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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, 2023, and 2024) by Top College Admissions Consultants
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Alexandra Fazio

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)
  • Former Drexel University Adjunct Professor – Undergraduate Architecture Department
  • Former University of the Arts Philadelphia Adjunct Professor – Industrial Design
  • Former University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Design Guest Lecturer – Portfolio Creation & Presentation
  • 14+ years College and Graduate School Counseling Experience for Art/Architecture Programs
  • 10+ years with Cecil Baker and Partners, Associate & Project Architect
  • Fine Art & Architecture Portfolio Specialist/Web Design
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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
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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
  • 20+ 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

Educational Consultant & Editor

  • 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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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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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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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 Graduates
  • 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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Jill Tipograph

MBA, Career & Assessments Consultant

Strategic Partner/ CEO & Founder of Tipograph Careers

  • New York University – Stern MBA, Marketing
  • New York University, B.A., Psychology
  • CEO/Founder of Tipograph Careers
  • Former Co-Founder of Early Stage Careers LLC
  • Nationally Recognized Early Career Expert, Steering Careers for 20+ Years
  • Provides Expert Career Coaching to Pre-College/College Students, College Graduates/Young Professionals
  • Selected Member Forbes Coaches Council
  • Former CEO/Founder of Everything Summer LLC
  • 30 Years Experience as Expert Educational Consultant
  • Professional Member – Independent Educational Consultants Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Gap Year Association
  • “Go to” Media Resource for: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, USA Today; ABC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Boston Globe, Business Insider, CBS News, Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Fortune, Glassdoor, Inc., MarketWatch, Monster, New York Post, Pix11, Time, US News & World Report, Yahoo Finance
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Deborah Friedman Lesser

MA, Gap Year Consultant

Strategic Partner/ Tipograph Careers

  • School for International Training, Master of International Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Communication Arts and Business certificate
  • Certified Co-Active Personal and Professional Development Coach
  • Gap Specialist Team Member, Tipograph Careers
  • 20+ Years of Experience Consulting with Students, Parents, and Educational Institutions
  • Experienced Global Program Designer/Manager and Risk Management Expert Specializing in Health and Safety Abroad
  • Created the “Global Journeys Program” at Avenues, The World School
  • Former Board Member of World Learning and Global Learning Across Borders
  • Worked in Over 20 Countries with Various Organizations: UNICEF, the Experiment in International Living, Semester at Sea, Global LAB, The Dwight School, World Leadership School, Institute for Civic Leadership, Free the Children, and CIEE
  • Founded International Leadership Program (10-Month Leadership Program for Low-Income NYC Students)
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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:
  • 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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Ky Adderley

M. Ed, Sports & Educational Consultant

Strategic Partner/Athletic Recruitment Specialist/NIL

  • Georgetown University, Masters Degree – Social & Education Policy
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • Certificate of Supervision & Educational Leadership, National Louis University
  • 30+ years International High School, College, Graduate  and Professional Sports/Athletics & Academic Advising & Leadership Experience
  • Vice President of Sports & Entertainment, Maven Consulting Group/ Maven Sports
  • Founder KIPP AMP Academy Brooklyn, NY
  • Educational & Sports Leadership Consultant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Professional Sports Agent & Advisor
  • All–American Track & Field, Georgetown University
  • Professional Track Olympic Hopeful
  • Fluent in Portuguese; Spanish Proficiency
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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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Danielle Udoff

B.A., Director of Marketing

Business Advertising & Marketing Specialist

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts – Communication Studies
  • 8+ years of Professional Marketing Experience, Specializing in Brand Strategy, Partnerships, and Project Management
  • Former Marketing Specialist at Wheels Up, American Express, and Grubhub
  • Resides in New York
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Liz Rosenberg

MBA/Educational Consultant

College and Graduate School Counselor

  • Colgate University, Bachelor of Arts – International Relations & Political Science
  • MBA, Boston University Graduate School of Management
  • 10+ Years Senior Member of Admissions Committee for Top 10 MBA Programs/Admissions MBA program UC Berkeley Haas
  • 10+ years Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Consulting
  • Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • Former Director, Alumni Engagement at UC Berkeley Haas
  • Berkeley Haas Excellence in Management Award Recipient
  • Resides in Connecticut
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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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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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Marilyn Moore

M.Ed, Educational Consultant

Co-Director of Urban Initiative Program/Financial Aid & Merit Scholarship Specialist

  • 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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Jahadi White Sr.

B.S., Consultant and Former NBA Athlete

Strategic Partner/Athletic Recruitment Specialist/NIL

  • 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 (
  • 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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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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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/The Wall Street 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

  • 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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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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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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Lauren Heinemann, LLC

B.A., Career Coach & Consultant

Achievement Partner

  • 20+ years in Advertising & Marketing, Holding Several Executive Leadership Positions
  • Honored as 2018 HBA Luminary – Based on Transformal Leadership and Advancing Other’s Careers
  • Certified Practitioner of Leadership Circle Profile ™
  • Actionable Career Coaching for Individuals Embarking on a New Journey or Experiencing Significant Transition
  • Active Consultant with Variety of Organizations Varying in Scale and Capabilities
  • Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach, Life Coach
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Kimberly A. Ternavan


Nursing School Specialist & Business Development

  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
  • Northeastern University, Master’s in Nursing and Business Administration 
  • 20+ years of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership in Major Quaternary Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centers 
  • Former UCLA Health Director of Strategic Quality Management 
  • Resides in Los Angeles, California
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