College Admission Consultants

Meet Our College Consulting Team

With the largest team in the industry of over 100 Former College Admissions Officers from Ivy League and other top colleges, Solomon Admissions Consulting uses a team-based approach to maximize results. Our team has a combined 600+ years of college admissions committee experience, having reviewed a combined total of over 700,000+ college applications.

All of our consultants have been trained to use the Solomon Methodology, ensuring that you receive the same high quality strategies, results and experience. Below you'll find the bios of our college consultants. You can find bios of our graduate school and K-12 consultants as well:

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Founders

Vitaly Borishan, Cofounder, Solomon Admissions Consulting

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, Cofounder, Solomon Admissions Consulting

Dan Lee

Georgetown Law

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

Dan 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. Dan 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. Dan is also a former SAT and LSAT prep instructor for Princeton Review.

Leadership Team

Tamy-Feé Meneide, Director of College Counseling

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.

Cathleen Sheils, Senior Associate Director of College Counseling

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. She conducts research, writes and speaks on higher education enrollment and selective admissions trends.

John Birney, Associate Director of College Counseling

John Birney

Associate Director of College Counseling
Solomon Admissions Consulting

Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Selection & Constituent Relations,
Johns Hopkins

Former Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Wofford College

Former Senior Enrollment Associate
University of Lynchburg

  • 13 Years in Johns Hopkins University Admissions
  • 7 Years in Wofford College Admissions
  • 5 Years at Lynchburg College
  • 75,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
Will Giles, Associate Director of College Counseling

Will Giles

Associate Director of College Counseling
Solomon Admissions Consulting

Former Admissions Officer
Duke University

  • 2 years in Duke University Admissions
  • 4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Will Giles is a Senior Admissions Consultant. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Duke University (graduating with distinction) with majors in Political Science and Public Policy and a minor in History.

He first worked in the admissions office at his alma mater, being responsible for many application reviews and evaluations.

Marisa Herrera, Associate Director of College Counseling

Marisa Herrera

Associate Director of College Counseling
Solomon Admissions Consulting

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.

Senior Consultants

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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
Haley Artime - College Admissions Consultant

Haley Artime

Former Admissions Counselor
Washington University in St. Louis

Former Admissions Reader
Washington University in St. Louis

Former Transfer Admissions Counselor
Lindenwood University

  • 4 years in Washington University in St. Louis Admissions
  • 1 year in Lindenwood University Admissions
  • 2,000+ Applications Read & Evaluated

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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.

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Ryan Bouziane

Former Senior Assistant Director of Admission
University of Southern California

Former Assistant Dean of Admission
Pomona College

  • 3 years in USC Admissions
  • 2.5 years in Pomona College Admissions
  • 10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Ryan is an alumnus of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where he completed undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Rod Bugarin, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Rod Bugarin

Former Assistant Director of Admission & Financial 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
Delphine L. Byrd, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Delphine L. Byrd

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Former Associate Director of Admissions
University of Michigan Law School

Former Assistant Dean for Admissions
University of Florida College of Law

  • 18 years (combined) in University of Michigan Ann Arbor Undergraduate and Law School Admissions
  • 2 years in University of Florida College of Law Admissions
  • 20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

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Charles Adams Cogan

Former Assistant Director of Undergrad Admission
Northwestern University

Former Associate Dean of Admissions/Director of International Recruitment
Carleton College

  • 5 Years in Northwestern University Admissions
  • 15,000+ applications read and evaluated

Charlie earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Carleton College and a master’s degree in African and Middle Eastern History from Northwestern University and was a Ph.D. Candidate in African History for several years before leaving the program to take a job in the admissions office at Northwestern.

Alexis Colbert, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Alexis Colbert

Former Assistant Director of Admission
Rice University

Former Senior Admissions Fellow
Dartmouth College

  • 4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Alexis earned their B.A. in Anthropology at Dartmouth College. They then received a M.A. in Social Anthropology at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies with a fellowship award from Dartmouth College. As a Senior Admissions Fellow at Dartmouth College, Alexis conducted outreach, wrote admissions blog posts, and evaluated over 100 applications.

