years in Cornell University Admissions

8 Years in University of Rochester Admissions

25,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Ms. Rivera received her BA from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences in Government/English and earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, where she focused on issues regarding access to college.  She is a seasoned college admissions and advising professional with over 20 years experience at highly selective and Ivy League admissions offices.  She was personally responsible for reviewing several thousand applications per year nationwide, as well as training and managing alumni volunteers who interviewed applicants.  

 

Ann’s personal philosophy on college selection centers on looking “beyond the rankings” for a college that truly best fits a student’s needs and interests.

Heather Dianno

Former Regional Admissions Director

University of Pennsylvania

 

3 Years in University of Pennsylvania Admissions

3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Heather Dianno is an Admissions Consultant for Solomon Admissions. Since attending the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate education, Heather has worked as interviewer, auxiliary reader, and New Jersey Regional Admissions Director for University of Pennsylvania. As part of her work, she reviewed thousands of college applications. In her private admissions consulting work she has helped students get into schools such as Columbia University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Northwestern University, among many others.

Outside the college admissions world, Heather works as a scrum master/project manager for CoreDial, working to improve agile practices. She is a mother of two children. With one child already in college, she has lived the college application experience from both sides.

Rod Bugarin

Former Assistant Director of Admission & Fin. Aid

   Columbia University

Former Assistant Director of Financial Aid

   Brown University

Former Assistant Dean of Admission

   Wesleyan University

Former Sr. Assistant Director of Admission

   Hampshire College

 

4 Years in Columbia University Admissions

2 Years in Brown University Financial Aid

2 Years at Wesleyan University in Admissions

3 Years at Hampshire College Admissions

10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Rod is unique among independent college admissions consultants. Not only does he have extensive hands on experience in selective admissions at several institutions, he is fluent in financial aid and enrollment management policies, particularly for international candidates.  

Featured in The Gatekeepers (Steinberg, 2002) and Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College (Ferguson, 2011), his career in undergraduate college admissions started as a tour guide and student interviewer at his alma mater. Since then, he has amassed fifteen years of experience at selective institutions and scholarship committees, with particular expertise in working with athletes, legacy candidates, those who seek merit scholarships and helping students finding which highly selective institution is the right fit.

 

A graduate of the University of Rochester (BA) and Teachers College-Columbia University (MA), Rod looks forward to sharing his experience as a scholar/practitioner in college admissions. 

 

Kelly Connors

Former Admissions Reader

   Duke University

Former Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

   George Mason University

 

4 years in Duke University Admissions

2 years in George Mason University Admissions

1000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Kelly earned a Masters of Education at George Mason University where she also engaged in student advising support. Kelly joined the undergraduate admissions team at Duke University where she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of applications per year and provided admit recommendations for committee review.  

 

As a Solomon Admissions Senior Consultant Kelly uses her extensive admissions background and expertise to help students navigate the often overwhelming admissions process and strives to assist her clients in shaping a compelling application for highly selective colleges and universities. Her passion and commitment in helping students identify the best university fit is evident in the relationships that she builds with each of her clients.

 

John W. Enyart

Former Director of MBA and Graduate Admissions 

   Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Former Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 

   Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

 

11 years of undergraduate admissions directorships for engineering, sciences and liberal arts

9 years of graduate admissions directorships for business and natural sciences

26,000+ Admissions Decisions (final authority)

 

Mr. Enyart draws on his experience with a wide spectrum of select academic programs and admissions processes as a teacher and director of admissions. Prior to launching his own technology companies, he spent over 20 years leading both graduate and undergraduate admissions programs. Mr. Enyart retired from academia as Director of MBA and Graduate Admissions and faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his tenure at Penn, Mr. Enyart was a Professor and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

 

John brings both a deep perspective on compelling admissions packages, as well as an acute awareness of current and unfolding STEM and business school communities, with a focus on integrating academic and professional opportunities. Throughout his career, John has been a dedicated mentor to hundreds of students and professionals, and is distinguished by the extensive advising experience he brings to his consulting clients.  Mr. Enyart holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Carol Jillson

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Stanford University

Former Acting Executive Director

   UC Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program


5,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Carol Jillson has over 12 years of higher education experience in admissions, recruitment and program management. She is a former Assistant Director of Admission at Stanford University, where she evaluated thousands of applications, conducted admissions presentations to prospective applicants and attended admissions committee review. Carol also ran the UC Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, which also included evaluating applications and interviewing applicants. She is also an alumni interviewer for London Business School.

 

Carol has a comprehensive understanding of highly selective college admissions. She specializes in helping students differentiate themselves and create a compelling application. Carol provides expert guidance and structure throughout the process, and helps students find the best fit schools for their longer term goals. 

 

Carol received a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from London Business School. She has worked in Consulting, Finance, and Education.

