Executive Director of Systems Innovation
- Collegewise Master Counselor
- Certificate in College Counseling, UC San Diego; B.A. in English, Miami University
- B.A., California State University, San Marcos
- M.Ed., University of South Carolina
- Former Admissions Counselor, University of South Carolina
About Collegewise Mission Viejo
Since our Mission Viejo office opened in 2014, we’ve worked with more than 300 students and advised on an exponentially greater number of college applications. Students ring small bells for each application they submit, practicing for the final large bell on our wall that they ring once they have completed all of their college applications. This milestone is thoroughly documented with enough photos and videos to sufficiently embarrass each teenager.
We also decorate for almost every holiday and season using festive lights and wall decor! At Collegewise Mission Viejo, we think that applying to college should be a fun, exciting time for students and parents, and we want every aspect of our office to reflect that philosophy.
Average merit aid offered per student
of Collegewise Mission Viejo students accepted to a college in CA
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What are people saying about Collegewise Mission Viejo?
We love Collegewise. The best part for me, as a mom, was that I never had to bug, push, or prod my kid to get everything turned in and completed. His counselor was on top of everything! She really worked with our son to create a customized plan for him, which wasn’t easy since even he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted.
Lisa Fahey, Parent of Jack Fahey
San Diego State University
We have loved Collegewise! Our counselor is wonderful. She organized everything for both our boys from what classes to take during high school, testing information, and more. We could not have made it through the college application process without her.
Anne Solomon, Parent of Josh Solomon
When friends ask me the cost of hiring Collegewise, I tell them that it was totally worth it because I probably would have spent more money on family therapy to repair my relationship with my daughter! Sophie got accepted to the college of her dreams, and we are still talking to each other, so I can confidently say that I'm glad we hired Collegewise!
Gail Grigaux, Parent of Sophie Grigaux
Washington University in St. Louis
Nick was admitted to 10 of the 11 schools that he researched and applied to. We could not be more pleased with the process. His counselor set deadlines and worked very hard to keep Nick on schedule. The BEST part is that we did not need to badger Nick AT ALL. Our house remained stress free and argument free.
Kirsten Penrose, Parent of Nicholas Penrose
Colorado State University
I can’t imagine the last year without Collegewise! The first time I came into the office, I was looking ahead at the college process as daunting, but it was clear after my first meeting with my counselor that we were going to have fun. Collegewise made finding the perfect college efficient, exciting, and loads of fun!
I would recommend Collegewise to anyone and everyone. This was by far the best investment we made during our son’s high school years. Our counselor was a perfect fit for our first son and has already established a great relationship with our second. She has a great way of making the college prep work less daunting.