Getting into the right college is becoming a more difficult challenge every year. College costs are rising and the competition to get into good colleges is increasing. That’s why Magellan College Counseling, with five Los Angeles college counselors serving the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, Santa Monica, West LA (and beyond!) can be such a valuable resource to you and your child.
At Magellan, we help students and families navigate the college search process. Our goal is to make finding and getting into the right college easier, less stressful, more successful, more fun and often, less expensive. Each of our counselors is a college admissions professional with years of experience and membership in professional college counseling organizations.
Read more about our Los Angeles college counselors here.
College Counselor Evelyn Alexander is passionate about helping students get into college. Her dedicated approach to guiding students on how to best present themselves and their accomplishments in college applications has resulted in her helping hundreds of students get into great colleges and universities all over the country.
Evelyn founded Magellan College Counseling in 2011 after spending 15 years as a volunteer… Read more about Evelyn Alexander
With over 7 years as a college counselor and 20+ years in corporate meeting and event planning, college counselor Diane Bidna has a keen eye for details. She has worked as a counselor both in a high school setting as well as independently, and has advised students of all levels including IB, AP and college prep. Diane strives to help students create a diverse list of schools that are a good fit for each student, instead of focusing solely on “brand name” schools. Read more about Diane Bidna
Los Angeles college counselor Diana Hanson is committed to helping students and their families prepare for college. Her career as an independent college counselor began in 2005 and she has assisted students with every aspect of applying to college. From selecting a college list to preparing a college application, Diana guides students through the entire process.
Diana taught English Composition at… Read more about Diana Hanson
College counselor Debbie Liebert has always been passionate about college, the college experience, and helping students find the right college match. Debbie’s undergraduate experience at USC, where she met her husband of 35 years, changed her life, and she wants every student to have a great college experience like she did.
That wonderful college experience starts with finding exactly the right college. But Debbie knows that finding the right college is… Read more about Debbie Liebert
In working with students and parents, Calabasas college counselor Fay Taragan utilizes skills honed during her tenure in the corporate and later, the non-profit world, to now guide her clients as they navigate their path to college. Fay is committed to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools, techniques and thought processes to move from exploration to application to acceptance.
She approaches her role as a college counselor in a collaborative way, encouraging her students to… Read more about Fay Taragan
Donna White is a lifelong learner, and her non-traditional educational path informs her work in guiding students to the right college. Donna started Berkshire Community College at age 24, earning her associate’s degree in marketing. After moving to California with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Donna completed her BS at Pepperdine in business administration, and went on to earn an MBA. Read more about Donna White
After a long career in law, college counselor Suzie Wynne decided to follow her passion for helping students explore colleges and make the right college choices. Suzie became an independent college counselor to fulfill this passion, and now finds joy in helping students prepare for college. She believes it’s very important to… Read more about Suzie Wynne
Now In San Diego
Caleb is a uniquely qualified college counselor with more than 20 years of diverse professional experience in business and education. He spent the first part of his career working for various financial companies in Sydney, Australia in marketing and client services. Upon moving back to California in 2000, Caleb earned a teaching credential from Cal State San Marcos and worked as a substitute teacher in North San Diego County school districts while being a stay-at-home dad for his son, now 15. Read more about Caleb Fitzpatrick
Now In Chicago
Kathy Kelleher has a true knack for the college planning process. After single-handedly directing the college application process of her four kids, all of whom were admitted to top colleges around the country, Kathy became a trusted resource for college admissions information within the community, particularly at soccer games, dance competitions, tennis matches, women’s groups and carpool lines.
Combining her marketing and research skills from a background in… Read more about Kathy Kelleher
We offer both local in-person college counseling as well as remote college counseling. Find out which of our college counselors is the best for you and your student. Reach out via our contact form or call us at 877-5-MAGGIE (877-562-4443).