College Admissions counseling team

Our admission consultants are all graduates from the top universities and private schools in the country, and have extensive writing and editing experience. They advise applicants on personal statements, application strategy and overall admissions applications, and provide guidance and support throughout the college application process. As recent alumni of America's top schools, they have unique insight as to what distinguishes merely adequate applications from excellent stand-out applications. 

Leadership
Keith Espinosa, College Admission Consultant

Keith Espinosa

Managing Director

Boston College

Dartmouth College (Tuck)

Keith is a graduate of Boston College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Bentham Admissions, Keith worked as a high frequency trader at his own fund. After leaving the world of finance, Keith spent several years teaching chess to children from low income households in New York City.

 

Keith’s love for teaching students began when he founded a school for teaching English in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With more than 19 years of experience, Keith specializes in helping students from all walks of life  communicate complex ideas in a simple and direct way. 

Our Consultants
Kristin Conneen, College Admission Consultant

Kristin Conneen

Director of Consultants

Williams College

Dartmouth College

Kristin graduated from Williams College with concentrations in both History and Spanish, and went on to the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where she received her MBA and was honored as a Tuck Scholar.  She worked for many years as a strategic consultant for various companies primarily in the healthcare sector.

Kristin is an ex-pat child, having grown up in South America (between Venezuela and Peru), and returning to the USA for the last few years of high school.  She loves traveling and exploring the world, and eagerly followed her husband back overseas when a job presented itself.  She has spent significant time living in Japan and Singapore, where she was involved with many international educational organizations.  She also spent some time tutoring students at various international schools. 

Jules Peiperl, College Admission Consultant

Jules Peiperl

Princeton University

Jules Peiperl graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature. They have been bringing their superior writing and editing capabilities to tutoring for more than two years. 

After graduating, Jules began tutoring students in SAT, SSAT/ISEE, English, and academic and essay writing.

 

They enjoy helping students demystify the process of standardized testing, essay writing, and college strategizing, to make college applications as exciting and stimulating as possible.

 

When they are not tutoring, they enjoy baking bread and taking care of their cat. 

Matthew Ellison - College Admissions Consultant

Matthew Ellison

University of Notre Dame 

Columbia University 

Hamilton College

Matt is currently an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.S. from Columbia University in the City of New York.

 

Prior to business school, Matt was a film director and producer. His projects have screened around the world at venues such as the Tribeca Film Festival, TIFF, the Venice Film Festival, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, and on Short of the Week.

An avid reader and writer, he is eager to help advise students throughout the college admissions process.

Katherine Harrington - College Admissions Consultant

Katherine Harrington

Stanford University

Katie graduated from Stanford University where she ran as a scholarship athlete on a three-time national championship team. She went on to blend her formal background in writing with her passion for wildlife biology, earning a Master's in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

 

She's now pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy in Cognitive Ecology from the University of Ottawa and leads an international research program investigating a rare coastal falcon in the Falkland Islands.

 

She secures her own research funding through writing compelling applications for competitive grants. Her original research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Between degrees, Katie worked for two years in San Francisco, managing undergraduate business leaders starting sustainability initiatives at their universities. Looking to learn more of the world, she left California to bicycle 6000 miles through South America, crossing the Andes and becoming fluent in conversational Spanish along the way.

Adam Sass - College Admissions Consultant

Adam Sass

Harvard College

Adam graduated with an A.B. (Cum Laude) in English from Harvard College, where he also studied Anthropology, Art History, and the History of Science, and received a Harvard College Scholarship for academic achievement.

 

In addition to consulting for Bentham Admissions, he has worked as a consultant and researcher for clients including banks, commercial real estate brokerages, and government agencies. He holds an HSPD-12 security clearance for his work with the federal government.

 

Adam was born and raised in Ithaca, New York, where his father was a professor of engineering at Cornell and his mother taught writing at Ithaca College.

 

He has fond memories of reading The Chronicle of Higher Education for fun as a child.

 

The best advice he's ever received is also the briefest, and the oldest: "Know Thyself," a suggestion as relevant today as it was in ancient Greece.

Laurel Zhang - College Admissions Consultant

Laurel Zhang

Duke University

Laurel recently graduated from Duke University with a BS in Economics from Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and a BA in Public Policy Studies from the Sanford School of Public Policy.

 

As an undergrad, she worked closely with the Duke Alumni Association and was a member of Duke’s Division I fencing team. She spent her sophomore year summer with an institutional research firm in Washington D.C. and her junior year summer with financial services firm in New York.

 

Following graduation in 2020, she joined a financial services firm where she currently works as an investment banking analyst.

Laurel is thrilled to work with highly talented and equally motivated high school students navigating the increasingly competitive college admissions landscape. She looks forward to sharing her approach and guidance after enduring the same application process four short years ago.

Ken Nguyen

Boston University

Dartmouth College

Ken is a graduate of both Boston University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Dartmouth College with an MBA.

 

Prior to Bentham Admissions, Ken worked many years in the high-tech industry with broad work experience across functional roles.

Ken loves to travel and has visited over 50 countries and almost all the states. Ken considers himself a life-long learner.

 

And in this spirit, he is currently pursuing his certification in professional coaching.

Josh Abady, SAT and ACT Tutor

Josh Abady

Johns Hopkins University

Josh is approaching a decade of tutoring experience. Starting In 2011, he began tutoring a multitude of subjects ranging from algebra to chemistry, ultimately landing on the SAT and ACT. Josh models his teaching style of catering to each student’s individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses.

 

In 2012, Josh was admitted to Johns Hopkins University, majoring in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese history and language, and minoring in philosophy. He graduated with Dean’s List Honors in 2016.

 

Josh applies the analytical approach of a chess player to standardized tests and has developed his own method of instruction, with significant results.

Sophia Koh - College Admissions Consultant

Sophia Koh

Columbia University

Sophia Koh is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she studied English Literature and Sustainable Development.

 

In addition to consulting at Bentham Admissions, Sophia works as a copy editor and freelance journalist for a number of news outlets and organizations.

 

Sophia is also a line cook and has worked in various Michelin-starred kitchens throughout college and after graduating.

 

When not cooking or writing, she can be found biking, traveling, or watching films.

Olivia Aylmer - College Admissions Consultant

Olivia Aylmer

Barnard College

Mansfield College

Olivia Aylmer is a Brooklyn-based freelance arts & culture writer who graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2015 with a degree in English Literature and Dance.

 

She spent several semesters working as a tour guide and student interviewer in the Barnard admissions office and traveled to the U.K. during her junior year to study Medieval Literature and Modern Poetry at Mansfield College, Oxford University. 

 

In 2017 she co-founded Constellation, a digital publication dedicated to celebrating emerging and established creatives of marginalized genders across the globe.

 

Most recently, she oversaw curation for The Wing's New York City-based programming and events and previously served as the Communications Manager for Vanity Fair and as a Publicity Assistant at Little, Brown and Company. 


Olivia is excited to lend her sharp editorial eye and recent collegiate experiences in support of students as they discover their voice, craft compelling essays, and begin to articulate their future ambitions, on and off-campus.

Catherine Clement - College Admissions Consultant

Catherine Clement

Columbia University

Catherine graduated from Columbia University with a double-major in Classics and English.

 

She won honors from both departments during her time as an undergraduate. 

 

Catherine has five years’ experience as a tutor and specialized in SAT/ACT prep as well as Common Application consulting.

 

She enjoys tailoring admissions strategies to individual students and helping young students win admissions to top schools.

 

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys reading and playing the guitar.