Admission and Financial Aid Experts

About Us

Our team is comprised of former admission officers and graduates of top schools with extensive experience supporting students with college planing and admission. We specialize in providing a personalized admission strategy for each student by capitalizing on their strengths, background, interest and aspirations.

Counselors are located across the U.S. with primary sites in San Francisco, New York City, New Jersey, and Boston. To accommodate students’ schedules, we offer counseling via video, email, and phone correspondence.

Meet a Few Members of Our Team and Their Admission Background

Our team is comprised of former admission officers and graduates of highly selective schools. Profiles of coaches who are on vacation or leave are temporarily hidden. Contact us if you are looking for a coach with a particular background and expertise. We are dedicated to finding the perfect match for you.


Ariel Mazel-Gee
College Counseling Professional

B.A., Stanford University
M.A., University of Southern California (USC)
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Ariel has been working in college admissions for nearly a decade, both as a member of an admissions committee (Stanford University) and as an ambassador to prospective students. In this time, she has read thousands of applications, edited hundreds of personal statements, and developed a wide breadth of knowledge about the admissions process. Ariel combines her insider's knowledge of the application process with her passion for working with teens to help students of all levels and backgrounds communicate unique and compelling applications.

To take full advantage of her expertise, select Comprehensive Application Support from the Application Support page. She can guide students with school selection, writing personal statements, application strategy, interview preparation, what (and what not) to include on an application, how to make a strong resume, and everything in between!


Erika Robinson
College Counseling Professional

B.A., Harvard University (English)
M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Princeton University
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia University
Seasonal Admission Reader, Harvard University

In addition to her experience as an Admission Officer, Erika has taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition for more than a quarter century, and has guided thousands of seniors in the writing of successful college essays, including her own daughter, a recent graduate of Columbia University. Erika has written hundreds of letters of recommendation, as well, and knows the college admissions process from a variety of perspectives: student, parent, teacher, and admissions officer. She enjoys showing young people that, as daunting an experience as the admissions process is, it can also be an exciting opportunity for students to discover both who they are, and who it is they wish to become. Erika has been an admissions consultant both domestically and throughout Asia, having traveled to and worked with students in India, South Korea, and China. She most enjoys helping students with the essay writing process, and watching them discover their voices as both writers and as young adults who are ready to offer their gifts to the world.

Khue Nguyen

Khue Nguyen

B.A. Harvard College
M.Ed Harvard Graduate School of Education
Admissions, Harvard University

Khue has years of experience working as a college admission counselor. She worked at Harvard as one of their top admissions recruiters, where her primary focus was to identify strong candidates who would be a great fit to the institution. While the holder of two Harvard degrees, in this role Khue gained insights into the admission requirements of Harvard and other Ivy League schools and the application review process—seeing the qualities shared amongst the most competitive students.

After that, she moved into college counseling to support students with planing their course selections and extracurricular activities. Khue loves working with applicants and helping them present a compelling narrative with a unique voice.

Anna Cross Ivy Ready College Consultant

Anna Cross, MPH
College Counseling Professional

B.A., University of San Francisco
MPH, University of San Francisco
Admission, University of San Francisco
Admission, UCSF, Master of Science in Global Health Program
Advisor, UC Berkeley Department of Economics
Anna has extensive experience working with students and families with college planning, application preparation, and financial aid opportunities. She has worked as an academic advisor at a private institution, as well as in the UC system, guiding and preparing students for their academic journey. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience. She then went on to earn a Masters in Public Health from the University of San Francisco. She has significant experience working with Jesuit universities, as well as the UC system, at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Marie Arlen Columbia U. Fmr. Officer

Marie Arlen
College Counseling Professional

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Former Admissions Officer, Columbia University

Marie has over 11 years of experience working in higher education counseling. As an admission officer at Columbia, she reviewed and participated in committees covering thousands of applications. As a college admission counselor, she specializes in helping applicants focused on getting into highly selective schools, and she works extensively with international applicants. She is truly passionate about helping prospective applicants showcase their potential through creative writing.

