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ARIZONA

Phoenix

Karen Moskowitz is an independent educational consultant who has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Arizona State University College of Law. Her law practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation.  Over the years, she has volunteered in many capacities in the school district her children attend. Karen grew up in Phoenix, but has studied abroad in both Italy and Argentina. She speaks conversational Spanish.

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles

Karen Lee Mah is a Los Angeles Educational Consultant, a Global Special Needs Consultant and the Recruiter/Trainer for School Choice International. Karen has been a consultant for many years helping students manage their academics and assisting high school seniors with their college essay writing and interviews. She has worked with a neuropsychologist assessing children with learning disabilities and has written numerous articles for Kids LA Magazine. Karen has a BS from Cornell University and is an active volunteer in her children’s schools having been co-chair of their nutrition program. Karen has lived in Ithaca, NY, Honolulu, HI and Boston, MA. She speaks fluent Cantonese and is proficient in French.

Devra Weltman Harris is an independent educational consultant providing education consulting services who is an expert in childhood education and parenting. She worked for over fifteen years as an Elementary Counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Devra brings a tremendous amount of personal knowledge to her clients having continuously navigated through the Los Angeles school choices. She is a rare native of Los Angeles and truly understands the complex nature of this unique city. Devra holds a Master degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of an early childhood center in the Los Feliz area. She has lived throughout the city, and now resides in the Hollywood area with her husband and three school aged children.

Northern California

Shahla Yaghoubi is an independent educational consultant for Northern California (Peninsula). Before moving to the Bay Area, Shahla worked in the Banking and Real Estate industries in New York. When she moved to California in 1996, she worked in start-up and Fortune 500 technology environments in the Silicon Valley in the field of Corporate and Sales Finance. Shahla obtained her MBA/MIA from Columbia University . In 2002 she completed her ESL/EFL certificates and worked with adult language learners. She is currently an active participant of her children’s Parent Organizations holding leadership roles and chairing functions. Shahla and her family have travelled to Iran, Oman, UAE, Turkey and all over Europe. She is fluent in Farsi and speaks basic French.

Elaine Lao-Tanlimco is an independent educational consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley). She has worked in education as a teacher, entrepreneur, and volunteer. Among her many roles, Elaine has served as a school board member, marketing chairperson of major school fundraisers, PR Director of a community-run organization for gifted children, and Executive Director of a youth orchestra. Elaine has an MBA from Columbia University. Originally from the Philippines, her previous experience in international business spanned to Korea, Japan, China, and Malaysia. She speaks Filipino and Fookien.

Nancy Yee Perches is an independent educational consultant in Northern California (East Bay). Her background includes various roles in education. She has taught technology courses and computer programming to the disabled, worked as a K-8 substitute teacher for 4 years, and is currently an after school enrichment instructor Nancy has a BS Business degree from University of Southern California. She has been involved in numerous activities in her children’s schools, including fund raising, coordinating events and co-chairing school programs such as Diverse Abilities Awareness. She has been a volunteer for 9 years at a convalescent home, leading activities for the elderly.

COLORADO

Denver

Didi Zeichner is an independent educational consultant providing education consulting services in Denver. She has been a Pre-School Educator for over fifteen years, and along with her husband and teenage sons, has lived and worked in the Miami area for over 25 years. Didi is familiar with both the public and private school systems in the area, and has attended Educational Conferences in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loretto Heights College, in Colorado, and an Early Childhood Certification from Miami Dade College.

FLORIDA

Miami

Laura Weinkle is an independent contractor providing education services in the South Florida area. For the past decade, Laura has been an interim and substitute teacher in elementary and middle schools in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to teaching, Laura was in human resources in training and development. A native from South Florida, Laura is very familiar with the public and private school systems. She has been a tireless advocate for her own special needs son and in doing so, acquired a diverse network of families, professionals and services. Laura attended Tulane University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She has been active in her community by helping other special needs families with their personal challenges and educational options.