Kelly Connors, Senior Undergraduate College Admissions Consultant

Kelly Connors

Former Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
George Mason University

  • 4 years in Duke University Admissions
  • 2 years in George Mason University Admissions
  • 1,000+ 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.

Maura Connors, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

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 a 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 UChicago applications, offered information sessions on applying to highly selective universities, led educational essay writing workshops, and advocated for students in the admissions committee.

Carla Crooker, College Admissions Consultant

Carla Crooker

Former Associate Director of Admissions
Cornell University

  • 13 Years in Cornell Admissions
  • 20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

With more than a dozen years of experience in higher education admissions, recruitment, and program management in both graduate and undergraduate studies, Carla is committed to empowering students to reach their greatest potential through higher education.

Carla earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Comparative Literature and Film Studies and spent many years teaching and working in human services non-profits before beginning in the world of admissions.

Danielle Crowe, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Danielle Crowe

Former Admissions Reader
New York University

Former Admissions Reader
University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Former Admissions Counselor & HR Generalist
University of Michigan

  • 6 Years in New York University Admissions
  • 1 Year in University of Michigan Ross School of Business Admissions
  • 3 Years in University of Michigan Admissions
  • 4 Years inWestern Michigan University Office of Admissions
  • 5,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

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Adriana Diaz-Granados, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Adriana Diaz-Granados

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Johns Hopkins University

Former Admissions Officer
Georgetown University Law Center

  • 1 Year in Johns Hopkins University Admissions
  • 2 Years in Georgetown Law Admissions
  • 2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Adriana is a Senior Admissions Consultant at Solomon. She earned her BA in Information Communication Technology from Florida State University, where she graduated with honors and is in the process of earning her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

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John W. Enyart, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

John W. Enyart

Former Director of MBA & 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.

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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.

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Chennery Fife

Former Admissions Counselor
University of Pennsylvania

  • 2 Years in University of Pennsylvania Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Chennery Fife earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science, with a minor in Consumer Psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and went on to earn her Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania with a Resource Management concentration.

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Undergrad Consultants | Nathalie Galindo Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Nathalie Galindo

Former Admissions Officer
Harvard College

Former Admissions Director
NYU Steinhardt

Former Admissions Director
UC Berkeley School of Information

  • 4 Years in Harvard College Admissions
  • 5,500+ Applications Read & Evaluated
  • 2 Years at NYU Steinhardt
  • 1 Year at UC Berkeley School of Information

Nathalie is an accomplished admissions professional who has held admissions leadership and committee roles at top colleges and universities like Harvard College, UC Berkeley and New York University.

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Adrienne Gilbert

Former Admissions Reader
Rice University

  • 2 years at Rice University Admissions
  • 3500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

As college admissions professional for the last 16 years, Adrienne has experience working on all sides of the proverbial admissions desk. She has read thousands of applications in her role as an admissions reader for highly selective Rice University, she has aided in the development of admissions and financial aid strategies for colleges and universities worldwide as a higher education enrollment consultant, and she has served as the Director of College Counseling in an elite K-12 school - a role that she was recognized for in 2015 when she was selected as The University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Sarah J. Goebel (Sally), MBA Admissions Consultant

Sarah J. Goebel (Sally)

Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Wharton School of the 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.

Kenya Graham, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Kenya Graham

Former Seasonal Admissions Reader
University of California, Berkeley

  • 3 Years in UC Berkeley Admissions
  • 2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Kenya earned her B.A. in Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She later pursued her M.A. in Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Kenya has professional experience in college admissions at UC Berkeley, reading over 800 applications annually.

