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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

Alicia Francois is an educational consultant for the Southern California area including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.  Alicia is currently a reading and writing coach and has many years of combined experience in college admissions, student advising, and managing educational programs.   In addition to working with mainstream students, Alicia is certified in Orton-Gillingham and has worked with students with special education needs (dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, etc.).  Alicia earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a M.Ed. from the University of Southern California.  In addition to Southern California, she has lived in Brooklyn, New York; Denver, Colorado; Amherst, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia.

Northern California

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.

Lisa Fowler is an independent educational consultant for Northern California (Peninsula). She has worked more than 15 years in education including director of admissions and advancement, communications and diversity. Lisa also serves as the Assistant Director for the California Miss Amazing, a non-profit program for girls with disabilities. She is committed to giving back to her community and currently volunteers as a high school and college counselor for low income and performing arts students. Lisa obtained her MBA from Santa Clara University and BS Degree in Business Administration from University of the Pacific.  She has lived in the peninsula area her entire life and is excited to be using her professional and personal experience to support families relocating to the Northern California area.

COLORADO

Denver

Erin Feldman is an independent educational consultant in Denver, Colorado. For the past decade, Erin has been working in educational strategic partnerships. Prior to that, Erin served as the Director of Development & Communications for a school-based health system. A Denver native and mother of an elementary school-aged son, Erin is very familiar with both public and private school options in the Denver Metro Area as well as the school choice process. Erin graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She has lived in New York City and Los Angeles and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Western Europe. Erin is thrilled to be using her professional and personal experience in the education sector to support families relocating to the Denver area.

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 is Director of Global Education Consulting Services. She 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.

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 ten years, most recently serving as the Director of International Student Program at a private, all-girls high school north of Boston.  Alison implemented the international program, where she worked 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.

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.

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 is one of SCI’s most senior consultants specializing in private and public school placement in NYC, Westchester and Connecticut. Heather has successfully placed well over 500 students in grades ranging from PreK through grade 12.. Due to her school placement success Heather is often assigned to work with our most VIP clients. Prior to SCI, she worked as the national educational consultant for a children’s education program for ten years. Prior to that, Heather worked as a senior compliance officer and financial/regulatory analyst for Depository Trust Company. Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in New York.

Stacey Kinnamon is a Special Needs Educational Consultant for School Choice International.  She obtained her law degree from New York University and worked as an attorney for 9 years before she and her family relocated to London.  After 6 years, Stacey and her family returned to New York where she obtained a dual Master’s degree in general and special education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.  Stacey has worked as a teacher and as a volunteer in New York City public schools, a private reading tutor, and has a son with learning challenges.  She volunteers with the Promise Project, a non-profit, which provides educational evaluations to underprivileged children.

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 was relocated to London where she experienced expatriate life with her family.   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.  Cecily has recently embarked on her fifth year as part of the SCI consultant team.  She has successfully placed children of the families she works with at nursery schools, private and public elementary and high schools, and boarding schools.  Cecily is also a certified member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) which specializes in the highest level of school placement services at boarding and day schools.

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 B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Babson College.

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

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.

Cleveland

Staci Block is an Educational Consultant in Cleveland who has over 15 years’ experience in classroom instruction/curriculum design and non-profit management. A native Clevelander, Staci has taught French at every level, including preschool through college (Case Western Reserve University). She has in-depth knowledge of the area’s public, private, and non-traditional schools. Staci holds a Master of Arts in French Literature (University of Michigan), has studied in France, and travels internationally whenever possible. Staci volunteers as a CASA/Guardian ad Litem in the county court system. She speaks fluent French and knows Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, and Hebrew.

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).

TEXAS

Dallas

Nicole Bell is an educational consultant providing school placement services in Dallas, Texas. As a Dallas native, and having spent 16 years as an educator, learning specialist and department dean in Dallas schools, Nicole is very knowledgeable about school choices in the Dallas area.  Throughout her career, Nicole has remained focused on determining the best learning environment for students.  Nicole has a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She currently volunteers with Reading Partners to instill early literacy skills in young readers in Dallas inner city schools.

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 to relocating to Texas in 2002, she performed various Senior Human Resource roles within both the UK and the US.   She has a B.A. 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.

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

Victoria Petro-Eschler is an independent educational consultant in the Salt Lake City area. Victoria has worked in a variety of capacities throughout the valley, partnering with local school districts to ensure innovative and quality options for all students – especially through the arts. Transplanted to Utah from her eastern seaboard roots, Victoria has earned degrees from East Carolina University, Brandeis University, and North Carolina State University. Having moved frequently during her life – including internationally – Victoria is passionate about positive cross-cultural exchange and ensuring students and families feel supported as they make decisions.

WASHINGTON

Seattle

Sara Schmidt is a Global Field Supervisor with School Choice Group overseeing all client engagements among select markets in US, Asia, and LATAM Southern Cone. She is the Engagement Manager for Citigroup, Microsoft and Starbucks.  Sara was a teacher at an international school in Latin America before taking up the roles of Planning Director, Director of Development and Area Manager at NGOs in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Dallas. Sara has educated children on three continents among public, private and international schools.  She serves as a trustee and past president of Bellevue Schools Foundation, Bellevue, WA.  Under her leadership, the Foundation raised $1.3 million. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, summa cum laude, from Wheaton College and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. 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 B.A., M.A. 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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. / VIRGINIA

Alexandra “Alex” Ruttenberg is Director of Global Education Consulting Services. She 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.

Ginger Reich is a Washington D.C. area Educational Consultant.  Ginger, a resident of Fairfax County, VA has more than 30 years of experience as an Educational Consultant and Global Mobility expert working with the international community.  In the past 8 years, Ginger has also been a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County schools. Previously she was an operations analyst at the World Bank Latin American Department and the Housing Advisor in the World Bank Global Mobility division. Ms. Reich earned a B.A and M.P.A. from American University (Washington, D.C.) and has completed Masters level courses in economics (George Washington University) and Education (Marymount University).  Ginger speaks Spanish and has travelled extensively around the world.

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