Prepare for College Topics, large and small have been created by the following Educational Consultants. There are a total of 105 different sessions offered in chronological order by these speakers/counselors.

About Abby Marks Beale

Abby Marks Beale

Abby Marks Beale is a speed reading expert, consummate educator and speaker who enjoys helping busy people read smarter, faster and just plain better. For the past 30 years, she has taught thousands of professionals, educators and students build learning confidence and competence through the knowledge of simple yet powerful active reading strategies. She says “it’s the education we all wish we had while in school, but never got!”

Abby has worked with a wide variety of client organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, government agencies, associations, colleges and school districts. She is the founder of Rev It Up Reading and the creator of an interactive and experiential online course with the same name. The main goal of her training is to get readers up to speed with all they read.

Abby is the author of 10 Days to Faster Reading, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading and a college study skills textbook Success Skills: Strategies for Study and Lifelong Learning. She has a podcast – Rev It Up Reading Revolution – available on her website and through iTunes and Stitcher radio.

In addition to her speed reading business, Abby has become a nationally certified classical homeopath and helps people feel better through the use of homeopathic natural remedies.

Abby has volunteered her time and served as president on many boards including the Hartford Critical and Creative Thinking Center (now ThinkWell Center), the Wallingford Public Library, and currently The National Center for Homeopathy. She is also the Founder and Past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and French from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Southern Connecticut State University.

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Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore is the president and founder of the Educational Literacy and the Student Athletic Centers (educational programs) in Kentucky.

Chuck is a Certified Cash Flow Consultant, Certified Athletic Marketing Consultant and Certified Athletic Financial Consultant.

Over the last 35 years, Chuck has helped hundreds of families in the area of college financial literacy and athletic marketing issues.

He has been approved to conduct EILA (professional development courses) to all guidance counselors, principals, athletic directors and school administrators in the state of Kentucky since 1996. These same professional development courses are also approved in the states of South Carolina and Indiana.   In 2011, Chuck was invited to be a participating partner in the Berea College GearUp Program.  This 7 year program provides financial and college literacy issues for 15 school districts in eastern Kentucky.

Chuck has appeared on local and national radio and TV and has been interviewed and published by local/national media organizations.  The National Association of EA (IRS Enrolled Agents) published a lead article in their national magazine (EA Journal) in their January and February 2007 Issue (“Are Scholarships and Grants Taxable or Tax Free”)

Chuck provides financial educational programs and consulting to assist and educate families of college bound students, CPAs, Athletic Directors, Athletic Coaches and other financial professionals.  He also provides college financial literacy assistance to employees of corporations and hospitals on addressing college affordability issues on a personal standpoint.

Chuck has trained CPAs, past college athletes, past/present high school/college coaches, realtors, mortgage brokers and financial consultants on college financial literacy and athletic marketing issues across the United State.

Dan Bisig

Dan Bisig

Dan Bisig is a popular Author, Speaker, College Admissions and Financial Aid Expert, Founder of College and Beyond, LLC (2006) and co-founder of College and Beyond – Test Prep (2011). Dan is passionate about helping students get into the right college, at the lowest price, pursue the right major, and graduate on time!

After spending 25 years as a Financial Planner and seeing families make incredibly tough decisions when it came to college, Dan decided he had to do something about it and founded College and Beyond. Over the past 12 years, Dan has become an expert on everything connected to college. He has helped hundreds of busy students (and parents) across the United States (and even Japan) make the kind of choices that result in happy thriving young adults who are ready to take on the world. Dan co-authored a BEST SELLING book titled “College Entrance Game Plan: Your Comprehensive Guide To Collecting, Organizing and Funding College.”

Dan has been featured in numerous articles over the years in Time Magazine, the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, and Florence Recorder and has been interviewed on many local TV and Radio Shows. Guidance Counselors and Financial Planners love to work with Dan and he has been invited to speak in front of thousands of families at many private and public high schools, corporations, libraries, and community groups.

Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University where he focused on Business and Music. He lives in Florence, KY and is married to Robin and they have two children: son Taylor and daughter Kendall. He is a member of Crossroads Church in Florence, the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling (KYACAC). Dan is also on the Board of Directors for the Boone County Education Foundation (BCEF) and the Board of Directors for the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG).

