Meet the Coaches

Meet the Prepory College Admissions Coaches

At Prepory, we offer top-quality college admissions counseling services, and we’re proud to have a team of college admissions coaches who is uniquely qualified to help you or your student receive admission to their dream schools. At Prepory, our greatest strength is our team.

Our commitment to delivering premier college counseling begins during the hiring process. We’re extremely selective when we hire college admissions coaches. As we evaluate candidates, we look for a few things: we want people who are accomplished, outgoing, and determined to help students meet their goals.

Our “near-peer” mentorship model of counseling means that all our college admissions coaches are highly-educated current undergraduate or graduate students at top colleges and universities in the U.S., such as Cornell, University of Chicago, and UCLA. Our college admissions coaches are active members of their academic communities. Many have founded campus clubs or obtained world-class scholarships and awards.

After graduation and their work with Prepory, many of our college admissions coaches go on to earn employment offers from renowned companies like Oracle, Deutsche Bank, and IBM. Other coaches have earned offers of admission at the nation’s most selective graduate or professional programs such as Harvard Medical School, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Journalism.

Angel Toro

University of Chicago

Major(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Angel is Venezuelan and went to high school in Miami, FL. At UChicago, you can find him studying, doing research, or participating in some sort of sporting activity–intramural soccer, skating next to the lake, working out, or playing pool (which he strongly believes is a sport). He hopes to help other students get the guidance that he received from Prepory as a student two years ago.

Angel Toro

University of Chicago

Major(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Angel is Venezuelan and went to high school in Miami, FL. At UChicago, you can find him studying, doing research, or participating in some sort of sporting activity–intramural soccer, skating next to the lake, working out, or playing pool (which he strongly believes is a sport). He hopes to help other students get the guidance that he received from Prepory as a student two years ago.

Avery Zieper

Northwestern University

Major(s): Philosophy, Legal Studies, and Business Institutions

Hometown: Denver, CO

Outside of her academics, Avery is a member of Northwestern University's sailing team, a traveling delegate for the school's Model UN organization, and an assistant at the Dean of Students Office. Being from Denver, Colorado, Avery loves hiking and the outdoors. She also enjoys film, creative writing, and talking politics.

Avery Zieper

Northwestern University

Major(s): Philosophy, Legal Studies, and Business Institutions

Hometown: Denver, CO

Outside of her academics, Avery is a member of Northwestern University's sailing team, a traveling delegate for the school's Model UN organization, and an assistant at the Dean of Students Office. Being from Denver, Colorado, Avery loves hiking and the outdoors. She also enjoys film, creative writing, and talking politics.

Emily Olson

Columbia University

Major(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Emily is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Economics. She’s a transfer student who spent her first year at the University of Florida. Emily is a member of the quiz bowl team and plans to join the debate team and write for a satirical publication. She hopes to help students find a school where they too can feel at home.

Emily Olson

Columbia University

Major(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Emily is a junior at Columbia University majoring in Economics. She’s a transfer student who spent her first year at the University of Florida. Emily is a member of the quiz bowl team and plans to join the debate team and write for a satirical publication. She hopes to help students find a school where they too can feel at home.

Genesis Santana

Cornell University

Majors(s): Accounting and Finance  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Genesis is a sophomore at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, concentrating in accounting and finance. On campus, she is an analyst for Cornell Consulting and Vice President of Programming for La Asociacion Latina. Last year, she interned at JetBlue Airways as a technical operations intern and before that at DREAM Charter School in Harlem, NY as an intern for the operations team. On her time off, she loves to spend time with family, travelling, and dancing Latin music.

Genesis Santana

Cornell University

Majors(s): Accounting and Finance  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Genesis is a sophomore at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, concentrating in accounting and finance. On campus, she is an analyst for Cornell Consulting and Vice President of Programming for La Asociacion Latina. Last year, she interned at JetBlue Airways as a technical operations intern and before that at DREAM Charter School in Harlem, NY as an intern for the operations team. On her time off, she loves to spend time with family, travelling, and dancing Latin music.

Grace Olson

Wellesley College

Major(s): Anthropology

Hometown: La Crosse, WI

At Wellesley, she is an active member of the horticultural society and studies Chinese as a foreign language. Her favorite study break is baking, especially peanut butter cookies! Grace spent the summer of 2019 interning in Morocco and has studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She plans to continue her enthusiasm for intercultural communication post-graduation working internationally within the nonprofit sector. A Questbridge Scholar passionate about educational equity, she hopes to be a patient and reliable support system for students navigating the college process.

