Our Team

Kevin Krebs - Founder of HelloCollege

Kevin Krebs

Founder and Managing Director


Kevin Krebs

"I wanted to be an NFL quarterback."

Inspired by his parents, Kevin’s journey from a first-gen, diverse, low-income background to Northwestern University shaped him. After experiencing challenges, including student loan debt, he founded HelloCollege and has spent the last 25 years helping students successfully navigate college admissions.

Andrea Emmons

CEO


Andrea Emmons

"I wanted to be a veterinarian."

Andrea Emmons is not just a CEO; she's a mentor, a leader, and a force for positive change in education. Her innovative approach and genuine care for students are shaping a brighter and more equitable future in higher education.

Allison Dahleen

Director of Counseling Services


Allison Dahleen

"I wanted to be a PE teacher."

As an MSA holder, Allison brings a wealth of experience supporting students in higher education. As a respected leader at HelloCollege, she expertly navigates admissions, and academic advising, empowering students to conquer their goals.

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Ian Simon

Director of Tutoring and Essay Services


Ian Simon

"I wanted to be an Air Force pilot."

Ian has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their full potential and learn about the world around them. After graduating from UIUC with a BS in Electrical Engineering, he owned and operated a private tutoring business, where his team specialized in individualized curriculum development and helping students achieve their academic goals.

Jennifer Bosco

Director of Admissions


Jennifer Bosco

"I wanted to be a teacher."

Jennifer has over 20 years experience working with students on their college journey. She has extensive experience as an educational leader, instructor, and DEI consultant.

James McGary

Chief Marketing Officer


James McGary

"I wanted to be a soldier."

James is an experienced marketing executive with 15+ years of specializing in successful campaigns within education, he merges strategic abilities with a passion for storytelling, aligning seamlessly with our mission to simplify the college decision journey for students.

Jeannine Palhegyi

Senior Coordinator, Director of Culture


Jeannine Palhegyi

"I wanted to be an interior designer."

Jeannine draws from personal experience as both a team member and client. As a mother navigating the college planning process for her son, HelloCollege provided invaluable support. Now, with over 20 years of customer service expertise, she compassionately guides families on their own successful college journeys.

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Mike Sear

Senior Admissions Advisor


Mike Sear

"I wanted to be a baseball player."

Mike is a professional storyteller who makes his clients stand out. An award-winning producer/director for 30+ years, with content ranging from documentaries on ESPN to concert videos for Jay-Z, Mike helps students tell their own stories that get them into their dream college and land that dream job.

Sue Nelson

Financial Specialist


Sue Nelson

"I wanted to be an architect."

Sue has 25 years of experience in financial services and assists families with the financial aid process and cost saving practices.

Duryab Aziz Sukhera

Web Engineer


Duryab Aziz Sukhera

"I wanted to be a Kung Fu fighter."

Duryab has 6 years of practical experience in various web technologies, including backend, frontend, no-code tools, and APIs. He's an enthusiast for crafting cutting-edge solutions.

Toni Rexroat

Email Specialist


Toni Rexroat

"I wanted to be a book editor."

Driven by a passion for learning, Toni Rexroat brings with her 12+ years of success in email marketing and a wealth of knowledge in crafting a journey to guide others on their own path to achievement. She utilizes her gift for storytelling to further our mission and help students on their college decision journey as they create their own life story.

Niloufar Azarnia

Customer Support


Niloufar Azarnia

"I wanted to be a pediatrician."

Niloufar has a BS in Marketing from Miami University, she loved her college experience and strives to help others find their SAFE school.

Amanda Yoder

Assistant Director of Counseling Services


Amanda Yoder

"I wanted to be a lawyer."

Amanda is our Lead College Counselor and Trainer with over 10 years of high school counseling experience. She holds a Master's in Education with a counseling concentration and graduate certificates in Military & Family Education and Administration & Supervision (Educational Leadership).

Don Keller

College Counselor


Don Keller

"I wanted to be an ESPN newscaster."

Don is a highly skilled College Admissions Counselor, boasting a 20-year background in student service. Don's expertise includes evaluating applications for UC - Berkeley and the prestigious Questbridge Scholars program, making him well-equipped to guide students toward their educational aspirations.

Raymond Gonzales

College Counselor


Raymond Gonzales

"I wanted to be a flight attendant. "

Raymond, a first-generation college graduate from the Bay Area, holds a Master's in Education from Harvard, a Master's in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's in Social Work from University of Southern California. His diverse experience includes roles at Assist America and the UN, reflecting a commitment to global youth advocacy.

Shariq Ali

College Counselor


Shariq Ali

"I wanted to be a meteorologist."

Shariq holds an M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from Elon University. Shariq leverages his experience in research, advocacy, and mentoring to create personalized plans that reflect students’ unique stories and empower them to achieve their academic dreams.

Miracle Husband

College Counselor


Miracle Husband

"I wanted to be a History teacher."

Miracle received her B.A. from the University of California - Berkeley and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She has a rich background in higher education, founding her own College Advising company and roles in business academic counseling at Tulane University and college advising at UC Berkeley.

Kimberly Shipman

College Counselor


Kimberly Shipman

"I wanted to be a park ranger."

Kim holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and has over 10 years of experience in college and career counseling. She has a passion for helping students discover their career passions and connect them to the perfect college experience.

Chris Bench

Assistant Director of Tutoring & Essay Services


Chris Bench

"I wanted to be an geologist."

