About College Bound Mentor

Our Philosophy

College Bound Mentor was founded in 2005 to help position students for the right college and demystify the college application process. While our headquarters are located in Westfield, New Jersey, we work with students all over the country and internationally. We also have locations in Minneapolis and San Francisco.

Our Team-Based Approach

All of our mentors share knowledge and experience to benefit our clients. Our mentors meet regularly to discuss college visits, trends in the industry, and client needs. This team-based approach allows us to leverage our knowledge to bring all our clients the best possible service and information. We also work closely with our essay specialists to make sure that each client’s story and voice comes through in his/her application.

Meet Our Mentors

  • Lisa Bleich President

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    Lisa Bleich is founder and president of College Bound Mentor, LLC and the author of Surviving the College Application Process: Case Studies to Help You Find Your Unique Angle for Success. She mentors students from all over the world on the college application process, helping them uncover their strengths and develop a personal plan for success. Lisa holds a BA in European cultural studies and French from Brandeis University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Professional Member of IECA, HECA, and NJACAC. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three daughters. All of whom have successfully survived the college application process!

  • Beth Cassie Mentor

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    Beth Cassie is an experienced advisor, mentor and recruiter and has a keen ability to work with individuals and help them position themselves for their next step. She has an in-depth understanding of high school curriculum and the nuances between different courses of study.

    Beth holds a BA in Mathematics from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and has a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. Beth is a Professional Member of IECA, HECA, and NJACAC. Beth lives in New Jersey with her husband. Her two children successfully navigated the college application process.

  • Abby Power Mentor

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    Abby Power heads up our Minneapolis, MN office. An experienced Management Consultant, Organizational Change Consultant and Marketing Professional, Abby has extensive experience recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training recent undergraduate and graduate students. She applies her background to help our College Bound students identify their strengths and put their best foot forward in the application process. 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 passionate about her work with our students and is pursuing a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA while serving as an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Hear From Our Students & Their Parents

  • Lisa, I wanted to thank you for all your guidance and fantastic interview and application help. Suzette from the CBM team was also outstanding. I'm ridiculously excited for what's to come. Thanks for helping make this dream come true!

    Brandeis Student
  • Hi Lisa! I just wanted to thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it more than you know. I went to visit yesterday, and I feel that Colgate is truly the perfect place for me. I really couldn’t have done it without you. Sending my best!

    Colgate Student
  • Lisa, I found out today that I got into Scranton too with a 16,000 dollar scholarship annually. Three for three now.

    University of Scranton Student
  • Your observations of Nikki’s strengths and recommendations on potential good fits for her were spot on. The relationship you built with her was of great comfort to us. I’m especially thankful to you for your prompt email responses to our doubts and guidance on course selections. Your brainstorming sessions on the common app essay to come up with a touching story is one of the key reasons for success. The essay reviews and guidance were excellent. We are grateful for your guidance and will be thankful to you forever.

    Duke Parent
  • We are so grateful that Eric got into Brandeis. We appreciate very much your expertise and constant support. You are always patient and prompt.

    Brandeis Parent
  • Hi Lisa—Just got into Penn! Just thought I would share my news! Thanks for all your help!

    University of Pennsylvania Student
  • I received my acceptance to Penn! Thank you for all your help!

    University of Pennsylvania Student
  • I just got into Syracuse, thanks again for everything. You're the best!

    Syracuse Student
  • He is thrilled and while he is still waiting to hear back from the remaining colleges -- RIT will likely be his choice. So while the process is not yet complete, We want to sincerely thank you for all the superb coaching you have given us. It is truly appreciated!

    RIT Parent
  • I just wanted to let you know that I got into BC. Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate everything you've done for me.

    Boston College Student
  • I can't express the transformation Tuvana has gone through during the college app process. When she met you as a sophomore, she was a girl who was doing everything because her mom was pushing her. Today, I see a mature young woman who's taking charge of her own future. This is all because of you and the way you led her to be her best self. She now believes in herself and has high expectations for her future. I don't know how we would have survived this daunting process without you. Thanks a million for all of this. I just wanted to let you know how appreciative we all are of your hard work for the success of our children.

    Emerson Parent
  • Hi Lisa, I'm in total shock but I am so so so excited! I didn’t think I would get in so I waited to check the applicant portal until midnight. I’m so thrilled and I love BU so much! My mom is so happy! Thank you so much in this process and encouraging me to apply ED and see what happens!

    Boston University Student
  • Dear Suzette, Please, receive our appreciation for the fantastic support that Ester received from you! She is so happy to be accepted at Barnard and so we are too. Beside the help to write her essays, we could see how your spontaneous support and enthusiasm was a very good help when she lacked confidence in herself. Sometimes you need others to believe more in you than yourself. Thank you so much for this as well!

    Barnard Parent
  • When I first met Abby in December of my senior year, I had just been rejected from what I thought was my dream school. To my surprise, Abby spent our first meeting just getting to know me: how I think, what my “criteria” were, what I’m interested in, and how I was coping with the stresses of the college process. She figured out the best way to individualize the college process to my wants and needs. Abby gave me the tangible tips and tools to make my college application stand out, the knowledge to make the right decision, and the confidence that no matter where I ended up, I would be great. And she was right! I love Wash U and Abby made it possible. I am eternally grateful for all that Abby has done for me and my family.

    Washington University Student
  • I had an absolutely incredible experience with Abby Power and College Bound Mentor. It kept me on track during my college process, but the guidance, help, and support I received both before and after applying to schools was so amazing. I'm now attending my dream university and could not be happier!

    Emory Student
  • Our daughter got accepted into Hamilton! We are so happy and thrilled for her! Thank you so so much for all your help and support! It was such a huge help to have you on our side helping us navigate through this college application maze!

    Hamilton Parent
  • You are the best money I ever spent 🙂

    American University Parent
  • Thank you Beth for helping me reach my goal. You were the force behind my dreams!

    Muhlenberg Student
  • Great first meeting. Very informative. I look forward to going through this process with her and her team.

    Junior Parent
  • Our meeting with Beth Cassie of College Bound Mentor was wonderful! Beth was prepared, informative, a wonderful listener and a pleasure to work with!

    High School Junior
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