Andrew Green, Associate Director of College Counseling

Andrew Green

Former Senior Admissions Counselor
University of Chicago

  • 2 Years in University of Chicago Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Andrew holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Law, Letters, and Society from the University of Chicago and an MFA in writing from the University of South Carolina. As a UChicago admissions officer, Andrew traveled extensively throughout New England conducting outreach, evaluated thousands of applications for first-year and transfer admission, and participated in and advocated for students during admissions committee deliberations.

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Michael Heeter

Former Application Reader
UC-Berkeley

Former Associate Director of Admission
DePauw University

Former Sr. Assistant Director
New York University

Former Assistant Director
Vanderbilt University & Ithaca College

  • 9 Years in College Admission
  • 10,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
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Mark Hoffman

Former Admissions Reader
Dartmouth College

Former Assistant Dean
Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

Former Director of Communities
Dartmouth College Alumni Relations

Former Director of Student Center/Student Activities
Dartmouth College

Former Director of Student Activities/Student Center
Connecticut College

Former Assistant General Counsel
Chicago Board of Education

  • 2 years at Dartmouth College Admissions
  • 2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

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Aliesha Ibikunle, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Aliesha Ibikunle

Former Assistant Director of Admission
Carnegie Mellon University

  • 2 years in Carnegie Mellon University Admissions
  • 5,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Aliesha spent two years reading applications from domestic and international applicants for all seven colleges that make up Carnegie Mellon University. As part of her role, she traveled nationwide to major cities to meet with high school guidance counselors, juniors, and seniors to outline the competitive admission process, and advise on how to stand out.

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Aurora Kearney

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
New York University

Former Admissions Reader
Northeastern University

  • 2 years in NYU Admissions
  • 1 year in Northeastern University Admissions
  • 7,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Aurora graduated from NYU College of Arts and Science in 2012 with a Bachelors in Journalism and History. Two years after graduating, Aurora began her career in education working as an academic advisor for Masters students at NYU. It was working as an advisor that she discovered her love of working with students 1 on 1, and working in an educational setting.

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Gabriel Lazarin

Former Admission Counselor
Stanford University

  • 2 Years in Stanford University Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Gabriel Lazarin holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. He worked for two years as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford, where he reviewed approximately 3,000 applications from across the United States, met with candidates in individual and group settings, and delivered information sessions in local communities.

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Patty Lydic

Former Admissions Reader
University of Michigan

Former Admissions Application Reader
University of Colorado Boulder

Former Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator
University of Colorado Boulder

Former Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Ohio State University

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
The College of Wooster

  • 20+ years in Admissions
  • 10,500+ applications read and evaluated

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Ariel Mazel-Gee

Former Admissions Reader
Stanford University

  • 5 Years in Stanford Undergraduate Admissions
  • 2 years as an Ambassador for University of Southern California Graduate Admissions
  • 4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Ariel Mazel-Gee is dedicated to empowering young people to reach their greatest potential. Her insider's view of college admissions stems from Stanford University, where she worked for five years evaluating thousands of applications on Stanford's Undergraduate Admissions committee, as well as conducting tours and presentations for prospective applicants from around the world.

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Janine McGuire

Former Admission Officer
Princeton University

  • 2 Years in Princeton Undergraduate Admissions
  • 2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Janine attained her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She has devoted her entire career to higher education having worked in Higher Education Publishing at Prentice-Hall, Undergraduate Admissions at Princeton, internships in Law School Admission and the Student Financial Services Office at UPenn, and over twelve years of Development and Advancement Office experience at Princeton University.

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Roscoe Nicholson

Former Admissions Counselor and Admissions Reader
University of Chicago

  • 3 Years in University of Chicago Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

In addition to his undergraduate admissions work reading applications and interviewing applicants, Roscoe spent many years teaching undergraduates and graduate students as a Lector in the University of Chicago’s Academic and Professional Writing Course (a.k.a. “The Little Red Schoolhouse”).

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Vanessa Pius

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Dartmouth College

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Sarah Lawrence College

  • 2 years in Dartmouth College Admissions
  • 2 years in Sarah Lawrence College Admissions
  • 2,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Vanessa has five years of selective college admissions experience and has worked with students all over the country as both an admissions officer and consultant. Vanessa believes the college application process can be empowering: she helps students identify what they value in a social and academic community, and consider mutual fit with every school they add to their list.

