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Team

The PREMINENTE team works with students at top boarding, private, and public high schools, as well as colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia. Our services extend beyond the college years to graduate school students and young professionals.

Danielle Fazio

M.Ed, Owner/CEO

CEO/ Founder of Preminente

  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts – English
  • Master of Education Degree – Certification in Counseling, Secondary Education, English.
  • Former Georgetown University Undergraduate Admissions Officer
  • 25+ years College, Graduate School, and Educational Counseling Experience
  • International Women’s Leadership Association Award for Outstanding Leadership
  • National Council of Women Entrepreneurs Award Recipient
  • All-American Tennis Player/Division 1 College Tennis Player
  • Former High School English Teacher/College Counselor
  • Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • Professional Member IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • Professional Member of ACA (American Counseling Association), Professional Member of Ellevate Network
  • Ranked Top Ten Educational Consulting Company Internationally (2020, 2021, 2022) by Top College Admissions Consultants
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Alexandra Fazio Dougherty

M. Arch, R.A., COO

Undergraduate and Graduate School Art & Architecture Consultant

  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture
  • Registered Architect (PA)
  • Drexel University Adjunct Professor – Undergraduate Architecture Department
  • Former University of the Arts Philadelphia Adjunct Professor – Industrial Design
  • Former University of Pennsylvania Guest Lecturer-Portfolio Creation & Presentation
  • 15+ years college and graduate school counseling experience for art/architecture programs
  • 10+ years with Cecil Baker and Partners, Architect/Interior Designer
  • Fine art & architecture professional portfolio specialist
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Karen Philippin Kilpatrick

J.D., Co-Head of Graduate Law & MBA Graduate School

Co-Head of Graduate Law & MBA Graduate School & General Counsel

  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Bachelor of Science – International Politics & Security (Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society)
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • Former Associate, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP & Dechert LLP
  • Published author of numerous legal articles & publications
  • Law School specialist & Legal Counsel/Former LSAT Instructor
  • 20+ years Law School Counseling Experience
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Founder and Creator Pumpkinheads.com
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Sherwyn Fullington

M.Ed., Educational Consultant

Director of Business Development/ Educational Consultant

  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, cum laude
  • Harvard University, Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy Specializing in Child Psychology and Educational Policy
  • 17+ Years Concierge College Counseling Experience
  • Associate Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • Member of ACA (American Counseling Association)
  • Former Director of Business Development for Concierge, NYC-based Company
  • Former Collegiate School Admissions Officer
  • Resides in New York City, NY
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Drew Coyne

M.Ed., Educational Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, Inequality Studies Minor, and Certificate in Leadership; Meinig Cornell National Scholar
  • Harvard University, Master of Education in Teacher Education
  • Harvard Business School Case Method Project Instructor
  • 15 Years of College and Graduate Counseling Experience & Standardized Test Prep Specialist
  • Advanced Placement Social Studies Teacher with 10 Years of Experience
  • Connecticut History Day Teacher of the Year, 2022
  • National History Day Behring Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2022
  • 2021 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award Recipient
  • Resides in Connecticut
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Jamie Reich

M.S., P.D., MFT, Educational Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology and Education, cum laude
  • Hofstra University, Master of Science in Education, with distinction; specialization in Counselor Education,
  • New York State Public School Teacher, Permanent Certification in School Counseling
  • Hofstra University, Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy, with high honors
  • 34+ years experience in Education/College Consulting
  • Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and ACA (American Counseling Association)
  • Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and APA (American Psychological Association)
  • Published Author: “The Book of Answers: The Expert’s Guide to Navigating College Admissions”
  • Founder and President of a 501c3 charity, Cancer Cured Kids
  • Resident of Long Island, NY
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Rebecca Hardt Marsick

M.Ed, Educational Consultant

Co-Director of Urban Initiative Program

  • Tufts University, Master’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Teaching
  • Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • College Counseling Consultant/Academic Advisor with 20+ years’ Experience
  • Professional Editor
  • English/Language Arts Teacher with 20+ years’ Experience
  • Mentor/Academic Advising/Curriculum Specialist
  • Co-authored Stretching Beyond the Textbook: Reading and Succeeding with Complex Texts in the Content Areas, Scholastic Professional Books (2014)
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Connecticut, Sacred Heart University, and Fairfield University– focused work in developing literacy
  • Resides in Fairfield County, CT
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Jeff Marsick