GEORGIA

Atlanta

Jennifer Long is an independent educational consultant for the Atlanta Area with over 14 years in education, non-profit and entertainment.  She worked as Associate Director of Admissions at a progressive K-12 private school in Atlanta. Prior to her role in admissions, Jennifer was senior staff at The Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), a non-profit organization that promoted the International Baccalaureate and multi-language programs in the U.S. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University in Strategic Management and a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Hampton University.  Her passion for education matches her warm interpersonal approach to working with students and parents.

ILLINOIS

Chicago

Marne Benjamin is a Chicago Independent Educational Consultant.  For over 15 years, she has worked extensively as an educator and consultant, integrating art into core curriculum in schools as well as speaking at conferences and workshops. She has a BFA and Master’s degree in Education from Michigan State University.  Her travels abroad have spanned numerous cities across Europe and Asia for opportunities in education.  Marne currently has 2 children attending schools in Chicago and is an active parent representative in their schools.

MARYLAND

Greater Maryland Area

Alexandra “Alex” Ruttenberg  began her career in the relocation industry 21 years ago working for The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). During her time there she held several positions all focusing on education and spousal support. Her roles included: Director of the Education Advising Office; Co-Team Lead and Founder Global Mobility Center, The World Bank; and Spouse/Partner Career Advisor. Alex joined Dwellworks in 2007 as the Director of Education Services. Alex’s work experience outside of the relocation industry has been in the field of teaching and research both at the high school and university level. She was also a Senior Research Analyst at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Alex earned a B.A. from Yale University, an Ed.M. from Harvard University in Counseling and Education and an  Ed.S. from George Washington University in Education Administration. She is a Certified Education Planner (CEP) and a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston

Lisa Schwarzwald is an independent educational consultant providing education services.  She was the Director of Continuing Professional Education at St. Edward’s University in Austin, a study abroad advisor at the University of Texas at Austin, Director of Recruitment and the Assistant Director of Extension programs at IES: The International Education of Students, in Chicago, IL, and the Manager of International Admissions at Eastern Michigan University. Lisa earned her Masters of Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. from Brandeis University. Lisa has traveled internationally throughout her professional career, and also has studied abroad in Spain and worked in Israel.

Alison Ethier is an independent educational consultant in the Boston area.  She has been in the field of education for the past eight years, where she is currently the Director of the International Student Program at a private, all-girls high school north of Boston.  Alison implemented this international program four years ago, where she works with students and families from overseas on a daily basis.  She has extensive experience in high school admissions, development, marketing, and communications.  A former high school and college athlete, Alison has also coached high school girls’ softball.  She holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Communications from Regis College.

Megan Pickette is an independent educational consultant for the Boston area.  She has worked in sales and marketing for the biotech division of Johnson and Johnson.  Megan has a BA in sociology from Bates College and an MBA from Boston College.  Recently, she has been very involved in her children’s schools, including serving as PTO President and executive member of the local education foundation.    Before moving to Boston, Megan lived in Prague, Czech Republic and Chester, New Jersey with her family.  She has traveled extensively internationally, and has also studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden.

Doreen Cameron is an Independent Special Needs Educational Consultant located in the Boston area.  Doreen began working for School Choice International in 2003 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Since relocating to Boston, Doreen has been a one-on-one case manager for students on the autism spectrum, working within and and reviewing IEPs in the public school system.  She utilizes ABA (applied behaviorial analysis) skills, and her experience as a parent to help students achieve their educational and personal goals.  Doreen has a BS from Niagara University in New York and continues her para-professional development in regards to behavioral intervention techniques, ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety disorders.  Doreen also volunteers at her children’s schools fundraising at book fairs.

MICHIGAN

Lynn Liston is an independent educational consultant for Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ms. Liston has a graduate career in Philosophy, which she taught at the University level. In her 25-year career at The University of Michigan, she worked in Information Technology End-User support and as a Sr. Systems Consultant. A 35-year resident of Ann Arbor, Ms. Liston is an expert in the public and private school options available in SE Lower Michigan. Ms. Liston is a member of St. Andrews Society of Detroit, past President of ActioNet Business Networking Group, and is Vice-President Elect of Zonta Club of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw where she is active in efforts to erase human trafficking and domestic violence. She has lived in Switzerland, Greece and Peru and understands the challenges facing families moving into a new country.