Alicia Stewart Ivy Ready Admission Consultant

Alicia Stewart
College Counseling Professional - Business School

B.A., George Washington University
MBA Candidate, Whitman School of Business, Syracuse University
Former Admission Officer, Columbia Business School

 With more than ten years of experience in higher education admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and teaching, I bring with me a lot of knowledge and expertise to my counseling work with students. As a Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School, I had the privilege of working with both full-time MBA and Executive MBA applicants. I also served as Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning at Columbia University Medical Center and have helped dozens of students navigate the financial aid system. I interviewed students, read applications, and coached hundreds of applicants into Columbia’s top-tier programs.

Meklit Workneh

Meet Meklit Workneh, M.D.
College Counseling Professional - Medical School

B.A., Stanford university
M.P.H., Yale University
M.D., University of Califronia, San Francisco

Dr. Workneh is an American Board certified internal medicine physician who serves as Ivy Ready's premier medical school planning and application consultant. She is an outstanding physician with an unparalleled educational pedigree and excellence in patient care. Recently, she was awarded the Clinical Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where she now serves as a resident physician.

She has extensive knowledge of the medical school admission process not only from her own journey of gaining admission into prestigious institutions like Stanford, Yale, and UCSF, but also from her time as an admission committee member at UCSF. 

She is available to assist you with long-term planning, as a mentor, or to address your specific questions through short-term consultations. Request more information by clicking here.

Nikki Perlman Ivy Ready Consultant

Nikki Perlman
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. Ed., Stanford University
Certificate in College Counseling, University of California, San Diego
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Nikki is an experienced college admissions counselor who has worked with students as early as 9th grade on their journey to college. A strategic and compassionate mentor, she enjoys coaching students on career & major exploration, high school course selection, extracurricular assessment, college list development, essay & interview guidance, and application preparation. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. After working at Google in marketing & project management, she went on to earn an M.A. in Education and a California teaching credential from Stanford University.  She has worked in education for several years, including teaching, counseling, and assessing hundreds of applications for undergraduate admission. She is delighted to work with students and families as part of Ivy Ready's prestigious counseling team. 

Gregg Prigerson Stanford University Former Officer

Gregg Prigerson
College Counseling Professional
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Gregg has been in the college admission field for 18 years.  He is the current Director of College Counseling at a private boarding school and has been extremely successfully in helping students find colleges that offer outstanding learning experiences. During his time as an admission officer at Stanford, he recruited and counseled international applicants from China, India, and South Korea.

His previous roles include working at the University of Miami, Auburn University, The University of Alabama, Stanford University, and Ringling College of Art and Design.

Interests: Avid tennis player and fan, biking, and running with his golden retriever

John Gipner Ivy Ready Financial Aid Consultant

John Gipner
College Counseling Professional - Financial Aid
Former Financial Aid Officer, Stanford University

As a 15-year veteran of the College Financial Aid Industry, John provides his expertise to families by helping them plan for financial success. He offers early planning support for education-related expenses, offers guidance with financial aid inquiries, identifies resources to pay for college, and shares his insights on unique aid packages. For example, John has helped families determine whether or not their family contribution is likely to remain the same, increase or decrease over the long term by reviewing their financial projections. He has helped families determine how changes in their financial assets or number of students in college are likely to impact their expected college contribution throughout college. John is an invaluable member of the Ivy Ready family by helping families maximize their resources, which is just as important as helping them reach their dream schools.

He offers timed consultations, one-on-one support with filling out the FAFSA and CSS profile, and is available to provide a detailed college cost projection for schools you may be considering.

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Giaynel Cordero

Giaynel Cordero

Tutor & Mentor

B.A. in Neurobiology
M.D. Candidate SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Giaynel is a medical school candidate at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is extremely enthusiastic to work with students with college planning and admission support. She speaks French and Spanish fluently, and recently completed a fellowship in statistics after attaining her undergraduate degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (She received a 4.0 GPA throughout the fellowship.)