 

Jayson Weingarten

Former Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania

 

4 Years in Penn Undergraduate Admissions
10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated


Jayson combines theory & practice, blending four years working directly in undergraduate admissions and studying higher education in graduate school. Jayson has a unique ability to simplify the often complex admissions process for students and families, and in turn help students and families best position themselves in the selective admissions process. Jayson’s focus is on crafting a complete & compelling application, positioning applicants in a way to best convey their accomplishments, interests, and potential.

 

In the Penn Admissions office, Jayson led the recruitment, evaluation, selection, and matriculation for the New England territory and was the head liaison with the Engineering School. Jayson has been published in the New York Times and written many blog posts for his knowledge and insights into the college admissions process. Jayson holds a BA in Economics & Consumer Psychology from the College of Arts & Sciences, an MS in Education from the Graduate School of Educations, and an MBA from the Wharton School all from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Makenna May

Former Admissions Counselor

Princeton University

 

2 Years in Princeton University Admissions

2,500+ Applications read

 

Makenna May is a former admission officer at Princeton University. Makenna served on the Princeton Admission Committee and evaluated thousands of applications. She was the team leader for making admission decisions on applications from New York, Delaware, Michigan, and New Hampshire, but has experience making final decisions about students from across the United States. She graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature and with certificates in Urban Studies and American Studies. She wrote her thesis on the role of privilege in the Ivy League Schools in comparison to that of the Grandes Ecoles in France with respect to admission, institutional resources, and post-graduation opportunities, and she is currently pursuing a Master's degree. 

While studying at Princeton, Makenna was a Peer Academic Advisor and a Peer Career Advisor, and, as a staff member at Princeton, she was a Staff Fellow who met with Princeton students interested in going into the field of higher education. She appreciates the holistic review process of elite schools and is dedicated to helping students find a college where they will thrive.

 

 

Stephanie Fernandez

Former Assistant Director of Admission 

Northwestern University

 

3 Years in Northwestern University Admissions

6,000+ Applications read

 

Stephanie earned her B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and her M.Ed in Education Policy from the University of Washington. As a first-generation college student, Stephanie became passionate about helping others through the college application process and finding the best fit school. 

 

Stephanie became an Assistant Director of Admission at Northwestern University in 2014, where she spent three years working on the undergraduate admissions team reading and evaluating applications. During that time, she read approximately 6,000 applications and 12,000 essays from the Southeast region of the U.S., with the majority of her applications hailing from Texas. She was also the Coordinator of the Alumni Admission Council, where she oversaw approximately 6,000 interviews domestically and internationally. She also participated in many alumni interviews for Chicago-area applicants. 

 

Consultants

Grisel Maldonado
Former Admissions Officer
Brown University


2000+ applications Read and Evaluated
 

Mrs. Maldonado has dedicated her career to preparing students to get to and through college because she strongly believes every student deserves the opportunity to receive the necessary mentorship and guidance to achieve his or her dreams. As a Brown University admissions officer she recommended admissions decisions for over 2,000 candidates, and then went on to found a college counseling department at the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago where she mentored and coached over 2,000 students to build their best college admissions profile and be prepared for the rigors of college. As the Director of College Counseling, she successfully coached students to be accepted to Brown University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Washington University St. Louis, University of Notre Dame, and more.

 

Mrs. Maldonado earned her BA in History and Hispanic Studies from Brown University, and was most recently the Director of College Success at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute (UEI) where she led strategy to support Chicago Public School students be on the path to the best fit college for them starting as early as 6th grade. Mrs. Maldonado currently lives in Chicago and works in New York City and San Jose, California.

 

Jim Shields

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

Dartmouth College

4 Years in Dartmouth College Admissions

5,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Jim Shields graduated from Dartmouth College and spent 4 years on the staff of the Dartmouth College Admission office, serving as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He covered the eastern seaboard as well as California.

 

During that time, Jim reviewed and evaluated several thousand applications, and handled correspondence with high schools, counselors, parents, and students, about the college application process. He also worked with athletic recruitment and minority applicants, including African American, Latino and Hispanic as well as Native American students. He has continued serving students and parents in various ways since his time at Dartmouth through many other endeavors. He now lives and works in the Sacramento area.

 

Joe Reiff

Former Senior Admission Counselor

   Emory University

Former Admissions Reader

   Duke University

 

3 years at Emory University Admission

1 year at Duke University Admissions

5,000+ applications read and evaluated

Joe is a graduate of Emory University, where he studied Music Composition and directed the co-ed a cappella group, Dooley Noted. After graduating, Joe spent three years in Emory’s Office of Admission covering the Midwest U.S., evaluating applications, and advising families on the admission process.  During his tenure at his alma mater, Joe also selected finalists for the Emory Scholars Program and developed strategies for recruiting and evaluating talented students interested in pursuing the arts.

 

Following a move to North Carolina, Joe spent a year as an admissions reader for Duke University, then transitioned into a career in software development. He has since returned to his home state of Virginia, where he lives with his lovely wife. Joe enjoys the palpable sense of energy that surrounds the college search and is excited to help students and their families navigate that process.