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis and St. Paul

Joyce Greene is an independent educational consultant providing education services in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. She has worked in relocation for 14 years, providing school finding assistance to hundreds of transferees from countries throughout the world. Her experience has taught her that finding the right schools for their children is often the top priority for relocating families. Hence, Joyce has toured public and private schools throughout the Twin Cities. Joyce has a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. She has lived in Minneapolis all her life, and has two daughters who attended local schools.

NEW JERSEY

Dr. Bill Yarwood is an independent educational consultant providing education services in Southern New Jersey. Bill’s experience includes being responsible for K-12 counseling services and science instruction in nearby Moorestown, supervising counseling at Philadelphia area high schools and teaching future educators and school administrators at Villanova University. He is currently Director of College Counseling at Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. Bill is state-certified in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for positions ranging from science teacher to principal, and from supervisor to superintendent. He has personally visited numerous public and private schools and more than 200 college and university campuses.

Beth Friedman-Nieskens is an independent educational consultant providing educational consulting services in northern New Jersey.  Beth has been an English as a Second Language teacher in the public school system, teaching grades pre-k through middle school, as well as in the private sector teaching English to corporate executive’s families.  Beth was a middle school counselor providing academic, emotional, and social support to her students and was active on the Child Study Team.  Beth has a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A.T in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Counseling.  In addition, Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has her Director of Student Personnel Services certification.

Paul Schackman is an independent educational consultant for northern New Jersey, where he finished his teaching career as History Department Chair at Kent Place after nine years in a similar role at Palm Valley in Rancho Mirage, California. A graduate of Princeton University, Paul worked at independent and international schools over his 36 years as a headmaster, division principal, admissions director, teacher and coach. In a previous NJ stint, he was a division head at Rutgers Prep before moving overseas. Having served as an international school director in Paris and Nassau, Paul will also provide consulting services for both France and the Caribbean region. He has been an interviewer and a regional chair for Princeton’s Alumni Schools Committees in France and Southern California.

NEW YORK

Heather Gatto has been the national educational consultant for a children’s education program for the past ten years. Prior to that, she worked as a senior compliance officer and financial/regulatory analyst for Depository Trust Company. She oversaw applications and memberships of banks and broker dealers. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in New York.

Cecily Lynett is an educational consultant for School Choice International in New York.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Virginia University and taught first grade at an independent school in Queens, New York.  Before starting her work as a consultant at SCI, Cecily has been teaching in her parish religious education program and has tutored elementary school students. Her family was relocated to London where she experienced expatriate life.   Since returning to New York, her four children have attended public, private, parochial, and boarding schools. Her background has given her the knowledge to navigate the school admissions process in all sectors and to help other relocating families.

Sara Pelgrift is a member of the Client Services Team and a Boarding School Consultant at School Choice International. Sara has over 20 years experience in education including, most recently, three years as the Assistant Director of Secondary School Advising at the Greenwich Country Day School and, prior to that, for many years, as an Educational Consultant at School Choice International. Sara served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees for Loomis Chaffee School (a highly competitive boarding school in CT.) and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, CT ( a preeminent LD school) where she also was President of the Parent’s Association for many years. Sara and her family lived in London for 3 years and experienced first hand an international school transition for her children. Prior to raising her children, Sara worked in Finance at Morgan Stanley and Company and received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Connecticut College.

Carole Zelner is an independent educational consultant providing education services in New York City. Carole has lived in Manhattan for over 25 years. Having lived and worked in many neighborhoods, she is very familiar with the schools and other services that each neighborhood has to offer.  She and her husband raised their two children in Manhattan, shepherding them through the admission process at all stages, from pre-school through high school and college.  Carole worked for fifteen years as an account executive at DHL, the global courier and logistics company. Carole holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Babson College.

