About our President, Lisa Bleich, MBA
Lisa Bleich is an experienced Independent Educational Consultant, Entrepreneur, Marketing Consultant and Recruiter. She mentors students on the college application process to help them uncover their strengths and weaknesses and develop a personal plan for success. She also leads seminars and writes for several Blogs on the college application and selection process. Ms. Bleich spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Whittier College teaching courses in Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Small Business Management. She also directed the college’s business internship program.
Lisa combined her passion for teaching and mentoring with her fifteen years of marketing experience to found College Bound Mentor, LLC in 2004 to help students understand their needs and market themselves effectively to colleges. She serves on the alumni council for Brandeis University and interviews prospective freshmen for fit with the University. In her role as Director of Recruiting at Ticketmaster Online CitySearch, Lisa interviewed numerous candidates and taught interviewing skills workshops to help uncover personal attributes of prospective employees.
Lisa holds a BA in European Cultural Studies and French from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).
Lisa is the author of the book Surviving the College Application Process: Case Studies to Help You Find Your Unique Angle for Success.
Beth Cassie, MBA
Beth Cassie is an experienced advisor, mentor and recruiter. As the head of professional development at a management consulting firm, Beth spent years assessing candidates, making determinations regarding fit, and constructively guiding candidates toward opportunities that highlight their strengths. Beth has a keen ability to work with individuals and help them position themselves for their next step. In this role, Beth visited and interacted with numerous colleges and universities and gained a rich understanding of the differences among students and schools.
Beth has an in-depth understanding of high school curriculum and the nuances between different courses of study. Beth developed this knowledge while serving on the Westfield, NJ Board of Education for seven years. During that period, many of the core curriculum areas were reviewed and revised with new courses added to meet the needs of all students. Beth was also actively involved in the Gifted and Talented program in Westfield. In addition to curriculum knowledge, Beth has a broad understanding of the range of opportunities and services available to students. Over her seven years of service, Beth was noted for her ability to connect and communicate with parents and students while gaining their trust, understanding and support.
Beth holds a BA in Mathematics from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. She is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).
Abby Power, MBA
Abby Power recently joined College Bound Mentor to head up our Minneapolis, MN office. She has spent the last few years coaching students on the college application process, resume writing and interviewing skills at high schools in Chicago and Minneapolis. She is passionate about helping students prepare and position themselves for the future.
Abby is an experienced Management Consultant, Organizational Change Consultant and Marketing Professional. In these roles she has had extensive experience recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training recent undergraduate and graduate students. Abby’s work at Time Warner, Accenture and several successful technology start-ups, enables her to bring a marketing and strategy perspective to the task of finding the right college. She applies her background to help students identify their strengths and differentiate and position themselves.
Abby is a former alumni interviewer for The University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She holds a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Abby is pursuing a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Suzette Harrel, J.D.
Suzette is an experienced writer, editor and essay specialist. Her attention to detail and keen editorial eye distinguish her work. She guides students through all aspects of the essay process, from brainstorming topics to polishing final drafts.
Suzette is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. She was an editor for the Harvard Women’s Law Journal and also taught legal research and writing while at Harvard. In addition to her work as an essay specialist, Suzette writes grants for non-profit organizations, edits non-fiction books, and is currently writing a memoir inspired by her late father’s life. She is a participant in the Southampton Writers Conference at Stony Brook Southampton, and serves as a volunteer writing coach for College Summit, a national non-profit dedicated to increasing the college enrollment rates of youth from low-income communities.
Colleen M. Weiss, Ed.M.
Colleen Weiss is an experienced high school English teacher and former communications specialist. Colleen’s passion for helping students with their personal essays stems from her years in the classroom and from her experiences helping her own students craft their college essays. Her unique perspective as both an English teacher and a technical writer inform her critique of students’ work. She has experience teaching grades 9-12 (including Advanced Placement Language and Composition) as well as students with learning differences. Colleen’s enthusiasm for writing shines through as she helps students finds their voice.
Colleen is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross with a Master’s degree in English Education from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Before studying to become an English teacher, Colleen composed informational print and web publications as a communications specialist for NJ TRANSIT. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Debbie is an experienced attorney, advisor and writer. As an attorney for several top New York and New Jersey law firms, Debbie developed strong research, negotiation and writing skills. Her ability to understand key issues and implement projects was further honed while actively serving on numerous committees within the Livingston school district. Her involvement reviewing PTA scholarship applications gave her insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various candidates. She also served on an advisory committee to the Director of Guidance, focusing on curriculum, access to AP level coursework and strategies for improved student learning.
Debbie used her attention to detail and her research skills to successfully assist her own children in the college application process, and after informally helping numerous other students with their college essays, Debbie has now spent several years assisting students professionally. Debbie loves the process of creating a well-crafted piece of writing, and enjoys imparting that skill to students while helping them to find their voice when writing their essays. She believes that every word is essential to conveying the most compelling picture of the individual student’s unique strengths. When not assisting students with their college applications, Debbie spends time working on her first novel.
Debbie received her BA in English, magna cum laude with distinction in her major, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Jennifer is an Essay Specialist and experienced team member working with students with learning differences. Jennifer previously worked as an instructor at a global airline, identifying strengths and talents among employees from around the world. Her experience helping
employees polish language skills and celebrate their differences enhances her ability to mentor students on their essays. Working as a teacher and tutor throughout New Jersey, Jennifer remains current on topics important to teenagers and uses this insight
to encourage students as they discover and share their stories.
Jennifer has in-depth knowledge of the curriculum choices of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Accommodation. She helps students with learning differences best present themselves in the admissions process. Her understanding of the disparate levels
of disability services offered at the postsecondary level is instrumental in finding the right fit for students with educational, social, or emotional concerns. She ensures that students fully understand how to access the resources and accommodations available
Jennifer received a BA, cum laude, in International Studies from Oglethorpe University. She is pursuing a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting From the University of California, Irvine and is a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).