 

Lara Magdzinski

Former Admissions Reader

   Northwestern University

Former Professional Reader

   UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Former Admissions Reader

   Kenyon College
Former Assistant Director of Admission

   Kalamazoo College

2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Lara brings over a decade of selective college admissions and college counseling experience to
her work as a Consultant with Solomon. Having begun her career in admissions as part of the
application reading team at Northwestern University, she most recently served as an Admissions Reader for Kenyon College and as a Professional Reader for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Under her guidance, students have gained admission to highly selective institutions across the country (and the globe) including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UPenn, Northwestern, University of Chicago, NYU, and many more.


Additionally, Lara has worked with students while teaching English in Germany as a Fulbright
Scholar, serving in Residential Life while completing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Northwestern University, and advising study abroad participants. She is passionate about her work with young people, and equally so about the college process. In large part due to her own circuitous path as a transfer student in college, she believes firmly in the power of “fit” and finds great joy in helping each student find just that.

Andrea Saunders

Former Application Admissions Reader
   Rice University

Former Application Admissions Reader

   Carnegie Mellon University

 

3 Years in Southern Methodist University Admissions

1 Year in Rice University Admissions

1 year in Carnegie Mellon University Admissions

1 Year in Chatham University Graduate Admissions

4 Years in Wofford College Admission​

8,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Andrea began her career in college student recruitment at the University of Maryland—College Park, Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  While later living in Pittsburgh, Andrea was able to gain experience in graduate admissions at Chatham University and serve as an outside application admissions reader for Rice University and Carnegie Mellon University. When they moved again, Southern Methodist University provided yet another opportunity for Andrea broaden her knowledge of the application review process.

 

Throughout her 15 years recruiting students, Andrea has had experience reading and evaluating the applications of elite student-athletes, gifted computer science students, BFA applicants, as well as BS/MD applicants, MBA, and MSPAS applicants.  Having lived in eight states since college, her diverse geographic experiences strengthen her ability to view applications through a variety of lenses and backgrounds. Currently, Andrea and her family reside wherever the United States Air Force sends her husband.

 

Liz Beasley

Former Admissions Reader, Duke University

College Advisor, Duke University

 

1 year in Duke University Admissions

3 years in Duke University Undergraduate Academic Advising

500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Liz Beasley received her PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia in 2005. After teaching for a few years at UGA and North Carolina Central University, she came to Duke in 2008— first as an Admissions Reader, where she read hundreds of applications for Duke Undergraduate Admissions, ranking and evaluating transcripts, test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation and flagging the most promising applicants. For the past ten years she has been an editor at Duke University Press and, since 2015, a college advisor for undergraduate academic advising.

 

She loves working with students and has a deep commitment to their success. As a former creative writing and composition instructor, she is especially skilled at helping students find their distinctive voice and develop engaging essays. Because she has a wide range of experience in the university system—as an admissions reader, academic advisor, instructor, writing tutor, and editor—she has a unique perspective on what universities look for in prospective students as well as what skills students need to be successful once they arrive on campus.

 

Terry Gilbert

Former Associate Director of Admission 

   Carnegie Mellon University

Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

   Purdue University

2 years in Carnegie Mellon University Admissions

7 years in Purdue University Admissions

21,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Terry Gilbert has an undergraduate degree in Management and a graduate degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education, specializing in Enrollment Management.

 

During his nine-year college admission career, he held leadership roles at both Carnegie Mellon University and Purdue University, crafting and executing the undergraduate diversity recruitment and the domestic recruitment strategy of those institutions, respectively. His work as a professional in support of college access and student inclusion garnered recognition from both The College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counseling.

 

Through personal interviews, financial counseling sessions, and admission credential reviews, Terry has advised countless students on the path through which to achieve their post-secondary dreams. As a reflection of reputations of Carnegie Mellon and Purdue, he is skilled at helping students interested in the STEM fields navigate a holistic admission process.

 

Melissa Baumgart

Former Admissions Reader

New York University

2 Years in NYU Admissions

1,200+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a degree in Radio/Television/Film and History. After graduating, she worked in television before turning to writing and teaching. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she is the 2018 winner of the Katherine Paterson Prize from the Hunger Mountain Journal for the Arts.

 

For two reading seasons, Melissa worked for New York University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she was trained in holistic application review with a focus on determining a student’s “fit.” She has reviewed 1,200+ applications from across the country. She also volunteered for several years with Minds Matter NYC, where she helped guide her mentee through summer program and college applications, resulting in a full college scholarship. Additionally, she was a Writing and Critical Thinking consultant for Minds Matter, helping students craft their personal statements for applications and financial aid. She loves helping students express their authentic voices to find the best match of student and school in each admissions consideration.

 

Eve Crusto

Former Admissions Reader

New York University 

2 years in New York University Admissions

1,000 applications read and evaluated

 

Eve Crusto received her BA in African American Studies and English from Mount Holyoke College where she earned the Robert P. Sibley Award, James Baldwin Playwriting Award, and the Dean's Inclusiveness Initiatives Grant, all in recognition of her writing. After graduation, Eve joined Teach For America where she earned a Louisiana Teacher Certification and taught English for three years while also leading her school's Special Education department at the district level. As an admissions reader at NYU, Eve evaluated applications at the undergraduate and graduate level. Eve founded an after-school program for students to learn story-telling through theater, then went on to pursue an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she was also a recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. 

