|College Admission Coach||
(B.A.,UC Irvine) brings strategic and tactical experience to her independent college counseling practice in Portland, Oregon, learned through 25 years as a VP of Sales and a Marketing Communications Director. She knows how students can best present themselves to colleges! She builds strong relationships with her students and is adept at steering them towards schools that are a perfect match. She coaches students through the complex admissions process with a minimum of stress. As a former high school English teacher and magazine editor, she knows how to help students write essays that tell a compelling story that reveals character. Most of her students are accepted at one of their top-choice schools.
In addition to her private counseling practice, Jodi is the volunteer college counselor for Minds Matter, Inc. Portland. Minds Matter is an academic mentoring program that helps high-achieving, low-income students broaden their dreams and prepare for college success.
Jodi is a proud member of several professional associations for college counselors including the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Portland Area College Counselors Consortium. Her continuing education includes a minimum of 25 university visits per year, as well as being both a presenter and attendee at industry conferences.
Ilana Walder-Biesanz finished navigating her own college admissions journey three years ago. She is now a junior at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, where she studies systems engineering, literature, theater, and philosophy. She has years of tutoring experience in math, science, standardized test preparation, and languages, including her current job as a writing tutor for her peers at college. Although she likes working with students all the way from choosing a topic to completing an essay, as a grammar nerd she takes particular interest in perfecting sentence structure and punctuation in near-final essays. She is a proud supporter of the underutilized hyphen and em-dash.