Grace Olson

Wellesley College

Major(s): Anthropology

Hometown: La Crosse, WI

At Wellesley, she is an active member of the horticultural society and studies Chinese as a foreign language. Her favorite study break is baking, especially peanut butter cookies! Grace spent the summer of 2019 interning in Morocco and has studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She plans to continue her enthusiasm for intercultural communication post-graduation working internationally within the nonprofit sector. A Questbridge Scholar passionate about educational equity, she hopes to be a patient and reliable support system for students navigating the college process.

Ikenna Obi

Vanderbilt University

Major(s): Neuroscience and Spanish

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Ikenna is a junior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Neuroscience. He’s an aspiring doctor and hopes to be able to serve his global community. You’ll likely find him at the rec playing basketball or lifting weights, or anywhere there is a working piano. At Vanderbilt, he volunteers at the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Response as a certified EMR. He’s honored to have the opportunity to impact the next generation through Prepory.

Ikenna Obi

Vanderbilt University

Major(s): Neuroscience and Spanish

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Ikenna is a junior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Neuroscience. He’s an aspiring doctor and hopes to be able to serve his global community. You’ll likely find him at the rec playing basketball or lifting weights, or anywhere there is a working piano. At Vanderbilt, he volunteers at the Vanderbilt Emergency Medical Response as a certified EMR. He’s honored to have the opportunity to impact the next generation through Prepory.

Javier Peralta

Washington & Lee University

Majors(s): Geology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics

Hometown: Luray, VA

Javier is a senior at Washington and Lee University double majoring in Geology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics. He spends most of his time being an active member of his fraternity, giving tours to prospective students, and interacting with the Latinx community through Latinx Student Organization (LSO). Raised in rural Virginia, he loves being outside, whether that is hiking or reading books on the human experience with the terrestrial world.

Javier Peralta

Washington & Lee University

Majors(s): Geology, Environmental Studies, Mathematics

Hometown: Luray, VA

Javier is a senior at Washington and Lee University double majoring in Geology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics. He spends most of his time being an active member of his fraternity, giving tours to prospective students, and interacting with the Latinx community through Latinx Student Organization (LSO). Raised in rural Virginia, he loves being outside, whether that is hiking or reading books on the human experience with the terrestrial world.

Javier Ramirez

Cornell University

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Javier is a Venezuelan born, first-generation sophomore at Cornell University studying Economics with a minor in Latino Studies. He is currently the Vice President of Programming at La Association Latina, Cornell’s Latinx Umbrella Organization. He is also a member of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity Inc., the Latino fraternity on campus, and participates in Cornell's Spanish Debate Team. In his free time, he likes to cook and spend time in nature.

Javier Ramirez

Cornell University

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Javier is a Venezuelan born, first-generation sophomore at Cornell University studying Economics with a minor in Latino Studies. He is currently the Vice President of Programming at La Association Latina, Cornell’s Latinx Umbrella Organization. He is also a member of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity Inc., the Latino fraternity on campus, and participates in Cornell's Spanish Debate Team. In his free time, he likes to cook and spend time in nature.

Juan Agudelo

Amherst College

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Juan is a junior at Amherst College majoring in Economics. He’s part of the Investment Club and Club Soccer Team at Amherst. As a Prepory student himself, he boasts that Prepory served an "unparalleled role in his college application process." Deciding to return to Prepory in as a coach, he strives to relay his love for higher education to all students.

Juan Agudelo

Amherst College

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: Miami, FL

Juan is a junior at Amherst College majoring in Economics. He’s part of the Investment Club and Club Soccer Team at Amherst. As a Prepory student himself, he boasts that Prepory served an "unparalleled role in his college application process." Deciding to return to Prepory in as a coach, he strives to relay his love for higher education to all students.

Karly Mondaizie

Cornell University

Majors(s): Biological Sciences

Hometown: Macon, GA

Karly is a junior at the Arts & Sciences College at Cornell University majoring in Biological Sciences. On campus, she is involved in several mentorship programs, health organizations, and community outreach programs. She is also Committee Chair for Cornell’s Annual Mental Health Summit and Co-President of the Weill-Ithaca Network, which connects medical students to undergraduates. Karly plans to attend Medical School after graduation.

Karly Mondaizie

Cornell University

Majors(s): Biological Sciences

Hometown: Macon, GA

Karly is a junior at the Arts & Sciences College at Cornell University majoring in Biological Sciences. On campus, she is involved in several mentorship programs, health organizations, and community outreach programs. She is also Committee Chair for Cornell’s Annual Mental Health Summit and Co-President of the Weill-Ithaca Network, which connects medical students to undergraduates. Karly plans to attend Medical School after graduation.