 

Eve's masterful command of the written word coupled with her robust experience of the admissions process makes her a strong ally to students striving to tell their own stories through college submissions and beyond.

 

 

 

Racquel Bernard

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

Dartmouth College

 

1 Year in Dartmouth College Admissions

650+ applications read and evaluated

  

Racquel Bernard is a PhD student at UCLA in Musicology. She served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College after graduating from the university with a bachelor's in African and African American Studies. She completed her Master's in Cultural Studies at University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. 

She has worked with international students to successfully apply to schools such as Princeton, University of Chicago, NYU, Northeastern, Boston University, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse, and several others. She has visited China to meet with families and discuss important factors in the admissions process. During her time as an admissions officer, she read over 650 applications and she uses her experience to advise students on how to create an application that stands out in the admissions pool. She also served as the African American community liaison and Arts community liaison. As Arts liaison, she spearheaded a program that allowed admitted students to perform with current Dartmouth students during one of the admitted students weekends.

 

Racquel enjoys working with students, asking them big questions about their aspirations, and helping them find institutions that best suit their interests. She is excited to work with new students and guide them towards their goals.

 

Jeff D'Andria

Former Admissions Reader

   UC Berkeley

Former Tech Recruiter

   Microsoft

Former Assistant Director of Career Ventures

   Stanford University 

450+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Jeff is a former Undergraduate Admissions Reader at UC Berkeley. He is a specialist at helping students get into opportunities, with roles in admissions at UC Berkeley, tech recruiting at Microsoft, and career services at Stanford University, among others. In addition to being an Admissions Reader at UC Berkeley, he was a Student Affairs Officer from 2008-2010 in the UC Berkeley summer programs office, facilitating programs for incoming freshmen and transfer students, high school students and the university's summer internship program. While earning his M.S. in Student Affairs Counseling at Syracuse University, he was a Career Counselor from 2010-2012 at the university career center, advising hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Following his time in Upstate New York, he was a Tech Recruiter on Microsoft's university recruiting team from 2012-2014, specializing in software engineering recruiting and hiring 50+ interns and 50+ new grads from colleges beyond the ivies each season. After Microsoft, Jeff moved to his hometown of San Francisco for an opportunity at Stanford University's career center, where he was an Assistant Director of Career Ventures from 2014-2018, specializing in building recruiting partnerships with tech and startup companies in Silicon Valley. He now leads career services for Make School, a Y Combinator backed startup that has become the nation's newest software engineering college (B.S. Applied Computer Science). 

 

 

 

Sarah Gross

Former Admissions Reader

Northwestern University 

1,400+ Applications Read and Evaluated 

Sarah is a graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Psychology and Communications. While studying at U of I, she worked closely with students as a teaching assistant and peer mentor in the first-year seminar program for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After graduating, she did a year of corporate sales work before starting her Masters degree at DePaul University in Chicago. Working towards her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Development, Sarah’s studies focus on the theory and practice of student and academic affairs in higher education.

 

For the past two reading seasons, Sarah has worked for Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she was trained in holistic application review with a focus on determining a student’s “fit”. She has reviewed 1,400+ applications from the northeast coast of the U.S. all the way to China. Currently, she is furthering her work with undergraduate students interning as a Career Counselor for Northwestern’s Career Advancement office. She is passionate about guiding students through various stages of development and hopes to assist them in their search for their best college fit.

 

Caitlin Sackrison

Former Assistant Director of Admissions

   Carnegie Mellon University
Former Senior Fellow

   Colgate University

1 year at Carnegie Mellon University Admissions

2 years at Colgate University Admissions

2 years at Brandeis University Writing Center

1000 + Applications Read and Evaluated

Caitlin is a graduate of Colgate University and is currently earning her Ph.D. at Brandeis University. Caitlin began working in college admissions at Colgate University as an esteemed senior admissions fellow. After graduating she became the Assistant Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, Caitlin reviewed and evaluated applications for the School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business, and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and made admission recommendations. In addition, Caitlin interviewed prospective students and presented the advantages of a Carnegie Mellon education both on-campus and across the country delivering regional informational programs.

 

For the past 4 years Caitlin has been working with college-bound students advising them through the admissions process and as a writing consultant at Brandeis University. She seeks to help students define their academic goals, understand what makes a strong applicant, and how to clearly convey the distinctive characteristics that make them uniquely qualified to gain admission to a university that best aligns with their needs and aspirations.