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Matthew Pohl

Former Associate Director of Admissions
University of Pennsylvania

Former Assistant Dean of Admission
College of William & Mary

Former Admission Counselor
Sarah Lawrence College

  • 3.5 Years in University of Pennsylvania Admissions
  • 3 Years in W&M Admissions
  • 4 Years at SLC Admissions
  • 20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
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Edgar Preciado

Former Admissions Officer
Princeton University

  • 3 Years in Princeton University Admissions
  • 4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Edgar earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish & Portuguese at Princeton University in 2018. After graduating with highest honors, Edgar returned to his alma mater to work as an Admission Officer. He served on Princeton’s Admission Committee and evaluated thousands of student applications annually.

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Charis Ralko

Former Associate Director of Admissions

Former Application Review Team Supervisor
Washington University in St. Louis

  • 8 years in Washington University Admissions
  • 8,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Charis earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Political Science. She graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States.

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McKenna Rogan

Former Admission Officer
UCLA

Former Admissions Reader
Northwestern University

Former Associate Director of Admissions
Lake Forest College

  • 2 years in UCLA Admissions
  • 1 year in Northwestern University Admissions
  • 3 years in Lake Forest College
  • 6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
Wesley Rosamilia, Senior Undergraduate College Admissions Consultants

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.

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Jordan Schank, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Jordan Schank

Former Director of Enrollment
Holy Cross College at Notre Dame

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Notre Dame

  • 4 years in Holy Cross College Admissions
  • 7 years in University of Notre Dame Admissions
  • 8,000+ Applications read and evaluated

Jordan (he/him) earned his B.A. in Theology and Pre-Professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame. His undergraduate experience included studies in London, teaching in Tanzania, and playing the trombone in the Band of the Fighting Irish.

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Drew Scopelliti

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Columbia University

  • 7 Years in Columbia Admissions
  • 8,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Drew earned his BA in Economics from Columbia College and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

As Assistant Director of Admission at Columbia University, Drew held regional responsibilities for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Jersey, Upstate New York and Horace Mann High School in New York City. During that time, he was the athletic liaison for tennis, golf and wrestling, and developed an alumni summer jobs program for incoming students and academically advised students in their freshman and sophomore years through Columbia’s rigorous Core Curriculum.

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Kirsten Sharett

Former Admissions Officer
Princeton University

  • 2 Years Former Admissions Reader Princeton University 
  • 2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Kirsten has her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she ranked on the Dean’s List and spent a year abroad studying European Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science in the U.K. She has her M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied broadcast and documentary journalism and was awarded a journalism fellowship from the American Council of Germany for her investigative reporting on Germany 10 years post-reunification.

Samantha Shepard-Guerinoni, Senior Undergraduate University Admissions Consultant

Samantha Shepard-Guerinoni

Former Admission Counselor
Stanford University

Former Assistant Director
Simmons University

  • 3 Years in Stanford University Admissions
  • 3 Years in Simmons University Admissions
  • 2,900+ Applications Read and Evaluated

After graduating from Stanford University, Samantha joined the Office of Undergraduate Admission at her alma mater. During her three years there, she evaluated and advocated in committee for up to 1500 students from across the country and led on- and off-campus information sessions for students, families, counselors, and teachers.

Jessica Sibbing, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Jessica Sibbing

Assistant Director of Admission
Rice University

  • 4 Years in Rice University Admission
  • 14,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Jessica has her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from The University of Texas. She also completed her MBA while working full time in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at her alma mater before transitioning to Rice University. As a first-generation college graduate, she is passionate about helping students apply to their dream schools.