Gary E. Carpenter, CPA, CCA

Gary E. Carpenter, CPA, CCA

Gary E. Carpenter, CPA, CCA – Gary is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York and a Certified College Advocate (CCA).   He has provided continuing education courses in the area of college financial planning for various state CPA Societies.  He has been quoted in Kiplingers Personal Finance, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, MONEY, Financial Advisor, AARP Magazine and on MSNBC and CNBC.  He has had over thirty years experience in tax and financing and has spent the past eighteen years in college planning and consulting.  Mr. Carpenter is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the co-founder of the National College Advocacy Group.  He is active in committee service for the New York State Society of CPA’s and the NCAG.

Mike Davila

Mike Davila

Mike is a 1994 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduation,he served on active duty as a surface warfare officer for 6.5 years.  His tours of duty included time aboard a guided missile cruiser, an aircraft carrier, and a final tour of duty on faculty at Annapolis teaching Naval Strategy and Tactics.

He left active duty in 2000, and is the founder of College Inroads, LLC, an education consulting firm based in Austin, Texas.  Additionally, he serves as a Regional Vice President for The College Funding Service Center based in Waterford, CT. He is a member of the Higher Education Consultants of America (HECA), and National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), He has also served as a board member and Executive Director of The National Collegiate Advocacy Group (NCAG) a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

He earned a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Texas at Austin,specializing in College and University Student Personnel Administration.  He was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, in 2007. He has been invited to speak at national conferences, seminars, and web events regarding his study focus, strategic enrollment management in higher education.

Aside from professional pursuits, he enjoys camping, music production and automated lighting design, gardening and home improvement projects, and spending time with his family.  He is married to Jennifer Baca Davila.

Katherine O’Brien, MA CCPS

Katherine O’Brien

Empowering teens to achieve their dreams and families to make college affordable!

  • Significantly Lowing College Costs
  • Maximizing Scholarship Offers
  • Expertly Guiding the Creationof Stellar Applications

Katherine O’Brien, MA CCPS is the founder of Celtic College Consultants and  She is also the author of The Ultimate Guide to Top Quality College Planning and the 2018 and 2019 editions of Every Catholic’s Guide to College (all available on Amazon).  Having earned a BS in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems from Northwestern University and an MA in Catholic Theology & Ministry from Franciscan University, this mother of 6 is a dynamo of professional support for the college bound student, whether attending school at home,  or in a private, or public school, regardless of ethnic or religious background, no matter where she lives.  Since 2004, Katherine has used her proven program of premier student preparation coupled with savvy college selection and abundant funding strategies to empower countless teens to step into their futures with clarity and strength.

Katherine’s Proven Formula:

Premier Student Preparation + Savvy College Selection + Abundant Funding = Success!

Admissions and Financial Results:

  • Classes of 2015 – 2018: $233,000+ merit scholarships offered to each student, on avg.
  • 95% of my students have been accepted at their top choice school

Joyfully serving students in every school setting, all across the USA, with expert knowledge for their journeys to college since 2004.

Tracy Coffin

Tracy Coffin is an Independent Education Consultant and a certified LD Advocate with a Master’s Certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA. Her company, 504U, specializes in helping students with dyslexia and ADHD navigate the college admissions process. She tours over twenty campuses each year and has helped dozens of students find the right college fit and make a successful transition into college life.

But for Tracy it’s not just business; it’s also personal. She has dyslexia, her husband and two older kids have ADHD, and her youngest daughter got the double whammy – dyslexia and ADHD. Tracy and her family had to learn the hard way how to cope, compensate, avoid the pitfalls, and discover the hidden advantages learning differences can provide. Today she has three happy, healthy, successful kids, and wants to put those hard earned skills to work for others.

Cori Murphy, CCA
College Financial Planner, President

Cori has the unique ability to break down complex college planning and financial matters and translate both to parents and students in an easy to understand manner.

When Cori founded My College Authority, Inc. almost 15 years ago, her children had yet to start elementary school. Now with two in high school, college is on the horizon, and she knows exactly how overwhelmed and stressed it all can be for parents. Her knowledge and expertise provide the calm within the storm.

Cori has worked in financial services since 2000, and is associated with a nationwide network of college planners who for years have used strategies to help students find and select colleges that fit, maximize financial aid and scholarships, and financially planned with parents to make college affordable.

As a Regional Vice President for the College Funding Service Center, Cori and her team oversee college planning operations and success for 15 college planners and over 600+ families annually.

Cori holds the Certified College Advisor designation and is a member of the National College Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students, families, and other advisers on the issues surrounding college admissions and financial aid.

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