 

Elisabeth Hahn

Former Admissions Officer

Duke University

 

2 years in Duke University Admissions

2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

 

After graduating from Duke University, Elisabeth remained at her alma mater and worked as an undergraduate admissions officer for two years. During this time she evaluated and recommended decisions on more than 2500 applications and was responsible for student recruitment in five states. The most rewarding aspect of this work, however, was discussing the application and selection processes with prospective students and their parents. She has continued these conversations informally since her time at Duke and particularly enjoys sharing insights with military families, many of whom are negotiating the added challenge associated with frequent moves during a student’s high school career. Elisabeth lives with her husband, an active duty Army officer, and their two children.

 

She has continued to pursue her interest in higher education by earning a master's degree in higher education from Harvard where she is now completing her doctorate.

 

Caressa Nguyen

Former Application Reviewer

Northwestern University

1,200+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Caressa is a graduate of UC San Diego where she studied Human Development, International Affairs, and Linguistics. During her time in San Diego, Caressa gained experience working with incoming freshmen, the Office of Admission, and various college-access and leadership focused nonprofits. As a result, her passion for creating access to higher education and supporting students grew and transformed her career to become dedicated to working in education.

 

To further her career, Caressa graduated with a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. While working towards her master’s degree, Caressa served as an external application reader for Northwestern, built UC Irvine’s Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) Scholarship Program, and performed research on Asian Americans and affirmative action. Through her numerous professional experiences, Caressa has developed an intersectional, multi-faceted perspective on the admissions process and has a keen eye for bringing out the best, and often overlooked, parts of students in their applications. Caressa is excited to guide students to find schools that are the “right fit” for them and to serve students in one of the most pivotal experiences in their academic career.

 

 

Daisy Oliver

Former Admissions Officer

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

 

8 Years in UCLA Admissions

10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Daisy Oliver obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from UCLA, and her Master’s of Social work degree from USC. She has worked as an Admissions Officer for UCLA Undergraduate Admission, and has been a Holistic Reader for the UCLA freshman application process reviewing over 10,000 applications for the past 7 years. 

 

Daisy’s passion for education has only increased through her professional experience, and she is committed to equal access to education and building opportunities for domestic and international students.

 

Will Miller
Former Admissions Reader
   Princeton University

Former Associate Dean, Academic Advisor

   Yale University


1 Year in Princeton University Admissions
1,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated


Will has earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of
Houston, a Master of Education in K-12 School Administration from Prairie View A&M, and another Master of Arts in Higher Education from Columbia University Teachers College.


Will is a college readiness expert and admissions strategist. And for two decades he has helped students from all over the globe earn acceptance into the most selective colleges and universities in the country. He also has extensive experience as a teacher, coach, academic advisor, mentor, and a college administrator. He is a former Princeton
University Application Reader, and a former Yale University Associate Dean, Academic Advisor & Fellow of the College. Currently, he serves as Head of College & Residential Director for Yale University Pathways to Science Scholars Program.

 

Juliana Wong

Former Admissions Reader

UC Berkeley

2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Juliana attended UC San Diego as an undergraduate and studied Communication and Business. During her time at UCSD, she was heavily involved in educational equity work, which centered around college access, retention, and persistence for diverse student populations in the local San Diego area. After graduating, she served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in the South Bronx in New York City, providing academic and social emotional support through alternative educational experiences for NYC public school students. She is passionate about creating culturally-relevant curriculum to engage students that are meaningful and engaging for their own learning and knowledge production.

 

She also received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she held multiple roles as an advisor, counselor, instructor, and coach in both multicultural affairs and academic support services. While at UMD, Juliana served as an external admissions reader at UC Berkeley, where she read and evaluated over 2,000 freshman applications. Her holistic, personalized approach to consulting and advising empowers students to authentically share their narratives and shine light on their assets and strengths in order to maximize their opportunities in college and beyond.

 

 

Ebony Breaux

Former Application Reader

UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions

UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

 

1,000 Applications Read and Evaluated

 

Ebony received her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine where she discovered her passion for education. She has spent the last decade supporting students to and through college, focusing on those who will be the first in their family to pursue higher education. She began her work in college access as an undergraduate student, working with both high school and college students to help them prepare for their next steps. After graduating, she served as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Bay Area before continuing her work in college access as a college advisor. She currently serves as a founding college counselor in Los Angeles, where she helped to start a high school and create a college counseling program, leading 100% of her students to be accepted to a 4-year university.

 

As an application reader for UC Berkeley, Ebony read and evaluated applications for the general undergraduate admissions as well as the Haas School of Business. She has read and evaluated over 1,000 applications and individually supported over 120 students through the college application process. Ebony loves demystifying the college process for students and families and helping students discover their best fit.

 

Zachary McNeal

Former Admissions Reader

Duke University

Zachary McNeal graduated summa cum laude from Lancaster Bible College, and is currently a grad student at Duke Divinity School. Before coming to Duke, he worked as a program coordinator and chaplain at an historic rescue mission in New York City, working to help NYC’s homeless community achieve housing stability.

