Hello and welcome! I am an independent educational consultant and the founder of Neal College Advisors. I am passionate about education and believe that every student can achieve their potential by confidently identifying, planning for, and actualizing their dreams. This journey can be a time of rewarding growth and development, and I am thrilled to draw on my personal and professional experience to guide students through it.
The through line of my career has been a professional application of the written word. Working in linguistics and as an editor and copy editor for publications and businesses, I have developed expertise in communicating effectively across various audiences. I’ve always been fascinated by higher education, but it was while accompanying my three very different sons on their college tours, and helping to curate their college lists and prepare their applications, that I realized my genuine passion for finding a student’s best fit.
I am particularly interested in guiding high school athletes through their application and recruitment journey. While helping my youngest son, a tennis player, I came to appreciate the complexities of the search for a college that provides due space for an athlete to excel in his or her sport while simultaneously satisfying the myriad “normal” criteria that go into a college choice.
I am a Florida native and lived in Colorado and Massachusetts before moving to North Carolina in 1999. I hold a B.A. from the University of Florida, an M.A. in Theoretical English Linguistics from the University of South Florida, and a Certificate in College Counseling, awarded with distinction, from UCLA. I serve as a Matchlighters volunteer college counselor; an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA); and a member of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). I keep current on admission practices and trends, attend professional conferences, and obsessively visit college campuses across the country. I adhere to the strict code of ethics stated in the IECA Principles of Good Practice.
Reach out to schedule a complimentary initial conversation, during which we’ll discuss your student’s situation and aspirations. I am based in North Carolina, but I work with client families located in any time zone.
Arizona State University
Appalachian State University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Georgia Institute of Technology
High Point University
Loyola University Chicago
Middle Tennessee State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New College of Florida
North Carolina State University
New York University
Ringling College of Art
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of North Florida
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Colorado
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Miami
University of Richmond
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University