Patricia Mazuera-Johnson is a Manhattan-based Independent Educational Consultant.  A native Colombian, Patricia lived in Spain, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia, before moving to New York City.  She has more than 25 years of experience with international relocation and understands how it encompasses cross-cultural training, integration, and the ability to navigate international school systems.  While raising her three children, she has worked in the fields of education and relocation as a teacher, an entrepreneur, a consultant and a volunteer.  She founded and managed a relocation company in Shanghai in the early 90’s and in China and Spain, she worked at several international schools as an independent educational consultant.  Currently, Patricia is pursuing a Master’s in Education in New York.  She is fluent in Spanish and knows basic Mandarin.

Martha Sud is a Special Needs Educational Consultant for The Americas, for School Choice International.  Martha provided remediation services for students diagnosed with Specific Learning Disabilities in reading and written expression, and helped to develop their executive functions and self-regulation skills.  Martha earned her M.A. in Applied Educational Psychology as a Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University.  She is a member of The International Dyslexia Association and The American Educational Research Association.  As a volunteer, Martha has served on educational and parent board committees for the Brunswick School and Cornell University.   Martha is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela and has travelled globally.

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte

Corinne Guidi is an independent educational consultant who has resided in Charlotte since 2001.  Corinne discovered her passion for teaching early in life. For nearly 10 years, she taught Spanish in the USA and English abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela.  She is currently working toward her Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Northeastern University in Charlotte.  She has a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte respectively.  Corinne is a native of Belgium and speaks fluent French and Spanish. As a daughter of expats, Corinne has first-hand experience in transitioning to a new culture, which fuels her desire to support relocating families.

Raleigh

Annette Lefebvre is an independent educational consultant providing education consulting services in North Carolina. She has worked in education as a teacher in a school for children with learning disabilities and as a foreign language tutor to both adults and children in the US and abroad. Annette has an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management, also known as Thunderbird and worked for the World Bank on the Ecuador, Chile and Peru desk. Born in Brazil, she spent her formative years in the Washington, DC area; she has lived in Brazil and her family was relocated twice to Paris, France. Her expat experience and background have given her an understanding of differing educational systems and the knowledge to navigate the ever changing educational landscape. Annette speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French fluently.

OHIO

Cincinnati

Stephanie Berghausen is an independent educational consultant providing education services in Cincinnati. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in teaching and administration both in the private and public sectors of early childhood education. She has developed professional relationships and a unique awareness for the diversity of the educational options in the greater Cincinnati area and its enrollment processes. Stephanie is a graduate of The Ohio State University with her BS in Child and Family Studies. She and her school age son live in the city, where she is a volunteer coach and active in the PTA and Make A Wish Foundation.

Jami Field is an independent educational consultant providing education services in Cincinnati and surrounding areas of the Midwest. She earned her degree in Business and Corporate Communications before working as an award-winning sales executive in the Cleveland area. After relocating with her family to Cincinnati, she had the pleasure of being a full-time mother to three children. Education has always been the main family focus. Her children have been rewarded for their diligence by receiving merit scholarships to college. She is experienced in academic acceleration as well as IEP’s for developmental delays and truly enjoys sharing her experience with others. Jami has worked with families relocating from Europe, South America, and Asia.

OREGON

Portland

Priscilla Riter is an independent Educational Consultant for Portland, Oregon.  Over the last 12 years, she has helped families relocate from a wide range of countries and organizations.  A native Oregonian, Priscilla has the depth of school knowledge (from preschool to college), to enable parents to meet their educational needs for their children, hence creating a smoother transition.  Priscilla has an  MS Degree in Organizational Psychology and a career background in Human Resources and Training and Development. Her hobbies include studying Spanish and travel.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia 

Mona Kolsky is an independent educational consultant for the Philadelphia area. She is a retired teacher from the School District of Philadelphia and is a curriculum writer for numerous institutions. She is currently an adjunct professor at Rosemont and Harcum Colleges. Mona is a certified reading specialist with a Master’s Degree and postgraduate work from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK, Yale University and the University of Illinois. Mona is also on the Educational Advisory Committee and Collections and Programs Committee of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and active in numerous community nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, such as the Nationalities Service Center and Career Wardrobe. Mona enjoys studying and traveling and has had fellowships to study in Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Poland and Israel.