 

While enrolled at Duke, he worked as a First Reader in Duke’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. During his time in Duke’s admissions office, he read and evaluated hundreds of applications from all over the United States, especially from the Chicago area, Pacific Northwest and Northeast. This exposure to a wide variety of college applicants has given him a keen insight into the significance of making the college application tell a compelling and focused story. While high grades and exemplary extra-curricular activities are vital to success, top colleges admit interesting people, not merely impressive résumés. He is dedicated to taking this knowledge and expertise, and leveraging it to help students and families tell their stories well. In addition to admissions consulting, Zac is an avid reader, a mediocre musician and an obsessive acquirer of historical trivia.

 

 

 

Medical School Admission Consultants

Beverlee Turner

Former Associate Director of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School

 

5 Years in Harvard Medical School Admissions
 

 

Beverlee Turner is a graduate of Howard University and currently works as an educational coach and consultant. While serving as the Associate Director of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School, she advised and counseled both prospective and matriculated medical students on their careers in medicine and beyond. In addition to serving on the admissions committee, she was directly involved with student affairs, recruitment, and academic and research preparation for pre-matriculating students. Ms. Turner has served on several committees and collaborated with various medical school admissions officers across the nation.

 

Ms. Turner’s, background in psychology and experience as an educational coach, inform her approach to helping students achieve their goals through personal and professional development

 

 

Swetlana Lobachova, M.D., M.B.A. 

Formerly at Harvard Medical School Admissions

 

1 Year in Harvard Medical School Admissions

3 Years as Pre-Medical Advisor at Harvard College

 

 

Swetlana is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in biology.  She received her Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School and Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2011.  Swetlana completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in 2012 and residency in Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2015.  She has been working as a staff anesthesiologist at Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts.  

 

Swetlana has served on the admissions committee at Harvard Medical School where she interviewed applicants, reviewed applications and participated in admissions committee meetings.  As a college pre-medical advisor at Harvard, Swetlana has guided numerous students through the medical school application process when she assisted them with everything from medical school selection to personal essay and interview preparation. 

 

Swetlana is originally from Ukraine and Germany and therefore initially applied to medical school as an international student.  She, therefore, is uniquely positioned to assist international students.  Furthermore, Swetlana is passionate about health systems, quality improvement and education.  Given her background, she can provide constructive insights into the entire process of medical school admissions as well as dual degree programs. 

 

J. Mason DePasse, M.D.

Formerly at Baylor College of Medicine Admissions

3 Years in Baylor College of Medicine Admissions

 

 

Mason earned a B.S. in biology at Stanford University and an M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine, where he was elected to AOA. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Brown University and is currently an orthopedic trauma fellow at Brown. He will then go on to a fellowship in spine surgery at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He has conducted research in spine and education and has published papers in multiple medical journals.

 

Mason was an active member of the Baylor admissions committee for three years during medical school, giving him unique perspective on the medical school application process and successful personal statements. He has also assisted students with review of personal statements.

 

Drew Albers, Ph.D.

Formerly at Saint Louis University School of Medicine

 

3 Years at Saint Louis University School of Medicine Admissions Committee

Drew received his B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Neurosciences, followed by completion of his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Saint Louis University. During his doctoral studies, he was responsible for mentoring pre-medical students on the path to achieving medical school admission. He began his medical studies at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2015, and will graduate with his M.D. in 2019.

 

During his time at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Drew served on the admissions committee, where he was responsible for evaluation of applicants on interview day and during the final decision at committee meetings. He has extensive experience in writing and editing, including admissions essays and secondary applications. Drew also has specific expertise in research by pre-medical and medical students, including the discussion of research on medical school applications and during interviews.

 

 

Samuel Yamshon

Formerly in UC Davis School of Medicine Admissions

 

 

3 Years in University of California, Davis School of Medicine Admissions

 

Sam received a B.A. in Medieval History with a concentration in Pre-Medical Science from Columbia University in 2011, and will be completing his Doctor of Medicine in May 2016 at the UC Davis School of Medicine, where he served as co-director of the Shifa Community Clinic and founded the UC Davis Bioethics Society.

Sam has served on the admissions committee at UC Davis for 3 years in multiple capacities, including initial applicant screening, evaluation of applicants on interview day, and evaluation of applicants for final admission decisions.  He has successfully prepared students for SAT and ACT exams as well as biology and math courses, and has extensive experience reviewing and editing admissions essays and letters of recommendation.

 

Karen Hamilton, PhD

Former Assistant Dean for Diversity at 

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 

6 Years in Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Admissions

2 Years on the Admissions Committee at the Association of American Medical Colleges

 

Karen earned both her undergraduate and master’s degree from Ohio State University. Her Ph.D. was awarded in International and Comparative Education from the University of Pennsylvania. For twenty- eight years, she worked at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. As an Assistant Dean, Karen served on the Admissions Committee, where she screened countless applications and interviewed applicants. Karen was also on a special Admissions Committee for the Undergraduate Scholars Summer Program for college students focused on biomedical research careers. Similarly, she helped establish the Penn Med Scholars Program for Penn undergraduates as well as medical students interested in careers in academic medicine. 