Frank Sierra, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Frank Sierra

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Chicago

  • 2 years in University of Chicago Admissions
  • 3,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology, Frank Sierra joined his alma mater’s Office of College Admissions to continue his passion for education. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago, Frank has recruited students across the Midwest and evaluated over 3,500 applications. He also facilitated essay writing workshops for high school students and offered information sessions on applying to highly selective universities.

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James Simon

Former Admissions Counselor
The University of Chicago

Former Admissions Counselor
Loyola University Chicago

  • 1 year at The University of Chicago
  • 3 years at Loyola University Chicago
  • 6,000+ First Year and Transfer Applications Read and Evaluated

In addition to reading first-year and transfer admission applications at The University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago, James earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees in Education from Loyola University Chicago.

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Brandi Smith

Former Senior Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Emory University

Former Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Vanderbilt University

  • 6 Years in Vanderbilt University Admissions 
  • 3 Years in Emory University Admissions
  • 13,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Brandi is dedicated to helping young people navigate the ever-changing college admission landscape.  She has close to 20 years of expertise in the colleges admission profession.

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Matthew Tatelman

Former Admissions Reader
Northwestern University

Former Director of College Counseling
Dwight-Englewood School

  • 1 year at Northwestern University Admissions
  • 2 years at Dwight-Englewood School
  • 1,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Matthew has worked with thousands of students and families through their college process for over a decade.  Matthew served as the Head of Counseling at the United States Consulate affiliate School, the American School of Dubai (ASD), as well as Director of College Counseling at one of the top independent schools in the Tri-State region.

Philana Tenhoff, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Philana Tenhoff

Former Associate Director of Admissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Former Associate Director of Admissions
Macalester College

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Macalester College

Former Admissions Counselor
St. Olaf College

  • 3 Years in MIT Admissions
  • 9 Years in Macalester Admissions
  • 4 Years in St. Olaf Admissions
  • 20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
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Michele Thompson

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Former Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
University of Michigan - Ross School of Business

Former Director of Admissions
University of Michigan - School of Nursing

  • 13 years in University of Michigan Admissions
  • 20,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Michele earned her BA in English and Communication from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and her MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Anna Thysell

Former Admissions Reader
Princeton University

  • 5 years at Princeton University
  • 7,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Anna worked as an Admissions Reader for Princeton University for five admissions seasons. In this role, she read and evaluated over 7,000 undergraduate applications from across the country including Questbridge applications.

Anna holds an undergraduate degree from Elon University and a master's degree from New York University. Additionally, she served as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps NCCC's Central Region, where she supervised a team of ten young adults.

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CJ Trinh

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Washington

  • 6 years in Admissions and Recruitment
  • 5,000+ Applications Read & Evaluated

Carol earned her B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from New York University.

As a first-generation college student, she followed her passions in education and served in various capacities in the college experience and process, from teaching to career coaching to admissions reading to scholarship selection. She also engaged in directly interacting with prospective students from all over world through information sessions, presentations, 1:1 interviews, advising, and panels to guide students through their application process.

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Jina Walker

Former Admissions Reader
Northwestern University

Former Admissions Reader
Boston University

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
Le Moyne College

  • 1 Year in Boston University Admissions
  • 1 Year in Northwestern University Admissions
  • 1 Year in Saint Louis University Admissions
  • 7 Years in Le Moyne College Admissions
  • 6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated
Timothy T. West, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

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).

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Peter Zimmerman, Senior Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

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.

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Gabriel Gutierrez Aragon, M.S.Ed., Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Gabriel Gutierrez Aragon, M.S.Ed.

Former Admissions Reader
Yale University

Former MBA Admissions Reader
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Former Admission Counselor
Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • 1 Year in Yale University Admissions
  • 1 Year in Wharton MBA Admissions
  • 3 Years in Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • 2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

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Cody Busia, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Cody Busia

Former Assistant Director, Admissions & Financial Aid
University of Southern California

  • 4 years in USC Office of Admission and Financial Aid
  • 1,600+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Cody obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Relations from the USC Marshall School of Business. During his undergraduate career, Cody worked for the USC Office of Student Affairs in academic advising and career counseling.