D.C., M.S., Educational Consultant

Co-Director of Urban Initiative Program

  • United States Coast Guard Academy, Bachelor of Science–Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Professional Editor/Admissions Consultant 23 years experience
  • ACT/SAT/SSAT/Mathematics Tutor
  • Published Writer
  • Master of Science, Human Nutrition
  • Former Morgan Stanley Consultant NYC
  • Teaches in New Haven, CT
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Scott D. Reich

J.D., Co-Head of Graduate Law & MBA Graduate School

J.D./MBA Graduate School Counselor

  • University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts – History and Communication
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, President of Class
  • 15+ Years Experience of Graduate School & College Counseling
  • Acclaimed Author, The Power of Citizenship: Why JFK Matters to a New Generation
  • Attorney at American Express
  • Former associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Co-founder of Online Grocery Startup, OurHarvest
  • Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • National Lecturer on History, Civics, Current Affairs, and Presidential Communication
  • Board Member of Several Non-Profit Organizations
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Jill Tipograph

MBA, Internship & Career Consultant

Strategic Partner/Summer, Internship & Career Guidance

  • New York University – Stern, MBA; Marketing
  • New York University, B.A. Psychology
  • Founder of Everything Summer LLC
  • 25+ Years Experience as Expert Educational Consultant
  • Professional Member – Independent Educational Consultants Association
  • Member – National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Designs optimal summers to maximize growth and help students self-differentiate; paving the road to college
  • Co-Author of the 2014 National Pre-College Summer Survey/Author: Your Everything Summer Guide & Planner
  • Co-Founder, Early Stage Careers LLC: Provides Expert Internship/Career Coaching for to college students and recent grads
  • Career/Internship Boot Camps – small group Intensives
  • “Go to” media resource: Forbes, New York Times, NBC’s Today Show, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC & NBC News, Fast Company
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Lesley Mitler

B.A., Internship & Career Consultant

Strategic Partner/ CEO of Priority Candidates

  • Duke University, B.A. Management Science and Accounting
  • CEO of Priority Candidates
  • 25+ Years Experience as an Executive Search Consultant
  • Provides expert career coaching to college students and recent grads
  • Career/Internship small group Intensives
  • Media resource for publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report
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Lloyd Nimetz

MBA, Owner & CEO of Spike Lab LLC

Strategic Partner/ Educational Consultant

  • Williams College, Bachelor of Arts – Economics
  • Stanford University, Master of Business Administration
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Provides College Admissions Consultancy through Startup Incubator and Passion Projects for High Schoolers
  • Former Director of 4.0 Schools Education Startup Accelerator
  • CEO/Owner of Spike Lab LLC: https://thespikelab.com
  • Co-Founder of Dev Bootcamp NYC (parent company acquired by Kaplan Inc. in 2014)
  • Serial Entrepreneur and Investor of 5 for-profits and nonprofits in the US, Taiwan, Argentina and India
  • Fluent in Spanish
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Jill Finestone

Director of Client Relations

Business Advertising & Marketing Specialist

  • Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science – Retailing
  • Buyer for Bloomingdale’s NYC
  • Buyer for Henri Bendel NYC
  • Buyer for Calvin Klein & Ralph Lauren NYC
  • Business & Sales specialist
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Erin Kligman

B.A., Director of U.S. Marketing Communications

Business Advertising & Marketing Specialist

  • George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts – Communication
  • New York University – Digital Marketing Communication
  • 12 years of experience as a Brand Director and Marketing Communications Professional demonstrating ability to lead clients through successful campaigns at Top NYC Marketing & Advertising Firms
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Jonathan Feagin

M.A.T., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Editor

  • Boston University, Master’s Degree in Teaching
  • Academic Advisor/Admissions Consultant with 15+ years’ Experience
  • Professional Editor with 15+ years’ Experience
  • Social Studies Teacher with 15+ years’ Experience
  • Resides in Fairfield County, CT
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Lisa Ripka

J.D., Educational Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Syracuse University Newhouse, Bachelor of Science with Honors – English/Public Relations
  • 20+ years of Private College Counseling Experience
  • Academic Advising/Curriculum/Law/ High School Counseling Specialist
  • Professional Member of HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)
  • Associate Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • Certificate in College Counseling – UCLA Extension, 2019
  • JD – Hofstra Law School, 1987
  • Proficient in French
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Ky Adderley

M. Ed, Educational Consultant

International College and Graduate School Counseling Specialist

  • Georgetown University, Masters Degree Social & Education Policy
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • 20+ years International and U.S. College/Graduate School Counseling and Academic Advising Experience
  • Founder KIPP AMP Academy Brooklyn, NY
  • Educational Leadership Consultant, Sistema Elite Escolas Rio de Janeiro
  • All–American Track & Field, Georgetown University
  • Professional Reebok Enclave Track Team
  • Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish
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Hart Gilula