 

Karen also held positions and was active at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She served on its Admissions Committee when she was the National Chair-Elect Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs. Moreover, she co–authored an article, “A Review of the Literature on Non-Cognitive Variables: What Have We Learned?” published in The Advisor. This paper examined articles written on non –academic factors which could potentially influence an applicant’s medical school acceptance. As a result of these many experiences, Karen developed expertise in mentoring and assisting undergraduate students craft personal statements, prepare their applications and rehearse their interviews for medical school acceptance.

 

 

Aurora Cruz, M.D., M.B.A.

Formerly at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Admissions

 

4 Years as Admissions Committee Member at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

 

Aurora graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from University of California, Davis. She is in her final year of the dual-degree MD/MBA program at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Paul Merage School of Business.

Aurora has been a tutor, instructor and advisor to premedical and medical students for more than 5 years. As a member of the Admissions Committee, she reviewed undergraduate applications, interviewed medical school candidates, and voted on applicants for admission to medical school. In this role, she has reviewed hundreds of personal statements and applications and has used her experience to advise premedical students to successful matriculation at US Allopathic medical schools. Aurora will be completing her Neurosurgery residency at the University of Louisville.

 

 

Justin Dubin

Formerly at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Admissions

 

1 Year in Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Admissions

 

Justin received his B.A. in Biology and Minor in Entrepreneurship and Management at Johns Hopkins University. Before entering medical school he was also a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College for two years. Justin is currently finishing his final year of medical school at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

 

Justin has many years experience teaching and advising students. At Hopkins, he was a student advisor to first year students and a research mentor to sophomore and junior students. After graduating college, Justin was part of the Johns Hopkins interview admission committee for which he interviewed potential undergraduate candidates. While at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Justin has been an Admissions Committee Representative which allows him to provide valuable insight into what medical schools are looking for in applications as well as during interviews. Throughout his time in medical school Justin has advised numerous pre-medical students in the application process. 

 

Justin will be completing his urology residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Anthony Gacita

Formerly at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Admissions

 

2 Years in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Admissions

Anthony graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Classics. While at Hopkins, Anthony was highly involved in the undergraduate admissions office where he coordinated prospective student visits and advised prospective students on their college decisions. Anthony is currently an MD/PhD student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His current research focus is on genetic heart disease and uses a combination of molecular biology and bioinformatic skills.

 

Anthony served on the MD/PhD admissions committee for two years. He has advocated for many students in admissions committee meetings. This experience has provided Anthony with unique expertise in both MD-only and MD/PhD admissions. Anthony also has a particular interest in medical school diversity and inclusion, particularly with members of the LGBT+ community.

 

 

David Voce, M.D.

Formerly in University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions

 

6 Years in University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions

 

David graduated with high honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During his time at UCLA he was a teaching assistant for Chemistry where he was repeatedly recognized as a distinguished TA by the hundreds of students he taught. He subsequently graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with a MD. During his time at Pritzker he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research grant allowing him to take two years off to pursue neurosurgical bench research in the middle of medical school. He is currently a neurosurgery resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with plans to pursue a fellowship in neuro-oncology or skull base surgery.

 

David had extensive experience with medical school admissions during his six years at Pritzker. He was one of 9 fourth-year medical students selected by faculty to be part of the Admissions Committee, and has reviewed 500+ applications in the process. Additionally he has interviewed over 750+ applicants during his time at Pritzker, and worked closely with the Office of Admissions in coordinating interview days, revisit weekends, and the application process.

Rohan Jotwani, M.D., M.B.A.

Formerly at Tufts School of Medicine Admissions

 

1 Year in Tufts University School of Medicine Admissions

Rohan is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in biology.  He completed his MD and MBA from the Tufts University School of Medicine's combined program. He is the recipient of the Norman S. Stearns MD/MBA Award as well as MedTech Boston's "40 under 40" Award. Rohan is currently completing his residency in Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. He has published on crisis management, conflict of interest and fraud within healthcare organizations.   

 

Rohan served as an appointed voting member of the admissions committee at the Tufts School of Medicine. He has interviewed numerous candidates, gained extensive training on application review and adjudicated on hundreds of applications. Prior to entering medical school, Rohan worked as a media producer and is the former president of the Columbia University debate team, giving him over 10 years of experience in mock interviewing, strategic positioning and persuasive writing. 

 

Talisa de Carlo, M.D.

Formerly at Tufts School of Medicine Admissions

 

1 Year in Tufts School of Medicine Admissions

 

Talisa graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in biology. She completed her MD at Tufts University School of Medicine where she graduated with research honors. Talisa fulfilled her transitional year at the University of Hawaii and is currently completing her ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Talisa worked as a appointed voting member of the admissions committee at the Tufts University School of Medicine during which time she received comprehensive training on evaluating medical school applications, interviewed many candidates, and actively participated in the review of hundreds of applications. Additionally, she has mentored numerable pre-medical and medical students in their endeavors to achieve the next level in training. Talisa is the recipient of multiple regional and national grants and awards for her dedication to ophthalmology research and community service. She has published over 40 manuscripts, 20 of which were as the primary author, giving her significant experience in writing and reviewing papers. Prior to medical school she worked as an ophthalmic technician in Hawaii. In her free time she is a painter and an avid hiker.