Chris Bench, the Assistant Director of Tutoring and Essay, is a seasoned essay coach with a decade of experience. Holding an BA from Kenyon and an MA from UChicago, Chris's expertise shines through, particularly in the realm of commas, where his opinion is unwavering.

Will Wagner

Essay Coach


Will Wagner

"I wanted to be a baseball player."

Will is an admissions essay expert, published author, and editor working on everything from national magazines to websites.

Alisha Braun

Essay Coach


Alisha Braun

"I wanted to be a teacher."

Alisha has worked in higher ed for 13 yrs, teaching at MSU and USF. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State.

Sara Walsh

Essay Coach


Sara Walsh

"I wanted to be an Olympian."

With eighteen years of experience in international schools, Sara holds a B.A. in English from Notre Dame and an M.A. from SUNY New Paltz.

Andi Taylor

Essay Coach


Andi Taylor

"I wanted to be an author."

Andi has over three years of experience working in a college admissions office. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.

Nicholas Pizzo

Essay Coach


Nicholas Pizzo

"I wanted to be a veterinarian."

Nick is a graduate of UVM and UChicago. He holds a BA in English and an MA in the Humanities, with a focus on creative writing. He loves watching basketball, despite his poor playing ability.

Sana Rahman

Essay Coach


Sana Rahman

"I wanted to be an art teacher."

Sana Rahman holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Chicago. She’s always searching for the best way for people to share the stories they want to tell.

Sarah Bellardini

Essay Coach


Sarah Bellardini

"I wanted to be a pop star."

Sarah Bellardini is a comedy and animation writer with nearly a decade of experience working in television. She graduated with a degree in Film & TV from Boston University.

Steven Flores

Essay Coach


Steven Flores

"I wanted to be the Miami Dolphins quarterback."

Steven Flores is a writer and educator with 11 years of experience in higher education, including 4 years of one-on-one essay coaching. He is currently an AOP Fellow at UW-Milwaukee.

Eleanor Russell

Essay Coach


Eleanor Russell

"I wanted to be an opera singer."

Eleanor Russell is a writer living in Taos, NM. She earned her doctorate from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, listening to music, and praying for a Reba reboot.

Gina Twardosz

Essay Coach


Gina Twardosz

"I wanted to be an author."

Gina Twardosz is a curious lifelong learner with a BFA in English Writing and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Elena Van Lare

Essay Coach


Elena Van Lare

"I wanted to be a sports journalist."

Elena Van Lare is an Academic Dean and English Teacher with over 30 years of experience working with young adults from Grades 6 to college. She earned her M.Ed. from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

Bertrand Cooper

Essay Coach


Bertrand Cooper

"I wanted to be a Shaolin monk."

Bertrand has a B.A. in U.S. History from Fairleigh Dickinson and an Ed.M. in Education Theory & Policy from Rutgers GSE. His essays on poverty, policy, and culture have been featured in the NYT and The Atlantic. He loves writing and teaching and shall never retire from either.

Stewart Lewis

Essay Coach


Stewart Lewis

"I wanted to be a rock star."

Stewart Lewis is an author, musician, film producer, and former creative writing professor at University of Maryland and Belmont University. He holds an MFA from the University of Southern California, and his latest YA novel is becoming a movie.

Emily Phares

Essay Coach


Emily Phares

"I wanted to be an ornithologist."

Emily is a skilled writer and editor who knows how to tell a great story. Her background spans academia, journalism, and marketing, and she has a M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sam Hobson

Essay Coach


Sam Hobson

"I wanted to be a writer."

Sam is a PhD candidate who holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Michigan. Sam has taught writing for 10+ years and loves being outdoors.

Emily Mack

Essay Coach


Emily Mack

"I wanted to be an investigative reporter."

Emily Mack is a writer based in Chicago. She was born and raised in the city and returned after earning her creative writing degree from Columbia University in 2020. Currently, she is the senior editor at Chicago Agent magazine.

Willow Green

Essay Coach


Willow Green

"I wanted to be an author."

Willow holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Kenyon College. They are also a performance artist and dance scholar. They have mentored students in various capacities, including as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

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Brooke Kent

Essay Coach


Brooke Kent

"I wanted to be a writer."

Brooke Kent, a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University and the former executive writer for the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, has spent two decades helping students, executives, and professionals craft personalized, persuasive, and achievement-focused essays, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles.

Meg French

Essay Coach


Meg French

"I wanted to be a writer or a teacher."

Meg has worked as a professional editor for more than 20 years. She has a BA in English and political science and is pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction.

Zee Karim

Essay Coach


Zee Karim

"I wanted to be a writer."

Zainab (Zee) has a M.S. in Written Communication and M.A. in Psychology from National-Louis University. She loves teaching personal essay writing and building community around writing practices.

Asma Wazir

Tutor


Asma Wazir

Wanted to be a [---]

Asma is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a major in Biology, and she is excited to attend dental school this upcoming fall. Over the past 3 years, Asma has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students on all subjects and has helped students prepare for standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.

Shruti Patankar

Tutor


Shruti Patankar

"I wanted to be a veterinarian. "

Shruti is a sophomore at Rice University majoring in Applied Mathematics and Sociology. In the past, she has worked with students of all ages preparing for schoolwork and standardized testing.

Tyler Pohlman

Tutor


Tyler Pohlman

"I wanted to be an astronaut. "

Tyler Pohlman is currently attending University of Colorado Boulder where he is double majoring in Physics and German. While attending University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he was an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions. He has a passion for math and teaching and has a year of tutoring experience under Ian Simon.

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