Kyle Vazquez

College of William and Mary

Majors(s): History and English 

Hometown: Miami, FL

Kyle is a senior at the College of William and Mary double-majoring in History and English. He’s the class of 2021 senator and a member of the William and Mary Choir. Kyle also founded a club in which college students develop their leadership skills by helping middle and high school students in local communities. Kyle believes in the power of educational equity and the importance of attending to the needs of each individual student.

Kyle Vazquez

College of William and Mary

Majors(s): History and English 

Hometown: Miami, FL

Kyle is a senior at the College of William and Mary double-majoring in History and English. He’s the class of 2021 senator and a member of the William and Mary Choir. Kyle also founded a club in which college students develop their leadership skills by helping middle and high school students in local communities. Kyle believes in the power of educational equity and the importance of attending to the needs of each individual student.

Lauren Wilson

Brown University

Majors(s): History

Hometown: Southfield, MI

Lauren is a senior at Brown University majoring in History and East Asian Studies. Outside of the classroom, Lauren serves as the Co-President of her school’s Black Student Union, and has also previously worked as a Residential Assistant as well as a barista! Her hobbies include cooking, music, and biking. She also enjoys traveling and loves getting to know a new city.

Lauren Wilson

Brown University

Majors(s): History

Hometown: Southfield, MI

Lauren is a senior at Brown University majoring in History and East Asian Studies. Outside of the classroom, Lauren serves as the Co-President of her school’s Black Student Union, and has also previously worked as a Residential Assistant as well as a barista! Her hobbies include cooking, music, and biking. She also enjoys traveling and loves getting to know a new city.

Maria Acevedo

University of Pennsylvania

Majors(s): Astrophysics  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Maria is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Astrophysics. Her passion for helping other students achieve their goals is proven by her journey as a Prepory student and now, coach. When she is not helping students get into their dream schools or studying, she can be found knitting or dog-spotting.

Maria Acevedo

University of Pennsylvania

Majors(s): Astrophysics  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Maria is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Astrophysics. Her passion for helping other students achieve their goals is proven by her journey as a Prepory student and now, coach. When she is not helping students get into their dream schools or studying, she can be found knitting or dog-spotting.

Matine Khalighi

Harvard College

Majors(s): Social Studies  

Hometown: Denver, CO

Matine Khalighi is a freshman at Harvard College planning to major in Social Studies. He is the Executive Director of EEqual, a 501(c)3 youth-led nonprofit he co-founded that supports students at risk of experiencing homelessness. Having grown up in Colorado, where he attended Smoky Hill High School, Matine loves going on outdoor adventures. In his free time, he likes to cook and spend time with friends!

Matine Khalighi

Harvard College

Majors(s): Social Studies  

Hometown: Denver, CO

Matine Khalighi is a freshman at Harvard College planning to major in Social Studies. He is the Executive Director of EEqual, a 501(c)3 youth-led nonprofit he co-founded that supports students at risk of experiencing homelessness. Having grown up in Colorado, where he attended Smoky Hill High School, Matine loves going on outdoor adventures. In his free time, he likes to cook and spend time with friends!

Nathaniel Miller

Yale University

Majors(s): Political Science  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Nathaniel is a junior at Yale University majoring in Political Science. He plans to one-day practice constitutional law in hopes of making the world a more equitable and just place. In his free time, he competes on the Quiz Bowl team and heads a French-Language university publication. Nathaniel was also a contestant on Jeopardy! College Championship 2020. He loves studying art, music, and teaching himself to play new instruments.

Nathaniel Miller

Yale University

Majors(s): Political Science  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Nathaniel is a junior at Yale University majoring in Political Science. He plans to one-day practice constitutional law in hopes of making the world a more equitable and just place. In his free time, he competes on the Quiz Bowl team and heads a French-Language university publication. Nathaniel was also a contestant on Jeopardy! College Championship 2020. He loves studying art, music, and teaching himself to play new instruments.

Nefertari Elshiekh

UCF, Burnett Honors College

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: New York, NY

Nefertari is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College majoring in Economics and International and Global Studies. She serves on the executive board for UCF's largest student-run philanthropy event, Dance Marathon, and is also on the editorial board for the UCF Undergraduate Law Journal. When she’s not studying, working in the Office of the President, or conducting research at the Institute for Economic Forecasting, she can be found at Disney.

Nefertari Elshiekh

UCF, Burnett Honors College

Majors(s): Economics

Hometown: New York, NY

Nefertari is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College majoring in Economics and International and Global Studies. She serves on the executive board for UCF's largest student-run philanthropy event, Dance Marathon, and is also on the editorial board for the UCF Undergraduate Law Journal. When she’s not studying, working in the Office of the President, or conducting research at the Institute for Economic Forecasting, she can be found at Disney.