 

Maani Archang 

Formerly at UCLA School of Medicine Admissions

 

1 Year at UCLA School of Medicine Admissions Committee

Maani is currently a MD-PhD candidate at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA. He started his undergraduate studies at community college and transferred to Johns Hopkins university, where in addition to receiving his Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering/Biomaterial Track with general and departmental honors, he had a fruitful research career earning him the Best Senior Design Engineering Award and multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, among many other awards, scholarships, and recognitions.

Maani was a voting member of the Admissions Committee at DGSOM for one year, where he interviewed applicants, reviewed applications and participated in admissions committee meetings, gaining invaluable insight, not only into the nuances of the admissions process, but also into the thought process of other admission officers. Maani has guided 500+ medical school applicants in preparation for their MCAT, AMCAS, secondaries, and interviews, and has advised numerous college sophomores on their transfer applications to elite colleges. In addition to 14 years of experience tutoring math, sciences, and test preparation privately, he has been a teaching assistant at both DGSOM and JHU and has published two books on standardized exam preparation in chemistry and biology.

 

Ajay Sampat, M.D.

Formerly in University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions

 

4 Years in University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions


Ajay graduated with high honors from University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology and subsequently from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with an MD. He is currently a Neurology resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and plans to pursue a fellowship in Sleep Medicine.

Ajay had extensive experience with medical school admissions during his time at Pritzker. He was one of 9 fourth-year medical students selected by faculty to be part of the Admissions Committee, and has reviewed 250+ applications in the process. Additionally he has interviewed over 500+ applicants during his time at Pritzker, and worked closely with the Office of Admissions in coordinating interview days, revisit weekends, and the application process. He has also provided personal advising to students on crafting personal statements, MCAT preparation, and application strategy.

 

 

Ming Jang

Formerly at Drexel University College of Medicine Admissions

 

2 Years in Drexel University College of Medicine Admissions 

 

Ming graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has a Masters degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. He obtained his Medical Doctorate from the Drexel University College of Medicine.

 

During his time with the Admissions Committee, he reviewed hundreds of applications, and learned in great detail what the admissions committee is looking for. Not only did he interview medical student applicants and review their applications, he also took them on tours and evaluated their personal interactions. This additional piece of information was of great interest to the Admissions Committee.

 

He completed his residency in Family Medicine along with his Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He participated in interviewing potential residency and fellowship candidates during his training as well which has further enhanced his experience in the admissions process. He is currently an employed physician with the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

 

 

Patricia M. Soares

Former Assistant Director of Admissions at 

Yale University School of Medicine

 

7 Years in Yale School of Medicine Admissions

 

 

Patricia is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a B.A. in History and The Ohio State University with an
M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Currently, she is an Independent Educational
Consultant. During her tenure as Assistant Director of Admissions at the Yale School of Medicine, she
counseled pre-medical students and career changers through each phase of the application process. She collaborated with the Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid and Director of Admissions on all admissions committee related activities. Additionally she coordinated on-campus admissions recruiting activities and programs, and participated in the Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program (BioSTEP) Admissions Committee through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Patricia’s college admissions/enrollment management experience has allowed her to counsel thousands
of prospective applicants through undergraduate, graduate and medical school application and
interview processes. She has provided insight into what admissions committees are looking for as they
engage in the interview, review, and decision making process.

Martins Ayoola-Adeola

Formerly at Ohio State University College of Medicine Admissions

 

3 Years in Ohio State University College of Medicine Admissions

Martins graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from Wake Forest University. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he has had the pleasure of serving on the admissions committee for three years. Upon gaining acceptance to medical school, Martins has devoted his time to helping others do the same. As a member of the committee, Martins was tasked with reviewing applications of prospective students he interviewed and taking part in deliberation sessions where final admission decisions were made.  This has equipped him with the knowledge of what makes a student stand out on paper and in person.

Martins is currently a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center with plans to pursue a Gynecologic Oncology fellowship.  

 

 

Mariah Presbery, M.D.

Formerly at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Admissions

 

2 Years in Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Admissions

Mariah is currently an Internal Medicine resident at Temple University Hospital. She graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a B.S. in Public Health and received her medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

Mariah was heavily involved with the medical school admissions process with a strong focus on mentorship and minority recruitment throughout her time in medical school. In her two years on the admissions committee, she has reviewed hundreds of applications and learned the unique intricacies of the admissions process, particularly involving the distinct characteristics an applicant should possess in order to be a strong candidate. She also participated as a student interviewer and voting member on the committee, contributing to the thoughtful discussion of thousands of applicants. Additionally, she has advised many premedical students on their path to medical school, involving personal statement revision, interview preparation, and determining what program will be the best fit for them based on their goals.