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 gym 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 Biz Dev & Associate Director of Sales


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.

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 a 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 a newscaster for ESPN"

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.

Chris Bench

Assistant Director of Tutoring & Essay Services


Chris Bench

"I wanted to be an English professor"

Chris Bench, the Assistant Director of Tutoring and Essay, is a seasoned essay coach with a decade of experience. Holding an AB 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

"Essay Coach"

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

"Essay Coach"

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

"Essay Coach"

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

"Essay Coach"

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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Brooke Kent

Essay Coach


Brooke Kent

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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.

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Jordan Tucker

Essay Coach


Jordan Tucker

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As a graduate of Columbia University, King's College London, and New York University, Jordan is a writer, editor, and content strategist who’s assisted hundreds of applicants gain admission into their top undergraduate and graduate programs.

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