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EJA headshot 2016 (lowres)Evelyn J. Alexander, M.A.

Evelyn founded Magellan College Counseling in 2011, after spending 15 years as a volunteer admissions recruiter for Johns Hopkins University.  She and the Magellan team guide students in exploring colleges and presenting their accomplishments in the most competitive light.

Evelyn became involved in college admissions through her leadership in the JHU Second Decade Society.  She co-chaired the Society’s Admissions Committee for seven years, creating and implementing a national program to recruit underrepresented minority students to Hopkins.  She also represented Hopkins at college fairs, interviewed students, visited high schools, and trained other alumni around the country to volunteer in these capacities.

Evelyn has presented on panels at several national professional conferences, and maintains active memberships in the following organizations:  National Association for College Admission Counseling, Western Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Professional member), and Counselor Advocacy for the Jewish University Experience.

Before embarking on her career in college counseling, Evelyn was a successful political consultant and public relations executive.   She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, a Master of Arts from the George Washington University, and a Certificate in College Counseling (with distinction) from UCLA.  A Los Angeles native, she has held a private pilot’s license for over 20 years.


Diana Hanson - Magellan College CounselingDiana Hanson

A Los Angeles native, Diana Hanson is committed to helping students and their families prepare for college and discover the colleges or universities that best meet their needs.    Since beginning her work as an independent college consultant in 2005, Diana has assisted students in every aspect of the college process, from selecting colleges to helping them write effective college essays.  She also conducts free workshops through the Santa Monica Public Library.

With a background in writing, editing, and teaching writing skills, Diana is an expert essay adviser and editor who earned BA, MA, and CPhil degrees from UCLA.  She taught English Composition at East LA College before starting a Legal Writing program at Southwestern University School of Law.  She went on to raise two sons while working in corporate training.  Diana has also completed, with distinction, the Certificate in College Counseling program at UCLA.

Diana is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Western Association for College Admission Counseling, Higher Education Consultants Association, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Associate member); she adheres to their high standards of professional ethics.  Diana joined the Magellan team in 2016.


Debbie Liebert - Magellan College CounselingDebbie Liebert, M.Ed.

Debbie Liebert has always been passionate about the college experience.  Her own undergraduate experience at USC was life-changing.  She guided her three uniquely different daughters through the college application process and was thrilled to watch each create her own unique experience of exploration, growth, and success.

Debbie believes that the college search process is rarely linear and it is not always easy to navigate; she works with each unique student to find a school that “fits.”  She strives with each client to find an environment that not only nurtures growth inside the classroom, but inside the individual – academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Debbie’s personal and professional experiences can help make your college exploration an enjoyable and pleasant process, instead of the stressful and challenging time it can be for students and families.  From the creation of the college list to the final decision, Debbie guides her students with honesty, integrity, and enthusiasm.

As a USC alumnus, Debbie conducted scholarship interviews for students of alumni.  As a full time parent, she was room mom, Brownie mom, and team mom!  For two years she served as President of the Kappa Alpha Theta Parent Organization, and volunteered for the USC Parents’ Club.

Debbie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from USC, a Master’s Degree (in Education) from Pepperdine University and the Certificate in College Counseling (with distinction) from UCLA.  She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and the Higher Education Consultants Association.


Jennifer Stephan headshot - Magellan College CounselingJennifer Stephan, Ph.D.

Jennifer has spent her entire career in higher education.  She is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising for the School of Engineering at Tufts University.  In this role, she supports all engineering undergraduate students throughout their time at Tufts, helping students achieve their academic and personal goals.  Jennifer collaborates with students, parents, faculty and staff university-wide to provide holistic support to her students.  She also determines and enforces academic policies and procedures within Tufts School of Engineering.

Prior to joining Tufts, Jennifer had a 21-year career at Wellesley College, where she was a class dean and a professor of Computer Science.  In these roles she regularly worked with colleagues at MIT, Olin College and Babson College, particularly in the context of supporting Wellesley students who wished to pursue an interest in engineering.  She also served on the Board of Admissions, reading approximately one hundred transfer applications a year.

An alumna of Johns Hopkins University, Jennifer has served as a volunteer admissions interviewer.  While an undergraduate at Hopkins, Jennifer worked for the Board of Admissions, studied abroad, and was a varsity athlete.

In addition to her wealth of experience working with young adults, Jennifer brings to the Magellan team specific expertise in athletic recruiting, engineering, the transfer application process and the elite college application process.

Jennifer earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  She is a member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling.  She has three teenaged daughters, the eldest of whom is enrolled at Tufts University.


Suzie Wynne headshot - Magellan College CounselingSuzie Wynne, J.D.

After practicing law for many years, Suzie Wynne became an independent college counselor because she realized her passion is helping young adults find their educational paths.  Suzie believes it is critically important to understand students’ learning styles, needs, talents, values and aspirations to help them find, apply and transition to the right “fit” school.

Suzie brings a distinct combination of skills and perspective to college counseling which enables her to work well with all kinds of students.  The research, writing, strategy and advocacy skills she honed as a lawyer are indispensable in this process.  Having recently gone through the college application journey with one of her own three children, Suzie is aware of the stress and anxiety involved for students and families, so she focuses on demystifying the sometimes-confusing college admission process.

Suzie served for four years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bridges Academy, a private college preparatory school for students in grades 5-12 who are “twice-exceptional” (gifted and highly gifted students with learning differences).  As a result of her personal and professional experiences, Suzie recognizes that no two students are alike and she is committed to building an individualized plan for each student.

Suzie holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) from UC Santa Barbara, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and the Certificate in College Counseling (with distinction) from UCLA.  Suzie is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, as well as the Higher Education Consultants Association.

 

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