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Team

The PREMINENTE team works with students at top boarding, private, and public schools throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Central America, and Asia.

Danielle Fazio

M.Ed, Owner/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
  • 20+ years College Counseling Experience
  • Former Director of College Counseling at A–List NYC
  • High School English Teacher/College Counselor
  • Professional Member of  ACA (American Counseling Association) and IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • Professional Member of Ellevate Network
  • All-American Tennis Player/Division 1 College Tennis Player
  • Cambridge Who’s Who Among America’s College Counseling Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award
  • Teacher of the Year Recipient
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award
  • National Council of Women Entrepreneurs Award Recipient
  • International Women’s Leadership Association Award for Outstanding Leadership
  • Proficient in Spanish
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Alexandra Fazio Dougherty

M. Arch, R.A., COO

Head of Undergraduate and Graduate School Art & Architecture Division

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

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

Co- Head of Graduate Law & MBA Graduate School Division & 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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Jill Finestone

MBA, 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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Sherwyn Fullington

M.Ed., College Consultant

Director of Business Development/ College Counselor

  • 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)
  • 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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Jamie Reich

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

College Counselor/Educational Consultant

  • 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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Patty Ziplow

B.A., K-12 & College Consultant

College Counselor/ Educational Consultant

  • K-12 Private School/ Boarding School Specialist
  • William Smith College, B.A with honors – Sociology
  • 24+ years experience as Independent School Administrator and Educational Consultant
  • Associate Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • Professional Member of Ellevate Network
  • Former Director of Admissions at Friends Academy
  • Director of Development, Director of Annual Giving and Community Relations at Friends Academy, Major Gifts Officer at Friends Seminary
  • Director of Annual Giving/Special Events at Abington Friends School in Philadelphia
  • Director: Inspirica NYC Test Prep and Tutoring
  • Resides in NYC
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Jolie Rothschild

M.Ed., MSW, College Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Columbia University, Masters in Education
  • Columbia University, Masters in Social Work
  • University of Michigan, B.A. Psychology
  • Co-Director of College Counseling at top New York private school
  • 22+ years of College Counseling Experience
  • Professional Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • College Counselor/Academic Advisor/Graduate Counselor
  • Professional Editor
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Scott D. Reich

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

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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Lisa Ripka

J.D., College Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Syracuse University Newhouse, Bachelor of Science with Honors – English/Public Relations
  • 12+ 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)
  • JD – Hofstra Law School, 1987
  • Proficient in French
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Ky Adderley

M. Ed, College Consultant

International College and Graduate School Counseling Specialist

  • Georgetown University, Masters Degree Social & Education Policy
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • 19 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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Rebecca Hardt Marsick

M.Ed, College & Academic Consultant

Co-Director of Urban Initiative Program

  • Tufts University, Masters Degree in Teaching, and Masters Degree in Education
  • 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)
  • University of Connecticut Adjunct Professor – focused work in developing literacy
  • Teaches high school in Westport, CT
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Jeff Marsick

D.C., M.S., College & Academic 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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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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Alison Kolbert

B.A., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant & Professional 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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Max Gibson

B.A., Educational Consultant & Professional Editor

Educational Consultant & Professional 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

Professional Editor & Consultant

  • 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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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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Ellie Smith

B.A., Academic Consultant & Professional Editor

Academic Consultant & Professional 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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Hart Gilula

M.A., Testing Consultant

International/U.S. Head of Tutoring

  • 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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Michael Milone

M.Ed, College Consultant

College Counselor

  • Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts – English
  • Columbia University, Masters Degree in Education
  • Former College Admissions Officer
  • College Consultant/Professional Editor
  • 19 years experience
  • Proficient in French
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David D. Kingery

B.A., B.S, Theatre Consultant

Undergraduate and Graduate Theater Program Specialist

  • University of Miami School of Music, Bachelor of Arts – Vocal Performance/Theater
  • Bachelor of Science – Communications/Film/Video
  • 25 years experience as an international professional Singer/Actor for Stage/Events
  • Professional College Prep. Vocal/Acting Coach
  • Off-Broadway Director for Musical Theater, New York City
  • 19 years experience as nationwide Artistic Director for Theater and Performance Arts- New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia
  • Director of College/Graduate Audition Workshops for Performers- PAN Miami
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Jahidi White

B.S., 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, Jahidi White Charitable Foundation for Kids
  • Athletic recruitment and NCAA requirement specialist with over 10 years of experience
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Jill Bethel

B.A., Educational Consultant

Educational Consultant/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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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
  • 23 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/Internship and Career Guidance

  • Duke University, B.A. Management Science and Accounting
  • Co-Founder, Early Stage Careers LLC
  • 28 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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Adam Rabasca

M.S.Ed, Special Education Consultant

Special Education & Standardized Testing Consultant

  • 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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Mackenzie Roof

B.S., Medical School Consultant

Medical School Consultant & Professional 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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Jordan Karen

B.A., Business Consultant

Business Consultant & Professional Editor

  • Duke University, B.A. Public Policy
  • Morgan Stanley NYC Private Wealth Management, Institutional Equities Guidance, and Financial Analysis
  • Co-Owner of Campus Enterprises, Durham, NC
  • Resides in NYC
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Anu Jaya Naidu

J.D., M.S., Head of International Business Development

Head of International Business Development

  • Tufts University, B.A.
  • Columbia University, M.S.
  • Emory University, J.D. (Sidney Parks Law Scholar)
  • Diploma in Forced Migration and Human Rights, University of Peace (Costa Rica)
  • Senior Counsel, The Offsite General Counsel, Ltd.
  • Director of Fundraising, Asociación Mar a Mar (CaminodeCostaRica.org)
  • Vice President of the Board of Directors, WCCR (Costa Rica)
  • Former In-House Counsel (Office of General Counsel), Barclays
  • Former Associate (Corporate Finance), Sidley Austin LLP
  • Former Human Rights Chair, International Law Committee (NYC Bar Association)
  • Former Corporate Pro Bono Co-Chair, Pro Bono Legal Services Committee (NYC Bar Association)
  • Co-Founder, Barclays U.S. Legal Pro Bono Program (2011 City Bar Justice Center Award Recipient)
  • Former Intern: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Former Intern: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, Emory International Law Review
  • Languages: English and Spanish
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Jeff Landau

B.A., Head of International Athletic Recruitment

Head of International Athletic Recruitment

  • Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts – Spanish
  • #2 Singles Scholarship Recruit Tennis Player for Wake Forest University; 1996 Most Valuable Player
  • Yale University Women’s Junior Varsity Coach (2001-2003)
  • Former Top Nationally-Ranked Junior Tennis Player in the United States
  • 1994 United States Amateur Champion; Former World Ranked ATP Professional Tennis Player – Player on Pro Tour (two years)
  • Former Sparring Partner for Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport
  • Worked in Event Management for Octagon Sports Marketing and for the United States Tennis Association and Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament (Professional WTA Tour Event) focusing on grassroots marketing
  • PTR Certified Tennis Coach (Professional level)
  • Frequent competitor on the Indonesian PGA/IGT Golf Tour
  • Extensive knowledge of the college admissions and athletic recruiting process; has helped place students on tennis teams at top schools such as Dartmouth, UPenn, Princeton, Colgate, Wake Forest, and Bates
  • Maintains vast network of coaching contacts at all NCAA levels
  • Lives in Jakarta, Indonesia (since 2009)
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