Clay Busia, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Clay Busia

Former Senior Assistant Director of Admission
University of Southern California

  • 6 years in USC Admissions
  • 13,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Clay is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Price School of Public Policy where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees respectively. As an undergraduate student, he worked for four years under the USC Office of Student Affairs in academic advising and career counseling.

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Taylor Caldwell, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Taylor Caldwell

Former Admissions Review Specialist
Washington University in Saint Louis

  • 2 Years in WUSTL Admissions
  • 2,000+ Applications Reviewed and Evaluated

Taylor is a first-generation college graduate and is passionate about serving, coaching and advocating for individuals who are under-resourced so that they may gain access and have equitable experiences at all institutions of higher education. Taylor received a B.A from Berea College and an M.S.W from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Grace Chee, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Grace Chee

Admissions Evaluator
Vanderbilt Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Vanderbilt Law School

  • 4 Years in Vanderbilt Admissions
  • 6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Grace Chee is an Admissions Consultant with Solomon. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development and English, and also received her Master’s in Education from Vanderbilt in Higher Education Administration.

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Marilu Duque, M.S., Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Marilu Duque, M.S.

Former Admissions Reader
New York University

Former Graduate Admissions Aid
University of Michigan, School of Information

Former Award Application Reader
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

  • 7 Years of Undergraduate Admissions

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Breanna Echelmeier, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Breanna Echelmeier

Former Admissions Reader
New York University

  • 7 Years in New York University Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Breanna Echelmeier is an Admissions Consultant for Solomon Admissions Consulting. After graduating from Susquehanna University, where she studied psychology and music performance, Breanna began her career in higher education.

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Terry Gilbert, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

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.

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Kimberly Kauer, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Kimberly Kauer

Former Undergraduate Admissions Reader
Stanford University

  • 3 Years in Stanford University Admissions
  • 8,600+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Kimberly took her passion for learning individuals' personal stories and growth into college admissions with a three-year role as an admissions reader for Stanford. Over three years, Kimberly gave a holistic evaluation to over 8,000 restrictive early action, regular decision, transfer, and Questbridge applications from all regions of the U.S. and multiple international areas, including Australia and New Zealand.

Pamela Klebanov, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Pamela Klebanov

Former Admissions Reader
Princeton University

  • 4 Years as an Application Reader at Princeton University
  • 5,500 Applications Read and Evaluated

Pamela Klebanov was a top Admissions Reader for Princeton University for 4 admission cycles and has evaluated over 5,500 undergraduate applications. She has experience reading applications from students across the U.S. and has evaluated Questbridge and transfer applications.​

Jennifer Kolb, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Jennifer Kolb

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
UNC at Chapel Hill

  • 2 Years in UNC-Chapel Hill Admissions
  • 3,300+ Applications Read and Evaluate

After graduating from Harvard College, Jennifer worked in finance for five years in marketing and corporate strategy. Deciding on a career change where she could work more closely and directly with people, she then returned to school for her master's degree in school counseling at UNC-Chapel Hill. During that year, she worked closely with high school students on college and career planning.

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Shayla Lebeck, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Shayla Lebeck

Former Admissions Reader
The University of Michigan

  • 3 years in University of Michigan Admissions
  • 3,500+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Ever since graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Shayla Lebeck knew her passion lied within supporting students. Years later, Shayla has a graduate degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs with a concentration in academic advising.

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Zachary McNeal, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Zachary McNeal

Former Admissions Reader
Duke University

  • 1 year at Duke University Admissions

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.

Eliana Melmed, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Eliana Melmed

Former Admissions Counselor
The University of Chicago

  • 4 years at University of Chicago Admissions

Eliana graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Media, Arts, and Design. Eliana served in an array of roles in the UChicago Admissions Office between 2018 and 2021. She has led virtual school visits, facilitated prospective student workshops, and served as an admissions expert for high school counselors and families alike.

