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Debbie Schwartz (Founder) I love the challenge of figuring out how to convey the essence of complex processes into simple, consumer friendly language. I’ve worked in financial services for over 10 years and I really enjoy helping people understand the ins and outs of loan and investment products. A few years ago, after working with a national bank to better market student loans, I realized what an overwhelming, complicated process college planning and financing had become. In addition to founding Road2College, I am a mother of 3, an avid tennis player, a lover (and cook) of healthy foods, and a long time volunteer in my kids schools, my synagogue, and breast cancer related organizations.
Debbie Stier (Author) Debbie Stier is the author of The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT that describes how she took the SAT seven times to motivate her son and find the best ways of studying for the test. Debbie is a single mother of two teenagers. Her book publishing career has spanned two decades, most of it spent in PR where she was responsible for publicizing dozens of iconic books ranging from The Notebook to Marley and Me. Frequently covered by the media, including MediaBistro, New York Observer and New York Magazine, Debbie regularly speaks on topic pertaining to social media and technology as well as, most recently, standardized testing. She has been a contributor to Time and Psychology Today. She lives with her son and daughter in New York City where she is home schooling her daughter, but you can find her at perfectscoreproject.com.
Anna Seltz (Independent College Counselor) Anna Seltz is the owner of Higher Ed U, college admissions consulting located in Penn Valley, Pa. Prior to opening her own consulting business, Anna spent 13 years working in Admissions for American University in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins University. Anna can be reached at Annaseltz71@gmail.com and on her Facebook page at Higher Ed U.
Cigus Vanni (High School College Counselor) I’ve been in education for 38 years, mainly because I love working and interacting with students. I’m a graduate of Swarthmore College and early in my education career, I returned to Swarthmore and held roles as an instructor in psychology and education, then as an Assistant Dean of the College and finally as a part-time admissions counselor. After working on the college side, I switched and have spent 23 years in highschool counseling and guidance, most recently at Cherry Hill HS West in New Jersey. Being able to work closely with high school students as they navigate through their high school years and the college planning process, has been extremely rewarding. I’ve been an active member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling for more than 30 years, during which time I was elected to their general assembly and appointed to their Professional Development Committee. I’ve also been co-chair of the Atlantic City National College Fair and initiated and coordinated the Camden County College Fair. In addition to work, I’m a 5 time undefeated champion of Jeopardy, a father of a terrific you man who works in finance, and a lover of baked ziti and Swedish fish.
Nancy Wolf (Lawyer, Mental Health Advocate) Nancy Wolf is a lawyer with experience as a parent coach, young adult mental health advocate, and college counselor. She is a graduate of Smith College, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and George Washington University Law School. Nancy works with parents, of young adults with mental health conditions, to plan for college and manage mental health challenges while in college. As a parent of a young adult who has had mental health challenges for a number of years, Nancy has personal experience dealing with these issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethan Sawyer (College Essay Specialist) Ethan, the College Essay Guy, has been helping students tell their stories for the past 10 years. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and received an M.F.A. from UC Irvine and two counseling certifications, one from UC Irvine and one from the Interchange Counseling Institute. He can be reached at the College Essay Guy.
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn (Writer focusing on parenting and family issues) Barbara Solomon Jossselsohn is a freelance writer specializing in home and family topics. Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications including Consumers Digest, The New York Times, American Baby, Parents, Westchester Magazine and Westchester Home, and online at ConsumerSearch.com and GrownandFlown.com. She is currently at work on her first novel. You can follow more of Barbara’s writings at her blog and on twitter at @barbarajoss.
Sara Zessar (Private College Counselor) Sara has assisted hundreds of students with the college search and admissions process. With an M.Ed. in counseling, she worked for six years as a high school counselor in private, public, and charter schools. As an independent college consultant, Sara focuses on helping students find and apply to colleges that are right for them. She can be reached at www.discoverycollegeconsulting.com.
Caroline Koppelman (Private College Counselor) Caroline Koppelman is the founder and CEO of The Koppelman Group. She started The Koppelman Group when she was 19 after discovering she had a passion and talent for the college application process. Since then, TKG has helped scores of bright students from across the country navigate the college process and achieve their best outcome. TKG’s students have been admitted to numerous schools, including Harvard, UPenn, Emory, NYU, UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, and more. Caroline received her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Judy Mollen Walters Judy Mollen Walters, the author of three novels: The Place to Say Goodbye (2015), The Opposite of Normal (2014), and Child of Mine (2013), Her next novel, Start at the Beginning, will be released in March, 2016. She is also an essayist who writes about living with teenagers and the writing life. You can find her work on The Huffington Post, Kveller, Writer Unboxed, Grown and Flown, and Club Mid at Scary Mommy web sites. She lives in New Jersey with her family. She can be reached on her facebook page at or via email at email@example.com.
Vilma Sceusa Vilma Sceusa is a former ad executive who traded in Madison Avenue to raise her family and write. She now works as a freelance writer; provides writing, social media and marketing services to small businesses; and blogs about midlife at www.thatgirlisback.com.
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