Jennie is a proud graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, received her B.A. from Skidmore College and has a Masters in Education from Framingham State as well as a certificate in independent educational consulting from UC Irvine. She is also one of less than 250 educational consultants worldwide who have earned the designation of Certified Educational Planner. An active member of her associations, Jennie is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and has served on the Outreach, Global, and Nominating Committees. She is also a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, the International Association of College Admission Counseling, and the Higher Education Consultants Association as well as being a member of the Small Boarding Schools Association and the Enrollment Management Association. Because she is part of a broad network of colleagues and professionals, the answer to your questions are never far away.
Believing that professional development is the difference between good and great, Jennie attends professional conferences annually. She has visited over 450 schools and universities around the world, trying to get a feel for the culture of each one and expand her knowledge in order to better help students. Convinced that transparency is critical in the admission space, Jennie compiles important admission and financial aid resources annually for families and colleagues and has presented about them both domestically and internationally. Wanting to help raise others to their full potential, Jennie also founded the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s Student and Associate Virtual Roundtable, a networking and learning space for newer members.
In her downtime, Jennie enjoys reading, watching films, entering data in Excel spreadsheets, and playing with her Abyssinian cat, Gaspar.
Jeff has been an educational consultant since 2007, based in the Los Angeles area. His students live in Southern California and throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In his prior profession, he spent over twenty exciting years in the film and television industry, where he worked on set with many of the industry’s most accomplished writers, directors, producers, and actors and was able to observe many paths to creative and professional success.
In 2009, Jeff completed a Certificate in College Counseling “With Distinction” at UCLA Extension. In 2014, he earned the designation of Certified Educational Planner, the highest level of competency awarded in the profession. He is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, formerly serving on its College Committee and Nominating Committee and a founding member of its Subcommittee on College Affordability and Financial Aid. Jeff is also a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, and the National College Advocacy Group.
Jeff has been an instructor at UC San Diego Extension and co-designed its course on college affordability and financial aid, and is a member of the faculty at IECA’s Summer Training Institute. He is the Grown & Flown financial aid advisor, and presents regularly at national conferences and community events on many topics related to college admission and affordability. He is regularly quoted in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, USA Today, US News & World Report, and others.
Jeff has visited over 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, often meeting with admission representatives during these visits. He believes that before recommending colleges to our students, we should be deeply knowledgeable of their programs, campus culture, and geographical setting.
When not working with students and families, Jeff enjoys hearing music, watching films, reading, traveling, hiking, debating politics, and relaxing with family, friends, and colleagues. But what he loves most is the challenge to keep learning each day, and the opportunity to transform the lives of young people.