Stacy Kadesh has been working with students in the Bay Area for 25 years. After earning a Teaching Credential and a Masters Degree in Education, she worked as an educator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for 16 years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she worked at the site and district levels training teachers in the best practices of literacy. She later attended UC Berkeley where she earned her Certificate in College Advising and Career Planning. Stacy visits many college campuses each year and is an active member of several professional organizations including the National and Western Associations of College Admissions Counseling and the Higher Educational Consultants Association. Working with hundreds of Bay Area students over the last 10 years Stacy has developed a unique approach to helping students through this challenging and exciting journey. Stacy works with parents and students to provide guidance and expertise in all aspects of the college admissions process. Stacy believes that college is about fit and works with students to find their best match.
Stacy Colwell began her career teaching in the New York City Public Schools while earning an M.S. in Early Childhood & Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education. She was a teacher for over 20 years in public and private schools in California before developing a strong interest in higher education. This interest led her to return to school to earn an M.A. in Higher Educational Leadership & Policy from California State University, Sacramento. She followed this by earning a certificate in Career & College Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She regularly attends professional conferences offered through the National and Western Association of College Admission Counselors, and participates in professional development opportunities provided by these organizations. In her free time, she is an alumni interviewer for her alma mater, Vassar College. Stacy enjoys meeting and connecting with students to help them broaden their understanding of available educational opportunities and to decrease stress surrounding the college application and selection process.
Christina has been teaching for 14 years in the East Bay and is a graduate of St. Mary's College of California. She also works as an academic tutor where she is passionate about helping students have breakthroughs, set goals, and differentiate learning. In her work over the past 15 years working with many students K-12 , her interest in higher education grew. This led her to enroll at UCLA where she earned her certificate in College Admissions Counseling. Christina focuses on her knowledge of college campuses and programs along with forming strong relationships with students to create a seamless and supportive college application process. Christina has helped many students to get into the colleges of their dreams and enjoys working with them to uncover their best-fit schools and relieve some of the pressure of the college application process.
Evan Levy attended UC Berkeley where he earned his certificate in College Advising and Career Planning. Prior to this, Evan spent the past 15 years working for local governments. This experience gives him an “insiders view” of working with federal and state agencies to assist you in the financial aid process. This knowledge includes strategies to balance the college list with schools that provide the best value. Evan also offers a unique perspective in working with teens not taking the traditional path to college, self esteem issues and gaining independence. Evan volunteered at College Track, a community based organization, which is an after-school, college preparatory program that helps students from under-resourced communities graduate from high school and apply to college. Evan believes that every college bound student deserves to attend the “right fit college” in order to ensure their success. Evan looks forward to working with your family and college bound student to find their strong interests, potential major and facilitating this very important and exciting process.
Kim Towse joins us after an 18 year career in HR where she spent significant time on college campuses recruiting for Bay Area Companies. Kim graduated from the University of Iowa and completed her certificate as an Independent Educational Consultant at University of California, Irvine. Kim brings a a wealth of knowledge from Corporate America working in college recruiting, talent acquisition, and compliance and policy. Her time spent with college students helping them land their first career is what led to her interest to helping students find the right college fit. Kim brings a unique perspective as she will look for the best college fit for your high school student, and help them understand what to expect upon graduation and entering the workforce. Kim loves her career and looks forward to working with your family.
JT loved her own college experience; in fact she often refers to it as “the best four years of her life.” So, it’s not surprising that JT passionately counsels students to find their “perfect fit” college.
JT earned a BA from UC Berkeley in PEIS (Political Economy of Industrial Societies), emphasizing Women’s Rights and the Economy. She played on the CAL Women’s Soccer team, earning an NCAA Final Four appearance. After graduation, JT backpacked around the world, visiting twenty countries in ten months. Upon her return she earned her MA in Education from Stanford University. She spent the next several years teaching social studies and coaching soccer at Punahou School in Hawaii and Incline High School in Lake Tahoe. Before leaving Incline, JT worked for three years as an athletic director, overseeing twenty-seven sports teams.
JT was drawn back to Berkeley when offered a job to coach at her alma mater, Cal, where she had played soccer as an undergraduate. After eleven seasons, ten playoff berths, and countless visits to college campuses all over the country, JT retired from coaching. Wanting to return to her high school roots, she pursued a Certificate in College Advising from UC Extension and spent the next 10 years as the Director of College Counseling at Maybeck High School in Berkeley. JT is a member of the WACAC Executive Board specializing in athletics and served for three years as chair for the NACAC Student Athlete Advisory Committee which partners with the NCAA. JT holds a USSF “A” Coaching License and has worked extensively with the women’s and girl’s soccer Olympic Development Program at the state and regional levels.