M.A., Educational Consultant

Strategic Partner/U.S. & International Academic Tutoring & Advising

  • Stanford University – Bachelor of Arts – Humanities, with Honors
  • Stanford University – Master of Arts Humanities
  • Representative, Humanities Department Steering and Graduate Admissions Committees
  • Stanford University Teaching Assistant – Sophomore College
  • Founder of Forte Education – Online Tutoring Partner
  • Specialist in Customized Test Preparation
  • Developer of an online platform and methodology used to tutor students on six continents
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Marilyn Moore

M.Ed, Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant, Urban Initiative Program

  • George Mason University, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • George Mason University, Administration and Supervision
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Bachelor of Science, Business Education
  • K-12 Educator, Business and Technology Teacher with 30+ Years of Experience
  • 20+ years President of Church-Based Transitional Homeless Program
  • Mentor/Community Outreach with 30+ Years of Experience
  • Resides in Alexandria, VA
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Jahidi White Sr.

B.S., Consultant and Former NBA Athlete

Athletic Recruitment Specialist

  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Sociology
  • Former NBA Professional Basketball Player – Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Founder, Director at Power Forward: Focuses on removing economic barriers to quality education and elite athletics for youth in the Saint Louis region and beyond. Strive to build productive connections between deserving students with high quality schools and athletic clubs to ensure student athletes can fulfill their hopes and dreams for a successful future (http://www.powerforward.info/).
  • Founder, Jahidi White Charitable Foundation for Kids
  • Athletic recruitment and NCAA requirement specialist with over 20 years of experience
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Jill Bethel

B.A., Educational Consultant

Academic Advisor/Curriculum Specialist

  • University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts-English, Psychology, and Education
  • 18 years English/Language Arts teacher/curriculum specialist
  • Professional Editor
  • Mentor/Academic Advising
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Heather Lorenz

J.D., M.Ed, Educational Consultant

Academic Advisor/ Undergraduate and Graduate Law Specialist

  • Sacred Heart University Masters Degree Teaching/Secondary Education
  • J.D. Washburn University
  • Former United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit Staff Attorney
  • District Educational Curriculum Advisory Board/Published Author
  • Professional Editor/Academic Advising/Curriculum Specialist
  • Fluent in Spanish
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Alison Kolbert

B.A., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Editor

  • New York University, Tisch School of The Arts, Bachelor of Arts – Film & Television Production
  • New York University, Stern School of Business, B.A. Minor – Business of Entertainment, Media & Technology
  • Editing/Writing Work Experience: The Onion, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” NBC Universal East Coast, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show,” FX’s “Louie,” and Chairman Entertainment Group
  • Proficient in Spanish

 

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Mallory Provost

M.Ed, Educational Consultant

Director of Early Learning

  • Lesley University, Master of Education Degree
  • Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts – Journalism
  • PreK-6 Educator and Mentor with over 10 years experience
  • Academic Tutoring & Advising for PreK-6th grade including enrichment and remediation
  • Resides in New Jersey
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Ashley Talve Shenfeld

MA, Educational Consultant

Strategic Partner/ EarlyBird

  • New York University, Master of Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy, Honors
  • Touro College, Master of Education and Special Education
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, High Distinction, Mentor Leadership Award
  • Curriculum and Content Developer Specialist for Grades K-6
  • Former Head of Development at NYC based nonprofit organization
  • Founder of Early Bird
  • Resides in NYC
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Christine Dooley

MPP, Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Editor

  • Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy, Communications
  • Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts — Economics
  • Founder, Narrow The Gap G3, non-profit focused on mentorship of DC public elementary school children by college students
  • Harvard Varsity Women’s Ice Hockey and Lacrosse Player
  • Milton Academy, The Saturday Course Gifted and Talented Program Teacher
  • Business News Producer, CNBC, NJ and Hong Kong
  • Business News Producer, Bloomberg, DC
  • Resides in Washington, D.C.
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Max Gibson

B.A., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Editor

 

  • Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts, English, cum laude
  • Mecklin Prize in Creative Nonfiction – Winner, 2016
  • Eleanor Frost Playwriting Contest – Winner, 2016
  • Professional Editor
  • Extensive Research and Writing Experience for a Variety of Media and News Companies
  • Production and Research Experience for Multiple Radio Stations
  • Resides in New York City

 