Bill Yarwood is Director of College Consulting and an Education Consultant at School Choice International. He has more than thirty years of experience as a high school teacher, counselor, administrator, and director of counseling services. Bill is currently the Director of College Counseling at Doane Academy, a private college preparatory school in Burlington, New Jersey. He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and for more than fifteen years trained college admissions officers and high school counselors as a founding faculty member of the PACAC Summer Institute on College Admissions at Bucknell University. Bill holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Temple University and for five years, he was an adjunct professor at Villanova University. Bill is a member in good standing of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

Pittsburgh

Cynthia Vayonis was born and raised in Pittsburgh where she is an independent educational consultant.  Cynthia worked as an Instructional Assistant for the Fox Chapel School District.  She spent years working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a Research Clinician and a Psychiatric Specialty Counselor as well as worked for the District Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh advocating and counseling abused children.  Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her special interests include volunteer work with children with special needs where she has chaired fundraising events for The Friendship Circle.  Cynthia has traveled extensively throughout the world and is fluent in German.

TEXAS

Dallas

Denise Voisey is an independent educational consultant for  the Dallas Forth Worth area.   Since 2005, Denise has been a Destination Services Consultant offering  support and local knowledge to those on International assignments.  Denise understands the educational choices available within the DFW Metroplex.   Prior torelocating to Texas in 2002, she performed various Senior Human Resource roles within both the UK and the US.   She has a BA Post Graduate in Employee Relations, Resourcing and Development from the University of Brighton, UK and is a graduate of the IPD – Institute of Personnel and Development program.

Ann McKeever is an independent Special Education Consultant based in Dallas, Texas.  With thirty years of experience in the field of special education, Ann worked with students with a variety of special needs.  Her expertise in assessment led to the privilege of evaluating and planning for students with every disability identified under federal law.  Ann also served as school counselor and special education coordinator in the Texas public schools.  In addition, Ann worked with special needs in the international and Japanese community in Tokyo for four years.   She holds a Master of Arts degree with emphasis in Learning Disabilities and Educational Diagnostician.

Houston

Kathleen Offner has been a resident of the Houston area since 1984 and is well versed in the schooling options as well as the difficulties of relocating families. She was an expatriate in Mexico, Spain, and France. Kathleen worked in a variety of corporate marketing and development roles before becoming a Destination Services and Education Consultant. She was trained as an Education Advisor prior to becoming an Education Consultant for School Choice International. Kathleen was affiliated with the Awty International School of Houston for many years and extensively involved in the community. Kathleen has a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from The University of Texas and speaks Spanish and French.

Lynda Andrews is an Independent Educational Consultant in Houston, TX. Lynda is degreed from the University of Mississippi and has spent most of her adult life working in education. She has taught middle and high school grades, worked as a learning clinician with special needs students, and spent a decade as Head of School at a private academy in Houston. As a former freelance writer, Lynda also works with college students evaluating their writing assignments. Lynda has been very involved with worldwide missions work with a particular emphasis in the nations of Peru and Mexico.

UTAH

Salt Lake City

Della Kim is an independent educational consultant in the Salt Lake City area.  Before moving to Utah, she lived in South Korea, Virginia, and Northern New Jersey.  After earning a BA in chemistry from Virginia Tech, Della worked as a high school chemistry teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools.  She was then an assistant director in the Office of Diversity in the Engineering School at the University of Virginia, where she worked with under-represented students.  Della is an active mother of three children and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at her local church. She is currently enrolled in the M. Ed program at the University of Utah. Della is fluent in Korean.

Tamara King is an independent educational consultant for Salt Lake City. Before moving to Utah, Tamara’s career spanned 15 years in the software industry working with FTSE 100 companies in client services throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America.  She relocated to Utah in 2014 from the UK, and has experienced the challenges facing families moving to a new country and navigating the education choices. Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing from the University of Surrey.  She is an active volunteer at her children’s school, both within the classroom and on the Enrollment Committee. Tamara has an interest and a network in special needs having had to advocate for her own son in this arena.

WASHINGTON

Seattle

Sara Schmidt is the Field Supervisor for Asia, and parts of the United States.  She was a teacher at an international school in Latin America before entering the human services arena in a variety of positions including Planning Director, Director of Development and Area Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Sara is fluent in Spanish.

