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Ralph BeckerRALPH BECKER
Ivy College Prep
Guest Blogger
Ralph Becker became an independent college counselor after almost two decades in educational software publishing. He was a Yale Alumni interviewer in the 1990s and enjoyed talking with applicants about their interests and perceptions of the college world.  In 2005, he received a certificate in college counseling from UCLA Extension, and co-founded Ivy College Prep, LLC, a counseling and test preparation center. Since then he has counseled well over a 100 students, and published over 180 articles on college counseling. He currently writes a weekly column for the Long Beach Grunion Gazette.  To accommodate a number of ESL students studying for the SAT, he co-authored the SAT Vocab 800 Study Guide, which is available on Createspace and Amazon. In addition, he has been teaching ACT (English and reading) and SAT (critical reading and writing) classes for over 8 years at Ivy College Prep, LLC, SAT Professionals, IvyMax, and ScoreRite ( all in Orange County).

Meredith Schweitzer Bio PhotoMEREDITH BRITT
New Jewish Community High School
Guest Blogger
After working in various roles at 5 different colleges throughout the country, Meredith Britt is now a college counselor at a private high school in Southern California. With experience contributing to the admission blog at a previous institution, Meredith is excited to share her perspective and lessons learned on this new journey.

Grant Cushman Bio PhotoGRANT CUSHMAN
Chapman University
WACACast
Grant Cushman is an alumnus and admission counselor for Chapman University in Orange, California. A native of Phoenix, Grant has been involved with admissions for the past three years and can’t imagine doing anything else. In his off time, he enjoys the simpler things in life like break dancing, rock climbing, popping and/or locking, and recreational hand balancing.

Rebecca JosephREBECCA JOSEPH
California State University, Los Angeles
Guest Blogger
Dr. Rebecca Joseph is an Associate Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where she trains urban teachers and promotes college access and success. An expert on college readiness, especially college application and scholarships essays, she makes presentations around the city, state, and country, writes regular tips, and runs two websites: getmetocollege.org/hs and allcollegeessays.org. Find her on Twitter @getmetocollege.

matt-miller-WACAC-BlogMATT MILLER
Chapman University
Guest Blogger
Matt Miller is assistant director of admission communication at Chapman University, his alma mater, where he manages the digital communication efforts of the admission office. Matt has worked in education for more than 12 years—in the print and digital publishing world before coming to Chapman in 2006. He looks forward to strengthening WACAC’s social media presence.

Jeff MorrowJEFF MORROW
Oaks Christian School
Guest Blogger
Jeff Morrow is the Director of College Counseling at Oaks Christian School and is entering his 17th year in admission and college counseling.  Jeff grew up Portland, OR. His dad is a professor and his mom is a massage therapist both of whom are very into “keeping Portland weird”.  He convinced Tara to marry him 18 years ago and considers himself blessed to have been such an effective closer at age 22.  They have two moderately adorable children, Dawson and Harper, who are into regular 9 and 5 year old things; bikes, karate, soccer and SAT test prep.  Jeff is a former WACAC board member,  was chair of the Government Relations Committee and still considers himself wonkish when it comes to public policy. He loves this job .  However, he could have easily see himself as a stunt car driver, blimp pilot, professional wrestler, or fitness model.  For anyone who may be interested, Jeff still has four years of eligibility to play Division 1 football.  He looks forward to the one way conversation that blogging will allow.

Sam SchreiberSAMANTHA SCHREIBER
University of Southern California
WACACast
Samantha Schreiber has been with the University of Southern California for three years where she has developed an unexpected attachment to Texas.  At USC, she works on a team that coordinates prospective student visits and also oversees the Jewish Leadership Scholarship.  She is excited to share her experiences with recruitment and to have another place to post pictures of her cats.

ShanSHAN SCHUMACHER
Higher Applications
Guest Blogger
Shan is co-owner of Higher Applications, a college planning company in Laguna Hills, CA. She has over 25 years of experience teaching high school and middle school students dance and 9 years of experience as an independent educational consultant. She holds a college counseling certificate from UCSD extension, a B.A. from UCI and a M.S. in Instructional Design Technology from CSF. Shan is actively involved in I.E.C.A. and W.A.C.A.C. and is passionate about helping students identify and obtain their college goals. When not working, she can be found on her paddle board, hiking or enjoying time with her family.

NickNICK SOPER
Creative College Prep
Indie Scene
Nick Soper founded Creative College Prep (CCP) after many years of teaching test prep and coaching young writers through the arduous process of wrangling coherent thoughts out of their brains and onto computer screens. He completed his UCLA Extension practicum in December 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Esther Hugo, and has continued working with the college counselors at both Malibu and Santa Monica High Schools. He is an active member in both NACAC and HECA, as well as WACAC. In addition to his independent work, Nick is also a member of the team at Paula Barksdale + Associates, based in Hermosa Beach. Nick got his bachelor’s in creative writing from Northwestern University, and puts the “creative” in his college prep in part through his own acting, writing and producing career in independent film. He looks forward each month to placing his internal monologue on public record as he plumbs the depths of what it means to be an independent counselor in college admissions today.

RobertWaldrenROBERT WALDREN
Santiago Canyon College
Transfer Topics
Robert Waldren has worked in an advising role in higher education for ten years, starting at Cal State Fullerton before moving on to the Transfer Center at Santiago Canyon College in Orange. He is also currently serving as Chair of the South Coast Higher Education Consortium. Robert is a transfer student himself, with degrees from Mt. San Antonio College and Cal State Fullerton.  A Southern California native, Robert enjoys surfing and finding adventures on his road and mountain bikes, participating annually in the MS Bay to Bay Ride and other cycling events.

D13_354_100MICHAEL GULOTTA
University of Southern California
Guest Blogger
I’m a kid from Chalmette, LA (geomarket LA-02, in College Board speak), and received all my formal (and informal) education in Louisiana. I started my career as a high school counselor in Louisiana, working one year at a co-ed public school in Baton Rouge, and another in an all-boys Catholic school in New Orleans. I joined the Office of Admission at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Director in 2007, and spent over five years in Los Angeles before moving to Washington, DC, to join the Office of Admission at American University as an Associate Director. After two years in the nation’s capital, my journey brought me back to USC, where I now serve as the Associate Director for Recruitment.

I like the New Orleans Saints, running, playing Monopoly with my wife, and did I mention the New Orleans Saints?

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