Background and Experience

I am a graduate of the UC Berkeley College Admissions and Career Planning Program. I have guided high school and community college students in college admissions for over seven years. In addition, I provide pro-bono college advising at College Track in San Francisco and at Half Moon Bay High School in the college application workshops. I have been a parent leader in public and private education for the past fifteen years. I worked in the public health field for over ten years and taught high school biology and chemistry in the Peace Corps in Kenya. I am particularly interested in helping students pursue higher education in math, science and engineering.

I survived the college admission process with my own children, who graduated from Gonzaga University (2015) and UC Berkeley (2017).  Every year I tour dozens of colleges and universities throughout the United States; attend professional conferences, college fairs and workshops; and network with fellow professionals in the field. I keep up-to-date on changes and developments in the world of higher education so I can best inform and guide my students and families. 

Education and Credentials

  • Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of California Berkeley, Berkeley CA
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biology, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA
  • California Teaching Credential – Single Subject Biology
  • Professional memberships: Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)

Testimonials

Words cannot express our joy over the news that J. was awarded the Powell scholarship! It is the 'too good to be true' that is true...so many things led up to this achievement and we are so very proud. Thanks for being a very important part of bringing it all together: I am convinced that you were the key ingredient that helped bring all that he knew, experienced, dreamed of, etc together, helping him to communicate in a clear and interesting (and yes, effective) way. I am sure he feels a bit overwhelmed and likely a bit scared...but this program from the outset of me learning of it seemed perfect for him. I love that he will be in a setting with other serious scholars, he will be mentored and given opportunities to apply what he is learning. Thank you, thank you! Hugs and gratefulness!
- Margie B.