Your Community Resource for Navigating the College Admissions Process
Stacy Kadesh has been working with students in the Bay Area for 28 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. She is also an engaging presenter on all facets of College Admission. Working with hundreds of Bay Area students over the last 12 years Stacy has developed a unique and process based 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.
Christina taught students for 14 years in the East Bay before joining the team. She 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 16 years working with many students K-12 , she became increasingly interested in higher education and enrolled 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 enroll at 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 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 interests, potential major and facilitating this very important and exciting process.
Gina Henehan has been working with students for more than 25 years. She graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s Degree in Education and has been a teacher for 25 years, providing instruction for history and social sciences including sociology, psychology, geography and economics which includes personal finance curriculum. She teaches AP courses each year and works with the College Board each summer in grading the national AP exams. She has been voted teacher of the month several times, teacher of the millennium in 2000. She was also an athletic coach in club sports and on campus, leading to many victories. Gina earned her certificate for College Admissions Counseling from UCLA. Gina believes that there are many colleges for each student to consider. She will help you build a list of schools based on your talents, interests, and major. She is looking forward to helping each student in their next step on their educational journey.
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.
Kristin Tegeler is an East Bay native, who has been counseling in the Bay Area since 2013. She earned her B.S. in Human Development from UC Davis and M.A. in Counseling with a PPS Credential from Saint Mary’s College of CA. She is currently a High School Counselor and worked previously for 5 years as a College & Career Adviser in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She also works seasonally as a Holistic Review Freshman Reader for UC Davis Undergrad Admissions, and is a member of the University of Toronto’s International Counselor Advisory Board. Kristin is a member of WACAC, and has presented at both WACAC and NACAC conferences. Kristin visits multiple universities annually and is eager to share her experiences and insights with students. With each college visit, she is more convinced that there are multiple fits for every student! With an optimistic, fresh, and realistic perspective on high school and higher education, she genuinely enjoys and respects students as they set goals, navigate the challenging yet exciting comprehensive approach to college admissions, and find the best fit college to prepare them for life after high school.