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Amy Berns Leibner

J.D., Academic Consultant

Academic Consultant & Editor

  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, International Studies
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, JD: Cardozo Law Review, Editor; Criminal Appeals Clinic, Legal Brief Writer
  • Television Writer & Producer: CBS, MTV Networks – VH1, Lifetime Television, Court TV, Dow Jones/Wall St. Journal TV
  • Extensive Television Research, Writing, Editing, Field Production, and both Live and Taped TV Production
  • Attorney Experience: Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Corporate Litigation and Media Law, New York, NY; Solovay, Marshall & Edlin, Entertainment Law, New York, NY
  • 25 years Professional Editing and Consulting Experience
  • 15 years Screenwriting and Fiction Writing Experience
  • Writing Young Adult Science Fiction Novel
  • Proficient in French
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Mackenzie Roof

B.S., Medical School Consultant

Medical School Consultant & Editor

  • University of Southern California, B.S., Neuroscience, Summa Cum Laude
  • New York University School of Medicine Medical
  • Pathology and Neuropathology Student Researcher
  • Resides in NYC
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Simone Polanen

B.A., Academic Consultant

Strategic Partner/ Academic Consultant

 

  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts – Sociology and Visual and Environmental Studies (Film Production)
  • Published Writer, Producer and Author
  • 10+ years of experience as an Academic Consultant, Writer and Instructor
  • Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin: Studied documentary film at premier film school in Berlin, Germany
  • Shanghai Theater Academy: studied theater performance, writing and history
  • French Language Proficiency

 

 

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Mishi Castroverde

B.A., Academic Consultant

Strategic Partner/ Academic Consultant

  • Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, Minor in Dance
  • Standardized Test Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Counselor
  • 10+ years of experience as a Senior Academic Consultant
  • 10+ Years of Experience as a Classroom Teacher, College Advisor, and Professional Development Trainer
  • Founder of mishiDance – Artistic Director and Choreographer
  • Freelance Professional Dancer
  • Resides in New York City

 

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Alexander Kane

B.A., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Editor

  • Dartmouth College, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Philosophy & Mathematics; Minor in Chinese
  • Conversational in Mandarin Chinese
  • Extensive Professional Editor and Literary Assistant experience
  • Collegiate Varsity Athlete: Men’s Crew
  • Resides in New York City
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Ellie Smith

B.A., Academic Consultant

Academic Consultant & Editor

  • Amherst College, B.A., English
  • University of East Anglia UK
  • Editorial Assistant, Harper-Collins Publishing NYC
  • Amherst College Summer and Alumni Programs Coordinator
  • Amherst College Rowing Team Athlete, Novice Girls Rowing Coach for Northampton Rowing
  • Development Coordinator for LitWorld NYC
  • Resides in NYC
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Jeff Landau

B.A., Head of International Athletic Recruitment

Head of International Athletic Recruitment

  • 20+ Years Experience in Athletic Recruitment
  • Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts – Spanish
  • #2 Singles Scholarship Recruit Tennis Player for Wake Forest University; 1996 MVP
  • Former Top Nationally-Ranked Junior Tennis Player in the United States; 1994 US Amateur Champion; Former World Ranked ATP Professional Tennis Player – Player on Pro Tour
  • Former Sparring Partner for Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport
  • Worked in Event Management for Octagon Sports Marketing (USTA) and Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament (Professional WTA Tour Event)
  • PTR Certified Tennis Coach (Professional Level)
  • Frequent competitor on the Indonesian PGA/IGT Golf Tour
  • Lives in Jakarta, Indonesia
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Adam Rabasca

M.S.Ed, Special Education Consultant

Special Education & Educational Support Services

  • Hunter College, City University of New York – Master’s Degree in Special Education
  • University of Vermont – Bachelor of Science Environmental Studies
  • K-12 District Director of Special Education
  • K-12 Special Education Certification, Former High School Special Education Teacher
  • Qualified Evaluator of Academic Achievement and Cognitive Abilities
  • Trained in Ross Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving, the Orton-Gillingham Methodology, and Judith Hochman’s Methodology
  • Specialization in Aligning Individualized Education Program (IEP) Goals with the Common Core State Standards
  • Expertise in Applying to the College Board and ACT for standardized testing Assessment Accommodations
  • 18 Years Experience in IEP and Section 504 Case Management, Specialized Instruction, Behavioral and Academic Interventions
  • Guest Speaker on Behavioral and Learning Disabilities
  • Study Skills Coach
  • Education Studies Student Mentor
  • USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
  • RSNC (Rabasca Special Needs Coaching & Consulting):
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