Rya Muller

Northwestern University

Majors(s): Neuroscience  

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Rya is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Neuroscience as a pre-med student. She hopes to someday work in pediatrics or pediatric medical research. She currently works in a neuroscience lab, and also as an assistant membership VP (AMVP) in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She's part of a club called Nous Fe, which takes yearly medical outreach and volunteer trips to Haiti to work in a free clinic. She wants to show students the fun in navigating through the college admissions process.

Rya Muller

Northwestern University

Majors(s): Neuroscience  

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Rya is a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Neuroscience as a pre-med student. She hopes to someday work in pediatrics or pediatric medical research. She currently works in a neuroscience lab, and also as an assistant membership VP (AMVP) in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She's part of a club called Nous Fe, which takes yearly medical outreach and volunteer trips to Haiti to work in a free clinic. She wants to show students the fun in navigating through the college admissions process.

Sara Dixon

Colorado College

Majors(s): Environmental Science and Asian Studies  

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Sara hopes to mitigate the effects of climate change through science. Outside of academics, she gives tours to prospective students through the Office of Admissions and is an intern at the Office of Sustainability. Sara also loves being a part of clubs at Colorado College. She is the treasurer of the Asian Student Union, the co-chair of a club for Adoptees, and a co-chair for Mahjong Club. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, playing mahjong with friends, and hiking.

Sara Dixon

Colorado College

Majors(s): Environmental Science and Asian Studies  

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Sara hopes to mitigate the effects of climate change through science. Outside of academics, she gives tours to prospective students through the Office of Admissions and is an intern at the Office of Sustainability. Sara also loves being a part of clubs at Colorado College. She is the treasurer of the Asian Student Union, the co-chair of a club for Adoptees, and a co-chair for Mahjong Club. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, playing mahjong with friends, and hiking.

Valeria Vila

University of Florida

Majors(s): Industrial Engineering  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Valeria is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is a finance assistant for Strike Magazine at UF and loves to stay creative. Being a Prepory alumna herself, Valeria is passionate about guiding her student’s to success. When she is not spending long nights studying, she enjoys watching movies with her friends.

Valeria Vila

University of Florida

Majors(s): Industrial Engineering  

Hometown: Miami, FL

Valeria is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is a finance assistant for Strike Magazine at UF and loves to stay creative. Being a Prepory alumna herself, Valeria is passionate about guiding her student’s to success. When she is not spending long nights studying, she enjoys watching movies with her friends.

Youssef Aziz

Cornell University

Majors(s): Sociology and Inequality Studies

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Youssef is a junior at Cornell University specifically majoring in Sociology but specifically interested in education inequality. He’s developed workshops throughout the summer to help inform his first-gen community about access to higher education. He's also an Ambassador for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences where he informs prospective students about the college application process. Youssef aspires to be a lawyer to help fix the inequalities evident within the American system.

Youssef Aziz

Cornell University

Majors(s): Sociology and Inequality Studies

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Youssef is a junior at Cornell University specifically majoring in Sociology but specifically interested in education inequality. He’s developed workshops throughout the summer to help inform his first-gen community about access to higher education. He's also an Ambassador for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences where he informs prospective students about the college application process. Youssef aspires to be a lawyer to help fix the inequalities evident within the American system.

Learn more about how Prepory’s relatable yet expertly trained college admissions coaches can help you.

Top-quality training and education

To begin their training, each of our college admissions coaches is required to complete a comprehensive college admissions training course created in-house by our Prepory team and former admissions officers from University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania. This course covers every aspect of college admissions – from how to properly edit a college essay and negotiate financial aid packages to understanding the perception of extracurriculars during the admissions process.

While all of our college admissions coaches are current college students or recent grads who have fresh memories of their own admissions processes, this course ensures our services are methodical and data driven. This course also helps bring them up to speed on the current best practices in the admissions industry and prepares them to offer the best possible assistance for you.

Additionally, we require hours of live training with members of our HQ team to discuss niche topics and concerns unique to the admissions process. Finally, college admissions coaches participate in ongoing training sessions throughout the school year to ensure they’re always up-to-date on the latest information. Our college admissions coaches are also required to meet with members of HQ to review curriculum guides and get the latest college admissions information.

After graduation and their work with Prepory, many of our college admissions coaches go on to earn employment offers from renowned companies like Oracle, Deutsche Bank, and IBM. Other coaches have earned offers of admission at the nation’s most selective graduate or professional programs such as Harvard Medical School, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Journalism. Our college admissions coaches are active members of their academic communities. Many have founded campus clubs or obtained world-class scholarships and awards.

Let a Prepory college admissions coach guide you through the college applications process.