Determining which of the hundreds of colleges will best meet a student’s needs and abilities has become a highly complex, costly and often stressful process for many families. Selecting the right academic courses, taking the appropriate entrance exams, developing interesting activities and skills, planning summer experiences and writing outstanding essays can make a major difference in gaining admission to the institution of a student’s dreams. Academic Advisors helps students and their parents through the entire process and enables them to achieve their dreams.
Ellen has been advising students in the Orange County area for eighteen years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she majored in English. Following graduation, Ellen taught school in New York City, Maryland, San Diego and Lexington, Massachusetts where she was a “master teacher” helping new educators to hone their skills. After attending classes at UCLA, Ellen received her college counseling certificate in 1996 and interned at Foothill High School. Having worked with several hundred students, she has helped each of them to find their “home” after high school. Ellen has visited over one hundred and fifty universities and attends meetings both through professional organizations and on various college campuses regularly. She is frequently invited to speak at area high schools and charitable organizations and also mentors new counselors in the area. She was the founder of the CollegeBound program at Girls Inc. in Costa Mesa.
Presently, Ellen resides in Corona del Mar with her husband, Steve, who is a physician. They have three children, Jed who graduated from Emory University, Josh a Columbia University graduate with an MBA from the University of Southern California and Lauren who attended the University of Pennsylvania and has her Masters from NYU.
Our professional staff is proud of its record of guiding hundreds of young women and men into schools that have resulted in successful, fulfilling experiences. We have an excellent record of appropriate college placements for our clients, including the most selective schools.
Dianne has been with Academic Advisors for more than 10 years. She loves helping students and parents through the college process from resume development to admissions application guidance.
She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at George Washington University where she became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduation, she worked as a medical technologist in Washington, D.C., Pasadena, Virginia Beach, and Bethesda, MD. Besides her varied travels, Dianne has a particular interest in the stock market and various technologically related businesses.
Hailing from Washington, D.C., traveling within the US, and living in Europe for nine months, Dianne has developed a passion for helping students explore all of their college options. These experiences have given her a unique perspective when relating to students. She has a great sense of humor which is much appreciated when she helps them with their resumes and applications.
Dianne lives in Corona del Mar with her husband, David, a physician, and has 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren, including twins. Her children graduated from UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Krista attended the University of Southern California where she earned her degree in Journalism/Public Relations with a minor in English. She joined Academic Advisors in 2009 and has her College Counseling credential from UCLA. Krista works with ninth through twelfth graders, helping with course selection, extra-curricular activities, and standardized testing schedules. With the upperclassmen, she focuses on college searches, application essay brainstorming and the editing of essays. She also assists students in populating and submitting applications. Additionally, each year she attends numerous college campuses and conferences and is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling. Krista has three children: Emilie, a graduate of San Diego State University, Ashton a current student at UCSB and Ethan who's still in high school. She lives in Newport Beach.