Terri Morris, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Terri Morris

Former Assistant Director of Admission
University of Southern California

  • 1 year at University of Southern California
  • 1,800+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Terri earned her BA in Spanish and Italian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an MA in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in Museums and Cultural Heritage from the Sorbonne in Paris.

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Tatum June Pollard, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Tatum June Pollard

Former Admission Officer
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • 6 years in UCLA Admissions
  • 2,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

As an alumna and former admission counselor for a university that receives some of the most applications in the nation, Tatum Pollard knows how to help students stand out in a competitive landscape and catch the attention of today's top universities.

Tatum directed admission strategies for UCLA's most competitive territories and partnered with some of the most prestigious high schools in the nation to equip students for higher education success.

Miguel Prieto-Valle, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Miguel Prieto-Valle

Former Admissions Reader
Stanford University

  • 2 years in Stanford Admissions
  • 1,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Miguel Prieto-Valle brings over 15 years of experience as an educator, college counselor, mentor, and undergraduate academic advisor to the Solomon admissions team. He is a former high school foreign language instructor and has worked internationally and back home in the US as a language specialist and coach, both in private industry and in the public sector as an adjunct lecturer at the European School of Business and German American Institute.

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Jessica Rabalais, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Jessica Rabalais

Former Undergraduate Admissions Reader
Stanford University

MA in Higher Education Administration
Stanford University

Director Of Education
ICOHS College

Jessica is a graduate of Chapman University with a BA in higher education and received her MA from Stanford University in higher education administration.

Haley Rosenspire, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Haley Rosenspire

Former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
University of Southern California

  • 3 Years at the University of Southern California
  • 6,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

After graduating from the University of Southern California with her degree in Political Science, Haley joined Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma, beginning her career in education and as an advocate for students in the college admissions process.

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Andrea Saunders, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

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

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Hillary Teague, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Hillary Teague

Former Admissions Counselor
University of Michigan

Former Director of Enrollment Communications
Case Western Reserve University

Former Associate Director of Admission
Kalamazoo College

  • 2 Years at University of Michigan Admissions
  • 1 Year at Case Western Reserve Univeristy Admissions
  • 11 Years at Kalamazoo College Admissions
  • 4,000 Applications Read and Evaluated
Tiffany Tran, M.A., Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Tiffany Tran, M.A.

Former Admissions Officer, Stanford University
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • 3 Years at Stanford Admissions
  • 3,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Tiffany received her B.A. in Economics and Geography at UCLA and her M.A. in Educational Leadership at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Post-graduate school, Tiffany joined the graduate admissions team at Stanford University as an Assistant Director. She reviewed thousands of graduate applications and provided admit recommendations for committee review in the Electrical Engineering department.

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Heather Walmsley, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Heather Walmsley

Former Senior Assistant Director of Admission
Carnegie Mellon University

  • 4 Years at Carnegie Mellon University Admission
  • 8,000+ applications read and evaluated

Heather is an experienced college admission professional with four years of experience at Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate. She has participated in all aspects of the admissions process from reviewing applications and making application decisions to managing the systems in which applications flow.

Jonathon White, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Jonathon White

Former Assistant Director of Admissions
New York University

  • 2,500+ Applications Read

Jonathon White is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Government and New York University with an MBA in Management and Marketing. He previously worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions for NYU in the College of Arts & Science and was an active member of the national admissions association, NACAC.

Kelly Wilcox, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Kelly Wilcox

Former Seasonal Admissions Reader
Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences

Former Events Coordinator
University of New Haven

  • 3 Years in Cornell University Admissions
  • 2.5 Years in University of New Haven Admissions
  • 4,000+ Applications Read and Evaluated

Kelly earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Human Development and her Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education. Kelly’s experiences in higher education include mentorship programs, fundraising, student activities, admissions, and events.

Juliana Wong, Undergraduate Admissions Consultant

Juliana Wong

Former Admissions Reader
UC Berkeley

  • 2 years in UC Berkeley Admissions
  • 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.