Barbara Lau is an independent educational consultant in the greater Seattle area.  Barbara has lived in the region for the past 25 years.  She has been involved in both private and public schools from pre-school through high school. Barbara is currently a substitute teacher for a nearly a dozen local private schools and is very familiar with their unique cultures and offerings.  A California native, Barbara earned a BA, MA and MBA from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).  As a graduate student she taught undergraduate classes at UCLA and she has worked in the environmental field as a management consultant.  Barbara was a high school exchange student to Finland and she has traveled extensively through North America and Europe.

Bridget Butler is an independent educational consultant providing educational consulting services in Seattle.  Bridget has worked with children from preschool through high school in public and private schools in the Seattle area. She has worked as an international student adviser for students from Asia and South America, and holds a TESOL certificate. Most recently, she taught English Language Learners for elementary through high school students. She received her Bachelor of Sciencedegree and teaching certificate in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Linfield College. Bridget has served on several boards including Make Some Noise: Cure Pediatric Cancer, and Hope by Twelve. She also works with the local high school as their Interact club adviser.

Fatima Lim-Wilson is an independent educational consultant for the greater Seattle area.  She specializes in Highly Capable/Gifted programs. Fatima has taught college-level Literature courses for the past two decades, both in the traditional classroom setting and in online courses. She served as a Confidential Assistant in the Office of the President of the Philippines where she is originally from.  Fatima obtained her MA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD from the University of Denver.  She is an active parent representative at her sons’ school.  Fatima was an exchange scholar in Tokyo where she studied Japanese Literature and Japanese. She is fluent in Tagalog.

WASHINGTON, D.C. / VIRGINIA

Alexandra “Alex” Ruttenberg began her career in the relocation industry 16 years ago working for The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). During her time at The World Bank she held several positions all focusing on education and spousal support. Her roles include: Director and Education Advisor, The World Bank and IMF; Co-Team Lead and Founder Global Mobility Center, The World Bank; and Spouse/Partner Career Advisor, The World Bank and IMF. Alex joined Dwellworks in 2007 as the Director of Education Services. Alex’s work experience outside of the relocation industry has primarily been in the field of teaching where she taught high school comparative religion at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland and undergraduate psychology research at George Mason University. She was also a Senior Research Analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital. Alex earned a B.A. from Yale University, Ed.M. from Harvard University and Ed.S. from George Washington University. She is a Certified Education Planner (CEP) and a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Polly Rodriguez is Deputy Director Global Education Consulting Services. She has worked in education and research for over fifteen years in various roles: as a professor in the US and Ireland, both online and on campus; as the coordinator and developer of education initiatives for a national non-profit association in Washington DC, and as manager for a research initiative for the World Bank creating a resource for sub-Saharan cultural protocols. Polly holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and program design from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. She lives in Washington DC and holds Ed.S., M.A, and B.A degrees from George Washington University.

Anne Vinson is a member of the Client Services and Research Team at School Choice International. In her previous position, she worked for School Counseling Group, an educational consulting firm in Washington, DC. At Dwellworks International Relocations, Anne worked for 11 years as a destination services consultant, program manager, and team lead. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Manhattanville in New York. A volunteer at the American Woman’s Club of The Hague and the Federation of American Women’s Clubs, Anne lived in the Netherlands for four years before moving to DC. While living abroad, Anne traveled extensively throughout Europe in addition to trips to Russia, Turkey, Egypt and China.

Susan Comey has been a resident of Fairfax, VA since 1985. Susan enjoyed growing up abroad as her father completed several international job assignments and has lived in United Kingdom, Spain, and Mexico. Susan has worked for several large legal firms throughout the Washington, DC area prior to being trained as an Education Advisor and becoming an Education Consultant for School Choice International. She has also worked as a relocation specialist for Dwellworks. Susan has a B.A. in Spanish and French and speaks both languages. Her keen interest in education and her personal experience as well as visits to schools in the Washington DC area has given her the ability to discuss the extensive education options in the area.